Where do you call home?
Hello, my name is Nathan Escamilla and I live in Cedar Hill, Texas with my wonderful wife Sarah and we are expecting our first baby girl. The Lord called me to Dallas, Texas back in 2014 and I have been here ever since.
Although this is my home, a part of my heart will always be inLubbock, Texas where I was raised by my amazing parents.
What do you do for a career?
For the past 6 years I have been blessed to work with the elderly community. I currently work as a Hearing Specialist in Cedar Hill, TX and provide better hearing to the hearing impaired.
This is accomplished through the use of a hearing device providing amplification to the auditory system. I am thankful for my job the Lord has blessed me with because it allows me to display kindness and hope to the people I meet daily.
Do you serve in your church?
I currently serve at Erez Church in Duncanville Texas. My wife and I lead the youth ministry and also help coordinate the young adult ministry at our church. I also help teach/lead students in our youth praise team.
I enjoy teaching the youth to play music so as they grow in their musical and leadership skills they are able to serve on the adult praise team on Sunday mornings. From time to time I enjoy helping out with the praise team playing the drums.
What motivates you to serve?
My biggest motivation is seeing the students grow in the Lord. No matter how much work or sacrifice it takes, seeing the students serve or wanting to come to church means the world to me. I enjoy investing in the lives of the students because I know one day they will be the next youth leaders, pastors, and worship leaders. The youth are the church of tomorrow and it is crucial that we invest biblical principles in their lives.
What words of wisdom or inspiration would you pass to millennials?
I feel that as millennials we have a very important contribution to society. Society as a whole and also the Hispanic community. I know millennials want to make a difference in the world and I want to tell you that you can! We just have to be willing to be used by God.
Every individual is gifted in different areas and we should use our gifts to change the world. When looking at 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”, God calls us as millennials to step up and make a difference. Whether it is at work, church, or within our families, God calls each and every one of us to serve and make a difference.
What Bible verse has influenced you the most and why?
I would have to say Romans 12:1-2. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the patter of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
This scripture is very important to me because it is a constant reminder that God calls us to serve Him in everything we do. We are to be a living reflection of Jesus Christ. Secondly it is a reminder for me to seek God daily. The world has so many things to distract us from the love of God but the scripture reminds me to seek Him for daily renewal.
The Young Latino Leader Project
This past year it was an honor to serve along side a great group of Young Latino Leaders across the state of Texas. My project was to help grow the student ministry at my church which was at that time, nonexistent. Through the YLL our goal was to target the Millennial and Gen Z population and really just get them involved.
In 2017, we only had three youth that would attend church regularly on Sunday and Wednesdays. So, in order to grow the ministry, we started by teaching the students on Sunday mornings and would encourage them to come on Wednesdays. Well on Wednesday we did not have a specific program for the students either so we started off with Bible study.
After a few weeks we then shifted to having a student led service on Wednesday nights. In summary over the past year it has been a work in progress and we now have a youth praise team that leads worship on Wednesday’s and our college students bring a study. It has been a blessing to see God grow the ministry. We went from 3 students on a Wednesday night to now averaging about 25. God has blessed us tremendously and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us the rest of the year.