Rachel Shane

Month: August, 2010

The Remedy

Okay friends,

If you know me even a little, you probably know about the Remedy, but people have been asking if I am going to blog about it, and I think it is totally worth blogging about, so here is the story of the Remedy.

YEAR ONE:
To make a long story short, I was called to Concordia (though I didn’t want to go), got there, hated it, went to Chi Alpha, fell more in love with the Lord, and He changed my heart for Concordia. The ministry at Concordia does not hold the Bible as the authoritative word of God, there were many incorrect things about God being preached, and students were not being reached. So one Monday night in the middle of November of my freshman (junior) year, 6 of my Christian friends and I got together in a room on campus and just worshiped the Lord and prayed for an hour. I brought my guitar, 10 packets with 70 worship song lyrics in them, and played whatever random song came to my heart or if someone asked for one. We started praying that God would take over our campus again and that truth would break all religious barriers that had been built by humans. We decided to meet every night at 10-11 p.m. to worship and pray. If we met a Christian, we invited them to come. Within a month we had about 15 people come. I was so excited, you have no idea. After Christmas break the Lord blessed us and we doubled to 30 students coming. Can you imagine the excitement of the first people that started praying, and then seeing us multiply like 5 fold?! We felt revival coming. By the end of the year we were about 50 students strong, meeting in a lounge of a dorm.

Small logistics.
James Baldwin and Mark Del Greco (my BROTHERS!!!) helped me so SO SO much. They came early every week, set up all our sound stuff (which was a small small sound system from First Assembly that we were very grateful to have!!!!), and set our powerpoint machine (thanks to First Assembly again – your my fav), and then they would pray and calm me down and verbally instill strength in me. My first year I was not the greatest leader. I kept complaining, “I am this little freshman girl, I can’t be leading this thing..” James was so great. He kept reminding me that I am an answer to prayer and this is my calling and I am really good at it. Bless him.

That summer I stayed in Fargo and prayed much over where to lead this ministry next. By the end of the year, we sang songs for about 40 minutes, then I would let people have the opportunity to share whatever was on their heart in front of the whole group, and then we would break into small groups to pray over one another. This whole event was also called “Monday Night Worship”. Many people actually loved that name and didn’t want to lose it because it was simple and stated what the night was.

In the summer though, God pressed upon my heart to give the ministry a name. I went to a pentecostal senior high camp (fun!!!) and the evangelist continually asked us if we would be “The Remedy” for our generation. It struck my heart. I wanted Monday Night Worship to be “The Remedy” for bringing Biblical Truth back to the campus. I also had prophesied over me a few times that I had to be feeding my ministry bread. Bread is the word of God. So I felt confident that God wanted there to be a student speaker each week sharing some simple Truth in the Bible. The whole “sharing time” after worship was sweet, but sometimes people would say really weird things, or talk way too long, and it was just too complicated.

YEAR TWO:
Started in the lounge in the dorm September 7th. 50 people came that first night. This is INCREDIBLE because it was all by word of mouth and Facebook. The college would not allow our group to become an organization because we were not ELCA, so we couldn’t hang up flyers or ever reserve a room to meet in. Week two we had like 60 people, and the next day I got an email from the dorm kicking us out. 60 people worshipping probably shook up the dorm a bit to much from 9-10 p.m. Monday nights. We went to a lounge in the gym area, and got kicked out. So we went to the music building, and then within 4 months grew to 125 people and then we got kicked out of the music building. SIDE NOTE *Every Monday morning me and a few people went around campus to find a large room that was available that night. There was a beautiful recital room in the music building that we met in. If someone signed up to practice, we would track them down and ask them to leave. Once we confirmed where we were going to be that night, we spread it all over Facebook and by word of mouth. Is this not the hands of God on our campus!?!* So then we went to the science building. Then got kicked out of there. Then we went to an old gym, and was able to stay there for the rest of the year.

Yes, this blog is going to be incredibly long, but I don’t really care. I want to share some of my favorite highlights with you to show how God moved.

