When You Don’t Feel Like Going

– Week Five of CSOM –

We’ve finished our penultimate week at the School of Missions and what a sweet time of spiritual growth and fellowship it has been!

This past week we were able to serve at Calvary Chapel New Beginnings, Rancho Cuarenta, and attend Calvary Chapel Rosarito’s Church Planting conference. At CC New Beginnings, I was able to share my testimony again, and at Rancho Cuarenta, a small group and I went around the neighborhood to pray for people. The CCR Church Planting conference was also incredible, I really enjoyed listening to the various pastors share their experiences and wisdom.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-W-i0g_hO6E0/XzHLfOquIUI/AAAAAAAAXfY/nPZ3ivvQp7QpyZG92sA5_t4ZL6aIBmbjwCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-08-10.jpg
Praying at Rancho Cuarenta
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-A5urqF-1gYk/XzHQCfHHUwI/AAAAAAAAOoA/e87KI5eR_R02EahReqz29Sf9xFc2ga6gwCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-08-10.jpg
CCR Church Planting Conference

Something that God taught me last week was remaining faithful even when I don’t feel like it. Last Tuesday for me was definitely one of those days where I just wanted to curl up in a ball, hide underneath my covers, and pretend the outside world didn’t exist. I was tired both emotionally and physically, and the last thing I wanted was to go to our outreach with a bunch of people around me. But alas, I knew I had to go whether I felt like it or not. So as I headed off to the van, I decided to pray. God, will you take away my exhaustion and fill me with your Spirit so that I may work with a joyful heart? Lord, please redeem my weakness so that I may be useful to You today.

With that tired, but desperate prayer in my heart, I hopped off the van and went to see how I could serve at Calvary Chapel New Beginnings. Not too long into the outreach, my feelings of exhaustion and introversion began to ebb away. God is always faithful to answer our prayers when they are according to His will.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tMIVQ1H9IY4/XzG9omUVF6I/AAAAAAAAXeo/t-pDehS3uewIqavZc5s60nRyP629Sf2vQCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-08-10.jpg
Sharing my testimony at CC New Beginnings

Funnily enough, the task I was given at the church was something entailing the exact opposite of what introverted and tired Lydia had wanted earlier that day. It was in fact, approaching strangers and sitting to talk with them. Ah, the introvert’s dream! Thankfully, God had graciously filled me with His strength and joy so that I was able to do what was asked wholeheartedly. And you know what? I really enjoyed it! Even though it was out of my comfort zone, I felt so blessed to be able to get to know some new people and pray for them. 

I got to meet one girl in particular who was very sweet. Her name was Karina and as another CSOM student and I were talking with her, I ended up having to use Google Translate for a few words I didn’t know. But Karina was so gracious and patient with us! We asked her if she wanted to get her nails painted or a play a game but with a smile all she replied was, “Me gusta platicar con ustedes.” She simply wanted to continue chatting with us despite our faulty Spanish.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-X9JhXRqz_Us/XzG9oND2SlI/AAAAAAAAXek/UZfIr-B6_DgKxPVXeEcAMG5S85tEV1-1gCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-08-10.jpg
Karina and I

God is so good. He totally replaced my weakness with His strength. He replaced my exhaustion with His joy. He answered me in my time of need and redeemed it for His glory. I learned that in times when I don’t feel like remaining faithfully obedient, all I have to do is surrender my weakness to God and He will give me His strength.

* * *

Thank you again for your prayers and financial support, I have been so so blessed to be here at the School of Missions. If you are interested in partnering with me financially, please click the link below. I still have about $500 dollars left to raise so your support would truly be very appreciated. Thank you so much for your prayers and considering being a partner with me for the furtherance of the gospel!

Listen to His Prompting

– Week Three of CSOM –

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-C6GtQB1bQsI/XyNW1AQX38I/AAAAAAAAXI4/3NY_GFyXnEorMcWM9zyeFokEf_CUPotBgCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-30.jpg

We’re halfway into the School of Missions and already I am so amazed at the work God has done in me. This past week we helped out at three places- Calvary Chapel Rosarito (CCR), Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Cruz, and a ranch. 

At CCR, we painted parts of the church such as the stage and the sanctuary. That day was pretty fun because I worked alongside one of the church staff members and we spoke to each other in our second languages while we painted (she in English and me in Spanish).

2020-07-21 CSOM Team Outreach - CCR Work Day (77).jpg

On Thursday we went to Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Cruz and helped out with different things during and after the church service. Some of the CSOM students shared their testimonies (myself included), worked in the children’s ministry, and then afterward we transported some bricks up the stairs to the roof.

IMG_0390.jpg

This day was very special to me because of what happened after I shared my testimony. When I was called on to go first and speak in front of the church congregation I was definitely a bit nervous. I’m okay with public speaking but that was the first time I had ever spoken with a translator next to me. It was cool though because looking back on it I really see God’s hand in the situation and how He was working even before that moment. My translator ended up being the same girl whom I had practiced my Spanish with back at CCR. It’s very important to have a good relationship with your translator when you’re doing cross-cultural missions and I see how God had allowed us to get to know each other pretty well only a few days prior. Because of this, I felt even more comfortable going up on stage to share my testimony. 

