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It’s hammer time! Oh-oh!

Today has been a day for the books! This team of students and adults worked HARD to build a home for a family here in Baja.

But before I list the details of the day, let’s hear from the “IFC students of the day”! These guys were asked: What are you expecting God to do today? And they said...

John: to see God’s hand at work in our team and the people of Baja.

Kyle: I’m expecting God to use everyone to do their part in building this house and I hope the owner of the house feels blessed by our serving them.

Noah: I’m expecting God to show a miracle that will change peoples lives give us experiences that we’ll never forget.

I can say that these guys expectations were met and exceeded. We start these days EARLY with a 7am breakfast, an 8am team devotional (each room reads the word together and unpacks the scripture. So good. So rich. So worth it.), a 9am load time to head out to the work sites. The larger EN group is split into 3 projects: building homes, running a VBS and doing street evangelism. Every student will have he opportunity to do each project. But for today and tomorrow, we are building! (Don’t worry: we are drinking tons of water, every one is applying and reapplying sunscreen, all your students are giving their all, Hunter is leading strong, joy is abounding, laughter is occurring, friends are forming, and Jesus is REIGNING!) In fact, today we almost completed the entire home structure framing and roofing!!! In one day!! And a large portion of our group painted almost the entire house as well! Incredible. Pastor Brent said on the drive home, ”I’m not sure I’ve worked this hard physically in a very long time.” 🤣

Our day closed with worship and teaching. We are studying Mark 5, Jesus feeding the 5000, and it was unpacked by our very own Pastor Brent.

What we have + Jesus = ALWAYS more than enough! 

Jesus is greater than lack! (Jesus > lack)

We are so grateful to be here. Thank you for partnering with us to reach this nation. As we cram in to a hotel room for our “end of the day team meeting”, we are in awe of what God is doing. Here are a few nuggets from some of the students:

Hannah: It’s amazing how much we came together and how fast we built the house. Looking around at the scenery while driving up it made me feel more compassion for the people. While building the house I got up on the roof which was scary but I had the courage and grace to do it which is exactly what we prayed for at the beginning of the day.

Sarah: I thought it was cool that even with language barriers we were able to show love to kids. We built them a house but were also able to show them love practically but spending time with them.

Haley: I love how we all came together as a team to build an entire home. We came together so quickly and worked together well. I also loved how we were able to communicate to the kids and play with them even with a language barrier.

Bethany: I loved Hector’s enthusiasm for Jesus and the way he spoke this morning. He kept saying “thank you Jesus”. He was my God siting for the day.

☺️ Enjoy the photos! Until tomorrow... 

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It’s Tuesday! Isn’t it?! :)

My goodness...yesterday was a LONG day of travel and most of us got confused which day it actually was. Ha! Today is a new day! Mercies are new as well...and we are dependent on that promise. Faithful God! 

After a good nights sleep, a graciously prepared breakfast, and time with Jesus (we are reading through the gospel of Mark this week together! Morning devotions and nightly teachings are centered on this text. Join us!), we had a day of team building and fellowship to prepare us for the next days of hard physical labor building homes and precious moments of ministry evangelizing on the streets. Jesus, SHINE in and through us! 

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 A birds eye view of the team starting the day with worship! They sounded like an angelic choir singing “Reckless Love”. Heavenly. 

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 Getting our instructions for the team building time. 

Getting our instructions for the team building time. 

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 It’s cold out here!! :)  

It’s cold out here!! :)  

 Brent and Karla crossed back to the USA to retrieve the lost luggage! Getting through the border into the USA takes some time in this traffic!   After an afternoon of shopping in the market, we took time to walk around Rosarito and see the area first hand. What a great time, great exercise (we walked FOREVER!) and fellowship. It’s all so important as God builds unity in our midst.

Brent and Karla crossed back to the USA to retrieve the lost luggage! Getting through the border into the USA takes some time in this traffic! 

After an afternoon of shopping in the market, we took time to walk around Rosarito and see the area first hand. What a great time, great exercise (we walked FOREVER!) and fellowship. It’s all so important as God builds unity in our midst.

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We ended our day with worship and teaching. Caleb did a wonderful job leading and exhorting the students. And we were taught an amazing word on Mark 2 by Pastor David Hermes from our church in Sterling, VA.

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And I just have to end on this — these students and leaders stand out. IFC is a special place that as a Christ Centered church produces really special people. We are blessed.

