Where has the summer gone? Or for that matter when is the summer coming? It has been a terrible summer here in beautiful WA state. But that is another issue. The summer has gone by so fast. I cannot believe it is already July 21. In some ways I wonder what I have done with my summer, but in other ways I am shocked at how much has been accomplished already.
So far this summer I have been involved in training three YMI college teams that are currently on the field. These teams are in South Korea, Brazil, and Haiti. These teams are staying in country for 7 weeks. This is quite the time commitment for the participants, but in the end, they see what missions work is like on a daily basis. It helps prepare them to know what to expect if God is calling them on long term missions. The reports from these teams has been amazing. God is doing some amazing things in them and through them. At times it has been difficult for them, but God has used that to mold them into something that He can use for His glory. If you are interested in going on a college trip here is info: http://bit.ly/isl8tC
Then two weeks ago, I was in Big Bear, CA training 56 high school age individuals on how to share their faith. They were going to a Summer camp and volunteered to give up 30 minutes of free time a day to train and go share the gospel. There is nothing like seeing youth excited to share their faith and realizing that God can use them now to bring Him glory. As a result of this training some of these individuals are going to go on a missions trip this next year to Costa Rica. It is like once they get a taste of God using them, they can’t wait to taste it again. So, I get the privilege of furthering their training and providing opportunity for them to put themselves into situations where God is using them. Pray that God draws more youth to sign up for this training on August 3-7.
This summer I have also helped launch one of our STM teams that is in the Philippines. They are curently there and being used God in many many ways. Check up the updates here. I am looking forward to debriefing them and hearing all that God is doing in their life. Along with that, I am preparing the final details for my church’s sports camp that is happening next week. It is our summer out reach into the community and we are anticipating 50-70 kids at this camp with at least half of them unchurched. I am excited to see how God is going to use this to grow New Hope Community Church’s witness in the Bonney Lake area.
Wow, with only half the summer over, I can’t wait to see what God is going to do with the second half of it!