Hey everyone I just want to ask for your prayers. I don't normally do this but it's been a very unusual month so far. I know the LORD is at work and is doing something new. It's just hard to grasp.
Within the past month there has been 3 deaths with young people that have been involved with the ministry here. The first 2 were sisters that were killed in a fire about 3 weeks ago not to far from where we are. I remember one Monday stepping outside and seeing 2 helicopters side by side hovering in place. as I walked down the side walk I could see the street was blocked off and there were tons lights from fire trucks and ambulances. Crowds of people were outside. I didn't go to see what was going on but the next day I went to work I saw a picture of a girl that I had seen quite a few times in our Sunday school. I remember her coming to our teen camp and one memory jumped out to mind when I was walking home one night and saw her walking her little brother home from the laundry mat. We talked for a bit and laughed a little and then we parted ways. That very same girl was killed in the fire that happened that Monday.
Saturday, I met a guy named Josh during my break. He was telling me how he used to be a kid and he would always come to Sunday School. He had left for a few years because of a few things but had come back and now wanted to be apart of the ministry and allow God to use him. His excitement about this place was unreal! After doing this for a while it can be a bit mundane and you begin to wonder why anyone would do this but it's always good to know that you're doing something for God. I encouraged Josh in his dream to help out in the ministry and we parted ways. I saw him in church on Sunday but I didn't get to say hi.
At 6pm today Josh was shot in the face under a train track. It killed him instantly.
Before this semester started I asked the founder of the ministry about motives, drive, and passion. How does one continue in full time ministry after years and years of the same thing? Especially when it seems like the enemy is winning. I know it has to be something that God does. I believe in Romans 8:28 that says that God uses ALL things for good. I want this time, even though it's hard to understand everything to not allow me to become discouraged or hardened but to drive me and give me a sense of urgency to serve God with a pure heart with pure motives. Please pray that Christ's love would compel me to generously tell the Gospel to those who come across my path. Please pray for these people families as they go through this time, I know they would greatly appreciate it. Thank you all for your love and support.