1. First year, the sharing time after. We had heard some INCREDIBLE testimonies of how students had just gotten saved and then found the Remedy, or how God just spoke to them and called them back to Him though out the service. What an honor to hear and be a part of that!

2. Provision. In two years, we ALWAYS had a room. We always had a sound system, and we always had a projector. Even if we forgot a chord to our projector, God provided another one. There would be nights were we would lose our room at 8:00 pm (Remedy starts at 9:00), but then God would open up another room in the same building. He always, always provided. This grew my trust in the Lord so much. He is faithful to provide!!

3. Charles speaking. I will never forget the night my friend Charles spoke. Charles is so great, he is from Africa and is married and just like loves being married and loves God and loves music and soccer. I asked him to talk at the Remedy and he said no. So I made him talk. I always met before with each speaker to make sure they were going to talk about something legit, and I sat down with Charles and asked him what he was going to talk about. He talked for a straight hour. I told him he only had 15 minutes. So he condensed, and he ROCKED the place. Seriously. I remember after he talked and everyone broke into prayer and I was in the back of the room and as I walked to the front I heard people saying “Oh my gosh, I am so passionate and excited about God right now!” or “I am so on fire for God!!” God used Charles that night to set a greater passion in our group for Him.

4. Samantha leading worship. So one Monday night I was INCREDIBLY sick. I shared a bed last year with one of the greatest worship leaders ever, Samantha Nies. I asked her to lead worship and I would back her up. It was honestly a little hard for me to let her lead because I knew everyone would wish she was leading worship every week instead of me!! haha oh my pride. Anyways, Samantha led the song “How He Loves”. Every time that song is played in a worship setting, it completely rocks people. I don’t know why more churches do it. Anyways, after that night, so many people came up to me after and God had just touched their heart from that song. So many people came up and told me “Rachel, I forgot how much God loves me, and how it changes everything.” And then Josh Skjoldal talked, so the night was epic to say the least. ANOTHER SIDE NOTE *Worship at the Remedy was so great. We actually had it pitch dark, with just the powerpoint on. We wanted there to be NO distractions. I lead worship with Anthony Eddleston singing and playing violin, and if we had a piano in the room, we would have a piano player, and sometimes we would get someone to play a djembe or something. Simple. And powerful. There was so much freedom in that room. You think lutheran’s cant sing and clap and shout and jump in worship? Well you are wrong. I have seen many of them do so.*

5. Cardboard testimonies. This was the most stressful day of my life. I decided really late to do cardboard testimonies, so that afternoon I went to like 4 grocery stores to get cardboard boxes, and finally found some (thank you ghetto Sunmart). I got like 20 students to write something on one side of the cardboard that they struggled with, and then on the other side flip it over and show how God redeemed that. This is a natural tear jerker, especially when the last person that went up is all like “cancerous tumor in back for 2 years” and then on the other side “completely healed”. After that I went up and gave the gospel message, but when I got up there, I saw like 40 people crying. I didn’t really share the message fluently that night (attenders, remember me telling you how much we all suck? hahaha), but people got really touched and moved by God. Praise Him.

6. Flood night. First year, there was a HUGE GINORMOUS flood in Fargo. The Monday night that we all had off from school to sandbag, we decided to have worship anyways. We sang relevant songs like “God of this City” and “Overcome” and after we all got in a circle and encouraged one another and prayed much over our city. Super powerful encouraging night. Mark Del Greco – I will always remember you sharing psalm 29:10 and talking about it. So good.

There is a billion more but I will stop for now. Maybe share your favorite testimony if you attended :) It would bless my heart. If you want to see what it was like, I have a dvd of the last Remedy I led.

The Remedy was one of God’s tool for revival at Concordia. The beautiful thing I learned about revival is it never has to end. So it will keep going, and I am excited to hear and see how God moves in the next few years. Concordia has stolen a piece of my heart, and I will always be praying for it the rest of my life.

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Just to Clarify,

New city friends, I don’t want you to think that just because I love Fargo a lot does not mean that I do not have enough love for you. I love all you friends so so much. Really. The people I have met at Renovation I am so fond of and Stacy Griffin you are one of the closest people to me.

