By far, the highlight of this past month was being the guest speaker at a college/young adult retreat down in San Diego. Preaching out in the elements had its challenges from rain, to wind, to lack of light, and lots of smoke in my eyes around the campfire. None of those challenges kept God from moving in the lives of people, however. It did keep a number of people (including myself) from getting a lot of sleep, especially the first night when only three tents survived the wind and rain. Most people ended up sleeping in cars that first night, but the weather Saturday and Sunday was beautiful!
I preached out of Luke 24 and Acts 1-2, one chapter each night (give or take). We asked the questions: “How do I know Jesus?” “How do I experience Jesus?” and “How do I live Jesus?” Needless to say, God’s word does not return void, many of the students/young adults experienced the power of the Spirit and were encouraged to step out in faith in different areas of their lives. I got the chance to pray for a large number of students the last night (see the collage above) and many of them came to me afterward amazed that what I prayed was exactly what they needed to hear even though I had not asked them what they needed prayer for. God still speaks today! Finally, we saw the beginnings of a grace-filled, Spirit-initiated community begin to form and many students shared their excitement about how they can add to this community in light of Acts 2:42ff and what God had been speaking to them personally.
Perhaps what excited me the most was that this was our first ministry with college/young adults in San Diego since God has called us to San Diego State. If our time at SDSU resembles anything like what God did this weekend, watch out San Diego State! The Kingdom of God is near!
Beyond the retreat this month has been full of meeting with amazing people. I get the privilege in this season of meeting with people one-on-one or as couples to share the vision of what we will be doing at San Diego State and inviting them to join our team in some capacity. As I meet with more people, my heart gets increasingly excited about what God will do through our ministry and the amazing partners God is bringing to join us in prayer, finances, and working on the ground. People are catching the vision!
We had an offer accepted on a house about 2 miles from campus. Check it out here, even though the pictures do not do it justice! Our scheduled move date is June 30.
We have begun potty training Eden. Pray for us!
Kendra has started choreographing one of our favorite shows, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" for a Christian youth theater company (CYT) in Santa Cruz.