The Send with Sammy Rodriguez of Circuit Riders

The Send with Sammy Rodriguez of Circuit Riders

Tens of thousands gathered in Orlando, Florida, for The Send on Feb. 23, 2019. The Send is a stadium gathering and national campaign to catalyze every believer into a lifestyle of Christ-like action. Charisma Connection reflects on the movement in this continuing series with Sammy Rodriguez of Youth With a Mission's Circuit Riders and the Carry the Love campus campaign.

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Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

The Send

Guest: Sammy Rodriguez of Circuit Riders

 

Tens of thousands gathered in Orlando, Florida, for The Send on Feb. 23, 2019. The Send is a stadium gathering and national campaign to catalyze every believer into a lifestyle of Christ-like action.

 

Charisma Connection reflects on the movement in this continuing series with Sammy Rodriguez of Youth with a Mission's Circuit Riders and the Carry the Love campus campaign.

 

Introduction

Chris Johnson: I'm Chris Johnson and you're listening to a special series on Charisma Connection about The Send, a gathering that drew tens of thousands of people to Orlando, Florida Saturday, February 23. In this series we will share some speaker and artist interviews and hear from some of the attendees who came from near and far to be activated into their evangelistic and missional calling. Today I'm talking with Sammy Rodriguez. It may not be the same Sammy Rodriguez that some of you know, but I can assure you this a very nice Sammy Rodriguez. Tell us what Circuit Riders is.

 

The Send on Charisma

 

·         59,000 Gather to Wage War Against Spiritual Inaction at The Send

·         WATCH HERE: The Send Kicks Off in Orlando

·         Lou Engle: How God Began ‘The Send’

·         Why 17,000 Believers are Starting a 40-Day Fast This Week—And Why You Should Too

·         A Day of Mourning, a Day of Sending

 

 

Sammy Rodriguez: Circuit Riders is connected with the nonprofit called Youth with a Mission. I've been with YWAM for about 13 years and Circuit Riders is really the heart. It started not to birth a ministry, but really the heart to see people saved in America and the nations. We ran a five-week training school in Kona, Hawaii and the Lord just disrupted our plan. Long story short, we've been in Huntington Beach, California, since the summer of 2011. It's just been incredible. I also helped lead the Carry the Love campaign that was started by my buddy, Nick, and I and a few others.

 

Chris Johnson: Circuit Riders has an interesting background historically.

 

Other Connection Shows from The Send

·         Todd White and Michael Koulianos

·         Teo Hayashi

·         Matt Gilman

 

Sammy Rodriguez: If you don't know revival history, which I'm not saying that you need to, but you should look into it. John Wesley and George Whitfield as well, I believe, were in Oxford … maybe fact check me if you want to … but they were meeting together and they were actually called the Holy Club as a name because people were making fun of them. Then they call them Methodists because of all their methods. George Whitfield did his revival, but John Wesley really raised up Circuit Riders. I believe there was an old school saying where Wesley said, you give me 100 men who fear God and hate sin, those alone will change the world. I believe over 300-plus Circuit Riders were raised up. Europe was changed, and then this guy named Francis Asbury launched from Europe to America right in the time of the Revolutionary War. It's a pretty crazy to be European in America, but he stayed and by the end of his life, he rode 200,000 miles on horseback. It went from just a handful preachers to like I think a few thousand and just a few hundred believers to like over 200,000. So, God moves in powerful ways.

 

Chris Johnson: I believe it was John Wesley who said his heart was strangely warmed. Today here at The Send, I think we have a little warming going on, not just from the sunshine which people were dealing with today in the 80-some degree temperatures, but also from the Holy Spirit.

 

Sammy Rodriguez: I would call it more than a warming, I'd call it a burning. I really believe it is historic. Some people will say, oh, is that hype. But, we can never out-hype God. It is to be made greater than. I just feel like thousands, tens of thousands of people gathered; people responded, from universities and high schools, neighborhoods and nations. It's just incredible. I'm super excited.

 

Chris Johnson: A lot of commitments here today, starting with salvations, over 500 salvations.

 

Sammy Rodriguez: It was so fun. I loved it. I lean towards an evangelist, so I that's my bread and butter. I loved it I was waiting.

 

Chris Johnson: So, what did you really take away from today?

