World Changers: Where you see things that cannot be found elsewhere. (Day 2)

10 Jul

After one day of my first experience with World Changers during my first year as a youth intern, I can say with complete confidence that this place is NOT NORMAL.

We went to go see our job sites today. This is Missouri, which I hear A) is in the midwest, and B) happens to grow lots and lots of hay in vast, never-ending fields. I’m convinced after seeing this that the amount of hay shipped out of Missouri is roughly half of what is grown because the other half is left on the interstate.

Anyway, there have been lots of really cool things that happened today. I’m excited about where this is going because we haven’t even gotten to the job site yet. Matt and Marcy Wooster (I’m sorry if I butchered the name, guys – blame it on the new guy) found the blog and wondered if there had been any “WOW” moments. I’m still learning the definition of a WOW moment, but if I had to guess I’d say there have  been a couple.

  1. One of the teams “just happened” to have someone assigned to their unit who speaks American sign language. That team “just happened” to get assigned to a house with a deaf homeowner. The World Changers staff knew about neither the homeowner nor the team member who can sign. God. Is. Awesome.
  2. Hearing the hearts of the youth and seeing them with each other has been amazing, actually. Guys, if you didn’t know, you have some amazing kids. Again, I can’t speak for the girls, but seeing the guys get a chance to just be guys with each other and nobody feel ridiculed, picked on, or otherwise ostracized has been awesome. That’s rare. If you’d like to hear some anecdotes from the girls…well, so would I. I keep telling them to get stuff to me, but I have seen nary a picture, paragraph, note, nor video from them. They’re somewhere in Missouri (or so I hear).
  3. We split into lots of churches today and got to meet some of the people that will be feeding us and looking out for us over the course of the week. Let’s just say we’re going to be very well taken care of, and that St. Louis has some amazing BBQ.
Tonight Ron (our speaker for the week) spoke out of Exodus 33. He spoke from the passage where Moses begs God to go with them and says that it would be better for them not to go unless God goes with them.
Exodus 33:12-16
Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, our people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
Moses noticed a truth that is essential for us here at World Changers. It’s also essential for us at home in Winterville. Unless God is going with us, nobody will see that the works of our hands mean anything. Nobody will see anything different about us. Our programs, ministries, and repaired houses will mean nothing. If God is not with us, it’s better for us not to go in the first place.

How do we know if God is with us? That’s easy. Are we glorifying the Son? Are we putting Jesus above our own pride and selfish ambition? Is serving the Church more important than serving our own selfish desires? Do we want a “successful” ministry because we want our ministry to be as big and popular as somebody else’s, or do we want a successful ministry because we want to reach people for Jesus? How obsessed are we with the Gospel of Christ? Do we see evidences of the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control – in our labor? Or do we see selfish pride, ambition, bitterness, jealousy, frustration, and impatience? Do we go with God or with hands and hearts full of ourselves and our works?

We have a lot to think about when we go out to work tomorrow. Worship isn’t just a 35 minute block every night (or on Sunday morning/evening). Worship is what we do 24/7. Whether or not we’re always worshipping Jesus is a different discussion entirely, but we ARE always worshipping. That’s what God made us to do. Everyone we meet will not only see us worshipping, they will also see HOW we worship. When Moses came down from that mountain, his face shone. He made other people uncomfortable because he radiated from being in the Presence of God. How we carry ourselves, how we handle the heat, how we treat each other, how we treat those outside of our group, the homeowners, the neighbors…all of these are witnesses for Christ, either for good or for bad. And we should never be naive enough to believe that everyone on the rooftop with a hammer is a believer in Jesus either. Broad is the pathway that leads to destruction, and many are those on it. But narrow is the pathway that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

One disrespectful word. One careless action.

That’s all it can take to ruin our witness with one person who could otherwise hear Jesus through us. Eli put it this way tonight: Everybody puts  his or her pants on one leg at a time. Nobody, regardless of rank or file, needs Jesus less than anybody else. We’re just as much witnesses to those on the roof beside us as we are to those under it.

Things to pray for:

  1. Pray for safety on the jobsite.
  2. Pray for good attitudes on (and off) the jobsite.
  3. Pray that hearts would be open to hearing about Jesus.
  4. Pray for boldness for those who will share.
  5. Pray for the World Changers staff to be organizational ninjas (things change at a breakneck pace)
  6. Pretty much anything else that God lays on your heart. We covet all your prayers.

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5 Responses to “World Changers: Where you see things that cannot be found elsewhere. (Day 2)”

  1. woostermter July 11, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    I love it!!! WOW moment of the day—ASL! That is awesome! Yes…Midwest=hay. There are even hay brokers around here. Don’t worry about the name. Even my grandma still gets the spelling wrong. No worries. Shelby Burnam…that’s your no-holds-bar or gory detail go-to girl for the dish of what’s happening with the girls. 🙂 I love her. Praying for the heat tomorrow and the rest of the week. Heard that Chris or ya’ll were interviewed by St.Louis Chan. 5. We all with Georgia accents sound like Foghorn Leghorn to those in St. Louis and other areas around these parts. 🙂 Praying for everyone’s attitude and for God to open ears and soften hearts. Thanks Josh!!!

  2. gina shealy July 11, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Loving your updates, Josh…and heart for the Lord. Thanks for being Jesus’ “hands and feet” …we’re praying for you all!

    gina shealy

  3. Dorothy & Dan Murfin July 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    We are absolutely LOVING the updates and reading ALL that God is doing for you (those WOW moments) and through you! We would love to see more photos if you can put them on here. Please know that we are praying for each of you and praising God for ALL that is being done in St. Louis! Your updates and Blog are WOW moments for us!

  4. Dorothy & Dan Murfin July 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    We are amazed at what God has in store for our Youth and Leaders this week in St. Louis! Please keep the Blog and Updates coming ~ These are WOW moments for us as we read and see what He is doing in and through you! Please add more photos if you can, we would love to see them.

  5. Carmen Redding July 12, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    Thank you for your updates. Praying that the heat will break and that God will keep all of you safe and hydrated. Remember to take in a lot of fluids. Hope everyone has sunscreen.
    In His love,
    Carmen Redding

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