Shaped Anew

Dear Brothers and Sisters,     

I currently am in Arizona on a Navajo reservation with eleven youth and three other adults from Gods Grace Community Church (GGCC). We are on a mission trip. On Sunday, if you have a chance to be in worship at GGCC, you will have the opportunity to hear from this group in regards to what God has been up to in their lives this week. You will hear some amazing tales.

A theme we have worked on this week is “ Less me and more Jesus.” In John 3:30 it says that “Jesus must increase, but I must decrease.” How does that happen? Who among us doesn’t want more Jesus and less of themselves? I think it can happen in a variety of ways, but one thing we need to do sometimes is get away from all that we know. We crave a new normal from time to time. If all we ever do is hang out with the same people, do the same things and use the same stuff, we hamper God's ability to do a new thing in our lives.

I love serving at Rock Canyon High School and in each of our mission sites in Denver. We will never stop being called to places close to home. I look forward to the blessing process that we talked about in worship on June 27th. God has a vision for developing a more focused vision for blessing in our immediate community. I am 100% supportive of local mission. Yet I also think there is a growing need for mission trips to “distant places.” Some distant places have no economic engine and crave our support such as Haiti. It is also good for us to serve in other cultures and learn through diversity.

It is important that we sometimes step away from all that normally surrounds us and shapes us, to let God shape us anew. We can become so conditioned to our friends, family, activities and stuff, that we leave little room for God to do a new thing in our lives. For the fifteen of us this week to hang out with new people and limit our cell phone use, while experiencing a new place and culture has been both frightening and a great gift from God. Leaving the old, and being open to the new, has allowed for some fresh space for Jesus to go to work in us. I trust and pray Jesus has increased, as we have decreased.

See you in Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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