You Also Be Patient

You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8)

April was an extremely busy month as the Lord provided a lot of new opportunities that will help prepare me for the missions field. It is truly amazing to see how God continues to answer my prayers as I seek to prepare for the ministry God has called me to. I was praying for more opportunities to teach God’s word, for wisdom and direction in finding classes to learn Arabic and to serve the Lord. I am currently waiting to hear back from a school in the Middle East that I hope to start classes with in a couple weeks. If I am able to begin classes with them I will be doing class 3 hours a day 5 days a week from 4am-7am. So please keep me in prayer as it will be difficult both in terms of the workload and timing. I was also asked to help teach a Romans class to a Bible College in India so every week I am getting the opportunity to teach through a translator over zoom. In addition to that I had the opportunity to go share and teach at a local Calvary Chapel. Then in June the Young Adults of the Rock are going on a mission trip to Mexico so we are excited to see what God has planned and are currently preparing for that and raising funds. In this season as I am waiting for the doors to open for me to go to the Middle East I am grateful for all the opportunities I have here to be involved in ministering to others and in teaching the Word. Please keep praying that the doors would open so that I can be sent out. 

Romans Class

I am scheduled to help teach a class every week through the book of Romans. This is a great opportunity for me to be able to grow in the area of teaching and in a different setting then when delivering a sermon. Teaching to the Bible college requires me to teach for longer periods of time, with translation and in a class setting all of which I will be doing in the future especially when we start the Bible College in the Middle East. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to pour into these young men with a calling on their lives to go out and reach the lost. My prayer for them is that God equips and sends them out to preach the gospel, plant churches and disciple others who will continue the work. Please keep them in prayer as they continue to labor in the study of God’s work.

Calvary Chapel Willits

Close to seven years ago was when I first started attending Calvary Chapel The Rock, where I am currently serving. It is amazing to look back and see all that God has done in that time and through those at the Rock. During that time I have been able to go to Bible College, School of Missions, do several different internships and go out to the Middle East on my vision tour. I am so grateful to all of those who have poured into me and discipled me over the years. One of those people that has had an impact on my life is Jim Semich who was the young adults Pastor when I first began to attend the group. Right before I left for Bible College God had called Jim and some others from our church to move to Willits and plant a Calvary Chapel there. It had been a while since I had seen pastor Jim and then out of nowhere God reconnected the two of us. Jim happened to see a video of me teaching and reached out to hear about what the Lord was calling me to. Then he was able to attend the last missions dessert gathering that I spoke at. After hearing what God has put on my heart he invited me to come share on missions and teach at Calvary Chapel Willits. It was amazing to see how God orchestrated it all and such a blessing to see the work God is doing at the church there. During my visit to the church it was so clear that God is doing amazing things in the hearts of the people. I am excited to see how God continues to bless the church there and work among them.

Pastor Jim and I

The Lord is so gracious to continue to provide ways for me to serve Him and prepare for going to the Middle East. I am thankful for the time I have had back in my hometown and the opportunities I have had. I know that the Lord is at work in my life at this time to equip me for further ministry and that in His time I will be sent out to the Middle East. However I am ready to a go as soon as the Lord opens the door and until that time I am seeking to be faithful and diligent here where God has me. Please keep praying for the Lord to open the doors for me to go and make it clear when It is His time so that I can go to begin this work in the Middle East that God has called us too. 

If you would like to partner with me in the work of the Gospel financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Jorden Skiles support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

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Praise Reports

  • Answered prayers
  • Reconnecting with Pastor Jim and the chance to visit Calvary Chapel Willits
  • For the opportunity to help teach a Bible college class

Prayer Requests

  • That I can start Arabic classes soon and for the ability to learn quickly 
  • That the doors would be opened for me to go to the Middle East
  • For diligence in ministry and teaching

To Be Well Pleasing to Him

Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” (2 Cor. 5:9 NKJV)

