DAN WRITES: I know what I’m doing for The Rebelution movement. God has made that super clear to me. But I have to wonder sometimes, what are other people’s projects? How are they getting help and who is helping them do hard things?
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What a great question. 🙂 Right now I’m studying for, getting an outline done and writing some notes for my ebook, a book for Christian girls. I’ll be talking about everything from modesty without being a legalist, to godly girlhood grounded in the Bible to setting healthy boundaries relationships with guys and more. I’m also working on a few guest posts for some well-known blogs and trying to write posts for my own blog so I can build a platform.
Most of my attention right now is going to finishing up school so I can graduate, figuring out what’s next, family issues, trying to serve God, studying His Word, and when I’m to stressed to do anything else, I train for bouldering and ANW.
Nothing impressive, but that’s all I can take right now, and I think God is glorified in that.
Good question! Right now, i just finished heading up backyard Bible clubs with CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship), this week is our church VBS, I’m Leading a praise band at my church and youth group. I am working a job about 30 hours a week and trying to witness as much as I can, which has been awesome. Im training horses and getting into the horse community with hopes that I can be a witness to them. I am writing articles for this site and I just created a blog the other day 🙂 I am writing a book revolved around My two articles about being too comfortable. Im basically doing as many hard things as I can haha 🙂 I hope this gives you some ideas!
Sounds like you’re busy! I’ve never heard of backyard Bible clubs before… what are they?
hahaha indeed! I may be going crazy 😛 Well, basically I organized a missions trip with our Church. So I had people at the clubs to help. We canvassed homes all over my town a week in advance and then we had Bible clubs in someone from our church’s backyard. We chose someone is our church who had kids, and who knew their neighbors and community. We did four clubs a day for a week. So the clubs consisted of games, a snack, songs (with fun motions of course ;), and then lesson time. The gospel was clearly presented every single day. So, in a nut shell, that is what they are lol It is kind of like VBS.
That sounds fantastic!!! I did something similar in Papua New Guinea. How did you navigate the formalities, though? I mean, did the parents sign forms and stuff to say that if their kids were injured it wasn’t your fault?
Wow that sounds really awesome! AWH I want to go to Papua soon badly!!!! Okay, we met all of the parents when they dropped off their kids, or we picked the kids up, and yes we had an emergency waiver that I created to remedy any issues that came up, which none did. Thank God 🙂
Yeah, PNG is great: I was a MK there for a few years and I loved it! Have you been there before?
Oh, ok! That sounds great! My family has a nice backyard, and I just love running/helping with VBSs, so that’s something I should consider!
No I have not! lol I have never been out of the country actually. But I plan on going into missions and the two places I am considering right now are uganda, PNG, and Israel 🙂 Yes, definitely consider!
Oooo, hard choices! I love PNG, but Israel would be a pretty amazing place to work with all the Biblical history! I’ve not been to Uganda though! If you choose Israel, would you work with Jews or Palestinians?
What sorts of missions are you looking at? Medical, educational, just evangelism?
Ah tough questions! Yeah, at this point I am not ruling anything out. I am just waiting for clear direction, while doing hard things, and high school/college. Yeah! If I went to Israel I would be doing mostly evangelism, and Jews. What I have noticed over the past three years of serious witnessing is that I thrive off of witnessing to people who have a religion. I love being able to research it and bring them back to the Bible. It is very interesting and challenging. Im not ruling out medical. I may end up doing some basic things, but Im not going to be getting a degree in that. If I go someplace like Africa I would probably end up doing some more things with women and hygiene type stuff.
I’m in the same boat: waiting on God’s leading while doing the hard things he’s given me for now.
I know exactly what you mean about witnessing to people who already have a religion! My family had amazing conversations with a Muslim tour guide in Egypt because Muslims are usually very open, and often earnestly seeking God. Jews are also often seeking God.
