Shane & Megan Fryer

Urban Missionaries in San Francisco

Light in the Darkness

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There’s a lot of truth I haven’t shared because I haven’t figured out how to package it. A lot of truth doesn’t fit well into tidy blog posts. It’s too messy for that kind of thing.

Sometimes it’s just easier to leave the loose ends of my life out of the picture, sometimes literally (hello, Instagram) and sometimes by hiding behind the guise of curating my life, behind the lie that half the truth might be more beautiful than all of it.

I think God wants to shine light into the dark corners of our lives, not pretend they’re not there.

I like to imagine God’s light as blinding, enveloping and other-worldly bright. And I believe it is, and will be. But sometimes, on some days, it feels like a little flame flickering under my breath.

I can see it, but barely.

I want to write about that little flame — the everyday, in-the-thick-of-it, not-so-pretty truth of it all — even if it’s flickering. Writing about it is taking in the oxygen to make it stronger and brighter. It’s an act of defiance against the shadows, refusing to hide in the darkness. It’s an invitation for you to sit with me around the glowing and growing fire.

It might seem small now, but it’ll keep us warm.

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Testimony: Jesus Heals a Boy’s Sight

This is a super cool story that happened during ministry time in our Discipleship Training School. We’re so excited to be back here and we’re ready to see what God is doing today through YWAM SF.

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During my DTS, part of ministry time was spent in North Beach, building relationships with neighborhood kids at an after-school center. My team opened a craft center for the kids, played board games and tossed footballs around, all for the sole purpose of showing Jesus’ love in tangible ways.

One sunny afternoon, I noticed one of the kids we regularly talked to sitting off in a corner. This boy was always eager to be involved, but often dismissed or made fun of by the other kids.

I sat next to him and he opened his heart to me, sharing how he felt alone and unwanted, and how the other kids treated him poorly.

I began to tell him a story about Jesus. I told the boy how Jesus loved him and wanted to be his true friend. I told him we could pray right then, and he could ask Jesus to be his friend.

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It’s For Real, Really

An Update

Hello, friends! Let’s see if we can do a 30-second-ish recap of what’s happened. Okay, here we go:

  • God asked us to be long-term missionaries in San Francisco, serving in the inner-city with YWAM SF. It was like — bam! — outta nowhere. We didn’t expect it.
  • We spent two and a half years actively waiting on God and His timing. During the wait, we did lots of praying, went to SF on two short-term mission trips, attended a 6-month Discipleship Training School at YWAM SF (which also took us to LA, Thailand and Vietnam), worked at our church (two separate times), cried a lot (weepy and “Why, God?”), dramatically downsized, and experienced lots of pruning for this new adventure in following Jesus. God never let us forget what He asked us to do.
  • God started to reveal it was time to make the move. Through lots of tears and silence, His Word and thunderstorms, prayer and fresh revelation, He said, “Go!” Only problem was, we didn’t have enough financial support. So, yeah, we stayed put.
  • We realized we were being more obedient to our circumstances than to our Heavenly Father, who is faithful to provide. We decided to be gutsy and walk forward by faith, not sight.
  • The staff of YWAM SF and a handful of amazing friends prayed for us and God used them to say, “Yes! Go forward!” He’s been faithful to confirm and remind us of His will.
  • We bought our tickets. (That’s what you were waiting for, right?) It’s for real. We’re leaving on September 30!

Prayer Requests

It’s not secret we still need a lot of monthly financial contributions for this to happen. (Like, a lot.) But we’ve decided not to look to money, or even people, for security moving forward. We’re looking to God. Will you look with us?

  • Pray God would give us the grace to meditate on Him – on this journey, it’s easy to become discouraged and feel absolutely ridiculous
  • Ask God to clearly speak to the people He’d like to financially partner with us, and that they’d hear and follow His voice — let’s be bold and pray for 15 new monthly supporters this week!
  • Ask God to provide the resources for YWAM San Francisco to permanently secure their building in the Tenderloin neighborhood
  • Thank God for His good gifts (James 1:17)
  • Thank God for bringing us together, and ask Him to show us how we can serve, support and love one another

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A Beautiful Painting

Hey, friends! Take a few minutes to watch this video YWAM SF created to share a glimpse into their inner-city ministry, happening right in the heart of San Francisco.

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” — Jesus

Megan and I served at this strategically-located missions base during our Discipleship Training School. We saw the miraculous and redemptive work of our Jesus happening every single day.

