Don't Tell Me God Can't Use Young People

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Don't Tell Me God Can't Use Young People

        “You are not able to fight against this philistine, you are only a young man and he has been a warrior since his youth.”  

 

                                1 Samuel 17:33

 

 

Have you ever thought to yourself: “God can’t possibly use me; I’m too young?” That way of thinking is not only wrong, but also against the Bible. All over the Bible there are young people slaying giants, converting kings, and even hearing from God himself.

 

    

King Saul, the king of Israel, had a very big problem on his hands. The Philistine army was in a battle with the Israelite army. That was a problem in and of itself, but just when he thought that it couldn’t get any worse, the Philistines brought out a giant named Goliath, and all the Israelite soldiers were afraid to fight him. But David, a young person, went up to King Saul and told him that he would be able to defeat Goliath. It would be normal to think that a young person would never be able to defeat a giant like Goliath, but the story goes on to say that David not only defeated Goliath, but also gave the Israelite army the courage to defeat the remaining Philistine soldiers.

 

This story shows us that God’s power is not limited by age. So the next time that you find yourself doubting the call of God on your life, remember that God can use anybody.

 

 

So what’s your excuse? Are you too shy? Too young? Too far gone?

 

 

The truth is that God can use you in spite of your excuses and shortcomings.

 

 

Whatever the thing that you think is holding you back from being used by God is the very thing that He will use to show His power through you.

 

 

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Our Response to World Pain

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Our Response to World Pain

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!
— Matthew 9:35-38 MSG

     We can all agree that September was one crazy and chaotic month, not only in Miami but also around the world. From natural disasters to political issues to terrorist incidents, we experienced times of uncertainty and despair. It’s extremely easy to put our eyes on what’s happening around us rather than fixing them on Jesus. As I kept reading the news about every issue going on around the world, the question that kept crossing my mind was, “How should the body of Christ respond to all of this?”

     Matthew chapter 9 paints a beautiful picture of Jesus responding to the needs of humanity. It tells us that Jesus walked around different towns and villages where He taught and healed not only the physical bodies, but also the spiritual lives of many. But what really amazes me is that when Jesus saw the crowd, His heart broke for them. In other versions of the Bible, it says that He had compassion on them for they were confused like sheep with no shepherd. We live in a broken world full of broken people, like you and I, yet Jesus decides to have compassion on us and make us whole again. The truth of the matter is that we have decided to judge instead of love, to hurt instead of heal, and to make a bigger mess instead of help.

     Our response to world pain should be that of Jesus. That when we encounter a hurt and broken world, we may have compassion on them and break for what breaks God’s heart. The world is in desperate need of Jesus and we carry the cornerstone of humanity (Jesus) in our hearts. The good news is that Jesus also gives us an invitation to join Him on this mission of showing His love to the world. The harvest is huge, but the workers are few. We will not know the need there is until we step out and encounter it. Let’s decide to respond in ways counter to the world’s pain, let’s make a difference, and let’s make God known everywhere we go.
 

Alejandra Alvarado 

Co-Founder

 

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Lead with What You've Been Hiding

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’
— John 4:39

Shame – a small word that carries a big weight. It’s the devil’s age-old tactic for keeping us from living in the light of the cross and from making a difference. Since the beginning, sin and shame have caused us to hide from God and from each other. Adam and Eve hid from God after they sinned, and we tend to do the same. We feel ashamed of our broken past and broken
hearts. We feel ashamed because we don’t measure up. So we hide. We cover up the dark, painful, shameful, and ugly parts of our stories, and while this keeps us safe from others’ judgement and rejection, it also keeps us from love, freedom, and ultimately, from making a difference.


But we don’t have to hide anymore when we believe that Jesus is enough for us and that He can turn the shame of our broken stories into a testimony of His victory and goodness. See shame will try to trap us into thinking that our stories disqualify us from knowing God and making a difference, but the truth is that God uses our stories to move in us and through us. When we let Jesus in, when we talk with Him like the woman at the well, we are loved, transformed, and set free; and this propels us to make Him known. 

