"I wanted to come on the missions trip to LA because Jesus Christ has revealed to me His existence and that He is real so now I've given my life over to Him to do what He commands: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV). I was invited to come to LA by my mentor Zac Linton and thought this was a great opportunity to share what Christ has done in my life and lead people to their salvation.
I expected to see people hear about Christ and I expected that God would use me in a higher concentration evangelistically since I was going there by faith relying on His leading. Also myself, Aaron Hong and Zac Linton fasted for the mission so I expected salvations and overall for the Holy Spirit's power to manifest.
Basically the whole time I felt the presence of God really with us and people really responded in a positive way to the message of Jesus Christ. The Lord gave me visions and dreams leading up to the missions trip which came to pass while in LA. Also, God gave me many visions about people to whom I ministered which they confirmed were accurate visions. This was so exciting that God moved through me in that way to touch people and reveal Himself to us.
Being Christ-like takes a constant effort, and I feel like on the mission trip there was heightened growth in my obedience to Christ because it's like I set aside 4 days to be totally used by God, and it raises your awareness of ungodly human traits which are a part of the flesh. Because I was there for God's purpose I really wanted to remain true and keep my heart right, which I usually do but even more so when you're away from home on a mission for God. I feel like I developed more self-control, love, and faith in Christ and His Spirit.
There was a challenge that arose regarding family right when we left and I believe it was Satan trying to distract and stir up my emotions to block what God was doing. But this just developed more faith in God and it was a good lesson on spiritual warfare and how it manifests when God uses you. But He is always greater and victorious over evil. Furthermore, in my hardship I was ministered to and got to see the Christ-like qualities in others and experience the love of God cover over me.
The most memorable part of the trip was when Zac Linton was preaching a message God gave him which was a hard truthful message to preach, but he was obedient and as he was wrapping up the service, people were hit mightily with The Holy Spirit and were sobbing and shaking. One guy fell to the ground, and it was amazing to see God literally do a work in their hearts at preaching of His message.
If I am invited to go again I will, and I will see God do greater things."