Update On My Oklahoma Internship #2

Hello there, everyone!

So, I have been having an interesting couple of weeks. I want to tell you everything but that would take a little too long. Lol! In my last email two weeks ago, I said how I was in quarantine. Well, I got out and taught that Thursday and Friday. The weekend came and went and then I was face-to-face with my first full week of teaching. I was every excited. I was still tired from the sickness I had gotten over but I was doing well.
Monday went fine and then Tuesday was going well till the last class.
The last class my teaching partner and I were in was a Pre-K class. We did expect the small attention spans but we did not expect little Lillian. Lillian kept wanting to talk during the lesson. Finally towards the end, my teaching partner went over to talk to her one-on-one and little Lillian went on to talk about nightmares and being afraid of monsters. We thought that was sad, but didn’t give too much thought to it. Well, this week, we went in again to that class and little Lillian once again fought for our attention. My teaching partner again went over to have one-on-one time with her and Lillian went on to say how she has a nightmare every night and that she sleeps on the couch and is afraid of the dark and the creaking floorboards, but then this little 5 year old said something unexpected; she knows that it is all in her head! She is petrified of these “monsters” and nightmares she keeps having and yet she knows that they don’t really exist! Please pray for Lillian. My heart broke for her and I felt so sorry for her and yet, there is nothing I can really do for her except pray since we are not allowed to talk to them about God and Jesus.
Anyway, back to week two, last week, Wednesday came and it was FANTASTIC! God was orchestrating everything that day and I CANNOT take any of the credit. I had planned with my partner the night before and was already to go Wednesday morning. We got to the school and went into the teacher’s lounge and the staff member in charge told us there was a change in plans. I was NOT to teach with my partner but I was to teach with another person as that person’s partner was not there and he was a Level 1 person like myself. In a split second, I had to completely throw out my lesson plan, figure out what the guy’s teaching plan was, figure out what I was to do, and then go and teach the first class of the day. All that in less than 5 minutes! I knew that I was not going to be able to do it on my own, but I retained a good attitude about it and said, “Okay, Lord, I’m hanging on for the ride. You’ve got to take control or this is going to be a mess!” And control it He did. The classes went over so well and the children were so receptive and enjoying the classes, it was phenomenal! God totally made me adaptable to my situation and gave myself and my unexpected teaching partner of the day the grace and the strength to teach our classes. So far, that has been the best day of teaching for me yet! I will never forget it.
This week presented me with a new challenge. It was a challenge that I knew I was going to hit but I was positive it wasn’t going to happen till about halfway through the session, which is in another three weeks. For a few days, I was struggling emotionally. I was missing my family terribly, especially my little sister Sarah who is two years old. I had showed my roommate over the weekend a few videos of my sister and while watching those I realized how I didn’t really recognize her voice and how much I had forgotten about her and how much I missed her and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Those thoughts kept running through my mind until finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. Last night, (Tuesday night) instead of going to my elective practice, basketball, I stayed behind and had some time with the Lord. I cried my eyes out and prayed for a whole thirty minutes. I was broken and knew I needed the Lord’s help and wisdom. I knew that I could not get through this trial on my own and I gave it over to Him. I started feeling relief and yet there was still something not right in my spirit. That is when I thought of Satan. I began to rebuke Satan and asking the Lord to make Satan flee from my presence and I told Satan he would no longer keep getting the victory over my mind and my heart. Instantly, relief came over my spirit and a smile came to my face when I was praying and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop smiling! Satan no longer had control and had fled and now today, I felt so renewed and freed and blest.
Thank you to all of you that are faithfully praying for me. Your prayers are NOT in vain I assure you. Thank you so much for your support in prayer. It is wanted and appreciated. God bless you all.
Love in Christ,
Chelsea

Update On My Oklahoma Internship

 

Hey there, everyone!

What an amazing and crazy two weeks it has been! We’ve all been very busy, but I can clearly see God blessing this ministry.
The first ten days of being here in Oklahoma was actually spent at a place called Eagle Springs. The first three days that we were there, we took time just to renew our walk with the Lord and purify our hearts, which was wonderful and then we spent five days training and that was intense!!!! We even had homework to do! And let me tell ya, for not being in high school for two years, doing homework is rally strange.
We Level 1 people had to learn a lot during those five days as we had never done the program before and it was powerful to see the staff here so passionate about what In The Gap is doing. When I finally realized the dire situation that most of these inner city children are in, I cried for a solid half-hour. The lives of these children are just so messed up, and though we cannot talk about Jesus in the schools, just being able to teach them good character (character that Jesus would possess) is wonderful! It has helped a lot of the children to become better children and not get mixed up in gangs like they do in this city.
Once training was done, we came back to Oklahoma City and the very next day, I became ill. I thought nothing of it and thought it was just one of those 24 hour bugs but by Monday morning, it was full-blown sickness and I had to stay quarantined in my room. I was so ready to teach on Monday but God wanted me to stay back and pray for the rest of the interns and the teaching ended up going well. Come Monday evening though, I had a scary situation. I almost fainted! For those of you that have never fainted/passed out BE GLAD!!! Basically, I was not putting enough food and water in me to combat the sickness and when I went to move, I moved too quickly and I almost passed out. If I had not been in a sitting position, I definitely would have fainted. God was merciful to me and after that incident, we got tons of things pumped into me so I don’t have another spell.
Today finds me still sick and quarantined in my room, but once again, I prayed for the interns and the schools and I cannot wait to hear the report.
I want to thank all of you that are diligently praying for me. It means so much and I have had a wonderful time getting to know some of the other interns and staff. I has been a blessing so far.