When we head back in September, Megan is going to assist the base directors and I’m going to work on the Communications team. We’ll take part in various outreaches, including Food Pantry and hot chocolate ministry (both of these are highlighted in the video).

Please take a few moments to pray for God’s Kingdom to come in San Francisco and the resources for YWAM SF to maintain their ministry center in the Tenderloin neighborhood.

It’s Getting Real!

The first two batches of our official Shane and Megan Urban Missionaries™ info packets have been dropped off at the post office! We’re pretty much official official right now, hence the trademark.

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We’re super excited that our packets — complete with postcards, letters, and reply cards and envelopes — are on their way to future ministry partners!

If you’re reading this and are like, “I want a packet too!” then contact us and we’d be happy to send one your way.

Our Story: Three Years in a Nutshell

I guess this journey started in the summer of 2011, when Shane and I both felt God telling us to quit grad school. This was particularly hard for me, but I knew it was God’s will. Now the day I quit is now one of the proudest moments of my life. It was a jumping off point, I think. It was my step of faith off the hamster wheel of life.

Shane and I had been praying for God’s will and direction for our lives. We talked about sensing a calling to something, in some place that was not here, but we didn’t know what or where. Our lives were open and waiting for God to tell us the next step.

In January 2012, our church announced a short-term missions trip to San Francisco, and Shane felt the Holy Spirit strongly telling us to go. We signed up in faith (after some major confirmation!) even though we didn’t have the money for it. Then, after submitting the application and paying the deposit, I received an unexpected bonus check in the mail for the exact amount of the missions trip. I don’t think I have ever been so amazed or excited in my entire life. All God asks of us is obedience. He will take care of everything else.

All God asks of us is obedience — walking in faith. He will take care of everything else.

Before we even left on the trip, Shane said he thought this might be a bigger calling, that maybe God was calling us to move to San Francisco permanently. It sounded absurd to me, and I sort of brushed it off. We had never even considered moving to San Francisco before, and why would God take us so far from our families? But we did pray for God’s will to be done, and for Him to make it clear to us.

Our first short-term missions trip to San Francisco in 2012.

Our first short-term missions trip to San Francisco in 2012.

Over the next six months we prayed and fasted about this, and God answered our prayers. Through verses and sermons and gentle whispers, the Holy Spirit made it clear that we were supposed to move to San Francisco. So, we took another step of faith in May 2012 when God told us to sign up for a six-month Discipleship Training School through YWAM SF, the organization that we had worked with on our first trip out there, that took us around the world and back.

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That’s us in a Thai school.

Megan getting jiggy with it at a Thai neighborhood party.

The tuition was much more than we had in the bank, but, guess what? God provided it all. Some of it came up front, from selling our stuff, and from friends and family. But some of it came just a few nights before we were supposed to leave for Asia. Shane and I and our friends were on our knees in a basement in San Francisco, praying for the thousands of dollars we still needed to come in. And it came. I’m starting to cry now as I remember it. Every few hours throughout that night and the next day, our DTS leader would come up to us: “Three hundred was just donated anonymously to your account…five hundred…a thousand dollars just came in for you and Shane.” We still don’t know where it came from. Well, it came from God!

After we finished DTS, our church asked Shane to lead the annual trip to San Francisco. We both felt I was supposed to go too, that we were a leadership team, but the church could only pay for one leader. So, again we signed up without having the money to pay for my portion of the trip. And, I kid you not, the day before we left I got another check in the mail, from the same company (which I hadn’t worked for in over a year) for the exact amount of my portion of the trip. Pause to absorb that. Yes, it’s crazy.

That's us with our awesome team on our second short-term missions trip to the city.

That’s us with our awesome team on our second short-term missions trip to the city.

So, basically, we have learned that God will provide the money that we need to do what He’s calling us to do. I’m not sure how he’s going to do it this time, but I’m so excited to watch him work! We know God has the money somewhere, in someone’s bank account (or in many bank accounts). If it’s not you, don’t worry about it! But if He is asking you to help us — partner with us — with money or prayer, He is inviting you to participate in the ministry we will do, and to share in the rewards we will reap from it. It’s pretty cool how God calls some of us to work in offices, some of us to work in homes, and some of us on the mission field — but we all work together. The Body functions as one!

It’s pretty cool how God calls some of us to work in offices, some of us to work in homes, and some of us on the mission field — but we all work together. The Body functions as one!

So, if God is calling you to partner with us, please contact us today.

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