Let the Countdown Begin

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30 Days. . .

Only 30 days until Second City Orientation! Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday I was accepted to participate in this 8 week summer missional experience! Today we had our last Land Mark Meeting before our Orientation. In this post I will share a little about our team, what we have been doing lately, and what God has been teaching me about missions.

Meet the Team

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L to R: Kaycee, Josh, Alexis, Conor, Kelsey, Corey, Austin

Over the last few weeks, not only have I been support raising, but I have been getting to know the awesome people I will be living and working with for two months this summer. To give you a little background on my team, we are all college students or recent college graduates who go to the Summit Church in Raleigh, NC. While I am a current student at 12208503_1067044909972564_737773448545323568_n.jpgMeredith College, a women’s college in Raleigh, the rest of my team either attends or has graduated from NC State, which is conveniently located down the street from my school. While I might be the only Avenging Angel on the team, I still consider myself a part of the pack, especially since I marched with NCSU’s Power Sound of the South Marching Band in the fall of 2015! (#gopack) Continue reading

Support Raising Complete

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

As many of you know, today, April 9th was the support deadline for Second City. It’s hard to believe that less than two months ago, my team started the support raising process. I want to officially announce that my support raising is COMPLETE! I praise God for connecting me to an amazing support network that has been covering me with prayer and providing for my financial needs so that I can share the gospel in South Asia this summer! Thank you to all who given financial and prayer support! Your generosity is extremely appreciated!

Throughout my time support raising, God has revealed some of my sin, and has grown me to trust Him in my uncertainties. Raising $4300 in less than two months is a daunting task, and there were many times that I began to trust in my own abilities or began to doubt that God would provide. Time after time, God has proven me wrong. I may not be enough, but my God is almighty and powerful. I am learning not to limit what I believe God can do. God can do anything!

Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Thank you again for all you support and prayers! And a shout out to New Martins Creek Baptist Church for supporting me again this year! Seeing so many churches from my home town support missions is encouraging!

If you would still like to support Second City, please contact me here, and I can connect you with ways to support other members of the South Asia team.

Prayer- Please be praying about these things. (1 John 5:14)

  1. Be praying that God unifies the South Asia team. (Ephesians 4:11-13; Psalm 133:1).
  2. Pray that God prepares the hearts of the people we speak to in South Asia. Pray that many will accept salvation! (Acts 26:18; Romans 10:1; Luke 19:10).
  3. Please pray that we are able to serve our international partners. (Philippians 2:1; Romans 12:1;  Mark 10:45).

Please be praying through these prayer points and scripture as we are nearing the start date for Second City!

Support Update!

Thank You Little Brasstown Baptist Church and Pine Log Baptist Church !

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I want to thank Little Brasstown Baptist Church (LBBC) and Pastor Aud Brown for giving me the opportunity to speak about Second City at church on March 5, 2017! Last year LBBC joined my support team by supporting me financially and through prayer as prepared to participated in City Project, and eight week discipleship program at the Summit Church. Members of LBBC contributed half of my total support for City Project and showered me with encouragement and prayer throughout the summer! This showed me the power and importance of the whole body of Christ! God uses all of us for His mission of reaching the nations!

On March 5, 2017 I returned to LBBC to share about my latest mission endeavor, Second City, an eight week missional experience through the Summit Church . At Sunday’s service, LBBC donated enough to meet my first support deadline on March 12th! My next support deadline is April 9th. I also felt so much love from the people at LBBC whether it was the opportunity to share, an abundance of hugs and encouraging words, or even anonymous cards slipped into the love offering (like the one below). Thank you for the sacrifices you made to send me to the nations this summer! I am excited to have such an amazing team backing me up as I share the gospel in South Asia!

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I want to thank Pine Log Baptist Church and Pastor Kevin Miller and his wife, Becky Miller for allowing me to speak at their church!  On Wednesday, March 8, I spoke to the Boys and Girls for Christ (BG4C) at Pine Log Baptist Church! I shared with them about what I did last summer through City Project, and showed them a video about what we did in Kenya. Last year BG4C collected coins to help support City Project, and they will be doing this again to support me in Second City! Members of Pine Log Baptist Church have supported me through prayer and financially for both City Project and Second City! I am extremely grateful for this church, and how they have helped me grow throughout the years! When I was in elementary school I would attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) here, and in high school I was a VBS leader! Now I am able to share with the students about missions and encourage them to be missionaries in their schools and at home.

I feel so blessed to have these churches in my life! Your love and support is so meaningful to me! LBBC and Pinelog’s emphasis on the great commission is amazing, and I am so excited to have you all on my mission team! Keep checking my blog to hear more about support raising, and to follow my team as we live in South Asia for two months this summer. Feel free to contact me through my blog if you have any questions about Second City!

Thank you all who have supported me so far!

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that the students participating in the Go Now Initiative raise the support necessary to participate in missions. 
  • Pray that God opens doors to share the gospel during our time of support raising. 
  • Pray that God prepares the hearts of those in South Asia to be receptive of the gospel this summer. 
  • Pray for unity within my team as we prepare for this summer. 

