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Callings: My 1L Faith Story | Nicole Haunani Marburger

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Callings: My 1L Faith Story | Nicole Haunani Marburger

At fourteen, I knew there was more to life than what my day-to-day looked like. I felt broken inside, and I desperately wanted things to feel “right.”

If you could be any vegetable, what would it be and why? That question, and the answer of a friend of mine, got me thinking about life in a whole new way. I know it sounds a bit wonky, but sometimes metaphors have a way of hitting me in ways that go far deeper than general conversation. My friend compared herself to a head of lettuce. Lettuce! She said that lettuce could continually have its top cut off and keep growing back. My mind was spinning. That’s me! I feel I’ve been cut off and cut down to my stump in the garden of life, but here I am! By God’s grace, I’m still here and still growing. Thank you, lettuce!

Growing up, I was your general go-with-the-flow kind of kid. I didn’t have any other choice, really.

Sundays were family beach days growing up.  I’ve got a ton of fond memories splashing, swimming, and soaking up the sun!

Sundays were family beach days growing up.  I’ve got a ton of fond memories splashing, swimming, and soaking up the sun!

The oldest and only girl with two younger brothers meant that at the young age of five, I was propelled into a world of responsibility when my parents separated. I grew up knowing I was loved, but brokenness still took its effect in my life. I lived moment by moment. I didn’t really have a sense of peace and childlike buoyancy like my peers around me. It wasn’t until God got a hold of my heart that my life had any sense of purpose. At fourteen, I knew there was more to life than what my day-to-day looked like. I felt broken inside, and I desperately wanted things to feel “right.” I had a good friend and neighbor at the time that kept inviting me to summer camp, and that particular summer I finally agreed.

This is a picture a friend snapped of me at Camp Keanae right outside the big meeting tent overlooking my cabin (to the left) the summer of 2001 when my life changed.

This is a picture a friend snapped of me at Camp Keanae right outside the big meeting tent overlooking my cabin (to the left) the summer of 2001 when my life changed.

Long story made short, God used Colossians 3:2 to still the unrest in my heart and introduce me to His perfect peace. It says, “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Boom. There it was. My mind was the battlefield. God set me free by opening my mind to Him and things above, things beyond this earth. I remember praying something like this, “God, I know you’re in control of everything. So, why wouldn’t I give my life to you?!” That was that start of my life-changing belief in Jesus Christ.

Fast-forward a handful of years and I said, “Yes!” to God at a Missions Conference in college. It was a “Yes!” to whatever He had in store for my life. I didn’t know all the details, but I had a peace and clarity from the Lord that He was leading me in the direction of missions—working wholeheartedly for Him regardless of the specific vocation. Amidst all the options ahead and around me as a college junior, I just knew in my soul that He had it all under control.

…looks to outsiders like this crazy life-on-the-edge type of adventure. I was down with that. We’d live missionally together. He was called to ministry and I was called to serve alongside him.

Within that year, I had met, got engaged, and then married my awesome Joshua Michael. I was in the process of applying for a 2 year international mission service when God reminded me that my “Yes!” was to His plans and not my own. I was pursuing becoming a missionary, but God had marriage in mind (first, anyway). I was a bit like mental and emotional whiplash, but I was excited! My husband oozes the joy of Jesus and lives out his faith in a way that looks to outsiders like this crazy life-on-the-edge type of adventure. I was down with that. We’d live missionally together. He was called to ministry and I was called to serve alongside him.

Graduation, the “jump,” & marriage in 2008!  WooHoo!!!

Graduation, the “jump,” & marriage in 2008!  WooHoo!!!

About six years into our life in ministry together, we had gone from two jobs and no kids, to one job and two kids. We loved living with the mission of making Jesus known through the way we lived our lives; however, there was a holy discontent in our souls. Around that time, Joshua felt compelled to step away from his pastoral position and to put all his efforts and energy into a vision God had given him in college. We moved from Maui to NC to stabilize and better establish One Love Skate 501c3. It was an intense time of trusting the Lord when feeling like we were walking blind. About two months into the move, we were invited as One Love (1L) missionaries to speak to a youth group at a Disciple Now for Element Church in Forest City, NC.