The woman at the well was transformed when she spoke with Jesus about her story. So transformed that she ran to the people that she had been running from and told them about Jesus. The Bible says that many of the Samaritans first believed because of her testimony – her story. Suddenly, a woman who hid in shame was running courageously and freely with the message of Jesus. And we can do the same. Like the woman at the well, we can let Jesus into our mess and let Him turn it into our message.


Your story is powerful not because of who you are or what you can do, but because of who Jesus is and what He did. It doesn’t matter how broken or messed up your story is, Jesus is enough. He loves you and forgives you, and because of His crazy goodness you are free to live loved and make a difference. You don’t have to hide anymore. Give Him your story and let Him transform you. His love, grace, and goodness will overwhelm you in the best way possible and lead you to make Him known. Like the woman at the well, you too will lead with what you’ve been hiding.

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Celebrating Five Years of M.A.D.E.

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Celebrating Five Years of M.A.D.E.

July 10th, 2012 was the beginning of a new adventure for us. Our hearts had been tugged by God about uniting community service with discipleship in order to steer this generation towards being living examples of His love. I don’t think we ever imagined that it would get this far or that so many lives would have impacted. I definitely didn’t imagine that our lives would be the most changed by the individuals we have encountered along the way, yet God’s grace, will, and faithfulness has guided us through it all.  

In five years, we have done over 935 hours of community service and capacitation classes, and have impacted approximately 640, 980 people worldwide. However, the numbers only tell part of the story; it’s the testimonies that really paint the beautiful picture of how this generation has started to change the world. Stories of a 14 year-old realizing how God could use him to serve others when he thought he was talentless otherwise. Stories of youth who felt lost, forgotten, and lonely but discovered that with their identities set in Christ, they are found, chosen, and part of a family of difference makers. Only time will tell the lives that have been forever changed by perfect God’s plan, so we continue on.

We are grateful for everyone that has supported the vision God gave us five years ago and made it their own. For praying and encouraging us to keep going forward, but most importantly, for embodying what a difference maker looks like. We have dedicated our lives to build up a generation that makes a difference everyday and by the hand of God and with your support, we’ll continue on.

 

Ester Avero and Alejandra Alvarado

Co- Founders

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Motivations Speak Louder

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Motivations Speak Louder

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
— Romans 12:9 NLT

     We are commanded to love everyone around us – to share with others the same graceful, unconditional love that God shows us. Despite this, we often find ourselves in a state where we start to fake our love towards others. When presented with an unfavorable situation, or person, we face a decision between responding in love or hate, and sometimes we settle for a middle ground and choose to fake our love instead. We put up an empty facade of love in order to superficially fulfill the command given to us instead of showing the genuine love that we are called to express. Then, we justify our actions by telling ourselves that at least they have the illusion of love. Actions may speak louder than words, but motivations speak even louder.

     In order to truly love one another, our love must come from a genuine place because actions without genuine motivations are ultimately empty. Jesus lived his entire life as a model of love. He showed genuine want and care for everyone around him. He never poured out empty love. Instead, he embraced everyone's faults and problems with his unconditional, unfailing and perfect love. Just like Jesus truly loved us, so we must truly love others.

     In order for us to really make a difference in our community, we have to love like Jesus did. If we want to create breakthrough in today's culture, we have to come forward with a different culture than the one that is present. Living in a world currently obsessed with outer appearances and manners, presenting an alternative that provides a deep and real expression of who we really are and who we represent will break barriers within our city and community. Instead of encouraging a culture of superficial love, we must love others completely and genuinely. That is the only way to truly impact the lives of those around us and in our community.

 

William Rivero

Service Liaison

 

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Keep Doing Good

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Keep Doing Good

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
— Galatians 6:9 NLT

      Seasons are part of both our physical and spiritual lives. Some seasons bring about new opportunities and ignite dreams that create in us that odd mix of scared yet excited emotions and feelings that come with the prospect of growth. Often times, those seasons are followed by seasons of slow growth and feelings of stagnancy, and we’re left feeling discouraged and frustrated with doing the good that God set us to do.

