Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New people, different place, same God

I've been here in Charleston for a week now, and it feels like so much longer. My days are filled with activities, meetings, trainings, time with God, and perhaps some time at the beach. In the week that I've been here I've met 44 other believers. 27 are students from college campuses all over the US, and 17 are the Cru staff, also from many different campuses.

What I've learned is that it doesn't matter where we're from, or where we are.  Each of us believes and loves the same God. We all have the same forgiveness, the same ability to have a relationship with him, and the same goal of sharing the gospel with those around us. I've learned how to share a small tract effectively with others, as well as how to have a better quiet time with God.

There are five teams that us students could have been placed on, based on what we most enjoyed doing, or were best suited for.  I've been selected as one of seven members of the outreach team. We've planned our first outreach for downtown Charleston this coming Saturday, June 11th! I have to say that I'm nervous about it, but I'm excited to see how God will use me to plant seeds in the hearts of the non-believers I will potentially come into contact with.

During one of my quiet times this week I chose to focus on 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  For me, if I don't remind myself of this I can find myself thinking that my sin is too much. The great thing is, our God is a faithful God who not only forgives us our sin, but forgets the sin as well. In his eyes, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I am spotless, and my sin is already forgiven.

This week I'm praying that my desire would be to spend time with God, and in His word more and more. I also pray that God would use all of us on this mission for His glory and according to His will. I ask that He prepare the hearts of all of those that we come in contact with, and that we would go boldly to share the gospel with them.

This is my outreach team!

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