Goodbyes

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This week has consisted of some of the hardest goodbyes I’ve ever had to give.

I think because it’s not just a goodbye, it’s more of a “they are growing up.”

Anyone who knows me knows that I love high school students more than just about anything. Where did this love and passion come from? easy answer. Seven girls I met about 4 years ago. These girls rotated as some fell away, and some answered the call to this longing they had, for something more- that something more being Jesus. I led a bible study every Monday night for the past four years for these girls that are 4 years younger than me. This is what made me feel most alive….

  • Seeing Gracie ride her bike to Starbucks miles away just to come learn about Jesus and then leaving bible study learning more about the Lord than coming in because of Gracie’s wisdom.
  • Lauren and her child-like spirit bursting through the doors jumping up and down so excited to tell all of us the new things she discovered the past week.
  • Bailey meeting up with me an hour early to tell me how God met her in her breaking, and skyping for a year once a week while she lived in Africa with her family.
  • Allison, a girl who I knew from a distance at Starbucks, but then asked if she could join our small group. She desires the real Jesus and asks questions that are raw and real.
  • Dakota, in her fun long skirt, sharing stories of meeting homeless people, she loves more than anyone I’ve ever met.
  • Eryn, the one who teared up after I bought her her first bible because it was that precious to her.
  • And Ashley, my sweet Ashley, who no matter how long it had been since I’d seen her.. we would connect and maybe cry about something beautiful that happened or something sad.

These girls changed my life. Now I am walking into a new season, and so are they. They are starting their freshman year of college and I just graduated college.

What I realized the past four years is that high school ministry isn’t just leading students to Jesus, it’s walking through the tears, joys, and adventures with them. Through this wonderful group of girls, God did a lot in me. Finally, I am now at a place in my life where I can invest all of my time into high school students. The high schools just started and students are eager to learn. I cannot start ministry until I am fully supported. For those who haven’t read my story, you can read it (my first post) it explains my job with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ.) Please pray that God will provide supporters. Please consider praying to be apart of my team to fulfill the dream that God gave me: For every high school student to have the opportunity to know God and experience His beauty and joy. If God leads you to give simply give online at https://give.cru.org/0859340. If you have any questions please feel free to call: 770-778-1954 or email me at erin.eissler@cru.org.

The purpose of this post is to thank these girls and also to share with my friends and family where this passion for ministry came from. My crazy wild beautiful small group girls, God used you to reveal His plan for me. I learned how to love from you girls, I learned how to pray, and I learned how to fight. After seeing these young girls eyes light up after hearing the truth of the bible, I can’t go back to how I once was. It’s too good to give up. So now, I trust that God will fulfill the dreams He has given me. I choose risk, I choose to be vulnerable. Even if that means I put my whole heart into someone and them walk away. It’s worth it because that is the pursuit of Christ. This is what He did for us and what He will continue to do for us.

To my high school girls:

“Your heart cries, “Listen to me-there is something missing in all this. You long to be in a love affair, an adventure. You were made for something more. You know it.”

-John Eldredge 

 

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Pictured: Gracie, Lauren, Bailey, Allison, Dakota, Eryn, And Ashley

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Nothing is too hard for You

Monday night Cru

Monday night Cru

Half way there.

The past two months of my life God has done something that I thought was impossible. He has given immeasurably more than I thought He would. He is providing. He is keeping His promises. Saying yes to the call of ministry was already terrifying enough. But then stepping into that, He wanted me to ask people to do this with me. Support raising is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Asking people to trust God WITH me…. But God is doing it. As I am taking steps in being obedient, He is providing.

Two months ago I looked at the total amount I had to raise for my salary and I was discouraged, I thought, “there is no way I could do this.” Well, I was right. I can’t, but I serve a God that can.“Ah, sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17

I was limiting Him. Then I read this:

“Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending.”

Just because I didn’t understand how God was going to do this didn’t mean He wasn’t going to, it meant the opposite.

Today, I am at my half way point of raising support $1,500 monthly. High school students start school August 11, I have about 2 weeks to raise the other $1,600 monthly to be able to report to the High School’s. He’s led me to here. He has placed on people’s hearts to give. And will continue to lead me. I trusting that God will provide as I say yes to the calling He has on my life. I’m uncomfortable, I’m shaky, and I’m a little scared, but my God says, Do NOT be afraid my daughter, I am within you, you will not fall; I will help you at break of day.

My wonderful friend, Mtn. Mom (Jamie) says it like this,

“He made a way.  He always makes a way , a path for His people.  and then He says come,  trust me,  walk into risk I am with you and I am holding back the waters of the deep.  so come, cross over.  to promise.  to provision.  to a land dripping with hope.  leave the shallow comforts of a familiar life you have grown accustomed to.  don’t you see , you’ve lived in bondage…now come into abundance.”

