Saturday, January 20, 2018

He is Sovereign

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. - Psalms 46:5

God’s sovereignty has always been one of my favorite attributes because it communicates that He who sees my inward thoughts also loves me unmeasurably and will use His supreme authority for my good and His glory.

The sovereignty of God is the attribute I can use to trust God when my financial support is running low. It is where my friends can seek out hope amidst the loss of their mother. It’s the truth that my friends and family in Puerto Rico can hold on to when the winds and the waves slam up against their windows. God’s sovereignty doesn’t always bring complete comfort because our finite minds can’t comprehend His supreme knowledge and authoritative decisions, but combined with the knowledge of His love and compassion, we can find rest.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. - Psalms 46:10, 11

This last Winter Conference (WC) in Baltimore, Maryland I was honored to host four
Christian student leaders from Puerto Rico. During the conference they experienced biblical community with close to 2000 students from across the region, solid teaching from multiple speakers and deep intimacy with Jesus through prayer and worship. Before heading back to the warm island, I took Gabriela, Ruben, Veronica and Sonya to see Rockefeller Center (picture right) and debrief with them over dinner.

During our conversation, the students communicated: “I just don’t know why I was chosen to represent my people and help raise money for them. Why me?” Another common statement was “I am so overwhelmed by the kindness, I just needed to go cry.” Each of these young adults admitted that on the island, they had to be strong and ready to help their families survive each day post-Maria. One student had just received power two days before leaving for WC and two were still without. Like most students in Puerto Rico, their education can literally lift their families out of poverty and yet it was put on pause for several months just after being interrupted by protests in April.

So often we don’t understand God’s ultimate plan for working things together for our good and His glory but it’s comforting to know that He can and that He loves. 

Click here to watch the video we shot in November where these students talk about just that.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dec. 2017 - To Proclaim

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” - 1 Peter 2:9

Lately my job has included balancing several responsibilities with Cru to ultimately proclaim the excellencies of God. My main responsibility is to raise my full financial support so that I’d be ready to go to Orlando by May and report to my role with Culture & Mission full-time.

While this initially was my focus, I’ve found it difficult to give my full attention to this goal while so many in Puerto Rico have been suffering the last 90+ days. After the relief trip I took first week of October, I organized sending goods down there and helping Cru think through next steps. I also recently returned from my second trip to Puerto Rico where we filmed a video that we hope will help us raise support for those on the island-territory who are in need.

When I’m not raising financial support or working to help see the people of Puerto Rico reached with the compassion and truth of the Gospel, I am doing things that fall in line with my new role in Culture & Mission. For the last month, I’ve been preparing to co-lead a seminar at Winter Conference and preparing to host the Lenses Institute with Cru in February. The seminar will be called “Displaying God’s love in a Racially Tense U.S.” and talk through Micah 6:8. God is most glorified as we display love for one another and not only “do justice” but also love kindly and walk humbly with God. If our response to racially tense events is always about justice, we don’t show God’s compassion and ultimately display a wrong view of salvation. I’m excited to give this talk at the end of December with my friend and co-laborer, Mark Scott. In February I will host LENSES in NYC, which exists to help the people of God fight for oneness by influencing the way Christian leaders see, understand, and act in our ethnically and culturally diverse world. Visit to learn more.

Please pray for me to balance all these things well as I’m also excited to to soon step into my role full-time after raising the last $ of monthly support.