January Update January 17, 2020
"Worship will transform the region."
As I sit here in attempts to place the past few months into words I am at a loss for words. Although the work has been great and the opportunities for work simply continue to almost be placed at our feet, the greatest treasure found here in the midst of all the opportunities has been the one spoken of in Matthew 13. That is Jesus Himself, worth surrendering all for the sake of knowing Him deeper. A word that God has spoken over the vision here is summarized in this, "As we worship, the region will be restored."
To some this may seem as if we are not stepping out but the truth is that as we worship the Lord out of obedience, His presence has been coming in so thick and His glory so real that all we can do is surrender and drop to our knees out of the power he comes into the room with. And as we continue to surrender to Him and His coming, we are made more and more to look like Jesus which in turn the signs, wonders and miracles simply happen out of accident due to a deep love and passion for Jesus Himself. And that is where we are finding ourselves at in the moment and in the midst of all that is going on with the Iran vs USA situation. The Holy Spirit has increased since the tensions have begun to hit the region. All I can say is more God, and let it be done to me as He has spoken.?
On a more practical note, since the Iran vs USA tensions, many foreigners have left the region and our numbers have gone down but recently we have begun to enter into camp once again as well as continue the work (english courses) that were being held in the refugee camp.
Opportunities have opened in a Syrian refugee camp heading toward the Iran border that we have begun to pursue and serve as we can in accordance to the finances we raise and skills that are available to be provided.
There is a small camp of 44 families receiving little to no aid that we are involved in with distributions of many kinds from clothing to water filters, to food and simply to go and play soccer with the teens and adults and share with one another.
We have visited and intend to return to an orphanage close to the Syrian-Turkish border that is run by some of the adults in the neighborhood who have done what they can to serve and be there for over 20 children ranging from a year old to just about 7 or 8 years old.
And soon enough we will be taking a trip to visit and serve in an orphanage in Syria housing 60 children that can be classified as the least of the least in many peoples eyes but as treasures in the eyes of Jesus. These children are the children that are a result of the terror striking group in this region that has raped many Yezidi women that were forced to give their children up one they were rescued and prior to entering into Iraq. These being children that a result of the enemy raping these women that now are technically not allowed to enter back into their society because they are now termed as unclean and the enemy, all because of being defied by what they call the enemy. We are very excited and expectant for this opportunity and are excited about what God is going to do there.
And really there are many more opportunities that would take forever to write and read but countless, great opportunities that God is providing.
Finances/fees to live here: ($1,000 USD per month)
Project Finances: ($1,000 USD per month)
Trip to Orphanage in Syria ($400-500 USD)
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It Only Takes One Leap... August 21, 2019
The truth is, we are all on a personal journey with Jesus. How it plays out, and the difficulties along the way is determined by one’s level of surrender and committed partnership with the Lord. Each journey is truly special and unique in every single way because every person, although made in the image of God, is different from the next individual. But, simply put, our life is like a hike, and the best views are as we move onward and upward.
In the bible there are many individuals that I admire, and many if not all, that have helped me see Jesus in a new light and walk with Him in a new way fully based out of faith. In this moment, there is one in particular I’d like to shine a light on, and that is Abraham. As some of you may know, Jesus told me to do a trip with a friend through Europe that altogether lasted about a month and a half. Not knowing our next destination until nearly hours before departing our current destination, it was a stretching time with the only direction being to bring His Kingdom.
Bringing the Kingdom of God does not necessarily mean to share with EVERYONE about who Jesus is and try to bring EVERYONE to Him. But it does mean that each day we woke up, we simply asked The Lord what He had for us. Where He would like us to go and what to do. In that, we were bringing His kingdom, aka, Him, with us everywhere we went. We did see a lot of people touched by God and a number of divine appointments, but that came simply through His desire to share, and the strength to obey that He gave us. It was a beautiful time to be honest. Tough, but great.
As we concluded the trip and moved onto the next destination that the Lord had shared in the Middle East, I found myself being questioned by many people along the way and in this current destination, asking, “how long are you going to be here?”, “what will you be doing?”, “with who will you be?”, etc. But the more these questions arose throughout the month and a half prior to arriving and even the time currently in the location I am now in, I begin to see how The Lord has been giving me the strength that He gave to Abraham. He simply told Abraham to go to a specific land, and that being the most direction He received. As for me, The Lord told me, go to a land and commit to a year, and toward the end of the year He would tell me whether to stay or go. Along with that, He spoke to me about who to be with, but I have no idea the work I will be doing or anything else. I just know I am supposed to be here as of August 20th.
