The Middle East

Thanks so much for your support of this trip! Watch the video above to hear about the trip and find out more.

Although this video says I’m in the Middle East, I am home safe and sound now! Thank you all for praying with and for me through the entire trip, it meant so much. After being back in North America for a little bit now I am more excited than ever for what God has planned for me!

Thank you all for your continued partnership and support! If you feel led to partner with me in this mission financially, you can use the ”Become a Financial Partner” link below, or mail a check to Saving Grace World Missions (Acacia Scott Support in the memo line) to 17451 Bastanchury Rd, Suite 203, Yorba Linda, California, 92886.

As always, if you have a prayer request, I’d love to pray for you and talk to you more!

Blessings,

Acacia

Praise Reports:

Made it to and from the Middle East! We had an amazing time, and I’m so excited to see what God is going to do with all the things He spoke to me through it! I was able to head up to Canada quickly after the trip to share more in person with my family and church.

Prayer Requests:

Safe traveling this month (currently in Canada, heading back to the States soon). Next steps and peace with where God is calling me to continue getting trained up next. Support for the next steps.

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Arabs, Ukrainians, and the 10/40 Coming to Us.

At first glance this past month seemed like it might be calm and orderly…but it was not! Although my main goal is to get trained up to GO to the 10/40 Window, this month the 10/40 Window came to us! Between ministering to Muslims, being up all night with Ukrainians, and serving at a church in Watts, LA, I have had an amazing month!

Ukraine and her refugees have been on all of our hearts. When Saving Grace got the call that Calvary San Diego needed help, a few of us jumped in the van and headed down early Monday morning. We arrived to find a group of hard-working, sleep-deprived and worn out staff serving an ever revolving door of refugees fresh from the Mexican border. This is not an issue that is going away any time soon, and it was truly amazing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Our main job was to do all the things that did not require us to speak Russian. We cooked, cleaned, managed showers, and handled donations. We carried on through the next three days working on minimal down-time, but God was so good and we were full of energy, despite sleeping on a floor in a pastor’s office! Now that I’m home, I can’t believe we were able to keep going for so long. It was definitely the strength of the Lord that we were running on because I’ve never been awake so long in one stretch!

This little girl I was playing with didn’t speak any English. We were able to figure out each other’s names and had a fun time teaching each other games!

Watts

Hope Central Watts is a church in the heart of Watts, LA. A team of us were able to go out and “take over” the church for two weeks to give the servants there a break to rest and hear the Word, rather than always leading.

Ministering to Muslims.

It’s been a few years now since Jesus has laid the Muslim world on my heart. My prayer is that I can be a vessel used by Him to bring His Light into some of the darkest places on the earth. God created these people, loves them, and wants them.  Yes, they can seem scary with their religion being a web of lies and deceit that cause them to live in a cycle of hate, but they are created and loved by God. 

Thank you so much for your prayers: the Voice of the Refugee’s Women’s day was a success! It was amazing to get to meet and hang out with so many Muslims at once, and in a church, no less! There is a deep yearning in me to take the Gospel to these women in their home countries, but that starts here, where they are now! I have the opportunity to get to know some more ladies outside of this event. I’ve been texting with one who would like to meet up in the near future, as well as making connections with another family. Please be praying for the Lord to work through this and eventually bring them to salvation.

Currently we are in the month of Ramadan (a month long Muslim holiday). It is during this time that people, even barely-practicing Muslims, feel more spiritual and may be open to conversations about their religion. This can lead to probing questions that we pray will get them to rethink their worldview, and point them to Jesus.  Islam is so deceitful in the way it pulls people in and keeps them locked under legalism and death.  It is truly a miracle when someone finds Jesus from within this culture-and that is what we’re praying for!  Please pray for the Muslims in your community, that Jesus would reveal Himself to them to bring them into His Kingdom. We want to make heaven crowded, and to do that we’re working on going to the ends of the earth! 

Two Weeks Out:

I’m just two weeks away from boarding a plane into the 10/40 Window! This Vision Tour is especially exciting because it is heading into a nation of the unreached-and the Muslim unreached no less! 

For security reasons I’m not saying which country we’ll be in online. I need to be careful not to put future ministry at risk in any way. I’ll be sending out my next update from this country! 