Ok, I see what you mean, in a lot of 3rd-world countries a few basic skills/supplies go a long way! In Papua New Guinea I lived at a mission hospital, so if you are looking at experiencing medical missions, or even just helping out in other areas, let me know because it’s possible you could go there for a period if you wanted to.
Awesome 🙂 Woah that is so cool! Have you been all over the world? Where have you not been? haha
Yes, they do! My main mission is the gospel. Ive really considered running a clean water ministry too.
Wow. thank you! I will definitely keep you in mind!
Um, yeah, I sorta have ;D. Haha. I’ve never been to South America, or Africa (other than Egypt), or Antarctica!
YES!!! I really believe that physical help is of no consequence compared to saving people from eternal death. But physical ministries are often a pathway, aren’t they?
Yes, do keep it in mind! They are usually glad of a helping hand in the little school for hospital staff kids, and there are lots of experiences available! And it’s very rural, so definitely an eye-opening experience!
Btw, are you on Revive? revivingtheredeemed.org
Haha wanna know a secret? Ive never been out of the states! lol
Amen sista! Oh of course! I just don’t feel necessarily lead to that. Yes!
No, i am not…. what is it?
Yeah, God uses different people for different things!
It’s a Christian teen’s site that was set up by a Rebelutionary. It’s like social media, but not quite. People share prayer requests, discuss theology, ask questions, and generally just make friends! It’s great!
Yes, he definitely does!
Okay! Well, I will consider joining 🙂 thank you for letting me know about that!
I’m writing a novel. It’s hard, fun, and terrifying all at the same time, which is why I’m very blessed to have found a community of writing friends on the Kingdom Pen Forum.
I don’t know what I’d do without them, or Kingdom Pen, for that matter. It’s the best website I’ve ever come across for young Fiction writers. (It’s a Christian website too:) If any of you are writers and want to check it out, here is the link. http://kingdompen.org/
I told my little sister about Kingdom Pen, and she’s signed up to the forum!
That’s great! 🙂 You can tell her if she tags me with @overcomer in a post I’ll give her a welcome.
I think she’s on now! 😉
She is! She tagged me and I gave her a welcome. 🙂 She sounds like she loves writing, so she should get a lot out of Kingdom Pen. I know I do.
Kingdom Pen? That sounds so cool! I love the thought of a Christian writing site!
Right now, I am working on recording a CD with my friends and my sisters. We have been planning this for a long time and we will finally begin recording today. It is going to be a Celtic themed disk, and if this works out, we might record a classical themed CD.
“The aim and final reason of all music should be none else but the glory of God.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach
I really enjoy Celtic music!
I do too! Hence the reason our first disk will be Celtic. 🙂 I really enjoy the band “Celtic Woman.”
I should get their music from the library. I worked on “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears” for voice lessons.
That is one of my favorites! I love it so much!
That’s awesome Olivia. I really love music. Have fun recording!
Music is awesome.
I’m curious. Where do you live? I live in Washington. And what’s your real name?
Yo I’m late to the conversation sorry 😂Music is my passion. Celtic and classical music? LOVE!!!! Can you let me know details on the disc when it’s done?? I would love to buy it if you get it out there and I would be thrilled to help out in any way possible if you have the need!!
I am so happy to find another musician! I will definitely give you the details when we are finished! 🙂
Thanks! Good luck!!
I’m working on growing Spiritually and learning maturity as I prepare for college this fall. This is a really big step in my life (especially being homeschooled all my life) please pray that the Lord will prepare my heart, mind and soul for the college world.
That’s really awesome.
I know this might sound silly; but I’m finishing high-school currently. =P I’m a bit behind and I have just lacked motivation up until recently. So right now, I’m working toward completing school.
