Dearest Family and Friends,
So, here I am in the month of July. I have been attending The Dream Center Leadership for 6 months now and have one month left til I graduate this program. This is such an insane thought to think how fast time has flown by, even just this last month.
So, with this being my second news letter I wanted to update you all with some stuff that has been going on this month as well as let you in on what my next step after I graduate is.
So, as I told you in my last letter, I am apart of the bus ministry here at the Dream Center and help pick up kids from the project site that I work at on Saturdays with Adopt-A-Block. This month we have had two youth events that we picked up our kids for.
Let me tell you, I love these kids so much and God has used them to truly shape me into a better person and leader. There is one kid that goes with us on our buses and was able to take him with us to the youth events and he had opened up to me about some of the things he had walked through and I have had multiple opportunities to encourage him along side the the other bus leaders that I work with. It is amazing to see that God has allowed us to be a part of the process in seeing this young man go towards the things of God and challenging him to not let his circumstances to dictate who he is and who he can be. I have fallen in love with these kids and when we took them to these youth events at the church I was able to get to know them at a deeper level as well as love them with no agenda. This has literally been such a transformational thing to be a part of their lives. This last Sunday we had 31 people from the Pueblos go with us to church. This for us is remarkable! God is really working in this community and I love getting to know these families and individuals. Keep the Pueblos in your prayers that God would continue bringing in the help needed to really love on this community and to see them flourish and come into a relationship with Jesus.
I had midterms for two of my classes and I passed them both! Praise God! I love taking the college classes along side being here at the D.C because it gives me practical things that I am able to able to the ministries and people I work with on a daily basis. The rest of the semester is a much lighter load and will soon be finishing my first year of Christian ministry with Northwest University which is such an accomplishment for me! A fun assignment we did in class this week was we were given a structure on how to write a sermon and then given the assignment to somehow relate ketchup to a spiritual principle and make a sermon out of it. This really stretched me but also left feeling better equipped on how to write a sermon, which was so cool.
In our music studio we have had kids come in and been able to help teach them more about the program Logic as well as help them in learning more about music. This has been such a challenging and growing experience for me and I am so happy that I have had this privilege to be a part of it. I am excited to see what the next month of studio holds for us.
Another beautiful moment happened this last Sunday night. A group of us went into the studio just to have a time of worship together, no agenda, just worship together. This moment was so strengthening and encouraging for us all. I am amazed by the men and women of God that I have the joy to do life with every day and their hearts to dive in deeper. I have had so many God conversations with these individuals this month that have granted me such strength to continue to move forward. I am so thankful for this moment in particular to be able to worship and press in for more of God with my peers. God was so evident in that moment and I know my words fail to express how beautiful this moment was.
These are just a few of the many incredible things going on in my life and moments that I have experienced in the last month. Now, I know a lot have been asking me, what’s next for you? So, here it is! Before coming to Los Angeles God had planted the seed in my heart about moving to Colorado. At that moment I just kinda tucked it away in my heart and prayed about it and knew God would reveal in time what this meant. So, the last 2 months especially I had begun to see as God began to bring this back to mind and heart about moving to Colorado so I begun praying about it. So, with me wanting to be a worship pastor in the future I began to look at schools and nothing seemed to be what I was looking for but then I had remembered my Grandma Bonnie had gone to bible college in Colorado a few years ago so I thought, I should ask her if she knows of any schools where I could study to do this, within 30 minutes she messaged me back and told me all about the school she attended called Charis Bible College where I could study to be a worship pastor. As I read about it and looked into it I couldn’t help but feel like this was an answered prayer! So, I have applied to the school with the help and support of my family and spiritual family. I have a few friends that I have met here in DCLS that live in Colorado and I will have a good support out there which is so incredible how God worked this out!
I will be going home for a week after graduation and then flying to Colorado to live with a friend of mine. I have been applying to jobs so be praying something opens up for me as I take this step. My family has been my biggest support in me taking this step and I am so grateful for this. I know that coming here to Los Angeles has been a launching pad for me to walk into this new season and I am so excited for this journey. Be keeping me in prayer as I take this step and for God to continue to direct my steps and open the doors that need to be opened.
God is incredible, I am so amazed by how much he has taken care of me in this season and used you all to be his hands and feet in my life. When I did not think it was possible for someone like me, you came along side me and believed in the dreams that God placed in my heart and enabled me as I obeyed the direction in which God called me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for encouraging me, supporting me, loving me, and believing in my as I have been on this journey and will continue on my voyage to Colorado.
I will be graduating DCLS August 9th around 3 or 4 (I will find out the exact time asap) here in Los Angeles for those that may want to come down to support me. Please text me if you want to come and I will give you more info (707-563-7696). I would love to see some familiar faces from home
I still can’t believe I have already lived here in L.A attending the Dream Center Leadership School for a month now. God has been so good! I have been learning a lot and get to spend my days with some of the greatest people. I am so blessed and ready for what the next 6 months hold :)
It’s mind blowing how far God has brought me on this journey. I have had my fair share of battles and tears getting to this point but He has granted me the grace I needed. Tomorrow night I embark on my journey to The Los Angeles Dream Center to go to school. I am so awed and amazed by God. I am excited to step into what God has for me in these next 7 months. I am ready to grow, serve, learn, love, and experience a deeper level of God. God is the master of making dreams come true