Today was a 14 hr day of Ministry but was amazing. Our students never whined or complained about the schedule or the work. They are amazing! We started the day with School Assemblies. The students were receptive but it was a tough crowd. These are school and neighborhood without a lot of structure and discipline. Our team just kept rolling with it.

After lunch we had more School Assemblies. We ministered to over 300 Teenagers today. Many accepted Jesus as their Savior. It was very humbling to get to watch God work.

Tonight was had a service in the Church we have been working with. The house was pack and service was amazing. Loved praying for God to touch people's lives. Saw people delivered and set free! 

It has been as awesome week with only one day of ministry left before our free day. We are believing we are going to see God doing awesome things.  Thanks for praying with us and for us.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

There are not words that can truly describe today. We kick off the day at going into a juvenile detention center. There were young men in there from 14-22 years old and some of them had never encountered the Love of God. Groups played games, did drama, and have small group discussions. God broke down so hard hearts and did things that only He could do. The statement that ripped everyone's heart out came from one of the young men. He said, "I thought we were forgotten. I thought no one loved us." How heartbreaking! We were humbled that God chose us to love on the unloveable and reach out to the forgotten. God gave us favor in a dark place and open some of the coldest hearts.

After lunch we spent the afternoon in a couple schools doing assemblies. Dancing, giving testimonies, and doing drama. It was an awesome afternoon. We ended our day with one best devotional/prayer times I've ever been a part of on a Mission's Trip. God did such an incredible work in our team member's lives. Students were broken and crying out to God for over an hour. 

We can not wait to see what tomorrow holds. We are doing school assemblies all day then a service tomorrow night. Be in prayer for us. Praying for favor in the schools. Strength an energy to do the programs. Wisdom and discernment to know what God wants us to do. 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Posted in | | 1 Comments »

Today started early! We had to be at the church for our first service by 8am. Everyone was quiet on the bus ride and a little worn out. Once we arrived and the service started it life was breathed into us all. Our students helped with the Kids Ministry in the first service and helped in the main Service at 10am. I was honored to get to speak in the 10am service. We saw around 10 people give their lives to Jesus in that service. We called people into the altars that needed prayer and the altars filled up. Our team walked through the crowd praying for people and God radically touched a lot of lives. With both services today we ministered to over 500 adults and kids.

Once lunch was over, we returned to the church for some much needed rest. You know your tired when you can sleep on a hard thin mat and enjoy it.  After we all woke up we went and hung out with the students and some families of the church. They build wooden carts that we steered down a heel (I didn't get hurt). Our team laughed and bonded with the students from Colombia. Then we walked to theColiseum in town to play basketball and soccer.

Around dinner time we returned to where we are staying and got to chill and hangout for the evening. It was amazing to sit and listen to students and leaders to exchange ministry stories of the day. To see the laugh and connect on that level. After dinner we had a local coffee farmer come and set up a table for us along with some ladies who made jewelry. They were such a blessing.

Tomorrow we go into some juvenile detention centers to share the love of God. After lunch we will be doing school assemblies. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for us! Pray for strength! Pray the Presence of God goes before us. The wifi the not stable but I am able to update you as I can.

Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities! 

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Monday, July 22, 2013 Posted in | | 2 Comments »

As long as today was, it was equally incredible! We started the day off with training. We have had to learn a few songs and a drama. Training is never the highlight of a trip but always a necessity. Around lunch time we split into our different teams and headed out to the streets.

Our team did 5 out reaches and shared the gospel with over 300 kids. It is always amazing what the smile of a kid will do to your heart. We may not speak the same language but that smile is universal along with high fives and thumbs up. The eagerness of these kids are amazing.  Our students did an incredible job of playing and connecting with the kids.  Whether it was with a soccer ball or a toy, they loved on the, through their surroundings.  We played, danced, and sang for hours and loved every minute of it.

Tonight we were a part of a combined services of several churches we are working with. The worship was incredible and the atmosphere of the theater that was rented out was electric. Our team presented the drama after worship and John Doughtery (the DYD) spoke. The altars were packed. I got to pray with a man that we invited. God touched the heart of this man and it was such a divine appointment. I also had the privilege of praying with a couple that responded to a Word of Knowledge about having issues conceiving a child. It was a supernatural moment as the Holy Spirit seemed to interpret my prayers and heart to them. 