So thankful my husband listens to Jesus and encouraged me to share my story at Element Church in March 2016.

So thankful my husband listens to Jesus and encouraged me to share my story at Element Church in March 2016.

I distinctly remember a moment during worship through music where I tangibly felt the peace of God wash over me. It was like He was confirming in my spirit that I was right where He wanted me to be. I had said, “Yes!” and I was living out that “Yes!” It was like a divine hug from the Lord reassuring me that He had it all planned out; I didn’t need to keep freaking out. It was that same peace and clarity I felt when I said “Yes!” all those years ago. I loved talking to people about Jesus. He reminded me of that in that moment. I had let years of ministry work cloud my memory of that. I loved it! I was called to ministry and I had already said “Yes!” I just need that reminder.

God constantly reminds me to “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” His ways and His peace are life. I’m called to share that.

I love how God works everything out for the good of those who are called according to His purpose! I was called to salvation at 14, called to missions at 20, and then reminded of my call to ministry at 29. Man, what a ride! Ephesians 2 talks about being dead in our sins, being made alive in Christ, and being His workmanship. That is my story. I am His workmanship, created in Christ to do the work He prepared for me in advance. Those works include being a missionary with 1L where we use the tools and opportunities God gives us to show people true love, God’s one love in Christ. Part of our mission is to walk with people on their journey to saying “Yes!” to God.

1L seeks to be a positive presence at skate parks to point people to Jesus, and we are thankful to partner with the County of Maui for family friendly skate events.

1L seeks to be a positive presence at skate parks to point people to Jesus, and we are thankful to partner with the County of Maui for family friendly skate events.

1L is a dynamic discipleship and evangelistic ministry dedicated to sharing the one love of Jesus outside the walls of church buildings by partnering with people, churches, and organizations. God constantly reminds me to “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” His ways and His peace are life. I’m called to share that. In this word, we will have trouble—we will feel cut down and left stumpy, but Christ-followers have hope. He who is in us (Jesus!) is greater that he who is in the world. Like a head of lettuce, pieces of me have been done away with, but with Jesus at my core, I still have life—a life better than one I could have drummed up in my mind for myself. The love of Jesus created me and it sustains me; Jesus is my core. Just like lettuce, as long as I still have my core, I’ll keep growing.

Here’s a recent’ish picture of our growing family.

Here’s a recent’ish picture of our growing family.

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Fear And Faith: Crazy Transitions Of Marriage, Multiplying, & Ministry by Joshua & Nicole Marburger

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Fear And Faith: Crazy Transitions Of Marriage, Multiplying, & Ministry by Joshua & Nicole Marburger

If you have ever stood on top of a huge ramp or paddled in to a huge wave and chose to “drop in,” you know that transitions can sometimes be fun and sometimes be painful...

Recently, a friend of ours, Joshua Knipple, asked us to write about "Fear And Faith" for his new book. This process was great for us as we continue to work on our #LiveOneLove book. We came up with this Fear & Faith by Joshua and Nicole Marburger.pdf which we are also posting on this blog. View Fear & Faith File: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwPBYk1RLn-HdXljc2EzOUxZYmM/view?usp=sharing

 

About:
Joshua Marburger is a Pastor in Hawaii and Founder of the international discipleship ministry “One Love Skate” 501c3. He and his wife, Nicole, have been enjoying the ride together since meeting at North Greenville University in 2007 where they were first resourced and equipped to be “shoulder to shoulder with soldiers for the Kingdom.” They now have three boys and enjoy serving, speaking, and writing to help many experience the One Love of Jesus (1L). They work hard to provide resources to help as many people as possible #LiveOneLove as a positive presence in their communities through Life Groups and Discipleship.

Joshua & Nicole’s prayer and passion in life is to help resource and equip
disciples (1L Reps) to lead life groups at every skatepark in the world.

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Connect with us to join the mission:
https://www.oneloveskate.org/contact/

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Big Transitions, Brody's Talk On The Container, & What's Next...

