Dear 2015 Summer of Service

There are not enough words to describe how much the community of this year’s SOS means to me. The friendships I have made this summer are irreplaceable to even the best human beings on this earth. I am so grateful for all the laughs, struggles, pain, sorrow, jokes, and joy that have come out of our time spent together, whether for better or for worse. You all have been used in some capacity, or another, to grow and stretch me in my walk with Him.

Even though I am not a parent, it brings joy to my heart to see my kids grow so much in the Lord over these last three months. Be that it may those who were only here for a short while, I’ve seen Him strengthen you in the areas you were weakest in and humbled you in the areas you thought were the strongest- all to give Himself the glory.

Each one of you was brought to Schloss Heroldeck in Millstatt, Austria for a reason. Whether you see that now, later, or maybe you’ll never know, know that God used you blessed the many, many, many missionaries and guests who have passed through, the staff members who have dedicated this season of their lives to the Lord, to the interns, to Scott & Rachelle, and other people who are watching you from home: family, church, and friends.

Everything that we have done here: devotions, Bible readings, sermon discussions, intercessory prayer, Bible studies, etc. have been to teach you good habits to bring back with you to implement in your life at home and in your daily routine.

  • Devotions were meant to spur on setting aside daily time to spend with the Lord- to make Him the first part of our day as to rely on Him for our daily bread.
  • Discussing our Bible readings has been oriented in a way to get you used to talking about what you have read and learned with other people, specifically believers, as to spark intentional conversations about the Lord to make Him the focus in everything we think and do.
  • Same goes for sermon discussions: talking over with other believers in the practical applications of each message given in order to obey His word in James 1:22- by this we will grow more and more in Him each day.
  • Intercessory prayer is not a common practice among young believers. Coming together with fellow believers to pray on a certain request, topic, or subject is a powerful thing all the time seen in the book of Acts. We forget we have access to this power- but let us be the generation that stirs a revival in our cities. Revivals can start with just one person, and that person could be you if you decide to make that choice.

I could go on and on about how each one of these things are meant to aid you in your walk with the Lord and how they can be implemented in your day-to-day life. But ask the Lord for yourself how He wants you to change the way you live from how you lived before you came to the Schloss. Don’t let what the Lord has worked in you here be for nothing, although if you do, there is grace because our God is a gracious God who is willing to teach us our lessons more than once if we don’t listen. Focus on Him and run towards Him at full force not looking at anything else but Him! Neither left nor right, but only at the face of our King Jesus!

I pray many blessings over each one of you as you continue to walk with Him. Remember to “trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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