Dear friends and family,
The busiest time of the year, or so they say. That was an understatement for the internship as we went into Christmas break. The beginning of the month was filled with anticipation for the season and for my girlfriend to come spend time with me on my birthday. I’m not much of a birthday celebration kind of a guy, but this one was a special one to say the least. As we spent the day together, I asked Lydia to marry me. She said yes!! I am filled with such joy and excitement for the Lord to grow us in preparation to be wed. The day was so perfect, the sun was shining and there were clear skies. Lydia always loves the sunlight glimmering through the trees. It reminds her of how the Lord brings life to things when the sun illuminates the dark leaves. Reminded of this image I chose to go to the Huntington Library. I found a perfect spot with the trees intertwined with one another and I popped the question.
Later, Lydia and I had an opportunity to go Christmas caroling in Brea. It was such a fun time spreading the love of Christ through song. I took video that later turned into a short update the church produced about their evangelism ministry. During the event it was so cool that a few people from the street joined us to sing alongside. It kind of reminded me what the body of Christ is all about. We are all connected through Christ, and we are all called to show the love of Christ to all. Furthermore, it reminded me of the true meaning of why Christ came down to earth. It wasn’t because we needed to get more comfortable in our security of tremendous grace, it was for those who are lost.
Something that also transpired is I got my old job back at Starbucks again. Although I am still looking for another full-time job, I am so blessed to have a job that is flexible and has pretty good pay. I’ve started up conversations with my co-workers and am really praying for the opportunity and courage to share what God has done in my own life and what Jesus can do in theirs. For if I can’t do it in my backyard of the States, how could I do it on the field? My goal is to tell others of the full gospel message and I pray that the Lord would teach me to do it wherever I am.
Finally, a new year is quickly approaching us. With that, it brings new opportunities. I am looking to go on a vision tour to Japan and I am going to need to raise $3,400 for a two-week trip. My purpose in going is to scope out the land seeing if it is truly a place the Lord is calling me to bring the gospel message to. During that time, I will be experiencing the culture firsthand and be working with a few missionaries already there, learning from them while also praying through the entire trip. If you aren’t able to give, I ask that you begin praying that the Lord would provide, and His will be revealed on the trip. So many things are happening this next month I can’t wait to share with you. The couple that my fiancé and I want to partner with are coming to California, and there is also a prayer and fasting week for our entire church. Stay tuned for more.
Thank you so much for partnering and praying alongside this amazing calling I have on my life. The opportunities that the Lord has given me is also your fruit as well. So once again you have my thanks!
- For the new chapter in Lydia’s and my life. That God would lead us to where He wants us to go
- For the internship that I would grow in the Lord and learn the Scripture to give to others
- For the filling of the Holy Spirit
- I got a job
- Lydia said yes to my proposal
- I am gaining steam towards the trip to Japan