In this chapter of 2 Corinthians Paul is speaking of how we long to be present with the Lord and that as Christians we are to live looking with eager expectation to the hope we have in Christ. This hope in Christ of being with Him should affect and change the way that we live on this earth. In everything we do our desire should be to please our king and our God. As Paul goes on to say in verse 14 “for the love of Christ compels us…” meaning that when we consider the love of Christ for us it should result in a life lived to please, honor and glorify the King of kings. This past weekend I was able to go on a young adults retreat with Calvary Chapel the Rock and the theme was “Compelled”. We spent the weekend looking at chapter 5 of 2 Corinthians, a chapter that has been extremely impactful in my own life. It was verse 14, as well as verses 18-20 and many others like them throughout the Bible that God used to transform me. It was the Word of God that gave me a passion to serve Him. God especially used verse 20 in a very powerful way to change my heart and cause me to pray for God to use me to magnify His name. In verse 20 Paul says, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20) For all Christians this is our purpose to be Christ’s ambassadors to implore people, to be reconciled to God. We are to be witnesses of Christ and to proclaim His love and desire for all to be saved. To proclaim to the lost the gospel, the message of salvation. Yet God used this in a special way to stir my heart for the lost and lead me into the calling I have now of being sent out to reach the unreached with the Gospel. This is one of many passages that God used to prepare my heart and confirm to me that I was called to go to the Middle East. I was so thankful to be a part of the retreat and to have the Lord reaffirm and encourage me in the calling He has given me. 

The past few weeks God has been doing so much in my heart and in my life. On March 7th I was given the opportunity to speak at a Missions night at my church to share the calling God has given me. The whole week before I was preparing and praying that God would use it for His glory, to encourage those there and to give all of us there a greater passion to reach the lost. I was grateful for the opportunity and blessed to see God answer my prayers. It was amazing to see how God brought people, encouraged them and stirred them up for missions through what He has done in preparing me to go and through the calling He has given. As many of you know I have been serving, teaching, studying and preparing myself for ministry in the Middle East as well as raising support in order to be sent out. Recently God put it on my heart to begin learning Arabic online and to commit time to that each week so I can be further equipped for when I leave. I am hoping to start that soon so please keep me in prayer as I begin to labor to learn the language. Also please keep praying that I would continue to grow in teaching God’s Word and in my understanding of Arabic, Islam and the culture of the country I will be going to so I may be better equipped for ministry there. 

If the Lord has put it on your heart to partner financially with me to reach the Middle East with the gospel and to reach those who don’t know the truth of who God is with the truth of His Word. To see people turned from darkness to light, from the power of satan to God you can do so through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Jorden Skiles support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

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Praise Reports

  • For a blessed dessert gathering
  • For a great Young Adults Retreat

Prayer Requests

  • Perseverance and wisdom in language learning
  • For more opportunities to teach the word of God
  • Wisdom and guidance in preparing for the Middle East

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Sent Out and Welcomed Home

The month of October has been extremely eventful, even more so than usual. It has been a month of new things, old things, and a month of goodbyes and welcomes home. Three weeks ago I had my last Sunday at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace after a year of doing a Missions internship. Two weeks ago I had my first Sunday back at Calvary Chapel the Rock after many months away. I have been so blessed to be a part of Saving Grace and to be trained for Missions this past year. However, I am very excited to be back at the Rock again serving alongside my church family here. I wanted to share with you all about my last couple of weeks in Southern California and what has happened since arriving in Northern California.

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Last day in SoCal

My last week in SoCal was such a blessing. It is amazing to see how God has given me a home in SoCal and family there as well as in Norcal. Because I have been able to build so many relationships in Southern California this past year I spent a lot of the last two weeks there engaging in any form of fellowship possible to get as much time with people as I could. Because of this, my last two weeks were packed full of visits to young adults, youth groups, home fellowship groups, missions fellowship, intern classes, and different people’s homes. All of these were such a blessing as I moved on to the next stage of life preparing to go to the Middle East. Each of these events also opened up opportunities for me to share the vision for the Middle East in different circumstances. 

