Since attending the Big Break conference during spring break, my passion for the lost has grown tremendously. I have taken many steps of faith by sharing the gospel with people who I really care about. I really want to see the people I care about in heaven praising God right next to me. I am so grateful that God has instilled in me the boldness to talk to people about how good He really is. During the conference, I received a phone call that informed me that my life would be forever changed this summer. During that phone call, I found out I will be spending 10 weeks in San Diego, CA this summer! Yes, 10 weeks! I have never been to Cali and took a major step of faith and applied to go to Cali for a mission trip. I am so excited about what God is going to do through me. During this mission trip, I will partner with local churches, launch spiritual movements on college campuses and do various outreaches in the community. There will be around 100 students who will join me with a mutual goal to bring Jesus to San Diego. When I got the call that I was accepted to go on this summer project, so many thoughts came to mind. All I could think about was how God could use little ole me in bringing people to know him personally. This journey will be so fun and I am excited that all my family and friends get to join me. I would love for all my family/friends to support my by praying for me ( EVERYDAY)! This is a huge step of faith because 1) I will be living in a state that I have never even visited( for 10 weeks), 2) I will be sharing the gospel literally EVERYDAY and 3) I will have to raise support so that this trip can be possible. Another way all my family/friends can support me is financially. If you go to this website (http://give.gosummerproject.com/tina-osborne/) , you can donate online. However, if you are old school and want to send a check leave a comment with your email address and I will send my address. All funds will allocate toward my mission trip! I can’t wait to see how God moves! “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4:19
Welcome to my Blog! I will post weekly about what God is doing in my life! As I reflect on how God worked in my life during my spring break, I am reminded of the verse Philippians 1:6. I knew at a very young age that I was called to serve the Lord and share the gospel. God is just getting started with how He is going to use me to bring people to Him. If you would have asked me what I was doing for spring break in January I would have responded with, “Probably just going home”. I never thought I would spend a week in Florida sharing the gospel. This spring break was the best spring break that I have EVER had in my entire life. Here’s a recap!
After a 16/17 hour car drive we finally arrived to Panama City Beach on Saturday around 5 pm. Since I signed up for the conference so late, myself along with my roommate Megan was roomed with students from Virginia Tech and a staff member from Jersey. This seemed very scary at first, but we instantly clicked with our roommate Tabitha.
Every morning of the conference, I received practical teaching from Roger Hershey and Keri Armentrout on how to effectively share my faith without being awkward.The first day we learned the importance of listening. Doing evangelism on the first day was very challenging because I was nervous and because there were so many people at the beach who looked intimidating. During the morning session on the second day, I learned that as a sower I should be sowing seeds and spreading the gospel everywhere that I go. Doing evangelism the second day, I ran into 4 intoxicated guys who thought I was Nicki Minaj ( so funny). I was still able to share the gospel and as a result I learned that they were Muslims. It was so interesting to see them express their beliefs in the midst of their drunkenness. The morning session on the third day taught me that if I live boldly and confidently with Christ, some people will not approve. I have learned that this is true. The third day on the beach was by far the best. I had two 45 minute conversations with a group of girls and guys. These conversations were very interesting because these guys and girls were really receptive and interested in hearing the gospel. The most updated results said that 5,414 people heard the gospel,and 165 people prayed to receive Christ last week.
The theme of the conference was reclaimed and restored. When I look at my life and how it has transformed(especially in the last three weeks), God has definitely reclaimed and restored me. This conference was an eye-opening experience and it was amazing to see how God used me and the other students from Missouri State. My favorite part of the conference was during the morning session on the fourth day. I learned how to use social media as a ministry tool and how to share the gospel online.
Not only did I have an awesome spring break, I got to spend it with great people. I met so many new people and built awesome friendships(probably life-long) with other Missouri State students. I am so grateful that God chose to send me to Panama City Beach to spread the gospel. I am convinced that obedience=blessings. This experience was absolutely amazing and I would encourage any student to attend this conference. Here are a few pictures! Enjoy!
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes.– Romans 1:16
Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.– Galatians 1:10