We love y’all!

PS. What does Wednesday hold? A full day of building! We are excited! And yes, we will be well hydrated and fully sunscreened! ☺️

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We want you to hear from each of the students this week on the blog as God is giving them insight and wisdom beyond their years! Here is what Hannah G, Mikaela and Chloe have to say about their “God expectations” personally and for the team: 

Hannah G: personally, God has started showing me His pursuit of people. I used to see God as distant and far off, but He’s been showing me how close and personal He is, especially to the ones He loves. I think He’s going to continue to teach and show me the lengths He will go to reach people. It’s amazing that He is using me to minister to these people.

As a team, He is going to minister to all of us how we are supposed to come together as a body. We are having to set aside personal thoughts and comforts about other people, and He is going to unite us and bring us close together for His purpose.

Mikaela: For me personally, He is working in me putting me out of my comfort zone. Last night, we were instructed to pray with someone we didn’t know. I didn’t want to at first, and it gave me anxiety. And then I thought “if I can’t talk to someone on this trip with me, how will I evangelize to people who are complete strangers from a different country, culture, and have a language barrier.” After we prayed, I realized it wasn’t that hard or that bad. I believe He is going to continue to push my boundaries and pull me out of my comfort zone so that I will have a great experience with the Mexican people.

As a team, I believe He is going to increase our fellowship with each other. As In Focus, as Ten Days team, and in our fellowship with God. What happens here will influence what we bring back to Evans, Ga and to the United States.

Chloe: for me personally, I’m praying for clarity through this trip. I find it hard to find moments to get alone with God with how busy life at home is. I’m praying by coming to Baja and by setting aside my personal agendas, that I can really hear from God.

As a team, We are a big team. And I’m praying that everyone will get to know each other better, and strong friendships will be formed that will last. And not only make lasting relationships within our church, but also relationships with those from other churches and with the people of Rosarito.

 

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Safely across the border!

Mexico...we are here! 

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Border patrol was uneventful.  

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We got safely through the border and made our way to Rosarito. This land is just gorgeous. 

 

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Mexican/USA border.  

 

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The girls gathering for a quick meeting before dinner! 

 We were so hungry after a very long day of travel. 

We were so hungry after a very long day of travel. 

 Vision casting from Baja Christian Ministries folks and Pastor Kore. Caleb, Bethany and Josiah lead us in worship (can’t post videos right now!) and it was awesome. After a time of teaching and encouragement it was time to meet as a team. 

Vision casting from Baja Christian Ministries folks and Pastor Kore. Caleb, Bethany and Josiah lead us in worship (can’t post videos right now!) and it was awesome. After a time of teaching and encouragement it was time to meet as a team. 

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We are so tired and heading to bed.  Pray for us tomorrow as we spend the day doing Team Building and Team Training. (Also, Karla and Kate’s bags should have arrived and we will cross the border to get them in the morning! Pray for favor as we go to and from San Diego.)

We love y’all.  

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We made it to Cali! (Photos added!!)

This is a great group! We already have been given such a wonderful compliment- it came from our flight attendant:

”Is this a school group?” 

”No, we are a church group on a mission trip.” 

”Ah! I wondered why everyone was so well behaved!” ☺️ 

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We have landed safely and we are headed to get our bags!  

 

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Karla met a new friend on the plane. 

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Charlotte airport...

A very early morning start (4:45am departure from the hotel!) this Monday morning! We are through security and waiting at the gate! Our flight leaves at 7:45 with a 7:15 boarding time. 

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Chick-fil-A breakfast for most!

 

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Brent made it safely after a cancelled flight required a middle of the night drive! (Thank you Pastor Will for being a chauffeur!) 

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Noah found friends from Augusta! 

 

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Our flight is 4 hours and 50 minutes...we should land around 12:30 EST. We love y’all! 

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And...we’re off!

What a precious time to gather together and be sent off. We are grateful for family and friends that came to pray. 

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After dinner at Mullins Crossing (it took FOREVER TO GET THERE 🤣), we loaded back up to head north!

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 Our fearless leaders! 

Our fearless leaders! 

We made it safely to Charlotte! We have an early morning flight out to San Diego to meet up with all the EN Youth for our week in Baja. Thanks for your prayers.

 

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2018 Baja Youth Team


 We are ready!!