The biggest opportunity was when Saving Grace sent me off back home to NorCal. The Lord worked it out so that the day I was leaving was the first day moving back inside so that I got to have one day back in the sanctuary. At the end of the service, I was invited on stage, where I was able to thank the church and all the pastors as well as leaders for all they had done for me during the internship and to share about what God has called me to. Then they prayed for me as they sent me to follow God’s leading. It was bittersweet because I love the people there at Saving Grace and they have become family to me so it was hard to leave. Yet, knowing that I was going home to NorCal where I’m from, with my family both by blood and my family in Christ at the Rock filled me with joy and excitement. 

Ultimately, the biggest source of joy and excitement is being in God’s will as I know He has called me to be here for this season. Yet I am longing for the time when God will open the doors for me to go to the Middle East. 

Welcomed Home

Sharing At The Rock My First Sunday Back

Coming back to Northern California, God has already been working in amazing ways. He has already provided a job which means I can put more money towards moving to the Middle East while still having time for ministry. The job works perfectly with my schedule allowing me to continue to do devotions for Saving Grace on Facebook, while also giving me time to do discipleship, Bible studies, and events with Calvary Chapel the Rock. I have also been given certain nights off to be a part of Young Adults. Since I have been here I have already had the privilege to share for a few minutes on a Sunday Morning about the calling God has given me for the Middle East. I have also been able to join and serve at both the Young Adults and the Youth group for different events. I am grateful that God has allowed me to come back to the Rock and be a part of the fellowship here, it is such a blessing. I am looking forward to serving here in Norcal as I continue to prepare for the Middle East and raise support. Please continue to keep the vision for the Middle East in prayer. Pray that God would raise up a team to join me, that I would have the finances in order to move to the Middle East and begin language school to learn Arabic, as well as that God would prepare the hearts of those we seek to bring the gospel to. Please pray that God would open blind eyes and turn them from darkness to light, from the power of satan to God. (Acts 26:18) 

Back Home At The Rock

Thank you all for continuing to read these updates and hear what the Lord is doing. God bless you all. 

In Christ, 

Jorden Skiles

Praise Reports

  • Safe travels to NorCal
  • For God’s provision of a job so quickly
  • Opportunities to serve here in NorCal

Prayer Requests

  • For open doors to share the gospel here in NorCal
  • That I can be a witness of Christ at work, with my family, and in the world
  • For continued growth in the teaching of God’s Word
  • For the necessary financial support to move to the Middle East

If you would like to partner with me in the work of the Gospel financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Jorden Skiles support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

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Moving Forward

“I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.” Psalm 145:1

This is one of my favorite verses from the Psalms, as the author worships and blesses the name of the Lord. This verse has been on my mind and my heart often this past month. The reason being that I have been overwhelmed by God’s grace poured out so abundantly and by the many evidences of His faithfulness. As the end of my internship has been rapidly approaching I have been reflecting on all that God has done this past year and I am amazed. Yet at the same time, I am looking forward to what is ahead with eager expectation. Both looking back and looking forward has made the grace of God so evident in my life. I am so grateful for all that the Lord has allowed me to be a part of this past year at Saving Grace and I am excited for the good works that He has prepared for me to walk in as I move forward. One of the main reasons that I have been considering both the past and the future lately is because on September 20th I had my first Dessert Gathering. In this Dessert Gathering, I shared with Saving Grace how God brought me into fellowship with them, what He has done through their partnership with me, and what God is calling me to now. It was such an amazing opportunity to reflect on God’s faithfulness and grace in my life and to share what He has done with others.

