Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Monday, August 6, 2012

Susie Shellenberger

I have been writing for several posts about my awesome mission trip to Panama. It would be unthinkable to write these posts without mentioning Susie. Susie got together with Steve Goley fifteen or sixteen years ago to do a mission trip for Brio Magazine, a branch of Focus on the Family. They started the Brio Mission trips that were later changed to Never the Same. Susie was the editor of Brio Magazine and she had a heart for teenagers and for missions. It was a good combination. Susie now edis and writes for Susie Magazine. This is a magazine for teenage girls. It is very up to date on teen issues and is a great magizine for young women.

Susie is our key speaker when we are on a mission trip. She writes the devotional that everyone uses every day. She tells Bible stories like no one ever has. She makes the stories come alive and touches the audience in ways that are truly awesome. I can still remember the stories that she told last year. If you ever need a speaker for teens call her up, although she has a horrendous schedule.

This year she spoke on the Story of Peter stepping out of the boat. She told us that Jesus asks us to step out of the boat at different times in our lives. She asks us what God is asking you to do to change your life by stepping out of the boat. There were many different answers to the question. We  met as teams and discussed the issues the kids had. They ranged from giving up drinking, to stop having sex outside of marriage, stop cutting, to obeying God. The kids lives were changed as we prayed and ministered to them. These are beauticful kids, brought up mostly in Christian homes, yet the devil had stolen their lives and had convinced them that they were useless and of no worth.

How tragic that he can steal our youth right out from under our noses and we don't even know it. It changes the way you look at youth for ever. We need to stand up and take our children back, they are worth fighting for.

God bless you all.

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