Mexico Mission 2013:
We would like to thank all of you who prayed for our trip to Mexico this spring. The trip went so well and I can only thank God for His goodness to us. The school was able to once again join with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada's mission in Hermosillo, Mexico. For those of you more familiar to the mission you will personally know Greg and Shelli Neufeld (missionaries). Greg is an alumnus of OKCS and it was a great joy to once again serve with him in Mexico. This year we were able to send 19 students and 9 leaders to Hermosillo from March 26-April 5. All of the students had an awesome experience as they worked in a variety of ministries sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Mexico. In talking with each of the students I know that they experienced something personal in their own relationship with Jesus. That is really cool. It is so exciting to work with young people in a ministry like Mexico and then see how God works in each individual life. Many of our students are excited about how God used them in Mexico and look forward to the challenge of doing His work back at home. Many have a boldness that they did not have, and it is my prayer that they will use that new found confidence to make a difference here at OKCS and in their communities. It is so difficult to make a stand for Jesus in the face of peer pressure, but our students need to make that stand. Hopefully some of the confidence and determination they found in Mexico will not be lost here at home. Many young people are struggling in their faith, and they need other young people to encourage them to follow Jesus every day. Maybe those who enjoyed a renewed relationship with God while on the mission trip will have the resolve to stand in the face of peer pressure here at home. We need young people with a passion for Jesus here at OKCS. We need a revival in our land for we live in a country that is rapidly falling to the temptations of the world. Wouldn't it be great if a revival started with the students at OKCS? We live in a time where the things of the world run rampant in our culture. It sometimes seems as though Christians believe we need to be more like the world in order to reach our neighbours for Jesus. We are ashamed to be different and to stand out for Jesus in a radical way. Is it possible we have blurred the fact that we are to be in the world but not of the world? One of the things that Greg said while we were in Mexico continues to stand out in my mind. He said "why would anyone want to follow us if we look like the world?" He went on to say that he wants to be radically different for Jesus. He wants people to see that he has a passionate love for Jesus Christ. That is what I want for myself and for the students here at OKCS. I hope you are in some way encouraged in your relationship with Jesus because of this message. I am so excited for how God will use the energy and passion of young people to share His love with the nations.
God Bless, Dwayne Brown