Please be praying for:

-clarity in what the Lord wants me to do in the near future in regards to this country 

-spiritual warfare that comes with these types of trips 

-safety for the team and that we will not put existing work at risk by being there

-that we will be a light and encouragement to those already working there

If you feel led to get involved financially as well as by praying for me, whether one-time or as a monthly partner, you can do so by clicking the “Become a Financial Partner” button below or mailing a check to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Ste. 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Thank you so much for your partnership in prayer!

Acacia

Praise Reports:

  1. VOR Women’s day was a success, the ladies were blessed.
  2. To be the hands and feet of Jesus to the Ukrainians!
  3. God has been speaking to me a lot about this upcoming trip. I’m excited to get to share with you once I’m back.

Prayer Requests:

  1. That there will be seeds planted from these connections to Muslim ladies.
  2. This upcoming trip to the Middle East: for safety and clarity.
  3. Safe travels, for team leaders, and wisdom for everyone going.

3.5 Billion People

I want to start this month off by thanking all of you who read my posts and want to get involved and partner with me in bringing the Gospel to the nations! It really does take a village to send out a missionary, so thank you!

This month I had the opportunity to be apart of a missions conference. It was so encouraging to sit in a room full of missions m-nded people who want and are encouraging me to walk in this calling! I also was asked to share a little bit about what the School of Missions is and my experience there.

Me, mid-snap, with Pastor Trent and other interns talking about what God is doing through the School of Missions.

The main thing I took out of this conference was a quote by CT Studd:

“Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!”

CT Studd

Now I’m not saying that we should all go run a rescue shop in the darkest parts of the world, but as I’ll talk about in a minute here, who is going? If we all went, then there would be no one left to send, and missionaries would be equipped. On the flip side of this coin: if nobody is going, then nobody is getting saved there. I decided this would be a good newsletter to lay out for you all a little bit of what that calling is…starting with the 10/40 Window!

The 10/40 Window

The 10/40 Window is what we call the region of the world that is 10 degrees north of the equator up to 40 degrees, Japan to the west of Africa. It’s highlighted in the red below. In this area live 3.5 BILLION people who have never heard the gospel. So why is it important? Of all the missionaries and church planters sent out in the world, only 3% are going to this area. That is leaving an imbalance of 1 Christian to every 250,000 people that live there!!!!!! No Bibles, no churches; just Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

This is essentially the entire reason I’m an intern here, is to get trained up to go! We are still moving forward on this upcoming Middle East trip. Due to security reasons and not causing trouble for myself in the future I need to be ambiguous about where exactly we are headed. I can tell you God is amazing, and is showing me more about my calling and about the Unreached and His heart for them.


At the end of this month I have the opportunity to take part in the Voice of the Refugees Women’s Day. This is an event catered to helping Muslim women feel more at home in the States (since moving here from their home country as refugees). It is all about showing them the love of Jesus. We are going to have some practical teaching time, lunch, and a spa in the afternoon to pamper them. Please be praying for this day. It is an awesome open door to have the gospel preached, as well as getting to sit and talk to start friendships. It is excellent training for long-term missions, as well as those conversations about eternity and Jesus’ love for them to begin. Please be praying for me personally that I’ll have divine opportunities and the words to say, that it will be Jesus in me and I’ll get out of the way for Him to work. Please pray for the event as a whole that it will be a success. With events like this the enemy will try to stop it: so pray against the spiritual warfare that will be coming.

With all these things in mind, if you feel led to get involved and partner with me financially for this upcoming trip and moving to the field long-term, you can do so by clicking the “Become a Financial Partner” button below, or by mailing a support check to

Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Ste. 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886.

*note “Acacia Scott support” in memo.

As always, I’m blessed to be able to pray for you, so please let me know of any prayer requests you may have!

Blessings,

Acacia

Praise Reports:

-I’m enjoying life here and learning lots about the Unreached.

-The Missions Conference was a success and we have tons of interest in the School of Missions to train up more young people!

Prayer Requests:

-Middle East trip: both financially and practically. That all the pieces will fall into place.

-Voice of the Refugees Women’s Day: that there will be seeds planted and watered. For conversations to happen and the women to feel the love of Jesus!

I’m Back!

February 2022 Life Update!

Welcome back to my Saving Grace World Mission blog! Thanks for sticking around, or welcome if you’re new!

Here is a brief run down since I stopped writing on my blog back in 2020 after School of Missions:

-August 2020: I went home to Canada to finish high school with a renewed heart for reaching the unreached.

-January 2021: After graduating high school the Lord moved me to California to attend Calvary Bible Institute

-I am now back under the wing of Saving Grace World Missions as an intern! It feels like it’s been a long time waiting, but I’m back!