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We are so excited to be heading to Baja!   Please pray for us as we are gone Sunday, June 17th through June 25th!  You can follow our journey here...check daily for updates! 

Team Members (not listed in order):

Rachel Carman

Kimberly Downer

Brent Garrard

Caleb Garrard

Josiah Garrard

Karla Garrard

Hannah Gonzales (not pictured) 

Mikaela Graf

Lena Hallam

Daniela Harris

Hannah Hoyt (not pictured)

Amelia Humphrey

Kyle Kridner

Courtney Lechner

Hunter Maynard

Kate Maynard

John McCraith

Noah Meyer

Bethany Nichols

Bryce Oellerich

Haley Powell (not pictured)

Jacob Rivera

Chloe Roy

Grayson Russell

Aliyah Ryan

Taran Tate

Avery Williams

Sarah Williams

Emerson Yadon

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Baja 2018 trips...happening soon

As a part of Every Nation Churches and Ministries, we're excited to be partnering with Ten Days Mission Experiences again to send two teams to the Baja region of Mexico this month.  Ten Days Mission Experiences is the short-term missions program of Every Nation Churches & Ministries.

Our youth team leaves Augusta on June 17th.  This team consists of 29 of our In Focus youth and leaders.  Their trip dates are June 18-June 25.  Just one day after their return, our college group will leave out of Augusta in route to the same area.  Their trips dates are June 27-July 2.  Both teams are meeting up with other Every Nation groups from around the country.  We are thrilled to be partnering with our brothers and sisters as we travel with the missions arm of Every Nation Ministries.  

You can keep up with both teams here.  We welcome encouraging words, scriptures and general comments.  The teams will do their best to post daily with news and pictures from their adventures.

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Landed in the States

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Just another quick update! We are officially back on the east coast in Charlotte. Kyle made a new friend LOL. Anyway. See you all in a little while!!

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Final Thoughts

What is the most important thing you have received from this trip?

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Kyle: On this trip, I learned that no matter the circumstances, people want to come and hear the good news of the gospel.  

  Caleb : In the most unexpected and terrible circumstances, Jesus still makes a way.  

Caleb: In the most unexpected and terrible circumstances, Jesus still makes a way.  

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Madison: My most important thing was to step out and be bold, and to appreciate what I have.  

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Hunter: I loved seeing how Jesus meets us in abundant and radical ways when we obey Him and step out of our comfort zone. Whether it's hammering a nail, manual labor, or sharing the gospel, Jesus is all-sufficient in all of it. I also loved seeing the global family that we have in Christ and the love that surpasses skin color and national borders. 

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Ana: The most important thing for me was feeling my heart transform to be a vessel for God to use in so many ways.  

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Cali: On this trip, I've learned to step out and be bold in everything I do. You don't have to travel far to spread the love and word of God to others and to work hard and show love and kindness every moment you can.  

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Josiah: I'm so grateful for what's I have. I realized that you can have the smallest story but still change someone's life. Also that miracles are possible if you are influenced by the Lord.  

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Bryce: The most important thing I gained from this trip is perseverance and courage to go to all nations even back at home to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

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Emerson: Seeing the Holy Spirit empower our students to share testimonies and pray while witnessing Jesus heal and save on our evangelism trip was fantastic. When we prayed and handed Maria the keys of her new home that we had the privilege of building was such a special moment. Her heart was full of gratitude for God who provided in our work. I'll never forget her face! I've gained a new heart and compassion for the Mexican people and a renewed sense of unity in the body of Christ no matter the location.

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Stephen: That there is an amazing boldness in our youth to spread the gospel and that God has placed powerful, faith filled, Holy Spirit led leaders to guide and grow our youth in life and in mission. 

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Kēvin: To pray for the Lord to fill me with the Holy Spirit daily. That being led by the Spirit is a daily necessity for the fulfillment of His work, not occasional.  

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Lauren: This trip really brought together the bigger picture and made me realize how much I quench the Spirit. Fruits of the Holy Spirit come from saturating yourself in the word of God which in turn increases your faith and allows your relationship with God to flourish.  

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Karla: This trip has altered my life. I've sensed the presence of God in the land and the Mexican people---they are so kind and humble. Our students have grown in grace and maturity. I'm so proud of In Focus Church.

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Savannah: A deeper spiritual bond with my Heavenly Father. He has shown His love and power through the people, miracles, and internal change of this trip. I was reminded that God is using His love and power for me as His daughter. 