The more people I share this with, the crazier responses I receive but truly, I do not see it as being too wild in itself. The more I share it, the more I realize that it was Jesus who gave me the strength to obey, and sort of blinded me with His love to the point that I would say yes to anything. What a great place to be!!! So, to update you, the truth is this… I am in the Middle East, will have a place to stay but will have to soon get an apartment, have no idea what I will be doing but do know this: I am supposed to be here, now. And where the Lord wants me to be, I will be, because there is no greater place. Thank you for your time and be blessed!
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In-route to K-stan July 17, 2019
Hi, from Amsterdam, Netherlands! A place full of history, bikes
and lots and lots of people! From a historical point of view and from the point
of view of a big city, it is absolutely beautiful. With canals flowing through
many areas of the city, as well as many areas to sit and share a homemade meal
with friends by the canals, park or even city center. Amsterdam is definitely a
friendly culture based out of relationships and time together. An overall fun
place to be.
As you may know, my friend Glauco and I left the states for
a trip through a small portion of Europe that I felt Jesus lead me toward
taking. Now, if you know me then you know that I actually despise traveling and
much more rather stay in one place and invest in the people and place with all
of my effort. Buuuuuuuut, that’s not the case with this one. Although it has
been a pretty fun and awesome trip with seeing what God is doing, it has felt
like if every day that passes, God peels another layer off of me until there is
nothing left. It has been difficult and absolutely worth it but has come with a
painful process of peeling of a layer one at a time.
Right now, we are at a time that we do not know what God
wants us to do next. We are faced with two options: staying in Amsterdam and
finding out a way to partner with people here and bring the Kingdom of God to
the streets of Amsterdam, etc or head over to Lesvos, Greece and work in a
refugee camp there where I have worked before. It is definitely a moment of
being torn between the two, because both have heavy needs and God is moving in
both places as well. What to do? What to do?
In all honesty, I have seen the bigger struggle to be that
whenever we ask God what to do we feel that He gives direction met by a closed
door on every side of the road. It is definitely a very difficult place to be,
again, living with the feeling of being peeled away one layer at a time until
there is nothing there standing of me. But, in all things I know this… I was
led by The Lord to do this trip and I know I am supposed to be here. I don’t
know what lies ahead but I know this: Jesus is there waiting.
If you pray, please pray for Glauco and I. For finances, God’s
leading, open doors, and for the Kingdom of God to continually be established
everywhere we go with Jesus at the healm.
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Pre-Kurdistan. July 05, 2019
Good morning, as I am writing this, I am currently in London’s
Victoria Station, heading out to Scotland to visit family Scotland after being
here a few days. As I sit here, I am at a loss for words in attempts to
describe the current state of London, but I will try and put it into words.
With such a rich history and multiple historical events
having occurred in England, including a period of evangelical revival during
the 1700’s, I have come to find London to be spiritually poor, with the regions
in in which I visited alone during my few days here. I was able to meetup with
a good friend that is heavily invested in bringing the Kingdom of God to the
region. His desire is to simply lead people to Life and he also works to
restore the region/land; God is truly moving through him and his family. He
took time out to show us the area they live/work in and the strongholds of the
region holding the people oppressed, it was a lot!
He opened our eyes to the street they are operating out of
and how in one area alone, is such oppression and in that area alone, the owner
of the region has made it in such a way that the 7 deadly sins (Lust, gluttony,
greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride) are constantly active in the area, as well as
witchcraft and idolatry. He spoke to us of the moments that they go out to
evangelize and witches cement idols to try and give them authority over the land,
and they go out at night with sledgehammers to break them and throw them in the
river. As well, how the witches are paid from above in order to walk the
underground tunnels and place curses and strongholds on the land.
In response, he and his team go out multiple times a week to
set people free from all that mess and have an encounter with Jesus and receive
true Life and truly live through Jesus. It is a region in need and a region
that God is about to explode as the anticipation increases more and more. It is
an area I would like to return if I can find people to allow me to stay with
them for some time. I can’t wait to see Jesus move so mightily in the area;
breaking people free.
