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Hello everyone!  I got to see a few of you over this past weekend, which was a really great surprise … kind of like Christmas morning as a child!

Speaking of Christmas, that’s coming up here fairly soon (also Thanksgiving), and I was thinking that you may be getting really concerned, maybe even nervous about what you are going to do on Sunday mornings while you’re home.

Well, have no fear.  We here at Peachtree U have got you covered (with the slight exception of Nov. 22, for those of you who will be around for the Sunday before Thanksgiving).  On that morning, we’ll still do a brief Coffee Hour before the 1105 service in the Lodge Cafe from 10:40 – 11.

As for 11/29 and 12/13 – 1/3, check out the trips and events page for full details.  Can’t wait to see all of you.  Hope you’re finishing out the semester (or quarter) well!

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A student recently asked this question of Proverbs 9:7-8:

“I’m doing the Proverbs challenge, but I’m confused about something in Chapter 9.

Verses 7-8 say, “If you correct someone who makes fun of wisdom, you will be insulted. If you correct an evil person, you will get hurt. Do not correct those who make fun of wisdom, or they will hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.”

Why shouldn’t we correct these people? Aren’t those the people we need to help the most?”


I thought that it could be helpful to post the response and wanted to encourage ya’ll to continue in the Proverbs Challenge that we’re doing through the month of October and to ask questions when you run into something that throws you off a bit.  Hope you’re enjoying the month and hope to see ya’ll soon.

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So glad that you are reading through the Proverbs with us and asking questions. Community is such a great thing when approaching the Scriptures.

The first thing that I would tell you to do when you come to a passage that you don’t really get is to read it in a few different translations (TNIV, ESV, The Message, and NRSV are the 4 that I use most frequently). In this passage, for instance, it looks like you read from NCV, which I don’t really know anything about, but I’ll list the other translations below and you can see if they help you to get a different perspective on it.

TNIV – 7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;

whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.

8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;

rebuke the wise and they will love you.

MESSAGE – If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face;

confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins.

So don’t waste your time on a scoffer;

all you’ll get for your pains is abuse.

But if you correct those who care about life,

that’s different—they’ll love you for it!

ESV – 7Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,

and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

8(A) Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

(B) reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

NRSV – Whoever corrects a scoffer wins abuse; whoever rebukes the wicked gets hurt.

A scoffer who is rebuked will only hate you; the wise, when rebuked, will love you.

In response to your actual questions [“Why shouldn’t we correct these people? Aren’t those the people we need to help the most?”] I think that the passage itself is getting into why we should not bother with correcting the “mockers and scoffers” or “those who make fun of wisdom” … it is because those people have no interest in wise living and so not only will our attempts at correcting their behavior be futile, but we will be inviting their abuse on us to see no fruit in return.

This is not a passage about decent, thoughtful, conscientious Christians who have strayed off the straight and narrow in a certain area of their lives. it is a passage about the villains of the world … about those people who have no interest in “good or bad” “right or wrong”

To the second question I would say that, while those may be the people who need the most help, we are not likely to be the force of change in their lives and God seems to know this and, in the proverb, warn us against trying to take on the responsibility for changing them. That is God’s work and in those extreme cases, the most effective ways for us to help them would be to simply love them well without forcing our own standards into their lives, and to pray for them.

I hope that some of that is helpful. Scripture can be tough to sift through a lot of the time, but the approach of reading and asking questions when you get confused is the way to do it. Glad you’re pursuing Truth and Wisdom!

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chaplainI say “we’re” because it is not just I who prays, but every week we pray as a staff for all of you. And this is not because we think that you are heathens or floozies (I like that word), but because we’ve all been to college (some of taking longer than others … Joe) and know that college life, while incredibly fun, is often difficult and confusing, and at least has the ability to land us in precarious, undesirable situations asking “how did I ever get here? and how am I gonna get out?”

Maybe you know what I’m getting at first hand, maybe second hand, and maybe you are somewhat naive to the more difficult and/or regrettable side of college life so far … it matters not. The Word of our Savior is this: “Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Rest from you need to over-achieve; Rest from your guilt or your shame; Rest from your worry or your confusion; Rest from emotional pain … whatever is burdening you, Jesus offers rest if we will come to Him … if we will receive it. And that is grace. The ability and desire of God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

Always offered; without condition. Grace

Below is the thrust of our prayers for you over the last few weeks. I am posting this because in praying, especially with the whole staff, I have experienced the rest offered through the grace of Jesus, and pray that you will feel it as well. We love you all and miss you, but are so excited for what you are doing and learning at school.

