An Answer to Prayer

Last fall, Robert Lopez wanted to start a Christian club on campus. God put on his heart a desire to reach people at California State University Dominguez Hills who didn't know about Jesus.

“I prayed to the Lord two things,” said Robert. “Firstly, I prayed that the Lord use me as His instrument and that everywhere I go and every breath I take would be for His glory. Secondly, I prayed that the Lord lead me to the right people who will support me.”

At the same time, the Los Angeles North Destino team was also praying. In a season of discouragement, they sought intercessory prayer. God led them to try and launch new Destino movements on campuses where Destino had no ministries. Then at CSU Dominguez Hills, Destino staff member Kai Pottenger was introduced to Robert.

This was an answer to both their prayers.

The two began meeting together. That week they went out on campus and had the privilege of seeing another student begin a relationship with Christ. With Kai’s help, Robert launched Destino at Dominguez Hills and the group became an official club in January of 2018 (some of the students are pictured above).

“The Lord has been bringing the students to the club,” explained Robert. “There’s a story of an atheist girl we met while sharing the gospel who believed that she came from stardust. We shared the gospel to her and she was the first person to attend our official meeting and has been going ever since. She has also invited her friends to our Bible studies.”

This past summer, Robert was taking classes at Cerritos College. “I have been speaking to students about God in that campus," said Robert, "and God has been leading me to maybe start something over there since I live nearby.”

In Destino our desire is that every student would have the opportunity to know about Jesus! We are so excited to help students like Robert launch Destino groups on their campuses. Would you take a minute to pray for the students at Dominguez Hills as well as Cerritos College, that many would come to know Jesus and get connected to the Destino familia?

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Launching New Ministries

DU students Brendie, Stephanie, Isaac, and Rebeka at their first meeting.

“We are looking for people who love Jesus and want to tell others about him.”

A few weeks ago the Denver Destino team to helped launch Destino movements on two new campuses in Denver: the University of Denver (DU) and the Community College of Aurora (CCA).

After spending each morning in prayer, they approached over 300 students, asking them this question and sharing our vision to start a ministry on campus through the Latino community. Over that week they challenged 27 of these students to lead these new ministries. Starting Destino movements in new places stems from our desire that every student would have a place on their campus to learn about Jesus Christ, ask questions and grow.

Christy and Jessica, Destino staff members, stopped Brielle, Loresa and Shadia on their way out of math class. The three girls had become friends a few weeks before after meeting in their class and realizing they all shared a loved for Jesus. While they ate wraps and fries at the small campus cafeteria, Christy and Jessica explained our vision for Destino. They all expressed interest in coming once meetings begin.

Another from the group approached a student at DU. After a brief introduction she exclaimed, “I’m not interested, but my roommate would be! Let me connect you with her.” She told her roommate, Brendie, about Destino and Brendie called the Destino team. They were able to meet with her and ask her how she hopes to see God move at DU. She expressed, “I am a religious studies major, and I want to have conversations about my faith with other friends and classmates that aren’t Christians.”

The team jumped at the opportunity to meet again with Brendie and three other DU students who showed interest in leading Destino: Stephanie whose family is Belarusian, Rebeka whose family is Ethiopian, and Isaac who is Mexican-American. Rebeka reserved a room on campus, and the group shared their dreams for what they hope God would do at DU. They dreamed about having Bible studies for men and women, having a monthly familia dinner, and sharing their faith with friends and classmates. The Denver team trained them with a tool called “What Matters?” to equip them on how to start a spiritual conversation based on topics that matter to many people, and especially to Jesus.

We look forward to what God continues doing at DU and CCA!

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A Calling to Lead

A Calling to Lead

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 at NMSU. Together with local staff members, they’re helping to shape and guide Destino.

Jaymison explained his call: “I believe I have a calling to minister with Destino…I think Destino can be an incredible campus ministry that has much potential.”

Do you want to see God use you to reach your peers on campus?  You can get involved on your campus, or help get a new chapter started!

And don’t think your walk with God has to be perfect! Jaymison says, “God has been teaching me about doubt, that it’s not bad to have doubts….I’m learning there are ways to have doubts and still approach God with my insecurities.” The Lord loves when we take steps of faith, are available to Him and open to learning.

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How God Grows Leaders

How God Grows Leaders

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 John. At the end of the first meeting, Alejandro said, “I have never studied the Bible like this before, but I really like it.”

Stephen and Alejandro met up each week to play basketball and talk about their faith. Now a computer engineering major and leader in Destino, Alejandro has become a man who applies what he’s learning as he walks with God.

This is what it takes to become a spiritual leader.

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