Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday on our day off we decided to go evangelize to people at the mall, so me and 6 other guys prayed together and had communion before we left then we to the mall on a bus. when we got there we split of in 2 groups of 2 and the other 3 stayed at a table in the food court praying. we would go around giving a survey about "love and beliefs" rather then flat out tell them we preaching Jesus we give a survey more people are willing to talk in a survey form. it went really well a couple people were crying by the end and we got to pray with people it was awesome so from then we decided to go every monday we can. I think God blesses it because were going on our own time our only day off... Also every saturday we have Adopt A Block where we go out to different community's and give groceries and toys to the kids and comming up next saturday is Adopt A Block Gigantic where we give out over a 1000 water bottles and 1000 lolli pops to the kids just out of kindness and if anyone would like to go you can call/text me. every saturday is open to the public to come help out... and on the 20th there doing a Turkey Give Away, and im telling you now it just amazes me how much food they get for this stuff, God is really moving in the Dream Center, I thank you for the support keep praying...
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Its been 5 days or so sense my last post. seems like forever. Right now were still in the process of getting into the full swing of things, but we have been busy. We have started our tracks as they call it or ministries I guess you can say. What I am doing is the Dream Center Track where on Tuesday we do "under the bridge" where we go to skid row and other places and feed the poor and/or homeless a Hot meal and friday's we deliver groceries to peoples houses in poor communities. So this last Tuesday we didnt have any hot food but we had banana's so we walked with a box of banana's just handing them out to people who wanted them on skid row and passing out tracks to people...I tell you theres some CRAZY people on skid row. But God is good we got to pray for about 8 people in the 45minutes we were out there and it was awesome. As the days go on we are getting more busy with classes and bible studies and in January we start the actual school, which you get college credits for and you get a certificate of ministry also with the diploma at the end of the year, they are also doing a 2nd class that starts in January and If anyone is interested go to www.themovementla.com and apply now!... so I will try to keep in touch alot but it wont be everyday like I have been doing, keep me in your prayers!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
LONGEST BLOG YET, SO SORRY BUT SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!So Tuesday was the start of "Champions Week" where the leaders wake us up super late at night and we do a bunch of stuff all night and day. So monday night(tuesday morning) we got woken up at 3 am and we had to do a bunch of various things but the main thing was at 6am where we were blind folded and we had to get through a maze, we had like a shoe lace tied onto our jeans which was connected to a metal clip on which was hooked to the rope(the maze) when you got to a cross in the ropes or ran into someone you would have to unhook and carfully rehook back on. it went for 4 hours then we went to lunch and after lunch it went anther 2 hours. and the whole time they said "Details Matter" all before we started thats all they said. During the maze if you thought you were at "the end" you would raise your hand(remember your blind folded) if your not at the end you can ask questions and the leaders would always say if you need help with anything let us know...so in the end there was no finish line alls you had to do was ask to be taken to the finish line and you got there. it took me a total of 4 hours! it was to show sometimes its as easy as just asking for help sometimes its as easy as just crying out to God and worshiping him...then last night we got woken up at 330am and we had to go to the gym and we were left in 12 lines with the lights off so little light, with a cd playing for worship and all the leaders left the room and they re-played the same song like 7times at first no one worshiped then by the last time we were worshipping. it was to show no matter whats playing even if its the same song no ones heard of over and over again we need to worship. the song was also about Gods love so they wanted us to remember that also. After that we went to the same place where we did the maze and its basically a big hill and everyone started at the bottom of the hill, and what we had to do this time was up to 3 people had to carry 1 person up the hill then the 3 people went back down the hill until all the guys got the guys up the hill and all the girls got the girls up the hill, if someone fell EVERYONE had to start over, it took like 5 hours before we stopped completely and it was to show that everyone has ideas but sometimes we need to let go of them for the sake of the team, we need to learn that we cant do everything on our own and that we cant be prideful, sometimes we just have to accept other people are right...LAST BUT NOT LEASED(I know this blog is long...) after that the best part was this we got to walk 5miles to Hollywood where when we got there we had to go to the main street where you can walk on the "stars" and when we got there we split up half and half on both sides of the street and each student got on a star and when the time was right we all knelt down and just worshiped and prayed for 10minutes in front of everyone walking by. we prayed for the city and the church and everyone walking by and it was amazing. so many spectators took pictures and videos and people even cussed us out and thought we were crazy but it was so worth it. God is moving in La...a guy from the movement brought the churches camera because hes the media guy for the movement and every year they do this and they make a video so hopefully in the near future I will have a video of it up!but over all we walked 10miles just so we can pray and worship for 10minutes but it was totally worth it!...sorry this blog was long...MISS YOU ALL!