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Chloe: God has changed me and our team in the past 3 days more than I have ever seen before. I truly feel that this has been a huge waypoint in my walk with God. I pray that even after we leave Baja, we will continue to cherish our deep relationship with God and continue our walk with Him.  

Thanks for reading! We are at the airport now awaiting for our departure time! I will upload all videos I didn't have time to upload in Mexico when I get some rest! 

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Day 6: Fiesta

Today was a beautiful day of celebration and lots of fun! A fiesta was thrown for the community where we built the home!  

It started out with breakfast and devotion again.  

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We spent time writing post cards for the supporters of Ten Days (These supporters are different than our individual supporters for the Baja Missions trip).  

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We made our way to the building site.  

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The house has yellow trim on it now and a door! Fancy! 

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We prayed over Maria and her house for protection and for her family to know the Lord for all the days of their lives.  

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We then gave her the keys to her new home and she was full of gratitude.  

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Such an awesome picture with all of us and Maria. Servant hearts.  

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We had to move quick to start setting up for the party. Blowing up balloons. 

We also set up arts and crafts for the kids and you will be able to see all of that shortly! 

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People started to come! Slowly but surely.  

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Then it became packed!! 

These guys rocked it. Ana sang in Spanish while Caleb was on the guitar. 

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These guys made my face hurt from smiling so hard :))))

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Look at their faces! Loving it!! 

 The clowns, although very entertaining, were painting a beautiful picture of the gospel the entire time. Caleb shared his 2 minute testimony as well as a few others and the gospel was also shared. Then those who wanted to give their lives to Christ were prayed over.  

The clowns, although very entertaining, were painting a beautiful picture of the gospel the entire time. Caleb shared his 2 minute testimony as well as a few others and the gospel was also shared. Then those who wanted to give their lives to Christ were prayed over.  

  Crafts: photo booth, coloring, face painting, and beaded bracelets. 


Crafts: photo booth, coloring, face painting, and beaded bracelets. 

 So much fun!  Everyone ate and had free drinks and tacos!  

So much fun!  Everyone ate and had free drinks and tacos!  

 Taco line! Cute kids!  

Taco line! Cute kids!  

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These cool cats played soccer! 

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Woohoo!!  

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We then cleaned up and headed back to the hotel. Everyone stated that they were proud of our group. Everyone served and no one sat in their own little world. 

Back to the hotel and then a break before dinner and worship!  

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We also took communion together as a body and said our last goodbyes. We will miss everyone! 

Short sleep and then we leave at 2 in the morning the next day! Thanks for tuning in :)  I have a few more posts. You especially don't want to miss the one titled "final thoughts" 

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Day 5: Evangelism

Today was an awesome prayer answering day. Unfortunately there has been a lot of internet issues and I can't upload all the videos that I actually captured.....but I will when I get better internet access. 

Here is the result of the two expectations that we had from the students yesterday. 

Maddie:  God was very present today, and healed so many lives physically and emotionally. I was nervous for today but I was bold and kept singing "every move I make" while we were walking through the city but even though I was nervous I had an awesome time!

Kyle:   My day turned out very good. Pastor Ramone really spoke a good message when he said that even when we are tired and our bodies want to quit, God lifts our spirits and allows us to keep going. I saw many people come to the meeting spots and be radically changed and healed today. The best part was seeing just how many people came to hear the gospel; the numbers were shocking.

We started off with breakfast downstairs and then devotion.

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his is how the boys show up to the girls room where we have devotion together as a team. 

Then we get on the bus. Baja Bob gave us encouragement and prayer.  

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Then we were given instruction of what we would be doing. We were to knock on doors and invite people to an important meeting. 

 They were told where to meet and that they would have free gifts and be told good news. And they came!  

They were told where to meet and that they would have free gifts and be told good news. And they came!  

 A few of our own shared their testimony and Hunter shared the gospel.  

A few of our own shared their testimony and Hunter shared the gospel.  

 Bryce and Savannah shared their two minute stories! 

Bryce and Savannah shared their two minute stories! 

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After we prayed for several people and gave them their gifts! I even heard prayers in song! They received a free purple book and a free bible! Hey we have purple books too :)

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We headed back to the building sites and had lunch.  

 

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This was the street we built the house on. Memorable!  

Back on the bus with some time wasters. Proud to say that my husband taught me how to braid.  

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Just walking around to fish for men!  

