EMBRACE COMMUNION ~ EMBRACE TRANSFORMATION ~ EMBRACE PURPOSE
Embrace Ministries exists to minister to the broken and the whole, the wounded and the healed, the lost and the saved. It is our deep conviction that God has asked us to make His Name and His love known in the world through building His kingdom.
God has laid this vision and great assignment on our hearts, and He is calling us into a full-time mission in San Diego. We both have been doing street ministry, campus ministry, and are discipling young people. We feel the heart of God for the San Diego region, and we are passionate to live this mission out in those three areas. If you would like to read more about each part of our mission, we would love for you to read more below:
There are 1.4 million individuals that live in San Diego. The city is full of people roaming the streets waiting for an encounter with God. There are also thousands of homeless individuals that sleep on the concrete floors of this city. San Diego is known to have the 4th highest homeless population in the United States. We believe that through street ministry God wants to reveal His love to everyone we meet.
Through spending time having fellowship and friendship with individuals that we meet on the streets, we listen to their stories, get to know their hearts and ask the Holy Spirit to show us the way God sees them. We share the gospel and invite each individual to receive the gift of salvation. God desires to have communion with His children. We believe that hearts are hungry to get to know true love, real hope, and the heart of God. We see the Father touch lives when we are ministering on the streets, and God wants to touch each individual with His kind and powerful love.
God uses His transforming power to bring restoration. We see individuals receive healing in their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through the love of the Father. We believe that the transforming power of the Holy Spirit brings true freedom and liberty. The power of the Holy Spirit grows new believers into maturing men and woman that walk by faith.
God has created each individual to live out their purpose as beloved children and as followers of Jesus. God has planted in each life a God-given purpose of how the homeless individuals, past homeless individuals, or people on the streets can partner with God in building His Kingdom on earth. We believe that God also uses discipleship in order for His children to discover more about His truth, His plans, and their personal callings.
There are more than 20 Universities and Colleges in San Diego. An army of young students will be sent out each year into every area of society. California Universities have been said to be a battleground for souls, and we believe that God is wanting to save and equip mighty leaders for the Kingdom of God. We know that God is wanting to touch students and reveal His heart through His kindness.
When we engage with University students, we tell the individuals that they are created to have fellowship with God. This relationship with God is greater than any paycheck or place of influence. It is greater than the pursuit of happiness or success. We believe God is waiting for their decision to surrender their lives to Him. The Father is desiring to give each student a new and fresh revelation of their identity as a son or daughter in God.
God uses His love and power to light a fire inside the hearts of University students. We know that God brings transformation as they live wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord. We believe that God will light a passion in the hearts of students that will continue to be aflame for decades to come as they are transformed more and more into the likeness of the Father.
God has a destiny for each person that walks on the University campuses. These campuses are like training grounds for the next generation of leaders, and we know that God wants to ignite His truth and His purposes into the hearts of the humble laid down lovers of God. As the students learn more about who they are in Christ, they will also learn how to live out their callings on earth. They will live their lives not pursuing green paper, status, or influence, but they will live to make their Father known.
Discipleship is one of the commands that God gave along with the great commission. Jesus said go and make disciples of all nations. We believe that God has commissioned us to make disciples in all spheres of society. We see discipleship as pouring into, training up, and connecting others to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through street ministry and campus ministry, many decide to give their lives to Jesus, and discipleship is key in the process of maturing in the faith and running the race God has prepared.
Each individual is beautifully and wonderfully made, and God created each person in His image. God uses discipleship to encourage, build-up, and edify His children to grow in their faith with God. The Father has placed us in environments where many want to know Jesus and want to be discipled on their journey of following Him. In this endeavor, we take every opportunity we can to connect individuals to the heart of God. Communing with God is a lifestyle that transcends the life of one individual.
We are made to live from glory to glory. Transformation into the likeness of Christ is a byproduct of an individual’s relationship with God. At the same time, when an individual invites Jesus into their hearts and lives, they become a new creation where the old has passed and the new has come. As individuals give their lives to Christ, they begin a journey of transformation that only occurs through the Holy Spirit that lives inside of them. Discipleship partners with the working of the Holy Spirit that draws each individual closer to God and deeper in their God-given identities.
The purpose of discipleship is to be and live as a follower of Christ. Pursuing God in all that we do is the main agenda. Everything else flows from this place. When individuals are consumed with God, it overflows into everything they do and everyone they meet. We believe that such individuals are looking for those that will disciple them. Integrity, perseverance, and steadfastness coupled with passion, vision, and a supernatural lifestyle is a maturing seedbed for those that are discipled. We believe that living as disciples of Jesus and to disciple others is one of the greatest callings of life.