I’ve been struggling with having SO many options, possibilites, and opportunities thrown my way and just not being able to make sense of them all or know what to do with them all…
God used a particular person and circumstances to really bring me to a place where i realized it’s okay if I don’t have all the answers right now. I”m an ahead planner who wants ALL the answers *now*. I don’t always have the patience I need to wait on God; and He’s been teaching me that it’s okay to not have all the answers right now…. (you can read more about this on my blog if you want: https://meganhensley98.wordpress.com/whats-next/ )
Soooo…all that to say, I don’t know what life holds for me 6 months from now; but for the next 6 months or so, my “hard thing” is being patient and finishing school. And also investing more in my family. =)
I have been blessed with so many opportunities recently. I’ve been interning this summer (after finishing my first year of college) both in my church and in the marketing department of a local bank. At my church, I am teaching the Teens Sunday School class and leading the music ministry. At the bank, I am helping them get into the social media marketing platform which I must say is really cool. I have been writing so much this summer as I’ve been very inspired, especially with all these tragedies and darkness in the world. (If you care to read, here is my blog where I write most of everything: https://theyoungeramerican.wordpress.com/ )
I feel like everything going on is a never ending wheel turning. But I love it. Honestly, I’ve told friends that I hate humans’ need to sleep, because that would be a very productive 3 hours that we could redeem for greater purposes.
Through all the busyness, though, I continue to self check myself and ask, “is what I am doing what God wants for me? Am I “too busy” for what’s really important? Are my priorities right? I’m sure these are questions that I’ll be asking myself the rest of my life. And I think that we all need to ask these questions.
One of the things that I’m most passionate about is youth being engaged, which is why I love TheRebelution so much. I haven’t ever really interacted much due to lack of time, but I really have to say how encouraging it is to see and read about so many other teens/young adults like myself that are so passionate for the things that truly matter.
I think we often get lost and get the “Elijah mentality” that we are the ONLY ones serving the Lord in the entire world. It seems that way sometimes. We are just so few and spread out. How could we possibly change the world for the better?
It’s through God’s grace that we CAN though and I’m so thankful for that. I continue to pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ across the US and the world that we would not lose hope or faith. If you are feeling discouraged I highly recommend reading 1 Corinthians 4:6-12. It has become my life passage this past year.
This is what I am doing for TheRebelution… I am making music. What kind of music? I don’t know yet. I just know that God has giving me a major talent of music, and that this is what I should use it for. I am also trying to be a light to others when they are having a hard time in life. For example, this past week I was at a church camp. One of my friends pretty much broke his nose so he wasn’t able to do any of the big games or night games. I decided to stay with him and we did trivia. We found out that there is nothing more fun than finding out how stupid you are. So his week wasn’t as boring as he thought it might of been.
I dream to make music as well. Piano is my passion. My heart and soul. 🙂 I hope you find your dream.
Piano is also my favorite! hope you find yours as well.
I’m working on how to adopt a posture of learning and listening rather than speaking and teaching. I want to respect people’s natural, human response to vent, cry and process, instead of jumping to advice, evangelism or belittling their situation.
At home, I want to learn how to unconditionally love my little brother with the love of Christ. I want to reconcile our relationship and spend time with him 🙂
“He shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children”
For though you have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel – http://bit.ly/2a1iN9U
I’m collecting backpacks and needed items in third-world countries/refugee needs and sending them to a humanitarian center near my home. I’m getting my church group in on it, as well as family.
One important thing I’ve learned: *NEVER POSTPONE A PROMPTING*
I’m a little late to this discussion–as an answer to the question, I was on a mission trip this past week. 🙂 Here at home, I view my nanny job as a ministry. I teach choir and AWANA at church, and I am starting a Bible study this coming school year for girls my age. I’ve been trying to get my prayer life together as well, because it has always been hard for me to pray with any degree of consistency–so I’m choosing 5 specific requests every day and writing them on my hand. 🙂 This week my mom is going to start working 3 days a week, so I’ll be at home taking care of things and helping my brother with school. Not super excited about that, but I’m praying for a good attitude. Also, I have made several relationships that I feel have developed to the point where I can start really talking about Christ to these people… hopefully I’ll have the courage.
