Author - Cayla Bertelsen

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Are You Afraid of Evangelism? I Was Terrified…
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The Beauty of Dependence
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Never Go Back to Vanilla Ice Cream

Are You Afraid of Evangelism? I Was Terrified…

Photo Credit: Cayla Bertelsen

This post was originally published on the Cayla Bertelsen’s blog at http://caylabertelsen.blogspot.com/2015/06/evangelism.html and is re-posted with permission.

When I hear the word “evangelism,” my heart starts racing. I don’t know about you, but the thought of walking up to a complete stranger and asking them about the status of their relationship with God has always terrified me. People’s stories make it sound easy (well, sometimes…), and then I wonder what is wrong with me? But, when the call comes at the end of the sermon for me to “go into all the world and preach the good news,” suddenly things begin to look very complicated.

Now, I want you to know that I am no expert in evangelism. I am not descended from Billy Graham. I am no Amy Semple McPherson. However, the Holy Spirit does live inside of me, and this makes all of the difference.

This morning, while I was spending time with Jesus, He reminded me of two times last summer when I was able to share my faith with a total stranger. Both of these were unplanned meetings – but they have really changed the way I think about evangelism. I am not so scared of it anymore. I hope that after you have heard them, “evangelism” might not sound like such a scary word to you either.

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The Beauty of Dependence

Photo credit: Barbara Jackson via pixabay cc

I ask you to consider taking Cayla’s post to heart, whether encased by the mundane, the comforts or difficulties of home, whether battling tragedy personally or tragic, global headlines – near to home here in South Africa with xenophobia and recent violence or a bit further away – the devastating earthquakes in Nepal… There is Someone waiting for you, Not on “the other side” of tragedy or struggle, but He is With You In the struggle – regardless of it’s supposed size. He waits, for your independence to surrender.

This post was originally published on the Cayla Bertelsen’s blog at http://caylabertelsen.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-beauty-of-dependence.html and is re-posted with permission.

“I need you more, more than yesterday. I need you more, more than words can say. I need you more than ever before. I need you more; I need you, Lord.”

Today I was reflecting on my days in South Africa and the sweet intimacy with Jesus that I enjoyed in such a full measure. My heart longed to feel that nearness once again. I wanted to feel that familiar trust and peace that came from the constant running to Him.

I wondered for a minute, “Why? Why was there such a difference between that time and this?”

But right then, I knew what it was  – the amount of dependence.

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Never Go Back to Vanilla Ice Cream

Photo Credit: Mike Barkema, a graduate of YWAM Muizenberg’s School of Biblical Studies & Titus Project

The below post is by Cayla Bertelsen, a recent Titus Project graduate with YWAM Muizenberg. Titus Project, South Africa is a three month program, which includes training on how to teach to the Bible and cross-cultural communication skills, followed by practical ministry to rural and urban African communities. YWAM’s 9 month School of Biblical Studies graduates have the opportunity to follow up with this school and outreach. This post was originally published on Cayla’s blog at http://caylabertelsen.blogspot.com/2014/11/vanilla-ice-cream.html and is re-posted with permission.

Vanilla ice cream. I like vanilla ice cream. I think that most people do. My favorite flavor though is coffee or a good, rich chocolate flavor. I like the fudge on top, maybe with some banana and nuts to make a real Sunday and to spice things up a little!

Once my youth pastor talked about vanilla ice cream. He spent some time asking our youth group which ice cream flavors we liked and what kinds of toppings we would choose. There were lots of varied answers, and I think the winner was mint chocolate chip (I guess that’s pretty popular around here!). Out of our group, not a single person chose plain vanilla ice cream.

He then said something that I pondered for a long time after that because it meant a lot more to me than just ice cream flavors. It went something like this…

“If you are a beginner, you might start with vanilla, but once you have tasted all the other flavors and toppings and experienced all the exciting delicious variety, you will never want to go back to plain vanilla ice cream ever again.”

“This is how life with Jesus can be.”

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