This post will be super short! i just wanted to give you guys an overview and highlight some of what happened this week.This week was fun, but I am honestly excited to go home and see my family and friends.We focused on entering the mess and jumping into the conversations and issues of our lives. We did a homeless outreach Tuesday night where we were able to deliver sack lunches to the homeless community here. It was a really cool experience because it made me realize how much I have that I don’t even need. Another highlight of the week was my church BBQ and baptism. It was really fun and it was awesome how they made the baptisms such a celebratory event. Over 200 people were baptized that day and over 2,000 people attended the event. The week was super fun but I really wanted to highlight these two things! I am really looking forward to going home and spending time with my family and friends! 2 weeks left!
The theme for this week was ” Do it for the Vine”. The theme verse was John 15:5 which says, ” I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I will them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing”. The vision behind this theme was to be reminded of who I am living for and that is Jesus! This week was super cool because I was constantly reminded that I am evangelizing, reaching out to family and friends back home, and living my life for the glory of Jesus and to make His name famous.
Monday, I went to the college campus and evangelized for the majority of the day. On Tuesday night, we had a prayer and worship night on the beach and it was absolutely amazing to worship publicly and pray publicly over the prayer requests of the San Diego community.It was really powerful to see so many college students pray and worship together. On Wednesday night, I did a beach outreach. I was paired with a guy and we walked down the beach evangelizing. We got a chance to talk to a guy who was a Christian but did not associate himself with a organized religion.It was really fun and interesting to talk to him and hear reasons why he believed what he believed.
Thursday, I worked all day and went to our women’s time. I really enjoyed women’s time because we talked about gossip, the problems with gospel, what happens when we gossip and how God calls us to respond to gossip. When we address conflict, Matthew 18:15 tells us that we should address conflict with the intention to win our brother or sister back. This was really something I enjoyed learning about because it’s definitely something that everyone struggles with including myself.
I worked all day friday and then I went to our FNL weekly meeting. The worship was awesome at FNL and the message was about “Motives”. It was really convicting to learn and hear that we honestly don’t always have genuine motives at heart. Isaiah 64: 6-7 talks about how when we do things out of the wrong motives, we’re like dirty rags. The message really made me evaluate why I do the things I do.
Saturday was super cool because I got to hangout with my cousin that lives here in San Diego and it was just really nice to be able to take a day away and go shopping. Today, I went to church and the message was about listening and learning how to hear God’s voice and follow Him. The message was awesome. The three main points were 1) If we want to know God’s will, we have to learn His voice. In order to know his voice, we have spend time with Him and keep step with the Holy Spirit. 2) We have to listen for when to move to and when to stay. I know for me, I LOVE comfort and I tend to rely on God when I’m comfortable. 3). Following God’s path makes an eternal impact. One thing the speaker said that I really liked was that we have to step out FIRST and then God will show up—–> that’s FAITH.
Overall, it was a really good week! God is really raising me up and taking me higher in him. I can;t wait to take everything I’m learning and experiencing back to St. Louis and Springfield.
” For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:4(NLT)
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NO MORE BRAIDSSSS!!! Lol It has been a LONG time.. about 5 weeks to be exact since the last time I’ve updated you guys. I have been super busy so I apologize. There is so much to share but I will squeeze 5 weeks of my experience into one short blog post. Please feel free to email me or comment your email address if you have any questions :).
Week 3 ( Killing the Giants ) The theme for Week 3 was “Killing the Giants”. This week we were challenged to look at situations that are “giants” in our lives. My giant for this week was showing the love of Christ. I don’t hate people, its just with the transition of not having roommates to living with three other roommates, it has been a little rocky. During this week, God just really showed me that I needed to constantly depend on him to lead me in how I should love others. During this week we also had a “Will Listen” outreach where we went out into the community with “will listen” signs to spark conversations. So many times, as Christians we do all the talking, but this outreach was just an opportunity to listen to those in the San Diego Community.
Week 4 ( Empowered) Week 4 was all about being Empowered. During this week,we had an international dinner. We were all split up in different countries and I was put in America of all places. Being in America, life was good,we had sooooo much food. I ate for about 8 people that day. We were able to visit other countries and give them money but we couldn’t give them any food. The staff kept encouraging us to eat and eat and eat. It was so tempting, but after a while I stopped because I was so full. This was such a powerful experience!
During our debrief time , we learned that so many times when we travel to different countries we focus on ourselves instead of focusing on God and how we can lead people to Him. This experience also helped me learn how selfish I am and how easily distracted I can get. Being in America, we had it all…food, games, movies, music…EVERYTHING. I watched the other people in the other countries as they stared at my food. The staff did a great job of showing how easy it is to get distracted and fall into temptation.
We also went on a women’s retreat this weekend. It was awesome!!! We went to Indian Hills camp site and we did an obstacle course and some team building activities with our roommates. The women’s retreat was super cool because we finished our series on learning the women in the genealogy of Jesus(sOOOOO GOOD). This was a super POWERFUL WEEK!
