Sunday, March 24, 2013

Salvation is here. Salvation is now.

I know it's been quite some time since I've posted, but there's so much to update on. God has truly blessed me in so many ways. I'm really not sure where to start.

Since my last post, I have moved into my own place, a small camper that a beautiful family has allowed me to rent out in however way I can afford. There's no pressure, and no obligation. Just maintain the camper. I've even added a new member to a family, a ten week old pitbull names Millow (pronounced Mee-low). She's still in those baby days, so its been a challenge so far.

School didn't work out this semester. I lost my pell grant from last semester, which wasn't a pleasant thing. I really tried hard to get the best grades. My focus hasn't necessarily been in the right place, though. I was educationally driven, just not focus-driven.

In December, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Los Angeles for a week on a mission trip. There, we worked alongside the Los Angeles Dream Center, and served almost 2,000 people. We visited Skid Row, and saw some things that have been engraved in my heart and mind. I don't think I'll ever forget them. The sadness of Skid Row scarred me, but not in a negative way to never want to go there again. It scarred me in a way to encourage me, and solidify what God's calling for my life is. We also got to go to Hollywood, Venice Beach, and Long Beach (where I met, in person, a lady whom I have only had contact with via Skype/Stickam). It's easy to see the beauty of California, but if you're willing, God can call you into the inner cities where poverty is mainstream, and drugs on the street are no surprise. Drug use is done right in front of you, and no one cares who sees you.

In September, I plan to move to Los Angeles in order to participate in an internship. Through that internship, I will have hands-on experience through ministry and missions. The Los Angeles Dream Center is also a church, and through that church (Angeles Temple) I will serve the city of Los Angeles. I'm excited to say the least, because if you realize that a lot of people who come through Temple on a weekly basis are the ones hurting, it sets something inside of you to want to serve their socks off. I know it stirred something inside of me.

So, by now, you're probably wondering what does the title have to do with this blog. It lead to this. A lot of times, I hear about people coming to know The Lord. Being in ministry, it's a common occurrence. And, many times I never meet these people face-to-face. Until recently. I had the honor of leading someone to know The Lord through the repentance prayer. It's the greatest joy to know that you took part in someone's salvation. Since then, I've been able to see the changes and struggles this guy has faced. It's challenging. But, being able to see this has brought a renewed faith inside of myself. His prayers have been of pure innocence. His fights have been fought properly. His love for The Lord grows daily. I'm amazed to see this, and I'm blessed that it has not only secured his place in Heaven, but has renewed my faith as well. Keep believing God for the salvation of your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. in God's beautiful timing, He'll provide a way, and you'll reap many blessings.

God bless you all!