Texas has gone through a rough couple of weeks: tornados, floods, biker shootings...just yesterday, we were huddled around the TV trying to determine when we needed to leap for our makeshift tornado shelter the kids packed with pillows and cereal.
The Twin Peaks shooting on that fateful Sunday rocked our city of Waco. The biker and dancer cultures are intertwined, so we were on the phone a lot that Sunday night.
And now these heartbreaking floods. My hometown of Houston...underwater. Our capital city Austin...underwater. Our friends in Wimberley and Boerne...underwater. Even as I write this, more storms are barreling towards Waco.
In all this tragedy and devastation, I ask the Lord: “Why all this?”
I’ve been sitting with John 16:33 for a while now (even before all this crazy dreadfulness began). Jesus says, “Be of good courage, for I have overcome the world.” At face value, a phrase like this during a season of disaster can sound rather “churchy”.
But that great theologian John Wayne helped me gain some perspective. He said, “Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway.”
In the midst of the trials that Jesus promised we would have, we don’t only take courage, but GOOD courage because Jesus has overcome the world. We can question Him, and we can be scared to death...and in all of those things, we can trust Him.
So what’s happening at Jesus Said Love lately?
May through August is a big training season for us. Next month, we’ll be introducing three new City Team Leaders and unveiling a new city! Lord willing, our first outreach will happen in December.
Katy Worrell, our Executive Assistant and Love Store Manager, has moved on to a new season in her life. We will miss her greatly, but we’re excited about this new chapter! She has served JSL so faithfully. If you’ve received anything from the Love Store over the past year, it was due to Katy’s diligence and hard work.
Kelsey Yandura, our Communications Manager, spent the past 6 weeks overseas in Amsterdam learning more about the sex industry through a program offered by YWAM. Kelsey returned to Waco just a few days ago to find that she has been promoted to Director of Communications! If you follow us on social media (which if you don’t, shame on you…), you can see Kelsey’s excellent work. She isn’t merely a great writer, she has a passion and calling to the work of JSL. We are so grateful to have Kelsey on our team, now in an even larger capacity.
This summer we will also welcome 7 new interns from 4 universities...the largest class of interns we’ve ever had! At JSL, interns don’t get coffee or run copies. They help shape what we’re doing in Texas. We’re about to start some big projects, and our interns will be at the epicenter of all the activity.
As if summer isn’t busy enough, we have begun the renovation phase of our new headquarters at 1500 Columbus. We have been working with a local architect and hope to finalize design plans by the end of May, starting demolition mid-June. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.
Thank you for supporting us...through prayer, financial donations, T-shirt sales, and all the rest. I encourage you to check out The Blog as well as our City Updates and read through what God is doing in each of our cities. There are so many stories to share! Together, we are making a difference.
What about LOVE and a Biker Shooting on Ascension Sunday?
"My little city of Waco is feeling closed in on. Feuding biker gangs have left the local Twin Peaks restaurant in a blood bath and 26 years’ worth of grudges and repressed violence spilled out upon my city... This event may have Waco on her knees, but it’s also awakened hearts full of warrior cries against darkness: We will not be shaken!"