We are continually grateful for all of our Journey interns, who have tirelessly served in many different communities, schools, and homes all to help us transform lives, empower generations, and restore communities back to God. While all of our interns participate in similar travel plans, God has each of them on a personal and intimate journey in their own walks with The Lord. Here are some thoughts from Antonio on his Journey. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/100426513/
For the past two months I have had the opportunity to serve alongside some of the most amazing warriors of Christ I have ever met. One of the things that I love about our team is that we are constantly offering grace to one another. God gives us his grace daily so that we may live a life that is freely surrendered to his will. When our team gives grace to each other, it is a reminder of how much God loves each of us and how he continually offers his free grace to us. Even more, I love that we do not press each other forward in ways that meet our own desires, but we press one another towards the Word of God and the Holy Spirit of God that lives in each and every one of us. So, to sum up in words all that God has been doing in our hearts is not an easy thing, however it has been simply amazing. Yes God called us to come here and share his Gospel, serve, love, and care for his people in this country. But, he has also called us here to draw closer to him daily, called us to dive deep into a secret place with him.
As I said earlier, I am apart of a remarkable team of interns that are pressing each other towards the cross of Christ, but we have also been able to receive this from the community leaders. I received the awesome privilege of getting close to one of the leaders in one of the communities that we served in. His name is Peter and he is on fire for Jesus Christ. Countless nights we would sit by the campfire and discuss God’s Holy Spirit and his mighty works. Every night I would see Peter speaking with someone on our team about God.
Our team has also been able to go to many different churches. On many different accounts God has called me to preach at the church, which truly amazed me. I struggled so many times trying to figure out why God would use me to speak, especially since I have never been placed by God in that kind of setting. I asked myself, “Why would he dare to use someone so insufficient for the job?” But then it hit me! It was never about me, and it is still not about me, but it has always been about God the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. It has always been about God, and although things are impossible for man, nothing is impossible for God. So yes, I am insufficient, but the God that I serve is not. It is him that does the work in and through us, and because of that truth all the Glory belongs to him. So, it does not matter how prepared I am to speak and how much I wrote down in my journal. I believe that if we are willing to be used by God and have surrendered our heart to him, then he can use us for anything that he wills. I love that this has been the posture of our entire team. We have continually placed ourselves in a position that it able to be used by God regardless of our own abilities or inabilities. I have also seen this in the team I was placed on for the Rejoice Project camps our team hosted this summer. Hannah, Jordan, Camie, Anna, and I have constantly prayed before teaching - asking that God’s Holy Spirit would come in and do the work through us. We knew that in and of ourselves we can do nothing but through Christ who gives us strength we can do all things. I am truly grateful to be a part of a team that, day after day, is becoming more and more selfless, a team that focuses not on themselves and our own will, but totally and completely on God’s will. Our mission is to live out His will on this earth; the place he has placed each and everyone of us in.