One Big Story, Written by God

These last few weeks have been what I’ve been waiting for. First off, its crazy that I am back in Mexico, one year later, doing exactly what I wished to do last year and learning the language. The last few weeks I have been noticing, more than usual, the little things that God is doing and has done not only in my life, but also in the lives of everyone around me. And with all the little things adding up, it makes…

one big story, written by God.

Now for those of you who don’t know, I was here in Mexico last year for 4 months. In the last month of being here, I met a guy in Sayulita, who, for safety reasons, we will call Jack. (Click on the photo above to read the full story) Just yesterday I got to see him here in Guadalajara with his mother and two daughters! It was such a crazy feeling to be able to meet up with “jack” and his family after one year! These where the people that I heard about when talking on the beach with jack. To know that God sent me to a little tiny town in Mexico called Sayulita and meet a guy there who was living on the beach but was originally from Guadalajara, and now be with him once again but in a new environment and see the amazing change in his life from last year to today is incredible. And to know that there has been a salvation in all of this proves to me that God has an amazing crazy intricate plan for everyone’s individual life, and how he uses them together for one big plan is amazing. Only God can work something like this out. I wish I could explain better but it’s a God story, intricate.

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One of my homework assignments here was to find someone on the streets and ask them a few questions, just to practice Spanish with people. I wanted this to be a God lead homework assignment so I went out praying and looking for the guy I was supposed to talk to. I was looking for someone in a little shop that was not too busy because they have nowhere to go and I could find them there again. (My goal for this was to talk to the same person everyday) So I found a guy working at a dry food shop and talked to him for a little bit, but inside my heart I knew that this was not the right person. So I set out again to try to find another guy. About 3 minutes after walking down the street, I found a guy who was selling flowers in the center divider of a busy street. He was not doing anything, just sitting there, so I thought why not go there to talk to him. He was a very friendly, kind of shy guy, but he enjoyed talking. I told him I would be back the next day to talk with him and for the next two weeks I visited him everyday to practice my Spanish. Over a two-week span we talked about a lot of different things. We talked about family and brought pictures one day, I told him all about my trip to Sayulita last year, what I do in life and where I am going. Everyday was full of conversation. This last Friday, he told me…

“I think God led you right to my flower shop to talk and pray with me”

I agreed and told him how I was praying to God for the right guy to talk to. To me it was confirmation of being in the place God wanted me to be in. I will continue to meet with José de Jesús most days that I am here.

chuyWhen I left Mexico last year, one guy here named Oscar, kept in contact with me. We had hung out maybe 3 times before I left, but for some reason we kept in contact. I had the opportunity to meet up with him over lunch and talk to him about how the last year has been for him. He told me that he started to follow Jesus and started a bible study with some friends with the goal of just simply trying to find out who God is and what it really means to follow Christ. It was so encouraging to see him talk in the same way about God as I do. He also told me

“God has been putting so many people that think the same and believe the same as me in my life in the last few weeks”

To me, that was simply God and was confirmation that I am where I am supposed to be.

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A God Given Return

Screen shot 2013-04-23 at 5.44.00 PMCheck out the actual Blog post about Sayulita on casalibertad.es

Around this time last year I was here in Mexico. My biggest passion here was ministering to my friends that I made on the beach and learning the language. Now that I am back in Mexico, I am happy to be fulfilling what God has for me here. About a month ago God gave me a chance to go back to Sayulita with Calvin. It was a really special time of seeing all the guys I lived life with on the beach, but God had a very special message for me also while being there.

On that Saturday, Calvin and I stopped by the church there in Sayulita to say hi. After talking to the pastor a little bit and explaining to him that it was almost a year to the day that I was back in Sayulita, he told me that the sermon for tomorrow’s service was very similar to the story I was telling. He told me that I should definitely make it to service that next day. That Sunday God spoke to me through the sermon about why I am back in Mexico.

The message was in 2 Corinthians 8: 10-12:

10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

For me this was huge. One year ago I was in Sayulita, trying to minister to these guys and learn the language, but the language was too difficult to learn on the streets. I needed school. The way I ministered to the guys on the beach was through my actions and lifestyle and not through language. But God has sent me back to Mexico to complete what I was so eager to do last year! Praise God for his faithfulness in our lives!

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Schools Not For Fools!

ESCUELAAlthough the specifics of what I will be doing in Spain is still a mystery, one thing I do know is that the Spanish language will be one of the greatest and most powerful tools I have there. Being an American, but speaking in their language will open up so many doors of opportunity and comfort for the Spaniards God puts in my life. What will it look like to them when they see a normal “dude” that gave up his life in The United States to live in a “foreign” land but also invested time and money into learning their language.

