September – October 2021 Newsletter Update
“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”Matthew 9:38
Hello friends and family!
I want to begin by thanking you, once again, for your continued love and support. Your partnership in the gospel is such a source of joy for me, and I am beyond grateful for your encouragement, and for the relationships that God has blessed each of us with!
These last two months have been such a wild ride! The Lord has blessed me beyond measure to be here in Yorba Linda, serving in Calvary Chapel Saving Grace (CCSG), and interning with Saving Grace World Missions (SGWM). For those of you who are not aware, I am a part of this internship because I believe that Jesus is calling me to full-time overseas ministry. Jesus is worthy of those souls who remain unreached with the Good News that He died for their sins and rose from the grave victorious over death, and I want to be a part of what He is doing to bring them hope and life as they believe in His name. Keep reading to see some of the opportunities I have had to serve and press into the call to cross-cultural church-planting!
We gather so often throughout the week, whether it is for church or an intern class, but by far my favorite night of the week is Friday night… Young Adults Bible Study at the Garcia home! Pastor Joel and his wife Amy are so gracious to host us and provide a place for us to fellowship with one another. One of my favorite things about the group is that we always come together to share about the opportunities that we had to share our faith throughout the week. From the moment I arrived, this part of the group has stirred me up to be more bold to share the Good News in my every day life. Joel is also leading a study through 1 Samuel, which has been so amazing!
The Women of Wisdom
Once a month, a generous few ladies in the church invite all of the girl interns over for a meal. They ask us to share about what Jesus is doing in our hearts, and any prayer requests we have. I have felt so loved by this core group of ladies, and so supported by their prayers! This “girl time” is certainly a cherished highlight of each month. The interns have begun to call these ladies our local “Women of Wisdom.”
We had the incredible opportunity to spend a few days at an intern retreat in Yosemite with Pastor Trent and his wife Debbie! I had never been camping before, and a few hours in I knew that I wanted to be an avid camper the rest of my life! It was such a magical few days, being out in Yahweh’s beautiful creation, and praising Him for His creative genius.
I have had some great opportunities to serve in a plethora of ministries, two of which are Youth and Women’s! We had a women’s conference in September called, “Hidden.” It was centered around Colossians 3:3, “… your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” We were unable to do a ladies’ retreat this year due to COVID restrictions, so we did our absolute best to make the courtyard warm and welcoming. Some anointed ladies in our congregation were able to teach and share their gifts with the women. The Lord also ministered to us through some precious moments of musical worship. It was a major success, and many of the ladies said that it felt just like a retreat!
I have also become more and more involved with our Youth Ministry at Saving Grace! My heart has grown and grown for these incredible young people who want to seek after Jesus and influence their generation for His glory. I have recently stepped in to lead the youth worship band for our Wednesday evening gathering. With that has come opportunities to lead some worship workshops for those who are interested in cultivating their musical talents for Jesus! We recently learned how to play “Glorious Day,” by Passion and it was a blast!
Outreach to Those Within Our Reach
One moment that stands out among the outreach events we have had so far, was a harvest outreach we did with the local non-profit Voice of the Refugees. It is an Anaheim-based organization that is working hard to show the love of Christ to the thousands upon thousands of refugees from the Middle East who are coming to America for asylum. Recently, my heart has been breaking for muslim women, and I had been praying about serving with the organization when the opportunity through the internship came up!
For this particular outreach, we did a trunk-or-treat! When I took a lunch break, I met a few young ladies in line, and we became fast friends. I was a little nervous at first, but they were so kind and so willing to be friends that it was so easy. At one point, I asked them what they thought was beautiful. The oldest girl, named Hala, thought for only a moment before looking me in the eyes and saying, “My home country, Jordan.” It broke my heart. She was very grateful to be in America, but I could see in her eyes both a longing for the beauty of her country, and a heartache for the reasons why she and her family had to leave.
Our conversation really had an impact on me. There are so many people from the Unreached in my midst in Southern California – totally within my reach. I want to be diligent to reach them. I am sad for people like her who miss their families and friends and culture, but their displacement has put them within the reach of people who can tell them about the Way, the Truth, and the Life–Jesus. Hala also put in my mind the image of so many who are just like her, but differ in one way: they are not put within the reach of someone who can share the good news of Jesus with them. They remain out of reach.
It is with this image heavy on my heart that I cry out to Yahweh for mercy on the Unreached. It’s with this ache in my bones that I pray Him to send laborers into His harvest (Matt. 9:38). And it’s in that place that I know He cares, He sees, and He is mobilizing His children to be a light in the midst of darkness. But the call is not just for a specific few– He is inviting me, and you, to play a part in that. The question is who will answer the call. It will look different for all of us but let’s ask our Father, earnestly and without expectations, how He wants us to answer that call. Because the harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few.
I will be continuing in this internship program for a while now, and we have plans brewing for some short-term vision trips to the Unreached in 2022. These trips will be for us interns to go to a place we believe the Lord is calling us, to give us some experience with the people and culture, and to ask the Lord to give us vision for ministry there! I am currently praying about which trip to go on, and beginning to save money for it.
If you would like to become a financial partner in the work of the Gospel with me either on an on-going basis or a one-time donation, feel free to click here to go to my secure online giving link. You could also mail a check payable to Saving Grace World Missions with my name in the memo line, addressed to 17451 Bastanchury Rd, Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886.
Praise the Lord with Me!
- I am here! I can’t believe I am here! Alive! Saved by the grace of Yahweh through His Son Jesus!
- Thank Him for the Blair family who have opened up their home to me!
- I am learning so much, by His grace.
- There are so many amazing sisters that I have gotten close with.
- An evangelism ministry is taking root at Saving Grace!
Please Pray With Me!
- That the Lord would give me boldness and wisdom to share the Good News as I go about my day-to-day life.
- That the Lord would give more opportunities to meet with the ladies I met at the trunk-or-treat.
- That I would make time for discipleship and spending time with the youth.
- Also, that I would be diligent in my duties as a worship leader.
- That He would provide for the upcoming vision tour.
- Wisdom to know which region to visit
- Compassion and vision for the people
- And finances for the expense
Thank you so much for reading my newsletter! I hope it encouraged you. Please don’t hesitate to reply to this email with any prayer requests, questions, or thoughts. I would love to hear from you.