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Four Days at Fullerton

Four Days at Fullerton

After four days of events, two guest speakers, and countless slices of pizza, Fullerton Union’s week of Breaking Down Borders has come to an end. God has done such amazing things on this campus, and I am so glad our team got to be a part of it! Yesterday was the last event of the week: they had the youth pastor from Thanksgiving Church, David, come share the gospel during lunch, and thirty-two students came and got to hear about Jesus.

No week of outreach and events comes without its challenges, and yesterday showed just how passionate these students are about the gospel, even when faced with tough decisions. Originally, the event on Thursday was supposed to be in a certain room on campus, but the room had been double booked, so the students problem-solved quickly and searched for a room. After no luck with two different spots, the students were able to find a room thanks to a teacher who isn’t even a Christian! He stayed and listened as David shared the Good News!

David, the youth pastor at Thanksgiving church, shares the gospel.
David, the youth pastor at Thanksgiving church, shares the gospel.

The gospel was shared to forty-four students this week, through these events and witnessing trips after school, with many students getting information about the Christian club and when the club meets on campus.

As a result of these two events, Fullerton Union saw six first-time decisions to follow Jesus and five recommitments of faith.

Putting those numbers into perspective, 25% of the students who heard the gospel this week made decisions for Christ!

One of the leaders of the Christian club is all smiles after sharing the gospel with four classmates after school.
One of the leaders of the Christian club is all smiles after sharing the gospel with four classmates after school.

Thank you so much for praying for us this week, and I speak on behalf of Hannah, Nathan, and Jaston when I say that your prayers have meant so much to us as we’ve been at Fullerton Union High School.

Here are a few prayer requests as this outreach week ends:

  • Pray for the club leaders as they start following up with students who made decisions to follow Jesus
  • Pray that the students who made first-time decisions would get plugged into a local church
  • Pray for the Christian club that they would see their campus in need of the gospel and continue to share their faith even though this week is over

Overjoyed to see God working at Fullerton this week,

Kelly Vine // Biola Student Leader

Unity at Fullerton Union

Unity at Fullerton Union

Yesterday was Day Two of the Fullerton Union’s Outreach Week, and the students were pumped for their guest speaker Nick, a college student from a local church, to share a message about unity through Christ during their lunch time. The students got pizza to give to everyone who came to the event, and were able to promote by walking around the quad shouting “Pizza and Jesus!” We saw 10-15 extra students come to the event, filling the classroom with 32 students.

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Nick’s message focused on what it means to be unified as a school and to stand up for truth, and he challenged the students to think about why they should be standing up and who they should set as their example for breaking borders. He asked them if they had considered Jesus, and explained the Good News of Jesus. Three students accepted Christ into their lives! It was an amazing day for Fullerton Union and for the Kingdom!

The Fullerton students are having a prayer meeting on Wednesday during lunch in the middle of the quad, and they will be praying over their school and for the world. They also want to start witnessing and sharing their faith on campus more frequently, so there should be more exciting news to come!

Here are a few prayer requests for Fullerton:

  • Prayer for their club members to get involved and stay passionate about sharing their faith
  • Pray that God would protect and strengthen them as they pray and witness on their campus
  • Pray for their rally on Thursday where a guest speaker will be sharing the gospel and inviting students to respond
  • Pray for the three new members of the kingdom who dedicated their lives to Jesus on Tuesday!

 

Thank you for your prayers and stay tuned for more stories about Fullerton Union!
~ Kelly Vine // Biola Student Leader

Back to School for Spring Break!

Back to School for Spring Break!

Some CSP leaders from the Biola chapter choosing to help their schools with outreach during Biola's spring break.
Some CSP leaders from the Biola chapter choosing to help their schools with outreach during Biola’s spring break.

During our Spring Break instead of hanging at the beach or putting in an extra 12 hours of sleep a day, some members of CSP are going back to school to share the love of Christ! As a part of the California School Project, this week we are helping out a high schools with a full week of events meant to ultimately share Christ’s love to a student body that struggles with finding hope and restoration in their lives.

