Les's Story

Small things from God

Yesterday, as I was getting ready to leave for my morning routine, I wanted to make sure that I had all that I needed to help out with One Day. I COULDN'T FIND MY WORK GLOVES. It seems that work gloves are like socks... they are always disappearing. 

So, I went to Fred Meyer to get yet, another pair. As I was walking away from the display with my gloves, I noticed a sign"Buy one, get one free..". Great! I thought. Two fer.

I took my two pair of gloves up and paid them and went to the One Day Event. 

As I was working, I noticed a young man that was picking up trash, he was digging out the trash from the weeks, bushes (thorns and all). He wasn't wearing gloves and I could only imagine how this was feeling to him.

As I noticed this, I called out to him - "Do you have any gloves?". "No", he replied. "Would you want a pair?". "Yes". 

God provided a pair of gloves for this young man

Gretchen's Story

God answers prayers and shows his purpose for your life; it may take 30 years but God is faithful. 
"I have a gift for you, you are an intercessor." I couldn't believe it, me the gift of intercessory prayer. My friend Barb said yes, I recieved a word of knowldge and it is for you. I faithfully put it in my "gift" basket and went in with my move to Washington. We will flash forward 30 years for the sake of time - to a Sunday Morning service. Pastor Scott brought up a beautiful family and started by telling this story..."this is Mia and her adopted family!" my heart jumped with joy; for many, many months. prayer requests were e-mailed to me on the prayer chain and I prayed that God would work his will in little Mia. All at once this feeling of warm oil annointed me, I felt a hand on my cheek and a kiss on my forehead; hearing "well done my good and faithful servant." I was so blessed, I do have a purpose in life... an intercessor prayer!

Shelby's Story

It started to be less about me and more about Jesus and his love for others. I got to be involved in something bigger than myself all while being encouraged by others. I've recently really stopped caring about what others think about me, and more about what God thinks about me and what He has called me to do - that's what's important. Love God and love others- that's what we're supposed to do- it's not always easy, but it's worth it. I'm starting to get comfortable with being uncomfortable all for His GREAT LOVE.

Jeff's Story

....I began to see God work before my eyes and see my faith was not misplaced or a waste of time. 

I spent my first year at YFC sitting in the back and attending Sunday mornings on a weekly basis. I had just graduated from college in Colorado, and had moved to Yakima without knowing anyone. I had recently found my faith again in Christ, but I had no intention of going any further than that. 

After a short time the East Valley campus was about to open, and YFC needed people to start serving. I felt compelled to try to do something, so I signed up for greeting. While signing up, I noticed that the worship team needed people to play. As a musician, I was all over that. 

My initial feelings towards playing was more set on playing music than anything else. I cared more about the way my bass sounded during my first few times I was up there. My outlook quickly changed after I saw the Spirit move through the congregation on a Sunday morning. I cannot put into words how powerful it looks (and is) when nearly every person in the sanctuary has their hands lifted and are lost in worship. There is no doubt that God is there touching people's lives, and that He's in control. The best part is that it's something that I can see with my own eyes, so there's no way to doubt that what I'm seeing is real. I had new motivation for playing on a Sunday morning. I want to see that over and over again. 

The same goes for when I'm greeting, or when I'm leading a life group. To see and hear about what God is doing in people's lives is incredible. As soon as I began to serve, my faith began to grow exponentially. 

My recommendation for anyone wondering if they should volunteer would be to don't wait any longer and go for it. There is too much good that can come from it. If I had known that this would strengthen my faith before, I would have signed up much sooner.

Maegan's Story

When I started serving…
As an intern at Yakima Foursquare, my relationship with Jesus grew immensely. I had just gotten back from summer camp and my heart was fired up! I have grown spiritually, understanding who I was and who God wanted me to be. I felt the Lord pressing upon my heart to just be with Him, and I finally began to understand that Jesus wanted every part of me. With that, I made a promise that I would take up my cross everyday. I’m willing to put my life on the line for Jesus and live a life beautifully portraying Him. 

Mary's Story

I began serving at YFC by exhibiting art inspired by things The Lord had been teaching me. Although I am very outgoing, this took risk as every artists' creation stems from a part of their soul. In his book on creativity & faith Makoto Fujimura states, "Genesis moments...often include elements of the great story told in the beginning of the Biblical book of Genesis: Creativity, growth--and failure. Two of these are common in discussions about arts and culture. God creates and calls his creatures to fruitfulness. Adam excersises his own creativity in naming what has been created. But the story also runs into failure and finitude." I often struggle with feeling like I can only really express my thoughts constructively when I close my mouth and paint...yet very slowly, through my experiences in serving as an artist, God has been reminding me that my voice is an important part of being a branch of our community...and that He can use it even when I am in the midst of being honed and refined. We have leaders who are gracious and work with me as I grow as a contributing part of YFC. The thing I am learning is to continue to move forward in Gods grace...to move forward even though I stumble along the way. How can I consider moving toward pastoral training despite being a very emotional creative & having inconsistency as I struggle with the pain & sickness that often come with chronic illness? Grace and encouragement to keep moving forward. We don't all run the race with gazelle-like swiftness...for some it is a slow walk, sitting for a bit, slowly getting up...continuing on...falling alittle, being helped back up...but always...continuing to move forward, being cheered on and gathering the wisdom of leaders and community members which constantly surround me. My husband and children are ever forgiving and constantly encouraging as I learn to serve as a wife and mother. My story has not become one of struggling then attaining perfection...I am always learning to listen more, talk less, be more compassionate, knowing when to take a break & when to break through and become stronger. I am beginning to enter a season of considering more leadership and feel like so many in the Bible who seemed ill equipped for the task at hand...but with God ALL things are possible...and my story continues as a part of the history of art and faith.