Tomorrow we are a part of three different churches as we preach and minister. We will then spend the afternoon connecting with the kids and teenagers of those churches. Pray for favor. Pray the presence of power of God invade those services. Pray for strength and rest for our students. We have been wide open. Tomorrow is a new day full of new opportunities. 

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Sunday, July 21, 2013 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

We are here and settled in. Day 1 is not even over yet for us. The students are currently learning dance and drama routines as I type this. 

Today has been incredible. We started at 4:45am at the airport and have not stopped. Our traveling went very smoothly and was a rest time for some of the team. Once we hit the ground in Colombia it has been nonstop. We had a brief orientation and then went and met the Governor. We presented him with gift from Georgia and then he took us in for a special coffee presentation. It was really neat and such an honor. God has given us incredible favor. 

This is going to be an incredible week! Such much opportunity for God to show His Glory. Pray that He continues to work in us and the through us. Pray that we have the boldness to step up and step out. Pray that we see a new revelation of who Jesus is as we do work in this country in His name.

Tomorrow is am awesome day with awesome opportunities waiting on us.

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Friday, July 19, 2013 Posted in | | 1 Comments »

We all have had seasons and events that if we could we would go back and change. The only issue with that is that if we change that in our life wouldn't it change who we are. Isn't it really the tough seasons, the hurts, the mistakes, that make us who will are. Isn't it those things that make us wiser and stronger? Aren't the hurts and pains that we have faced what helps us see them in other people?

The problem is when we do not make room for those events and seasons in our life. We try to pretend like they didn't happen, like they are not a part of us. If we do not make room for them and deal with them then they will push others things out. Anxiety pushes peace away, depression takes up the space where joy occupied. Fear takes up residenience where your Holy confidence was.

You can not detach the tough things from your life. It is in the fire that we are truly forged by God! Make room for them and let them make you better.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

This year I really feel like God has put on my heart that it is "not a year of chance" for Thrive.  Everything we do has to be very strategic and on purpose.  After praying and dreaming we have written down 13 shifts and points of focus for this year.  They are things that we become our DNA and the filter we run our ideas and events through.    We are not going to preach these but try to live them in everything we do. We do not expect the students to memorize them or recite them but we want it to be a part of who we are.

1) Go Deeper - We are going to focus on Discipleship and our deepening our relationship with Jesus.

2) Go Further - Missions will be a big part of who we will be in 2013

3) Be Open - Open our arms to all people instead close our eyes to people that do not dress or act like us.

4) Care More - We are going to walk with each other through life.

5) Be Excellent - Every detail matters to God.

6) Loose Ourselves - Its not about us.

7) Be Change - We can not just see the change that needs to happen and then expect someone else to do it.

8) See The Best - Be positive in every situation.

9) Want More - Never be satisfied with where we are at in our walk with God.

10) Dream Bigger - We serve a big God!

11) Laugh Louder - Fun and memories should be a byproduct of all we do.

12) Serve More - We have to give ourselves away.

13) Be Us - God has not called us to be anyone else.

Formula for success:

God + Hard Work + Sacrifice x Laughs = An Incredible Year

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

There is a verse in Psalms that I can not shake as we have entered into 2013.  As I pray and meditate it keeps coming back to me:

Psalms 127:1, "Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builder is wasted.  Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

Unless the Lord....the work is wasted.  The question I keep asking is how much work have I wasted?  Unless the Lord builds it is pointless.  I do not want anything I do or set out to do anything this year that God is not involved in.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

Every year I set new goals around this time of year. I seem to meet about half of them and then forget about the other half around March. This year I did want to do that. I want this year to be different. This year instead of goals or a resolution I have a New Year's prayer.

"God, change me."

It's not profound and earth shaking I know but it is something that can be transforming for me.  Most of the time we pray for God to change a circumstance or situation but really we should be praying for God to change us.  When God changes us we can then change things around us. God does desire to change things in your life but He wants to change you and then empower you to bring change.

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Monday, January 7, 2013 Posted in | | 0 Comments »