It was really encouraging to read everyone else’s:)
Right now I, along with the help of my family, am planning a fundraiser for Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Ranch. Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Ranch will be a Christian-based children’s home, located in Grand County, Colorado on a cattle/horse ranch, with several single family staffed by Christian house parents. It will be a safe, loving home for abused and abandoned who otherwise would have been dumped into the foster care system, giving them hope for a brighter future. Go to ENWRanch.org for more information.
The fundraiser will be on Monday, August 1, 2016 at the Grand Lake Community House, 1026 Park Avenue, Grand Lake, CO. We will be showing the movie “Mom’s Night Out” at 7p.m. and there will be Barbecue, face painting, a photo booth, and lots of fun!
Hope to see some fellow rebelutionaries there, and if you can’t come you can help by praying!
I will definitely be praying for you and your fundraiser, Sophie! And, by the way, Mom’s Night Out is the best! You’ll get lots of laughs!
Thanks so much for your prayers, Olivia!
And by the way I was trying to make Aslan a profile pic, but it ended up at the bottom of my post somehow. 😀
How did it go? I am curious to know. 🙂
I actually just had an idea today… I really would love to start a small weekend bakery and sell lunch and desert crepes and donate profit to pro-life organizations. What got the idea into my head is first this: my dad, a used car dealer, is all excited about this new idea of his to ask auto dealers to give $1 from every vehicle they sell to orphanages. Dad would like to get involved with an orphanage association called Lifesong currently. It would potentially help thousands of children in need from our small city alone. Well I can’t let him have all the fun. I grabbed my phone to text my best friend Emma about starting a pro-life fund. Later, when I was writing of the day’s events in my journal, I was hit with a crazy idea. Earlier today I made some crepes and screwed them up because I forgot to mix dry and wet ingredients separately. (It actually REALLY bummed me out to be honest.) and I thought, they require barely any ingredients and are fast and easy (as long as you don’t forget steps like this festherbrain) and come on. Who doesn’t love crepes?? It’s a bit scary… I don’t know whether or not my idea will work out or not. I have no idea where would be my base of operation. I would have to give up my weekend mornings and afternoons and ask friends to do the same. I would have to organize tons of stuff and make the food and serve the people. Maybe I’m being totally unrealistic. But if I could do it… No, if we could do it, it could help save lives of who knows how many precious unborn children. What do you think??? I’m honestly really scared. But maybe… Just maybe…
Sounds like fun! I know I am replying 3 months to late (sorry), but still!
And of course, I am doing all of the small hard things I can think of.
I’m thinking of one day having a Party For Jesus. I really want to write a song called that. I’m 16 and I’m home schooled and my family is busy so it’s really hard for me to run stuff like that. Just to let you guys know I want to make my own Christian Rap album called Worship but I don’t know how to mix beats or make my own music or anything like that. But I can rap and sing. I really want my dream of being a Christian Rapper to come true but I feel like that I haven’t been good at writing songs. I feel like my songs are not as good as I want them to be. So what can I do to make my dream of being a Christian Rapper and make my own music and maybe touring around the world someday come true?
Dude, making music. RAP music. CHRISTIAN rap music. Awesome! I AM LEGIT TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But anyway, what I am doing is I have downloaded a program on the computer, called Guitar pro 5 (get 5, not 6. 5 is way better). It is a music making program that is super easy to use. Also GarageBand is helpful for getting ideas about beats (but not for actual music making).
And for lyrics? Pretend your writing poetry for school. That’s all lyrics are. Poetry. An example of is…
I know we’re breathing but we’re not alive
Really is this the way we wanna die
If only they knew what goes on in our mind…
(NF, Lost In The Moment, Therapy Session)
I love NF!!! He’s one of my favorite rapper!!!
Yes I want to make Christian Rap music. My stage name is going to be Noah A. G. A. G stands for my middle name and last name Aphonso Giovingo. I’m 16 by the way.
My stage name is ⬆️ DanE