While we were in our hostel in a different part of town, we
were able to meet an atheist man from Australia that was hurt by the church as
a child when his priest was caught cheating on his wife. From then on, he has
turned away but after having a few encounters with Him and sharing who Jesus
truly is and what He is capable of, he was at a loss for words. He began to
share how this is the third and fourth people who this year have shared with him
about who Jesus truly is and what following Him is about as they go out to
serve the Kingdom. He did not start following Jesus YET, but The Lord is after
His heart with such a powerful love!!! It will happen!
Well, there is so much more that is going on during this
trip through parts of Europe to bring the Kingdom of God, if you want to know
more or contribute to bringing the Kingdom of God and encounters with Jesus,
please reach out. Until next time… Be blessed!
To Make Him Known - Living in the Kingdom June 23, 2019
father or mother or son or daughter more than me is not fit to be my disciple.
And whoever comes to me must follow in my steps and be willing to share my
cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be considered to be my
disciple. All who seek to live apart from me will lose it all. But those who
let go of their lives for my sake and surrender it all to me will discover true
Throughout Jesus’ life, while walking the earth, we see Him preaching
the hope of the Kingdom of God, healing every sickness and every disease.
Teaching His disciples to “love your neighbor and pray for those who persecute
you (your enemy)” (Matthew 5:44), and to not retaliate to those that strike you
but turning the other cheek that they may do the same as you respond in love.
But, then we encounter a Jesus in Matthew 10 that seem to be slightly different
to the one we see in the previous chapters of Matthew. But, is He the same or
simply out of the goodness of His heart leading us closer to Him?
There is something about surrender that brings life and life
eternal. It is when you surrender and only when you surrender to Jesus that you
may find true life, eternal life. Through you choosing to surrender all to Him
and bring yourself down to 0% that the “Ancient of Days”, “King of kings and
Lord of lords” is able to come and fill you with His 100% as He Himself is
Eternal Life. Surrender, it is for your own good, and to have life breathed in
to you as Jesus breathed into His disciples in John 20:22.
Returning to the scriptures above and stepping into understanding
these verses from a surrendered reborn believing life, we see that through these
words Jesus is telling His disciples that unless His own love Jesus more than
their own mother, father, son or daughter they cannot follow Him. The reason
being is this: when we surrender to Jesus, there is a heart exchange that
occurs on the cross and Jesus’ heart becomes yours as He replaces your heart.
Through Jesus’ heart, loving your mother, father, son or daughter is now with a
pure heart, Jesus heart, who loves them wayyyyyyy more than you can ever love anyone.
With an eternal, powerful, power-filled, sacrificial love.
Jesus calls us to love Jesus more than those around us, and
especially more than ourselves so that we can have Jesus in relationship as our
true King and our Everything, but also, that those around us may benefit from
the relationship as we are enabled to love them from a greater place, heaven.
Again I say, surrender! There is nothing greater; for you,
and those around you.
Isla Vista Worship – 814
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To Know Jesus - May '19 May 26, 2019
I write this simply with no intention other than to inform
on what The Lord is speaking and doing as well as to attempt to share some of
what He is teaching through our everyday conversations and time spent together.
I hope you find this to be a blessing and invitation to seek the Lord more and
more since He is fully available to us, and we are fully available to have as
much of Jesus as we desire because of His life’s fulfillments and as a result
of His life, death and resurrection.
To begin, I’d
like to make the very true and powerful statement that there is NO ONE like
Jesus, not even one. The way He loves His children, stands by them through
thick and thin, fights for them, encounters them, and simply wants to just be
with them EVERY moment of their existence; none compare. In the recent months,
I have truly met Jesus like I have never met before in my life. Encounter after
encounter, He just desires to be with me even more than I desire to be with
Him; it’s incomparable. For the sake of time and your attention I want to share
two of the encounters I have had with Jesus recently.
