All For Love
A couple weeks ago a good portion of EPIC Commission students headed down to Panama City Beach, FL for our spring break mission trip. We all had one goal and one God given command - to love the lost. The lost that in this case, would be spending their spring break hitting the beach and strip with one intention - to party.
“We, though, are going to love - love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.” 1 John 4:19
Before I get into it, here is a brief overview of the trip. Sunday night - Thursday night our team hit the streets. We had 2 shifts every night, one being to walk the strip and reach people however you feel led, and the other was to be in the van giving free van rides to those who called. Every morning we would meet at a local bowling alley where the sweetest group of elderly people would whip up batches upon batches of (the best) pancakes to feed to the masses (spring breakers).
During our week we saw people hear the gospel and run into His arms for the first time ever. Watched people who had wandered far from God come back to Him. We were able to be led by the Holy Spirit to talk to specific people. We watched as a man healed right before our eyes. We had tons of conversations, spiritual and not. The Lord allowed our team to be involved in the holiest of moments, where His love touched the hearts of people who needed it.
Sometimes love comes in the form of pancakes drenched in melted butter, or a ride in a big white van, or hugging a girl as she cries into your shoulder. Love is sharing a seemingly insignificant and otherwise random part of your story with a girl who needed to hear exactly that. Love is walking for miles with one guy just because you want to get him home safe. Love is walking our new friends to the club entrance and praying with them as they walk in.
Love like this is only possible because of Jesus. And because we have been transformed by His love, we were able to be carriers of His love to a generation so in need of it.
And how cool, that in the midst of flashing lights and clubs and constant drinks being poured - God did something in those streets. He did things in hearts of His children who are/were desperate for Him. He allowed to be vessels of His love & light. And people were changed for eternity.
“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.”
2 Corinthians 4:5-6
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