With Love,

Alexis Chastain

If you would like to contribute to my mission trip please read my support letter here or donate at this link: www.summitrdu.com/supportsecondcity. The contribution is towards Alexis Chastain.

Second City

 

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Last February I met a stranger on a bus who invited me to the Summit Church. That same night I heard about a summer discipleship project called City Project The main mission of Summit College is to make disciples who make disciples. This was done when someone invited my (now) friend, who then invited me, and now I have encouraged others to do City Project or other missions.

Through City Project God answered so many prayers including giving me Christian community and teaching me how to serve Him locally, nationally, and internationally. I learned the importance of sharing the gospel with the nations (Matthew 28:19). I want to thank everyone who supported me last summer, and invite you all to support me in a new summer mission, Second City.

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Yesterday I participated in the Kick Off for Go Now Summer Initiatives through Summit College at the Summit Church. I will be living in South Asia for two months to share the gospel with unreached people groups and collaborate with field partners at church plants. You can read more about how to support me here. I want to share a little more about what we discussed and learned at the kick off.  Continue reading

Prayer for Interviews

The Go Now initiative season is upon us. Last week was the application deadline for Summit College’s Go Now summer short term mission programs . However, this date has been extended, so you should definitely apply!  This year, I applied for Second City. This is a two month missional experience where I will apply what I learned in City Project last summer.

This afternoon I have my interview for Second City. I will sit down with some of the Summit College staff to discuss my testimony, qualities that would help be successful in a 2 month program, and the grace of the gospel. This week, other applicants of Second City will also have their interviews.

Please be praying for all the college students who have interviews in the following weeks. Please pray that more students would say, “I am here! Send me!”Also, please be praying for the locations we are sending people this summer! Pray that God will prepare hearts to hear the gospel and believe! This will happen if we believe God will do as He promises!

Isaiah 6:8

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

We are all called to the mission field, in fact, it is a command. Matthew 4:19 says, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” When you are following Jesus, He will give you what you need to be a fisher of men, a disciple maker. We are all part of the great commission to go out and tell others about our Savior. Please be praying that more students (and adults) will come to understand their calling to make disciples who make disciples.

Thank you to all my supporters! You are my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I thank you for all you have done to support me through prayer and physical needs. In the last year you all have become my team, and I am so blessed that God brought us together for the purpose of His mission! I am looking forward to another year of serving along side you. 

In Christ, 

Alexis Chastain

 

525,600 Minutes

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1 Chronicles 16:8

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.”

I want to start of this blog post by thanking God! I praise God for everything that has happened in the last 525,600 minutes (1 year) of my life and for the gracious gift of gospel. I lift up praises to God for His gift of salvation through the life and death of Jesus Christ. Even though I was broken and a child of wrath, Jesus came down from heaven and lived a perfect life and died in my place, so that I can have a personal relationship with God. Jesus’s perfect sacrifice brought me from death to life, from separation to reconciliation. (Ephesians 2:1-10)

 Measuring a Year

While I’ve never seen the musical Rent, one of its popular songs comes to mind during this time of the year. During the song, “525,600 Minutes,” the actors question how to measure a year of your life. They suggest measuring a year in a  myriad of ways: daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffee, miles, laughter, truths you’ve learned, times you’ve cried, love…

As I reflect on 2016, it is amazing to think about all the adventures I’ve had in only a year’s time. In January of 2016, I prayed for God to give me a Christian community in Raleigh, and a way to glorify and serve Him. God answered that prayer, and so many more.

2016 was a year of writing. I filled four journals with prayers, devotions, and memories, and published 15 blog entries to share what I was learning in my walk with Christ and throughout my summer discipleship program (City Project) with the Summit Church. This weekend I have been looking through last year’s prayers and devotions to reflect on the highlights of the last year.

Looking Back

Here are a few of my highlights from 2016 that I would like to share with my readers:

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How a Three Letter Word Changed My Life

Wow! Has it really been more than three months since my last post?? Over the summer I blogged about how God was working in my life, primarily through a summer discipleship program called City Project. When I last left off, I told you all about my time in Kenya.
A lot has happened in the last three months. I am currently nearing the end of my first semester as a junior at Meredith College, so I am in the process of completing my degree in Music Education. It is hard to believe that I only have two more semesters before I student teach! My classes have kept me pretty busy (as always), but it has been so sweet to spend time with my D-Group and get more involved with Summit College (a college ministry through the Summit Church). I also participated in Meredith College’s famous Ring Week and Ring Dinner tradition, where I received my Onyx, but that’s a story for some other time.

While my life the last three months have been a whirlwind of tests, concerts, and teaching in local schools, like all college students (at some point or another) I find myself thinking about my future. I think about what kind of teacher I want to be, where I want to live, or even what I want in a relationship. Up until last summer, I had pretty solid plan (or so I thought) about what I wanted to do with my life. I had it all mapped out: I was going to finish my Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education, go to graduate school to earn a Masters in Music Theory or Music Education, teach for three years in a state that meets the requirements for my federal Teach Grant, move back to live North of Atlanta, and somewhere along the way get married, buy a house, and start a family. I wanted the American Dream: a good job, a house, a family, maybe even a good small group with my church where we all have each other over for dinner and bible study while our children play outside together. This was what I wanted, and it seemed like a pretty realistic future where I would be happy. God, however, has other plans for me.