In my last week in France, some of the students and I gathered for an evening
time of worship and a time to listen to what Jesus wanted to speak. In that
time, as we spent time in worship, Jesus began to open my eyes to what He desired
from us in that time together. First, he shared with me that we were to spent
time in His presence without words or doing anything but enjoying His peace and
presence. Next, He began to share about what we were to do next which was to pray
for everyone in the room, one at a time, by only speaking out the words that Jesus
gave us to pray over one another, the Father’s heart for each one of us. After
hearing the Father’s heart for everyone and receiving God’s identity for His
children, we began to just praise Jesus and out of grateful hearts, thank Him for
who He is, what He spoke and His love for us.
It was as one of my friends was thanking the Lord out loud that I felt
the Holy Spirit strongly and as I thanked the Holy Spirit for being present
that it was as if I fell back and my eyes closed, and in that moment I was
directly in front of Jesus, face-to-face with Him. It was no surprise or new
thing for me by the way I saw that I acted. It felt like when one sees a good
friend and greets them because they always hang out together and see each other
because of their good friendship. Suddenly, I hear my friend praying so I ask
Jesus if He hears it and we both follow the sound. At that moment I open my
eyes and was startled because I forgot I was in the night of worship. At that
moment I felt the Spirit again, and once again eyes closed to bring me face-to-face
with Jesus. No words were spoken but we just looked at each other and enjoyed
the moment together. Once again we heard my friend praying and followed the
sound to be startled once more until I realized I was in the night of worship.
The second encounter being:
During one of our Life Group’s on a Tuesday Night after dinner, the
group gathered and as we waited on the Lord to share who would share this present
week, I heard The Lord tell me, “if nobody else shares, you share.” I was
willing to do as He led because I knew it would end up great so I shared. Not
knowing what to share I asked and He led me to share about surrender. To share
on how the best place to be in life is surrendered at the feet of Jesus, EVERY
MOMENT of everyday, etc. The moment that I finished sharing for those five or
so minutes out of nowhere, the Holy Spirit blew into the room so strong as a
physical wind and it was then that not a soul moved. The seven of us present
all looked at each other to see if we all felt the Holy Spirit and the answer
being a loud yes. Two minutes later, 4 of us were on the floor face down out of
honor and thanks to The Lord. For the next few hours, I was listening to Jesus
on what He desired to do and obeyed out of love for Him and what He wanted to
do. This night Jesus began to share with everyone about their original design
and the way He see’s them and loves them greatly. After 4 or so hours of the
love of Jesus being poured out over us, He did not share on anything else but
we just sat in His presence and received Him more and more. By the end of the
night, everyone was in tears and being transformed from the inside out by Jesus
and His desire to come and be with us.
The truth is, Jesus has invited
us to live in a relationship that we are together with Him every single day in
presence and are able to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. In order to worship
Jesus in Spirit and Truth, we kind of need the Holy Spirit to enable us and
lead us because anything we do apart from the leading of the Holy Spirit is
religious and man-made. It’s as we seek Jesus that we will find Him, and how do
you find something you cannot see, feel, encounter or be present with? As we
seek Jesus to come in His presence, the Holy Spirit, HE WILL! And there is
nothing better than to be led with and by the Holy Spirit in everything you do.
It takes away all desire to succeed, perform, become, or to do. It brings an
assurance upon you that you are a child of God, that you are loved and not
alone because Jesus wants to do everything with you. And just one word from
Jesus can transform your whole life and everything in it. There is nothing
Here is a quick update for those
I have not had the opportunity to speak about it. In late December 2018, I
arrived in Biarritz, France ready to spend the next few years serving alongside
that which Jesus has called me there for: bringing revival and being sent out
periodically to follow the Lord’s call. Sometime after arriving in France, I had
a conversation with the leader of YWAM Biarritz and he spoke with me about
praying and asking The Lord when He wanted me to partner with the call He gave
the base to a specific area in the Middle East and I did just that. Jesus spoke
to me that I was to go in March which meant late February until late April. So…
It was such a beautiful time that
included seeing firsthand God move in healings, miracles, signs and wonders;
anything it took to let His people know that Jesus loves them. With that I was
able to see five people from a camp in the region come to a picnic we put on
and during that time have an open vision of Jesus telling them to follow Him,
followed by the Holy Spirit being poured out over them in love and power; a beautiful
moment that the Father and His children meet. The sort of thing that only the
Holy Spirit is able to work and do, with us just being a bridge for the Lord
from heaven to earth. While there, The Lord began to speak to me about returning
for more of a long-term stay and serving in what Jesus is doing in the region
to love His children (a lot that can be spoken of if you like). And simply
seeing God move in powerful ways.