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Big Transitions, Brody's Talk On The Container, & What's Next...

Stoked to be back on Maui & back at Keopuolani Skatepark last Wednesday. So fun to skate & hang with Sam P., Paul, & some skaters who have been part of 1L events in the past.

Stoked to be back on Maui & back at Keopuolani Skatepark last Wednesday. So fun to skate & hang with Sam P., Paul, & some skaters who have been part of 1L events in the past.

Through big transitions, we are continuing to live out the Most High's call "Shoulder-to-shoulder with soldiers for God's Kingdom" to serve as 1L Missionaries everywhere we go, & we can't do it without your prayer support!

Joshua is enjoying serving full-time as Life Groups & Discipleship Pastor at Waipuna Chapel as Nicole is enjoying new roles with One Love, and more than ever we need you to keep helping us with your prayers (2 Corinthians 1:11).

Joshua is enjoying serving full-time as Life Groups & Discipleship Pastor at Waipuna Chapel as Nicole is enjoying new roles with One Love, and more than ever we need you to keep helping us with your prayers (2 Corinthians 1:11).

Thanks those of you who lift up the Monday 3 each week. We appreciate your prayer support more than you know!

This month we removed the password to make these prayer requests more accessible:

 https://www.oneloveskate.org/specificprayerrequests

Click Here To Read The Most Recent "Monday 3"

Nicole@OneLoveSkate.org

Nicole has been working hard with her new roles "communicating, connecting, & creating" w/ One Love Skate 501(c)(3). 

If you missed Nicole communicating at Unashamed camp last summer, here's a link from Unashamed Hawaii: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhM-rS-p10

 

Last Wednesday. #stoked @brodythebroskater & MPact #WhatIsOneLove #LiveOneLove #OneLoveSkate

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Brody & "Mpact" Talk On Container Last Week

Dub, one of the bikers working security last Wednesday, sent this picture featured on @oneloveskateoutreach instagram of Brody (from Shelby) & Rodney (from Philly) sharin' the 1L of Jesus w/Shelby, NC community.

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Upcoming events

"Life-change happens in life groups," and we pray that this year we can train 1L Reps w/our "1L Leader Training" at all 5 Maui skateparks to rep the 1L of Jesus & help skaters "live through Him" (1 John 4:9).

Password: "liveonelove"

- Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming event at Paia skatepark with Sam P!

Connect: oneloveskate.org/contact

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Video - Marburger Fam Intro at Waipuna Chapel & Prayer in all 3 Weekend Services

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Video - Marburger Fam Intro at Waipuna Chapel & Prayer in all 3 Weekend Services

Yesterday, Waipuna Chapel graciously welcomed our Marburger family! What a blessing to be prayed for in all three services last weekend! Joshua is the new "Associate Pastor of Life Groups & Discipleship," and we will also continue to serve full time as missionaries through "One Love Skate" 501(c)(3).

Let's join with Waipuna Chapel in prayer for housing Upcountry by the end of September.  We are praying we can purchase a house close to the church and big enough for our family of 5. We also pray our house will be able to host missionaries and people in our monthly support team who come to visit and join us in ministry.

Thanks those of you who lift up the Monday 3 each week. We appreciate your prayer support more than you know, and we removed the password for this month's prayer requests to make them more accessible: https://www.oneloveskate.org/specificprayerrequests

#LiveOneLove (1Jn4:9),
Joshua & Nicole
Caleb, Paul, & Silas

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Marburger Family | June 1L Mission Update

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Marburger Family | June 1L Mission Update

One of the skate missions w/Sam was The Way in Lincolnton, NC where Sam spoke.

One of the skate missions w/Sam was The Way in Lincolnton, NC where Sam spoke.

Fun time at Soul Ride a couple weeks ago with Sam and Auburn in town from Hawaii & Wyoming!

Fun time at Soul Ride a couple weeks ago with Sam and Auburn in town from Hawaii & Wyoming!

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to One Love Skate to help us continue this important mission in NC, HI, and around the world!  

Click here for more info about making a donation to One Love Skate 501c3.

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