Monday, October 11, 2010
so if you didnt know I wasent the only one from VCA to get accepted into the movement Noe Granados was also, and up until today he told them he wasent coming but for the last 3-4 days I had been at prayer constantly praying he should be here, the movement prays for each application meaning that GOD tells them yes like as in your accepted knowing at that point alone he should be hear but tonight was the last night for anybody to be here and I started prayer teams at the movement and called people at VCA, and it got to the point where it wasent "I would like him, to be here" or "I hope he comes" it got to the point after so many signs and wonders that I KNEW HE IS MEANT TO BE HERE. And nothing was going to stop me, so during my free time i was at constant worship and prayer, and as of tonight he was packing is packs and is joining The Movement, just hours short of being to late he is going to make it...And at a meeting we had the other day for The Movement they said everyone has a last prayer, some make an impact and some don't but everyone gets a last prayer, and mine did make an impact, Noe is comming to The Movement! so my words to you is never give up no matter how bad you think you have it or how bad a situation is never give up, just think right now of something that maybe you stopped praying for and have forgotten about and PRAY AGAIN. nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. EVERY MAN HAS THERE LAST PRAYER!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
just did Adopt A block again today but today it was at my new permanent site, so I will be here almost every saturday for the next 10 months. This place was alot smaller then the one I went to last week but its good, we start off by going door to door at these apartments and hand out fliers to the church and tell them theres free food right outside the apartment but most of the parents just send there kids out, they dont want to come out but some do come out. but its fun the kids come out and we just play with them and care for them just throwing the football around something as simple as that makes a kids day, and today after 2 years of knocking on this mans door he finally came out and wants to go to church tomorrow! God is good! we did worship also just in the apartment place and I played drums on a cardboard box they had and God moved in this place we also got to pray for everyone including a person who has cancer and there is 4 people going to church tomorrow!...
Thursday, October 7, 2010
So this like I said in the last blog is orientation week, but after last night we got free time and just in the hall way me and 40 other people just starting worshiping God. this brought his guitar and it started with 2-3 people then we ended with close to 40, and I came out and brought my camera and it was awesome. we went for over an hour until it got to be quiet time at 10pm so they told us to stop but we were all crowded in the cafe then got kicked out for being to loud so we went into a smaller hallway and just worshiped God and it was amazing, Even this morning we had an extended time of worship and we towards the end people if they wanted got to go up on stage and share something that they gave up on or that they just thought was impossible and people went up and shared everyone was crying and it motivated everyone to just KEEP PRAYING no matter how long it has been KEEP PRAYING. Starting next week we will be about 2/3 into the swing of things, into or normal crazy schedule then in 2 weeks we will start our days around 6am and end around 7pm. and all day were worshiping and hearing sermons but even in our free time its all GOOD FELLOWSHIP and when were not at the dream center were serving! praise the Lord...anyways if you want to send me anything at all you can send it 2 : Mark Brattrud, The Movement,2301 bellevue ave. Los Angeles Ca 90026
Monday, October 4, 2010
so today was like the start of our orientation week, where we start to learn the ins and outs of the program and when were doing what, and were learning our schedules. sunday-friday breakfast is from 630-730am so thats really when the day starts its optional but for me I have to have breakfast. and ALL days will end around 6 or 7pm...As i have found out my schedule I have found out we get mondays off( if you would like to visit anybody!)...But anyways we started are day with worship and prayer for about almost 2 hours. this will be a daily thing every morning after breakfast from 9-1030ish we will be worshiping with a live band after that going into prayer with music from an ipod. Today was the first day we did it but it was amazing. Then TONIGHT we had anther worship session along with clips from the passion of the christ which led into an alter call and after we had communion which was awesome...God is moving in this place as we start to reach higher and higher for him, and when we think we can cant go any higher we go out and serve the people in any which way possible that just impacts our lives just as much as it does theres... so thank you guys for reading and KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS,
I MISS VCA ALOT!
I MISS VCA ALOT!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
today was the first full day, we don't start our classes and our actual full days till monday but today we had the option to do "adopt-a-block" where different groups go to different areas and they hand out food and things people need, the one I was at was in walking distance, we loaded all this stuff in the pictures plus tons more and there was a line a quarter of a mile away, they were handed tickets and when they got there ticket called they could go and get stuff. we were there from 11-230. the people could only take so much stuff from each pile to ensure everyone got something. The pile I worked with was the movies, which I thought why do they need movies? but then I realized something that not all these people have cable and a few movies could help, and anything that could bring a family closer together helps...today was such a blessing, they do this every saturday and the next big ministry thing is tuesday, most ministrys on the streets like going outside the dream center where im staying is tuedays, thursdays, and saturdays so those days keep me in prayer especially. thank you for all your prayers I know you guys care.