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rM_dcz0bPs4/XyHFqc15q7I/AAAAAAAAORU/5ryNPj-Ft20T3d2mOYRuHX1LjH3hd48QgCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-29.jpg

So after I had shared my testimony, I left the sanctuary to go help out with the children’s ministry until the church service ended. A few of the mothers ended up sitting at one of our tables to get their nails painted, but once that was over one mother, in particular, caught my notice. Maybe it was because she was standing alone, but for some reason, I thought: I want to go talk with her. Now the moment I thought this, I was a bit shocked at myself. As a person with introverted tendencies, me thinking “I want to go talk to a stranger who speaks a language I am not totally fluent in” is not something I’ve ever really desired to do before. So, taking advantage of this rare moment of extroverted courage, I went over to say hello and introduce myself. After a few minutes of getting to know each other a bit, I asked her if there was anything she needed prayer for. We ended up bowing our heads and I got to pray for her and her family’s well being. Afterward, she ended up telling me that she had arrived at church just in time to hear the CSOM students’ testimonies. She then shared with me that she really related to mine and could identify with a couple of things I had said. She too had grown up believing that God exists but had never had a personal relationship with Him until more recently. She went on to tell me more about her walk with God and some of the struggles she had gone through as well. Looking back, it’s amazing that of all the people I could’ve walked up to, it ended up being the person who had been touched by my testimony. 

I definitely can see God’s hand in it all and the Holy Spirit prompting me to go out of my comfort zone to talk with that specific lady. I think that it just goes to show what can happen when you listen to the Lord’s prompting even when it’s something you’ve never done before.

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”

Romans 8:26
IMG_0611.jpg

I would just like to say thank you so much again to everyone who has supported me both financially and in your prayers. It means so much to me that you would think of me and care to support the work the Lord is doing here in Rosarito, Mexico. Each day that I’m here, I feel even more grateful that the Lord has allowed me to be a part of the School of Missions! If you would like to partner with me financially you can click the link below. Partnering with me means you are investing in the work God is doing through me and ultimately the further spread of the gospel as I train to be a missionary. Thank you all for taking the time to read this newsletter and considering partnering with me in the work God is doing here in Mexico!

Sincerely, 

Lydia Boubion

Call Upon His Name

– Week Two of CSOM –

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xotq_Zt8za4/XxeKtEFa35I/AAAAAAAAW88/IKN_GK-w_dQZRXioLThEYIUwN-agYuGgQCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-21.jpg

The second week in Rosarito, Mexico was definitely a bit different from the first one. This week we did two COVID relief outreaches and went street witnessing again on Sunday. We also continued to have class most days after Bible devotions and breakfast. I think what felt different about this week was the way everyone has grown a lot closer with each other. The first week everyone was of course just getting to know one another but now that we’re two weeks in, I already feel pretty much as comfortable with everyone as I do with my own family. I guess that’s what living under the same roof does to you, isn’t it?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-J2W4a3h7EZE/XxclqpKjmZI/AAAAAAAAW7Y/y67gptrJN00oE6BvFd1uixq0K6noFZK2gCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-21.jpg
Colonia San Fernando

Anyway, the first outreach we did was COVID relief in Colonia San Fernando. We invited families in the neighborhood to join us for some of the Bible activities we were doing. We had a bag of groceries for each family, put on different games and activities for the kids, and some of the CSOM students shared their testimony on the mic. I was mainly helping with crafts at the kids’ table but later was called to pray for those who wanted it. Sarah, another student, and I prayed and spoke a while with one mother who had brought her kids to the outreach. Although I didn’t understand everything she was saying in Spanish, I did my best to translate and communicate the questions we wanted to ask her, and we were able to get to know her a little better. We also invited her to church at Calvary Chapel Rosarito and she said she was interested in going. Something I really love about the culture here in Mexico is how open and willing many people are to talk with you even if you don’t know them or speak their language fluently. Even though I’m not a very extroverted person, I think being in this kind of culture definitely makes it a bit easier to talk with strangers and reach them with the gospel.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_YVEgw4EZbo/XxcljwwgKaI/AAAAAAAAW7Q/KHumXBYbQrkXp7V8L5lXF48Cht4wRNqvgCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-21.jpg

Despite this, however, walking up to strangers to share the gospel has definitely been the most daunting task for me so far. A million thoughts race through my mind every time I’m about to approach someone. What do I say after the initial greeting? How would I naturally share the gospel with them? Do I even know the gospel? I know I did this morning but now my mind is blank! Something about a cross… When this occurs, I have to stop and remember that it is happening because I am relying on my own strength and have not called upon the Lord to fill me with His strength. It is in these moments that I realize truly how much I am nothing without God. How much I need Him. I cannot do this work properly without the help of the Holy Spirit. Once I remind myself of all this, I take a deep breath and pray that God would help me and fill me with the Holy Spirit. When I did that this past week, all the anxiety was immediately washed away, and I was able to think clearly and calmly. God is real and His peace is real. I am so blessed and thankful for moments like these when those truths are displayed so personally in my life.

