We hope you had a great week. Jen and I were teaching last week 100 Mission Adventures Students at the base. It was really exciting to see God move in the lives of the students and leaders. We also had some wonderful times here in North Beach. I was able to visit one of our first friends in the neighborhood and spend some time with him. Keep praying that he finds Jesus. We also had the graduation of our DTS Students which was in some way a happy moment, but in another way a sad moment since it was hard to let them go. Pray for their time of transition that God will guide them and refresh them.
Lets look back to look forward
Over the last 10 weeks we looked a lot at how to make true friends and change the world. There are many more things to say about this topic and they will be said in the near future. But I also believe that when God gives us something he wants us to steward it well. So I want to make sure that we all press in into the steps of the last 10 weeks (you can read them all by just clicking on the last few months).
These are all some easy steps but tie wise they can be different for each group. So be patient and don’t give up. Keep moving forward. There are 2 billion Christian on the planet. If each of them starts to reach out to 6 people and brings them towards Jesus we have pretty much reached the planet. Just a thought. Also when we look at the story of the talents in Matthew 25 we see that God really called us to use the giftings he gave us to bring fruit. Lets do this together and Make true friends and change the world!!
Remember today and during this week that you are amazing and loved!! We had a wonderful but also really busy week here in San Francisco. It was awesome to see God moving in all the different areas of the work. Please pray this week for the kids from the boys and girls club that they are encouraged since they are all out for a weeklong camp. Please also keep all our sick friends in the neighborhood in your prayers. The coming weeks are going to be busier than usual for me and Jen since we have different helpers coming in and many speaking arrangements. Pray for Gods guidance for us in this time.
Get involved Week 10
During the last weeks we focused a lot inward, but today I want to focus outward. After you build a solid friendship with everyone, start reaching out together to your community or start to support a project that is on the heart of you and your new friends. Some probably will ask themselves the question how can I serve my community. There are many different things you can start with. If you live in a city start with a clean-up event or help at a local program (like a soup kitchen, shelter etc.). The great thing about serving together is that it brings even closer friendships. It will help each one to see that every person has something to give. It will help you and your new friends to see that God placed value on you and that he wants to partner with you. When you look at Jesus and the way he did things with his disciples you notice that many times some kind of service was involved. If it was handing out food, or going out and heal the sick. I’m sure he could have done another miracle so the disciples didn’t have to do any work, but he wanted them to be involved. And it also gives back to your community and people will see that God cares about them as well.
I want to encourage you to research and find places where you and your new friends can serve and with that think about what would work best for you guys. Have a blessed week.
Markus and Jen
P.s. this is a picture I took a few days ago in our beautiful city
We hope you had a wonderful week. Our week was a week of training. Last Saturday we had a finance class for our missionary coworkers. We taught on how to make and live by a budget and save money on everyday purchases and some other topics. After that we had some great quality time with everyone. We also showed our summer interns around the neighborhood and talked to them about the work they are going to do over the summer. All in all it was a really good week. Please keep our friends in the neighborhood in prayer since 2 of them are dealing with severe sickness, one of them with cancer. Also keep praying for Gods guidance in everyday decisions.
What influences your new friends Week 9
When you look at our society today and how it gets influenced you will notice that the media and books have a big role in that. So it is really important to look at this area together with your new friends. When you watch a movie together you will have the opportunity to talk and discuss about it. There are many great movies out there that have a message of hope in them. And when you look at Jesus and his ministry you will notice that he often used Parables or stories to get his point across. Movies are the modern day story tellers. Of course not all of them are good movies to watch with your new friends, that’s why you have to pick one out beforehand. Movies often open up a great conversation with your new friends and they will often open up the opportunity to connect it with your faith in Jesus. As an example, the last Superman movie had a conversation about why the world needs a savior. What a great opportunity to talk about Jesus. Also another way to go deeper is by reading a book together. Don’t pick a deep theological book but more of a story that gets people thinking. Something like a new York bestseller, which people recognize and have heard about before, like “The Shack”. It will also bring great discussions and opens up a door for a deeper talk. But again the same rule applies as with the movies; make sure you read the book beforehand.
So while still preparing look for some inspirational movies and books to get started.