Here is an amazing testimony of one of Northwest Universities students reaching out through the group Lighthouse-devoted to reaching homeless people in Seattle, spreading the light of God’s love in a dark world.
“I am continually amazed at God’s faithfulness. Thursday night, four of us went out with three containers of hot water and some hot chocolate. That night, we prayed on the way home, for those we had met and for Lighthouse. One of the specific things we asked God for was to expand our crew. The next night, I reluctantly came to Lighthouse. My plan was to show up to pray, send the people who came off to Seattle and then go to my room and nap. I had had a long week. To my surprise, as I walked into the Perch, there were 15 other people there! Many of these people had never come to Lighthouse before. Not only that, our supplies had at least doubled. The Aerie, our campus coffee shop had donated muffins, water and chips to our cause. I was totally blown away. God had not only answered our prayer, but He did so almost immediately. I knew this was a sign, and I ended up going. I’m so glad I did.
Once we made it to Seattle, we split up into 3 groups. Along the way, my group stumbled upon a woman sitting on the sidewalk in nice clothes. She did not look homeless. We approached her anyway with the cocoa and I realized that I had met this woman before. She was not very friendly the first time I met her but last night she really opened up to me. I spent about an hour talking to her. She told me about how lonely she was and even opened up about her upbringing. I have never met anyone who felt that alone. She spoke about how ugly she felt. People always made fun of her and judged her before they knew her. She longed to be held and just to be loved. This longing for love drew her in to prostitution, which is how she made money for about 20 years of her life. She told me that she also would buy herself teddy bears to hold. That’s how much she just longed for a hug. Her story broke my heart.
This lady was the only person I really spent time with last night. I got to share a little about Jesus with her, but honestly, what I think really impacted her was the fact that someone took the time to sit down and listen to her talk. We really don’t realize how blessed we are. We are blessed to have a bed, to have clothes, to have the opportunity to get an education, to have friends. I often times take all of these things for granted, but there are so many people out there who do not have them. It’s funny, often times the most incredible nights at Lighthouse come after the worst, most tiring days. The enemy tries to bring us down when he senses God moving. But God is greater. He is stronger. He is all powerful! God really showed me His faithfulness last night. He can do anything.”
Today I sat in chapel as the embargo team came foward and talked about their current project 14 days to freedom.
I sat in reflection on my past week and my pledge to give up coffee for 14 days. Overall it has been a rough week. On Wednesday morning I was running late for class and was incredibly tired, on my commute to school I pulled into the Tully’s drive thru and started ordering my favorite vanilla carmel latte, then I looked down to get my wallet and noticed my 14 days to freedom bracelet. I realized in that moment that the commitment I made to the fight against slavery and helping provide a life of freedom was much more important than my 10 minutes of happiness found in a cup of coffee.
I realized that those people who are in bondage in slavery are forced to give up things that I completly take for granted, and to pay for my coffee in spite of my commitment was breaking a promise I had made to help save a life.
This may sound a little extreme but I had a thought process, what if when Jesus was here on earth fulfilling a promise to save us from our sin and allow us to live forever with him in the Kingdom Of Heaven, were to have thought “well I made this promise but I’m sure someone else will come around to do it instead, besides I don’t really know ALL those generations of people, they are far away, so I’m going to keep the life I have because it means a lot to me.
But instead Jesus, out of love gave it all for our freedom.
He gave a life. I think I can give up my coffee.
14 days of freedom, we as a school have the ability to make a difference, so let’s do that.
I just want to let anyone who may be coming to our blog page for the first time that we are still working out all the kinks and hopefully soon will have a much smoother layout. I am so excited for what the future holds for this blog and can’t wait to share stories that unfold from the students at Northwest University. Everyone has a story and I know that God is working great things in the lives of our students and I hope to get some good ones on here soon!
May God bless everyone’s weekend! Please be safe and please keep coming back to read about our sudden suprises with Jesus!