Fullerton Union High School (FUHS) will be having events and activities nearly everyday this week all centered around the idea of breaking down borders that prevent us from creating unity in the body of Christ. Yesterday for their rally to promote the whole week of outreach, the club created their own presentation of breaking down borders. They did this by gathering at the quad and kicking down boxes with words regarding pain and suffering written on them, symbolizing the need to stand up for the hurting together in unity, striving for peace with all people.

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Fullerton desires to create unity and pursue peace with all people, hoping to influence their school to unite together in Christ. CSP desires to help out the school in the best way we can to accomplish their mission of sharing God’s love through breaking down borders. Please join us in prayer as we seek to do God’s will at FUHS!

Here are a few prayer requests for the week:

  • Pray for God to move the hearts of students at Fullerton Union High School, giving them the willingness to attend these events and have open ears and hearts!
  • Pray for club leaders and members to be strong and courageous in Christ as they share their faith on campus!
  • Pray for our witnessing conversations after school, that students will be open and willing to hear the Good News!

 

Thank you everyone for your prayers and for supporting us this week! Be strong and courageous!
~Hannah McLaughlin// Biola Campus Mentor (also Alumni of FUHS)

Sparking Hope with the Gospel

Sparking Hope with the Gospel

In just five days of outreach, God did amazing and incredible things through the Christian club leaders and the LA/OC team. Through the Gospel rallies, witnessing conversations and other forms of outreach, God used the Christian club leaders and the team to bring the hope of the Gospel on high school campuses. This past Saturday as a team we reflected back on all the good things that we got to see and experience. We were amazed at the fact that many high school students decided to follow Jesus and many recommitted their lives to him.

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Members of our Outreach team with leaders of Whittier HS’s Christian Club.

I personally reflected on the amazing growth I experienced in just one week and I was greatly amazed. The desire to share my faith more often grew as I heard stories from high school students who were currently going through difficult trials. As I heard their stories, I got to share the love of Jesus and give hope to the hurting students.

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Whittier HS. Gospel Rally being held during lunch.

My faith also grew greatly through setting time aside with God to pray and read the Bible during the week. This kept me strong as I faced difficulties of my own and it helped me to see the importance of reading the Bible and praying everyday. This trip really helped me to put God first and continue to do so even after the trip is over.

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Leaders Nic and Cynthia serving nachos at one of the Gospel rallies out on by Whittier HS’s Christian Club.

Ultimately, the outreach week sparked a greater desire to share the Gospel and to make it a priority in my life. My hope and prayer is that God would continue to work through the Christian club leaders and my team to shine the light of Jesus on the campuses.

– Cynthia Ramirez // Biola Student Leader

In or Out – Are we all in with Jesus? – LA/Orange County Outreach

In or Out – Are we all in with Jesus? – LA/Orange County Outreach

Yesterday Leina, Hannah, Melissa, Nic and I had to opportunity to attend La Habra High School, assisting their Christian club “Campus Light” as they put on their Gospel Rally for the week! Campus Light is revolving their outreach week around the theme ‘In or Out.’ The club brought in Pastor Jackson of Grace EV Free La Mirada who tied in a message of being IN or OUT in our faith with the example of surfing. He challenged the students, asking them if they were Christians sitting on the outside in the comfort of what they already know, comparing them to those surfers who sit on the outside as the waves go by afraid to take that jump to ride a wave. Pastor Jackson encourage the students to “charge” in their faith and be all in with Jesus.

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La Habra HS. Pastor Jackson speaking on being In or Out with God.

Before and after the rally I was blessed with conversations with two club members of Campus Light. Before the rally I spoke with Joseph, a freshman at La Habra who – having been homeschooled all his life – is making the transition to high school quite nicely because of his interactions with the club. He spoke of how the club is providing him a comfortable place with those who have the same beliefs, and he told me about that he’s enjoyed this week’s rallies because he wants more students to know Jesus.

After the rally I spoke with Summer, a senior at La Habra who loved the message at the rally! To her, it served as a great reminder and a push to grow in her faith. This week, she’s eager to invite family members attending La Habra HS because some aren’t believers, and she desires an opportunity for them to respond and hear the good news of Jesus. Let us not forget that this story is coming from real Christian high school students who are desperately praying for a revival to happen on their campus and in their families!

God’s work and light is at work here in the Los Angeles area this week, and the momentum is only going to grow as these Christian Clubs continue to put on events for their peers to come and learn about Jesus Christ.