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Some awesome feedback.  

Time for the meeting. 

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Josiah shared his story and Karla shared the gospel. After that an entire crowd gave their life to Christ!  

You also need to know that they are planting a church in this exact community. We aren't just leaving them high and dry. We are sharing His goodness and planting seeds and we have full confidence that God will water and continue to grow His people. Hallelujah!  

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They just kept coming up to give their life. 

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We prayed over this woman's pain and she stated that she felt good after and no more pain.  

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Many were prayed over and miracles happened.  

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We drove back afterwards and witnessed rap battles and lots of relationship building. Which I also have videos of but I can't upload right now. 

When we got back we had dinner and our regular meeting together.  Hunter brought the atmosphere to worship through powerful words.

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He facilitated and directed the students to share. The girl in the middle spoke of miracles where someone who could not hear was able to actually hear after the laying on of hands and prayer!! she spoke of two other accounts of healing and we believe she has the gift of healing!

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Karla spoke a powerful word on the annointing of the Holy Spirit (I love how the word Holy Spirit is automatically capitalized without me having to intentionally capitalize.) In order to go on a mission you must be the mission first. Such a powerful word. Also, read Isaiah 61 every day for a year :) 

We then came back to the room and read your beautiful comments! You are who we are coming back to, you are irreplaceable, and we truly appreciate the love you constantly show us. God bless :) 

 

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Day 4: Building Round II

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Longest blog ever!! Just letting you know! 

Even though many were exhausted, we all woke up in time for breakfast and a follow up devotion on perseverance from the message the night before.

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Here is how our day looked! We were chosen to evangelize in the morning and build after lunch. However God had other plans, don't really know why but we built first!

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Mad Dog and Cali with the muscles. Roof supplies!

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Delegation time!!  Let me give you a closer look of what this looked like in action! 

 Scripture on the walls! 

Scripture on the walls! 

Fun times! 

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Caleb, Josiah, Emerson, Kyle, Hunter and Kēvin on the roof (Kēvin is shooting the video....I ain't getting up there!!) What are they doing??! 

Shingles!!!

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First time Savannah used the hammer! She loved it! 

Yellow trim in the sun. Even Maria helped (its going to be her house!).  

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Bryce with the drywall skills! 

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We were told in the beginning that we didn't have a lot of red paint left and to use as much as you can but they would have to finish later. The paint was prayed over for God to multiply it like Jesus did with the fish and loaves of bread. All walls were completely covered with red!!

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Hector did an amazing job at leading the construction (top picture). Mike did as well yesterday and he left this note.  

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Time for lunch and then evangelize!!!  

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After lunch we finished just a little bit more work and prayed over Maria. Her dog Cotton!

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Had to get on a mini bus and then off to evangelize!! 

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 So we thought...................

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 Yup the bus broke down!! Long story short we did not get to evangelize due to a series of unfortunate events. 

Radiator was out of coolant and so were we. We made it to the gas station after a series of stops.

Just so you all know, it is super super hot. Muy Caliente!!! 

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We did get ice cream out of it thanks to in focus!!

Caleb went to jail.  

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Due to time we could not make it to the evangelism sites so we went back to the hotel. 

Yesterday two students had their expectations and here is what ended up happening for them.

Cali: Today seemed to go by quicker than yesterday and we got tons of work accomplished on the house but had an unexpected bus breakdown. The rest of the day went smooth and well.  

Josiah: Today was not what I expected. Bus broke down. No evangelizing. But the work went well and we made a lot of progress! 

Praise God! Truly, the unexpected. 

A little spicy uno until the others get back!  

Such a joy to see the friendships growing stronger with the team in moments like this. I couldn't resist.  

We then ate food, did worship, had a message and had a quick reflection on your comments. They are so encouraging especially when we miss you all so much! 

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Long day equals long blog. 

Two more students have some expectations. Here it is! 

Maddie: I expect for God to reveal things for me and that God will do the unexpected tomorrow when we are evangelizing and that we will all be bold. 

Kyle: As we start our evangelism on Friday, I expect God to stir a wanting in their hearts to come and listen to our testimonies and stories and find that they need a change. God will give us the courage and joy we need to show the love of Christ. 

Be praying for that! 

Goodnight fam!  

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Day 3- Exhausted

You guys, we are so exhausted that I'm slightly mad that it takes that many muscles to chew!! I mean seriously. Jaw cramps with that beef jerky!??!?!? 

