Each June WDA staff meet together for an annual conference. This year as different ministries presented stories about what God has been doing, we were able to hear from Jon Deans who is leading a ministry called the Great Exchange.
By creating opportunities where staff and students ask questions and listen to others, God is opening up opportunities for the message of the gospel to be presented. Listen to Jon share about the Great Exchange and pray for WDA as we partner with churches and student ministries on campuses to bring the Great Exchange and the message of the gospel to college students.
Listen to Jon’s Presentation of the Great Exchange on this audio clip from our WDA Conference.
OKAY- Here we Go with the “Window into Bloom Project”:
1st Post: Here is what happened @ the not so average Meet & Greet of a new Bloom Group in the (Senoia, Georgia chapter) written from the fresh perspective of a lady in the group- Pen named NOVA-
This last week a group of 16 of us were able to connect together though life giving humor, and prayer, filling the air with joy and depth. We heard the heart of what we will be journeying through in the latest Bloom group (Senoia). We will be learning to align our hearts with what God says, rearranging aspects of our lives to begin standing on His words in faith, risking all to believe we are who God says we are. As we stilled ourselves before God and each other, we entered into a rhythm of breathing in the presence of God, breathing Him in and all else out. In our minds, with each breath in, we named our specific areas of need as we took Him in. Stillness, intimacy, comfort, truth, cleansing, mercy, grace etc. Next, we breathed all else out. We named in our minds the guilt, darkness, doubt, anxiety, anger, striving etc, as it left with our very breath. Through this alone, we would have left transformed, but we went on, laughing and crying, sharing stories, and as we did, I felt us being knit together. I felt life beginning to grow. Somewhere between breathing, and being, we started to become.
In hearing the beautiful vision of our upcoming journey together, I was flooded with images of the woman who had the issue of blood. The one who so bravely grabbed ahold of the hem of Jeshua’s garment, knowing if He was the promised one, there would be healing in His wings. I can only imagine the desperation and faith that would fasten her gaze on Him with such purpose, flinging her towards such a bold and venturesome act. So fervently and courageously she pushed through the crowds of shame, terror, circumstance. She let go of what she was by law and culture, pushing against what she was told she was destined for, determined to crawl forward with everything she had, to grab ahold of the promises she heard, trusting, pushing herself into the most vulnerable of places, in the face of all that was coming against her, believing that if He was who He was said to be, He was worth the risk. She put more faith in Him, in His ability, in His words, in His promises, than everything else she had known. She dared to enter into an unknown world of faith, grabbing ahold of the promise, of what she chose to believe Him to be, and by so doing, she became who she was. I am beginning to realize, as we step out onto His words, they are the one thing we can depend on. ”All other ground is sinking sand.” He is the only thing worth clinging to. I hope to have the same courage, steadfast on the hope of glory, and for each of us, together, to run to the feet of Jesus, and cling to Him.
“And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” Luke 8:48
Looking forward to a grand adventure in Bloom’s “Strengthen your heart to BELIEVE” Group.
note: this series is a springboard from the wonderful book: “Strengthen Yourself in the Lord” By Bill Johnson
This week at the University of Georgia, this spring break, and around the south The Great Exchange is partnering with campuses and ministries to bring the message of the gospel to students.
“There is an unprecedented opportunity to reach 20 year olds on the university campus.
The Great Exchange team has found this next generation of young people to be extremely open to hearing and responding to the good news of the Gospel. They are not attracted to religion or our entertainment, but when we begin to discuss the mans that God had made for us to know Him they are very intrigued.
At the University of Georgia we are having hundreds, not just dozens, of ongoing conversations about Jesus. It is an exciting, attractive atmosphere and students find it fun and exhilarating. It is a lot like being at the Areopagus in Athens in Acts 17.”
Watch the videos to learn more about how God is using Great Exchange as WDA partners with other campuses and ministries to bring Evangelistic Events to campuses.
Evangelism is just the beginning, as many who come to Christ need to grow spiritually. As students come to know Christ, ministries see the need to help people grow.
WDA provides training and resources to help people continue to grow to maturity after they make a profession of faith in Christ.