My life has been changed!
Brief as the trip was I did know that I wished to return for a more extended period of time so I could more fully dive into the day to day life as a missionary trainee. I did return months later and stayed for about 5 weeks. It was during this time that I decided to commit to a GAP year in Saint Paul's Outreach, starting the following August, 2006.
It has been this time of training in SPO that has changed my life. My faith has come alive and prayer life has grown, and my understanding of God's Word and what it means to be a disciple of Christ has increased. I have also learned how to witness God's love and bring the message of the gospel to others in our evangelistic outreach program at the University of Saint Thomas. I also have the opportunity to regularly share my faith with other young people by leading a youth group run by the Community of Christ the Redeemer in Saint Paul. My physical body was born in 1988 but my spiritual life and faith in Christ has come alive this year. My life as a disciple of Christ has truly started with SPO.
Conversion of a young man
I invited him to our annual Fan into Flame retreat. He came on the retreat
but more importantly he came with an open heart. He had been struggling
with issues about school and money. He tried to make all of these decisions
on his own, without the help of anyone. On Saturday night we all got together
into small groups to pray. I watched him give up his pains and overrated
pleasures and put them at the feet of Jesus. He let the Holy Spirit into
his life for the first time and the changes that followed were dramatic—new
personal faith in Christ and understanding of Christ's love for him, new
freedom to give his whole life to Christ and follow him, and to serve with
others who were on fire for Christ. He put his complete trust in Jesus
Christ that night. My friend is grateful for what the Lord has done for
him and for his new brothers and sisters in Saint Paul's Outreach.
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