His grace carried me here, and by His grace I will carry on.

My heart overflows with thankfulness to my supporters. Thank you for trusting God with me and for sacrificially giving. You are helping me fulfill my dream, and God’s dream of bringing His love to High School’s. Please continue to pray with me as I continue to raise support these next two weeks.

If you would like to hear more about what i’ll be doing, I would love to talk to you about it.

Would you pray and ask the Lord if He is leading you to give? Whether that be a one-time donation or a monthly commitment of $50, $100, $300, or another amount, I am trusting that the Lord will provide for my needs. This monthly support will cover all of my living expenses, as well as ministry expenses.

If God leads you to give simply give online at https://give.cru.org/0859340. If you have any questions please feel free to call: 770-778-1954 or email me at erin.eissler@cru.org. I would love to follow up with you and meet face-to-face and share more in-depth about this opportunity and how the Lord has worked in and through me to bring me to where I am today.

(If you haven’t read my story yet, You should! it is underneath this post)

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These faces. God’s reminder to me that this is exactly where He has me.

The Great Unknown

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Five years ago I stepped into the most incredible relationship, without even realizing the beauty that was about to flood my life. I was a 17 year old, blindly caught up in the enticing but deceiving things of the world. After wrestling God away for two years, I finally said yes to Jesus and surrendered myself into his hands.

It began when I found myself stumbling into a Student Venture (CRU High School) meeting, although, if we’re being honest, I was only going to get the attention of this one cute boy. The speaker began talking about a man named Jesus, as if He were exciting and adventurous. But I couldn’t stop thinking about how I didn’t belong there, how out of place I was, so I tried to quietly slip out. A woman quickly approached me, ending my quest to leave, and asked me if I wanted to get coffee with her. I thought she was crazy, but little did I know she would be the most impactful person in my life. For the next two years, this woman, Melody, taught me about who Jesus really is. I pushed her away, keeping her and her words of truth at arms length. But she didn’t give up on me. Melody consistently pursued me and showed me the love of Jesus through the way she lived.

Melody led me right to Jesus, but she wasn’t done there. During my senior year, she began suggesting that I look into becoming a small group leader for younger girls, an adventure I wasn’t quite sure I was ready for yet. I finally gave in and a month later one of my best friends, Brandie, and I were introduced to a group of innocent, curious 8th grade girls. This began a long journey of coffeeshop bible studies, breakfast dates, skype calls, hugs, tears, and so much more. These past four years of my life have consisted of coming home from college weekly to do small group; I didn’t want to simply be someone that taught them about the Bible and answered their many questions – I wanted to do life with them.

My intention going into this was to be a friend, walk through life with these girls, and to ultimately lead them to Jesus. But in the end, my world was completely changed by them, and it felt as though I got back way more than what I put in, which was an unexpected blessing. Through watching these girls grow and mature and learn and love over the years, God revealed His plan for me. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was meant to work in high school ministry. I have a heart for the next generation, this overwhelming passion to connect with teenage girls and show them that Jesus is crazy about each and every one of them.

I now am about to graduate college (in one month!) and starting in August I will be working full time for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). Cru High School is a high school ministry that connects students to Jesus. Our mission is to win the students hearts for Christ, build their relationship with the Lord, and send them out to make disciples. We do this through outreaches, small groups/bible studies, large Monday night meetings, retreats, etc.

I will be working with a team of 5 other staff members to reach high school students for Christ in the North Fulton county area. We will be focusing on Centennial and John’s Creek High School.

This is where I need your help. Your prayers and support are crucial to the next step in this journey. Would you consider coming alongside me and becoming a part of my team? I have seen how important prayer is in this ministry, and there’s no fruit without ceaseless prayer. Would you pray with me? Pray for hearts to be changed, for students to experience Jesus, and for salvation. I am also in need of a team of financial supporters who are willing to come alongside me financially to allow me to work in this ministry. In terms of financial support, I need to raise $3,177 per month. Would you pray and ask the Lord if He is leading you to give? Whether that be a one-time donation or a monthly commitment of $50, $100, $500, or another amount, I am trusting that the Lord will provide for my needs. This monthly support will cover all of my living expenses, as well as ministry expenses.

If God leads you to give simply mail your check, made payable to Campus Crusade for Christ, or you can give online at https://give.cru.org/0859340. If you have any questions please feel free to call: 770-778-1954 or email me at erin.eissler@cru.org. I would love to follow up with you and meet face-to-face and share more in-depth about this opportunity and how the Lord has worked in and through me to bring me to where I am today.

Thank you for considering partnering alongside me to help reach Centennial and John’s Creek high school students for Christ.

 

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