Hi friends & family! I pray that this newsletter finds you well- wherever you are in the world and in any condition your heart may be during these times. It has been a whirlwind the past couple of weeks for me. From readjusting back to a busy work schedule, to taking yet another leap of faith and moving 40 miles more inland California to continue in the SGWM Missions Training School. We are officially one week in and we are running right out the gates! No time to waste!
May His Kingdom Come
As I’ve said from the beginning- I want to be truly transparent and honest with y’all. I have written and re-written this newsletter over and over again through the past three weeks. I confess my heart was hardening towards the evil, lies, and deception of this world. The funny part about all of this is that in my last post, I specifically talked about how blind, lost, captive and dead I was myself. And yet, three weeks go by, and I forget God’s goodness, God’s mercy, God’s unending love, and I myself, am not able to be long-suffering and give others the same grace.
I asked God to give me love for His people, to be more and more like Jesus. And yes, my heart remains broken for the world, for the lost, for the blind, for the unsaved- but it is not filled with hate and resentment because God loves ALL people. He wishes that ALL people come to a full repentance to Him. To know Him individually. To be a part of His kingdom. But the truth is, there is a warning, a line that we do not want to cross. After so many “no’s” given to God, after rejecting His truth so many times, there is also the judgement of God. For God’s “Spirit shall not strive with man forever” (Genesis 6:3).
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus… But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.1 TIMOTHY 1:14-16
It’s Time to Wake Up
I attended a three-day Muslim Conference, in which my eyes were opened to the deception of the Qur’an, the book of Islam. After the event, I had so many questions running through my mind and so I decided to read through it myself. I also had an opportunity to evangelize at a Mosque in Anaheim and was able to speak to a gentleman named Moe over the truth about Jesus in the Qur’an. It was sad to see that I knew more Surah verses than he did, yet, he was reluctant to carry a conversation with me. Which is similar to many Roman Catholics, who only hear the Word of God preached on a Sunday, but never open and read it for themselves. There was also a lady named Nadia, with her two daughters, asking for money outside the mosque. I had the privilege to pray over her and share the Good News about Jesus Christ with her family. I pray they both come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior!
I found myself asking Jesus the same question the disciples asked Him, why were they born blind? And He answered, “it was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). For such a time as this, many will be given sight thanks to the grace, mercy, and unending love of our Heavenly Father. This is happening now so that many that are born blind since birth- those in Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and others, will receive sight. The conflict happening right now in the Middle East, is not only spreading to the West, but is also causing many to wake up and seek the true and living God.
There is an urgency NOW! John the disciple said it best, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35). May we open our eyes, as believers, and see that the harvest is ready to be picked! The time is NOW! There is no more time to waste. Now is the time to pray- for your friends, for your loved ones, for the nations. Pray for miracles. Pray for visions and dreams. Pray for the works of God to be displayed in all people. May we pray always and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). May we not give up. May God find faith on this earth when He returns (Luke 18:8)!!
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.ROMANS 13:11-12
Send Out Laborers
A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to share my testimony of my time at Calvary School of Missions (CSOM) with the Singles Ministry, FocusGen. I had a completely different message to share, talking more about missions in general, but the Spirit led the message and shared the truth about how I struggled with impatience. After reading The Strategy of Satan, about three weeks into the school, I knew that my impatience was simply unbelief. The second I received vision about my calling and my purpose, I was ready to take off running and leave to the ends of the earth immediately! God however, wanted to teach me a lesson of true unwavering faith and continual growth in my trust in Him, and in Him alone. To be more like Jesus every day. To be long-suffering, in the same way He was with me.
Going back again to the previous newsletter- I was reminded of the importance of sharing our testimonies about what God has done and currently is doing in our lives. It isn’t for my own benefit or because I’m boasting in myself, but rather it is to share about the goodness and greatness of God. To share about the many prayers that were answered and how everything is for His glory. I truly take none of the credit, but I’m grateful to be a witness of His work. We prayed to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers (Matthew 9:38), and in doing so, many of my friends are stirred up and are growing a heart for reaching the Unreached. What a blessing!
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,LUKE 4:18-19
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
- Many students are continuing on with Missions Training School! Praise God!
- I officially moved to Yorba Linda and am all settled in.
- Many of my friend’s hearts are growing for the lost & unsaved, I can see the Lord moving through them!
- Please pray for a smooth transition of jobs- for the doors that need to be opened to be opened.
- Please join me in prayer for Israel, for Palestine, for the USA, for ALL the nations- for their eyes to be opened and for them to experience the fear of the Lord.
- Please keep the students in your prayers when we come to mind- may we grow in wisdom and boldness to share the Gospel with those around us.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.HEBREWS 10:24-25
There will be a time and a place when there will be no more tears. No more pain and suffering. No more death. We as Christians, as believers, we have a hope. WE have an eternal promise. And thankfully after three weeks of reflecting and continuing to seek God- He taught me to be filled with grace. I pray you cry out to Him if you are feeling anxious, fearful or isolated during difficult times! He hears you. He sees you. He is a good good Father & He answers the prayers of His children. If there is anything weighing your heart, please reply back, I would love to pray for you.
May His presence fill your inmost being <3