Over the summer, the CSULB shepherds have been gathering together and strategizing about how we will ask all of the students in sight. During our meeting, Shepherd Remi divides the area into sections, and before we actually go to our specific territories, each person will take a minute to pray for our fishing journey. Such prayers are always so passionate, powerful, and full of praise towards God. The last person finishes their prayer with a decisive “AMEN!”- we are all pumped and we go into the battlefield.
Thus far, 613 students have agreed to meet in the fall for Bible Study. Our original goal was 600 – Mission Complete! Indeed, the harvest is ripe. Our other goal has been to study the book of Genesis with 10 students during the summer. In regards to this – Mission Complete! Several freshman sheep have already been able to meet, whether it be over the phone or in person.
My personal struggle during fishing is to express my love for God by blessing sheep through 5-10 minute on-the-spot Bible Studies. One Shepherd described it as ‘the work of a frontline soldier.’ I have been surprised by how responsive the sheep were. One week, I was able to have on-the-spot Bible Study with 31 of the freshman sheep!
The CSULB Soldiers also meet for a weekly prayer meeting; there we discuss our prayer topics with each other. Shepherdess Inez records each Shepherd’s prayer on google docs so that throughout the week, we can remember and support one another through prayer. Sometimes the prayer topics are for specific sheep we are wrestling with, or they are about our personal struggles against sin, or they have to do with practical matters.
We have been amazed to see how effective this prayer meeting has been. Every week, we begin the meeting by talking about the prayer topics that God has answered. Shepherdess Inez highlights that prayer topic in bright yellow. We were happy to see God answer numerous prayers. One in particular was for a specific sheep of one of the Shepherds. After weeks of fighting together for him in prayer, this sheep became so sincere towards Bible Study, even coming to see his real condition before God. He broke down in tears during Bible Study and made a decision to be serious towards the things of God. One Shepherd needed to secure a job closer to the mission field- God answered it. One Shepherd was bombarded financially, but God resolved the situation miraculously- we were all amazed by God’s support and love for that Shepherd.
All of the CSULB soldiers have been encouraged to see what happens, even quickly, when we fight together and rely on God in prayer – God becomes active and launches his power in our lives. It has been cool and effective to work together with fellow soldiers at CSULB. These meetings have brought us ‘new wind!’ Praise God!