Since my last update, God has continued to move and be faithful to equip me for the work that He has called me to. He has provided opportunities to share the vision for the work in the Middle East and to be able to encourage young believers through it to pursue a life that is constantly sharing the gospel, and involved in cross cultural missions. Thank you for your continual support in the call to missions that God has placed on our lives.
Through a friendship that I had made at the Calvary Chapel Youth Workers conference a couple of years ago, I was able to go out to the Garden Fellowship church and share with the youth about the call that God has placed on my life. It was awesome to be able to share with and encourage young believers about the need for sharing the gospel. It was also an encouraging time for me to see young people who are aware of the urgency of the gospel and who are eager to be engaged through prayer.
This past month, Muslim people around the world have been celebrating Ramadan. It is the month where they celebrate when Muhammad got the Qur’an and they fast during the daylight. It is the month in which Muslims feel the holiest and the most generous. For this reason, it is a great month to share with and reason through scripture with Muslims. However, this month was used as a good reminder to me of the desperate need to get the gospel into the hands of those who are being deceived by Satan. They are so close to the truth, but yet so far away. I pray that they come to know the truth that Jesus is the son of God, and that He died on the cross and rose again on the third day, in order to provide the way to eternal life with the Father.
Our young adults group has continued to grow, both in numbers and spiritually. A few months back, the pastor charged me with leading the worship each Friday night, which has blessed my heart. What a privilege to be able to lead a group of people who are burning with passion for the Lord, into the throne room of God in worship of Him. I have found that my personal devotions have been pouring into this time of worship, where the presence of the Spirit is evident and felt throughout the room. Continue to pray for these young adults, that the Lord may continue to be the passion of their lives.
Praise Reports: • God has been faithful to provide opportunities to teach His word. • God has continued to provide consistent work.
Prayer Requests: • That the Lord would provide a care term that would partner with me through prayer. • That the Lord would provide the finances needed to move to the Middle East.
Thank you for your continual support and partnership with me in the gospel. God has moved in so many ways this year, and I look forward to all that He will continue to do throughout the year. God has been faithful to our prayers to provide people to minister to and disciple. He has also provided a teacher, who has been teaching me Arabic. However, all of this had to come to a halt at the beginning of the year, since my family and I got Covid. Praise the Lord that He watched over us and delivered us through it, although I still can’t smell things very well. The Lord has been so good this year, please continue to pray with me for those that He will place in my life.
The Lord has continued to place guys in my life that I have been able to build up. There is a group that I am a part of and we meet on Monday nights. We have been going through what it is to be a disciple of Jesus and how to make more disciples. The idea of the group is for us to grow together spiritually. The Lord has really brought us together, and has blessed our meetings. Please continue to pray for this group, and that the Lord would help us to continue to grow.
The Lord has also continued to open doors for the gospel to be preached. Wherever I go, the Lord has opened the door for the gospel to be preached. At work, there are people who I’ve been able to preach the gospel to. Even customers whom I’ve been able to invite to church. There is also a guy who I met at a different Starbucks, Adam, and I was able to talk to him about why he no longer goes to church. At our young adults group, there is a young man, Randy, who was brought by one of the guys that I am discipling, Branden. Pray for Randy, he is seeking answers. Pray for Mohammed, he works at my favorite Arab restaurant, and I have been establishing a relationship with him. Even though I haven’t seen anyone come to Christ, the Lord has called me to be faithful. He will bring the increase. We have simply been called to plant seeds wherever we go.
The Lord has also provided a teacher for me to learn Arabic. This has been such a blessing in that I have been able to begin getting ready for when the Lord opens the door for me to move to the Middle East. So far we have been working on the basics, such as reading and writing. I’m beginning to fall in love with the Arabic language. Continue to pray that the Lord would anoint my learning of the Arabic language, so that I can be an effective witness when I move out to the Middle East!
I pray that the Lord may have used this update to encourage you with the work that He is doing. Please join me in prayer, and thank you for being faithful to our partnership in the gospel. In order for me to move to the Middle East, I am in need of both one time, or monthly financial support. If the Lord has moved you to support me in this way, please feel free to click on the “Become a Financial Partner” button below. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I pray that the Lord would continue to place the urgency of the gospel upon your hearts.
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Thank you so much for coming alongside and partnering with me in the call that God has placed on my life. God has been moving mightily this last month, and I am so thankful for your prayers, which have been evident in my life.
Over this past month, I have traveled to Mexico to help lead the School of Missions, prepared to teach an online Bible class, and have prayed for the next steps God has for me after the school is finished. Since I was laid off prior to coming to Mexico, I have been able to put all of my time and focus on the work of the Lord and have grown in my studying of the Word of God in order to be better equipped for teaching. I have been blessed to be able to spend all of my time with the students in Mexico without having to worry of returning home to other things.
Being here in Mexico has been a huge blessing to me because God has been using me in a unique way where I can come alongside the students and connect with them on a different level as a former student. Over the past 3 weeks of the school, I truly have connected with the guys and it has been encouraging when they come to me for prayer and with certain questions that they may have. Aside from that, it has also been awesome to be able to lead the students on outreaches, where last year, I was being led on those outreaches. For me, it has been very special to see that God is allowing me to use what He has taught me in order to teach others those same things. One thing I would say that God has been using me in, is comforting the students who feel uncertainty when they think about what to do in the next season of their lives because I was in that exact same place last year. God has shown me so much this past year and I am so thankful for the leaders at Saving Grace who have helped me see that God has a time of preparation before sending us out into the mission field, and that is exactly what God has enabled me to show the students.
While I’ve been in Mexico, I’ve also been preparing to teach a class on the book of Hebrews through Skype. This has been such an amazing opportunity and an answer to prayer. I have felt the call from God to be a pastor, and being able to teach this class has blessed me with putting the studying and teaching of the Word to practice.
Aside from that, there has been a potential door that has been opened to me, and I ask that you come alongside with me in prayer over this: God put a desire on my heart to go to Peru, where there is a Bible college which is involved in working with Venezuelan refugees. I would be able to receive training on the ins and outs of working at a Bible college so that I can use that knowledge and put that training to practice when I get to the Middle East. Please join me in praying that God would guide me on this opportunity, both whether this is His will for me or not, and on when would be the best time for me to go.
“There are many plans in man’s heart,
Nevertheless the LORD’S counsel — that will stand.”
This is a verse that lately has been on my mind, and it is my prayer that I may receive counsel from the Lord and that I may be constantly listening for Him, so that I may hear His counsel.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update, and I want to thank you once again for both your financial support and your support in prayer. I wouldn’t be able to pursue the call that God has placed on my life without the body of Christ coming alongside me and partnering with me in spreading the gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth. If you would like to partner with me financially, please click on the “Become a Financial Partner” button below.
I desire for us to become partners in the commission that the Lord has given us, to make disciples of all nations. And for that reason, I would love for you to reach out if any of this spoke to you, or if there’s anything that you need prayer for. I would love to continue on in a lifelong relationship. Feel free to comment down below with anything that encouraged you about this update. And of course, this is only a brief summary of what’s been going on, so if you would like to know more, reach out! I would love to talk about what the Lord is doing in my life.
God has been faithful to continue providing for me financially despite being laid off from work and being here in Mexico.
God has opened many doors for me to continue in ministry and training that have been preparing me for the work which will be done in the Middle East.
Please continue to pray for my time here in Mexico, that God may continue to use me in the lives of the students.
Please pray over this opportunity which has been presented to me in Peru, both for guidance and for financial support.