The JesusWalk Rally in National City was such a tremendous blessing and encouragement. From the first time I walked into the church I could sense such sweet love pouring from many of the youth in attendance. For example, as I walked into the foyer a young man approached me with a signed that read: “Free Fen Hugs.” I don’t know if it was a joke or something he wanted to do, but he wouldn’t let me take a picture of Him unless I gave him a hug to which a readily agreed.
Entering the church I was greeted by Brother Ray Cruz, the coordinator of JesusWalk and was introduced to many of the youth leaders and workers. Immediately I recognized Brother Lutz Abella and another member of CatalystLTM manning the registration table. A smile and a handshake was all it took for me to think, “This is love.”
As I went around taking pictures I looked up at the Projector screen to see a timer countdown. As the clock started from five minutes down to three, two, one and finally zero there was a feeling of excitement in the air. People were read to meet with Jesus that night!
Worship was quickly lead by the house band playing “Everything’s so different,” “The Heart of Worship”, and finally ended with “Hosanna.”
As the music played youth and adults raised their hands and closed their eyes in a form of surrender and worship to God. Even the seven photographers including myself had to stop hopping from corner to corner taking pictures, just to give God worship!
One thing I did remember was what the Lead Worshipper said, “Lord it’s so inspiring to see fellow believers from other churches. God help us to be an inspiration to others…”
As we sat back down in our pews, a video of last year’s Jesus walk flashed on screen. Then one of the youth leaders named Chino came up to explain a little of the purpose of the Jesus Walk Rallies.
“What is Jesus Walk?,” Chino asked. “It’s seminars led by passionate teachers of God’s Word, testimonies, most importantly you’ll have a chance to register for the conference.”
“Workshops, conferences, music! Last year’s theme was “Let Go.” This year’s theme: “Trust” based on Proverbs 3:5-6.
Will you trust God with everything you have?”
After he spoke another video appear on screen. This time three people were saying the things they put their trust in: “I put my trust in money, I put my trust in alcohol, I put my trust in my friends,” and it ended with all three on the video saying, “I should have put my trust in God.”
Then the speaker came. Paul Daniew. Very engaging, funny, bold speaker of God’s Word who introduced himself as a Palestinian who loves Jesus and whose last name means “baby bear.”
The following are some excerpts from Paul Daniew’s message:
- Let me tell you this thought… what is a game changer? It’s like when one team is owning the game and then something drastic happens that the team finds themselves in a dangerous position or even lose the game itself.
- Game changer, something as simple as foul trouble. Or when something happens that it is defining and they either have a chance or their team loses..
- A shifting in momentum… Statistically 3 out of 4 in this church will not follow Jesus by the end of the year. Do you know in Ocean beach… 97% of people there don’t go to church. They just claim it by title.
- Do you know your serving a “dangerous God?”
- Trust… and maybe you’re saying it’s kind of boring. How do we get there and why should we? The danger and the risk is when God just shows up to handle. Have YOU encountered Christ? He has a love for you so desperate that he wants you back by going to the cross for YOU!
- (referring to God’s Kingdom coming) It’s that WE get to see the king of glory change the world! The paths being straight means God kingdom come… and that is your inheritance as a child of a King… and there is no way we can see this path of God without trust.
- Here’s the point: You will only trust God to the direct proportion of knowing his love for you.
- I want you to describe a person you love the most.. Now describe God. Was it different when you described your friend? Usually it is but how come it doesn’t seem the same way with God?
- Most of what we know of God is second hand knowledge… but this is where the rubber meets the road… he wasn’t sent here to be your sin management…
- There is SO much more to God… and you can’t know that without trust
- What would he say about you? Is he pleased with your life?
After His sermon there was an altar call where several youth came up to receive Christ as Lord and Savior or to recommit themselves to Him. Tears flowed and hands were raised in submission and worship to God.
After the altar call came a quick raffle of shirts and a JesusWalk Bag, and then a closing song where again, the youth rushed to the front of the stage to worship and praise God.
Although it was nearly a 2 hour drive from my house to the JesusWalk Rally in San Diego, it was totally worth it. To see so many youth with such a zeal for the Lord spoke volumes to me that I just can’t describe. So, interested in going to the next JesusWalk Rally or even the conference at Hope International University on July 7-10 in Fullteron, California? Check out www.jesuswalkyouth.org or search them on Facebook @ “JesusWalk.” Hope to see you all there!
-Pictures and Article by Jude Santos