Go Tell It On the Mountain!

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the herald,
who proclaims peace,
who brings news of good things,
who proclaims salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Isaiah 52:7 (HCSB)

In all the years of ministry, and even before as a young active Christian, I never took a missions trip.  It just seems like I started working early on in life and never had the ability to not work to go.  Later in life, the opportunity just hasn’t arisen.  I know this isn’t an excuse.  And I know that many Christians never go on the mission field.  But I have heard some awesome stories of God’s miraculous power when people take a step in faith outside of their comfort zone.

My wife and my brother were able to go on mission trips to Mexico when we were all younger.  They tell stories of healing and things that only God could have done!  They helped build churches and ministered to the people there.  When I say Mexico, I’m talking about the interior of Mexico, where the people are dirt poor and they only have about a gallon of water a month to bathe in.

When we talk about missions, we usually quote Matthew 28:19-20.  The Scripture says, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””

However, this Scripture just isn’t about leaving home to go to a foreign place.  The reality is that we “go” everyday!  In our homes, at our jobs, with our friends and in our communities, we are the hands and feet of Jesus, pointing the way to a Savior who loves everyone and wants them to come to a knowledge of who He is!

The problem is that in our little world, our circle of influence, it is easy to get all caught up living life that you forget to live for Him!  Sometimes, it takes a change of scenery, a different environment, a new field to shake us from our day in and day out living and refocus on our main mission of this life – “Go!”

When I was in college, I would laugh at the students who said they were going on a missions trip to…wait for it….California!  I mean come on!  “Don’t call it a missions trip, call it a vacation,” is what I thought!  That was until my son decided to go himself last summer.

Caleb is in college and attends the local community college.  He is working his way through college and I’m very proud of what he has accomplished so far.  His community college has a local chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU).  This year, he is the president of his chapter.  They do a lot of leadership development, as well as ministry and work in the community.

Last year we were a little shocked when he came to us and told us he felt the Lord leading him to apply for Summer Project in Branson, MO.  Wait, What????  Branson, MO?  How can that be a mission field?  I was skeptical and in all honesty, wanted him to stay home and work all summer to save for college!  But he persisted.  And to my amazement, probably due to myself not trusting in God, he raised the money that he needed to go.  We bought his plane ticket and before we knew it, we were dropping him off at Inter-Continental Airport to catch his plane.  We worried, like any parent would, but he was in God’s hands!

Summer Project isn’t a traditional missions trip.  Students are asked to get a  job in the community.  There, they build relationships and minister to their co-workers, as well as members of the community through service projects.  One thing that they do is have a worship service every week where they can invite other young people in the community.  On top of that, the leaders do a lot of leadership development.  But I think the major thing is that it gets people out of their comfort zone and gets them, far away from the protection of their parents, to depend on God.

SidenoteWhen Caleb decided he needed to start working for extra money, I brought to his attention the local businesses that most high school students tend to work, the grocery store and McDonalds!  Well, Caleb would not even entertain the idea of working at McDonalds!  Guess where he worked when he went to Branson? 🙂 God has a funny way of working in us and through us. I actually have a picture of him in his McDonald’s uniform, but there is supposed to be some contract commitment that workers can’t take pictures in their uniforms…due to how people edit them and manipulate them to make McDonald’s look bad.  So, I will honor that and not post it.  Too bad! HEHEHEHEHE

Anyway, Branson is not my idea of a fun trip, but we decided to visit Caleb last summer.  I still don’t like Branson, and the trip was an adventure.  It was the basis for my post, Friends in Low Places or People You Can Count On When Your SHTF!  We didn’t go to visit Branson though.  We spent time with Caleb and were able to meet some of his new friends and check out the program.  I will admit that I was impressed and all the young people were quality!

Not Surprised

So, I wasn’t surprised when Caleb wanted to “talk to us” again about Summer Project this year.  Like last year, he had to go through an application process and a phone interview.  Well, he got in!

At this point, he is raising money and believing for the full amount.  He has written letters to family members and mailed them off.  CRU makes it easy for people to donate online into a special account that is set aside for him.

I thought that it would be a good idea to share his desire to attend this Summer Project with my Christian Prepper friends and maybe help Caleb raise a little bit more money.  Any amount helps.  Below is his letter…

Dear ______________,
This semester has certainly been a busy one! This year I was promoted to a
manager of a campus for Club Rewind in Cyfair!   I’ve also continued with my position as president of the local CRU chapter we have here at Lonestar College Cy-Fair.  And, I feel after dad shut down his church, I can truly say I have found a spiritual home as I sing on the worship team of New Life Church.  God has provided so much over this past semester. It’s been a year of consistent growing, as well as a year of endless possibilities!

 

In my freshman year of college, I became a member of this organization
called Cru. It has been a heck of a ride, but has really developed my want
and that need to have a relationship with Christ. I’ve realized a heavy
dream of wanting to spread the Gospel to different parts of the world
through the opportunities that Cru has provided.

 

Last summer especially was one of spiritual growth for me.  Going on the Ozark Lakes Summer Project (OLSP) was one of the greatest experiences of my life. God moved wildly over the course of those two months. I learned a new sense of dependency on the Lord, as well as an awesome experience of being a worship leader the entire summer. God showed me different ways to communicate the Gospel not only through words, but through song.

 

With the experience I learned from that mission trip, coming back to Lonestar was one of excitement and readiness!

 

You’re probably wondering why I am contacting you. This summer I have another incredible opportunity to be a part of a Summer Mission in Lake Tahoe California. I’m so excited to see what the Lord has planned for me this summer. I just know that He has so much in store, its ridiculous! After all I learned last summer, I know I can only go farther from this point.

 

Here is the thing though.  In order for me to be able to go,  I need to raise around $4,000 dollars. As you can imagine, being a college student, I don’t just have that money laying around.

 

I do however, believe that God provides the dream, the way, and the means to accomplish what He’s called you to. I do believe this is something that I am supposed to be apart of.

 

I’m asking you to consider donating to my mission. The money that I receive in donations will help me pay for the tuition cost of the mission, which includes food, room and board, transportation, and many other things that we use to get the Word of God out there! Any little bit helps, and I’m grateful for whatever you feel you can provide, even if that is just your love and prayer support!

 

You can mail checks back to me made payable to Cru, or if you would like
to give online, you can give at the following link https://give.cru.org/0827224.

 

Partnering with me on this mission would mean the world to me. God has really laid it on my heart that He has mountains He is going to move this summer. With your help, I can be there to witness it and be a part of it.

 

It’s going to be a fun ride, and for sure one that I see myself remembering for a life time.

 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded of you. And remember, I am with you always til the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

 

God bless,
Caleb Sepulveda

I have to say that I’m very proud of Caleb and his dedication to follow the Lord.

CRU is a 501(c)3 organization.  All of your contributions are tax deductible. However, I know that is not the real reason many of you give.  You’ll give because you want to partner in the work God is doing and the transformation that Caleb and those around him will go through because of God’s presence.

If you are interested, Caleb does a daily Bible verse in a closed Facebook group everyday.  You’ll have to request to join, but he only does that to keep the spammers away.  You can join his daily Bible verse group by – clicking here.

 

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