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

Last January if you had asked me what I was doing for the summer, I would have told you I was going home to get a job to save money. The plan involved living at home, earning money, and spending time with my family. This plan I had changed pretty quickly! Some of you have probably either heard from me or my blog about how I ended up at Summit, so the abbreviated version of the story is that I met a stranger on a bus who invited me to her church (and is now my good friend). The first time I visited the church I signed up for a discipleship program I knew nothing about to spend two months with people I didn’t know (which is totally out of character for me). If you want to read the full story click here. The next thing I knew, my life was headed down a path I had never considered. This plan was no where on my radar, but it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It has now been nine months since I made that decision, and it is amazing to think about the life changing things that God has been able to do in the last year because I used a little three letter word: “YES!”

Isaiah 6:8

 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

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Kenya

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Since I landed back on American soil, I have been struggling to form the words to describe my experience in Kenya, but I will do my best to share the life changing things that God revealed to me using our limited, earthly descriptions. So get ready, grab your safari hat, buckle up, and let me take you down the bumpy, pot-hole filled dirt road that took me to the beautiful country of Kenya.

So if you didn’t see the video I posted in my last entry, you can watch it below.

 

Team Kenya

So I should start off by giving you some background on my amazing team. My experience would not have been the same without my team; God really knew what He was doing when He put us together. There were 14 of us: 12 college students and 2 leaders. We came from several different colleges: UNC Chapel Hill, NCSU, Meredith College, Elon University, and NCCU.

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Back Row, Left to Right: Reed, Carly, Katie, Jason, Graham, Devon, Kristen, Renette. Front Row, Left to Right: Rich, Lin Lin, Jordan, Madi, Alexis, Sydney.

While we were all part of City Project this summer, we did not have much time to get to know each other before we got to the airport, but we all bonded so quickly! It is so amazing how the love of Christ can unify people who barely know each other. This team became my family, and I love them all dearly! God truly answered our prayers for a unified team!

Kenya get there?

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So as some of you may have heard, we had a little trouble getting to Kenya. Our first flight out of RDU was delayed 2 hours. When we landed in JFK we sprinted to the other side of the airport to discover our flight had left two minutes before we arrived. We went to the customer service desk, and we were ecstatic to find out they could get us tickets with another airline in order to make our flight from LondIMGA0003 2.16.42 PMon to Nairobi. When we finally got to the other airline’s terminal, the ticket desk told us we didn’t have tickets, and it was too late to get new ones. We drudged back to our original airline’s customer service desk to find out the line was exponentially longer than before. While Renette (one of our amazing leaders) went to stand in line to figure out our ticket situation, Rich (our other amazing leader), realized he lost his passport and wallet. As Renette was sorting out a new plan with the airline; some of us took shifts watching everyone’s bags while the rest of the group scoured the airport, the tram, lost and found, and security for Rich’s lost passport. Without it he couldn’t get on our next flight.

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Sneak Peak of Kenya

It is hard to believe City Project is over! Soon I will be sharing a detailed post about my time in Kenya and a summary of my time at City Project!

Here is a short video to give you taste of my time in Kenya!

Thank you all so much for your prayers this summer! Please continue to pray for the people that we shared the gospel with this summer and for the people we discipled. I also ask that you continue praying for the students who participated in City Project as they prepare to go back to their campuses and/or the workforce. Please pray we use what we learned this summer to spread the gospel this coming semester!

Stay tuned this week to hear more about my time in Kenya and some final thoughts on City Project!

Durham! Part 4

To commemorate my last day in the US, I have one more post about my time in Durham! It’s hard to believe that tomorrow I am heading out to Kenya! But before I talk more about that, let me update you on what’s been happing at City Project this week because God has been revealing a lot to me.

At the beginning of this week I asked God to wreck my week. I wanted Him to reveal my sin, teach me more about Himself, and mold me to be more like Him. Learning these things can be painful, but I wanted God to draw me closer to Himself before I left for Africa. So in this post you will learn more about how God used my suffering this week to reveal His truths.

Sessions 

Monday-RTB and Discipleship: 

Read the Bible 

This week at RTB we talked about 4 tips for Quiet Times before we read scripture using the OIA method (Observe, Interpret, Apply: read more in my other posts to learn about this method). 

  1. Meditate on Scripture-use the OIA method 
  2. Preach the Gospel to yourself- Remind yourself of Jesus’s sacrifice, and that your sins have been paid for on the cross. Read scripture to remind yourself of God’s love for you. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  3. Submit Your Day to God-This is why quiet times are best done in the morning, so you can give your day to Christ and ask Him to use you throughout your day. (Galatians 4:20)

When we read the Bible on Monday, our passage came from Ephesians 6.

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