Today both teams worked extremely hard to learn the drama, FREEDOM. They continued to learn how to share their testimony and how to share the Gospel to the people of Nuevo Laredo. Tomorrow the team will go out into the city and begin sharing the Gospel.
Please be in prayer:
That the team will get a good night of rest to maintain their health
That they would continue to be unified
That the Lord would give them strength to push back darkness in Nuevo Laredo
That hearts would be broken for the Lord
That salvation will reign in Nuevo Laredo
The Mexico Spring Break teams arrived safely to where they are staying!
They enjoyed the time of discipleship and fellowship, getting to know each other on the ride to Nuevo Laredo. After unloading and celebrating with worship, the team went to bed to prepare for a long day of drama training tomorrow.
Please pray for the team:
As they learn the drama, that they would see it as more than "just" a drama
That God would unify them as they work together
That they would walk in His power as they push back darkness
That God would draw people to Him as they watch the drama be performed
That salvation will reign in Nuevo Laredo
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How you can begin praying for the Team now as they prepare to go!
1. Preparation: Ask that we would also have everything we need for our final preparations. This includes students packing and preparing at home and our office staff, who must make sure drama costumes are ready, food supplies are purchased, vans are available and ready, and attend to many more last-minute details. Most of all, ask God to go before us and prepare the way for the ministry He desires.
2. Travel: Travel to, from and within the country must all be covered in prayer. We drive to Nuevo Laredo, leaving before dawn on Saturday morning, March 16. Pray for our drivers, our vehicles, our border crossing and travel within the country as we move from drama site to drama site. Pray for safety and sweet fellowship as we go and tell.
3. Focus and Unity: The students will learn our 18-minute pantomime drama, “Freedom,” soon after we arrive in Nuevo Laredo. They have only a short time to memorize and practice it before heading out to share the gospel. Pray for attentive focus, ease in memorization and true unity throughout the week so the drama can serve as a creative and effective tool for the kingdom.
4. Leadership: Please pray for out country coordinators and team directors as well as our POPs and MOMs (male and female small group leaders). These different levels of leadership include different levels of responsibility for making sure the mission is carried out, the students are safe and well cared for and that genuine discipleship takes place. Ask God to grant them an extra measure of wisdom, especially as they must often deal with the unexpected.
5. Connections with Believers: Please pray for Pastor Nicolas Alba and other church leaders/translators with whom we will work. Ask God to bless them for the time they give us and for His favor on their lives and families. Ask that their ministries, their churches and their kingdom influence would grow exponentially.
6. Divine Encounters: When a willing witness meets a seeking soul, that’s a divine encounter, which opens the door to the sharing of the gospel. Pray for many such divine encounters from start to finish of this trip. Often, it’s the most unexpected divine encounters and the most unlikely situations that become the best places for the gospel to take root and grow.
7. Lasting Impact: Pray that the influence of this trip will be felt far behind spring break 2019 in the lives of all who leave home and family behind, in the lives of the nationals who work with us and especially in the lives of the people we serve and lead to Christ. Ask God to allow the reverberations of this trip to echo into eternity.
Awe Star’s trips across the border to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, take us back to the roots of this ministry when our founder, Dr. Walker Moore, first began taking students while still serving as a youth pastor. He noticed the huge difference the mission trips made in the students’ lives, so he kept taking groups back to Mexico to serve. What started as a student trip to one county has now become a multi-national ministry with trips for students, medical teams, and others.
This Saturday, March 16, Awe Star will return to Nuevo Laredo on our annual spring break trip. We already have many prayer needs and—even if you’re not able to join us on the field—we would love for you to partner with us in prayer! Here are seven prayer points to guide you before and during our spring break trip, March 16-23:
1. Preparation: Ask that we would have everything we need for our final preparations. This includes students packing and preparing at home and our office staff, who must make sure drama costumes are ready, food supplies are purchased, vans are available and ready, and attend to many more last-minute details. Most of all, ask God to go before us and prepare the way for the ministry He desires.
