“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.”
– Psalm 66:16
For those of you who don’t know, I spent three months in Europe fighting human-trafficking. A blog post simply could not sum up the emotional rollercoaster, stories of redemption and loss and overall learning catapult the experience was. I primarily worked in a cafe dedicated solely to the women working on the streets, providing them with a safe place to find refuge and good food. No night was the same. I quickly learned to expect the unexpected. Some nights we threw dance parties, others were full of tears, but each night I returned to my journal, my routine therapy session. Pages began to compile and I soon realized I was writing a book… The Cracks in the Street is a poem style book with sketches from some of my close friends encompassing the stories of the wildflowers fighting for light. Becoming a published author has always been a dream of mine and I feel blessed beyond belief that it is becoming a reality. Stay tuned for how and when you can get your hands on a copy!!
I spent the next three weeks with friends and family thinking I was in for a short break from ministry but I was very much mistaken. God moved as always and I had the privilege of seeing many friends take giant steps toward freedom. I even had the privilege of baptizing my brother on June 21!!
God has been moving in radical ways the past few months. I wanted to include some testimonies of His faithfulness, provision, and abundance in hopes to stir your faith and show that He can do it for you. (Some names have been removed for confidential reasons)
“Through years I had been battling with guilt, shame, and acceptance. Always feeling like the things I had done in the past defined me and didn’t let me be fully loved or forgiven by our Lord. One night Jesus had a plan for my life, and through Alex and Kevin HE delivered me and broke the chains of the enemy that had kept me in a mental prison. I can honestly say that ever since my two brothers prayed with me I have been FREED. I am a new Creation by the Grace of God. The Holy Spirit filled me And hasn’t left me since. Everything I am is thanks to the Glory of God. And today I walk through Life knowing that He forgave me and He Loves Me how I am.”
– Louis Galdamez
My first week of being in Santa Maria I was outside reading a book when God told me to take a walk. I left the house and God started to direct my steps. 2 miles later and I was at a juvenile detention center. I started praying and circling the building when I saw a woman on a bench. At first, I just said hi and kept walking but then God started to download information to me about her life.
He told me that she had just lost a son and also gave me the name Thomas. I was already playing with a flower and He told me it was for her. She needed to know that she is more beautiful than the flower and she is His most beautiful creation. So I introed with the flower and told her that God had me walk 2 miles to tell her He is crazy about her. I could tell she was like, “who the heck is this hippie, stranger flower child?” So I began to tell her my testimony of living a life for the world, full of drugs and alcohol; how God completely wrecked my life and gave me one worth living for.
She started to feel more comfortable and responsive so I asked her if she by chance had just lost a son. She immediately broke down and told me that she had just given birth a month ago, but since she was heavily addicted during pregnancy, they took the child away when he was born. She is now in a program to get clean but doesn’t know if she will be able to get her son back.
I got out of the way and let God speak through me. He started to separate the sin from her and call out her identity. He told her that she’s a good mom, that addiction is evil and she is doing the right thing by committing this time to become the woman and mom she’s always wanted to be and who her baby deserves. He told her that He is fighting for her and her baby and He will never give up on her. We prayed together.
Then I asked her who Thomas is. She was shocked. She told me it was an old friend who betrayed her and ruined her relationship. I shared a bit more of my story and how forgiveness set me free. I thought it was only appropriate at this point to ask if she was a believer, to which she replied, “Well now I am!” Before I left, I gave her my number because Jesus never said go and make confessing Christians, He said, “go and make disciples.”
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!”
– Matthew 10:8
I am now in Santa Maria, California as a Healing Rooms Ignite Intern. During worship, I got a word of knowledge about a lung condition that God wanted to heal. A woman raised her hand and I was able to pray for her. She was crying and touched that God had seen her pain. She was healed right then and there.
Later, two men came up to me and asked if I would also pray for them. They were too shy to raise their hands during service. One of them had a condition in his chest the doctors were unable to diagnose and the other had just recently been experiencing tightness in his lungs and shortness of breath. Both were healed!!
There is so much I can say about following Jesus. One thing is it’s never boring and always worth it. I never knew this life was possible. Pinching myself is a regular habit now and I’m constantly asking myself, “did that really just happen?” When you give a miraculous, supernatural God a willing heart, you start to see some crazy things. I feel honored that God has trusted me with the hearts of so many of His children. Every time He touches someone’s life it impacts me in a life-changing way.
This season has been an incredible time of growth, miracles, and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, like leading worship! I can see how God has orchestrated this season to equip, refine and empower me. At the end of August, I am off to Santa Barbara to finish school at Westmont as a Communication – journalism major. My dream is to continue ministry while inspiring, liberating and unifying others with grace, compassion, and truth.
Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to comment or reach me directly through my email at firstname.lastname@example.org