Week three, we have had over 11 people confess faith in Christ. The Lord has blessed our team immensely. While we were evangelizing, the group had an opportunity to talk to a young couple who had an intriguing view of where they were going when they died. They claimed to believe a self-truth where everyone could proclaim their truth. I had the opportunity to discuss their belief, and it was an excellent lesson to teach how to have an open conversation.
Before school, I read the book called “Tactics” by Gregory Kokl. Within the book, it gives the insight to tackle the discussion at hand. Kokl calls it the “Colombo tactic.” A series of questions you can ask a person to find more information on their beliefs and worldview. Upon knowing this information, I began asking one of the couples what his truth is. He started saying; He didn’t care about what he believed. Hearing this reminded me of how many young people today are influenced by outside sources. The couple continued to say they didn’t care about what anyone thought as long as they stuck to their beliefs about being a good person. As we continued our conversation, they began to be closed off. However, as Kokl writes, “our goal is not to convert them but to place a stone in their shoe.”
As it was fantastic having the opportunity to evangelize and share the gospel, I couldn’t help but feel I was ill-equipped to spread the good news. The enemy can play such mind games in the field as our team goes out and preaches the good news. Through all the struggles in this past week, the Lord has challenged us to put into practice 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 saying, “3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” It was such a good reminder always to put my faith in God.
On one of our outreaches this last week, we had the opportunity to come alongside Calvary Church Homex to build a playground for the community. We started with a flatbed of land and a dream in the outskirts of Beirut. Upon creating the play equipment, we had a program for the kids and adults. Our theme was ‘Jonah and the whale.’ I can’t describe the feeling I had to have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people in this community! While the week was filled with ups and downs, I am so blessed to be a part of this team. I am so thankful for all of you who take the time to read this very newsletter and interceding for our team. If you haven’t already or would like to become a donor towards my tuition, click the link below. If you have any prayer requests, I could join you in prayer. Please comment below as well.
Prayer requests To find peace in the Lord as I navigate the enemies attacks continued unity with the team learning the language to be able to communicate with the locals
One week down of class, outreaches, and leaving room for Jesus. The Lord has moved in even the last few days. During one of our outreaches, we came alongside Calvary Chapel Vista Del Valle to help in an event for the residence. While we were there, we had an excellent array of kid programs, Games, adult teaching, worship, and evangelizing. In the scorching sun, swiftly, the Lord moved through our team. Once we got to the park, we hit the ground running, playing games and expressing the little knowledge we had of Spanish.
The kids were so joyful and energized. We played soccer with the kids while the moms got their nails done. A few of our team got a chance to share the gospel with a group of teens. Unfortunately, they didn’t confess to Christ as their Lord. It reminded me about the 10/40 window, where so many people groups have not been reached with the gospel. As the day continued, I had an opportunity to hear a testimony from one of the girls who interns at the Connections House we stayed at. She brought me to tears as she poured out her life story laying out the hard family life she endured. She was abused from a young age. Anger grew as she wondered why a loving God would allow such pain in the world. The Lord soon gave her a chance to leave this life that she was living as she met one of the members of Calvary Chaple and allowed her to accept Jesus as her Lord and savor. She is now serving our team with a beautifully changed heart. Hearing her story reminded me of why I am out here to learn how to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
As this week ended, I was in awe of how the Lord answers prayers and moves in a powerful way. So many times, I tend to see a miracle and think that it was pure coincidence. Yet, over and over again, God comes through in a new way. I have been dealing with a lot of self-isolation during my quiet times. But the Lord is sovereign, and He has me in his hands. over and over again, I see the Lord say through situations and even nature saying, “trust in me.” I have never felt closer to the Lord as I learn more about missions and my team. I can’t explain it further from the moment I’ve gotten here, but to say The Lord has indeed called me here. He has blessed me such much with a leadership that wants to get to know you and teach the bible to you. Thank you to all who have taken the time to pray for the team and me. I am so blessed by you all. I have yet to reach my goal for my tuition. If you would like to partner with me on my journey to spread the gospel, please click the link below.
We haven’t been at school a week, and the Lord is already challenging our team to see the world differently. Our first teacher, Pastor Trent, has taken us on a journey through the Bible, finding ministry foundations. He challenged us through the Scriptures to humble ourselves before all the nations as Jesus did. Setting the example, “to serve, not to be served,” is found in Matthew 20:28. Another main point that stood out was the progression of Jesus going out and calling disciples. Pastor Trent masterfully put a strong case pointing that many of the disciples knew Jesus before “dropping their nets and following Him” Matthew 4:18. Being at the School of Missions changed our outlook on the great commission.
While the students are, hungry, passionate, and ecstatic to learn about the gospel, we will be going out and street evangelizing to the residences here. On our first outreach, we packed delicious sandwiches to give to the families living at a dumping ground. Yes, you read it right, a dump! This experience was eye-opening with heaps of waste everywhere. The people there were living in cardboard boxes, and it made me think of the sight of poverty in Haiti. But this is literally in our own backyard. Imagine the amount of discomfort. While we were there, our team had three opportunities to lead four of the locals to Christ. It made me realize the amount of hope that Christ can bring to others that have nothing.
As we excitedly prepare to go on more outreaches in other locations in Rosarito, would you partner with me, praying for our safety and relationships while serving the people? I as well need to raise my tuition towards the school of 1,300 dollars. If the Lord places it on your heart to partner, here’s a link below.
For our team that we can focus and draw near to God while we are here
Over the past few years, I have gotten to travel to 4 different countries for missions. To find many different cultures while experiencing God in a new way. The Lord has given many opportunities to preach the gospel and serve others. Let me pause and say thank you to all who have supported me and prayed for our team. The Lord has shown me there is so much to learn to be a missionary.
Going to YWAM (Youth With A Mission) this year has equipped me to learn practical things for missions and life in general. While there, I was a part of a basketball elective where we took the sport I love so dearly into biblical terms. The most challenging part of the elective was working against the competitive aspect placed in so many sports. I wanted to have a biblical view of both the team and competition aspects of basketball. I had to step back and think about why I was playing.
During the last part of my training (the outreach phase), we traveled to Ukraine and assisted a YWAM base in the country’s capital, Kyiv. The Lord gave us opportunities to work with a middle school and pre-school, be involved with an English club, and minister on the streets. I worked with the preschoolers the majority of the time. Having the chance to teach Bible stories and sing songs with the kids was such a blast. This one boy named Levi, a ball of energy was so much fun to be around, and he always included everyone in his games. He reminded me of Matthew 19:14. In this verse, Jesus doesn’t turn away anyone, including the little ones. It truly is impressive to see how God can show us simple truths even in the smallest avenues.
Now that I’ve graduated from the Discipleship Training School with YWAM, the Lord is leading me to another school. It is a missions training program that’s associated with a church named Calvary Chapel Saving Grace. We will be traveling down to Mexico to a planted church in Rosarito, where we will be learning what it takes to start a new church cross-culturally and taking a deep look into the book of Acts. The departure date is July 11th; I need $1,300 for the trip. The fundraising is a part of my six-week training. Would you please pray for my classmates and me to prepare to be sent off to the school? If the Lord lays it on your heart to partner with me to pursue missions. please click the link icon below.