Three weeks ago, I was lying in my bed and pouring my heart out to God, and I could just sense my deep depravity before a Holy God. I had just finished preparing a lesson for a summer camp on sin and Salvation. It really got me thinking of my own fallen nature, which we often don’t take time to do. Sometimes, there is no better thing to do than to take some time and reflect on whom we are to stand before- such a Holy God as our God.
It humbles me, and it will do the same to anyone who truly pauses and stops to think about how they can ever get to stand before God. I wonder if Jonathan Edwards spent a great deal of time thinking of his human depravity before he came up with the topic for his sermon: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Because of our sin, we cannot even think anything good without God enabling us to do so. We need God’s Spirit constantly to help us live faithfully for God in this broken world. I realize that God deserves the glory for any good that come out of me. Please pray for the summer camp in Haiti. Pray that the campers will come into a fuller understanding of their sinfulness, God’s holiness, and God’s plan for their redemption.
It has been two weeks since I began meeting and ministering with my pastor in Michigan, and it has been life changing. You can study about God all your life, but unless you face the real world and try to apply all you know to life situations, there still a long way to go. I have had fears concerning entering into such a holy calling of ministry, but through the mentoring process, God has blessed me more and more with boldness and encouragement. There is no greater way of experiencing God’s peace of intimacy than to enjoy the ministry he calls us to, and to enjoy those people with whom he surrounds us. I am exceedingly blessed this summer, experiencing the pastoral life, and staying with an incredible couple who constantly talk with me about God and our relationship with Him. We talk about theology, which I love;
I also have been planning for ministry after Moody. A team of us are working to start a school and an orphanage back in Haiti in July of 2014; so we are now looking for people who will support us with building, and who will also be willing to support a child monthly. We are really in need of the building for now, so anyone who would like to make a donation can email Christina at [email protected]. More updates are to come! I really learned a lot over the last year. God has blessed me so much, and He continues to do so. Now it is time for my blessing to overflow onto others, through my teaching, caring for others, reaching out to the lost, and letting them know there is a God who loves them. I pray you will feel the same way too as we will try to keep you updated about everything. The great commission is to go; I am willing to go, and you can help us go (Matthew 28:19). Please keep watching! Thank you for following my blog. Please continue to pray for me as God is unfolding his plan for us. Peace and love!
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).