Wednesday, December 10, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance is Back!!

Thats right, so you think you can dance came back again for its second annual dance competition held at Cal State Fullerton. The event was put on by Calvary Chapel East Anaheim, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Breakfree Ministry. It was a well anticipated event for us and it was saturated in prayer for a long time. The campus minsitry of Calvary Chapel and campus crusade for Christ helped promote the event for about 2 months handing out thousands of flyers. So the event finally came on December 5th and we around 3 to 400 people come and watch. There were tap dancers, many different types of Hip Hop, and of course, breakdancing!And this year the crowd had the priveledge to judge who won the event. The breakdance battle was a little out of control. I think all of the dancers (even the people who didnt break) came and participated. Representing breakfree was Tim (veritaz), Mike (Bboy bishop), and Josh (beebop). We got to throw it down and have a good time. What was funny was to see Tim get battled by a tap dancer. The night was a lot of fun and campus crusade for Christ did the "everything" drama which portrayed the gospel. Then I (Josh) had the tremendous priveledge to share the gospel at the end. I spoke on Gods amazing grace and shared the story out of Luke 15 about the prodigal son. Really stressing how God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. It was awesome to see people commit their lives to the Lord that very night! There were also dancers who gave their lives to Lord as well! God just tremendously blessed the night and it was awesome to see God work and answer our prayers!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Break Free Hits the Schools

Breakfree ministry has been such a blessing to be a part of over the past 6 months. God has been moving mightily and been saving many people! Mike and I have been going to public schools mainly in the Orange County area and sharing the gospel through Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Its such a miracle to be able to share Christ in a public school setting in such a liberal state. God has his sovereign hand on this specific outreach and we have been seeing students come to know Christ!At one specific school saw about 7 students give their lives to Christ and at a different school, we saw about 20 accept Christ! God is mighty to save! Mike and I definitely appreciate your prayers and we feel like Peter did in Acts 12 when the church of God was fervently lifting him up in prayer. We see the power of prayer at work! Those of you who have been praying/supporting breakfee just greatly appreciate all your labor of love.

There also has been an after church breakdance practice at our calvary chapel church on Thursday nights. The gymnasium in the church is open from 10:15-11:45pm. Many young people have been coming and its a great enviroment to dance and have 1 on 1 conversations.

Prayer requests:
-Pray for the guys we dance with in Irvine and the schools we speak at. That God would save them and we faithfully continue to minister to them.

-Pray the Mike and I stay humble and keep Jesus at the front of our ministry.

-Pray that Gods will is done in our lives individually as well as the ministry.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bringing the Gospel to Europe (Croatia and Budapest)

Well, Mike and I had the tremendous priveledge to travel all the way over to Eastern Europe to share the good news of Jesus Christ. I have personally never been there but when we arrived it was a whole new experience. From the insane amounts of Carbs we ate to the insane amount of walking/traveling we did. For a quick outline of Mike and I's travel schedule, it goes like this: We flew in to Zargreb, Croatia and spent about 10 days with my church from Phoenix (Whitton Ave. Bible) and taught english to Croatian teenagers. Then Mike and I took a bus from Croatia to Serbia. We had a few hours lay over in Belgrade, Serbia then we took another bus to Macedonia. Macedonia is where my father was born and grew up so it was very special for me to see the house he was born in and all the stories I grew up hearing about. Macedonia was my favorite country because it was not really populated at all and the scenery was beautiful. I stayed with some of my relatives out there. Then from Macedonia we traveled to Hungary, Budapest but we had another layover in Belgrade, Serbia again. Our layover was 14 hours long. The cool thing was, was that we were able to watch the new Batman movie in a tiny, freezing theatre. Then we finally arrived in Budapest. Its actually purnounced budape(sh)t,FYI. We met our church from Anaheim, CA (Calvary Chapel) and we did many street ministry witnessing outings. It was awesome! I could write a book on the past month but I am only going to highlight some of the trips. In Croatia, Mike and I had the pleasure to teach breakn to the teenagers at the english camp. I eneded up hurting my knee again but Mike taught on his own while I tried to do what I could. There were a couple young guys who came to know the Lord that I had really been prayn for! And mike had the privelege as well to see some of the kids he spent time with, come to know Christ. It was awesome, God was saving people left and right. Then at our layovers in Serbia, we had really cool witnessing opportunities. What I came to notice was that people in the Eastern Europe parts, dont really talk about God. So when they heard that God is relational and God is love and God is alive, this was new news to them. It was incredible how so many people have never heard the real Jesus of the Bible. Then in Budapest, God was bringing many people our way to be saved.The hook team did an awesome job. The dramas were done with passion and Mike was like a machine with his breakdacing. It was awesome to see a young man in a Tupac shirt came to know the Lord in tears and with a quivering lip. The power of God unto salvation was poured out in Budapest. We prayed earnestly and in faith and God answered our prayers! Even on the plane ride home and middle aged man came to know the Lord! From bus stations to local squares to plane rides, God was working mightily! I praise God! Anways, it was a great trip and I thank God for his blessing and grace. "For the grace of God the brings salvation has appeared to all men and it teaches us to say to no to ungodliness and worldly passions." Titus 2:11