{Father, we ask that You would watch over our college students … Your children … while they are away at school. That You would be beside them, especially the freshmen, as they begin to transition into a new way of life. Remind them of their identity as Your creation and as image-bearers, full of worth and value because they are Yours, and not because of the grades they make, or the social status they attain.

We ask that You would also use them as a light to the people around them allowing others to see You and Your Kingdom here on earth. Give them Your heart for their classmates, teammates, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, neighbors … for the outcasts and losers, for the hard-to-love. We know that can be so difficult to do, but that it is the life You call us to.

And finally God, give them joy. Put friends in their lives, Christians and non-Christians, who are life-givers; who they can have fun with and will be built up and encouraged by … and let that joy be apparent to everyone they know.

We ask all these things knowing that You love these students and desire for them to live in Your grace and into Your Kingdom, and that You will pursuit them without cease.

Thank You for Your faithfulness, in the name of Jesus,

Amen}

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Intro Video – men vs. wild – How many of ya’ll watched this when it came on? It wasn’t as funny as I expected it to be. Anyway, I’ve played that clip because the concept of that one episode of Men v. Wild is a really perfect illustration for our series this summer, Discipleship.

The Greek word for disciple is methetes, and it is a word that essentially means “a learner” or “an apprentice.” And even if only for 2 days, this is what Will Ferrell becomes in that episode.

Will Ferrell follows Bear Grylls around for 48 hrs while Bear does what he does, and Will’s goal is to do it all with him … to become more like Bear. If we were going to give it a spiritual or an academic sounding name we’d call it “bear-gryllian discipleship.”

So, what then, is Christian Discipleship? Is it simply believing that Christ died to pay for my sins so that I can get into heaven one day?

Obviously not. Christian discipleship as best as I can define it is “Following Christ through life, trying to do what he did and to become like him.” It is not simply a matter of believing, it’s a matter of obedience.

And for some of us, real Christian discipleship seems like a special call that is reserved for the monks and nuns, right? But Jesus seems to have something different in mind. Jesus’ parting words at the end of the Gospel of Matthew, also known as the Great Commission are “Go, therefore and make disciples of ALL NATIONS…”

Not a unique call for special Christians, but a universal call for literally everyone.
Many of ya’ll have asked some form of the question “So, I’m a Christian … now what?” What does it mean? What do I do?

And between Jesus implying that the plan, or the dream of God is that everyone everywhere would become disciples, and a number of ya’ll telling me that you authentically want to follow Jesus but you just don’t really know how, or maybe even what that means, it seems like the most important thing that we can be doing as a community is trying to gain a Biblical, practical framework within which we can better hear, discern, understand and follow the call of Jesus, which is simply “follow me.”

It won’t be easy … it will cost you something … if you do it well, it may cost you everything. But it will be worth it. If you chose to respond to that call and enter into Christian Discipleship you will impact the world positively beyond anything that you could ever imagine.

So let’s get into it: (Pull from Men v. Wild clip). Will Ferrell chose to follow Bear Grylls for 48 hrs. while Bear did what he does, right … Will became a disciple, even if only for a few days … we’ve already covered that.

There is one thing that became really obvious right off the bat, and it lasted the whole 48 hours; What Will wanted to do rarely had an impact on what was actually done. There were plenty of times when Will didn’t want to do something but had to do it anyway … because he was the follower, not the leader. And there were plenty of times when Will wanted to do something, like take a nap, for instance, and he didn’t get to … because he wasn’t the leader, he was the follower.

The first thing that we need to know when we think about entering into discipleship is that choosing to follow someone is choosing to give up our personal agenda in submission to the one whom we are following.

The first time I heard this principle it was simply termed “death to agenda” … In other words, if I am a disciple of Christ, then my will ceases to exist as long as it remains in conflict with the will of Jesus. And that is never an easy pill to swallow, is it? We want to do what we want to do … we don’t generally take well to being told what to do. But discipleship is a matter of obedience.

Let’s go to the Scriptures and get a look at this principle in action.

Matthew 4:18-22
18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19″Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20At once they left their nets and followed him.

21Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

It’s a fairly simple passage … most of you have heard it and if you’re the type of reader who notices details, you’ve noticed the words “at once” and “immediately” as if to say, whatever they were doing at the moment wasn’t comparable to the option they were given by Jesus, and so they immediately stopped their activity so that they could start following Jesus …

And this is true and a good lesson … but there is more in that passage than the ceasing of an activity in order to become a disciple.

Notice the end of verse 18, “for they were fishermen” … for Simon and Andrew, fishing wasn’t an activity … it was their livelihood … it was their whole life!

And then in verse 22 we see that James and John didn’t just leave their boat … they also left their father. Fishing was most likely their livelihood as well, but even more extreme, it was the family business.

I can only imagine that the father took some pride in passing on the family trade to his sons and then the conflict that would have arisen in their leaving, whether between father and sons or even just internally.

These 4 young men had their lives planned out. They were on a path and they knew where that path was going to take them (barring something crazy happening like the sea drying up) … but then they were called by Jesus, and everything changed.

The agenda that those first disciples had held for their lives got trumped. The known became the unknown … the comfortable became the uncomfortable … the everyday became the brand new and the mundane became the extraordinary. For people who think we have our lives all figured out and on path, those kinds of changes can be difficult.

But you guys are in college … most of you don’t have your lives figured out quite yet, and even if you do, they certainly haven’t been set it motion yet. Instead you’re in the process of planning … of figuring out what you want to do for the next 10 year, or maybe 40 or 50 years.

You’re in school, many of you with a focal point of your studying and the intention of getting a job in a certain field or with a certain paycheck. Or maybe you’re wanting to find Mr. or Ms. Right so that when you graduate you can get married and buy a house with a white fence and a dog and have 2 and ½ kids …

You’re not in it yet, but you’re getting close, right? I mean, you’ve got an idea of what you want … something to shoot for … especially you, upperclassmen. And freshmen, give it a few years, you’ll be in the same spot. And its good … it’s good to have ambition. It’s wise to plan.

The only problem … is that you want to follow Jesus … and that’s a dangerous thing to do if you’ve got a plan. Because the first thing that we need to know when we think about entering into discipleship is that choosing to follow someone is choosing to give up our personal agenda in submission to the one whom we are following.

Is this raising a feeling of tension in any of you? Am I effectively scaring ya’ll away from Jesus?

So what can you do with that? Are you supposed to just wait around and not do anything until you hear a divine, thunderous voice giving you step by step directions for your life? No.

If it sounds like I’m telling you to abandon you plans and drop out of college then I haven’t been clear enough or you’ve missed something.

Earlier I said, “if I am a disciple of Christ, then my will ceases to exist …” And when I was writing through this for the first time the sentence stopped there.

But as I read back through it, something about that statement just didn’t feel right. And I am fairly confident in saying that the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has something to do with what ended up rounding that sentence out. “If I am a disciple of Christ, then my will ceases to exist … as long as it remains in conflict with the will of Jesus.”

Those 12 words make a huge difference. The original sentence labels us as incompetent, depraved sinners who can at best hope to follow Jesus for the rest of our lives and never understand why … we become robots in the original sentence.

But when you add “as long as it remains in conflict with the will of Jesus” to the end, we are still incompetent, depraved sinners, but now there is room for hope that we can be changed … conformed into the very image of Jesus.

You see, Jesus doesn’t want to lead us just so that He can be called the leader … it’s not an ego thing. It’s a “there’s a better way to live and I can teach you” thing.

And it won’t just be better for you personally. But as more and more people become true disciples of Jesus, our world will become a better place to live for everyone.

I would imagine that for most people, the beginning of following Jesus looks like a step of pure obedience, pretty solidly set against your own will and desire. Because the way of the world is attractive … it feeds our egos and our base desires … and Jesus’ call says “I know that’s all attractive, but my way is better, trust me.” And what we want for ourselves will often have to go to the cross in submission to what Jesus wants for us. Our will will cease to exist for the sake of His.

But the longer that we follow … the more that we actually experience what it is like to live out the way of Jesus … the more that Jesus will change our hearts and conform our will to be his.

Our old self will have died and a new self will be raised up to life … and it will be a self who loves what Jesus loves … wants the things that Jesus wants … stands up against the things that Jesus stands up against … and the world will be better for it. This is the promise that Jesus gave us.

