Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Agape Love

This week's theme is agape love and we have been learning how it affects our view of God, our view of ourselves, and our view of others. God has been showing me His unconditional love and that His love is given because of the character of the source not because of the worthiness of the recipient. It has really helped me to love others when I think about the fact that God has agape love for them--He delights in them, He is not disappointed in them, and He created them exactly how He wants them to be. If I keep that in mind when interacting with others, it's a lot easier to love them.

A big change takes place this week...our staff team leaves on Friday. That means that students will take over leadership positions. I was chosen to take over as the Bible study leader for our group. So I will be leading Bible study once a week as well as discipling the other three women in our study. It will definitely be a challenge for me, especially with managing my team as I work full time and take on these additional responsibilities. But I am excited to see how God uses these women in my life and how He may use me in theirs.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

World Vision Week

This week is world vision week. On Sunday we had an international dinner, which was a very eye-opening experience. God taught me a lot about not focusing so much on what's wrong in my own life that I miss people around me that don't know Him. We are focusing on praying for our international partnerships and praising God for what He is doing around the world. I am praying for God to show me what it means to ask for the nations. Last night I was able to initiate 7 conversations with people during our outreach, and we were able to have some fun conversations. Please pray for Becca, Emily, Kelly, and Courtney. There were 4 high school graduates that we talked to who were so ready to hear the Gospel. But two of their friends came right as we were about to share with them. So please pray that God would place other people in their lives to share His love with them or that they would read the KGP that we gave them. God is still challenging me through work at McDonald's and being an example for Him in every situation He puts me in. Please pray for conversations and relationships with our coworkers.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

the giant was killed!

As a project, our total goal for the number of conversations that we would initiate throughout the week was 2,582, and we initiated 2,677. Of those, God provided us with 627 Gospel conversations. And from those Gospel conversations, 101 people indicated a decision for Christ! PRAISE GOD! It was amazing to see how God uses us when we step out in faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Even though Killing the Giants week is over, we are hoping to continue the focus on evangelism and trust God for the energy to continue sharing our faith when we're tired and want to take a nap instead.

During the week, I was blessed by so many of the conversations that I had. I was able to share the Gospel with two high school seniors as well as sharing part of my testimony with one of them. God also brought us to two Russian women who lived near us who were very excited to meet people here. During discipleship, we "coincidently" (definitely an act of God) ran into one of the girls on the beach again. I am excited to continue building relationships with the two girls (Ana and Ranika) throughout the summer. They are not open to hearing the Gospel at this point, but I am praying and trusting God to give us an opportunity to do so before the end of the summer.

Please pray:
*that God would give me opportunities to share my faith with my coworkers at McDonald's
*for Brooke, who had to leave project after severely breaking her ankle
*for all of the people who have accepted Christ this last week
*for our new neighbors who started moving in today
*that we would be able to continue building relatioships with Ana and Ranika

Thursday, June 10, 2010

killing the giants

This week's theme is killing the giants and there is a big focus on evangelism. Everyone on project set goals this week for how many people they want to initiate conversations with and how many gospel conversations they want to have. As a project, there is a goal of around 2500 initiated conversations, and we are a little over halfway there. In the first two days, 37 people accepted Christ! It's amazing to see how God uses us when we step out in faith and trust the Holy Spirit to empower us. I had the opportunity to initiate 14 conversations today, and it was a huge blessing to see God working in people's hearts. This afternoon, I went out with two other girls from project, and one of the girls in my group was able to pray with a girl to accept Christ, which was amazing to see...praise God!
McDonald's has been interesting. It's very fast paced which makes it difficult to develop relationships with my coworkers. Please pray that God will give me opportunities at work to be a light for Him.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Today was my first day of work at McDonald's. And it proved to be incredibly boring. Eight of us from project crammed into a tiny crew room and watched videos on a computer for four and a half hours. Hopefully actually working there proves to be a little bit more exciting.

Throughout the summer we are studying Mark at our large group meetings and in our Bible studies. Last night we had our first night of Bible study, which was really good. Since I've gotten here, I have been learning more about relying on God and finding my identity in Him and who He sees me as. I am excited to get out on the beach and share God's love with people throughout the summer as well as building relationships with my coworkers. Tonight our impact group, which is our women's Bible study plus a men's Bible study, is doing our outreach at a soup kitchen here in town. I am excited to see what God does. Thanks for all of your prayers!