Welcome to Los Angeles.

I guess it is only fair that I start this post with an apology. It has been almost a year since I have last posted. I have a million excuses but I am sure no one wants me to waste their time by listing them all out. I have been so busy and so much has happened this past year that I wouldn’t even know where to start. However, I think the time has come to dust of the old blog and start posting again. So, hopefully, there is gonna be a lot more action going on at christynolan.com than there has been over the past year. 
Currently, I am writing this post from a cute little coffee shop in Los Angeles, California. If you would have told me a few months ago that I was gonna be here, I would not have believed you. However, it was clearly apart of God’s plan for me to come live in the city of LA for the summer. 
So far we have been here about a week and a half. The team that I am here serving with has been great. We all have very different personalities, backgrounds, and passions but we are all have one thing in common: the blood of Jesus. I have been praying daily that God would unite us in a supernatural way as we all strive together to be ambassadors for Him. While serving the people of LA, it is going to be important that we also serve one another. So I am grateful for a team with so much potential within it. 
Since we have only been here a short time, we have been trying to get a good feel for our surroundings so far. One of most interesting things to me has been getting a better understanding of the different religions of Los Angeles. This city is so diverse. I have traveled so much in my life, but LA has got to be one of the most culturally diverse cities I have seen. Thus, there are many different religions in the area. We have visited everything from mosques to Sikh temples to simply “spiritual centers.” I think I am starting to understand how Paul felt when he went to Athens and was “greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols” (Acts 17:16). Los Angeles may not have golden statues (unless, of course, you count the little golden man on the Oscar awards, which, in that case, every tourist shop is filled with little idols) but there are hundreds of different things being worshiped more than the One who actually deserves to be worshiped.
As I get started in Los Angeles, I pray that I have the same compassion for hurting people as Jesus did. I see the people of this city and am reminded of how Jesus had compassion on the crowds of people that where following Him, “because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). This world is full of confusion and helplessness. There are so many lost sheep that do not even see themselves as lost; I know because I was a lost sheep until my loving Shepard found me. I know the hopelessness of being lost and the overwhelming joy of being found. I want the people of Los Angeles to experience the same kind of transformation. I want to see lost sheep find their Shepard. 
So, I pray that, as I serve here, that God is glorified, lives are changed, and lost people find a home in the loving arms of the Father. I ask that prayer warriors would join me in lifting up my team and the city of Los Angeles as we serve here for the next few weeks. So, let the adventures begin.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests please feel free to email me at christy@tonynolan.org.

   
   

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