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Windy City, Chicago Part 2

Well, it had been over a year ago that breakfree invaded downtown Chi town. Chicago is personally my favoite city. The people, architecture, food, and culture make the city come alive and a lot of fun.On friday,the day before the event,we were hangin out at a local park breakdancing and what not. Sure enough, an older Asian man came up to us and wanted to learn. So we all engaged in teaching him breakn but we also were able to share the Lord with him. So Tim had a great coversation with him while mike witnessed to the Asian man's friend! I (Josh) was praying for them and thought how awesome it was to see God bless us with divine appoinments. It didn't stop there either. The amazing thing is that the weather was not good going into this trip and we prayed fervently about good weather for saturday's event that we had planned out. Sure enough, God blessed us with great sunny weather. So breakfree teamed up with Harvest Bible's College group(Mike and Josh both used to attend this church)and we presented the gospel to the lost. Right before the event got started Mike, Tim, and I were able to witness to some peeps. Instead of us going out fishing for men God literally had the fish jump into our boat. Tim and I were able to witness to a group os scientology protestors, which was great. Mike got to witness to a couple guys who were sitting on the bench next to him. Then when we actually got the event started, we breakdanced at the same beaufitful location as last year, Millenium Park. We danced for maybe 5 min and the got kicked out. Last year, we danced there for 4 hours or so and now we got the boot in 5 min. Thats alright, we dusted our shoe's off and went the next park over, Grants Park. We had handfull's of people come and watch and it was great to see pretty much everybody witnessing to strangers!We also were able to break in a tunnel which felt like the old school way of how breakdancing really started. It was a great day of dancing and ministry. I was very blessed to be with my two best friends in my favorite city doing my favorite things: Sharing the gospel and breakn. God is so good and faithful! "We boast in nothing but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ

Monday, April 7, 2008

I Got Skillz Breakdance competiton Phoenix, AZ

One Place church, in downtown phoenix, hosted the first I got skillz breakdance competition. The event was great! We had a live DJ, Cre, who came from River of Life church. Two rappers who are brothers,Opex, gave a solid performance. Bboy sentrock (joseph) from For the Love crew, put up his graffiti art on the walls of the small church. Aaron,one of the pastors from my church, was the MC who got the event rolling. Then of course, the bboyn was alot of fun. There was 3 on 3 battles and the crowd had the privilege to jude who won each battle. Breakfree had to split up its members due to the size of our crew. The first battle was breakfree (josh,mike,tim) vs Andy, Nate, and Zack. Well... the crowd said that they won but I dont know about that! Then the second battle was For the Love (Drew, Joseph,shadow) vs Rez 3 (Caylin,shane,and a little girl whose name i dont know). For the love lost and once again, and we (breakfree) had to battle them for 3rd and 4th place. We lost again and I thought it was pretty close. Tim threw down his master swipes, joseph did his head spins, while mike was tearin it up on the floor work. Then came the final battle which was Rez 3 vs. Andy, Nate, and Zack. Andy displayed his flexibility and strength while nate threw down his swipes and Zack worked on his threads. Rez 3 had battled hard but fell short.Overall, the breakdancing was awesome. After all the battling the most important thing happend last. Mike had a team from his church in Anaheim california come down to help out. They performed a great drama skit to a christian song that portrayed the gospel message. God really moved. Then lastly, I had the great privilege of sharing a gospel message based off of a video that was shown before I spoke. The message was that the son (Christ) was killed so that others could live. I spoke on God's judgement,hell,justice, love, grace and forgivenss throught Jesus Christ's work on the cross! I really loved how Christ was moving and we were able to connect with people. We preach Christ and Him crucified!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Los Angeles Mission Trip with SCA

I, Josh, was one of the leaders on the Scottsdale Christian High School's mission trip. I am acutally a graduate from SCA and now was able to help lead with some of my past teachers. The trip was comprised of juniors and seniors and we stayed at a Christian base on Hollywood Blvd. called Oasis. As far as bboy evangelism goes, we were able to go out to Venice beach and Santa Monica. Tim (veritaz) and Mike (Bishop) were able to join up with us and help plant the seeds of the Gospel. A cool story was when Tim and I were bboyn in Venice beach and a bboy named Tony from the east coast joined us. Also, a bboy straight from Japan (bboy youth was his name) joined us as well. Tim was able to share the gospel with Tony and all three of us were able to witness to bboy youth. Mike brought him to breakdance practice and was able to share the Lord with him. And later on, Tim and I had the privelege of hanging out with him and sharing Jesus Christ with bboy youth. Mike had boughten him a japanese Bible, which he refused to accept because his luggage was to full. But Tim and I had him read scriptures reguarding salvation in his own language! At least we were able to have the Bible present and God's word does not return void. It will accomplish and work its way in the heart.Bboy youth was very respectful and was listening.Praise God! It was awesome to see the entire group of high schoolers excited about evangelism and reaching out to people. Brighton, who is an up and coming bboy and a part of breakfree, danced at venice and then was able to share with people. "...Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message.So that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ" Colossians 4:3