But in order to receive it we’ve got to be willing to let go. Discipleship doesn’t happen like this (closed fists) … it happens like this (open hands).

I like Will Ferrell a lot … he’s one of my favorite funny actors, and if he actually became Bear Grylls and stopped being funny, I think that the world would be significantly worse for it … thankfully Bear Grylls isn’t Jesus …

But even though my humor expectations weren’t met in that episode of Men v. Wild, something kind of cool happened towards the end of the show. Bear and Will are sitting on mountainside in the snow near the end of the second day and they’re just talking … and it might be the only time that I’ve ever heard Will Ferrell just being a normal person … not trying to make jokes or anything … just appreciating nature and solitude.

And there is no doubt in my mind that Will had an agenda for the two days going into the whole thing … it was his idea, all the commercials and previews for it were emphasizing all the funny parts … it was supposed to be a comedy. But as the episode went on it became less about Will making jokes and more about overcoming adversity … which is always Bear’s agenda on the show …

What happened?

Will agreed to follow Bear, and despite the fact that he entered into the situation with his own agenda, the act of following changed him. Without question he was still the Will Ferrell that we all know and love, and he brought his own unique flare to the show that was great … but in the end his agenda was changed … conformed to that of his leader and guide.

And maybe you’ve got an agenda that you aren’t ready to let go of quite yet, and you may not have to. But if you want to follow Jesus you’re going to have to be ok with the possibility that your agenda … your will may cease to exist for the sake of Christ’s … and if you’re not ok with that, you’re not ready to follow anyone.

Because discipleship doesn’t happen like this (closed fists) … it happens like this (open hands).

Only when you let go are you freed up to receive the Kingdom of God.

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Up until very recently, I’ve been able to live my life in the midst of the plummeting economy without really experiencing, first hand, the unfortunate effects that so many have been subject to over the past 9-12 months.  Peachtree has some incredible finance people with great foresight who have protected our staff from the prevailing culture of layoffs that is swirling around even the church world.

Recently, however, the economy has found its way into my life.  Back a few months ago I started doing everything that I know how to get college students to sign up for our spring break mission trip to Honduras.  Officially, no one signed up, but there was one confirmation on facebook … so I feel a little bit better about that.

In response to the lack of response, I stuck to my guns and tried to blame myself or the timing (college spring break tends to be more attractive than a mission trip to the run of the mill college student) for the failure of the trip.  But when our Global Mission dept. sent the e-mail to our partners in Honduras informing them that the trip was being cancelled, they suggested something that hadn’t even crossed my mind; that “In this economy families are much less willing to raise support and less able to pay out of pocket for international mission trips.”

And that makes sense!  They’re not cheap, and the thought of asking people to help pay for your trip when so many are struggling financially is almost sickening … believe me, I understand.

Well, right on the heals of canceling the Honduras trip, we’ve begun planning a summer mission trip for college students … to Kenya.  It’s further away, it’s going to be a longer trip in terms of number of days, and most importantly, it’s going to cost more money.  But our church believes that we are hearing a call to lean into our partnership with the Presbyterian church in Kenya.

I’ve already heard from a few students that, though they really want to go, the economy has taken a toll and their participation is unlikely … and again, I understand.

So here’s what we’re going to do:  I’m going to ask for a 3-tiered platform of commitment from everyone connected to this ministry.

The first tier is asked of everyone and it is simple: Prayer.  It is when we are brought face to face with our own inability that our willingness to rely on and ask of God seems to grow.  And though they may not be ideal, it is Biblically consistent.  We’re going to be praying that God would help us to trust in Him financially and sincerely ask the question, “Lord, what would you have me do?”  We are also going to pray for the significance of the trip and our relationship with the Church in Kenya.  And finally, we want to pray for the students and leaders who will be going and planning; for safety in travel, for the Holy Spirit to be at work preparing us and while we are there, transforming us more into the likeness of God.

The second tier of participation is giving.  As I have already said, this is a pretty expensive trip and not the best time to be raising a lot of money.  But we have a community of college students that is sending out this group … in other words, the 10 or 12 of us who go are representing the PPC college ministry, and so one of the ways that a community supports its missionaries is to help fund them.  So I will send out a support letter to all of you and hope that you will honestly pray about whether or not, and how much you ought to give towards this trip

The third tier is pretty obvious … going.  I know that this will be a stretch for most anyone, but I also know that God will not call you to something and then fail to bring adequate provision.  And this really will be an incredible trip.  I hope that a number of you will consider going with us!