Join us in prayer. Here are some Requests:

  • Pray for the students attending the rallies this week, for strengthened and renewed relationships with God as well as students coming to Christ for the first time
  • Pray that God’s presence would fill the gym at La Habra High School during the Gospel presentation on Thursday during lunch
  • Pray for the conversations on campus to be centered around Jesus Christ
  • Pray for the Christian Clubs putting on the events this week, that they would stay well-rested and eager to bring students to Christ

– Gabe Plendcio // Biola Student Leader

Reflecting on His Power in the Silicon Valley

Reflecting on His Power in the Silicon Valley

Three different high school Christian Clubs with one goal: to reach out to the students at their schools and show them the love of Christ.

On the Outreach Immersion trip in San Jose last week, we were given the incredible privilege of being able to come alongside 3 amazing Christian clubs to help them get the gospel out across their campuses. Altogether the schools held 5 rallies, and over 200 students got to hear the gospel through those! There were at least 10+ hours of witnessing conversations happening before school and after school. Between all of those, dozens of conversations happened and hundreds of students were able to hear the gospel. What a remarkable thing to get to be involved in!

Several students from the Christian Club at Leland HS, praying before the school day
Several students from the Christian Club at Leland HS, praying before the school day

While we were in San Jose, we got to have an Evening of Vision to talk with key community members about what is to come in the future with the Bay area and CSP. We met with pastors throughout the week to discuss the spiritual needs of the city and pray with them for God to open doors and for us to have the courage to walk through them. There is much that is still to be done here, and we are choosing to walk by faith as we bring the good news of Jesus to the broken area of the Silicon Valley. We are overjoyed to have gotten to experience the Lord revealing himself in powerful ways as He continues to build his kingdom in a place infested with sin and brokenness.

One of our students couldn’t have summed up the week any better. When asked about how she felt about the week, club co-president Asha replied, “I am so glad we decided to do this! It has been a lot of work, but it was so worth it. God is using US to bring His love to people that feel lonely and so lost. It’s awesome to get to be a part of that. I can’t wait for the next Outreach Week!”

One of the classrooms on Friday at Leigh HS was packed! So many students came to hear the Gospel -many for the first time!
One of the classrooms on Friday at Leigh HS was packed! So many students came to hear the Gospel -many for the first time!

We are so grateful for all of your prayerful support throughout last week. We will continue praying for and dreaming of big things for the bay area as we continue to follow the Lord’s lead in this valley. Here are some ways for you to continue to pray with us:

  • Pray that the clubs will continue to use the momentum that was just created last week to pour into the lives of new club members and to disciple them

  • Pray that continued follow-up over the next couple weeks will be successful

  • Pray for God’s direction in this area as we explore the possibility of permanent expansion here and for a new chapter to open up
 
For the Cause of Christ,
 
Laura Bell // San Jose Student Leader
Light and Truth spread through Conversations – LA/Orange County Outreach

Light and Truth spread through Conversations – LA/Orange County Outreach

A few months ago, I saw witnessing as an obligation. Yes, we Christians are called to share the Gospel, but fear would taint the excitement. The fear of rejection and the fear of saying the wrong thing was something that I always carried in the back of my mind. There should be joy by just knowing that I get to spread the love of Jesus, but that wasn’t what I felt before. This week started of differently though as I walked with the Christian Club leaders at Downey High School to witness to their peers. I decided to trust God and allowed Him to completely use me. I put aside my doubts and fears and God changed my perspective on witnessing.

I began to see witnessing as a privilege.

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Whittier High School, was the sight of some conversations members of our team had with students as they were heading off campus yesterday.

As 2 Corinthians 5:20 proclaims: “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” As followers of Jesus, we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with these high school students. What a privilege to walk along side God to reconcile the world.

For me, that ounce of fear still comes up every time before I go witnessing, but after I have these conversations with these high school students, I get this unexplainable feeling of joy. I begin to see witnessing as a privilege and I am amazed how God enables me and gives me the opportunity to partner with Him to change the world.

Continue praying that the students hearts may be open to go to the events of the outreach weeks and listen to the message. Pray for all members of our team to be equipped for the outreach week in helping these students.

