Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hello. Good Morning. How ya doing.

Hello friends and family. I just wanna say a BIG thank you to all my monthly supports. I'm really thankful and grateful for yall. Also thank you to everyone that has given to me and being apart of what God is doing in me and through me here in Pismo Beach and in the nations. I really appreciate yall being apart of helping me get to Israel and Ethiopia. God really used our team in wonderful ways in both places. I wanna share two highlights from my trip. 

In Israel I got to baptize one of my students, Marissa Cahill, in the Jordan River. Jesus commands us in Matthew 28:19-20 to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

In Ethiopia our team got to do several Bible studies with some homeless people in our community. We got to take them out to dinner and really treat them and honor them as people. They asked us to buy them Bibles in their language and God provided enough money for us to purchase Bibles for them, so that was really awesome. But the highlight of Ethiopia for me was that God used us to lead them to Jesus. We shared the Gospel and prayed with them, and about 4 or more wanted to follow Jesus. So I was blown away that God used us to be apart of what He is doing in the world. 

"Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:12-14

So I want to update everyone and let you know what's going on now that I'm back in Pismo Beach, California. I'm doing really well. I love being back in Pismo and God has really opened some doors for me. I'm now leading outreach for the YWAM base, I'm going to Hume lake Christian camp as a leader with my youth group on Sunday June 26-July 2, When I get back I'm gonna be working at my church with the youth group. I'll be teaching, discipling students and building relationships with a group of guys that I"ll be pouring into.

And God is doing something in my heart about what it means to follow Him, cause I've been asking Jesus to follow me instead of following Him so that's really excited. I'm doing a study on Jesus, going through the Gospels and looking at how Jesus lived His life and what He did and how He done things.. I'm pretty stoked about it.

I have a huge heart for the 18-30 age here in Pismo, and I feel like God is teaching me that prayer is such a BIG part of seeing them come to Him and be passionate for Jesus. Pretty exciting stuff.

So God is really doing a lot in me and I'm really excited about it cause I'll get to know Jesus more, and be in His presence and to me there is nothing better than that!!

"Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey your precepts. Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees." Psalm 119:133-135

Thanks for all your love and support! Love you all more than you know.

Grace and Blessings,
Philip Causey