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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Read More......
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.
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.