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bboy Bible Study Practices

Breakfree has been hosting a practice spot at Whitton Ave. Bible's church. The practices are from 7-9 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. The practice starts out in word of prayer, then practice goes for about 1hr and 1/2, then ends in a short Bible study. The purpose of the practices is obviously teach people who have a desire to bboy but more importantly, is used to help reach out to people who dont know Jesus Chirst. Roosevelt Community church also does a bboy Bible study practice on every third Monday of the month.
Out in California, Bboy Bishop (Mike Swalley) has been going to various practice spots and reachn out to the bboys. He is trying to get a Bible study going at one of the practice venues. Breakfree's passion is to try and reach as many people for Christ as possible, this is one way that the ministry is expanding.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Mike "Bishop" Swalley's Testimony

I grew up in the Lutheran church until I was 8 years old. At that time my family,
which consisted of my mom, my sister and myself, moved to an evangelical covenant
church. This was a great move for me in the long run as the Lord surrounded me with
some great friends and pastors. My family at this time was a big part of who I was. My
father had passed away when I was very young, so I was close to my mom and sister.
When I reached middle school the security I had in my family started to crumble.
There was so much pain that I experienced in this time that I turned from my family, and
quickly went to my friends. But my friends were going through much of the same things
I was and there was not much security there. The relationships would fail and hurt, and I
was tired of the pain. So I turned to sports and school as my identity. I could understand
those things and they brought me the acceptance and popularity that I desired.
I continued to go to church and put on a good front, but I was a tare among the
wheat. I knew a lot about God and was heavily involved in my youth group. I was on
the leadership team with my youth group, and was the vice-president for our local FCA,
but it was all an image for me. This was my group and where I felt comfortable. But I
did not have a saving relationship with the Lord, mainly because all of my other
relationships were ending in hurt. Why would it be any different with Him?
Amidst all of this, I was not aware of my personal rebellion to the Lord and how
dark my sin was to Him. No one had told me that I had broken God’s Law and because
of that I needed Him, or at least if they had I was not hearing it. The God in my life was
football, and ultimately what people thought of me through that. I went to a Christian
college to play football and would much rather have been known for being a good player
than a man of God. And that is exactly what I got. I played well my first year and that is
where my identity stayed. Surrounded by Christians now more than ever, I continued in
my way of simply having my faith as just another thing I did, refusing to face the pain of
my past. I had yet to commit my life to Him, to die to myself and follow Jesus.
My second year of college I got a few concussions in football. It put me out of
the season for good, and they told me that if I got one more I could never play again.
This really hit hard for me because my entire identity was wrapped up in football. Not
being able to play, coupled with post concussion syndrome, put me into a deep
depression. One afternoon as I was laying in bed, I simply cried out to God that if he was
who I had heard he was, to make himself known. I got out of bed and read Romans 8:35-
39 and saw the love of God in Christ Jesus. It finally clicked in me how much I needed
Jesus. Everything I was doing on earth was temporary and my identity here would do
nothing for me when I stood before the Lord because of my sinful nature. I cried out to
God for His forgiveness, and he faithfully answered. I truly saw that His love would
never fail me and I knew this because when I was his enemy he died for me (Romans
5:8). Now that I was his son, he would never let me go.
It has been a process since that afternoon of my sophomore year of college. I did
get another concussion the next year and had to quit playing football. My relationships
with family and friends bring me a lot of joy, yet still cause pain and heartache. The
grace that saved me is the same grace that sustains me. Despite the fear and uncertainty I
face in ministry, I am driven by the love he has for me to tell them of the same love he
has for them.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Breakn in Wheaton IL and Branson MO

Well, Mike and I have been planning this trip for sometime now. We both arrived in Chicago, my favorite city, and had an event that evening in the Wheaton area. The event was at a large car garage, which was owned by the people we were staying with, and it was awesome. Randy, who is a close friend of mike, is a leader of a Christian organization called K Life and he invited many of the Christian high school students he leads to come to the event. So there was a great turn out, about 40 or so students came. Mike and I taught them the top rock, knee drop, 6 step, and a freeze. It was awesome to see how well it connected with the high schoolers. We were given an opportunity to speak and I spoke on being creative in evangelism. While Mike shared about identity and how it needs to be found in Chirst alone. At the end of the night, the students showed off their moves that they learned. It was great!

Then, we headed off to Branson, Missouri. I must admit Branson is an interesting town. Dolly parton's hotel, Dick Clarks theatre, and countless impersonators made me laugh. There was a K life conference going down at the Dick Clark theatre and hundreds of college age and older people were there. Mike and I set up a both and were able to promote Breakfree ministry. The first night of the conference we were able to go up on stage to share about breakfree and bust some moves. So we had the booth for a few days. Then the last day,Sunday, we were able to go to a church in Branson and do a couple Children's services. I spoke about being a fisher for men. Then we gave an announcement to the church about the event we were doing that night called Kollision, which was for jr. high/ high schoolers, encouraging them to invite people. We were told that typically on 30-40 people come, about 110 people showed up ! Bishop (mike) and I did some bboy demonstrations and then Mike shared his powerful testimony. The gospel was preached and because of this, I was pumped! Thank God for another great week of opportunities!