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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)

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
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.”
                                                                                                                         – Matthew 28:19-20

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
Rise and Shine: A Call to Action – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

Rise and Shine: A Call to Action – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
                                                                                                                         – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Leland High School Pastor Dan
Leland High School
Pastor Dan

The California School Project (CSP) has one goal:  to help mentor and encourage high school students to share the good news of Jesus Christ with their peers. Although there are multiple ways to share the love of Jesus Christ, the most successful way is often through hosting rallies, which is an event put together by the school’s Christian Club.

Joseph, Lauren, Laura, and I had the tremendous pleasure yesterday to assist Leland High School with their January rally titled, “Rise and Shine”, which reminded the students that it is never too late to wholeheartedly search for a relationship God. Although the rally was directed mainly towards students who were believers of the Christian faith, all students were welcome to attend. Dan, a local pastor, shared with the students that they do not have to be perfect in order to be loved by God.

After interviewing Sam, a club member, he said the best part about putting together outreach weeks was witnessing God work throughout the semester and bring many students to the Christian Club’s gatherings. Sam and I, along with other club members understand that God isn’t done working in our lives. The rally yesterday was only the beginning of sharing God’s love with those surrounding us.

Left to Right: John, Laura, Lauren, Nick, Joseph, and Sam
Left to Right: John, Laura, Lauren, Nick, Joseph, and Sam

 

Casual Conversations about Truth – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

Casual Conversations about Truth – San Jose Outreach Immersion 2017

“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’”
                                                                                                                         – Mark 16:15

We are only three days into the Outreach Immersion Trip and God has already been showing us how he is working in San Jose. From rallies to prayer circles to witnessing conversations, God is making himself known on the high school campuses we have the privilege to serve.

Alicia, Roy, Bumjoo, and I had the opportunity yesterday to share the good news of the Gospel along with a few Christian Club leaders from Pioneer High School. While witnessing is a key part of the work that CSP does and is incredibly important in furthering God’s Kingdom, it can be a little difficult since we live in a culture where God and religion are taboo subjects -or at least it can feel that way.

In my conversation with Kevin (a Pioneer Christian Club leader), we discussed the expectations versus the realities of witnessing. Our culture would have us expect to be rejected when we go out and proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ, but our personal story begs to differ. Kevin found that most people are open to hearing about Christianity, and few are actually hostile towards this conversation. Most people are searching for truth and purpose, and when someone comes along offering it, they will at least listen and dialogue about it – even if they don’t end up accepting truth. From my own personal experience with witnessing, I would strongly agree with Kevin’s analysis.

At the end of the day, although we only had conversations with two students, the gospel was shared, the truth was proclaimed, and seeds were planted. From there, Kevin and I can be praying that God continues to remind those students about the life-changing truth of Jesus Christ.

~ Joseph Stewart

Joseph Stewart Gahr High School Campus Mentor
Joseph Stewart
Gahr High School Campus Mentor
Shouting His name in San Jose

Shouting His name in San Jose

God has been up to some big things in Northern California the past few years, and this week, we are going to be following the path he has laid out for us. We have a team of Biola students and CSP staff members coming to San Jose from across California to come alongside and support the high school and middle school students we have been working with this past year. We know that God has even more in store for this area, and we would love to have you join us on this journey from wherever you are by praying with us.

Meet the January 2017 San Jose Outreach Immersion Trip Team! (from the left): Alicia, Roy, Laura, Devin, Bumjoo, Joseph, and Lauren
Meet the January 2017 San Jose Outreach Immersion Trip Team!
(from the left): Alicia, Roy, Laura, Devin, Bumjoo, Joseph, and Lauren

The schools we are working with are Leland High School, Pioneer High School, Leigh High School and Kennedy Middle School. Leland, Pioneer, and Leigh are all leading outreach at their schools from Tuesday to Friday. The Christian club leaders at these schools have been planning and working on these events for months, and they cannot wait to see what God has orchestrated for this week. They know that the people in this city are lost, broken, and in desperate need of a savior.

