Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Quack Heard Round the World

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Just Thinking

philPhil Robertson has been indefinitely suspended from a show centered on his family and his life’s work. Millions fume with anger and frustration – some because he suffers for orthodox Christianity and others because he believes orthodox Christianity. I imagine the only person not bothered by this is probably the centerpiece of this whole ordeal – Phil Robertson.

I want to give you three points about how you should respond to this as you both talk with friends and post virulent rants on Facebook. Then I want to give you two points about the broader issue of living as a Christian in our culture.

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Let it snow!

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The lecture phase of DTS is behind us, there’s 5 days until Christmas break, the first snow of the year has fallen, we begin outreach prep tomorrow, and our Christmas party is tonight! So many exciting things going on here at YWAM Louisville.

This past week was AMAZING! Bob Felder was here from Miami teaching on evangelism. He taught us how to properly approach people. One good way if your out with a group is to simply say “Hey, we’re just out praying for people today. Is there anything we could pray for you about?”  Sounds awkward and scary but it’s actually really awesome and most people really are open to it. This then gives you a lead to start talking to them about life and Jesus. He gave us a few suggestions on how to evangelize

  1. Be available- everyday is an outreach.
  2. Be yourself- just act like a normal human being, you don’t have to act all super spiritual
  3. Ask permission- ask if it’s ok to pray with them, or if it’s ok to ask them some spiritual questions.
  4. Ask them questions- If they believe something different, ask why/what they believe.
  5. Speak their language- don’t use “christianeze” Examples: “he’s on fire for Jesus” “we had a holy ghost party”

On Wednesday, we split into groups and went out to different communities in Louisville and put what we learned into practice! I will admit, I was quite nervous to knock on doors and ask people if they needed prayer, and then attempt to witness to them. I was with one other girl and a guy on staff, I let them take the first couple doors… I watched as Ian(staff) was talking to people about the Bible and how easily it came to him and how much scripture he knew and was quickly convinced I would not be able to do this because I didn’t know all this information. I finally got the courage to knock on a door, a little old lady named Flula answered. I asked Ms.Flula if there was anything I could pray for her about, she proceeded to tell me that her brother had just passed away the day before. I was able to pray with this precious lady.  <3 But, I still didn’t get the opportunity to share Jesus.  As the afternoon went on not many people were home but we approached this older woman sitting on her front steps, Carissa went up and started talking to her. I noticed next door there was a teenage girl sitting alone and I fought back and forth with God about going over and talking to her by myself.  He won, and I went over. I told her we were out in the neighborhood praying for people and asked if she needed any prayer for anything. She replied “no thanks, I’m muslim”.  I asked her if she was ok with me sharing with her what I believe, she said ok.. So I pull out this little pamphlet Bob gave us and attempted to explain to her. Let’s just say this was basically an epic fail. She knew really nothing about Christianity and I was doing a terrible job at trying to explain. I thought “really God, now what do I do.. I’m over here all by myself. Don’t know the first thing about the Muslim religion,and feel like I failed at sharing what I believe” He said “well ask her what she believes.” So, I did. She proceeded to tell me some things about what she believed as best as she could. It was very interesting to hear her beliefs. I then just spent the next several minutes getting to know her, asking questions about her life, telling her about mine. Then she got comfortable and started to ask me questions! “What do you believe about gay marriage?” “What’s going to happen on judgment day?” Do you believe sex before marriage is wrong?” “Why do you celebrate Christmas/Easter?” “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  And out of no where I was not afraid, and Jesus was helping me to speak all the correct answers! Everything I said came out so smoothly, with no hesitation, like I’d been witnessing for years! We talked for a good 45min, which if you know me, you know that is a lonngggg time for me to hold a conversation! It was amazing, she had so many questions and you could tell she was so hungry for the truth. Also during this time I was able to pray with her for her grandma Verna who had been diagnosed with liver cancer. When I left I told her I would keep her and her grandma in my prayers and she was so appreciative. She thanked me for my honesty and non-judgmental attitude while talking to her. This whole opportunity was great for planting a seed, but it was also great a chance for me to really trust God when He tells me to do something! Even though I was scared and had never done that before in my life, I had to fully rely on Him that it was all going to work out, and it did! <3 God is awesome!

