The video explains it much better than I can. Jesus is powerful. God loves you completely. You are forgiven.
Philippians 2:3-4 ” Do nothing out of selfish ambit or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
On Friday the 21st our team went out for our usual art campaign / ministry opportunity in Plaza Foch. This week our campaign was “Let It Go.” We brought 50 brightly colored balloons out to the plaza and asked people we met what was weighing heavy on their hearts, what they wanted to let go of. We had some really great conversations with people who wrote down their worries, stresses onto our balloons. Examples included heartbreak, addictions, worries about the future, illness and more. I wrote down on the balloon “mi acento en español” because I have been stressing myself out trying to improve my spanish. I have certain plans in mind that would require me to be proficient / fluent in Spanish, and these have been causing me stress. The “Let It Go” campaign helped me remember that God’s plan is so much better, His plan has ALWAYS been better than mine. There’s so much peace and freedom in releasing the expectations and submitting to His plan.
So… what are you holding on to that you need to let go?
Last night we did our Vision Campaign for the second time. Last week we were at Parque la Carolina, which is pretty close to our house, and last night we were at Plaza Foch, one of the nightlife hot spots in Quito. Everyone in the group dresses the same way, and half stand perfectly still in formation with blindfolds over their eyes to signify life without sight and vision. The rest of the group passes out flyers and talks with people who stop to look at the living art.
The purpose of Vision Campaign is to encourage people to reflect on and consider the vision (or lack thereof) they have for their lives, what do they feel is their purpose and how do they plan to live that out? It’s an important concept to everyone in our group as this whole Submerge experience has caused us to determine, examine and flesh-out our purpose, dreams and plans. I believe that God places certain passions and desires in our hearts and that it honors Him to live those out to the fullest extent. Your purpose in life isn’t limited to being in ministry full time as a pastor, because our whole life is our ministry. For myself, I feel passionate about understanding businesses, economics, entrepreneurship and women’s rights. I am researching, praying and working to find ways to live out those passions right now and for my whole life. Part of that is an online community I’m starting for middle school girls, to encourage them to develop interest in science, technology, engineering, math and business.
So I have to ask… What’s your vision for your life?
Coming up on a month and a half here in Quito! Tonight we have a team dinner and we were asked to reflect on our experience so far (how have we grown, what has God been showing us, favorite memories etc). One of the biggest themes of being here has been that God has continued to show me himself through almost everything and everyone! Some of the most obvious examples are:
God is at work in each of our lives and I fully believe we can see Him through other people and a variety of things, experiences. Thank you all for your unending support, love and encouragement! Hasta luego – Carissa