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Karla stated that this was "a thousand times harder than I thought it would be".  

You will see in a second why she said that. 

Yesterday Caleb and Bryce were asked what their expectations were and this is how the day turned out for them.  

 Caleb:  "My expectations were greatly exceeded. God showed up in a major way even in a day where all we did was build. We got to show true hearts of service just as Jesus has called us to. 

Bryce : my expectations were met greatly! I heard from other people outside of our church who said an entire crowd of people gave their lives to Christ. I saw that as amazing and very powerful. 

Pictures for days!

 Hunter does an amazing job leading us every morning and every night in our devotions. Sharp truths and refreshing encouragement. We are in good hands!  After breakfast and devotion we went off to our destination. Some pictures along the way. 

Hunter does an amazing job leading us every morning and every night in our devotions. Sharp truths and refreshing encouragement. We are in good hands!

After breakfast and devotion we went off to our destination. Some pictures along the way. 

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Pallette wood for housing in some areas. Our hearts go out to them. 

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Took about an hour to get there. 

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Instruction was given. Some people were chosen for building, some for evangelism (sharing the gospel).  

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Started off with a flat slab of concrete and we were taught some skills. Pro-fesh-shun-AL! 

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Video of the first wall lift. Maria (top left picture above this paragraph and all the way to the right on the end in the video) helped us. Her family will be the owners of this house. We asked her if she knew why were building the house for her, she said no. So Ana translated that we were doing it to show God's love to her and that we were on a mission. She responded that she hasn't spoke to God in a long time and that this was a huge blessing. 

Beasts with the paint!  

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We made a lot of noise so some locals became curious!  

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Yes! Help! 

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Second wall lift!  

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Progress!  

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Third wall lift!   

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Can't build without a roof!  

Stable........  

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This is what we were able to finish. Amazing. From a concrete slab to this. Not at all possible without God. If you really know us, you would agree 100%!!  

Heading back now.  

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Super long day. Forgive my spelling errors if I had any!! We had a short break and then it was time to eat and more devotions. 

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Topic was perseverance by a man named Kevin.  "Perseverance is worth living for because Jesus knew that you were worth dying for. Whatever entices you away from persevering in the faith, is not worth dying for." 

Hunter gathered us together again for a group discussion. He is working hard to lead us and he stated that he is "very proud of our group and the unity that we have. No one is bucking against authority and we are working really well together as a body."  We have been reading your comments and find encouragement and love through them! 

Two more students have expectations for tomorrow.  

Cali : "I am expecting God to speak and work through us as we spread the gospel and work hard throughout Baja. I too am expecting the unexpected. "

Josiah : "I am expecting for God to do miracles through us and the people of Baja while we work and spread the gospel :)"

Pray for us that we get enough rest and more of Jesus!  

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Day 2 wrap up!

Someone was excited for today!!!! 

Earlier, 3 girls were asked what their expectations for today were and here is how things turned out for them.   

Chloe: "I believe through the message that was spoken at the end of the night, that many people's premonitions were broken on where they were needed to serve. I believe many hearts were changed tonight." 

Savannah : "Today God met my needs and gave me the strength and confidence I needed. When it was time to practice our two minute miracles in groups, I did not hesitate to raise my hand when they asked "who wants to share first". 

Ana: " Today in the market, a woman came up to Hunter to ask for a hug and to be prayed for. She knew very little English so I was asked to translate. For me, it has always been very difficult to translate from English to Spanish, but God made it   happen!!!"

Today was filled with different views, new experiences, and lots of laughs. 

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Caleb led the first devotion with a powerful message of faithfully waiting and expecting Gods rain to pour down on us while He works through us during the "process it takes for rain to be made".  

 

Now that we all know how Hunter warms up for worship, we could peacefully eat.  Most of us had on these thangs!  

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We went immediately into worship. 

 

A glimpse of the atmosphere. 

 

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We were privileged to hear this man start the message with a rap. He was sick with it.

The message was on Matthew 9:1-8. You can read it but just know that the main point he made was that Jesus knew that even deeper than the desire to be healed from being paralyzed, that this man needed healing from eternal damnation in hell because of his sins, which Jesus forgave. It was powerful. 

  "What are your expectations for tomorrow?"

Caleb: I'm expecting for God to move in powerful ways.  