A psalm to the Lord

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God, you have showed me what a father is. You have scooped me up in my times of doubt and pain and held me close to your heart. You have poured out your unconditional love so greatly, it’s hard for me to even understand it sometimes. You’ve taught me how to love and how to give. You’ve showed me what it’s like to be a true daughter of a king. You wrap me in your glory and all you have is mine, I will be forever thankful to you and although I could never give back all you’ve given to me, I will give you all that I am.

Bob Sprinkles

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This has been the best week yet! It was slammed full of all kinds of awesome opportunities. Mon-Wed. we were learning from Pastor Tim on how to study the Bible. We split into groups and studied a passage then we discussed what we got out of it and gave a 5 minute mini sermon on it to the whole class.  It was great to not only learn how to study but how to walk it out and share with the class.

Then on Thursday our Thanksgiving outreach started! My team got to go hang out at a nursing home for a few hours in the morning, it was so much fun! I got to play some card games and sing songs with Mrs.Shirley, she was too precious! Her husband was also there with her, they’ve been married for 60 years, and you could still see the love in their eyes! <3

ImageOn Thursday night we had a big YWAM family meal here at the base, it was sooo delicious!!! And there was SWEET TEA!! A big treat for me here, they’ve only had it twice. lol

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Friday morning we went down to the Lord’s kitchen and served food, cleaned up their kitchen, and did a prayer walk around the community.

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Friday afternoon we went to this place called Exit 0, which is a ministry that has been started where people can drop off donations for the homeless. The guy who runs it allows people who are homeless to come in and help organize and sort all the donations, in exchange for getting first pick of new things. :)  We got to go down and help sort food and winter jackets for them. In this process I got to meet this awesome guy named Bob Sprinkles. (whether or not this is actually his name or not idk.. but he was a funny guy!) He really encouraged me, as we were talking he was telling me, “I’m the richest guy in the world. I may not have a home or a dime to my name. But I’m richer than any other person out there. You know why? Because I have God. All of my talents are from Him and everything I am is because of Him. We all have to just learn how to love life and live it to the fullest” He was so happy, he had a smile on his face the whole time we were there, he even sang us a few songs that he wrote, and he has a pretty incredible voice!! He was just such an inspiration to me, I’m so blessed to have been able to meet him!

(don’t let this picture fool you… he REALLY is a happy guy!!! lol)

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After we helped sort the clothes, some of the Exit 0 staff took us down to these homeless camps! It is so sad, people live in the woods behind railroad tracks and off the side of an interstate. So many people drive by everyday and would never know they are there. It’s so crazy! :(

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We got to meet this other really cool guy named John though who has taken the resources given to him and things he has found lying around and has built a “home” in the woods out of pallets and tarps. He even has a wood stove and a giant pile of nails at the beginning of the path so when you walk on them it’s like an alarm system! It’s pretty incredible! His story really touched me because although he is houseless right now, he is making the most out of everything he has and is working to make his life better. He was saying “I don’t intend to live like this forever. But for right now I make the most out of everything. When I see something I could use, I use it!”

Saturday was also an amazing day! In the morning we went out to distribute Bibles and pray with people! I got to pray for a guy named Dave who just got out of prison after 8 years. He’s staying with his grandma, trying to turn his life around and is hoping to find a job now in the construction business to get back on his feet.  Then, we spent Saturday afternoon at the park in Baxter hanging out with the kids and giving out hot chocolate. It was so much fun, I love those kids so much!!

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 It’s been an awesome, crazy, busy, impactful week! I’ve loved every single second of it!!

Coming up this week, we will be learning about evangelism and going out into the community at the end of the week to put what we learn into practice. I’m so excited! :)

Love you guys! <3 Thanks for all of your prayers and support!