Since then, I returned to
Biarritz, France and after spending time with the Lord and speaking with
leadership at the base, I was released to follow what God spoke wholeheartedly
and with the blessing of the base and leadership. After a few weeks in
Biarritz, I returned to Florida for a short period of time to be with my dad in
his efforts to recover from His back surgery that he recently had done. I plan
to be in the states until mid June and then head back to Europe with a friend
to fulfill a dream Jesus spoke to me about reaching the lost in Europe as well
as revisiting some of the churches I was a part of as Paul would do through His
life journeys. This is a very small part of the big picture Jesus has me a part
of at the moment but all I can say is this. Nothing matter but Jesus. Please,
if you do not know Him yet, drop everything and seek Him. There is nothing
better than being fully surrendered to Jesus and His Spirit. His love is incomparable
and His desire for you is far greater than you would ever come to know. He gave
up nations to be restored to His children, imagine what He is willing to do to
be one with you.
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February Update February 10, 2019
- Revival in France & Spain
- Strength & Wisdom
- For people to encounter Jesus
- Financial provision
- Workers to come (Luke 10:2)
Third X's The Charm January 16, 2019
First week with Jesus January 06, 2019
I will not be doing this every week but, this has been a special week with The Lord here in Biarritz, France. It has been nothing like a normal first week for anyone joining or returning to Youth With A Mission. While I was still in Orlando, Florida I had a feeling that Jesus wanted me to take the first week of my time in Biarritz to ONLY be with Him and to fast during this week. I said yes! The beginning of a journey like no other, and he was leading me every step of the way. Here are a few thing he spoke...
I Made it to Biarritz! December 28, 2018
Up and Coming October 22, 2018
Want purpose? Life? and Identity? He is waiting for you, and "He" is Jesus.
Worship. . . That is what God has created us to live during out time in this world. Within us there is a desire for something greater. There are just not a lot of things that really cause us to feel an overwhelming of satisfaction and assurance. Whether successful or not, we desire to be filled; we are empty vessels. Relationship is what we were created into but not just with mankind, but mainly with Jesus Christ. I don't believe in Jesus, I know Jesus. It is not a belief but an assurance. I have been created to change this world in the areas and lives that Jesus takes me to. With God, nothing is impossible.
Recently, God has been teaching me on being audacious and i am trying to learn what He shows but audacity is a landing strip for Jesus to move. We have lived in this world of darkness, pain, struggle, depression, brokenness, sickness, etc for too long; and we are now in a point that we welcome it and give it a place to rest within our lives. That ends today, Jesus opened a way for His children to be free from it all and live in peace, assurance, identity, hope, healing, light, love, freedom, etc. Do you desire to accept?
It is not Christianity, islam, buddhism, hinduism, universalism, catholicism or anything else because that is all man-made. This is relationship with Jesus Christ and a full surrender of your life and full obedience. God is good, and your job is to obey and live in relationship. The glory is His and the power is His. There is not yin-yang because nobody has anywhere as much power as Him. It is God and God alone.
Receive the healing Jesus is offering and trust Him. He lives, and because of that you can too.
As I continue to live in God's audacious call for my life, I present to you this offer... Not all people are called to go out to the nations because God has brought the nations to you right where you are; God specifically told me he created me to be sent which is why I am going. My question to you is, would you come? I am in need of people to come with me to bring the kingdom of God, freedom of Christ, and hope to where He is leading me. I am in need of people to partner with me financially in order to help me be funded to go and fulfill what God is calling. Join me!
I am trusting God to provide $1,000 a month from the combined partnering of multiple senders (that's you). This amount will cover for transportation, room and board, meals, and give the opportunity to bless others as well as fund my going into other regions whether on outreach or as God calls. God has called me into the a dream that I would have never imagined and I am preparing for that now. Join me!
I need people to join in releasing funds to bless others, and in prayer because it is what causes breakthroughs. Join me!
My call to you is simple. This call is not from me but from God, would you be audacious enough to commit to monthly financial gifts and become part of something greater than yourself. A move of God.
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