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There Were Bigger Plans in Store for Me…


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

Little Did I Know There Were Bigger Plans in Store for Me… “I thought I came to college to earn my degree and get a job. Little did I know that there were much bigger plans in store for me. All my life I believed in God and tried to lead a moral life most […]

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Giving Up a “Good Thing.”


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

One of our staff members, Silas, texted Jose to see if he’d like to meet over coffee or a Coke. Jose responded he’d like to meet.  From Jose’s answers on a Destino survey, you would assume that he was a Christ follower. When they found each other, they sat down to get to know one […]

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A Calling to Lead


Categories: OutreachSpiritually Empowered

Arielle and Jaymison are juniors at New Mexico State. While neither comes from a Latino family, they share a desire to see God use them as student leaders in Destino. “I want to do as much as I can during college to serve God,” says Arielle. She and Jaymison are on the Student Leadership Team […]

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Remembered as a Spiritual Influencer


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

“I felt lost and overwhelmed,” admits Katrina as she describes her first quarter at UCLA. “I didn’t know anyone. I’d just go to class and go back and eat by myself and wait for the weekend to go home. But then I found Destino, and it all changed.” Katrina is now involved in a women’s […]

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Where are you spiritually right now?


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

As this school year started we’ve met lots of students! We asked, “What are you hoping for this semester?” and you answered things like, “success” and “good friends.” Destino likes to ask, “Where are you spiritually right now?” And on one campus students could circle motions like frustrated, excited, and/or empty. Maybe you relate to […]

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How God Grows Leaders


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

At USC one afternoon, Stephen met a freshman, Alejandro (middle in the pic). When they read through “Knowing God Personally” together, Alejandro prayed and committed his life to Christ. Alejandro began to meet with Stephen and two other guys for a men’s Bible study. They started with the life of Jesus in the book of […]

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13 Times a Day


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

“It is just so hard to think positive things about myself and to believe that is really how God sees me.” That’s what Melody, a Destino staff woman, heard from a student in Miami. Melody was leading an exercise to help students evaluate their identity as individuals, including who has most influenced their lives, and […]

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It Is Broken


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

The longer I live, the more I’m convinced of one theological truth:  this world is broken. As I talk to students and hear story after story of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and as I look around and see hatred, racism, and poverty, I can’t help but believe that something just isn’t right.  Moreover, when I […]

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Pulling Up Roots, Pt. 3–Jesus calls our bluff.


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed ad self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” Matthew 23:25-26 In my first and second […]

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Pulling Up Roots, Pt. 2–Shedding light on things.


Categories: DiscipleshipSpiritually Empowered

In my last post I asked the question, “How do we live in light of the fact that Jesus wants to pull up the roots of sin in our lives, not just ‘trim the weeds’ and make us look externally good?” Our Destino community finished up last semester and started this new one talking about […]

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