I finally made it over to Victory Colonie! Victory Church has 3 locations (Albany, Colonie and Rotterdam), all of which are uniquely different. The Muller family – Pastor Charlie, Pastor Tammy and their two daughters, Cassie and Chelsie – are a Holy Spirit, power packed team. They are true pioneers when it comes to reaching out and making a positive difference in our community.
Their outreach efforts seem endless – the gun buy-back program, prison ministry, the JC Club (Children’s Feeding Center), the smoothie truck and countless evangelistic efforts. Whenever there is a need, Pastor Charlie and Victory Church are oftentimes the first to take action. When devastation occurs in other parts of the country, I have witnessed Pastor Charlie simply GOING and serving without hesitation. Prayer gatherings are often arranged when there is a hardship in our area; the most recent one being for the string of gun violence and murders in Albany. A few weeks ago, Victory Church was passing out fans and kiddy pools to children in need during the hot streak of weather we had. And their latest endeavor – a home for foster children called “OUR HOME”. Pastor Charlie has a God-given vision to purchase this estate, located at 10 Kinney Street in Troy. It will serve as a refuge for hurting children. Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord (Proverbs 19:17), and that is exactly what Victory Church is doing! Consider joining them in this effort through prayer or by donating online – www.gofundme.com/ourhomeny
A Kleenex box at the end of my row was a handy thing to have during the worship. It was beautifully lead by their young, gifted team, and there was such a release felt in my Spirit. Cassie Muller then got up and shared the many exciting things happening at Victory this summer – ladies kayaking, their annual church picnic and several special guests. See their full schedule here – www.victoryalbany.com/upcoming-events. There are simply too many to list in my blog!
What a blessing it was to finally get to hear Pastor Tammy Muller preach. Her message was about making room for miracles in our lives. We need to not let the Holy Spirit pass us by. In Luke 18:37, Jesus was passing them by. In Luke 19:1, Jesus was passing through. In Mark 6:45, Jesus walked on the water and WOULD have passed them by, but their cry made Him stop. God is not obligated to work a miracle just because you are saved. But we do have the power to stop the “passing by”. What makes Jesus stand still and not pass us by? A cry of faith, desperation, needing more and making room for Him. In Luke 19:1 it says that Jesus was passing through. Zacchaeus, who was short in stature, wanted to see Jesus so he climbed a tree. There his vision was enlarged. He could see Jesus and Jesus could see him. Jesus then told him, “Salvation has come to this home today” (Luke 19:9). That tree represents Calvary and the gift of salvation. For many of us, our vision is too short. We need to climb that tree and go out on a limb for Jesus! We need to do everything we can to see Him!
In John 5, the man at the Pool of Bethesda cried out to Jesus. Jesus heard him and did not pass him by. Instead, He stopped and healed him. You could be just ONE CRY away from your miracle! We need to press in to Jesus, even when the crowds are making it difficult. Don’t just sit on the shore of the river … JUMP IN! In 2 Kings, the prophet Elisha was continuously passing by, but the woman prepared a room for him to dwell in. When her son died, the prophet took the boy to that same room and raised him from the dead. We have NO IDEA what miracles can happen in our own lives when we make room for Jesus!
Following Christ means we need to step out in faith. We need to get uncomfortable. We need to make room for Jesus and not allow anyone to crowd Him out. Pastor Charlie and Pastor Tammy are living examples of this. For most of their lives they have been making room for Jesus. And though they have seen countless miracles, they have only just begun. The new foster home in Troy will soon be another miracle that came to fruition. The Mullers and Victory Church are always jumping in the river … they’re always climbing that tree … they’re always crying out to God … they’re always stepping out in faith … and God certainly has not and will not pass them by.
Let’s be thankful that we have such faithful, fearless leaders in our region. Let’s pray and support them! I honestly can’t imagine what the Capital Region would be like without Victory Church being a part of it. “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:45). We need each other!
Church Website – www.victoryalbany.com
By Donna Hansen Munafo