So spend some time in prayer and keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to the whispering of God.  Hope to hear from ya’ll soon!

peace

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Well, it was my first ever attempt at cooking pancakes … I’d say that mediocre was the goal and, not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty sure that goal was reached!  It was great to have so many of you, and my hope is that it was a sweet time for ya’ll to reconnect with one another after a few months away.

Church is doing life together in community.  Eating, worshipping, serving, partying, etc. and we are a part of that.  Yesterday we ate together, many of us worshipped together, and coming up in the next few months we’ve got the opportunities to party together and to serve together.

On Thursday, Dec. 18, right after the Vespers Worship service, we’re gonna head across the street to the new diggs for our “Rat Pack” Peachtree U Christmas Party.  There is a facebook event that I’ll use to figure out numbers, so let me know if you’re planning on coming.  We’ll have eggnog and other festive beverages, as well as some trivia, so be brushed up on your knowledge of the Rat Pack … and Christmas.

Now, onto the serving together part; we still need people to sign up for our Spring Break Mission Trip to Honduras.  I have talked to a bunch of “maybes” and would love to see those maybes turn into sign-ups.  Remember that the deadline to sign up is Dec. 13 and that the dates for the trip are Mar. 14-21.

Finally, I wanted to wish everyone good luck on their finals.  Get good sleep, eat well, study hard, but don’t let the next few weeks consume you.  Life is more than your GPA … GPA is important … but other things are important too!  Worship God with your whole life, and call me when you get back in town!

Blessings

Will

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Story #1

My senior year in High School was an interesting one for my faith.  I’d always been a “church person” … as long as I can remember … but during my senior year I started to have some questions … to notice some inconsistencies, to wonder what my Christianity even meant.  As the year moved towards spring break, I remember being at one of my church basketball games when the youth pastor from the other church (who had probably just smoked us) approached me after the game was over and asked me if I would like to go to Peru with his youth group that spring break on a mission trip.  I don’t think it was “we’re obviously better than your youth group so you should join our team” invite … I wasn’t some kind of a super Christian that everyone wanted on their mission trips … I was just a keyboard player in a killer, high school rock band … and they were going to be playing a concert for 1000+ Peruvians on this particular mission trip.  So I said yes … without talking to my parents …

I’d never been out of the country before, and Bill & Lei weren’t overly excited about the possibility of my going to a developing (previously “third-world) country for my first trip overseas.  Nor were they very excited about the support raising that would inevitably be taking place for a trip like this.  But by the grace of God, all of those hurdles were overcome and I was destined for Peru in Spring of 2003.

Spring break finally rolled around and we flew into Lima, then rode for 3 hours on a bus that I’m certain had had its shocks stolen.  The ride itself was eye opening, but nothing could have prepared me for the first place that we would be staying and working … Manchay, Peru.

Manchay is a little mining village up in the mountains.  There is nothing green in sight because it hasn’t rained there in 45 years and the irrigation trucks can’t navigate the curvey mountain roads.  Most of the houses didn’t have roofs on them, dogs looked like they hadn’t eaten anything in weeks … we were told that the mines were all about tapped out … there seemed very little hope in Manchay.

We pulled up to the church that we were going to be partnering with.  They were providing most of the medical care for the village and needed cabinets and tables to work with … so most of our job was around that task.  We bought wood for them and built tables and cabinets during the days and worshipped with the congregation at night.  And the crazy thing is, the people seemed genuinly filled with joy.

But I’m getting off the intended path here.  One part of our ministry was that a few students would be sharing their testimonies with the congregation in Manchay, and so the youth pastor made his way to all of the students who he didn’t know well and asked us to share our testimonies with him.

I’d never even thought about mine … to be honest I think that I probably had to ask him what a testimony was.  Needless to say, I didn’t get picked to share my story with the church, but something important did happen through that conversation with Tyler; he recognized that I had a lot of unanswered questions about my own faith and that I had a hunger to have some of those questions answered.  And so when we returned from the trip, Tyler called me up and asked if I’d be willing to meet with him once a week before school to talk about the story of the Gospel and read through a book together … and I said yes!  It happened kind of like the start of a dating relationship, but Tyler called it “discipling” … he was “discipling” me!

