East Asia

Hey everybody I am now in India!!  East Asia was incredible and God is working and moving there.  Our purpose while we were at East Asia was to evangelize to University students and to be a blessing to the missionary we were working with.  

First off, our team was so incredibly blessed to see the fruit of our labor during that week.  One night we had a Bible study with a few of our Christian friends and a few other people we met that day while we we’re playing basketball and evangelizing.  At the Bible study we split off into 2 groups and so the original people who usually do Bible study at this place was one group and a few of us guys who invited our new friends went with them to another group.  I was in the new group with our new friends.  That whole Bible study was in Chinese and I could not tell you a thing that was actually said that night, except that at the beginning we went over Mark 15.  The one incredibly awesome thing that did happen that night was, that I did not need to know how to speak Chinese to realize what was going on, that one of our new friends accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior after hearing the gospel for the first time!!  It was like nothing I have ever seen before, people coming to Christ in a totally different language.  

Next big thing that happened was all the testimonies we heard from our time in East Asia were super encouraging.  Every single testimony we heard from the Christians that lived there all started something like this, “One day an American student shared the gospel to me…”  That was so awesome to hear! Some accepted the gospel right when they first heard and most of the stories we heard they didn’t accepted what they heard till a few months later.  And I now God is doing both of things through our group.  Like before, we already got to see a new brother in Christ, but we also met other people that were hungry and thirsty for the Truth that have not accepted the gospel yet!

Last big thing I learned is that living “life on life” with Christians, or non-Christians, is a huge part of growth and unity with God.  The missionary that we we’re working with was not a preacher or a teacher, but just a student who loves Jesus with all his heart and uses playing basketball to be his ministry.  He just plays at the parks around town with new people and when they are done playing he just starts conversations with them and finds out if they have a relationship with Jesus or not.  If his new friends don’t know Jesus then he just spends time with them,”life on life”, and invites them to his weekly Bible study to learn about God.

I’m sorry this was so brief and quick and that l have not posted anything else before this, but my time in East Asia I did not have access to most websites, like youtube, google, facebook, wordpress…, because of government restrictions and I’m not sure how much time in India I will be able to access the internet.  I hope everybody back at home is doing great and I miss you all so much!!  I will get a new blog up as soon as possible and I can not wait to tell you all about the incredible things God is doing on this side of world!!!

Trusting God, because that’s all I can do.

The Spring semester is finally over! Words can not express how glad I am to have survive this semester.  This past semester has by far been the most stressful chapter of my life and all I could do was trust in God and His faithfulness.  As you all know this summer I will have the opportunity to go an this incredible mission trip that will allow me to see the world and spread the good news of Jesus everywhere.  But in order for to me go on this mission trip I needed to raise the funds to go.  As a broke university student, this feat is impossible.  But the Lord has provided tremendously and has continued to provide throughout this Spring it multiple ways.  To having college students giving hundreds of dollars to having my mother’s job to boom this Spring.  Only the Lord could work in such ways.

Next, this school semester has as well been extremely overwhelming.  I have been in college for 4 years and still have a few more semesters to go.  As you can see not being able to graduate in 4 years can kind of feel like a disappointment at times. It’s definitely not though, this is where the Lord has put me and I am completely satisfied with where I am at.  This only means I can enjoy college life longer than you! 😛  The big issue though about this last semester is that I needed to make certain grades this semester to join the College of Education program here at DBU.  I was not really determined or focused my first year here at DBU and caused me to have a pretty poor GPA.  So in order to be able to join the College of Education I needed to raise my GPA a lot!! So that required me to at least have all A’s in my classes and at least one A-. This is incredibly difficult for really smart students.  Throughout my time at DBU my overall average was a C.  So yeah, another incredibly difficult/impossible situation I was in this semester.  Once again God is faithful.  The Lord has been by my side this semester and encourage me helping stay focus and giving me peace in knowing that He is in control and whatever happens at the end of this semester is for my good.  The semester is finished and I just looked at my grades, and I did it.  I’m not even going to lie, I started crying when I saw my grades.  This is by far one of the greatest feats I have done and was only able to do it finding my strength in the Lord and by trusting God.

This past semester has been so fascinating to see God work in my life.  For all of you have continued to pray for me this semester, thank you so much because God has definitely listened to your prayers.

Now it’s time to prepare for the Global Journey mission trip.  So for all of you who have been praying for me, just continue to pray for me that I may be prepared this Summer and that God will just continue to use me in miraculous ways!

Trust in Him.

Ryan.

About me!!

Hey everybody it’s me, Ryan Pursley!

I’m currently in my fourth of year college and at this point I have no clue when I’ll be finished.  Which is fine, I just get to experience college life longer than most 🙂 I will be getting a degree in Math Education and with that degree I hope to be a Math Teacher in a foreign country! I am also a devoted church member.  I’ve been going to Crossroads Christian Church for the past 15 years and love it.  I started getting more heavily involved with the church about midway through high school.   Mainly I’m just a regular guy(Acts 4:13) who is ready to do whatever God calls me to do!

I have been on three mission trips to Mexico, which were pretty much labor mission trips.  We helped build buildings, a basketball court, irrigation system, paint, plant trees, and etc.  Then I took a trip Puerto Rico where we helped a Christian school out for the week.  We taught kids from every grade level about Jesus. A couple of years ago, I went to Salt Lake City on a mission trip.  The week was an incredible week where I got to learn all about Mormonism and minister to Mormons.  We prayed all over that city that they may come to know Christ, we helped spread news about a church plant that was happening in that city, and we also got to speak with students at BYU and just understand where Mormons come from.  Last year I was able to go to Canada and help out with a church plant and a VBS there.  We spread news about the new church to over 10,000 people in that one week, and we got to lead kids in worship, as well as teach them the Bible.  Then this summer…  Global Journey!

I’m super excited about this summer and what God has in store for me.  I’ve been given the opportunity to be able to go on a mission trip through Global Journey where I literally get to travel the globe!! I will be going to China, India, Uganda,  France, and a South American country this summer.  I will be able to do all kinds of missionary types of things like work with church planting, smuggling bibles, helping orphanages, and the most awesome part of it all, spreading the gospel to the WORLD.  I’ve been apart of other mission trips throughout North America but nothing as extravagant as this.  When I first heard about this trip I thought it sounded extremely awesome and one of those “once in a lifetime” kind of things.  But when I heard about the cost and the hassle of getting ready for that, I got really discouraged and just didn’t really think about this trip much.  Then my girlfriend Sarah really encouraged me to pray about this trip and just turn in an application.  Next thing I know I was accepted to be apart of this trip and things started rolling.  Since then God has definitely been at work on making me able to be apart of this trip.  I have recently been successful in raising funds and using that opportunity to share God’s faithfulness to non-believers.  My church paid for me to go to the National Missionary Convention, I got a free trip to Passion, and God has opened all kinds of opportunities for me to learn about the world and the needs of the world.  God has really showed me since my calling to be a missionary, in the spring of 2011, that EVERYBODY NEEDS JESUS.  I have always felt called to go out into the world where people need Jesus most. (Matthew 9:11-13)

We as Christians have been called to make disciples of ALL nations and I’m just excited that God has chosen me to apart of His master plan!

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”     Colossians 1:27

As a brother in Christ.