Changed Forever


Well, we’re back from Guatemala and El Salavdor, and the past two weeks have been life changing, but I want to share something exciting that happened yesterday. Our flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis had been delayed the night before, meaning that by the time I got home and started a load of laundry it was 4:00 a.m. After 2 1/2 hours of sleep, I was pumped to finally get to spend time with our students that were a part of Project Colorado. These are our students who are entering high school. Their trip left two weeks before OGES and came back the day we left. So, it’s been a full month since I’ve seen them. They were full of energy yesterday as ten:fifteen, our Senior High Sunday education hour began. The lesson I taught yesterday was the final lesson in our Summer Movie Series. Each year we take five blockbuster summer films and develop lessons about spiritual truth based upon the theme of the movie. Yesterday’s lesson was on The Fantastic Four – Changed Forever. The trailer from the movie talks about five people whose lives are changed forever. The tag line is one will be bad, four will be fantastic.

During the lesson, I asked our students to answer the following question: When were you changed forever? We talked about 2 Corinthians 5:17, and God’s desire to take us, wherever we are, and conform us to his image. At the end of the lesson, four students prayed to begin their journey with Jesus Christ! What an exciting way to begin a new chapter of ministry, with a new group of students. We saw hundreds of people come to know Christ in Guatemala, but my heart rejoiced as I watched those hands slip up in Minnesota. Please pray for these students as they begin their new journey of faith. They will surely be tested in the next few weeks. I pray that in twenty years they will be able to point to yesterday as the day that they were changed forever.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

1 thought on “Changed Forever

  1. Brian, I was so excited to learn about the four students from MN who accepted Christ into their lives and are beginning their faith journey. What a thrill to experience God at work in lives in Guatemala/El Salvador and then to come back home to see His Spirit continuing to work in your own youth group! I look forward to that glorious day in Heaven when peope from every tribe and nation shall bow in Praise and Adoration to our Lord. Love, Mom

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