I am truly happy to be here. I would not go back to Fargo right now if I could. I know I am supposed to be here. And I want to be here.

Please blogger friends, don’t take things super personally. If I only wrote about how much I love the cities, then I insult the people who have been pouring so much into me for the past two years. And now I wrote about how much I love Fargo, but I don’t want to offend any of my new friends in the cities. The Lord has given me enough love to love you both. And I want to express my love for you both in my blog.

So, I love you all. Truth.

Fargo

TOP 5 REASONS WHY FARGO IS INCREDIBLE

1. College Town: There is three college campuses in a 3 mile radius, Concordia College, Moorhead State University, and North Dakota State University. Even though I went to a small college, I was able to meet SO many sweet people from other campuses, and there is always something going on somewhere for college students – always. Also, because it is a college town they have a 24 hour coffee shop where I attended often to study. So great. And nearly every restaurant had a college student discount. Score.

2. Chi Alpha: Coolest. Campus. Ministry. Ever. Hands down. I remember the first time I went to Chi Alpha; when you walk into the room, it is so filled with love. Strangers hug you when they meet you. Why? Because we are family. And then there is the greatest funnest purest worship ever. Just like 400 college students all together in one little room jumping and praising the King. And then there is a great message, which depending on who is preaching, either mentally challenges me or spiritually rips my heart out (those who go know what I am talking about). And then there is happy quiet time with just the Lord and yourself to reflect. And then everyone hugs you again and begs you to go out to Applebees for half off appetizers, but I went to Concordia so I had more homework then NDSU people so I never went ;) But seriously. God changed my life at Chi Alpha. What a sweet ministry. God changed my heart for Concordia while I was at Chi Alpha, and when worshiping there, God instructed me to start a worship service at Concordia. And then the Remedy happened and then a lot of people got saved.

3. First Assembly: This is the church I went to in Fargo. This church has become my home church in my heart. I miss it so. The worship at First Assembly is SO incredible. If you want to hear worship lead by the Spirit, go there. Scott Flaten, the worship pastor, taught me SO much about worship, and when you see/hear him lead worship, you can totally see that he is walking in his destiny. Plus, First Assembly writes half of the worship songs they play. And the songs they write are my favorite worship songs. And the church’s favorite worship songs. And the people there? Well that will be explained in point 4. God’s anointing is real thick at that church. They love God and are incredibly passionate about seeing Him move in the Fargo community. They are willing to do anything to see that happen.

4. The People: This is of course my favorite thing about Fargo. There is something different about Fargo people. They really try to live holy, passionate lives for Christ. I have never seen so much passion. And it is not only words, these people are SO good at loving others. The past two times I have visited I get overwhelmed by love, and not only because they miss me or something, but it is how they naturally act. Girls are always encouraging other girls. The guys protect the women and the men are so obviously spiritual leaders. Oh, and my Fargo friends are all about having healthy relationships with the opposite sex, which is awesome. Their lifestyles are so opposite from anything else I have seen. They are holy, set apart people. These people have pushed me in my faith SO much, in good way. I miss my friends, I miss my family.

5. Revival: People in Fargo pray and fast and serve and a strong revival has been sweeping Fargo/Moorhead. It is what increased Chi Alpha like 300 students in one year, and started a new ministry at Concordia and had it grow to 125+ in one year. It is continually seeing people saved, healed, and spiritual gifts coming forth out of everyone. I have seen Revival. I now desire and am praying for that to come to Blaine, MN.

So there it is. Fargo. How I love thee. But obviously, one can tell that I love Fargo so much because I see God so visibly there. And that is why I was able to leave. Because the God in Fargo is the same God in Blaine. He can do the same things here as He is doing there. And I am praying He does.

But if He ever calls me back to Fargo, I would return oh so happily…

p.s. No, Fargo is not a frozen tundra. But you do have to wear cuddle duds for about 3 months of the year :)

Giving Part 2

I forgot to write the best part I have learned about giving. Usually the Lord gives back! We should be generous in our giving, remembering that the Lord is our great provider. Of course, I have an incredible, personal story that I would love to share right now about how the Lord provides.

