The Worth of Christ

This semester in Campus Outreach at Virginia Tech, we’ve been going through a series called “One Movement”. Essentially, we’ve looked at the Bible as one story of God’s redemption for his people throughout history.

The video below is my message concluding the “Tipping Point,” where Christ made the message of salvation known and the apostles began to spread it. While the church grew exponentially, they were met with opposition.

How they responded showed the worth of the message, and the worth of Christ himself!

The Impact of Worship

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At Campus Outreach at Virginia Tech, we went through a series called “One Movement”, where we studied the entire Bible as God’s redemptive history for those who trust in Him.

I got the pleasure of sharing the story of Daniel as he was taken from his native land and forced to serve the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. However, Daniel defied the odds by remaining true not just to his heritage, but to his God.

“Capturing” the Russian Culture

When I first arrived in Russia, I wasn’t struck by immediate beauty like my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro. There were no beaches, no mountains, no natural beauties. The people weren’t initially particularly friendly either.

But the culture has grown on me a lot, and as I’ve begun exploring through the city of Orenburg with local Russians, I’ve come to love it for its inviting nature, its unique architecture and its rich culture.

Below are some photos of the city that I’ve come to love.

The urban sprawl with high rise buildings throughout the city.

The urban sprawl with high rise buildings throughout the city.

A famous park and statue in the City Center.

A famous park and statue in the City Center.

The streets of Orenburg near the City Center.

The streets of Orenburg near the City Center.

Nathan and I in front of a Moscow Cathedral.

Nathan and I in front of a well-known Cathedral.

The Cyrillic script depicted above the city's shops and restaurants.

The Cyrillic script depicted above the city’s shops and restaurants.

A light pink government building that sits on the pedestrian walking street.

A light pink government building that sits on the pedestrian walking street.

An animal statue filled with tradition -- locals come by and place their hands on its mouth for good luck.

An animal statue filled with tradition — locals come by and place their hands on its mouth for good luck.

A nearby village, Orenburg's equivalent of a middle class suburb.

A nearby village, Orenburg’s equivalent of a middle class suburb.

An old Soviet fighter jet that now sits on display at an outdoor military park.

An old Soviet fighter jet that now sits on display at an outdoor military park.

The war memorial at the outdoor military park that honors fallen soldiers throughout the 20th century.

The war memorial at the outdoor military park that honors fallen soldiers throughout the 20th century.

Longing

**Inspired by my time in Brasil**

 

I long to see you again.

The days we spent together,

Cycle through my mind like a film reel.

 

I remember walking through the crowded streets,

Our shoes worn from the dusty ground,

Our shirts damp from the hot sun.

 

We rode together and laughed,

Our laughter rising above the fireworks,

Above the cries throughout the city.

 

I held you tight and didn’t want to let go,

Your stories ringing in my ears,

My tears falling on your shoulder.

 

You shouted at me in despair,

Your words misguiding you to false conclusions,

Searching for that which you deny.

 

My soul longs for you, the Lord knows,

How I stay up and pray for you,

My words accompanied by tears of joy.

 

Because I know of your transformation,

The peace and love that reign in your heart,

How you share in my deepest longings.

 

Yet I will trust in something greater,

That we will see each other again in Paradise,

When we are with You, My Hope and Joy.

 

Yes, my longing for this day exceeds the others,

When death passes away and truth prevails,

When families and friends are reunited.

 

My soul thirsts for You,

My flesh faints for You,

Walking through this desert land, this dark world.

 

I have looked upon You and seen Your unmatched beauty,

Because Your love for us is never failing,

And Your peace reigns in our hearts.

The Beautiful Horizon

 

Belo Horizonte, or “beautiful horizon” in Portuguese, is a city of some 3 million Brasilians. It’s the fourth largest Brasilian city overall located in the second largest state, Minas Gerais.

This city is full of culture — from food, to local lingo, to natural wonders, to futbol fans. Mirante, one of the city’s highest points, overlooks the entire city — it’s truly a beautiful horizon.

This was a time lapse taken at sunset from Mirante overlooking the city.

Scenes from Above: Rio de Janeiro

The geological diverse area of Rio de Janeiro boasts oceans and mountains, rivers and valleys. We got to tour the highest heights in the area, which gave us some of the prettiest views I’ve ever seen.

Here are some of the shots I got.

The cluster of buildings is set against the large mountain range.

The cluster of buildings is set against the large mountain range.

This inlet houses several rows of buildings.

This inlet houses several rows of buildings.

Christ the Redeemer sits on top of the mountain in the distance.

Christ the Redeemer sits on top of the mountain in the distance.

The England Training Facility lies on the outskirts of the city, bordering the water.

The England Training Facility lies on the outskirts of the city, bordering the water.

The gang in front of the Rio background.

The gang in front of the Rio background.

For more of my shots, check out my Flickr Set.

Boldness in Christ Alone

Alison Myers has never been a shy girl. But when it comes to sharing deep things about her life, she freezes. Yet it’s these moments that God uses mightily to teach others about himself.

So she’s fighting her fears of sharing and stepping out in boldness in Rio de Janeiro to share with more people about how God has shown her radical love throughout her life. This video is courtesy of IMB’s Commission Stories.