2. Travel: Travel to, from, and within the country must all be covered in prayer. We drive to Nuevo Laredo, leaving before dawn on Saturday morning, March 16. Pray for our drivers, our vehicles, our border crossing, and travel within the country as we move from drama site to drama site. Pray for safety and sweet fellowship as we go and tell.
3. Focus and Unity: The students will learn our 18-minute pantomime drama, “Freedom,” soon after we arrive in Nuevo Laredo. They have only a short time to memorize and practice it before heading out to share the gospel. Pray for attentive focus, ease in memorization, and true unity throughout the week so the drama can serve as a creative and effective tool for the kingdom.
4. Leadership: Please pray for our country coordinators and team directors as well as our POPs and MOMs (male and female small group leaders). These different levels of leadership include different levels of responsibility for making sure the mission is carried out, the students are safe and well cared for, and that genuine discipleship takes place. Ask God to grant them an extra measure of wisdom, especially as they must often deal with the unexpected.
5. Connections with Believers: Please pray for Pastor Nicolas Alba and the other church leaders and translators with whom we will work. Ask God to bless them for the time they give us and for His favor on their lives and families. Ask that their ministries, their churches, and their kingdom influence would grow exponentially.
6. Divine Encounters: When a willing witness meets a seeking soul, it creates what we call a divine encounter, which opens the door to sharing the gospel. Pray for many such divine encounters from start to finish of this trip. Often, it’s the most unexpected divine encounters and the most unlikely situations that become the best places for the gospel to take root and grow.
7. Lasting Impact: Pray that the influence of this trip will be felt far beyond spring break 2019 in the lives of the missionaries who have chosen to leave home and family behind, in the lives of the nationals who work with us, and especially in the lives of the people we serve and lead to Christ. Ask God to allow the reverberations of this trip to echo into eternity.
In last week’s post, we introduced you to seven key reasons not to miss out on an Awe Star mission trip this summer (or this spring—our Mexico Spring Break Trip’s coming up soon!). Today, we present seven more reasons not to stay home from the mission field.
1. Church Connections: In every village, city or region where Awe Star works, we’ve established connections with local pastors. We’re not just winning the lost and leaving them to disciple themselves. We do our best to share names and contact information so every new believer can connect with a local congregation.
2. Language Learning: Awe Star works closely with local translators, and we perform our drama to a track in the language of the people wherever we work. But because we interact with so many nationals, you’ll have the opportunity to work on your Spanish (or Swahili, or Hungarian, or another language!) every day.
3. Cross-cultural Experience: As anyone who’s traveled overseas knows, the cross-cultural experience includes much more than language. We don’t stay in North American hotels transplanted to other countries or eat at McDonald's every day. We work with nationals, we stay in youth hostels, churches, university dorms or local hotels and we have local cooks. Our national hosts often introduce us to history, customs and other elements of their culture that add unique flair and flavor to each mission trip.
4. Worship: Since one of the four “Awe Factors” is worship and because worship makes us stronger, Awe Star makes sure each team spends time in worship every day. If you have gifts in music ministry, make sure to let your team know. Team worship time stands as one of the most popular elements of our mission trips, year after year.
5. Significant Tasks: A significant task, according to Awe Star Founder and President Dr. Walker Moore, is something you do that gives you worth and value in the eyes of those who matter to you. Every day of every trip, you’ll have the opportunity to perform tasks that matter to your teammates, from carrying their water to giving your testimony to leading in prayer for your ministry team and more. And of course, each Awe Star missionary shares in the most significant task of all: taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.
6. Relationships: When you share experiences such as bouncing over miles of dirt roads, hiking through the jungle, sailing across a clear blue lake, and pouring out your hearts to one another, relationships build. Friendships that might take months or years back home become tight bonds in a matter of days or weeks. There’s a reason we call it the Awe Star family!
7. Heartbeat of Obedience: Those with a heartbeat of obedience have laid their yes on the altar. They’ve promised to give Jesus their all so that anywhere, anyplace, anytime they will do whatever God says. Do you have a heartbeat of obedience? What is He asking you to do with your time, talents and treasure? If you need help figuring it out, please call us at 1-800-AWE-STAR. We’ll be glad to pray and help!
What reasons NOT to go MIA would you add to our list? Feel free to share in the comments or on social media!
