Millennial Moment

Millennial moment
Jesse Rincones IV

Where do you call home?

Lubbock, Texas born and raised! I’ve enjoyed seeing Lubbock grow so quickly in my short time here.

What do you do for a career?

At the moment I work as a Research and Data Analyst for a local real estate company. I’m currently waiting to test for my real estate license and plan to join the commercial team as a retail leasing specialist in July.
Growing up I had never considered real estate but was recommended for the position by a family friend. Since joining I’ve been inspired by the people I work with as I’ve seen them conduct business with great work ethic, much success, and unwavering Christ like character. Being in this kind of environment has affirmed that our work is a form a worship and I look forward to the future here.

Do you serve in your church?

I do! I lead worship at Hispana Baptist Church.
I’ve had the privilege to be a part of bringing Biblical truth in the form of music and seeing it edify our church family. Being in a place where the words aren’t sung for the sake of singing but are well understood and believed with fervent hearts has been incredible.

What motivates you to serve?

Knowing the misunderstandings I had about what it looked like to follow Jesus growing up, I’m deeply motivated by the desire for people to know him rightly, find him satisfying and worthy of being treasured above all else, and to see that satisfaction turn into glory for the Father.
Often times we see Christianity in two extremes, a list of to-do’s or a license to do anything we’d like. It’s not often that we see it as a treasuring of the creator that produces a fruit in our lives that reflects who he is. This fruit brings obedience, not out of duty or obligation, but out of love for who God is and what he delights in. This truth motivates me to serve in every capacity available.

What words of wisdom or inspiration would you pass to millennials? 

I would encourage millennials to fall in love with scripture. Find a translation of the Bible that is understandable and most closely translated to the original text and read it. Pray that the words and teachings would enlighten the eyes of your heart and bring you new life. This is the gospel, transformation that could not come about by any means but the sacrifice of Jesus for the glory of the Father. This will bring you eternal life and everlasting joy.

What Bible verse has influenced you the most and why?

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:9-10
This verse has greatly influenced my life by showing me three things.
First, the grace filled story of redemption through salvation in Christ.
“…called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Second, the identity we are given after salvation.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession… now you are God’s people”
Lastly, the reason for God sacrificing his son and the ultimate purpose of our lives as Christ followers.
“…a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him…”

Nathan Escamilla

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.


Irene Gallegos Latina Millennial Leader
Irene Gallegos

Where do you call home?

I grew up in Mesquite, TX and lived there for 25 years before moving to Fort Worth, TX, where I now live with my husband.

What do you do for a career?

I work as a Health Advocate on a project for victims of interpersonal violence. I am mostly located in domestic violence shelters where I assist women in connecting to healthcare resources for injuries related to assault or other chronic conditions. I am a also a PhD student at Texas Woman’s University.  I hold a position as a Graduate Research Assistant on a teen pregnancy prevention project.

Do you serve in your church?

Yes.  I help with our young adults ministry by teaching Wednesday night Bible study and ministering individually to meet the needs of our college students. I also serve in the praise team ministry through media and college scholarship committee.

What motivates you to serve?

The love of God and my passion to love others compels me to serve in any way I can. I came to know Jesus Christ as my Savior at 10 years old. By God’s grace, at the age of 10 I understood the decision I made. I threw away my Tejano music cassette tapes and read the Bible endlessly.

I started serving in the nursery and slowly worked my way to teaching classes and leading Bible studies. As I matured in the faith, I realized I was like a Pharisee who held firm to the laws and traditions of man. In college, I began asking the Lord to soften my heart and pursue a Biblical worldview. I sought to please God and serve out of His love that compels me to love others.

A pastor once said, it is best to serve out of devotion rather than obligation. I have a joy in serving because I walk in the Spirit and genuinely desire to make disciples.

What words of wisdom or inspiration would you pass to millennials?

Consider what goals for success you have and compare them in light of eternity. I was an A student most of my life and the only conduct mark I received was for talking too much. While education and knowledge are good things, they are still things of this earth. In aligning my heart and mind with the Lord, I see how I loved and pursued Him, yet still found greater delight in the accolades of this earth. I longed for the affirmation of an A letter grade or another “Congratulations” letter of acceptance. Yet all along, the Lord wrote thousands of words affirming my identity in Christ.

Keep pursuing good plans of education, career, and income; however, seek Christ first and set your eyes on the things above. Let the reason for your goals be to bring Christ glory and prepare for His kingdom to come. Write your goals down, reflect on who will receive glory, and pray that the Lord will search your heart and remove any selfish ambition that could be there. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).

What Bible verse has influenced you the most and why?

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

This verse is a constant reminder that I do not seek to please man or follow the traditions of man. I am a servant of Christ, seeking to do that which is holy and pleasing unto God.

 

You were part of the Young Latinos and had an exciting project.  Can you give details?

Unfortunately there is no update on this project… yet. I continue to work with our young adult women and plan to begin a discipleship group in the next month. My goal is to grow in better understanding the needs of our college women and develop social forums based on expressed needs and questions.


Randall Balderaz-2

Where do you call home?

I currently reside in Lubbock Texas with my wife of two years Carolyn. Lubbock has become my home since I have been here close to 13 years.

What do you do for a career?

I am a Business Manager for a company called Archpoint Group. We are a Sales, Marketing, and Consulting firm. I have been in Business and Market Management for 8 years now.

Do you serve in your church?

Yes I am blessed to serve at our local church.

What capacity?

I serve in a few areas at our church, I am serving as a deacon, missions leader, and teaching a young couples group.

What motivates you to serve?

God’s calling and his love that he has shown me. I can look back at my life and see how lost I was and how it lacked real meaning. I found that meaning in his forgiveness and his grace, which has lead me to my purpose, and that is to serve him. I did grow up in church and saw my parents serve, however I never knew why they did? It wasn’t until I accepted God’s gift, that I realized how our Christian walk is first to accept and then follow which leads to service.

What words of wisdom or inspiration would you pass to millennials?

I would pass some lessons that I have learned along my way.

First- our entire life’s calling is to trust and obey God. Sounds simple, but truly takes a divine intervention for us to do this.

Second- Know your place. When I stop and think about what am I supposed to do as a millennial Christian, we must refer to our examples in scripture. My inspiration is Timothy, Paul’s discipleship and guidance were key for Timothy’s success in the ministry. If Timothy chose to neglect those lessons from Paul, the Church could have been gone in a generation, but young leaders were raised up from previous leaders and thats how God’s work continues even today.  Luke 6:40 says 40The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

Third- The “Church” is not our enemy. It is very true that organizational religion has become a major problem in western culture and has been for many generations. We live in an educated society and have seen the repercussions from a time where race, gender and economic statuses, shadowed the biblical standards for Christ’s Church. The Bible is very clear in Acts what are duties are. We are to commit to the spiritual gifts we have been given, to serve each other and edify each other. We are to give of our resources to help those  people who have needs. We are to grow, by making disciples and evangelize to the lost.  The Church is extremely important to Christ, as he is and always will be the head of the church, because he sacrificed himself for it. Eph 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

What Bible verse has influenced you the most and why?

James 4:4-6 This scripture always reminds me where I came from and what I am not. I once was a friend to the World and thus God’s enemy, but because he has forgiven me, saved me and called me, I am no longer the enemy, rather a friend. I didn’t deserve it, nor does anybody on this earth, however he offered the gift and I received it. That alone humbles me daily, sometimes I am tempted to forget and allow pride to seep in, but God reminds me of this scripture. John Newton (The Writer of Amazing Grace Hymm) said it this way.

“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am”.

Thanks and God Bless,

Randall Balderaz