Rachael Gray

God has blessed me immensely during my lifetime with some great experiences, but the whole time I was searching for something to live for and a reason for being, my calling and destiny. I am just an ordinary woman from an ordinary family who serves an extraordinary God.

  In 2001 during a time of uncertainty and change God spoke to me about my future, telling me that one day I would travel for Him; it was so clear and unmistakeable that even now it seems like yesterday. Back then I thought I would do missions work during my vacation!!

  After many years of work in the private and public sectors and a 12-month Masters course, I was looking for something to really pour my life into, that none of these exploits had so far been able to deliver.

  On finishing the Masters course in 2007, nothing seemed to be going the way I had planned it, and in my desperation, I cried out to the Lord to rescue me. I felt I just could not make it on my own and needed God to pick me up from where I was and plant me somewhere different in a way that it would be clear that He alone had done it. Then during April 2008, Vinesong came to minister at my church. The ministry was awesome; there was such a sweet presence of God throughout and after the ministry. I knew that this was the real deal and not a bunch of pretenders doing their best to entertain. The opening song ‘Psalm 5’ became the music and the words to the cry of my heart. They mentioned that they were going on a tour of the USA and were having difficulties in obtaining visas for some team members.

  Two days later I received a call from John Watson, who I had briefly spoken to at the end of the meeting. He said that he and the team had been praying for me and praying into the call on my life. Then I almost got the shock of my life when he asked me if I would join the team for the three-month tour of the USA. Four days later I joined the team at their home base and flew out to the US as a temporary member of the Vinesong team.

  Since that first meeting at my church, whilst it has not been easy, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that the calling on my life is being realised in a way that I least expected it. Becoming a permanent team member is something that only God could do and orchestrate. I am so privileged and honoured that God would look down on me and call me to carry his presence into the four corners of the earth, touching and changing the lives of people in ways that I could never have dreamed of.

  I give God all the glory for what He has done, is doing and will do. Without Him I don't know where I would be.