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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