Updates and Testimonies
hey, God is good!
Forgive me for the way delayed update. I sit here overwhelmed with the testimonies and breakthroughs I could share with you. I now see that the past few years of healing, enduring faith, finishing school (carrying the cross of 4 college math classes haha), ministry to youth in San Clemente and just being faithful in the little things, have prepared me for the fulfilled promises I stand in the midst of. And I am just wrecked by the goodness of God. God has so kindly and sweetly set me up for success here in Redding. I have received more inner healing and accessed more intimacy in my relationship with Jesus, than in any other season of my life. And it just increases more everyday. I really can’t thank you enough for believing in me, sowing into my life and cheering me on as I run after God’s heart and His purposes for my life. Without your constant love, support and prayers I am so certain I wouldn’t be sitting here making history with God and seeing His love impact and transform so many lives. And the most beautiful and praise-worthy part of it all, is this is JUST the beginning!
Since my last update I have had many changes. I moved my life into storage and was given the sweetest gift of temporarily staying with a beautiful and powerful family from Australia. Jo and Conrad have given me such a beautiful example of a healthy marriage fully focused on Jesus. Their two young daughters have quickly become little sisters to me, if not best friends. I have experienced such healing just doing life with them. At the end of February I get the privilege of moving in with Judy, who has a story of overcoming that would give hope to the most hopeless of men! She is such a mighty woman of God and the southern mama Jesus knows I needed! She is buying a house and I will be renting a room from her long-term, as I sense the Lord leading me to stay in Redding at least another year through Second Year.
In the midst of shifting living situations, God has also been stretching and growing my faith when it comes to finances. I first moved here and had saved enough money to enjoy the first few months of school without tension, and even then He blessed me with the most beautiful Nanny position caring for two 3 year old girls in the foster care system. I have written about my season with them on my blog before. When that job ended, as the girls were placed back with their birth mom, thank you Jesus, God showed off His faithfulness big time.
I was teaching a leadership class to high school students at the local YMCA for my city service and the same week my job ended with the sweet little ladies, I ended up casually chatting with a woman on staff at the Y. She sent my name and contact to her boss and within days I was being offered a job as a substitute pre school teacher ( the YMCA owns and runs 4 local preschools ) and as a camp director for a foster kid camp in the summer! I was undone by the goodness of God, His timing and the door He was opening. I began working as soon as I arrived back home from Christmas break. My first substitute teaching job fell in love with me and the pre school director requested to keep me on longterm. Since that day, I have been able to apply all the Child Development I learned in College with all the Kingdom advancing truths I’m learning here at Bethel, and see a classroom of little ones thrive. My lead teacher Miss Belva is one of the most incredible women I have come to know. Despite her struggles as a single mom with many setbacks, she has easily displayed to me an example of patients and unconditional love like I have rarely seen in my life. It has been an honor to assist her and learn to release the kingdom in this classroom of little ones. God is teaching me so much in this classroom. I am beginning to see how He has a call and destiny on lives from day one, and at 3 years old, personalities and callings are being formed by God. Its the most beautiful journey to be apart of with the Lord.
In addition to my morning pre school teaching job, God somehow moved my name to the top of the list for a job teaching Sunday school with Bethel Church! I am in the process of getting on staff and learning from them, hands-on, how to empower and activate little children for advancing the Kingdom and truly knowing God. They say, there is no jr. Holy Spirit, and these kids have the same access to god’s heart and Kingdom as we do! I am so excited to merge my college studies of child development, with Kingdom advancing, empowering truths I will learn in this job. While I have a special love for little children, my heart burns to see the youth of America captivated and transformed by the love of Jesus. Specifically youth that grew up in brokenness and darkness as I had known. And guyyyyys.. you wouldn't believe the strings God has pulled to give me that deep desire of my heart.
Like I mentioned above, God used my city service to connect me to my new job at the YMCA. I was teaching a life-skills, leadership class to high school students and loved so much my team and the few students faithfully coming. I had every intention of staying on that team, loving well the same 4-6 students that came, but God had other plans!
I was sitting in my second Missions Trip meeting as my trip leader, Aneglo, was giving a message. From day 1 I felt so honored to be on a team where He was leading as He is a man of faith that walks fearlessly in passion for Jesus through evangelism. He is actually the outreach coordinator for my school and oversees over 100 different city service teams! God has entrusted this man with a heavy load because He is faithful! While He was speaking, he scanned the room and noticed my name tag. He stops his message and says, “HELEN WRIGHT?! Are you the same Helen Wright from Matt Coils Revival Group?” I’m pretty shocked and with the whole room staring at me, I say yes. He gets all excited and tells me God has an assignment for me and he is going to move me from my city service to send me into the schools!!! He says, “Talk with me after!!” and continues his message. Goodness guys, I felt so highlighted and loved. I felt the pleasure of the Lord confirm to me that this is the moment I’d been praying for! All my time in San Clemente, teaching art on all 3 of the middle school campuses, speaking to the freshman class at SCHS every year, getting invited on other campuses, the dream in my heart about launching christian clubs on campuses, and God had brought me to that unexpected moment. I was connected with a ministry called “One Voice Student Missions” going to trainings in SoCal for months, hoping and praying God would release me to launch a “One Voice Jesus Club” in San Clemente, but He kept saying “wait.”
My first meeting with the Jesus Club team was like something out of a movie for me. I came to find out that Aneglo is partnering with Brian Barcelona who is the founder and head of One Voice Student Missions! The ministry my heart was burning for all these years back at home. The mission my heart was dreaming of being launched into. And there I sat, being asked to share my story with the team and being honored as one called and chosen by God to be there.
Our first club launch was last week and there are no words to express the power and love of God that showed up. We had almost 70 students in a room that could fit about 40 and students were spilling in from the hallways the entire time. Tomorrow is our 2nd club and Aneglo has given me the privilege to share my story to the students. I really cant put into words the fulfilled promises and visions I stand in the midst of. My heart is so full and expectance so great. Bethel church has been praying into and holding onto a promise from God about raising up a 15,000 person army in Redding. There are about 15,000 youth in Redding and it is believed this move of God in the youth in starting at Central Valley, the most at-rick, unlikely to success campus in Redding. God loves choosing those the world wouldn't to accomplish his purposes. Like King David. Like Queen Esther. And goodness gracious, I am feeling His pleasuring smiling upon me saying, “You got this babe. I’ve chosen you for such a time as this.” So tomorrow I march onto that campus motived and empowered by the purest and most powerful love. The presence of Love himself will be at my side as I proclaim of all the Lord has done to set me free and breath purpose into my life. And The goal is to sow seeds of hope onto every weary and hopeless heart in the room.
The best is yet to come!