The biggest, most earth-shattering thing that has happened to me so far in 2015, without a doubt, is a ministry trip I took during spring break to Las Vegas. I didn’t blog about it right away partly due to time constraints, but also because I just couldn’t find the words.
Now that I have some time, I think it’s valuable to share some of what happened. The week-long trip that I and about 20 Liberty students, undergrad and graduate, embarked on was in partnership with Grace City Church, a plant that Liberty sent out a few years ago with the mission of transforming Sin City into Grace City. (I didn’t make the connection until about halfway through the trip. I felt like such a blonde!)
Our schedule included a variety of projects, including canvassing neighborhoods with fliers for a block party, throwing that block party, reaching out to the campus of UNLV, evangelizing on Fremont Street, working with the public schools in the area, and learning about the ministries of the church.
We prayed (a LOT), led people to relationships with Jesus (at least 40, by conservative estimates, though heaven rejoices for even one), forged lasting relationships with our teammates (who are now family), and even encouraged the church planters and YWAM staff we teamed up with.
I could write forever about all the unbelievable things that God did, but forever is a long time. Instead, I’ll be writing a few posts highlighting the lessons that I learned and the things that happened during my week in Las Vegas. So far, Here’s what I’ve written:
I can’t wait to share with you some of the ways that God revealed His power. All glory and credit for what happened on this trip goes to Him. It’s truly the only explanation.
For now, here’s an excerpt from my journal toward the end of the trip.
Friday. March 13, 2015.
God has used me this week literally to rescue souls from darkness, wage spiritual warfare, cast out demons, and see the sick healed. I was talking to [name redacted] last night about how the things we have been praying for for years, months, and even this week have come to pass this week in more ways than we could have ever expected. I stand in awe: He has woven together my circumstances with everyone on this team and everyone here in Vegas to cause a serious spiritual uproar this week. Prayer has always been something I’ve doubted, but this week, I have seen with my own eyes how powerful and redemptive prayer truly is. Thank you, Jesus.
Stay tuned for more posts about what happened in Vegas. Because when God moves, it definitely doesn’t stay in Vegas. 🙂