It is crazy that it’s only been two weeks of classes since I came here. I really feel so blessed that God called me to this place and closed all other doors. I love all three of my roommates. We’ve been praying together and sharing our testimonies. We’ve had the pleasure of hearing Francis Chan speak many times since I came here. This past week we had classes as normal all morning with a speaker from IHOP, and then we had prayer and worship every day from 4 to 8. We are tired! Not every week is going to be this packed, but we wanted to pray on all different sides of the bay for revival in this city. I love how Crazy Love and YWAM come alongside pastors and encourage them and what they are already doing. We were in a lot of different churches, which is very unifying, and we find pastors sometimes overwhelmed with emotion to see so many young people with hearts for the nations. One woman said she had a vision a long time ago of young people being sent out from her church and felt it was fulfilled. How cool is it to be the answer to someone else’s longtime prayer? We have been getting to know our neighbors, and the names of the people who work in our neighborhood. Life is good in East Palo Alto, and God is moving!
Friends! I am so joyful to be writing from East Palo Alto, CA! Fire and Fragrance has had it's first meeting, and I am loving all of these young people who have come together from all over the globe to serve their Savior. I have three roommates, one from Canada and two from the States. They are all sweet and we're getting along well. We have also been getting to know our neighbors already, and it's fun to walk down the street and call people we pass by name. Today we are gathering with Francis Chan's house church network, We Are Church, at Fox Theatre. Tomorrow we are blessed to have him speak to us. A couple of our focuses for these next few months are revival in this city and revival in our hearts. We don't want to just preach the Gospel, but to dig in to the Word and be open to personal transformation. Pray for the people we encounter on the day to day, pray that He would open our eyes to those around us, and ready people's hearts as He goes ahead of us. Thank you friends! Stay in touch!
Big update! God works all things together for our good. On one side, our Kona leadership track was having trouble finding housing in Hawai'i. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Francis Chan had some amazing different ministries going on. A friend of his mentioned she wanted to fill some of her apartments she owned with an army of Christians. God brought the two together as only he can do, and just recently the track announced we will indeed be filling said apartments and focusing our outreach on Chan's ministry; We Are Church. This is a completely new concept, and I think some really cool stuff is going to come of it. I am slightly anxious to be going to a new place where I don't know anybody at all, but I have faith that the Lord will provide connections. Stay tuned!
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