Outreach Update: Weeks 3 and 4
Our May DTS Students are on their 4th week of outreach! They finished with their time in Fremont doing door to door evangelism to end Bible poverty, and are now in Southern Spain working with refugees. Continue to read to be amazed at what God is doing. He truly is chasing down His lost children.
Our Last Week in Fremont
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
We’ve all learned how FUN door to door evangelism is! God has showed us how to do everything out of a place of rest. Every step taken in those neighborhoods, every prayer prayed, is making an impact. Really, it’s not about anything that we say or do; it’s just about having a “YES” in our hearts and letting the Holy Spirit move. God has made it easy for us to connect to people, despite initial responses and cultural differences. The love of God knows no boundaries. When we abide in that love, everything is taken back to a place of simplicity, void of striving.
One evening this week, two of our team members were walking through a neighborhood when they encountered a young salesman also going door-to-door. They struck up a conversation with him which led to him asking if they are Christians. When they returned the question, he explained how he didn’t feel comfortable calling himself a Christian because he felt his lifestyle didn’t live up to that title, but he felt God was pulling on his heart strings. Our team began to speak identity over him, and got to share of the gospel of GRACE we have access to. He connected with the heart of Jesus so much that, when they asked if he wanted to give his life to Him, he said YES. They prayed with him and encouraged him to connect with the local church.
Another couple of our team met an elderly woman who dealt with extreme arthritis for about 15 years. The woman struggled with anxiety because of her loneliness and inability to do much on her own. She knew of Jesus, but was desperate for an encounter with Him. Our team prayed for healing for her, and began to encourage her with the comfort of a God who cares so intimately. The woman began to weep, a visible change took place because of the encounter she was experiencing. She was so grateful that someone would even take the time to love and be with her.
We also met a guy from Jordan who described himself as “culturally Muslim.” He was so receptive to what we had to say about Jesus. We got to share how it’s about a relationship with the Maker of the universe, not just a religion passed down through the generations. We explained that the relationship waiting for him is tailor-made for him specifically, and is the realest thing he can have in this life. His reply? “I’ve never thought of it that way before.” We got to leave him with a Bible and some recommendations for community to plug into. Praise God!
It’s amazing how much people respond to genuine joy. There were several instances this week where there seemed to be a closed door, but laughter and sincerity were the keys that broke through and gave us opportunities to be invited into homes and minister to people. Laughter is contagious!
We leave for Spain on Tuesday! Every day we’re grateful for the many opportunities we’ve been given. God is good! Thanks for praying!
Our First Week in Spain
This past Thursday night, we officially arrived at the city we’ll be staying at here in Spain. Since then, we’ve been adjusting to the differences in time, culture, and schedule. But we love it here! The team is doing well. We’ve been greeted warmly by our hosts and by the people we’ve gotten to meet. We’re excited to see how God has already been working here, and what He’s bringing into this place in the next four weeks!
On the second night we went to pass out biscuits and tea at the beach where the refugees normally hang out. Even though what they speak is not our first language, we managed to connect with them through our somewhat limited abilities: their “small small” English, laughter, and the ever helpful Google Translate. A couple of our team connected so well with a man that he wanted to meet with them again to talk about Jesus!
Just yesterday we had the opportunity to be a part of the church service here for the refugees. During the service and throughout the rest of the day we were each challenged to step outside of our comfort zones in various ways. We were asked to do a skit/games on the fly, had impromptu translators step up, and made/served food in ways we’ve never done before! God taught us to rely on His Holy Spirit for wisdom and strength in everything we do. We felt so overwhelmed and privileged to be able to worship with these people who so clearly have God’s hand on their lives, and to be able to hear their stories. Jesus was present in every song, dance, story, and conversation shared as trust was built amongst people from all kinds of places and backgrounds.
Partner With Us!
Please pray that we would have even more opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus, and we would learn how to show His love in the way He wants us to. Pray for the refugees, that they would be built up and encouraged through our time spent here and beyond, and that God would reveal Himself to them in greater ways than they could ever imagine.
Thank you! God is good!