but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Today I had the privilege of attending one of the most life changing conference in my life, City Impact 2013, here’s a brief video about what City Impact is:
Here just few testimonies I can remember and I have encountered:
One volunteer from the prayer tent shared that when the event first started, only one Asian grandma came not speaking English at all. They found a translator and started this three-way conversation getting to know the grandma and the Spirit just started prompting the volunteer questions to ask. Long story short, the volunteer got to know the grandma’s story and also shared the gospel, and here’s the amazing thing, the part that shocked and blessed the volunteer so much, the grandma asked, “are you coming to bless me in the name of Jesus?”
Another two volunteers found out they just ran into a girl who has been reported missing by her mom for over a year, upon realizing, they went out and started looking for her. She was 20 minutes ahead of them, as they searched and searched and searched, they felt like there just no way to find her and one of them just started praying, “Jesus, your hand is gotta be in this, otherwise we aren’t going to find her…” and just as he continued to pray, his buddy yelled out, “there she is down the block!” So there they started chasing her and she ran (she’s mentally unstable) and eventually the police came and got her settled and the mom is flying out to see her.
Another volunteer, after back massaging one of the tenderloin guest, shared something God has put on his heart, and the guest looked up and said “thank you Jesus!” It was the first time the volunteer heard someone saying “thank you Jesus” for what he had done, it was so much more fulfilling and amazing than being thanked or being complimented.
As I was walking out of the Warfield Theatre, I saw a homeless guy and just felt the Spirit prompting to talk to him and give him some money, I asked him what his name was, and he told me his name, but there’s more, he said that’s his real name, I was puzzled. I asked him what does that mean, and he told me homeless people have street names and no one tell others their real names, and I told him my name and I asked him if he knows Jesus. We talked a little bit more and he asked me, “what are you on?” I was like what? He said, “you are on a mission!” I was like, “what mission? I don’t know what you are talking about,” “You are on a mission for Jesus,” he said.
There are so many more stories, one after another, the same thing over and over again, it is so uncomfortable to share about Jesus, to speak of His Name, to serve and to love in His Name, yet it feels so right, it feels so alive, it was absolutely life-changing.
Ultimately, it’s not about City Impact, it’s not about Francis Chan, it’s not about Bethel Music, it’s not about the volunteers, it’s not about Oscar, but it’s all about Jesus. His name that changed lives, moved the mountains, calm the raging sea, bringing dead to life, make what is impossible possible, that is the name of our God, the name of Jesus!
It was so phenomenal and incredible just seeing the body of Christ coming together, across the US, across all the different churches, denominations, and backgrounds to just serve and love in the name of Jesus. There’s something so different when the name of Jesus is being lifted up, and it wasn’t about any particular individual or groups of individual, but watching and seeing God do the impossible, witnessing people proclaiming the goodness and greatness of our God beyond what we can or cannot do!
Several notable quotes:
“It’s when we start self-forgetting that we start finding ourselves.”
“Being rejected is not failure, refusing to be rejected is.”
“When we bring our natural and meet with God’s super, He does the super natural.”
and my reflection, when we begin to recognize and acknowledge that it isn’t about us, it was never about us, but it is all about Him, that’s when we discover, He is all about us, every single one of us!
I am so tired, but so fulfilled, so thankful for what God did today in and through everyone involved. It is truly more amazing to give than to receive. It is truly transformational when God’s name is lifted high and we become so insignificant but so intimate to the very heartbeat of God to connect and experience the glory of God.
There’s just so so so much more, please, spend some time, find out more about what’s going in the SF Tenderloin district and what City Impact is doing through Adopt-A-Building initiative. If you have more questions, please contact me or leave a comment below.
In His name…