So it is Novemberish, 2009. My parents made me buy a new car, so I have a car payment, and I work 15 hours a week on minimum wage, so I am broke (but of course still a happy person). One day I was reading my Bible at Concordia in a lounge, and one of my international friends sits by me and asks to see my Bible. He looks at it for a while and then asks where he can get that Bible. Of course it is my expensive Bible that I got for Christmas, the Life Application study Bible, and I am semi-super attached to it, so I didn’t give it to him, but I promised I would get one for him. I didn’t want to tell him where to get it because I know those Bibles are like 50 dollars and I know he would never buy a 50 dollar Bible. Oh, 3 weeks prior to this occurrence, I got a 140 dollar speeding ticket (new car). I had to pay that ticket by like the end of December or something. I did not have 140 extra dollars. Then, in early December, I was at a Christian bookstore with one of my girls from Bible study, helping her pick out a study Bible. So there I was, next to all the beautiful expensive study Bibles, and my international friend’s face keeps pressing into my conscience. So, I buy the Bible for him. I decided that I simply will not buy groceries in the month of December. No big deal. I figured I had enough oatmeal and cereal to get me through. So I give the Bible to my friend, happy day, and am praying that my bank statement doesn’t go under from the Bible, and am still wondering how I am going to pay off my ticket. I figured I would have to borrow money from my parents, which is my LEAST favorite thing to do.

I clearly remember praying, “God, people do not give 20 year old girls in college money, but please, tell someone to give me money”.

God is so good to me. Later that week I received an anonymous 50 dollar gift card to Wal-Mart. Okay now. I promise I did not tell anyone about my financial need, I felt too stupid to admit it. But look how He immediately gave back what I had given! And guess where I go grocery shopping? Yep. Wal-Mart. When I opened that, I started crying. I felt like it was God saying, “Rachel, I want you to eat this month”. See, when you give, He is faithful to provide!!

And He even gives more! Even though my speeding ticket was MY sin, He literally paid for it anyways. Also, in that same week, someone came up to me and told me that he told his parents what I was doing at Concordia (starting the Remedy), and they wanted to give me a Christmas present of money. I replied with “Oh that is so funny because I got a speeding ticket and I can’t pay for it. But I don’t want your parents to pay for my ticket.” Low and behold, a few days later, he gave me a envelope with 120 dollars in it. And then I cried again. First off, I felt like that was such a tangible example to me of God paying for my sin when I was so undeserving. Secondly, God really affirmed to me that He is in control, He knows what I need, and He is not going to leave me to rot, especially if I am trying to live a life with a giving heart.

1 Timothy 6:17-19
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Giving

Hey friends,

Giving has been on my heart for a long while. Over the past couple of years I have become a much more giving person, but I think through reading the word and probably listening to Francis Chan preach, I have been really feeling like I should give more. Do I have money? Of course not, I have loans.

But here I sit in my room, and I just got done looking at everything I have. I have so much stuff.

And then I like to think about how much stuff Jesus had. I am pretty sure he said that he didn’t even have a place to lay his head. Yep, just checked. Matthew 8:20.

Then, I was reading this amazing woman Danae Moran’s blog. I really wish I would have gotten to know her better when I was in Fargo, but I was lame and didn’t. Sad day. Anyways, she is amazing and you should read her happy blog. Her recent post had a quote from a book she is reading. Below is the quote. It is from the book “The Irresistible Revolution” by Shane Claiborne.

“You guys are all into that born again thing, which is great. We do need to be born again, since Jesus said that to a guy named Nicodemus. But if you tell me that I have to be born again to enter the kingdom of god, I can tell you that you have to sell everything you have and give it to the poor, because Jesus said that to one guy too. But I guess that’s why God invented highlighters, so we can highlight the parts we like and ignore the rest.”

Mmm. Conviction.

