First Flight

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First Flight

when I first got to the airport I was a little freaked out. I felt like I didn’t belong there, I felt that way because I was telling myself that I’ve gone too far from where I come from, telling myself that I didn’t deserve to be somewhere as common as an airport. it seemed so different than what I was used too, it made me uncomfortable. After sitting down and talking with God he spoke to me that, I didn’t deserve to be where I was, he was Showing me that if I continue to take leaps of faith in his name he will take me to a whole lot of new places.

After the airport; came the plane, not gonna lie I was terrified. I kept telling myself “i got this, I got this” but i was flipping out on the inside. what helped was on my left was Anna telling me its all gonna be okay, and on my right was TJ telling me funny stories about the times he flew. It helped a lot having some of my friends next to me. Once the plane started to take off I realized it wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t throw up on anyone or freak out and pass out, I loved it and I can’t wait to get on many more flights

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My Calling

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My Calling

In the summer of 2018, God called me to children’s ministry. By the grace of God I was given an opportunity to work in children’s church after completing a set of classes Called the academy taught by my youth pastor Matt Wilson. getting into Power Zone was easy, adjusting was the hard part. I had to learn, I had to learn to work with children, I knew how to love them but I didn’t know a thing about working with them the good, bad, and the ugly. 

as of now, September 9, 2019 I'm over a year into Power Zone and I’m still learning but i have learned a lot and done a lot, and absolutely love it. Before MAP I never thought about furthering my ministry beyond children’s ministry, never thinking about doing anything more. Being in MAP has opened up my eyes to so much more in ministry. People, places, and the work opportunities have all been amazing and I can’t wait to see what God has for me in the future. 

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purpose

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purpose

purpose, what is purpose; how do we define, how should we define purpose. Do we define it by how dictionary defines it, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists” or define it by what it personally means to us. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world, killing more than 800,000 people a year that’s roughly 1 suicide every 40 seconds and largely in young adults. And it’s because they feel like they don’t have a purpose.

What about Gods purpose, Jeremiah 1:5 says “"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."” 800,000 people who took their lives didn’t know that God has appointed then a prophet. They never Got to know that God calls then his child. we have to spread the word of Jesus we got to let people know that they have a purpose in this world, that they are loved and never alone. 

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My testimony

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My testimony

When I was 7 I was walking with my mom and saw a picture of a furnace and it was about abortion and my mother told me I was almost aborted, my mother told me she didn’t want a baby at 16 so she made the decision to get an abortion and on the day at the clinic ready for her appointment she was stopped by a women and my mother said that her and this woman argued and argued my mom telling me all she was saying that she was gonna make the biggest mistake of her life and my mother being stubborn didn’t listen, and my mother told me that the lady was actually getting serious about stopping her not letting her at all and by a miracle my mother listened she went on and had me.

See at seven I didn’t understand any of that honestly I didn’t understand any of that up until Matt preached a message sometime in 2016 or 17 I really don’t remember but he preached about we are where we are for a reason, me the first time ever hearing the words “you are not a mistake” it hit me like a ton of bricks God speaking to me so clearly that my mother getting into an argument with some random lady at the abortion clinic the day of her appointment was not random at all that I was here on this earth for a reason the big picture I don't know I’ll probably never really know but I do know that even before I was even born Hod was watching over me

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Great missions to the orient: Christianity in Japan

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Great missions to the orient: Christianity in Japan

In map we were asked to make a blog on any missions book and chapter of our choice, I chose Christianity in japan. jesuit Francis Xavier the first modern missionary who brought christianity to japan landed in japan in in 1549. Xavier spoke little japanese and only stayed only 2 and a half years his lack of japanese was a real hindrance to his ministry, but he was followed by his partner juan fernandez. By the year 1600 there were 800,000 baptized christians but that was before persecution set in in 1640 where the penalty for practicing christianty was death. For two centuries japan cut off christian influence but when they opened their borders back up to missionaries only 50,000 christians remained and that's not hard to believe when in those two centuries 300,000 of 800,000 were killed.

Japan opened up their borders to missionaries again and many came and many failed. But in 1859 a protestant episcopal man by the name of John Higgins came to japan knowing that preaching was illegal but. And months later he was joined by many missionaries causing the years between 1859- 1873 was called the period of preparation even though missionaries were still not allowed to preach and win converts openly they were ready.

From 1889 to 1941 known as the period of reaction in those years japan grew to become a powerful nation and they resented all foreign influence because denominations in the christian church caused a lot of fighting among christians in japan. In later years Christian work was done largely through education.

As of 2017 japan's population has grown to 126.8 million but one percent only being christian which is on 1,268,000 out of that 126 million population. Missions to japan has always been hard but i know God can do the impossible

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My MAP story

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My MAP story

    Why I came to map? That’s a question that would be either be very simple to answer or complicated. The simple answer would be God gave me the commandment and I answered, plain and simple; however the story of me coming to MAP isn’t some story where I received a vision, audible word from God, a God dream; no it started with me getting fired from my job.

       June 26, 2019 the day I got fired, even though saved, filled with the Holy Ghost, and called I had an issue with my anger. It’s something I'm not proud of, something I can never justify, or will ever try to justify. God spoke to me about joining M.A.P. the year before, but I put it off for work being told I needed to work and also telling myself that “I need to work”.  M.A.P. can come later.  But in my lowest point, the guilty point in my life, God spoke to me that all my bad decisions can come down to my one decision to follow him at this moment in life.  God was speaking to me, “What’s your excuse now, your not in school, your not working - GO!

My MAP story isn’t perfect, but it’s my MAP story.

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