I Asked, and He Answered: Mission Trip Excerpt

January 15, 2009

Sciff playing it cool

David Schiff

(June 24th 2006 – Austin, TX) We met at Gateway Church this morning at 6am and drove to Reynosa, Mexico – about a 6 hour drive.  There we rendezvoused David Schiff, our leader from Adventures In Missions (AIM), and did some exercises to begin listening for the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the city center for a couple hours.  We then drove to our camp – ”Vamonos!” – which is very nice by mission trip standards.  There is a cafeteria with ping-pong tables, guys and girls dorms, and a chapel.  The most interesting thing for me this day was that in my devotional, I was to do an exercise asking God if He had a scripture for me.  He immediately put one in my head.  This was the first of many such experiences.  Actually, it happened so fast that I discounted that it could be from God and tried to be still longer, but it kept coming back.  Then, I opened my Bible to read the scripture, and it was something that spoke very powerfully to me:

John 20:22 –  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.Read the rest of this entry »

You Get What You Give: Mission Trip Excerpt

January 13, 2009

In 2006 I signed up for 2 mission trips, back to back.  It was something that had been on my heart for a couple years, but still I was too selfish to give away a week of my like.  In early 2007 my walk started to become primary to me and I decided to jump in with both feet and sign up for these two trips.  I will be blogging excerpts from the letters that I wrote the friends who supported these trips in the coming days and weeks.  These are the stories of how I experienced the awesome presence of God.  It’s my hope, whatever the reason you find yourself reading this blog, that you might be inspired to action, or at the least, moved to thought.  Read the rest of this entry »