Calvary Bible Institute with Jerel Hagerman. January 2022.

That brings us up to today. With Bible College done, my life has changed a lot! I graduated Calvary Bible Institute two weeks ago, and immediately moved to Yorba Linda to begin my internship at SGWM. Although I didn’t have a visa at the time, I felt real peace in the Lord to make the move and get settled in despite the fact that I could have to leave in 4 weeks due to my current visa expiring. Praise the Lord, one day after I moved here a 6-month visa came in! I applied for at least 1 year, but 6 months is 6 months. I’m overjoyed to be able to get trained up here for long term missions! I’m on a visitors visa, so still cannot work here, but God provided the ability to be able to work a few hours a week for a family in the church homeschooling their kids! I’m excited to watch the Lord move in these next steps in my life and see what He is going to do and where He is going to call me.

Speaking of long term missions, let’s talk about Muslims! The doors has been flung open for me to go on a vision tour to the Middle East in a few months! A Vision Tour is a trip to go to a place with the intention of moving there full-time in the future; or at least praying about it! It is a missions trip, but more focused on the long term than the 2 weeks that we’ll actually be there. As a missionary you don’t want to move somewhere only to realize that you don’t like the place, the people, and the culture. That is why we go ahead of time!

Please join me in praying for the leading of the Lord, and all the things that need to come in to place for this to happen if this is truly where He wants me!

Let me know how I can be praying for you,

Blessings,

Acacia:)

First year interns discussing our book chapter this week from ‘Calvary Chapel Distinctives’.

Praise Reports:

-my visa allowing me to be here to be trained up.

-a place to live near the church and some form of work.

-upcoming trips and God showing His hand in and through that!

Prayer Requests:

-the Middle East Trip: that the Lord continues to provide practically and financially.

-that I will be diligent with my time while here.

-a continued thirst for the Word of God, especially now that I’m out of Bible College and not being “forced” into it everyday.

Faithful Even in the Little

Hi friends and family,

First of all, thank you! Thank you for praying and partnering with me this summer. This is just the beginning! I think I speak for the whole school when I say this has been an amazing time of learning and growing in my walk with God. I’m excited to take all the things I have learned and the skills I’ve gained into the future mission field God has for me. 

Outreach with a Calvary Chapel in Primo Tapia! It was their first service back since COVID, which was such a blessing to us to be a part of! 

A constant impression on my heart this summer has been to be faithful in the small things. God has put me in certain places for a reason (the school I go to, my church Calvary North Shore, my family and my friends). I want to seek Him in those places, and ask Him why I am there and what to do with my time. Luke 16:10 says ‘“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much’. 

This week we had the amazing opportunity to attend the Calvary Chapel Church Planters Conference here in Rosarito. As I glanced all around the room I thought: WOW! Here is a room full of people faithfully obeying God and making disciples! The coolest thing for me was that just about everyone was taking notes. Nobody was ‘too good’ because their church was doing better than the church of the guy who spoke, everybody just wanted to be filled up and fellowship. The church planters were there to share their life and their love for God with each other.

Campfire worship. 

If you ever have a chance to go to one of these conferences, I must warn you: you will be convicted to go plant a church! GO!! We are commanded to ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19). 

I you feel led to partner with my financially or in prayer for this trip and many more in the future, here is my online giving link: https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift2?giftid=A6B7F336D73F44C

Thank you for praying for me!

Acacia:)

Games with the kids! This is one of my favourite games: ‘water-balloon-towel-toss‘. Yeah, I have no clue what it is actually called, but I like ‘water-balloon-towel-toss’!!!

Prayer Requests:

#1: As we move into this last week of the School of Missions, pray that God will be guiding my next steps and making those clear to me. 

#2: We have one last outreach this week. Please pray that we will be a light to the people we reach!

#3: Pray that our team will finish off this last week strong!

Praise Reports:

#1: Thank the Lord for unity in the team! I have been encouraged by other members of the team, and have made some lifelong friendships. 

#2: The encouragement from older church planters at the conference really got our team fired up to go out!

#3: The Spirit is directing my paths and preparing me for long-term missions! It is a great adventure, and I am so excited to see what He will do!

