The bus ride home

The bus ride home

So this is the end of the blog!  Thank you for all your prayers and support. I know the students have experienced a life changing trip. They are excited to get home and fully crash into rest. Give them a day or so to get their feet on the ground and bounce back. Expect to have better conversations with them by Wednesday. I'm praying for us all as we celebrate a deep movement of God. Please continue to pray for our 40 students who are just settling in to Move right now. God is using that along with the Mission trip to get our group mobilized for something big! 

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TSAwesome!!

Our group has risen to expert airline status!  We made it through and have had some great food. In another hour and a half we will be on the plane! 

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Honorable mention... Not with us... 

Honorable mention... Not with us... 

Shuttle Loaded!

Shuttle Loaded!

We have lodged up and are off to the airport. We had an incredible final session encouraging us to live the Gospel out with our lives!  We have started our journey home. From this point on the students will start to fall into exhaustion with emotions and minds becoming somewhat numb.  Pray that as they get closer to home God inscribes the memory of this experience in a unique way onto their hearts. Pray they wake up with a fresh conviction to live out everything they heard!  It's my prayer that the blog will help bridge the communication gap between you and the students. You should have been able to read much of what they have been challenged with. Hopefully you have been able to share in their experiences.  As we travel over the next 8 hours take some time to review the blog and connect with the heart of the trip. What have you been challenged by?  What has God been speaking to you as the students have been away? 

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Worn Out

Worn Out

Today was a full day of processing what God has done in our hearts and what He is calling us to. Students have made decisions and have responded to the message of the Gospel. We are excited to start our journey home tomorrow. Please pray for us as we wake up, pack up, worship one last time, and head to the airport. Pray for our safety and another smooth experience as we move through security. We will land and meet everyone at the church around 9:00pm!  We will update as we make progress through the day! 

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Back to Friday...

Back to Friday...

So I tried posting this twice on Friday... 

Friday morning stared off with a challenging talk. The main take away was based off of a quote from C.S. Lewis. "Christians don't tell lies they sing them". We spend a lot of time singing, reading, and listening to Godly things. On the flip side, we spend very little time living our faith out.  What was the difference between the rich young ruler and the disciples?  The disciples acted on what they knew when the young ruler kept living the same. What was the difference between the sheep and the goats in Jesus' parable?  They both knew the same God; sang the same songs; worshiped in the same church.  The sheep allowed what they knew to change their lives into action.  

Friday afternoon was spent putting actions to our faith. Two groups went to love on orphans that will eventually be turned to the streets to fend for themselves. The other two groups went to feed villages of people that live on $40 a week. We touched, prayed, fed, and played with dozens of people that needed to experience and hear the love of God. This can easily become a memory. But we pray it becomes a lifestyle of application.  

Min the evening Eddie Passmore closed the week out with a message of application. What choices do we need to make to step into being a true disciple of Christ?  We need to say no to unhealthy friendships.  We need to be less captivated by money, possessions, and living like the world. We need to stop being so busy that we don't have time for God, his community, or his work. We need to stop practicing careless Christianity.  

We need to surround ourselves with friends that push us to Christ. We need to keep a spiritual survey of our stuff. We need to walk like Jesus and study and submit to the word of God. We need to start loving the lost like Christ and loving one another in our Christian community.  Tonight a lot of our students admitted that they needed to change the way they have been living back home. A larger understanding of Gods kingdom has been painted and they are wanting to respond!  Pray that they are able to process this on Sunday and be ready to start reintering the world they came from.  

Back in the States!

Back in the States!

We made it back into California in good time!  We waited in the boarder line for four hours. We had a lot of fun eating chirros and messing around with vendors. I'll post a summary of our last day in Mexico once we get settled in at Masters college. It's six o'clock and we still have another hour to drive. God did a lot of work in our lives yesterday learning how to put faith into action. Pray that we are able to process and debrief well with the kids tonight and tomorrow!   

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Kevin's team

Kevin's team

We built a house for Marco, his wife, and two week old child.  Even though Marco isn't very skilled with a hammer, he worked with us enthusiastically all day. The team was fun to work with and they built the house quick!  This is their third house and everyone knew exactly what to do. During lunch the Caravan Staff shared their testimonies with us which triggered a great conversation about recognizing idols in our lives.  

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Ron "Radical Christianity"

Ron "Radical Christianity"

This morning Ron spoke from Luke 5:4-5

Radical Christianity gets a lot of air play. First Century Christians were burned as garden night lights.  A young couple sells everything and becomes a missionary in east Africa. But what does it take to be a radical Christian. Peter said "At your word I will..."  This was a decision to obey and simply go fish when he didn't feel like it. Peter learned to obey what he heard Jesus say. That is it for us!  Radical obedience isn't all of our students leaving their families in a week and living in a jungle fighting man eaters and elephants!  It's learning to listen to Him today and acting on it. How is God calling you to obey today?!  Jesus modeled extreme obedience!  Obedience to the Word. Jesus obeyed the Father. Jesus obeyed the Spirit. Jesus obeyed in the small things. This led to Jesus obeying unto death!  Pray for us as we learn to obey today!  

