December 2013/January 2014 - Vol. 71

Acting in Faith
Detroit forces people to act in faith and that is something that 
has changed the way I live my life.
by Evan Kresta

Detroit is something special. When I say “Detroit,” I am not just talking about a city, I am talking about an experience. There is something here that I can’t get across in this simple testimony, but I can at least share a few things that the Lord has done in my life since I’ve been in Detroit.

When I came here for an alternative spring break Urban Encounter trip in the spring, the Lord gave me this profound peace. I normally have a hard time adjusting to new people and new places, but not here. It just felt right to be here, like I was in my proper place. When I returned to school I was completely let down because I felt like everything I did at school was empty, whereas everything in Detroit was so full of purpose. Needless to say, I needed to get back to Detroit.

When I came back this summer, God blessed me even more than the first time. He blessed me with less peace and more struggles, and chances to grow. In the past, I have submitted to trials and made excuses for my lack of faith or trust in the Lord, but here in Detroit there are no excuses. It is a place that so obviously needs help that it doesn’t matter whether you’re the “right person for the job.”  It matters that you are the one God put here. You’re God’s person for the job. So, whether I feel qualified, adequate, or happy about what I am doing in Detroit, I know that the Lord wants me to act. And if it is what the Lord wants, it will be successful. Detroit forces people to act in faith and that is something that has changed the way I live my life.

Like I said before, Detroit is an experience that can’t be taken from a page. If you truly want to understand what Detroit is all about, you need to experience it for yourself. There is something here for you.

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