God has revealed a lot to me about learning Spanish. He has opened up doors for me to be here in Guadalajara for 3 months, to take a Spanish course, 3 ½ hours a day, 5 days a week which is more like private tutoring for a very cheap price! He has spoken to me about how the language will be a huge tool, not only for me, but also for my whole team. We are committed to learning this language, whatever it takes.

Now for all of you, my wonderful supporters and readers, I need to ask you all to pray for my team and me. Pray that our ears and minds will open up even more to learn the language rapidly, and that we would never get discouraged of learning.

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Surfing, Skaters, and a Bible Study

photo (1)Well I have been in Mexico for about 3 weeks now and things are going great. I have had 2 weeks of school and already one week of vacation! This last week was our vacation week so me and the others from our Spain team went to Mazatlan, about a 6 hour drive northwest form Guadalajara. I took the week to rest, to surf, to have a lot of quiet time and to build trust with the Spain team.

The first night there in Mazatlan, our team took some time in the park to pray for the week. We wanted to do whatever it was that God wanted us to do. I knew in my heart that God wanted us to have a resting week, but if there was anything else, I did not want to pass up on it. The next morning, I was talking with someone on the base that did skateboarding ministry, and he invited me to speak in their skaters bible study on Thursday night. The opportunity was totally from the lord and I got to talk to these skaters about how God has a specific plan for each and every single one of them. It was a simple message for believers, non-believers, and Catholics.

Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 5.34.15 PMOn the morning before speaking to these kids, God spoke to me that there were a few kids in there that really needed to hear the message. That day I spoke to some little guy out in the water while surfing, I was telling him where I was from and what I was doing in Mazatlan. I told him I was going to be speaking in a bible study with skaters and he knew about the skaters bible study. Around 5:30pm me and my friend Calvin were leaving for the skate park, when we see the same kid I surfed with walking up to the base. I was pretty excited because if we were to leave anytime sooner we would have missed him, and the skate park is too far to walk or skate to. We gave him and his buddy a ride to the skate park and got to ask them a little bit about who they were and what they believe. For me, this was a sign that God wanted to encounter this kid. All of the skaters enjoyed the message and were all engaged. I hope that I will be able to return to Mazatlan to see more of these guys grow.

I thank God for opportunities like this. This was my prayer from before even coming to Mexico, that I would learn Spanish but also still spread the truth.

Aiming High: Priorities

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          As the time for me to go to Mexico draws near, I am being invariably reminded about what my priorities are. The purpose for me to go to Mexico this March has been to take a 10-week Spanish course, but recently Jesus has been speaking to me in multiple ways about a higher priority in Mexico. That is the Gospel. My highest priority in life should be telling the people in my life about the Gospel. What is it on this earth that we will take to heaven when we die? The Word of God is the only thing that will be forever, so this is what I want to spread. The Word of God.

He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.

Hebrews 11: 25

Life on earth is short. Lets do what we need to do here, to live eternally with God.

Spain? What? Here is the update…

coverHey everyone! For the last week I have been making a pretty sweet update “magazine”. It explains a little bit about what and where I have been in the past three years and also what God has planned for my life for the next two years! Check it out!

So I will be going to Spain in July, but before then, I will be heading back to Mexico to do a 10-week intensive Spanish-speaking course where I will be living with a local Spanish speaking family. This will help me when I go to Spain because I will already have a solid foundation on Spanish and I wont have to worry about language holding me back from ministry when I am there.

If the magazine preview does not work for you below, then go to THIS LINK: http://issuu.com/ryanmoreno/docs/vision1314
or CLICK HERE

Thank you so much for reading and please contact me if you have any questions!

Ryan Moreno

 

 

A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness

A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness

If, by our weakness, we fell into sin, then how, by our weakness, will we help ourselves out of sin? It’s not by our strength that we overcome sin, or even temptation, but by Gods strength, and Gods strength alone.

We don’t need to focus on how we should get rid of this sin in our lives, so we can “move on” and get right with God. Getting right with God is coming to Him will all of our sin and junk, and through this we can move on. One of the biggest lies us as Christians face is that we have to come to God clean and pure so he can accept us. One solution, focus on God, His love for you, and what He is saying to do in life, and then, naturally, by Gods power, you will find sin diminishing.

Sin is only a distraction. It does not affect the way God loves you, only the way you love God. So many of us think that God looks at us differently when we sin, especially moments after, when we see what we’ve done. Lets not put ourselves down, lets joyfully repent and move on, with the knowledge that God sees and loves us the same.

If in sin, God loves you the same, then why stop sinning? Because in sin it is harder to find and feel gods love and hear his voice. Don’t focus on the sin, focus on Gods love, because when focused on sin, sin is made the big picture, but when focused on Gods love, God’s love is made the big picture. Don’t worry about your sin; God already took care of that. Take the time to meditate on how much god loves you.

 

Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.

The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Psalm 25: 4-11