Morgan Leblanc - School of Biblical Studies
During my DTS, I felt more and more strongly about God calling me to full time missions. Since coming back to the states, I have gotten to take what I learned over those 6 months and apply it to life in Florida. I have coached lacrosse with my dad, where I got to pour into high school girls and show them their true identity in Christ.
I have shared the gospel in my work places, and simply poured the love of Jesus upon whoever I can! I have also gotten to teach at a college FCA (fellowship of Christian athletes) huddle, as well as speak at a few other events. As God’s calling upon my life is becoming more defined, I felt He was directing me to pursue SBS (school of biblical studies) to further my knowledge of His word. I have prayed so much about this, and it has been a constant desire for over a year now, so I know it is where the Lord is directing me next.
This school will start in September 2020, and be 9 months long. I will study every book of the Bible 5 times through, and study for about 10-12 hours a day. It is a very intense study of the word, and something I know will pave the way for whatever God has for me long term! My heart's "why" for going through this training is so that I can learn more about God's true character, how to give an answer for what I believe to different people groups, and so that I can take the knowledge I will learn and pour it out in action, teaching, and words to those around me.
I ask that you would please partner with me in prayer for what God has left for me to complete here in Florida, and for what is to come. For provision, protection, and clarity in all situations, and that He may be glorified through it all! Thankful for such an awesome support team, I am praying for you all daily!
The next 3 months May 11, 2020
Hello! First off, I want to thank you all for joining my mailing list and partnering with me in advancing the kingdom of God! The past two years God has continued to be so faithful while directing me to complete His will in spread the gospel and making disciples. He has blessed me with financial and spiritual supporters such as yourselves, which has showed me the value and importance of the roles of the body of Christ from such a biblical perspective! It has been so humbling to seek God in times of need, and to watch Him bring people like you into my life to partner with, in order to be sent out to the places God is sending me!
As many of you know, I have felt God clarifying bible school for a little over a year now. I believe this desire to attend bible school is pure and from Him, however, He is showing me His timing is always right. He has allowed covid, and He knew when it would happen. Originally, I had planned to go to bible school last September, but seeing how life is now, I see God’s provision so much as I would have been stuck in Australia during this time or sent back home, unable to complete the schooling. Heading into this September, I have been led to hold bible school in open hands, surrendering it to the Lord completely. Australian boarders have been closed for a while, which makes things sticky with applying for a year long visa during this time. As I’ve surrendered the next few months and preplanned agendas, the Lord has led me to a really rad ministry on the west coast of Florida. This ministry is called Ride Nature.
Ride Nature is a nonprofit missions organization that values generosity, gospel spreading, and discipleship. They meet people where they're at, and God has opened doors to starting up bible studies at skate parks, wake parks, and streets to youth that come from troubled homes, and most of the time have an absent father. They love on the homeless community in fort Myers as well. Ride Nature has a coffee shop, which is kinda like the “base” of the ministry, which brings people in for coffee, but also opens up so many doors to spread the gospel and pray for people as God leads. Not only does Ride Nature impact the local community for the gospel of Christ, but they are also active in sending teams out internationally to spread the love of Jesus to other countries and to encourage and equip other believers in those nations to step into leadership roles in spreading the gospel.
I have been accepted for an internship to work alongside Ride Nature this summer. Everyday we will be evangelizing throughout Fort Myers and beyond. We will be serving the community in the ways God leads, always starting the days with worship and prayer to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit for daily ministry. As an intern, I will also be taking discipleship classes throughout the week.
I will also most likely be taking an international trip with them within the 3 months. Big name board companies such as Zap skimboards, donate boards to the ministry for us to take to other nations as a way to bless youth with boards while sharing the gospel of Jesus.
As I continue seeking clarity for where He desires me long term, I am growing and learning in the moments and opportunities He gives me in the present, knowing everyday He is preparing me more and more for what long term will look like. Just from the past 2 years I can see His preparation so clearly. From tearing my ACL and having to switch to youth ministry, and seeing God give me such a heart for high school girls and discipling them into a biblical womanhood, to not going to bible school last year which allowed me to work with FCA for a year here in Florida. In which during this time, God has been growing me in the concept of using a tool such as a sport to completely bring God into a sphere that is so quick to shut God out of. These glimpses of preparation get me so excited for what God has in store for my time with Ride Nature and beyond!
Going into this internship, I am expectant that God will continue to reveal more of His heart and specific calling for my life. I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside a missions organization and like minded believers to serve and spread the gospel daily here in Florida, and wherever else God may lead during these few months!
Ride Nature, staff and interns, are completely faith funded, full time missionaries. So I will be joining in trusting in the Lord through these months to provide what is needed for housing and food as well. The pricing for the internship has been cut completely in half this summer, which is such a God thing. Housing, transportation to and from ministry and the base, and intern classes will be $350/ month, and then I will also be covering my own food. I will be unable to get a job during this internship as it consists of sun-up to sun-down work, serving, discipling, and loving on those God brings us in contact with. God has been so gracious in preparing me during this past year for where He knew I would be, and so working 4 jobs has definitely been such a blessing and will help moving into this internship as well. I have also been so beyond blessed by many of you who have generously given to bible school.
Moving forward, I want to be a good steward of the gift of financial support I have received from you retaining to bible school, so I have put that money aside specifically for that foundational training that the Lord has spoken about, however, as life is changing, I am uncertain when God’s timing for that season will be right now. I want to keep you all in the know as much as I can, especially since we are partners in furthering the kingdom and I couldn’t do this without your support! With that said, I have decided to keep donations that were given specifically for bible school aside for the biblical training for when the Lord gives the Ok, but if you’d rather your donation go to helping me with finances for the ministry I'll be doing this summer, just let me know!
I am so excited to continue seeking God, growing closer to Him and the calling on my life, and for the plans He has made for the next few months. I am so appreciative for all of you, God has blessed me immensely by every individual on this email strand. I pray for you daily, and I am thankful for the partnership I have in you- can’t wait for the party we’ll have in eternity one day, rejoicing in the presence of our beautiful savior and best friend!
At the end of this email, I have attached the link Ride Nature has created for me to send to supporters as well. Check out the ministry, and what they’re about!
If you feel led to support financially, you can go to “give online”, and you can give to the ministry or specifically! My name will be under “staff and interns” fund and then under sub fund.
If you have any additional questions, comments, or prayer requests, please never hesitate to reach out!