Just before LONG travel to Kyrgyzstan
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Dear Friends and Family,
It is three o-clock in the morning right now and only five hours from the beginning of my long journey to God’s people in
Once again, through God’s awesome power and perfect timing, I received all the finances, down to the penny, needed to finish my
Because of the brevity of my previous letter, I did not include any specifics on what I’ve been doing in the past three months and what is to come in the next three months. I’ll start with a quick testimony of how my life has changed because of God’s love and blessing. Bear with me as I am writing this letter in the wee hours of the morning. Many of you have known me for my very quiet attitude and shyness. I always thought my timidity was just a part of my character, but through God’s recent revelation to me, I was allowing the enemy to use my introversion as a barrier from reaching out to people and proclaiming the Gospel.
I had the glorious opportunity to fly from the YWAM base in Bishop,
An exceedingly moving experience occurred after I struggled with God for days about giving up my right to mountain biking. As most of you know, I have a passion for mountain biking and have moved up in the rankings in the racing world of cross country and downhill. I loved it…too much I found…after God revealed to me during the mountain bike week of the DTS. I had been waiting for the brief week since day one of the school and was ready for some crazy climbs and descents, yet God had a different life-changing plan in mind. I awoke Monday morning ready to have some fun loving the sport of mountain biking to find myself with an agonizing headache, grumbling stomach, and debilitating cold. Noooo. My cold lasted all week, and every day the rest of the students took off riding into the mountains as I stood and watched and sniffled.
It wasn’t until the second to last day of mountain biking I began to wonder if God was trying to tell me something. I fasted dinner and breakfast to give God time to speak to me as I lay in my sleeping bag watching the flickering stars above. God revealed to me I had subconsciously put my love for mountain biking above my love for living for Christ alone. I was shocked. I was committing idolatry because I loved something more than God. I confessed and God asked me to give Him my right to biking, to never bike again. Once again, shocked. I wrestled with God all night and finally gave up my right to biking. I thought I would feel terrible and depressed because I lost something so precious to me, but God filled me with a joy that I was living solely for Him.
I was in the place of Abram when God told him to sacrifice Isaac. God wanted to see his willing heart, then He provided the lamb. After only a few minutes of riding, one of the DTS students, Mary, crashed, broke her left arm, fractured her right collarbone, put a dent in the bike, and cracked her helmet! Olan, another student, was behind me and as he braced Mary, he told me to race ahead and tell the others what happened. God provided the lamb by giving me a new reason to bike, not selfishly and for my pleasure but as a messenger! We were able to safely transport Mary to the hospital where she has undergone arm surgery and is now in recovery learning several life lessons herself. Who knew that an agonizing cold could produce so much fruit? With God, all things are possible.
For the next two and a half weeks, I examined my heart in different areas of my life and one by one gave my rights here on earth back to God. Another outstandingly moving experience occurred at YWAM’s annual GO Conference in
God met me in the most powerful way during that night of worship. He filled me with the Holy Spirit so much so that I was overflowing with tears streaming down my face. I’m not an emotional guy by any means, but I was sobbing tears of joy for over two hours knelt down on my knees with my hands lifted high worshiping God. It was my first experience of really feeling the presence of God in my life, and I tell you it is better than anything else in the entire world. I am still being fueled by that experience. God fanned my little flame of a Christian living in mediocrity into a roaring blaze.
I am on fire and passionate about living for the King of all kings, the Almighty God, and it won’t happen by sitting on a couch watching the television. I am committed to a life of international missions and obeying God wherever He tells me to go. Right now, I am called to the torn country of
I am going over with my blazing fire of outward focus and am ready to build some relationships. Our team cannot hand out Bibles or have public presentations because of the KGB and high percentage of devout Muslims, yet that doesn’t stop us from reaching God’s people there. To be more subtle, we have a little different approach to proclaim the Good News. I am specifically in charge of the snowboarding, summiting, and ice climbing ministries. I have gathered several snowboards, boots, and bindings as well as ice climbing gear to take to
Well…here I am babbling on and on and on to page 3. I don’t really have time to edit, re-edit, and put out a final copy, so this will have to do. Sorry about my poor writing and grammar mistakes, it happens when I’m awake longer than 12 hours…and I’ve now been up for 22 hours! The bright side is I’m so tired now, I will have no problem sleeping on the drive to LA or the flight to
In an ever-deepening relationship with God,