I’ll spare you all of the details, but I will say this: the course of my life was dramatically altered over the next few months meeting with Tyler.  It was like I had caught something and it literally changed my life.  At least for the first 4 or 5 months I was on cloud 9 … that was 5 years ago.

I am still captured by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I don’t know that I’m willing to say that I became a Christian because of that mission trip … I’m not even willing to say that I hadn’t been born into my faith … but I will without hesitation say that God used the Peru, and Spring & Summer of 2003 to shape my life and invite me to take on a new role in the Kingdom of God.  And even in times when I’ve wanted so badly to deny my faith, I have been unable … by the Grace of God.

Story #2

Not long after the end of the last story, we reach the beginning of this one.  I was a freshman at Georgia Tech and it was probably January or February of 2004 when the youth pastor from my home church called me to tell me about a great opportunity.  There was going to be a summer mission trip to Honduras for college & high school students and the church had raised money to offset the cost per person so that we’d all only have to pay $400 for the whole trip!

After my last mission trip experience, I was exstatic!  I got all of the info and convinced my parents to let me go.  But there was still one more wall I had to get over.  For the last 4 years I’d been coaching a summer league swim team and this was going to be my first year as the head coach (I also was going to be Hanarry West’s first male head coach in 13 years), and I was so excited about it!

Being as early in the year as it was, the summer league swimming calendars hadn’t made their way to me yet, so I called my boss at the club and asked her about the dates of the mission trip and whether or not I could be out of town for those dates.

The answer was no.  The trip perfectly coincided with the week before the ever-important county meet and I would have to be in a number of meetings and running some very specific practices, etc.

At this point I was faced with a delima.  I really wanted to go on the trip and I also really wanted to be the head coach of the swim team that I’d grown up on.

I don’t think it took me too long to decide what to do.  I suggested that I could be an assistant coach again and they could hire someone else to be the head coach … and to make a long story short(er), that is what happened.

I was standing in the back yard at my fraternity house when I got the phone call from my boss:

“Hey Will, I wanted to let you know that we decided to hire Jenica Johnson to be the head coach this summer.”

“Oh that’s great!  I really like Jenica and would love to work for her”

“… Oh, no.  I don’t think you understood … we’re not going to be re-hiring you as an assistant.  I think there would be too much confusion with the kids as to who was in charge and we want to make things as easy on Jenica as possible”

“oh … ok”

I don’t really remeber how the conversation ended … I just know that I was nearly in tears.  I felt upset and angry and betrayed … I didn’t know what to do.

A few days later that week, one of the seniors in the fraternity approached me:

“hey Will, you were a worship leader in high school, right?”

“yea”

“Well I volunteer for a middle school ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and our worship leader is going to be out of town for a few weeks.  I was wondering if you could fill in for him.”

“Sure, no problem … as long as you can give me a ride”

So that weekend I went to Peachtree for the first time, led worship for the middle school ministry, and got offered a job for the summer as their intern!  It was awesome … they were even going to let me take my week off for the Honduras Trip!

The summer job was awesome … as a matter of fact it turned into an all the time job!  But the mission trip to Honduras, to this day, has been my favorite trip I’ve ever taken.  We worked alongside the people we were there to serve, we led a Vacation Bible School for the children in the village, we talked about materialism and need, and faith, and contentment!  It was truly an amazing trip.  I’ve always wanted to go back … and now I’m getting to.

But this time I’m going back as the trip leader.  I’ll get to lead college students on a trip that was so powerful for me when I was in college, and that is incredibly exciting for me.

I’m not trying to tell you that if you decide to go on this trip that you’ll suddenly fall into your life’s calling or anything like that.  But I am telling you my story.

In both of these cases, international mission trips served as a vehicle for God to profoundly change the course of my life.  I had gone, in both cases to serve others … to do whatever I could to change their lives for the better … and I believe that happened.  But even moreso, God used those times to shape me … to give me new perspective into the state of the world … not just my safe suburbian bubble.

I hope that you’ll consider joining me on this trip to Honduras.  I do believe that your life will be changed … maybe some people moreso than others … but everyone who goes will come back with at least a little bit broader of a perspective.

Thanks for reading … sorry it was long!

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