God bless,
Chelsea

Five Things I Need As A Public Servant

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Clarence Mingo, Franklin County Auditor, 08/11/13

1. The Scriptures must be the unchallenged, moral authority in my life, not partisan or conservative agenda
2. Foundation of my passion must to know Christ and make Him known.
3. Be keenly mindful of the consequences of sin.
4. Strive for excellence in The Lord, but understand the constant need of forgiveness.
5. Be aware of the increasingly distinct nature between me and the world.

Seven Steps For The Family

From Our Shield and Defender Devotional.

2 Kings 23:1-3;24

…And [Josiah] the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 2 And [Josiah] went up into the house of the LORD …and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD. 3 And [Josiah] stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant…
…And all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD. 

Certainly, most would agree that our society lacks something. However, if you were to ask an individual, “What is wrong with our society?” you would probably get an interesting response. Most people would look at you like you were crazy, say, “Nothin’s wrong!” and walk on. Others, would take you a bit more seriously and admit that they knew something is just not right, but would be unable to give you any specific reason. So the first question: Is there a problem existing in today’s society? If so, then what is it?

Allow me to propose that the problem within our nation is the lack of strong families and healthy homes. Skeptical? Consider a few statistics:
In 2012, the lifelong probability of a marriage ending in divorce is estimated to be 40%–50%.
29% of working adults access explicit websites on work computers.
The teen pregnancy rate in 2008 (most recent poll) stood at 70 per 1,000 women age 15-19.
67% of children admit to clearing their Internet history to hide their online activity.

From these examples, it is quite evident that there are more than a few problems plaguing our nation. However, as is always true, there is a solution to every problem. The solution to the lack of strong families in our nation can be summed up in one word: reformation.

How can we experience this in our families? Following are seven specific steps for your family, and then begin influencing others:

1) Men need to take responsibility and leadership.
Responsibility is a tough word. And it is an essential character trait that all men (especially husbands and father) need to possess. As men, we have the double duty of taking responsibility for our own actions, and also for leading our families in a Christ-like manner.

2) Ladies need to be keepers at home.
The role that women play in the home is crucial to reform. As a mother, it is your job to educate and train your children in the ways of God. Furthermore, you should assist your husband in his ministry (all families should have a ministry, but more on that later).

3) Children need to honor parents.
As a child, there are many ways that you can bring honor or dishonor to your parents. It is important to keep this principle in mind at all times. Too often, many children are guilty of bringing shame upon their parents. Do not break the Biblical admonition to honor your father and mother. Show respect for your parents’ authority, and be a good example to your siblings.

4) Boys must be taught how to become men.
There is an obvious lack if strong manly qualities in most young men today. Father’s you need to teach your boys to be manly and courageous. Teach them to be defenders of the helpless, not a predator upon the weak. Young men, learn to be leaders for the Lord. Our nation desperately needs strong, young leaders to stand for the principles of morality contained in the Word of God. Stand strong in the faith, even if it seems as if you stand alone.

5) Girls must learn to become ladies.
As with manliness in young men, there is also an extreme deficiency of femininity in young women today. Mothers, teach your girls to be ladylike and modest. Young ladies, as a young man myself, I can say that there are young men who sincerely appreciate and respect modesty and femininity as a most important virtue in girls’ character. Do not be discouraged in serving Jesus.

6) The Bible must become the ultimate authority.
It is absolutely necessary for reformation that the Bible become your ultimate authority by which you set your standards and govern your lifestyle. In the end, this is the one thing that matters. Christians must stand uncompromisingly upon biblical principles and justice. It does not matter what everyone else does, what does God’s Word say about _______ issue? Opinions are formed by infallible man, the Bible was written by the unerring hand of God. Make it your guide in this life!

7) Your family needs a ministry.
Saved families need to influence society. If we as Christians fail to be “salt and light” to the world, then the world will be influenced solely by the agents of Satan. Therefore, let your family become a unit that works together to influence society – politically, in the workplace, and even in your church – the opportunities are practically endless.

So in conclusion, let’s be determined to change our world for the glory of Jesus Christ. Simply observing or even lamenting the evils of society does no good. Do something positive and proactive. Don’t wait for evilness to rear its ugly head before you take a swing at it. Take the initiative and starve it at the roots. Do you see a need in society? Address it, fix it, do all in your power to change it. Even if it seems insignificant, the truth is that small things multiply into major areas of life. Everyday things do make the most difference!

We need families working together. Start in your family – what is your family’s ministry?

Joshua Denton

2 Kings 23:25
25 And like unto [Josiah] was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

God’s Greatest Promise

From Our Shield and Defender Devotional.

2 Peter 1:4

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Any person who objectively reads the Scriptures will quickly realize that the Scriptures are replete with the promises of God. And, if you believe the Scriptures, then I think you would agree that this is true. Because God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18), and because God treasures His Word (Psalm 138:2), each and every written word of God is a promise from God Himself. Thus, I believe that all of Scripture (Old and New Testaments) is a promise from God Himself. God desires that every man and woman understand and accept His plan for the redemption of mankind from the condemnation of sin.

I believe that within Scripture there are numerous complementary promises–each playing a specific role in God’s redemption of mankind from sin. And so I ask you: Of all the complementary promises of God (promises about salvation, heaven, prophecy, etc.), is there one single promise greater than all the others? Or, are all of the complementary promises of God equally essential?

Are you and I standing on the promises of God?

Sincerely,
Ryan