You’ve prayed. You’ve read our materials. And you’re still not sure. Today, we thought we’d make it a little easier for you by giving you a few quick reasons you don’t want to go MIA (Missionary InActive) this summer:
1. Fundraising: Awe Star makes fundraising as painless as possible with provisions for online giving, ideas for how you can raise the money and the experience of more than 25 years of taking students overseas. Where God guides, He provides—we’ve seen it over and over again, and we’ll be glad to help you experience it too.
2. Training and Debriefing: We don’t send you out on the mission field unprepared, and we don’t let you re-enter your home territory unprepared, either. Awe Star bookends your trip with time at Awe Star University (missionary training and equipping ) and debriefing (missionary exit strategies and preparation for continuing to live a missionary lifestyle).
3. Rite of Passage: An Awe Star mission trip is more than a mission trip. Before we ever leave the country, we ask students to lay down their adolescence and step into emerging adulthood. This means that on your trip, you’ll be given adult tasks and adult responsibilities as you learn to live the lifestyle of a missionary. It also means your life will never be the same.
4. Real Discipleship: On an Awe Star trip, you’ll spend time with God every day. You’ll have a guided quiet time and be encouraged to share what you learn in a journal and with other members of your team. You’ll experience times of teaching and learning.
5. ManUp/ReignOn: Awe Star has become known for helping students gain a biblical view of identity, including gender. ManUp/ReignOn groups focus on tough topics in a safe setting. Awe Star trips also provide students with the opportunity to practice serving one another as true brothers and sisters in Christ.
6. Gospel Focus: Every aspect of an Awe Star trip is designed around building gospel-centered relationships. Whether you’re checking in patients at a medical clinic, helping build huts in the jungles of Panama or performing as part of the “Freedom” drama, you’ll have the opportunity to share your faith.
7. Missionary Mandate: Jesus left us with what we call the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20): to go into all the world and make disciples. In other words, He’s already told you to go (and keep on going). Before you stay home this year, make sure He wants you there.
But wait ... there's more. Tune in next week for 7 more reasons not to go MIA! And call our office (1-800-AWE-STAR) if you need help working through your decision. We'll be glad to pray and help.
What can $25 get you these days?
You’re investing in eternity.
In August 2018, I got the privilege to step into the servant ministry role as president of Awe Star Missions. It's been an amazing ride, and God is continuing to grow, expand, develop and enlarge this incredible ministry right before my eyes.
Maybe you're asking, "What is Awe Star Missions?"
Awe Star Missions is a not just a short-term missions agency. Awe Star is a discipleship and evangelism ministry that mobilizes high school and college-aged students, as well as medical professionals, training and equipping them to walk out the lifestyle of a missionary and to do Jesus ministry around the world.
For more than 25 years, Awe Star has called student missionaries to a rite of passage, challenging those as young as 13 years old to step out of their adolescence and into adulthood by recognizing their role in the Great Commission. Awe Star has a passion not only to train students but also to mobilize medical professionals in areas of the world least reached by the gospel. We use chronological Bible storytelling and medicine as our means to share His truth with those who may never hear.
The staff at Awe Star gathers every morning for prayer and asks God to move ginormous mountains, raise up laborers from each corner of the globe and provide audacious funds to do what to the naked eye seem like impossible tasks in fulfilling the Great Commission.
May I share something with you? He is doing it! He is raising laborers. He is moving mountains. He is demolishing Jericho walls. And He is providing supernaturally for His kingdom work!
I sit amazed every day that I get to be a part of such an incredible opportunity. Literally my job description is to evangelize the planet! I don't want to keep this to myself!
God has created us for community. He has created the church to lock arms and join in ushering in His return.
So I'm writing to you today to ask, will you join me? Will you partner with us in fulfilling the Great Commission?
We are asking for 100 people who will commit to give $25 or more a month to Awe Star Missions.
Before our eyes, God is raising up a generation to usher in the return of Christ.
Will you lock arms and join us in this daunting task?
A part of this challenge involves asking God to call out courageous people who will give their time, their talents and their treasures to ensure the gospel advances to every nation, every tribe, every tongue and every people.
