I cannot believe that I have been living in Las Vegas for over a year already! The Lord has taught me more than I ever could have dreamed in this past year and my love for Him and for this city has grown greatly.
I first want to thank you for helping make all of this possible. Without your financial and prayer support, I would not be able to do what the Lord has called me to do. Thank you for sacrificing your time and your money for the sake of the gospel and to see Sin City transformed into Grace City.
This past year has been full of challenges and joys that have taught me so much about the Father heart of God. I’ve seen His faithfulness in my own life and in the lives of the people Las Vegas.
I have had the privilege of helping out at our outreach center, The Grace Center, several times a month. At the Grace Center, we help homeless and impoverished people and families by providing food and clothing and the love of Jesus. When I am there, I am able to sit down with some of the ladies and hear their stories and share the hope that there is in Jesus’ love for them. When I first began to work there, over a year ago, I met a woman named Therese. She and her husband moved to Vegas and were robbed quickly after moving. They lost everything, including all of their ID’s, forcing them to be homeless. She felt completely hopeless about her situation and her husband had sunk into depression. Her biggest priority at that point was to get a Nevada ID in order to begin the process of finding a job and then a home. I was able to share about how the Lord had always provided for me in every season of life and how He would surely do the same for her.
I saw her week after week for months and we continued to pray together and believe that the Lord would breakthrough her situation! One day, she came in with an ENORMOUS smile on her face and a skip in her step I’d never seen before. She informed me that she and her husband had been sleeping behind a building a few streets away and they “randomly” met a man who worked for the government and wanted to help them get their ID’s as quickly as possible. I didn’t see her for several weeks, but one day she returned to tell me she not only had her ID, but a job as well! She and her husband were also able to live in a home with some other people who were getting back on their feet as well. She couldn’t believe the way the Lord had provided for her!
My first year in full time ministry has definitely taught me that seeing a city, or even just one life changed, is a marathon and not a sprint. But the Lord is so faithful to provide EVERYTHING along the way; grace, joy, peace, and anything else.
My second year at Grace City has started with a summer full of interns, block parties, and TONS of worship leading (often 5+ times a week!)! My job title has changed a bit over the last year- from Worship Coordinator to Worship and Production Coordinator, which means I “produce” Sunday mornings; a big challenge but an even bigger JOY!
Living in Las Vegas isn’t always easy, but Jesus makes it alway worth it. He has been so faithful to my heart in this season. So faithful to love me so personally and provide for every single one of my needs.
Thank you for your faithfulness as well; in finance, prayer, love, and encouragement. I can’t lie and say I won’t need it again this year and the years to come because I absolutely do! I can’t do it alone and I’m so grateful that I don’t have to.
Please, also, let me know how I can be praying for you and your family as well! This is definitely a two way street!
So much love to you and yours,