San Jose is a place that is plagued by addiction to wealth, academia, and money. These students want to give every one of the people at their school the chance to know the God that made them and loves them relentlessly. They want to bring the only thing that can truly satisfy to their campuses.

You can be a part of this week by praying for these things:

  • Pray that the club leaders would be encouraged by our help, by the conversations that they have with their peers, and by God’s ability to use their obedience to transform their school
  • Pray that hearts will be softened and that lives will be changed through the power of the gospel
  • Pray that many students will attend the rallies on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Pray for our team to get to San Jose safely, to serve well, and be powerfully unified
  • Pray for this week to be a mighty catalyst for more work to be done here in this city

God has a better plan for this week than anything we could come up with, and we surrender it all to Him. This week is all about shouting His name into the darkness and watching Him work in mighty ways.

Check back here for more information and updates throughout the week. We appreciate all of the support. Thank you for praying with us!

~ Laura Bell // San Jose Student Leader

Witnessing, CSP Style – Fall Training Weekend 2016

Witnessing, CSP Style – Fall Training Weekend 2016

Yesterday, I talked a little bit about an example of campus objective #1 (reach every student) in action. But, what does that mean? Do we really think we can reach every student?

Actually, yes! CSP’s goal is to share with as many students as possible and to achieve that we encourage clubs to reach out in three specific evangelism strategies, which basically means three ways to share the good news of Jesus with students on campus:  Witnessing, rallies, and materials distribution.

Today, I’m going to give you a window into the lessons and training sessions of CSP’s Fall Training Weekend (FTW):

Ollie and Taylor encourage our campus mentors to get excited about the witnessing opportunities they;ll have this year!
Ollie and Taylor encourage our campus mentors to get excited about the witnessing opportunities they’ll have this year!

Yesterday, Ollie Mulligan, Kern County Area Director, and Taylor Yursik (the husband of Micah we talked about yesterday), coached our campus mentors in these Gospel-sharing strategies, explaining to them that:

  • Witnessing means sharing the good news of Jesus with students in the form of personal conversations.
  • Hosting rallies is sharing the good news of Jesus with many students on a campus at once during large events during lunch, or sometimes after school.
  • Passing out materials means sharing the good news of Jesus with students by giving them the Word of God, in the form of gospel booklets, gospels of John, and Bibles.

They also put on a full-scale “Mock Rally” including flyers, posters, advertising, a rapper, a full Gospel presentation, and even pizza! This was so that our campus mentors could have a full understanding of what a rally looks like from the perspective of a student. They also introduced one of our main outreach strategies, which combines witnessing, rallies, and materials distribution, in addition to other awesome stuff! The Outreach Week.

Our campus mentors learn an important lesson about the power of good promotion!
Our campus mentors learn an important lesson about the power of good promotion!

An Outreach Week is basically five days jam-packed with all sorts of outreach and promotion, which creates a ton of momentum and often results in many hundreds of students hearing the gospel all in one week! CSP’s campus mentors were super excited to learn about the snowball effect rallies in conjunction with other Gospel-sharing strategies and especially Outreach Week’s can create on a public school campus!

BUT, there are 4 distinct things that we want to give every student at a school the opportunity to do. The first one was… Hear about Christ. The second one was… Respond. The third one was… Grow as a new believer. The fourth one was… Plug into a local church.

The rally, the other Gospel-sharing strategies, and the Outreach Week all focus on the first two. So, in order to train our campus mentors to accomplish the second two – grow as a new believer and plug into a local church – Ollie and Taylor showed them how to actively follow up with students who respond to the gospel! What does it mean to follow up? It means to create or connect with local growth opportunities (like church, youth groups, Bible Studies, discipleship courses, etc.) and contact students to invite them to connect.

This is just one of the many lessons campus mentors receive during Fall Training Weekend. And many of our sessions focus in on the details, the nitty-gritty, of achieving these Gospel-sharing strategies. (Because they often involve hard work!)

With this session, our campus mentors are well on their way to accomplishing the amazing goal of reaching a whole campus with the good news of Jesus!