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{Heal Haiti}

{Heal Haiti}

It’s the morning before I leave for Haiti and I finally feel like my to do list is complete, I’m packed and able to prepare for this adventure for the next 2 weeks.  I’m not sure it’s hit me that I am embarking on my first mission trip and to Haiti at that!  I think once we get settled on the plane it will become reality.  Here are specific prayer requests for the group:

June 5-8
Pray for traveling mercies and for students to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
{2 Chronicles 7:14}

June 9-11
Pray that God would meet practical needs of the Haitians through IMPACT students; pray for divine appointments.
{Mark 9:14-29}

June 12-14
Pray God would bring comfort to the Haitians through the class and use them to inspire the multitude.
{Deuteronomy 6:4-9}

June 15-18
Pray that God would add hundred of lives to the Kingdom of God in Haiti; pray for a safe journey home.
{Acts 2:36-39}

If you would like to follow the Haiti trip, here are a couple ways that you can:

  • To track with us and get up to date prayer requests on twitter:  text:  follow IMPACT195_Haiti to 40404
  • To see daily video/photo/story uploads go to: www.therockuniversity.org, click on Haiti button.

God has continued to bless me with so much support, love and encouragement, I’m blown away by His grace and love He has poured out on me through the Body.  Even though I feel like I didn’t prepare enough for this trip, there are SO many people praying for me, I’ve never appreciated the power of prayer more than now.  Going into the unknown, uncomfortable and unnatural will do that to you.

I am so appreciative, beyond words of the people who have supported me financially, prayerfully and lovingly!  I have received tangible gifts of love, cards, drawings, care packages and more than ever I have felt what it means to bear eachother’s burdens and be knit together in heart.  It brings Acts to mind…

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” {Acts 2:42-27}

Natalie Grant Benefit Concert

Jim, Mike and I had the pleasure of shooting the Rock University Benefit Concert featuring Natalie Grant, Britt Nicole and Phil Stacey. The three of them were a wonderful team of performers and their worship was engaging, enticing and entertaining.

I have had Britt Nicole’s song, “Set the World on Fire”, in my head since the concert and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of my neighbors heard me bellowing the song through my windows yesterday. I love the lyrics and I think they reinforce my desires to serve as I continue to volunteer as a Rock Photographer:

I, I am small but
You, You are big enough
I, I am weak but
You, You are strong enough to
Take my dreams
Come and give them wings
Lord with You
There’s nothing I can not do
Nothing I cannot do

I wanna feed the hungry children
And reach across the farthest land
And tell the broken there is healing
And mercy in the Father’s hands


Take my dreams
Come and give them wings
Lord with You
Nothing I cannot do
Nothing I cannot do

My hands my feet
My everything
My life, my love
Lord, use me




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IMPACT 195 concert with Natalie Grant w/ guests Britt Nicole & Phil Stacey

Friday night Malia, Jim, Myself, were sent to cover the Imapct 195 Concert. This was a great night with a lot of great music here are a few pics.
this pic was in the VIP area with the artists, where you could ask them questions.
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Phil Stacy on stage
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Britt Nicole on stage.
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Natalie Grant
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I think from the pictures above you can tell who my Favorite one was to shoot last night.

{Heart Surgery then… Haiti!}

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” {Psalm 73:26}

The distractions after wilderness didn’t get much better these past couple of weeks, but what I have learned through this time is invaluable.  More and more I am realizing how comfortable and predictable my actions have been the last 25 years.  The struggles I have continued to go through were only because I wasn’t willing to completely surrender them to the Lord.  We are going through the Experiencing God study in IMPACT and at the back of the workbook there are two pages of names and characteristics for the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit.  While doing the study early one morning I came across a Psalm I had never heard, Psalm 73:26 {see above}.

I was reminded how the longings of my flesh and the emotions of my heart will always fail me, but God will be my strength in those times.  It was such an awesome realization to know that this was truly the first time I was going to heed wise counsel, seek the Lord and listen to what and where He wants me to be, not the other way around.  My prayer was that the Lord would take away this obstacle from me, but just like in Daniel when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were about to be thrown into the furnace they responded,”…the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand O king.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods…” {Daniel 3:17-18}.  Even if the Lord doesn’t take this away from me, He is still God and I will surrender and obey Him through this trial.

I spent the afternoon at Balboa taking some pictures and reflecting on what the Lord has been doing over the last 24 hours, but before I get to that, I want to take you back to about a year ago.

“I pray that you will continue to reveal awesome truths in Your name and time.  Lord, help me to live my life for You and use me to bring others to you without them even knowing what happened.  Lord, I want to be used by You in a mighty way to impact my world around me.” {June 7, 2009 @ 12:33am}

I share this with you to show you how specific God has been in answering my prayers totally unbeknown to me until the past couple months.  Not only am I in a 9-month discipleship program called IMPACT, but the Lord has in the last day called me to Haiti.  Just like IMPACT I was set on not going and already had my mind made up about the upcoming missions trip.

