Well, my good friend Mike Swalley (Bishop)and ministry partner, got married last Friday the day after thanksgiving to Ellen. It was an awesome time and it took place in Oswego, IL outside of Chicago. It’s so great to see the hand of God in Mikes life with how He brought him and Ellen together at the perfect time. Mike and Ellen met at Dallas Theological Seminary and hit it off quickly! After a few dates, and a few months later, they were married. So, at the wedding there was some great bboying going on. Bishop and his groomsmen were wearing converse tennis shoes with their outfits. So I (josh) had to bring my dancing shoes also. Bishop and I had a fun 3 round battle against each other. Praise the Lord Mike and Ellen are now one ! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” -Proverbs 18:22
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Break Free has been extremely busy over the past month or so. We have been able to dance and share the gospel at many different schools. Calvary Chapel Las Vegas, San Juan Capistrano Valley Christian, Foothill high, University High and Woodbridge high are all of the different schools we have served at. A couple of schools have been Christian and others have been public. But it’s been amazing to see the amount of students who have attended these outreaches. At Foothill High we had around 450 students hear the gospel, while a few responded to receive Christ personally. At Woodbridge there were probably around 150 students who heard and many were saved. We ran out of Bibles to give out because so many wanted to have a Bible afterwards. One student wanted a bible and we didn’t have any left. But I had some in my car so my friend Kyle ran out and grabbed it for him. He was willing to be late to class so that he could get a copy of God’s Word! I encourage you to watch the videos just to see the amount of students who came, the Lord is so good! And to be forward, we saw almost 20 students at Capistrano Valley Christian receive Jesus as Lord. It was amazing to watch the Lord convict and draw many young people to himself. I am so pumped to see God moving it great ways and also that we are still able to go to public schools in California preaching the Gospel! Please continue to pray that the Lord would raise up workers for this harvest. “The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” –Luke 10:2
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Break Free made its first trip to Las Vegas last weekend. We made some connections with a few Christian bboys out there and wanted to partner up with them in an outreach. It was my first time to sin city and I must say the devil really has a strong hold on that place. As we were getting closer to the city I could feel sense darkness in my spirit. A good friend of mine, Mike Williams, opened up his heart/home to us to crash for the weekend. Mike also, hooked us up with doing an outreach with his church in the downtown area called freemont street. Like, I said when you bring the light of the gospel into darkness; the devil will put up a fight. In a nutshell, we were constantly harassed by security as we stood our ground in proclaiming Jesus as Lord. We were serving about 20 feet away from a palm reading caravan. There were perverted and strange street performances all along the area but since we were sharing Christ we were hit the hardest. I couldn’t help but think of Ephesians 6 when Paul talked about the spiritual warfare. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” After we were getting discouraged of the devils flaming arrows hitting us, we started to quote scriptures like these. “ Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the World.” We had no more problems because the Word says when you resist the devil he will flee from you. Praise the Lord, He gave us the grace to stand our ground and preach the gospel against much opposition. Our team as a whole probably handed out over a thousand gospel tracts and had many good one on one conversation’s. The dancing was a great tool in order to draw a crowd to reach more people. Jesus was and is victorious!!! Our prayer is that revival would take place and that Las Vegas would no longer be known as sin city but saint city!!
Break Free had the open door to serve at the Brea Wellness festival at the Brea Community Center. I (Josh) work there part time and my co-workers offered me an opportunity to set up a table to promote the gospel. The dancing drew people to our table and we handed out almost all of our gospel tracts and had many good one on one conversation’s about how to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ. There were tons of vendors and hundreds of people who made their way through the community center. It was a great opportunity to proclaim truth. I have my degree in exercise and wellness and so I have heard many times the different aspects of wellness such as emotional, mental, spiritual, physical ect. And the most important element to wellness is definitely the soul. Humanity can’t do anything to get rid of the spiritual disease called sin. No works, church going, or so called moral goodness we could do can get rid of sin. We have all sinned and broken Gods moral Laws (lying, stealing, lust ect.) and sin has a consequence (Romans 3:23, 26). It separates us from a relationship God wants to have with us and it will send us to hell if we don’t turn from our sin and accept by faith Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross for forgiveness. God is love but He is also a God of justice who must punish sin. I think of what Jesus said “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his own soul? What can a man give in exchange for his soul?” No matter how much you accomplish in this life or how successful you are, where will you spend eternity? If you died today, is your life right with God? “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: That while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Jesus paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay. You can be forgiven of your sins, go to heaven when you die, and have a relationship with God as a free gift if you repent (turn from sin) and Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the son of God to forgive you. He is the reason we exist, to bring him honor and glory He rightly deserves! Once you do that you will pass from death to life spiritual. Then you are made spiritually well!]