Vision Beginning to Form

Update #5

Friends and family,

Greetings from Mexico! Going into week 5 here! This week at the outreaches I was challenged to go and talk to the adults. Normally this is no problem for me, however, trying to talk to adults in a different language is hard! At our last outreach at the Chumeya Reservation, I was encouraged to eat lunch with the ladies. The Lord used this to encourage me through Julia. Julia is a quiet 20-year-old woman who lives in the Chumeya Reservation. The conversation I had with her was important to me because I was way out of my comfort zone, and this random lady was able to encourage me and show me that even though I barely knew how to talk to her, we were still able to connect by laughing together and have a decent conversation! 

VBS with the kids!

I was impacted this week specifically in the classes about the unreached people in our world! It was interesting for me to learn that for a people group to be considered ‘unreached’ they need to have no access to a Christian or the Bible. I am only one person, but God has put this desire in my heart to reach them, and bring the love of Christ into the dark places. There are 7,000 unreached people groups in the world. That is a total of 3 billion (THREE BILLION!!) unreached people. My vision is starting to form on how God wants to use me to reach these people…if you want to join me in reaching the nations with the gospel, you can partner with me in prayer and finances. I have a secure online giving link at the bottom of this page, and pray that God will continue to define my vision and direct my steps!

Spencer preaching to the people!

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support, 

Blessings,

Acacia:)

Handing out COVID Relief packages!

Prayer Requests:

#1: Pray for the Chumeya people that we visited on Saturday. They live in a dark place and need the love of Jesus! 

#2: Pray specifically for Julia and her family; that God will bring a full-time pastor into her community to encourage her!

#3: Pray for our outreaches this week: for boldness in the team and open hearts of the people.

Praise Reports:

#1: Thank the Lord for unity in the team! We all get along and work together well.

#2: Encouragement from people like Julia and the conversation we had. 

#3: The Spirit is directing my paths and preparing me for long-term missions! It is a great adventure, and I am so excited to see what He will do!

Blessed Are the Flexible

Update #4

Hello friends and family,

I am still here and extremely thankful for all the people praying for me! As we go into week four, everyone is more comfortable with each other as far as working together goes. The ‘newness’ of everything has worn off and people are settling into who they are. The unity of the team has actually been amazing…sometimes trips can be really hard when the team doesn’t work well together, but thankfully that hasn’t been the case. Despite these people all being complete strangers to me four weeks ago, we’re all great friends now. There is something about 10 people sharing a bathroom that draws you closer!!! This is missions (as the leaders are always saying) and I love it!

Missionary testimony with Pastor Mike and Sarah 

This past week has been filled with practical classes on what to do once you get to the mission field. I know it will be a few years before I can actually get out there full-time and start working, but for now, it’s awesome to grow in my understanding as I read about the psychology behind cultures and how this affects missionaries. We’ve had some amazing missionary teachers coming in, so we can learn from their mistakes! 

On Saturday we drove out to San Vicente, a ranch town 2 hours out, to do kids ministry. In this place, we learned how beautiful being flexible is! Upon arriving, we realized not only were there not any kids out of quarantine, but the ministry would consist of digging holes and helping a ministry build a rock wall by hand.

Missionaries, Carlos and Pilar, are preparing the property that includes a women’s ‘transition’ home. So, we helped dig holes and break apart rocks all day. We visited with women who grew up in a women’s home with their single mothers. The quote of the day was: ‘Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be easily broken’ (Pastor Chuck Smith). It was actually really fun! If we had held onto the fact that we had come to do kids/youth ministry, we would have missed an amazing opportunity to bless this place so that it can bless many more people!

Moving rocks and digging holes at the ranch.

Thank you especially for partnering with me financially and in prayer as I’m down here…it is such a blessing to have you all! I am now halfway through the school of missions; I can’t believe I’ve been gone for 26 days already, and still have 22 left to go! 

Until next week,

Acacia:)

Praise Reports: -Praise God we were able to help at the ranch to give their workers a break!

Prayer Requests: -The whole team to stay unified!

Praying in the Park

He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

Update #3

‘If I am something, then God is not everything; but when I become nothing, God can become all.’

-Absolute Surrender, Andrew Murray. 

Hi everyone!

I am still alive! Week 2 was another awesome week here in Mexico, filled with lots of classes and street ministry. The classes this past week have been all about the Holy Spirit and how important church planting is. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and supporting me financially these weeks! It is such a blessing to be here learning, and I’m so excited to be able to learn so much before heading out to the mission field for myself in a few years!! I have so many notes, and I’m excited to share what I’m learning with you when I get home!