– Cynthia Ramirez & Melissa Valle // Biola Student Leader & Campus Mentor

Till Every Student has HEARD – LA/Orange County Outreach

Till Every Student has HEARD – LA/Orange County Outreach

We invite you to follow and pray for CSP as we head into local high schools within LA County where we hope to see God at work this week. As apart of California School Project, we don’t plan on stopping until every student has been given the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus. Our team of Biola students and CSP staff members will be working alongside the Christian club leaders as we aim to give every student that opportunity to hear about Jesus. The Lord’s presence is definitely at work here and we’re praying He becomes present in the lives of students who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus this week. We ask you to join us on our trip and follow the events and conversations we encounter as well as praying with us this week.

The schools we have the pleasure of serving with this week are Downey HS, Whittier HS, and La Habra HS. The Christian clubs in all three of these schools  have planned and prepped to put on events such as Gospel and Apologetics Rallies, promotion events, and discipleship opportunities. These students are eager to see God at work in their schools and for Him to shed light on their fellow peers. As we will assist them with their events, our team will also be going along side them during opportunities to initiate conversations with other students regarding the work of Christ available for them. God desires for us to be his disciples, and these students are giving it their all to shed light into the dark places.

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This is the Team on the trip this week! (From the Left: Nathan, Hannah, Gabe, Leina, Nic, Melissa, Desmond, Cynthia, Jenica, and Shannon)

As much as my team and the Christian club leaders are working to give these students the opportunity to hear about Jesus, the rest lies in God’s hands as we lift up this week to Him and His plans.

Join us and Pray with us this week. Here are a few requests:

  • Pray for God’s will to be done this week and that the Lord will prevail
  • Pray for the club leaders to be encouraged and to trust God’s plans over their own plans
  • Pray that the students’ hearts be opened to hear the messages they’re receiving
  • Pray for an energetic and safe week as we attend each school’s events
  • Pray that we have the right words to say in conversations that would point students to God

We hoped you enjoyed this brief overview of the week ahead and we encourage you to follow us through these blog posts throughout the week for more updates on God’s works happening in these high schools. Thank you for your support and prayers with us this week!

– Gabe Plendcio // Biola Campus Mentor

 

 

 

 

What Is Your Story? – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

What Is Your Story? – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

“Therefore 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.”
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Although this past week has been very busy, filled with multiple events including rallies, witnessing, and prayer circles, the CSP San Jose Team had the opportunity to attend GO Conference with eight students from local middle and high schools and build up their confidence when they share the good news of Jesus Christ with students at their individual schools.

While there is a lot of fear and anxiety when sharing the truth, God commands us to share through the Great Commission. One important truth to remember, is that when we share the good news, God is at work. Not just God the Father, but God the Father, God the Son, and God as the Holy Spirit.

Overall, GO Conference was very successful because we had the ability to build up confidence and courage within the students and encourage them to rise up and go on a life-long journey with Jesus Christ.

Why Witness? Lauren and Andrew
Why Witness?
Lauren and Andrew

I pray that we may be confident and ready to start a conversation with a non-believer, until everyone has heard the good news.

~ Lauren Tom

He’s On the Move – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

He’s On the Move – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

My name is Andrew and I am a San Jose Student Leader who had the pleasure of co-leading the San Jose Outreach Immersion Trip with Laura. As I look back on this week, I see a week full of plans changing, speaker rescheduling, meeting new people, and little sleep. However, the underlying factor through it all has been noticing God working in the city of San Jose. Leadership has taught me to focus on leaning on the Lord and trusting that his plan is better than the plan we took hours to create.

An exciting event that took place this week was an Evening of Vision. We were so incredibly blessed to host an Evening of Vision for the San Jose area because we were able to be among community members who shared their hearts for the area and how they have seen, are seeing, or hoping to see God accomplish in San Jose. This proved to be such an encouraging and exciting night for all the CSP team who were involved and we look forward to continue being a part of what God is doing here in San Jose!

Praying Over San Jose
Praying Over San Jose

The Lord is doing mighty things in the lives of students here in San Jose and we have been so blessed to see the fruit of the labor throughout the week. I pray that doors continue to open and that God will raise up people in the area.

~ Andrew Spillar

San Jose community members
San Jose community members