I spent April & May in East Asia - 6 weeks, 6 cities, & 2800+ miles by train. My DTS students and I taught English, prayed like crazy, made friends, shared Jesus, sang countless rounds of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes,” and savored delicacies like duck intestine and spices that numb your lips.
And by the end of June I arrived in Nicaragua, where I’m leading a team of YWAM staff and students as we facilitate summer mission trips for youth groups from the States. Our primary project: making sure every family has their own Bible.
Whether in atheistic East Asia or uber-religious Latin America, the fact remains: everybody everywhere needs Jesus. Here’s a quick peek of what God’s been doing:
"What is the story of Jesus?"
We kept hitting walls in our conversation with Mimi & Cathy at English club.They'd asked about prayer and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to talk about Jesus...until they kept changing the subject. We were talking about our shared interest in music when Mimi surprised me by asking, "What is the story of Jesus?"
I started from the very beginning, and Mimi and Cathy leaned forward to hear. All around me, my DTS students were sharing the Gospel as well. Later I found out that one young man had not only accepted Jesus but also received healing for his wrist. He told the student who'd prayed with him, "I know your God is real now."
"I'm all in!"
Here in Nicaragua, we just finished the first nine-day mission trip for 54 people. I love seeing teenagers catch a glimpse of the ways God can use them when they're willing! As always, God was at work, impacting the lives of the students who came as well as those they ministered to. At the end of the trip, 18-year-old Nick acknowledged to his team, "I've been sitting on the fence, but now I know I want to go all out for Jesus."
Tomorrow it starts all over again, this time with 72 of us. I'll be directing the program, coaching my staff and YWAM students as they lead teenagers in ministry. Please pray that each one of them has a testimony of God's work in and through them!