By Nick Corbett
*Nick has been volunteering for Mika for 2 years and lives in the Shalimar neighborhood
As I look into the New Year, I sit amazed at how God worked in my life last year. After years of searching for “God’s will,” especially within cross-cultural ministry, I was privileged to move into one of Mika’s target neighborhoods, Shalimar (with my partner in crime, Sergio). Honestly, it still seems like a dream. For ten years, I waited for God to make the grand revelation of which country I would serve Him in and what my next international adventure would be. Ten years later, I found it was in a city called Costa Mesa, where I least expected it.
Last Spring, Sergio and I had been hanging out with the kids in Shalimar for several months, yet something inside both of us told us there was more that we could offer, sharing the Gospel of Jesus.
While this was shaping up, God sent us a team. My friend Robbyn, listened to my passionate plea to bring her Rockharbor Life Group to come hang with the kids and eat delicious street tacos. As we began to see a team formed who believed in the vision God had for Shalimar, God seemed to be whispering, “it’s time.” I remember our first meeting - Sergio, Terilyn, Katie, and I sat down to brainstorm what sharing the Gospel tangibly would look like. We generated some ideas, created a plan, and tried it out.
1 John 3:18 says, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” I read this verse, and I can’t help but think that we, as a team, have in fact honored God by loving in deed and truth. We’ve been His hands and feet, loving on each kid and intentionally teaching them the truth of the Gospel and the deep love that Jesus has for each of them.
I write all of this to encourage you; wherever you are in your life and ministry. In recent years, I’ve been in seasons of doubt of God’s purpose for me. I’ve felt distanced from God, and often times burnt out by the “ministry.” I’ve even asked myself, “What in the world am I doing all this for?” Then the Lord reminds me of His Gospel, and how Jesus has changed my life, and it all makes sense again why I continue to answer His call.
So, in whatever season you all find yourself, abide in His love. Remember to find your rest in Him, so that wherever He leads, you’ll find yourself full and capable, through Him, to pour into others.
Today, I am thankful—for God’s faithfulness, for His provision, and for a team of leaders who are passionate about sharing the love of Christ with those who may not know Him. I believe God is working in greater ways than we can imagine and will continue to use us as He sees fit to bring His Kingdom on this earth and in Costa Mesa.
I believe God has some great things in store. I’m excited and expectant for what’s to come. May God bless you with abundant life in Him in this New Year.
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