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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