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7/27 Kevin's Team

7/27 Kevin's Team

These are some pictures Kevin sent me from yesterday's work. I will be traveling with them today and will post more from them tonight! 

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7/27 Ron's Team

7/27 Ron's Team

We had incredible opportunity to build for a young family of believers today. The children helped paint and Manuel provided a power saw and help throughout the day. The team was down a couple of members that we're having some minor stomach issues. Pray for the bellies of everyone!  Praying with this family was such a blessing for us!  Kalea prayed in Spanish and Manuel prayed that the house would become an open place of worship!  In the first picture you see a cement building that is unfinished. Many families use these places as their homes. Missing walls, ceilings, and bathrooms; these families find a home. We have an opportunity to give them a little more than what they had. It's so humbling to see the joy in the faces of these families as we provide them with such raw and basic structures. They have tears of joy for receiving what squatters in America would turn their noses up at. We have been blessed with so much... and we don't even realize it. Pray that we are ministered to by the joy of simple gratitude

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7/27

7/27

This mornings message was incredible. Sometimes Missionary Speakers can come across one sided. "If you're not reaching an un-reached people group then you are not following the great commission."  Last nights speaker left with that message which was hard to process. This mornings speaker did a much better job framing the heart of Christ. We do have to acknowledge a huge problem.  1/3 of the world isn't being reached for Christ and we are NOT doing a lot to change that. 33% of the world claim Christianity (but how many actually follow Jesus). 38% have access to the gospel but choose to walk away. 29% have no access and have not heard the gospel message. We send 72% of our missionaries to the Cheistian group, 25% to the next group, and only 3% to the un-reached. That is a problem. But not everyone is called to go!  We are all called to live out the great commission in our own live and be open to sending and going to wherever God leads. He pointed out that we fail to live it out in our lives and local towns for three reasons. 1. We are blind to the clear message that we are all called to make disciples. 2. We don't acknowledge God's full authority in our lives. 3. We miss the point of how temporary our priorities in life are. If we could change these three things we would be more active in living a life that looks like Christ!  Pray for our students as they process God's purpose for their lives. 

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Brad

Brad

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Tonight Brad taught on the Great Commission.  There was a heavy emphasis on the need to reach the unreached.  It is challenging to face the reality that people are dying without having the opportunity to hear about Jesus. I pray that some of our students will hear a call to go to these people in need. However, it's a deeper prayer that every single one of our students hear the command to tell their friends the gospel. It's unfortunate that we have made this optional. We think only the "gifted" are called to preach the gospel. I pray that we all respond to this clear reality... Every single one of us are called to constantly be preaching the gospel and reaching people for Jesus. 

Aaron Passmore

Aaron Passmore

Aaron grew up in Mexico under his fathers Caravan Ministry. Two years ago Aaron was married with two of Eddies grandkids. He felt a clear call to move to Ecuador and start a ministry. That sacrifice has yielded an incredible ministry that disciples youth and mobilizes them to go do ministry.  

Luke 9:23 calls us to deny, pick up our cross, and follow Him. Pray for our students today as they serve and process through these things. 1. What are you denying. 2. How are you taking up your cross. 3.  What does it look like to follow Jesus when you return home? 

How would you process these questions in your own life? 

Team BRIAN

Team BRIAN

A house in three minutes

Team Mitch

Team Mitch

Francesca's house has been falling apart over the last three years. Twelve people spanning Three generations live in his house.  Last year   Caravan Ministries rebuilt his main house. Today we laid a foundation for an addition for his mother and grandchildren to live in. The students did great playing with the kids, singing, and sweating over the concrete!

This was the original house. It's now used to hold their oven and has a room for a few to sleep in.  

This was the original house. It's now used to hold their oven and has a room for a few to sleep in.  

The kitchen sink.  

The kitchen sink.  

Family bathroom

Family bathroom

This is the house that was built last year. Most of the family (10 of the 12) sleep here.  

This is the house that was built last year. Most of the family (10 of the 12) sleep here.  

Where the new house will go.  

Where the new house will go.  

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Mixing cement  

Mixing cement  

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The finished foundation

The finished foundation

Woke up to rain

Woke up to rain

This morning we were surprised by a little rain!  We are all excited to start building houses. Everyone spent time alone with God asking Him to apply everything that we have learned to this point.  

Michelle spoke to us this morning from Daniel 1. Michelle was a full time missionary in Africa for several years.  Michelle's husband died three years ago from encephalitus.  She is now raising her children alone in America serving God faithfully. Daniel 1:8 "Daniel was RESOLVED to be set apart". Do not be afraid to be set apart. Are you resolved to be set apart!?!  Many of us struggle being ok with being different. When you look at your coworkers, classmates, or unsaved friends can you see a difference. Are you set apart?  Pray for our resolve!  We want to be set apart for the Lords purpose! The Lord stood in the furnace with Daniel's friends as they were set apart. Father let us be aware of your presence as we stand with you set apart from this world. 

Continue to pray for health and safety. Pray that the rain holds off so we can build house and bless people. Pray that as we work our students identify with the love of Christ. This love is worth being set apart for. Pray that we find our resolve in the depths of His grace! 

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