The act of giving is kind of simple. I sort of think that one is either a giving person, or they are not. I recently went to a meeting for employees of a large business. This meeting was meant to encourage the employees to sell more and gain more clients. This business stated they were a Christian-based company, and that they instill Christian morals into their employees and clients, but their inspiration was simply, “Get more clients, so then you can have sweet cars and travel all over the world and buy 1600 dollar shoes, and have whatever you want, and oh yeah, you can buy tickets to a game for a kid who can’t afford it.”

I would say that these people aren’t very giving.

And then there is my man, Francis Chan, who is a pastor in Southern California, who does not take income from the church he started, gave away 90% of his proceeds from his book, and instilled in his church to give 50% of their income to missions.

I would say that Francis and his church are giving people.

I would like to be a giving person. Giving in money, time, love, encouragement, friendship, knowledge, and everything. I can still give so much, even though I have many loans.

Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. “

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.

Renovation

I am attending and now currently work at a brand new church in Blaine, MN, and I really, really, REALLY like this church.

So, I am going to write a happy little blog about why I love it so much and why if you are in the Blaine area you should go.

1. This church has a sweet name.

Renovation is a long cool word for “change” or “repair” or “restore to good condition”. The unique thing about this church, unlike many, is that its name is actually the main theme in the mission of the church.

2. This church has a sweet mission.

If you didn’t know, churches have mission statements and doctrinal statements, and many different things. I like all of these things about my church, but I especially like the mission statement. There mission is “To be a people being changed by God to change the world”. Then they break it down, to be a people (community) being changed by God (encountering God) to change the world (bringing forth the gospel in into our community and the world).

3. This church has a sweet pastor.

Yes, I may be biased because I have known David Sorn for about 7 or 8 years now, but David is a smart, gifted man of God, and clearly his calling in life is to be a pastor of a church. He directs the church around the mission, and everything done in this church is so well thought out and prayed upon. Plus, I have probably heard David Sorn speak about 300 times (totally a guess, but it is a lot), and I have yet to hear a sermon I have not completely enjoyed. Honestly.

4. This church has sweet worship.

Zach Foty is one of the most unique worship leaders I have ever played with. He is one of the most humble people musicians I know, and yet EXTREMELY musically creative, which comes forth clearly through worship at Renovation. Zach has high standards for the worship team and pushes the band to produce our best for the glory of God. I am amazed by Zach’s ability to take (in my opinion) and older worship song, and then create it to be something completely new to even me, and I struggle to play a song that I thought I knew so well. This is a fun challenge, and has brought forth a new excitement for me in worship and music in general. (And I am not saying that we play old worship music, all the worship music we play is new, I just basically only listen to worship music so new music is old to me (yes I am strange) ).

5. This church is simple.

Last summer I read a book called “Simple Church”. It is a great book if you are into ministry, and it changed the ministry I started at Concordia called The Remedy. When I think about that book, and what they said would be the set up for a successful church, I think that Renovation Church would be a perfect example. It is a simple church that consists of Sunday morning worship, house groups, and a youth group. That’s it. Through this simple setup, the church does not spend time on programs that don’t help accomplish the mission of the church. People are encountering God and growing in his word on Sunday mornings, house groups help develop community, develop their personal relationships with God, and through house groups they go out into the community and do service projects. The youth group does the same thing, only for the youth. Also, another cool thing, the house groups are multi-generational, which I think most church groups try not to do, but people have responded incredibly well, and it provides different generations to learn from one another. This is cool.

6. This church has sweet people.

Last weekend Renovation had an “All Church Party”. I went to it, and was incredibly bummed that I was obligated to leave early. The people at Renovation are SO amazing and cool and if I could have it my way, I would be super close friends with all of them. For the most part, it is a young church with the majority of people being in their twenties, but there are some older and younger people as well. My amount of friends older than 30 has increased dramatically since I have started attending this church. And soon, I hope to know all the youth really well.

7. I am the youth leader at this church.

I am starting and leading the youth group for 6-12 graders. As I plan this, I am getting more excited for September 22 (our launch day) to come! I am sure I will blog about the youth group when it starts, but for now it has just been a lot of planning and praying.

Basically, my church is awesome. Please come check it out, or at least check out the website and maybe watch a sermon or two.

http://www.renovationchurchmn.org

Go change the world.