Monday, February 6, 2012

weekend wrap-up


that's my weekend in a nutshell. 

but a blog isn't a nutshell, is it?

this weekend, i had to privilege of working with my university's office of mobilization (aka mob office) as they spent a weekend training and preparing 400 students, faculty, staff, and alumni to serve overseas in some capacity this summer. 

now, i've participated in this weekend in different capacities before, but it was different this time. i had the absolute honor of working alongside the mob office and others who have dedicated their lives for the advancement of the gospel worldwide. it was humbling to see these folks serve with eagerness in various capacities. as with all of those organizing and helping with this weekend, i wore many hats, including water carrier extraordinaire.

i was reminded of a lot this weekend. i had the chance to listen to about forty people share their "two minute story." basically, students and leaders are to learn their testimony in two minutes with the gospel as the highlight. my favorite part (of the entire weekend, actually) was to see the utter joy that came across people's faces as they shared the gospel! what a blessing and encouragement! 

i was also encouraged to spend time worshiping our Great God with those focused on the task. i learned a new song this weekend. the chorus went like this:

Jesus worthy is the Lamb 
that was slain for us
Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up
and all the world will praise 
Your great Name

He is high and lifted up! and all the world will praise His great Name!

i was reminded about the lost in the world. the number shown above is the number of muslims worldwide. most of them are considered unreached, or living without an indigenous evangelical church. i pray that my heart and the hearts of those in my faith community would continue to break for the lost constantly around us. i pray that we would join the task to share Christ with the world.

between the emotional highs and lows in the varying simulations and debriefs, i'm tired. but it's a unique tired. my body is exhausted and i want to sleep this day away, but it's unique because my heart is overwhelmed with joy! not only was able to serve in a small way this weekend, but i was able to watch people get it. to begin to understand that God is worthy. to see that He is worthy of everything. this brings energy to my spirit, and for that, i am so grateful.

continue to pray with me for the mob office staff as training continues through april. pray that these teams would continue to grow and be challenged with the gospel. pray that they would be unified, ready to serve as one for the sake of Christ.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: 
just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 
By this all people will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."
John 13:34


{cuppakim} said...

this is awesome cinders. love that you went and served your peeps.

also love the concept of a 2 minute testimony. AWESOME.

keep on, keepin' on. in the name of Jesus.

love you.

Melissa Marshall said...

so glad you came down. next stop...south asia. may 2014...oh wait..kentucky, nov 2012. :)