Bryce: I went to Baja last year and I am expecting for the numbers of people in the crowds that we go out to wil be larger than last year and more than what we are expecting right now.  

That's all for now. We were told we are going to build three buildings tomorrow and will be a long exhausting day. We are going to build Wednesday through Friday.

Expect only one blog post tomorrow. Pray for receptive hearts and the expectations for Bryce and Caleb as well as anything else on your hearts. 

 

We love you!!  

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Time Clock

Today felt like a time clock for several reasons. After breakfast a couple of students from the entire Baja team shared some of the ways God's provision got the students here.

Some of them literally went from 0.00$ to the entire total in the very last week right before the money was due!  

After that we broke off in groups of 5 to share two minute miracles. For those of you who don't know what that is, it is sharing the gospel and how it impacted your testimony as a Christian in 2 minutes! Time clocks were used (at least in my group) to see how close to 2 minutes they were. They did great!!

*pictures were not taken during this time*

Please pray for these testimonies as it reaches the streets in the following days to come as we build. 

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In the mean time, we had hours to shop and see the great city of Rosarito! 

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Time was ticking. Time for lunch and meeting others again! 

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New friends! 

More city life!!!  

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Those smiles!  

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"Hear me roaaar"!!

 

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Now we are resting before dinner, worship,  and more filling of God's precious word and encouragement. 

Stay tuned!  

 

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Day 2

We are up and ready for breakfast!  

The morning shenanigans included waking up at 4 and 5 in the morning because of eastern time and freezing in this windy rainy weather!  

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Hunter praising the Good Lord for coffee!  

 

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And this awesome lady is happy about her plate!  

 

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Not going to lie. This breakfast was delicious. Cali concurs! 

 

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We just started the day and here are a few thoughts from some of the girls.  

 "What are your expectations for today?"

Chloe: "My prayer is for all those with a heart to serve to find the place God has called them to."

Savannah: "My expectation is for God to fill me with His strength so I may have the confidence and be prepared in all the ways that I need for what we are about to do." 

Ana: "I'm expecting the unexpected" 

Join us in prayer for these expectations that our young generation has. We will keep you posted when we can!  

 

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Soul Food (Pun Intended)

After having a short break, that was much needed, the team went down to the first floor for some authentic Mexican food. These lovely people served us warm meals and handmade drinks with smiles and glad hearts!  

 

 A few went for seconds!   Of course along with food comes fellowship!  

A few went for seconds! 

Of course along with food comes fellowship!  

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After fun times and hanging out, our souls were given even better food from the Father.  

A few of our own led worship and His Presence was felt in that moment. 

 

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We then prayed for one another in small groups in the middle of worship which was powerful! A word was given to us by Kore Bendix, the ten days Baja team leader, that was encouraging. The students learned to be expectant of greater things than they can imagine when they enter dark places (places where people are lost without Jesus which comes in many different displays).  

Now it is time for much needed rest. Pray for our two minute testimonies to be gospel filled (more of Jesus and less of us). That we will draw people to Christ and even if we do not see quantities of fruit, we can walk away in full confidence knowing that His seeds have been planted. 

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony...

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Crossing the Border

An important message brought to you by Impact Youth with another update. We have officially crossed the border of Mexico smoothly without any issues. I would love to share with you some of the moments we caught on camera.  

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On the bus to the border.  

 

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Due to security reasons I could not photograph the actual "crossing" of the border. However the first two pictures show the team preparing to reach the security/passport checks. The bottom picture is us after we crossed the border to board the bus again.  

Here are a few thoughts from the students who came to Mexico for the first time!  

"How do you feel after crossing the border?" 

 Cali: "exhausted...sweaty....and I miss California *laughs out loud* And I'm ready to start the mission".

Savannah: "It was more chill than I expected...but special. My passport is stamped for the first time!" 

Ana: "I don't know....... legal?" 

Kyle: "There was a lot going on; I always thought that crossing the border would be a smaller operation. After we crossed the border, I soon started to see all the homes built on the slopes and many dilapidated buildings, and it was a very new sight to me. 

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The initial views after crossing, including the fences of the actual border (they are taller and more intense than they look in the photograph)  

 Views on the way to the hotel! 

Views on the way to the hotel! 

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Trip views  

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Totally in wonder. Our eyes are getting a taste of the culture and our hearts are growing for the people of Mexico. We are expecting for great things from God and I invite you to pray for our students individually and as a whole. 

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