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for me. As we get deeper into the school, sleep becomes more uncommon so prayer is a must when it comes to having the energy to serve!! I love it, but have been learning especially this week to lean on the Holy Spirit to keep me a nice person! It is too hard to do all on my own…I need Him! I also need Him to give me the strength to not completely lose it every time one of these Americans makes fun of my accent. I’m kidding, I don’t mind them laughing at it because theirs is pretty hilarious too.

The girls of the team!

This week we read a book called ‘Absolute Surrender’ by Andrew Murray. It is cool how all the books have been linked to the topics we’re talking about. That was not planned!

 One of the best quotes is about being nothing: ‘If I am something, then God is not everything; but when I become nothing, God can become all.’ It resonates with me because our world shouts at me to be everything. The world says I am all I need. THIS IS NOT TRUE! If this were true, then why is there so much pain and depression in our world? Lean on God, He wants you, and He loves you more than anything else in this world, and He will take care of you! It is ok to give it all to Him! 

Outreach this week was amazing. I had a great conversation with some girls in grades 6 and 7 on Saturday. We talked about farms, school, and Jesus! Our team was serving at their church to give out more COVID relief bags. Sometimes while doing things like this, I think ‘why would they want to talk to me? What can I do?’ Then God reminds me, I can encourage, I can pray, and I can bless. Maybe that looks like taking care of kids while they talk to the pastor. Maybe that looks like writing down their name and praying for them in my devotions, or maybe that means directly sharing the gospel with them! 

Until next week!

Blessings,

Acacia:)

Praise Reports:

-Several people came to Jesus this week!! Pray that they will get plugged into the local church so they can be strengthened and encouraged!

Prayer requests:

-Spiritual warfare is very real! Please pray that the Lord will keep me strong and hold me tight.

-For the whole team to stay healthy and safe!

-Please pray for me when it comes to street witnessing – I get scared and am not sure what to say. Please pray that I will have peace of mind when it comes to sharing Jesus!

CSOM Update #2: Learning to Surrender

Hello family and friends!

I am so blessed to have you as a community praying for me as I’m learning about missions in the school! I’m so happy to be here, with likeminded people who are also dying to get out on the mission field and proclaim the name of Jesus to the nations! This week the classes have all been about looking at the biblical command of missions and what that looks like. The best (and most frustrating thing!) is that God has been telling me to slow down, surrender, and get the education I need before heading into the field. It gives me peace to know that God is making a way, and it may take a few years before I can be out there full time. I know I’ll get there and when I do, I’ll be equipped in His Word! The Bible is my handbook for missions and life in general! Surrendering to His plans for my life is hard, and a constant struggle. It is necessary in order to be a useful tool that doesn’t burn out! 

Serving kids chips in a park in a town called HomeX. At the point the picture was taken all the kids were laughing at my Spanish!!

I titled this post “learning to surrender” because that is the biggest thing I have been learning this week. I need to surrender my plans and hopes so that God can use me in amazing ways. He can’t use me as effectively as long as I’m stuck in my ideas and my plans. It is hard, but there is unbelievable freedom that comes with knowing God is holding your life in His hands, and no matter what happens, He is going to be right beside you. 

My highlight of this week was street evangelism. We handed out tracts and invitations for a new church, La Gloria, in Tijuana, Mexico. I think this was my highlight because it is the hardest and most uncomfortable part of missions so far. I have to talk to adults about Jesus! It can be frustrating because I just want to be excited and pour out Jesus’ love, but I’m still Acacia…the most important (and hardest) thing is to step back and let God do the talking. He knows what He’s doing, but I want all the credit. God has been teaching me to step back, let the One who created the people deal with the people, and just abide in His Spirit. 

Group prayer for the pastor of the new church in HomeX! 

Aaron was in charge of us minors, although he kept forgetting. He will tell you that I ran in front of a moving car in the street to give a Bible and invitation to a lady on the other side. He’ll probably tell you I almost died. I didn’t! I knew the car had stopped; besides, taking risks to bring the gospel to people is good right?! Well, not unnecessary risks! I’m still learning! I probably should have made sure Aaron knew what I was doing before running across the street!

This week please pray that the whole team stays healthy and remembers to drink lots of water! We can’t be very effective in telling people about Him when we’re sick! 

Thank you all so much for partnering with me in prayer and financially, and joining me on this crazy journey God has for my life! To see my blog with other posts about my vision and calling in missions visit www.sgwm.com/scott/

Blessings, 

Acacia:)