Friday, August 26, 2011
Calvary Chapel Camarillo contacted Break Free to have us come and serve alongside them at the 15 year anniversary celebration since their church started. The way that this specific opportunity came about is totally the Lords doing. When Break Free was in Japan this past July, we worked with the church Fuse Community Jesus. One of the people attending the Fuse church was in the Navy and his station was outside the Tokyo area. He used to attend the Calvary Chapel Camarillo and he gave his old church in California our contact information. The rest is history. We had a great time serving with CC Camarillo. The service was held in a public park and there were probably over 1200 people attending. I , Josh, had the privilege to share my testimony and then the pastor gave a gospel message after which led to many conversions! After the service was done I was walking out to go perform and one of the event staff workers stopped me and introduced me to a Hispanic man who was also working on the staff. He wanted to let me know (with tears in his eyes) that he gave his heart to Jesus. I was so thrilled and happy for the Lord saving this man’s soul. After the message, we were able to do a bboy demonstration in a skate park alongside other BMX bikers and skaters. We had a great time and felt very loved by the church. “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (Check out the videos of this event on: www.breakn4christ.com)
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Break Free had their first equipping weekend! It was on Mike and Josh’s heart to help equip the believers in the bboy community to disciple others and share the gospel. Mike Swalley has been staying in Minnesota with his family for the summer and he actually just got engaged! So he is a busy guy and it was great for him to come down to OC and teach the saints. Friday night was a great turn out. We had bboy don from In Rhythm with Him, bboy Cheo, bboy heavy, bboy stoops, break free and others. About 13 people showed up while Mike taught on the passage from 2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Mike showed us through the scriptures how to pour into other believers and follow in the footsteps of Paul and Timothy. After the teaching we had a great bboy practice! It was a great atmosphere and much talent. Then Saturday morning I (Josh) had the pleasure of teaching on evangelism. Romans 1:16 says “I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to all who believe…”. I talked about how we must be ready to share and that the gospel has incredible power to save the soul. Then we put feet to our faith and went to downtown Los Angeles to perishing square and did street evangelism. We did our dancing that drew people to come and watch. We were able to plant many seeds by Gods grace and share the gospel. We had an awesome weekend and I was really encouraged! (Check out videos of this weekend on www.breakn4christ.com )
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Josh (beebop) of Break Free ministry was asked to speak and perform with his crew at 1st Presbyterian church of Santa Ana. Josh’s friend Mike Williams is the Youth Pastor at the church and he invited Josh to come and serve there. Many friends of Break Free came and danced with them. Bboy don and friends with ‘In Rhythm with Him’ came and gave us some awesome energy! I think of how David danced before the Lord and it was great to be with other believers dancing for Christ. After the dancing, Josh gave a gospel message and a few kids responded to receive Jesus! When the body of Christ prays for souls, the Lord wants to save people. “God wants all men to saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth” 1 Timothy 2:4. Lets keep praying for open doors and lets keep opening our mouths to share the good news with the lost! (To check out a video of this event check out: http://www.breakn4christ.com/index.php/videos
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Yes, the Lord opened up a door for us to go to Tokyo, Japan again! We had a team of 7 of us from the Calvary Chapel East Anaheim church. It was awesome to work alongside Fuse Community Church again. It was cool that we were asked to perform at their church for their two year anniversary. As far as the trip goes, we did a ton of street evangelism. From train stations to university's we did a lot of bboying. Vincenete, Austin Carson, Jo Jo Hui and myself were some of the break free dancers. We were able to connect once again with many Japanese bboys. A cool story is one day when we were at the university dancing with the japan bboys, we ended up inviting them to an outreach we were having later that night. So they came and danced with us. I had the priviledge to share the Lord with all 3 of them that night which was great. Most of the Japanese culture is very uneducated as far as the Gospel goes. Many have never heard about what Jesus Christ did for us and who He really is. Then after the dance outreach Tony had the great idea to take them out to dinner with us. It was just a great time of sharing the gospel and by Gods grace, living out the gospel. I loved to see the body of Christ using its gifts to further His kingdom. My wife Krista was great at handing out tracts and flyers, then tony was great with evangelism,angelito was praying and taking pictures. Then the break free crew danced. Jo Jo (tony's son) did a great job dancing and helping us draw a crowd. Also, at that particular outreach pastor Tony lead a man to Christ. Many seeds were planted, maybe watered, and we saw God grow one seed right before our eyes! We also got to witness a baptism at the beach with the Fuse church. It was a great trip and the Lord went forth before us in such an unreached culture. Japan is the 2nd most unreached place on the planet. Its a part of the 10/40 window in the gospel for Asia. Please pray for Japan that the Lord would raise up workers to send out to that harvest. I encourage you to go there if you feel led. "The Harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Go! Im sending you out like lambs among wolves." Luke 10:2 (To Check out videos look at: http://www.breakn4christ.com/index.php/videos
