April/May 2014 - Vol. 73

Ambassador for Christ

I heard the Lord say, "I want you to be an ambassador for My Kingdom. 

Brandt Haglund is an SPO Mission Leader, serving with Saint Paul's Outreach (SPO) since 2011. Here is a brief summary of his personal testimony and how he got involved with SPO.

My name is Brandt Haglund and I'm a work in progress. When I went to university my two aims were: I wanted to be successful and I wanted to have a lot of fun doing it. My goal was to be an ambassador to a foreign country. But I soon found myself immersed in the college party culture. Everybody on a college campus wants to be happy, but actually there is not a lot of happiness there. There's a lot of pain, a lot of hurt, and brokenness. From the outside it looked like I had everything really going for me. I was getting good grades, I had this great intership. On the outside I had a lot of friends - a ton of friends on facebook. But on the inside I felt like I didn't have friends. On the inside I was empty. 

I met a guy who seemed like a pretty cool guy. He invited me to come to a party to hang out with a bunch of his friends. Little did I know, this wasn't your typical college party. It was a group of men and women from St. Paul's Outreach (SPO) hanging out together. It was one of the first times in my life where I encountered a group of Christians who were actually acting like what their faith talks about. After this encouter I came to the point where I cried out, "God, hey you, listen up. God, if there is a God, what do you want me to do, because I've tried doing this my way - it doesn't seem to be working. So I'm going to give you one chance! So, don't mess up."

One of my roomates was trying to encourage me to go on an SPO Fan into Flame retreat. He said that retreat would change my life and would provide a framework where I actually would have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. I realized that if God is real - if God exists - I would be able to align my life with the will of God. 

God really began to change me from that point on...

When it was time to graduate, I thought it would ultimately be great to be an ambassador in a foreign country - I would have loved to have some sort of job like that. But instead of me saying, "God, this is what I want to do, you bless it." I really tried to say, "Here's my life, Lord. How can I serve you. What can I do for your kingdom How can I help build your kingdom here on earth?"

And I really sensed the Lord saying, "I want you to be an ambassador." And then I started thinking, "Yeah, that's what I want to be too. I want to be an ambassador. What do you want me to do with my life?" But then at the end, I heard the Lord say, "I want you to be an ambassador for My Kingdom. I figured that one of the best places I could be an ambassador for Christ was on one of the university campuses. 

Jesus says, "There is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend." SPO doesn't even ask that you die. SPO asked if I would give two years of my life to be a missionary. I figured that's a pretty good deal right there.

I am grateful to God and to SPO for helping me to become the man I am today. Not only have I grown in my relationship with Jesus Christ and love for my Church, but as a missionary I have the best job in the world.
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