Saturday, August 29, 2009
Break Free just hosted its first breakdance camp at Calvary Chapel East Anaheim. The camp was held for kids from 7-13 and God blessed us with a tremendous turnout! There were about 80 kids that came and a good turn out of girls showed up. The theme of the camp was Galatians 5:1 " It is for freedom that Christ has set us free..." and we really emphasized the Freedom that Jesus Christ can/does bring into our lives. God really brought a great team together. Childrens ministry leader, Lori Eggenburg, and I (Josh) had a vision for this camp a few months ago. Then Tim (veritaz), Sean, Emily, Shelli, and Liz helped out with the dance instruction which was a huge blessing. ALso my beautiful wife Krista and friend Kelsey, helped make sandwhiches for the team. The camp went from 9am to 4pm and the teaching was broken up by learning the differnt aspects of breaking. Top rock, floor work, Power Moves, and freezes were what we focused on with the dancing. We also broke up into Bible study groups and had each leader go through some of the word about the freedom the Jesus Christ came to give us by His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave! The kids were really into it and seemed to love the entire day. At the end I was able to give a gospel message and a few kids responded to recieve Jesus Christ as personal Lord and savior! Praise God! Then afterward, we had the 7-10 year olds battle the 11-13year olds and they loved it. The day went great and by Gods grace the Lord was glorified!
Friday, August 14, 2009
This is the second time we have been able to go to Budapest, Hungary to serve the Lord and it was awesome! First of all, I want to thank everyone who supported us financially and prayerfully to be able to do this trip! Prayer played such a huge role in the mission trip! That’s enough with the exclamation points for now but basically what we did everyday was street evangelism. Our young adults team from Calvary Chapel east Anaheim (13 of us) went and used our variety of Gifts (1 peter 4:10) to fulfill the great commission. We connected with the Calvary Chapel Budapest again (like last year) and they are such a great team to work with. Everyday we did the same thing. We went to two different locations, one in the morning and one in the late after noon, and did breakdancing, dramas, and open air preaching/testimonies. There were usually about 15 Hungarians with us helping translate and witness. It was about 8 hours a day for 10 straight days of evangelism. It was exciting and exhausting. I personally could relate to the apostle Paul when he said “… I worked harder than all of them, yet not I but the grace of God with me.1 Cor.15:10”. There were days I was tired from dancing and sharing that my body felt like it couldn’t go on but every we prayed and asked for strength I was able to do far beyond what my body/mind was telling me.Sean Christensen, Jeremy Ruga, and Andrew Gartner are new bboys who helped my out and did a great job with the breakn. Praise God! Some of the praise reports are(more exclamation points) : We saw about 5-10 a day saved! My wife had really bad head aches and illness the first two days but we all prayed over her a few times and they never came back! Overall, there was good unity! And the Lord protected us from evil! Thanks for all your prayers. I can never stress enough about how important prayer is. We prayed in faith believing that God would save many souls and He did way more than we could have ever imagined! It was cool to see everyone using their God given talents to bring people to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. We would breakdance, then the crowd that came to watch would be standing there, and immediately we would have the drama team come up to perform a drama that shared the gospel. Then people would share their testimonies and I was able to open air preach a few times. It was 1 Cor.12 in action. There was the body of Christ with its many different members all working together to bring glory to Christ. I want to tell a person story that was really amazing. Late at night (about midnight) we were coming in after dinner and we all hopped on the tram to go back to our hotel. And there were a group of Hungarian teenagers that we didn’t know on the tram. So my friend Jake and I started doing pull ups and back flips on the bars in the tram you would hold on to keep your balance. The Hungarian teenagers started to copy us and do the same thing. We went back and forth trying to outdo each other, just having fun. So we all got off on our stop and then I started to share the Lord with them. After about 20 min of sharing the Gospel, these teens wanted to receive the Lord and be saved! We prayed with them to receive Christ and off they went. Little did they know that the Lord would appoint the salvation late that night! Praise the Lord. I really saw the power of the Holy Spirit at work and was blown away by what he did. The trip was such a blessing to do with my beautiful wife Krista and serve/pray along side with her! Once again, thanks for your prayers and I pray that you would spend some time in prayer today for an opportunity to witness to someone. Walk Worthy! By the way, watch the video, all of us dancing did an impression of Mike "bishop" swalley, hope you enjoy.