The Lord is good. A few months ago, I picked out a movie at Red Box called "Walking on Water" and watched it with Krista my wife. I was really inspired and encouraged. The movie is a documentary about a Christian surfer (Bryan Jennings) who takes two younger surfers around the world and tells them the gospel. I really loved the film and was pumped because it was available at redbox for the secular world to see. So fastforward a few months and krista and I were at Laguna beach going out to dinner. We walk around the corner and boom, we bump into Bryan Jennings (the guy from the movie). I went up to him and introduced myself, telling him how encouraged I was by the film. So we talked for about 20 min and Bryan was really excited about our break free ministry. Long story short, he asked Break Free to come down to one of his beach camps to perform and share Christ crucified. I love how the Lord does divine appointments! So we went to Point Loma University and ministered to a group of young junior highers. It was awesome! The kids had so much energy and it was great! I personally was low on energy but the Lord really came through. I shared my testimony and the gospel, then I gave an invitation. Praise the Lord about 13 kids made a decision to follow Christ that night! "The Lord is good and His love endures forever..." Psalm 100:5 To check out videos go to- http://www.breaknchrist.com/index.php/videos
We just finished out our 3rd annual, I got skillz bboy outreach in Phoenix, AZ. It was held at Roosevelt Community Church and there were many bboys who participated. A few local PHX bboys from For the love crew came out and represented in the 1 on 1 competiton. While some break free and cali bboys also came out to battle. The battles were intense and really competitve! Windmills, flares, and some awesome combinations were some of the moves that people got to witness. check out the videos:www.breakn4christ.com Overall bboy Eddie Moon from Cali won the event. He really rocked it out with his variety of moves and great energy. Congrats eddie! Then bboy sammin (Sam) shared a great gospel message at the end. He shared about the tornados in Joplin, Missouri that destroyed many houses and killed people. Sam shared about the unpredictability of life and how we must be right with God. THat can only happen by trusting in Christ as your personal savior! "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Acts 2:21. It was a great event with the Lord being in the center of it! To check out videos go to: http://www.breakn4christ.com/index.php/videos
Friday, May 6, 2011
I have had the opportunity to teach bboying at a ministry called the Lion's Den. This ministry reaches out to young men in jr. high and high school in inner-city Dallas. Connecting at an outreach that I danced at, we have started weekly dance sessions for the guys. Every Saturday afternoon we have instruction and open dance time for anyone who wants to participate. We dance at the ministry house which is located in the neighborhood they reach out to. The guys are learning fast and really enjoying it. I hope to continue not only to teach these young men how to dance, but more importantly, how to use it to make disciples and bring glory to God.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Break Free had the great priviledge to perform at Heights Christian Elementary for their missions month. Josh (beebop) shared about how to be creative in evangelism. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9 that "...I became all things to all men so that he might win some." We use break dancing (bboying) to reach the culture with the transforming power of the gospel (Romans 1:16). It was so much fun to dance with this age group. I have never danced in front of a more enthusiastic crowd ever! Just watch the video and you will see! The kids were great!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Break Free did its first easter event down on Cypress St. with LOT 318 ministry. Letty is the director for LOT 318 and we have been working alonside their team with the Tues night breakdance/bible studies. The event on Easter was great! There were about 100+ people there and since pretty much all the people were Hispanic, there was alot of Mexican food! Saint-e, yo yo, and myself (beebop) did some breakn there to draw a crowd so that Saint-e could open air preach to them. He did a fantastic job sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to these people who needed to hear what easter is really about. Its all about Christ! "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will never die. and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" -John 11:35
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Break Free had the privilege to be invited back to dance at the FCA Night of Champions in Orange County at Mariners church. We danced alongside bboy Don and had a live DJ to rock out some good beats. We had a new member to break free, Daniel, come out and perform with us at the event. He did a great job for his first time dancing in the public. Also, Saint-E did a fantastic job bringing energy to our group and connecting really well with the young people. As far as the event goes, there we 70 schools representing. About 1,200 kids were there. And around 130 students (that we know of) gave their lives to Christ!! It was great to be a part of the event in which God worked powerfully! All praise goes to Jesus Christ. “…so that in everything He might have the supremacy.” – Colossians 1:18
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Ruff nex crew put on a bboy battle centered around Jesus Christ. Our good friend bboy don, invited us out to participate and be a part of the event. So my wife Krista, bboy saint-E, and myself went with the eagerness to share the gospel. It was set in Inglewood near the Old Lakers arena in a community center. There was a good turn out. About 100 bboys or so and a few Christian rappers.Saint-E and I participated in the 2 v 2 battle but got knocked out of the first round. Thats alright, we will keep practicing and battling for the Lord. More importantly, Bboy Don preached the gospel and about 10 people recieved Christ!! Priase the Lord. I also had the opportunity to share Christ with a couple of different bboys there. It was encouraging to see other people in the Hip Hop community putting on events to let the world know that Christ is our only hope. "...Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Lord blessed a few of us from Break Free to go to the Red Bull BC One competiton last year in Tokyo Japan! I personally have been following it since it started back in 2004. We have some live videos taken from Angelito's camera. Enjoy the great talent of bboying from all over the world!