Month: May 2014

FINISH STRONG!

It’s I write this I am sitting on a paint bucket, under a palapa, at a skate park, with surf boards above my head, sleeping in tents, no running water, hot, beautiful, hard, rewarding, challenging, stretching, pursuing, ABIDING, ENCOURAGING, LOVE ENCOUNTERS.
We are currently in Pescadaro, Baja California Sur. Yesterday we went put to the beach and handed out free Popsicles and offered prayer to anyone who wanted. Not gonna lie going up to random strangers and offering them Popsicles was a little on the awkward side. Conversations went like this… ” hey would you like a Popsicle ..(awkward silence,weird faces) they are free.. free??? Why ? What are y’all doing? Well we are a group of Christians walking around handing out Popsicles and praying for people. Would you like one? Yeah or some would say no.” And when we would ask if they wanted prayer..their responses varied from “no I’m good.. Too I think my relatioship with God is personal and I pray so thank you… Too YES that would be great”. I can say walking away from the whole experience it was challenging, humbling, stretching, but fun on top of all of that.
For those of you who don’t know we just got off of our R&R time less than a 2weeks ago. Our fearless leaders Steph and Omar came down to hangout with us. We were supposed to be camping during this time but got blessed with a hotel and hot showers and wifi !! WOOT! After R&R we left and headed to Scorpion Bay where we camped and talked with a lot of the surfers there. My first thought here was great I am not going to be doing much ministry considering all the surfers are in the water and I don’t surf … Lol but God changed that .. This week I have been in awe with the people that we have met .. They have just been themselves 100% which is so cool even after finding out with love Jesus. And I have also been amazed with the power of prayer. Like one morning I was talking to a group of people who were having breakfast and we talked about what it was exactly we were doing and before they left I felt the urge to offer to pray over their travels. (In moments like this one, there are 2 outcomes, 1. Yes or 2. They reject it and you) They were beyond excited to have me pray over their travels. Honestly not that great of a prayer but when I had finished they were beyond blessed and all smiles. They hugged my friend Anna and I and then left. PAUSE… GOD IS GOOD steps of obedience are so cool.
Something even cooler than that is today we broke into groups and each group was given a 100pesos to pray about and bless people. So stinkin cool!!! We had the awesome privilege of buying 3 people coffee, I wish I could have captured their faces when we offered to buy their drinks. So confused but said yes 🙂 I could have done that all day 🙂 God is good.
We are on the last leg of our journey and head out to Cabo San Lucas in the morning. I believe we are partnered with a church there. This is our second to last stop before we start our journey back north to Ensenada. We will be here 7 days and then on to Loreto for 3days. Please continue to pray for my team and I as we are all tired but really wanna seek what The Lord has for us in the next 11days of outreach. Ahh I just typed 11 days so stinkin crazy!!!!!!!! 20 days and I will be back in Texas. It’s been one crazy , stretching, challenging, encouraging journey that The Lord has brought me on. Below is a few of the pictures of where we are and where we have been.

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CHALLENGING

Okay so we have wrapped up a total of 4 stops now! Stop number 4 was San Ignacio, this stop by far has been my favorite. We stayed at a missionaries house, whose names are George and Linda. Oh man we they are so stinkin cool. They had a set of dorm style rooms that they so graciously opened up for us. This stop we really had no agenda … Which meant evangelism time!!!! We went out and just talked with people and prayed with them as well. Here we also did a lot of work on the church by prepping and painting the entire outside of the church, as well as painting the little kitchen in the back.
But the best part of this week was all the time that we got to spend with the youth and young adults of the church! I made a friend…. Let that sink in for a minute.. Okay now that I have y’all laughing. I really did make a friend her name is Anaid, she is awesome young woman who spoke very little English but we still managed to communicate all week long 🙂 she carries so much joy and life. This week also carried a lot of tears as well .. I didn’t escape the stomach plague of Viscanio and honestly I hate being sick and not being able to do work. But I know my body well enough to know that I needed to rest and that I did. The tears weren’t just from being sick but also from missing home. I find that this part of the journey has by far been the hardest since I have arrived in Mexico. Okay sad moment over…. We got to see a really cool spot at a Laguna where there are a ton of fossils. As the week came to a close I realized that I am really going to miss the people as well as the town. In this week the biggest thing that The Lord was teaching me is that since DTS I have been abiding with Him more and more and so I require way more time and filling up with Him then I used to. Which is growth I. My walk with Jesus!! Speaking of Jesus, I was reading a boom this past week that talked about how as Christians we have a tendency to advertise Christianity rather than bringing them to a real relationship with the Loving father ! So my challenge for myself as well as y’all is are we speaking of Jesus, are we presenting an opportunity for people to have a love encounter with HIM??!!
Stop number 5 Santa Rosalia/San Lucas. This stop has been longggg… We have been to /run a total of 8 services in 7 days. One of those services included a funeral that we were asked to attend. Weirdest thing I have been a part of. We didn’t even know the lady, but it’s apparently normal in the Mexico to invite random missionaries to funerals… Hahah yes everyone I am being serious. SO WEIRD! Biggest thing that The Lord is teaching me here is to stay checked in. My mom says this is the part that I am really good at but honestly I don’t feel that good but in that God has also been teaching me that I am kinda on the back burner as far like leading goes. Which for this who know me know that this might be a little challenging because I naturally am a leader. But it’s been kinda nice to help others grow because in that I am growing as well. We roll outta here on Thursday for a few days of rest and relaxation which our team desperately needs 🙂 !! Please continue to pray for our team and continued unity. We are near the end of outreach and we are super tired and getting wore out but The Lord is still moving. 🙂 32 days and I will be back in Texas 🙂 I am beyond excited. Love you all and thank you for praying continually for myself and my team.