The Drive Home

Reflection by Josiah Klas

Josiah Klas, a first-year Missionary serving with Saint Paul's Outreach at Johnson County Community College, speaks to Kansas college students about the Holy Spirit

Josiah Klas, a first-year Missionary serving with Saint Paul's Outreach at Johnson County Community College, speaks to Kansas college students about the Holy Spirit

The door shuts, car starts, and just like that my second Fan into Flame retreat as a staff member finished as quickly as it started. What a whirlwind of a weekend! Exciting, jam-packed, faith-filled are just a few words with which describe my experience. The silence of the car ride home is the perfect place to process the weekend. Around three weeks earlier I had been asked to give a talk on the retreat, so most of my down time up until now has been in preparation. Hours of screen time, typing away, all for a twenty-minute talk. It was so worth it! I was blessed to be able to tell one hundred college students about the new life in the Spirit that the Lord desires to give each one of us.

The Lord used this talk and a few others to prepare the students' hearts to invite Him to work in their lives in a new way. One of our student leaders, Sarah Zuchowski, gave a testimony which spoke of her decision to make Jesus Lord of her life. Her radical openness to her experience of the Lord saving her from a life of sin silenced the room and had everyone on the edge of their seats. This was a perfect preparation for Saturday night, when many of the students would give their lives to the Lord for the first time. One by one each member of my small group asked Jesus to be Lord of their life, and one by one the Lord transformed their lives. One of the men from Johnson County Community College, Joseph Ginzel, asked Jesus to come into his heart and now is looking into living in our Men’s Household. This is just one of the many powerful experiences our students had this weekend.

So, now as I turn left out of the parking lot to drive home exhausted from the last 48 hours, I know all my energy was spent serving the Lord. And that’s exactly why I serve.