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.” 

John 14:16-17a

Thank you so much again to everyone who has supported me both financially and in your prayers! It means so much to me that you would think of me and care to support the work the Lord is doing here in Rosarito, Mexico. Every day that I’m here, I feel so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to be a part of the School of Missions! If you would like to partner with me financially you can click the link below. Partnering with me means you are investing in the work God is doing through me and ultimately the further spread of the gospel as I train to be a missionary. Thank you all for taking the time to read this newsletter and considering partnering with me in the work God is doing here in Mexico!

Sincerely,

Lydia Boubion

The Power in Simplicity

– Week One of CSOM –

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-d5ajr0smRqw/Xw3WH8cXcqI/AAAAAAAAWv0/xJl21auexP4WAqe_QmD3b6QcEpYcdcBTgCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-14.jpg

Only one week of the Calvary School of Missions has passed by and already so much has happened! Throughout this past week, I have learned so much about missions, fellowshipped frequently with the other CSOM students, and been pushed to do plenty of things out of my comfort zone. It’s been AMAZING!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JuiyvIJoNdg/Xw3V9Ckdu8I/AAAAAAAAWvk/niYKXAWxSz0BPxg-oNFiKFuLMXkZyUwlgCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-14.jpg

Everyday (except on Sundays) we have a class after breakfast where we are taught different topics such as our calling as Christians, the purpose of the church, the importance of prayer, etc. These are all very foundational topics to learn and the incredible thing is that they all tie in with missions! My favorite part about the classes is that our teacher, Pastor Trent, is simply just teaching the Bible the entire time. It made me realize that, as great as supplemental materials written by great intellectuals are, the only material we really need is the Bible. The Bible is the book we should go to first for our questions about what the church is for, what is our purpose, how to do missions, etc. The answers are all there. And even better, they’re all the right answers because it is the Word of God. If we don’t go to God’s Word first, then our Christian world views are going to be skewed and heavily influenced by our American culture.

Besides the “learning inside the classroom” aspect of CSOM, I’m also excited to share my experience in serving outside of the classroom in Mexico. In the past week, we’ve done 4 outreaches in different parts of Baja California. We visited families devastated by a recent neighborhood fire, went street witnessing, served families at a community called Home X, and evangelized to some people at the park. Although all these experiences were a great blessing, one in particular stuck out to me the most.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VqsIiSAxjd4/Xwzm32RFihI/AAAAAAAAWts/Llm9lKu8RyshdkT2F70EnMfeN_zZnr1PwCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-13.jpg
Serving families at Home X
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-c3DFSnvjMQg/Xwzm2FOD98I/AAAAAAAAWtk/LFM0xzi3wsAofo55MDV4Rdvjc13q7_qqgCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-13.jpg
Street Witnessing in La Gloria, Mexico

On Tuesday we visited some homes next to the city dump that had been destroyed by a fire that occurred only 3 weeks prior. The couple whom my group visited were only left with one room in the back of their property while the rest of it was completely gone. We visited with the couple for a while, asking about their experience and how they were afterwards. We shared the gospel with them, gave them the Book of John in Spanish, and even read a few verses with them. Each of us got to share with them what we like most about reading the Bible personally. Before we left, we also were able to give them some groceries, water, and prayer. Although I’m not completely fluent in Spanish, I was happy to be involved in asking them different questions and I even learned a new word that day! Apparently “cables” is “cables” in Spanish. Pretty complicated, I know.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XEJU6O2gQMA/Xwzm2qttCLI/AAAAAAAAWto/ecpIxH-m8gYro9iYpm2H_mjQ-YQtYolFgCK8BGAsYHg/s0/2020-07-13.jpg

What I took away most though, from that first outreach, was the powerful simplicity of it. All we were doing was talking and getting to know that couple in their own home. We were just showing the love of Christ to them and showing that we cared despite only just meeting them. Most importantly, we shared the Word of God with them and discussed what it means for us, and what it means for them. It just goes to show that you don’t have to put together a huge, elaborate event to reach people. Although those can be good and effective, simply just going out to minister to people on a personal level, showing genuine care and interest, is also very impactful. This is something any of us can do no matter where we are. In fact, it’s what we’re called to do as Christ-followers. 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19

I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has been supporting me both financially and in prayers. Your support means a lot to me and I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am. Being a part of the School of Missions is such a huge blessing, and I’m so excited for what’s yet to come! If you would like to partner with me financially click the link below. Partnering with me means you are investing in my spiritual formation as a missionary as well as investing in eternity as I seek to be an effective witness of Him here in Mexico. Thank you so much for your prayers and for considering being a partner with me for the furtherance of the gospel.

Sincerely,

Lydia Boubion