December 19, 2011
Do you remember the Claymation Christmas special with the California raisins? And the waffeling/waddleing/wasling claymation animals? If not here is a peek:
YouTube is pretty amazing! It allows us to find bits and pieces of movies and songs and allows us to share them with others. What a fun way to stay Jesus focused during Christmas- share videos and songs with your friends and family! You could probably share a song, memory, or video clip a day for a whole week, and everyone would love it!
We’d love to hear, what are some of your favorite Christ Centered YouTube clips?
August 3, 2011
I’m Annie. I’m 20 years old and a college student. I sew patches on my jeans and make my own sundresses. My custom beverage at Starbucks is a grande light ice iced nonfat chai latte. I change the color scheme on my Gmail account because I’m not satisfied with the standard.
My generation craves options. We want to be unique, individual, people who matter, specific. We want to break the norm, bust the tradition. We are the “me’s.” It’s funny, a whole generation with the same attitude—wanting to be different. Ironic really, but that’s how it is.
So how can God—my God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever—the ONE, SINGLE, ONLY God we teach about at Global Media Outreach—ever appeal to a generation determined to be one-of-a-kind?
Yes, we do believe there’s only one God, only one way to live a life totally fulfilled, and only one way to salvation. He’s one size fits all. He’s Jesus. But that’s only the beginning…
God made everyone different (this is on purpose—just try finding two faces that match up perfectly) and He relates to us all differently. God is always and forever the same, but while consistent He’s also dynamic. It’s exciting, how He can surprise us in exclusive ways that speak directly to us as individuals. He fits us all perfectly, and each of us as tight as a glove. NOTHING is like Him. He’s the uniqueness we need.
Psalm 139:13-14 reads, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God created us. He knows how to give us exactly what we need, how to relate completely to our uniqueness. What could be better?
I love being a part of this new generation of customizers. It’s exciting, it’s innovative—just like our God. He’s surprising and radical—He’ll shock you and revolutionize your expectations. If we let Him, He’ll shatter our norms, our boundaries, our traditions. He’ll make us different and indulge that uniqueness.
Jesus died for each of us individually. Remember that beautiful image of the Shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep to go after that one? Each one of us matters so much to Him. He sacrificed Himself and His needs for ours. The only thing any of us can do in return is devote our lives to Him.
It’s not about me anymore. God’s love is an individual gift that brings everyone together. Allow Him to use your uniqueness to draw others to Him. You can do this in so many ways: blogs, conversations, art projects, facebook statuses—take what’s unique about you and employ it!
So I’ll still sew those patches on my jeans. I’ll try to say things in ways nobody else does. I’ll paint crazy pictures on my apartment walls, and I’ll love it all. But I’ll use those special things about me to point to God’s glory.
~Annie Josey (SVSP Intern, 2011)
July 20, 2011
I love adventure. I’m a Carolina girl spending my summer as an intern in California, I dream of moving to Europe after I graduate, and my career possibilities seem endless. Most would say that I’m just young and naive about the real world, but I prefer using my mom’s saying that the world is “my oyster.” I’m not alone in this “oyster” mindset. My generation is full of big dreamers and adventurers; we are visionaries. This could be attributed to pop culture or political changes, but I think that the truth behind the vision is technology.
My generation has grown up with the entire world at our fingertips through emerging technology. Social media, search engines, and smart phones have equipped us to become world-changers. This technology not only allows, but obligates, twenty-somethings to dream big. New technology and the Internet are practically coded into our DNA. So what are we supposed to do with it?
In order to harness our potential, I believe that we need the help of older generations. In the book of Acts, Barnabus encourages Paul and helps him to develop his ministry. Barnabus enabled Paul to make an impact in the world for Christ by his example. Barnabus and Paul traveled together, taught together, and lived out God’s purpose for their lives. My generation needs people like Barnabus; people to guide the way and share their journey. We have a lot of dreams, but in order to bring them to fruition we need enablers. We need teachers and mentors to show us the way.
If you look at your community, you will see the potential that these young adults hold. My generation will soon become the world’s leaders, and you have the opportunity to make an impact. Connect with them through new technologies and embrace the shift that they are creating in society. The way people interact is being revolutionized through social media, and it is important that we know how it works. Allow my generation to show you the future, and then share some of your wisdom in exchange. If you are an online missionary with younger disciples, then don’t underestimate the power that your e-mail encouragement holds. Become a Barnabus and enable the younger generation to make a difference in the world for Christ using the tools they have been given. Encourage them to develop their vision and encourage them to utilize technology to pursue it. Embrace the dreams of the dreamers. Embrace the incredible knowledge they hold. Embrace your opportunity to enable the world changers.
~Amber Marshall (SVSP Intern 2011)
July 15, 2011
Aggie Hertel is the Community Leader for the 32 online missionaries at her church, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. As the Community Leader, Aggie doesn’t leave the hard work to the missionaries at her church; she gets her hands dirty by working in the spiritual “trenches” as she communicates with seekers all over the world. Aggie has had some very interesting interactions with her contacts. One of those contacts is Laddha, a handicapped woman from Cambodia. Confined to a wheelchair, Laddha e-mailed Aggie nearly every day last summer, as she wanted to learn more about the Bible. After five months of communication, Laddha asked Aggie for help to teach young children about Jesus. She aimed to create a retreat for children who are AIDS victims or children of AIDS victims. Last fall, 120 children attended the retreat Laddha hosted, and 60 children accepted Christ as their Savior. Aggie continues to talk to Laddha, who plans to baptize those who are now in relationship with Christ in Cambodia.