Jeff McConnell

Hello!

My name is Jeff, and at the end of August on a one month notice I moved to Huntington Beach, California to become a full time missionary with The Circuit Riders. The Circuit Riders are a branch of a ministry called YWAM (Youth With A Mission), which is a global missions movement across over 180 countries in the world. The Circuit Riders focus specifically on reaching college and high school campuses with the love of Jesus each spring through their Carry The Love tour.

Every fall they plan and prepare by creating deep relationships with students on the ground at their universities, developing a family, which is part of their focus as a grassroots movement. They then go out on tour from January to May all across America leading 2-day events where they hold a worship night and evangelism training on every campus. Overall, their heart is this...to meet the need of a lost and desperate generation with the love of Jesus.

Where did all of this come to play a role in my life? In 2018, the Circuit Riders came to my campus for the first time and my concept on how to live like Jesus was changed forever. After that moment I knew something in my life had to change and that there was so much more to a personal relationship with Jesus than I had ever known. I then went to 21 Project (a one month Discipleship Training School) in the summer of 2018 in Costa Mesa, CA and I knew I would end up back in CA very soon. The next 2 years I helped host the Circuit Riders on my campus and stay heavily involved. This past year I graduated college and God called me out to California to now work full time with the Circuit Riders and it has been an amazing new season.

I grew up in the Church, but I never knew I could have a real, personal relationship with Jesus until college. When I met the Circuit Riders, there was something different about them. And it wasn't about their ministry or their name, but it was something they carried...an "all in" relentlessness, to see my generation meet Jesus. Since the first time I met them I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

Now here we are, I am living in California serving full time in this ministry. This summer I graduated college and was completely lost in what was next. I had 45 job applications that I hadn't heard back from, my lease was about to be up, and I was unemployed. A mentor of mine reached out about joining CR and the Lord made it so clear it was his call on my life in this season. So, I left everything, moved everything I own across the country and I said yes to Jesus.

I don't know how long I'll be here, but I do know this. That walking in the will of God is the only place I ever want to be.

That said, in this season I am unemployed and constantly traveling. At this time, I am in need of support, both in prayer, encouragement, and finances. I know this is the lifestyle Jesus is calling me to, and God is teaching me how to trust Him like never before.

Any support in any form would mean everything to me.

Thanks!

Jeff

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