Impact 11

Happy New Year!

I’m back from one of the most tiring but rewarding weeks of my life! From the 26th of December to January 3rd I spent with the Impact Ministry in New Orleans, LA. And wow!! What a city! Full of life and vibrancy, tradition and artistic expression! While New Orleans is a hopping city, the effects of Katrina are still evident in certain areas. With crumbling architecture and struggling youth. On the day of outreach we partnered with a local church to do an outdoor concert ┬ácoupled with sharing the gospel with the local community. All around us were young men mostly riding around off to do no good so we were told by the older community members. At one of the testimonials after the day of outreach a young lady shared how a young man she witnessed to decided not to shoot someone like he had originally planned after hearing the gospel! What I really appreciated was the fact that we partnered with a bible teaching church that we could send people to after we shared Jesus with them so they could continue to grow spiritually. This church was so gracious to support us and provide us with a delicious lunch of authentic red beans and rice!

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God has done so much in my life this week through the amazing speakers, seminars and relationships that I was able to build. He has taught me to let go and let Him work things out when I was feeling stressed. He has taught me to not look to others for validation of what I know He has called me in and also that together we can accomplish so much more than alone.

Please go to my youtube channel for more videos on the journey to Impact 11!

Hanging out with the Impact Movement

Where you been at, Dija? Well I’ve been around trying to enjoy the holiday season. I don’t know where to start so much has been happening and I really have missed blogging and making videos for youtube. It’s funny because I’ve been editing more than ever lately! Just not for myself. I’ve been working with a group called The Impact Movement which is a part of Campus Crusade for Christ targeted at those of African Descent. I was a part of a Campus Crusade Church in college and it was pretty awesome. Shout out to Grace Campus at Purdue University! Woot! Woot! Okay bring it down now, Dija. Well this summer I got connected with Rasool Berry who is the Director of the Summer Mission Music project for Impact and from there was connected with Steve Gaskin who is an MC with Level 3:16. By the way they are my FAVORITE HIP HOP group. ┬áCrazy!

Steve Gaskin and two others wrote a wonderful play to use as a mission project. To introduce this play to possible candidates of the future summer mission project a 15 minute section will be performed in New Orleans next week at the National Impact Movement Conference! So I have been co-directing, and acting and working on videos for this conference like a mad woman! But through the process I have made some new friends and learned a lot about myself. Most of all I learned that God never forgets His children. I know that this was appointed. I’ve met others who are just as passionate (if not more) about using their gifts and talents for the Lord. It has been a great encouragement to me.I am so blessed!

With that in mind have a beautiful Christmas! I have some more exciting news I can’t wait to share after Christmas!

Here is one of the videos I worked on for the conference.


God Bless