     It’s easy to fall into a rut of frustration and lack of passion. The work that God placed in our hands that we once felt privileged to do and did with enthusiasm and passion can turn into a routine of things that we have to do and that sometimes feels essentially meaningless. Loving people and serving them can start to feel like a chore rather than a response to God’s love in our lives. You may even find yourself looking for a way out of that dry, lackluster place where you feel passionless, discouraged, and a bit lost if we’re totally honest here. But it’s in those seemingly dry seasons that we must not get tired of doing good – of faithfully seeking God, doing the good He set us to do, and fighting for the dreams and passions that he ignited in us in the first place.

     Maybe you’ve lost that zeal for loving God and loving others that you once had. Maybe you feel like the good that you’re doing is not producing any good in others’ lives. Maybe you’ve lost your focus and let the passions, dreams, and promises that God gave you slip into the back of your mind. Maybe you tried taking matters into your own hands and ended up on an entirely different course than you know God set you on, and now you’re not sure how and if you can do good again. But, there’s hope. There’s always hope when we look to God and choose to trust and follow Him. You may feel tired and passionless, but feelings are nothing compared to the word and truth of God. Know that He is faithful and that He will be faithful with whatever word, promise, dream, and passion He gave you. Hold on to His faithfulness and goodness, so that you can continue to faithfully seek Him and do the good that He called you to in the place that He set you in. Keep sowing in the word and passion that He gave you, and at the right time, you will harvest a good crop.

 

God is cheering you on and so are we. Keep doing good difference maker. 

 

Geraldine Lara

Creative Team Producer

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Wherever You Go

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Wherever You Go

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9

     Sometimes God calls us to do things that we are completely scared to do. Take Joshua for example. God promised Moses, Joshua’s predecessor, a land for the Israelites, but due to his generation’s disobedience, they were forced to wander the desert for forty years. After Moses and the rest of his generation died, it was Joshua’s turn to lead the Israelites into the land promised to them.

     Imagine Joshua’s fear. The desert was all that he and the Israelites knew, and suddenly  they faced the mysteriousness of an entirely new land. But God told Joshua not to be afraid because He would be with him wherever he went.

     Sometimes we feel the same way about God’s calling for our lives. But don’t be afraid of whatever it is that you are called to do because the all-powerful God is with you. The mysteriousness of certain situations can be frightening but if we remember who is on our side and trust in Him, then we can stand firm because we know that He is with us wherever we go.

 


Chris Murialdo

Sponsorship Liaison

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At the Heart of Made Known Camp 2017

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At the Heart of Made Known Camp 2017

“Righteous Father, the world has never known you, but I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission. I have made your very being known to them—Who you are and what you do— and continue to make it known, so that your love for me might be in them exactly as I am in them.”

                                                                                                                    John 17:25-26 MSG

            Only a few months have passed since Custom-Made Youth Camp and we are still talking and thinking about the amazing things God did in our lives through last year’s camp – it has truly been the best camp yet! (watch the recap video Click Here). This great experience has prepared our hearts for what is to come this year and we cannot contain the excitement and expectation for Made Known Youth Camp 2017 and here is the heart behind it.

            As an organization, we have the honor and privilege of serving our city on a monthly basis. We have a profound love, admiration, and appreciation towards our city and this only fuels our desire and passion to keep serving and impacting it with the love of Jesus. Our desire is to keep up with the mission that Jesus left us to do here on earth: to go out and make a difference every day.

            In John 17, we can read a powerful prayer, if not, the most powerful prayer in the Bible – Jesus praying for you and for me. Jesus came to this earth to make the Father known to every human heart. Jesus prays that we continue this mission, that as we have known Him, we can make God known everywhere we go and to every human heart we encounter.

            We believe that as our youth encounters God and know him, they will be able to make Him known and impact every abandoned place and heart of our city. We believe for youth revival as we defy their generation’s status quo. We will not stop until we make Him known. This will be the best camp yet! Don’t miss out, sign up today! click here 

 

Excited and Expectant,

 

Ale and Ester

Co-Founders 

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