I can’t believe all that has happened since September 28 haha! It’s been so hard for me to just sit down and write about everything that I’ve been doing! I figured I should set some time aside and start telling you guys a few stories of all that God has done in these last 8 months!
So yeah, pretty well known fact I moved to Huntington Beach, California and started rolling with the Circuit Rider crew. I was part of the high school tour team as well as a few other but I’ll get into more detail about that later. I have 6 different stories that I want to share so I plan on this being a 6 week series of tour stories about all God has done!
The first story I want to tell is one for the ages! Travel back with me to January of this year, when 9 people crammed into 2 cars and drove 2,500 miles to our first tour stop. We met the rest of our team in Alabama on the way to Orlando and 9 became 22. After four looooong days of driving we finally made it to Orlando on Friday night and were excited for our very first ever high school tour stop the next morning!
Saturday morning rolls around, everyone is sleepy and exhausted from all the traveling. On top of that we haven’t ever performed our assembly before so if you’ve ever been in drama or any kind of musical performance you know that we were already set up for doom.
Our first tour stop was at a place called Orlando Children’s Church (OCC). They were basically a ministry that drove about 20 school busses all over inner city Orlando picking up kids and bringing them to church! OCC has been around for about 15 years and now they’re picking up about 400-500 kids every Saturday! They bring them to church and give them breakfast, play games with all of them and then rally them all together and give a short bible lesson.
That Saturday we had been asked to take over their bible lesson time. We arrived at like 7am and started set up right away! Everyone was super excited so set up was probably the fastest. Afterwards we got to go hang out with some of the kids and play basketball and soccer with some them. Finally it was time for the very first high school assembly.
They start sending all the middle school and high school kids to the sanctuary. One second the room was empty and then I blinked and there were 300 people all piling in the pews of the church we were using. It was finally time for the assembly!
The message of our assembly called ‘FREEDOM’ deals with 4 specific topics. COMPARISON takes away the joy of the uniqueness. SHAME uses our mistakes against us. SECLUSION robs us from knowing our value. REJECTION says we’re unwanted. When students are wrapped up and distracted by these things, its difficult to see them give their education the focus and energy it deserves. Each of the cast members highlight the specific topic and bring resolution through personal success in how they were able to overcome. We want nothing to stand in the way for students to believe in their dreams, and hope in their future.
The assembly literally went so smoothly that it seemed like we had been doing it for years! The kids responded to every skit and song that was presented and at the end Jon Jon (far left in the pic) gave an altar call. The room went silent as Jon Jon poured his heart out preaching the gospel. He called it once, then he called it again and not one, not 10, but 50 kids responded to the gospel!
You should’ve seen the faces of every person on our team! Our jaws had hit the floor and we could hardly believe it! When we had arrived in Florida we had no idea what our tour was gonna look like. Orlando Children’s Church was our one and only planned event for the two weeks that we were supposed to be in Orlando. We were completely relying on God for our assembly and in that moment of our first event God was showing all of us that the plans he had for high school tour were about to blow all our minds!
And that it did! At OCC that week were teachers from different schools around Orlando and pastors from different youth groups around Orlando. We went from having one event to having so many events that most of our time in Florida we were waking up at 6am and getting to bed at like 1!
God opened so many doors and it was because we were faithful to the one event we had haha! 50 salvations at our firsts stop!! And our story is literally just beginning! Stay tuned for Part II. Probably around the same time next week!