Week 5 ( Transition) Week 5 was all about Transition. As apart of our project, we have about 40 staff members who are here with us during the first 5 weeks of project. They leave during week 5 and choose students to step up as leaders. We had a core leadership team of 4( two directors and two operations staff) as well as ministry team staff members. I was chosen to be on leadership as one of the project directors. I was so humbled and honored that they chose me. I was finally starting to get used to being a follower and learning how to be a great follower when God called me to step up and lead. I did not know what to expect and I still could’t believe it was time for staff to go. I wanted them to stay ! lol The encouragement I got from my peers when my name was announced as project director was incredible. It felt good to have the support of those around me. So many other staff members came up to me and told me how proud they were of me.
During week 5, I was also baptized. I had never been baptized before so I prayed about it and asked my missional team leaders from back in Springfield if they would baptize me at the project wide baptism. On Monday June 23,2014, I made a public declaration that I was a daughter of the King and that I would do WHATEVER IT TAKES to worship God and do what He calls me to do. It was such an incredible night. I also really wanted my best friend and one of my first college friends Sarah-Grace to baptize me. Yes, three people baptized me and yes it was AWESOME! Getting baptized was definitely one of the highlights of my summer.
Week 6 ( Step up and Push Through) This week was our first week without staff. As a responsibility of being on the leadership team, we are required to set the theme of the week for students. We chose the theme “step up and push through” to encourage students to step up as leaders and to push through the end of project. our theme verses were Hebrews 12:1-3 and Philippians 3:14. This week myself along with the other members of my ministry team had the opportunity to train students on how to share their testimony. It was really cool to see students step up as leaders! On the 4th, I got a chance to go to the San Diego country fair and it was a blast!!! I got to ride so many rides and go to the petting zoo. #funtimes
I love this lady! She invested in my life so much this summer and I am excited to see how God works through her as she travels to East Asia. #welovefreestuff
The theme this week was going deeper and I can honestly say I went deep FAST. The week started with me attending a church service on sunday. The service was awesome! I really enjoyed the pastor and his style of speaking the Word. When he first started speaking, he told the congregation that we should work to become biblical scholars and that we should learn the Word of God for ourselves.
On Monday, I went to San Diego State University here in town where I did some evangelizing and had a small group bible study. The campus was absolutely beautiful and their bookstore was HUGE! Monday, I had a night of reflection where I spend two hours with God. It was so awesome and God used this time to show me why he is developing humility in me this summer. I have never been a prideful person, but I am lacking some of the key qualities of a humble person. See Phil 2:1-5 for the qualities of a humble person.
On Tuesday, I went to Mt. Soledad for a night of prayer. It was so beautiful even though the heights scared me a little bit. Wednesday was a chill day and I got to be lazy for the day.
Thursday, I went to work and had a really rough day. After work, I kept thinking if I should be working at McDonald’s and I wondered why my day had to be so hard. After work , we had a women’s time and I learned the story of Tamar. Tamar’s story helped me realize that God never forgets. It was super encouraging because it helped me realized that no matter how I feel , I know in my heart that God has not forgot about me.
Friday was super awesome because I was off work and I finally got to sleep in since I’ve been here. We have a worship service called FNL on Friday nights and this past Friday, my missional team leader ,Justin, at MSU spoke and gave an incredible message. After FNL, I got to hangout with my best friend and first college friend Sarah-Grace. I loved being able to catch up with Sarah Grace and process through my experience so far.
This week was honestly incredibly difficult, but it helped me realize that challenges are God’s way of building me up and making me stronger. Last week was my first time riding the bus EVER and this week after riding the bus almost everyday I am able to give people directions on how to catch the bus. I am super excited for next week! GO BEARS!
I made it to San Diego Tuesday and I have been going non-stop since I got here. So much has happened this week, but I will only highlight a few things. I have been truly blessed with a great DNA small group( Holly, Leanne and Lauren) who I get to dig into scripture and go through life with this summer. I also live with three other girls. When I first arrived, I was welcomed by about 50 students and Cru staff members. I was so excited and couldn’t believe I was actually in San Diego. We kicked off the summer project by talking about our theme for the week. The theme for this week is JUMP IN. We talked about how Peter dropped his nets and followed Jesus in Luke 5. It was so encouraging to hear how Peter gave up everything and jumped right in and followed Jesus.
This week has been super busy but I have jumped right in! I have put all of my pride, fear, etc. away and have shared my story with my DNA group and shared the gospel on the beach. The bible calls us to share the gospel! I have learned that successful evangelism is not if a person accepts Christ, but it taking initiative and leaving the results to God.
On Friday we had a worship night and it awesome to sing worship to God with over 100 college students. Today, I started training at McDonald’s and it was pretty crazy. I did online training for my first two hours and I ended my day shadowing one of the managers.
As I started this summer project, God is showing me more and more everyday that this summer He is going to work my humility. I am not arrogant or prideful by any means but God is using this time to strip me of everything I am used to. I am excited about being able to learn how to really dig in the Bible, learn how to have a good quiet time with the Lord, and building community with other college students from around the country. Please keep me in prayer and feel free to email me at email@example.com to get my address to send me letters :)!
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“But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.”- Philippians 4:19
“The moment you realize how great you are, you become UNSTOPPABLE”- My homie’s neighbor
This song just simply says, I would be nothing without you.People give me compliments daily, but I would be nothing without God. What would our lives look like if we pointed the glory that people give us—–> to God. This week God really showed me that ALL things are possible with Him. Take a step of faith today and trust God to do the impossible!