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Nov
29
2011

Jill Dykstra

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Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you…” Genesis 12.1

 

Jill’s friend Ryan was in the military, based in San Diego. Working faithfully in a church in Florida & serving heavily in ministry, the thought of a quick respite in San Diego sounded very appealing to her. Jill had been hearing stories of Ryan’s experiences of God in IMPACT195, an intense discipleship school offered through Rock Church and she was curious.

 

“I thought I would fly out during their Rock the House, open house week to check it out… I had no idea what God, on such short notice, was going to invite me to do…”

 

Jill had been delighting in the Lord, and He had been giving her the desires of her heart. In her recent readings, Abraham, in the Bible, had had her full attention. She wanted so much to have a faith like his.

 

“God had sent Abraham out to a land he didn’t know, away from everything familiar… I wanted to have a faith like that…and be willing to do it if God asked me to…”

 

At the end of the open house week in San Diego two significant things happened. Ryan got word from the military that he was to be deployed; Jill got word from God that she was to stay in California, attend IMPACT195 and not even return home to Florida for her things.

 

“It sounds crazy, but I knew God was giving me this opportunity to know what Abraham knew… that I already had a faith like Abraham, I just needed to walk in it”.

 

Jill has been growing a ton and will start Term 2 of the program this May.

 

“In Isaiah 58.11 it says that ‘The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.’ I have found this to be tru these past few months. I can’t wait to see what the future will hold and what new ways God will give me to live out my faith…”