Money is always my “excuse” but even I can’t deny how unbelievably amazing God has provided for me in the past day.  Once I actually came around to the idea that God wanted me to go to Haiti within 2 hours I already had $950 plus what I have been saving and support checks coming in, so I have a total of $1337 out of $1500.  I write this not because of the amount, but to testify to what GOD has done totally apart from anything I have done, which is NOTHING but respond when He called.   I still need the $163 by Tuesday and eventually money to cover my time away from work and 2nd & 3rd quarter of IMPACT {support night details to come}, but little by little the Lord is growing my faith and it’s exciting to proclaim His goodness and power through it all!

If you feel called to support me, please email at n.adres@hotmail.com, but more importantly please pray for the following things:

  • Provision for the trip overall, for those students that are being called to go, but cannot afford to or do not have passports, etc.  Also, for the supplies and materials we are bringing over.
  • Spiritual warfare, Haiti is a country that practices voodoo.  Not only are we going in after the devastation from a few months ago, but there is going to be a battle for souls going on and we will be on the front lines.
  • Leadership of our group as we have less than a month before we leave for 2 weeks.
  • Preparation for those that we will be ministering to and the city of Jérémie where we will be.

This is my first opportunity to serve on a missions trip and I am getting more and more excited to be used in this way!  While talking to my mom earlier today even she is surprised that I am doing this, but the Lord is changing my life literally by the day.  I knew He was going to be rocking my world this year and not even being halfway through 2010 I am believing it more and more each day.  Prayers are my #1 need and I know it’s only because of prayer that I am who I am and where I am today, you are my beloved friends and family, THANK YOU!

“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” {Psalm 37:23-24}

Impact Blogger Nicole Adres

IMPACT 195 is an incredible, nine-month discipleship experience…

IMPACT 195 will help you go deeper with God, become rock solid in your faith, start living with God-given purpose, and get empowered to do something that will impact the world for eternity!

nicole just started impact 195 and has graciously accepted our invitation to share what God is teaching her through  impact 195 with us all… you can learn more about nicole by going to her BLOG

{Weeds} by Nicole Adres

Today (3.31.2010)we had our first “work out faith Wednesday.”  Pretty much a nice way of saying, “IMPACT, you are pulling weeds!”  Before we could get too excited we were reminded about what it really means to serve those around us, that Jesus was the true image of what a servant is and ultimately what we should strive to become.

“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” {Matthew 20:26-28}

As we dispersed into groups some of us headed out to Liberty Station park, which used to be the Naval Training Center (NTC) in Point Loma (a beautiful area on a peninsula of San Diego).  We met the city parks workers, were debriefed, showed where the “comfort stations” aka restrooms were, passed out tools and were on our way.  I was especially excited about my florescent yellow jacket and tool… half hoe, half claw =)

nicole, armed and dangerous…

We began chatting and working away, busy as bees and then spiritual truths started flying around!  Things like, not being able to tell the good plants from the weeds, having help from someone else pointing out which were really the good plants and which were disguising themselves as good plants.  One of my Rock co-workers, Gary, started noticing that the weed roots grow towards the healthy plants and flowers.  It was striking to think that as the weeds grow towards the good, it can be the same with our walk with the Lord, only it’s not plants… it’s sin.

It really hit my heart how easy it is to think that I am the “good plant,” but really, how deep are my roots when it comes to the hidden things and sins in my heart?  As I began to ponder this more and more, I realized that our artificial Christianity can sometimes be disguised as real and we can get so good at playing the game that we look so much like a flower, yet our root is a weed.  Just as I needed my “weed partner” to help point out the weeds I overlooked, so we as Christians need a community to hold us accountable to stay on the right path, God’s path.  What better way for the devil to steal our intimate relationship with God if we are tricked into thinking we are the image of that flower, but only have roots as deep as a weed.

Don’t allow the weeds to overtake your life… as beautiful as a garden is, when one weed sprouts up it infests the beauty and purity that was once there.  It takes much more effort to weed out the bad.  As I was hacking away at a weed, growing very close to beautiful flowers, in the process I cut off one of the flowers to get at the root of the weed.  Don’t let your good spiritual fruit be lost when the gardener of life needs to uproot your weeds!

to see more pics of nicole and her impact 195 class-mates in action, please go HERE

impact 195 has begun…

george clerie, pastor for rock university, sharing w the impact 195 folks.   we all come to Christ with baggage (trash), in Christ we are a new creation, old is gone.  God is asking us to get rid of the garbage thats holding us back from doing what God has called each of us to do.  when we do this, He frees us up to become the person He created and gifted us to be.

impact 195 has begun this week…with “rock the house.”  this first week those interested in impact 195 have a chance to sit in and listen to the teaching, as they decide if God wants them to be part of impact.

if youd like to learn more about impact 195, please go HERE

Impact 195

Impact 195 exits to Inspire and Empower folks to do something with their gifts, talents, time and resources that will impact the world for God’s glory.

point of impact on wednesday nite was an evening for folks to learn more about impact 195, and to hear pastor miles’ vision for reaching the lost around the world.   george clerie,  rock u pastor, shared more about what impact 195 is all about and how those interested might be part of impact 195.

to learn more about impact 195, please go HERE