Here is a bit of Wendesday encouragement from Cody, our journey manager. Cody has an incredible heart for Jesus and his own generation and it shines in everything he does. It is quite amazing that he has been with us since he graduated from Highschool and now as a junior in college his consistent walk is encouraging to all he comes in contact with...
It couldn't have been more than a few days since I left this place, but once again I find myself back here at Indiana University pursuing my degree in teaching. Walking to class the other day I laughed to myself when I thought about people's perception of me:
Some geek guy that spends hours studying biology and chemistry - hoping one day to educate the youth of America.
But would you ever guess that I have spent my past four summers in Africa. That the God I talk about in class has taken me across the world to teach children that he loves them, to walk with young adults my own age and challenge them to lead lives that daily praise Jesus, and that the degree I will soon receive is worthless to me when compared to the value of knowing Jesus Christ. It is astonishing to me to to see God working in my life. Not because it is anything particularly special - I am certainly no Moses or Mary for that matter - but I can say I have lived a life full of Jesus, because he has pursued me and changed me in ways that would put the faithfulness of the breath you now breathe to shame.
Can I share something with you? God is on the move. I am not stating something that could have not been stated 2000 years ago when Jesus walked this world. I am simply stating that Jesus is here now and he is bringing the Kingdom to earth today. That when we pray "thy Kingdom come, thy will be done" we are actually praying in the glory of our King today. A life for Jesus Christ is not worth waiting for and once it is experienced it is not worth turning away from. Jesus has changed my life and he didn't have to take me to Africa for times to do it.
So I stand today among a crowd of people ready to worship my Jesus; to welcome him to his worthy place of honor. Praise be to the King of Glory, the one who saved us all.
But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD;
in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,
from the snares they have laid for me.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by in safety.