We desire more Bibles to be placed in the hands of those who have never owned one and more medicine to be supplied to cover wounds, eliminate pain and restore health to those who do not have access to such care.
Our prayer is that Jesus will be shared with those who have never heard or been given an invitation, personally, in their own language, for an opportunity to know and receive Jesus!
Will you join us in this #TwentyFiveChallenge?
100 people committing to $25 a month.
As you read, PRAY and ask God if He wants you to join Him in investing in His return!
To give, simply follow the link below and click the box labeled "monthly donation."
All for His Glory,
Awe Star Missions
Our culture uses these words—and many more—to describe and even identify people. But do they define us?
What determines our identity, sexual or otherwise? How does what we believe influence what we do? And in a world of seemingly ever-shifting values and beliefs, how can a Christian respond in both truth and love?
If you’ve wondered about any of these questions (or others related to sexuality, identity, and purpose) you need to attend one of our upcoming ManUp/ReignOn weekends. We held our first one a few weeks ago in Pryor, Oklahoma, and have the next one scheduled for Feb. 15-16 at Trinity Baptist Church in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
Come hear speakers including Peggy Nunley, Mike Lehew and Dr. Walker Moore as you learn how God has uniquely gifted you to glorify Him through your identity, purpose and calling.
We’ve designed these weekends with an interactive format, so you’ll have both large- and small-group time to work through the materials and share with others. If God is calling you to be a world changer (and He is!), the ManUp/ReignOn weekend makes a fantastic place to start. Come, bring a friend, and prepare to find yourself challenged, inspired, and changed.
Here we are, almost three weeks into 2019. Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet? Statistics show that by February, 46 percent of people have already given up on those first-of-the-year goals.
Although Awe Star did make a Christmas list (and it’s never too late for Christmas!), we haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions. But what we do have are lots of ways 2019 means #NewYearNewUs, and we thought we’d share a few while we can still call this a new year.
1. New Staff: Our new intern, Tyler Olson, joins Whitney Maie Hunter to serve both with Awe Star and with Church Inside Out. Tyler may be new to our internship program, but he is no stranger to Awe Star, having served with our teams multiple times and seen God do amazing things in countries from Mexico to Latvia. Welcome back, Tyler!
2. New Trips: Our Mexico Christmas and Refugee teams recently returned (the Refugee team just last week) from ministry. Our Mexico Christmas and Spring Break teams are longtime Awe Star traditions. But the Refugee team represents just one of the many ways Awe Star is reaching out and reaching beyond to push back the darkness and bring in the light. Check out earlier blog posts (Mexico, Refugee) to see the great things God has done through these teams, and be sure to visit our 2019 trips page to see if God is calling you to one of the countries we’ve served before or a brand-new adventure in a brand-new place!
3. New Events: We just finished our very first ManUp/ReignOn Weekend at Life Fellowship Church in Pryor, Oklahoma, with more of these challenging, inspiring weekends yet to come. Come learn what it means to be a man or woman who walks out God's design for your gender and how God has uniquely gifted you to glorify Him through your identity, purpose and calling. Watch our social media accounts to find out when and how you can participate, including our next ManUp/ReignOn Weekend in Tulsa, coming up in just a few weeks!
4. New Emphasis: We kicked off our 2019 emphasis at iGO this fall, but in case you missed it, 2019 is the year of pH: proclaim Him! We know He has called us to proclaim Him in our local area, in the surrounding region and to “the ends of the earth.” Are you following Him in obedience? How far will you go to proclaim Him?
5. New Merch: Check out the Awe Star Store … it’s not just T-shirts and hoodies anymore! Share your heart for missions even before you hit (or return to) the field with our caps, beanies, bracelets, pens and more including (you guessed it) some Awe-some T-shirts!
6. New Heart: God promised to replace our heart of stone with a heart of flesh (see Ezek. 36:26). As you pray for our ministry, ask the Lord to give you a heart that would reflect His kingdom. You just may find that as He fulfills His promise, you’ll follow your new heart to pray, give and go in new ways.
How's your 2019 going so far? We’d love to hear about how He is making all things new in you!