Wanted to share a few highlights and testimonies from this past month! It’s been my favorite one in 2020 so far. 😉
This month I went from doing ministry at the Super Bowl in Miami, to fashion week in New York City, back to Orlando to wrap up my last week of outreach in my School of Ministry Development. February has absolutely flown by, but it has been so much fun and so life-giving for me.
As a part of outreach, my team went to Miami the weekend of the Super Bowl to evangelize and raise awareness for human-trafficking. The day before the game there was a big party at the beach. It was a heavy environment of people seeking belonging through their status, image, and temporary pleasures. The chaos and emptiness of the party was a stark contrast to the natural beauty and vastness of the ocean right behind it. I took a moment away from where the party was happening to walk to the water’s edge and breath in the presence of God. In that moment, God reminded me that we get to literally carry His presence into the dark and chaotic environments in the world. We are called to be on mission, to be carriers of the Holy Spirit, wherever we are. Anywhere we go in this world (whether it’s our own neighborhoods or the other side of the world) there is darkness, there is emptiness, there are people seeking the love of God.
This isn’t a testimony of one wild encounter or transformation, but a testimony to the lifestyle we are called to constantly live. A lifestyle where the wild encounters and transformations come as a result. God gave me deeper revelation on our call as followers of Jesus to plant and scatter seeds of his love everywhere we go. As our team walked around the outside of where the party was happening – praying over the environment, sharing the gospel, and handing out cards to connect people to the local church – I know there were many seeds scattered. Through simple obedience, whether we plant, water, or harvest the seed, we can trust that God is the one who makes it grow. Coming out of this moment in Miami, I have even more faith for America. More faith that as we live a life constantly on mission and scattering the seeds in our grocery stores, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, etc., we will see the faithfulness of God to bring about growth for the harvest.
The night before the game our team went to South Beach to pass out booklets that raise awareness of the human-trafficking that happens at large events like the Super Bowl. As we were walking around I noticed a young woman with an older man, and without going into too much detail, it didn’t look like the best or safest situation for her. I really wanted to talk to the woman but didn’t feel right approaching her while she was with the man. Later in the evening I, along with a few friends, stopped into a coffee shop and moments later the young woman and the man came inside. The man headed to the bathroom as she sat at a table by herself and I knew this was a divine moment to go and have a conversation with her. It was a simple conversation where I got to share with her what we were doing and tell her that God really wanted her to know that her life has so much value. When I asked if I could pray for her she said yes and asked if I would pray specifically that she would know her life has value. As soon as I wrapped up praying for her the man came over to the table and I knew it was my time to go. I couldn’t shake the moment I had with this young woman who may have never had anyone look her in the eyes and tell her how valuable she is. I left this moment (and entire weekend in Miami) in awe of God’s pursuit of every single person and how He uses our seemingly small and simple obedience for moments like these.
The theme of simple obedience and the absolute joy of experiencing God through speaking into the lives of women continued to amaze me at fashion week in New York City! I joined a team of 13 women with Models for Christ for outreach at fashion week. As a team we volunteered at a total of 22 shows throughout the week. The thought that 22 New York runway fashion shows have women backstage interceding over the industry and carrying the presence of God into these places is crazy to me! Every season I walk away with a greater awe of His love for every sphere of society and the ground that is being taken for the Kingdom in the fashion industry.
This season was especially redemptive for me as it was exactly 5 years from the time I first did fashion week outreach as a part of the Discipleship Training School with YWAM Kona. That was a tough season in my life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To be back in New York, doing the same outreach with YWAM, and coming SO far in my health on many levels is a testimony to God’s kindness and goodness. One of the main things He showed me on this outreach is that the best kind of growth happens over time. Growth in my personal life and growth in the believers in the fashion industry.
We live in a culture where we love instant. We desire instant growth and instant change. But, instant can be short lived and artificial. The breakthrough I experienced on a personal level over the last five years, and the breakthrough I got to witness in the fashion industry and the outreach with Models for Christ, demonstrates the power of persistent prayer and God’s perfect timing and constant faithfulness. I am encouraged to keep dreaming, keep pressing in to His love, keep pressing in to more growth for the next five years, ten years, and the rest of my life!
Feeling very grateful for moments like this where we can look back and see that all along God was consistent and developing something so beautiful.
This week is the final week of my School of Ministry Development in Orlando! Over the weekend all of the outreach teams have come back to campus and we will spend the week debriefing as an entire school and celebrating all that God did.
I am so grateful that I stayed local for outreach. Through our times evangelizing on college campuses, serving the YWAM base, and weekly visits to nursing homes, I have continued to learn in this season that true love is often inconvenient and un-glamourous. Truly loving others means fighting for them, but also sitting with people where they are. Truly loving means laughing with one another and at times crying with one another. Truly loving means being okay with remaining unseen by others and making sure that others know that they are seen.
Throughout this outreach on campus, I have gained more revelation on Paul’s description of God’s love in 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
I am more in love with Jesus than ever before, and that makes this entire season worth every second.
Regarding what’s next…I will be sending out another update soon! Stay tuned as I am really excited to share with you guys what it is!