— especially when the timing doesn’t make sense.
As many of you know my son, Mark is headed on a semester-long internship/mission trip. In human terms and to many who are looking at it from the outside the timing may appear to be all wrong. This fall he would be heading into his 5th and final year at LeTourneau Univesity (Computer Engineering) in Longview, TX. But God had other plans and called him to spend the semester in Ephram, UT instead.
Here is an excerpt from his Facebook Group :
I will be spending the next semester in Utah, working as an intern with a mission organization there called Tri-Grace. Tri-Grace Ministries is a Christian Organization that witnesses to the Mormons of Utah, with a focus on the college students at Snow College in Ephraim.
The LDS people have been misled for a long time, and with the accessibility of knowledge on the internet, young members are leaving in droves. Often times they feel so disenfranchised by their faith that they abandon everything to do with God. Tri-Grace runs a coffee shop across the street from Snow College and uses that as a place to interact with students, and show them that the God of the Bible is not what they came to know, and that grace is a gift freely given, not one that you have to earn. They also run a Bible museum, with artifacts and manuscripts from Israel, to show the world that the Bible can be trusted.
I have spent my spring breaks in Utah since my freshman year at LeTourneau. I have fallen in love with the people here, and the ministry Tri-Grace provides for the community. As part of my internship, I am provided with housing, but I am expected to fund the rest of my expenses (gas, food, insurance, etc.) For transportation up there and back, and expensed while I’m there, I think I will need around $3000. I am confident that God will provide what I need.
More importantly, I need your prayer. Utah is a place filled with spiritual warfare and can be a very draining place to be. I believe this is where God wants me to be, and I trust that He will be there every step of the way.
If you do feel called to help financially, you can contribute here: https://www.paypal.me/MarkHegreberg
Additionally, if you prefer contributing in some other way, you can send it to my home in Crystal Lake, or simply text/call me. Thank you for joining me in this Journey. I love you all.
Yours in Christ,
The Solid Rock Cafe
The Solid Rock Cafe is a special place. Not only is it a cafe with amazing coffees and teas, but it also houses a Bible museum. The LDS people are often told that they can’t trust the Bible, that it’s been so long, and has gone through so many translations, that there is no way it still says what it used to.
The Bible museum has pottery and fragments of scripture from the early days of the church, in addition to diagrams explaining the Diaspora, and the Dead Sea scrolls, and how obvious it is that there is no way that the bible could have been changed.
The Cafe is also a place full of conversations. It’s a safe place for anyone of any background to come and ask questions, without condemnation or judgment. I feel privileged to be able to work here for the coming months.
From A Mother’s Heart
I can attest to Mark’s love for these people, I have heard it in his voice and seen it in his eyes since he took his first trip to Ephriam in 2015. God has a mighty work for him to do in the coming months. I ask for your prayers for the ministry, open hearts and minds, and of course for Mark.
Mark began his cross-country trek yesterday and will be posting updates along the way.
As a mom, I am in awe of the fact that God trusted me to be Mark’s mom.
To learn,\ more about Mark’s Adventures CLICK HERE