Emma's Wesley Testimony

Emma's Wesley Testimony

I have been at the Wesley Foundation for almost six years. When I first started coming to Louisiana Tech I was someone who was in loneliness wanting a way to get out. Each day I would search for someone to be friends with but I would never have the courage to interact with them. One day after English class a girl, named Ki, invited me to The Wesley’s weekly lunch. And because of her, I was able to meet other people from The Wesley.

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The Acts of the Apostles: A Wesley Account

The Acts of the Apostles: A Wesley Account

Love. Serve. Move. These three words define what it means to be a part of the Wesley. They are on shirts of students that are relaxing in the back room. You may find them on wooden pallets that bear photos of missions past, and the loved ones who bore witness to these words in action. As a bit of an older Wesleyian now, I can recall many moments in my short time here that exemplify these words.

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Feed My Sheep

Feed My Sheep

I am more than a month into the internship at the Welsey Foundation, and it is quite the experience! It is often exhausting, radically illuminating, and truly fulfilling. It is showing me what it means to be a Christian leader. I’ve had a faulty understanding of leadership, but during the past year, and especially these several weeks, my understanding is being corrected. I am growing into someone who is leaving behind personal pretenses and learning what is most important to discipling God’s people.

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Camellia's Time in Mexico

Camellia's Time in Mexico

Read Camellia’s life changing experience in Mexico.

“To say that Mexico changed my life would not be an exaggeration. It being my first mission trip, I didn’t fully know what to expect. However, from the stories I’d heard from others, I anticipated to work, learn to function within a group, share the Gospel, and in Mexico specifically, force myself into awkward encounters of struggling to communicate in a language that I was far from fluent in…”

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Being an Intern at the LA Tech Wesley Foundation - Khalilah

“Freedom is knowing that the seeds you’re sewing right now will prove to be fruitful in the future.”

Sometimes it seems the world is coming apart at the seams and putting itself back together. There is a falling apart of a false world and it is replaced by something beautiful. Sometimes something unfamiliar. The Wesley Foundation’s missionary internship program is teaching me how to see. How to see others in their joy and in their pain and how to see Jesus amongst the ruin. I am realizing that the internship is largely about trust. Ryan and Kaiti’s trust in us as interns and our trust in them as our spiritual directors. 

I am also trusting in the fruitfulness of the internship. I have tasted small portions of it. I have tasted its fruitfulness in the assigned readings, in conversations with students, in quality time with friends, in gathering for worship, and especially in prayer. And the fruitfulness seems so subtle, even quiet at times that if we don’t pay attention we are liable to miss out on the gifts that have been so freely given to us. I pray I always pay attention. 

The internship is teaching me how to see again. Prior to the internship, I don’t think I would have thought I was walking with blinders on. But I know that for a long portion of my Christian walk I only had eyes for my inadequacy. Our horizon carries with it a belly of hope. I had missed this hope. 

I know there are also things that are being developed in me by the internship that I cannot yet see. There is a discipline being developed as well as a bond between myself and the rest of the staff. I want us to be a family. We are cultivating, both within ourselves and in the community, a posture of openness and vulnerability. I think for the first time, at least the first time in a long time, I feel encouraged to trust myself; To trust myself to do the work and do it well. I won’t pretend that I am all the way there or that I always “feel” fully equipped but I know Ryan and Kaiti are doing something for me that I could not, cannot do for myself. I am grateful for them. 

I feel like I am relearning God. There is something about Him that I missed although I am having trouble naming what it is. But there is a roundness to His character that wasn’t there before. Perhaps this is what it means to get to know Him. 

And there is freedom in that. In knowing that I have only scratched the surface of who He is. There is freedom in giving myself to this internship, to the Wesley Foundation community, and in surrendering my will. 

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Homily: Psalm 34

Homily: Psalm 34

Through the Psalms we come to know David as a man after God’s own heart. Within this first half of Psalm 34 we can point to phrases such as ‘I will bless the Lord at all times,’ and ‘I sought the Lord,’ as reasons as to why he might be named as a man after God’s own heart. David is poetic and heartfelt in his speech, and it is by his words that he is known as a man after God’s own heart.  The words out of our mouths are what speak life around us. Our words are the vehicles of what comes from within our heart and they are just as capable of defiling as they are uplifting. Whether we think so or not, what we say matters all the time.

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Homily on Luke 16

Homily on Luke 16

By any means necessary, do what you got to do, get yours before they get theirs, be about your business. Bottom line, be clever, or should I say be shrewd, or go home. It’s the “only” way to get what is rightfully yours in this world. And it is what we see in this parable directly demonstrated by the actions and words of both the enslaved manager, yes enslaved, and the master. It is what we see in this nation demonstrated by both the false sense of security and capitalism. The bondage of security ensnares us by wanting all we can have for ourselves, plus some. Nothing is ever enough. My children needs shoes, good shoes, better shoes, the best shoes. My wife deserves a good car, a better car, a luxury car. I work 12 hours a day, so I can play golf every Saturday with my friends at this fancy golf place…

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Homily on Luke 10

Homily on Luke 10

We must remember as we go about the work of proclaiming the Gospel that the choice to listen to or to reject us, and by extension Christ, is not ours to make for the students on this campus. Let us not rush to judgment when we are not received by the town; when the town chooses to reject us and the Christ in Whose Name we come, let us not in condemnation cast them down to Hades. Let us, instead, remember our own repentance, our own mourning in sackcloth and ashes, when we, too, rejected those who came bearing the Name of Christ.

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Longleaf Farm Community Event

Longleaf Farm Community Event

…You need to know that I am taking up this position as an extension of what Jesus, through Wesley Foundation at Louisiana Tech, has done in my life. And as I am an extension of the people of the Wesley Foundation, so too is Longleaf Farm an extension of the Wesley Foundation’s mission. And that mission is to testify solemnly of the gospel of the Grace of God and to bring up persons who are capable of doing so…

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