First Class of the Second Year of Internship 
Helping out with sound on Sunday

First Dessert Gathering

For those that don’t know what a Dessert Gathering is, let me explain. A Dessert Gathering is an event that is held at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace when a Missionary is in town that allows them to share what God is doing in their Ministry. The whole church is invited to come and enjoy coffee, tea, desserts, and fellowship as well as hear updates from the Missionary on what the Lord has been doing in the country/countries they work in. It is a wonderful time for people to gather and be encouraged by how the gospel is going forth in countries around the world and be able to hear how they can partner in the gospel; whether it be through prayer, encouraging the missionary, helping with a specific need, or financial support. One of the many blessings during this past month was being able to not just attend a Dessert Gathering as I have in the past but to actually be the one speaking at it. To be honest it was a rather shocking and strange yet wonderful experience. Usually, I am one of the people who show up early to help set up and then during the event I am in the crowd listening to what God is doing in and through the Missionary’s life then afterwards I help clean up. This time was completely different. Instead of being the one listening in the crowd, I was speaking to the crowd. Instead of cleaning up afterward, people were coming up to me to ask questions, to encourage me, and to hear more of what the Lord is doing. Actually I had to fight the urge to start helping with clean up which was hard for me. It was so unnatural for me to be talking with people and fellowshipping while others were cleaning up but I knew in that situation God had a different job for me. It was such an amazing experience and I am so grateful that God has given me the opportunity to share the vision God has given me to reach the Middle East with the Gospel. For anyone who wants to hear more about my heart for the Middle East and the vision God has given for that region, I would love to share with you. If you would like to set up a time to meet and hear the vision or communicate with me through email you can contact me at jorden@sgwm.com  

Post Internship

Months ago, as I continued to pray about what God’s plan was for me and what the timeline of moving to the Middle East would be, God began to put it on my heart to spend time in my hometown before moving overseas. After months of praying and several changed plans, I am looking forward to coming back to Northern California in October. There are several reasons why I feel God is calling me to spend time in my hometown before I leave. One of those reasons is that I want to spend the time I have left with my family before moving to the Middle East. I also want to come back to and spend time at my home church in Northern California that discipled me, gave me the opportunity to go on my first Mission trip, and sent me to Bible College. Because of Bible College, School of Missions, and my internship, I have been gone most of the past three years so before I move to the Middle East I also want to spend time reconnecting with my home church, building relationships, and serving there again. I am so excited for what the Lord has in this next season of life. I have loved my time in Southern California and I praise God for all that He has allowed me to be a part of and how He has changed me in this time. Though I am saddened to leave, I am also joyful to do what God is calling me to in moving first to Nor Cal and then to the Middle East. For those of you in Southern California if you would like to hang out before I go, please reach out and let me know so we can get together.  For those in Northern California, I look forward to seeing you soon.

The Middle East

 With all this talk about moving to Northern California, I want to make sure it is clear that I am still seeking to move to the Middle East. In fact, the plan is to move there in the Spring of 2021. Which is getting closer and closer each and every day. In order for me to be able to move by then, I must raise support. I need to raise enough monthly support so that I can live in the Middle East as well as have the finances to pay for the initial costs of moving there and getting established. Because my main focus initially will be learning the language and culture so I can be effective as a pastor and teacher in the Middle East in the future I will also need support to pay for language school. Please be praying that God will provide for these things so that I can move in the Spring as planned.

 Also, pray as I am spending time with my family, reconnecting with my home church, and those in my hometown. I will also be working at raising support and learning the basics of the Arabic language and culture, Middle Eastern history, the history of Islam, and apologetics. Please be praying for me in these areas as I have much to learn and a lot of support to raise before moving to the Middle East in the Spring. Please also be praying for me as I move to Northern California that God would provide opportunities to continue to grow in the area of teaching. I will continue to do devotionals on Facebook for Calvary Chapel Saving Grace while I am there, but please pray for additional opportunities as I want to always be growing and preparing for the calling God has given me. 

Thank you all so much for reading my updates, for encouraging me, supporting me financially, and praying for me as I follow Christ and the calling He has given me. I am blessed to be a partner with you in the gospel. God bless you all.

In Christ for His glory,

Jorden Skiles

Praise Reports:

  1. The last Xray of my finger shows that it is fully healed and I have finished physical therapy as well. Praise the Lord that I have regained motion and strength in my finger and did not need surgery at any point. 
  2. For an amazing year of interning at Saving Grace.
  3. For the opportunity to share my vision and calling at my Dessert Gathering.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Prayer for God’s leading and will to be done in my time in Northern California as I prepare to move to the Middle East.
  2. Pray that I will have the financial support I need to move to the Middle East in Spring 2021.
  3. Pray that God will build a team to join me in the Middle East.
  4. Prayer for wisdom and strength as I learn the Arabic language.

If you would like to partner with me in the work of the Gospel financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Jorden Skiles support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

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