 

Sammy Rodriguez: With Circuit Riders, I think six or so other main collaborators is a lot of people that are thrown in to have this happen. But the whole world is in action. It's a really a new era of missions. What I took away that this send isn't just going to be a highlight in our Christian walk, but it's going to be the launching point. The Send isn't the end, but it's the beginning. I just think for everyone here and everyone watching or even listening if they weren't here, all it takes is God's given us permission. OK, I want you to go. All we gotta do is give Him a yes and then just say God, where are you leading me? It's uncomfortable, which is Christianity, but it's worth it.

 

Chris Johnson: Today one of the words that stood out to me was activation. That's what you were all going for from the platform, right?

 

Sammy Rodriguez: The dream is we love these moments. We love gathering, but we want we want to see transformation and we want to see statistical numerical change. Not everything can be quantified. But as much as we can, we want to see not only an epic gathering for incredible moments, but actual change in the spheres, in the schools and in our nation and in the nation. So, I feel pumped, stoked.

 

Chris Johnson: So, what was that moment out there where everyone was holding up their shoes?

 

Sammy Rodriguez: It’s our moment. It’s incredible, actually, I love it. When we hold our shoes up, it's really just saying I will go for the gospel; the armor of God. You know how the shoes really represent the gospel of peace, taking the gospel to the world. So, we had this, you happen to us a few years ago at Azusa. We’ve done it before. When we raise the shoes, it's an act of declaration, a metaphor of like, I will go, I will give my feet for the gospel. I will give my hands for the gospel.

 

Chris Johnson: Your other organization is called Carry the Love. What is that about?

Sammy Rodriguez: Circuit riders is connected with Carry the Love. It’s not actually an organization, but it’s a campaign. my buddy, Nick and I, and Chase and a few others, we were just dreaming of reaching university campuses. We had a word of really seeing 1,000 campuses has reached when we didn't have any. Now, 10 years later, we've visited about 150 universities before the Send and we will do another hundred 150 after. So, Carry the Love, the heart of it is to inspire generation to love like Jesus.

 

For the rest of the interview with Sammy Rodriguez, please visit cpnshows.com.

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

The Send

Guest: Sammy Rodriguez of Circuit Riders

 

Tens of thousands gathered in Orlando, Florida, for The Send on Feb. 23, 2019. The Send is a stadium gathering and national campaign to catalyze every believer into a lifestyle of Christ-like action.

 

Charisma Connection reflects on the movement in this continuing series with Sammy Rodriguez of Youth with a Mission's Circuit Riders and the Carry the Love campus campaign.

 

Introduction

Chris Johnson: I'm Chris Johnson and you're listening to a special series on Charisma Connection about The Send, a gathering that drew tens of thousands of people to Orlando, Florida Saturday, February 23. In this series we will share some speaker and artist interviews and hear from some of the attendees who came from near and far to be activated into their evangelistic and missional calling. Today I'm talking with Sammy Rodriguez. It may not be the same Sammy Rodriguez that some of you know, but I can assure you this a very nice Sammy Rodriguez. Tell us what Circuit Riders is.

 

The Send on Charisma

 

·         59,000 Gather to Wage War Against Spiritual Inaction at The Send

·         WATCH HERE: The Send Kicks Off in Orlando

·         Lou Engle: How God Began ‘The Send’

·         Why 17,000 Believers are Starting a 40-Day Fast This Week—And Why You Should Too

·         A Day of Mourning, a Day of Sending

 

 

Sammy Rodriguez: Circuit Riders is connected with the nonprofit called Youth with a Mission. I've been with YWAM for about 13 years and Circuit Riders is really the heart. It started not to birth a ministry, but really the heart to see people saved in America and the nations. We ran a five-week training school in Kona, Hawaii and the Lord just disrupted our plan. Long story short, we've been in Huntington Beach, California, since the summer of 2011. It's just been incredible. I also helped lead the Carry the Love campaign that was started by my buddy, Nick, and I and a few others.

 

Chris Johnson: Circuit Riders has an interesting background historically.

 

Other Connection Shows from The Send

·         Todd White and Michael Koulianos

·         Teo Hayashi

·         Matt Gilman

 

Sammy Rodriguez: If you don't know revival history, which I'm not saying that you need to, but you should look into it. John Wesley and George Whitfield as well, I believe, were in Oxford … maybe fact check me if you want to … but they were meeting together and they were actually called the Holy Club as a name because people were making fun of them. Then they call them Methodists because of all their methods. George Whitfield did his revival, but John Wesley really raised up Circuit Riders. I believe there was an old school saying where Wesley said, you give me 100 men who fear God and hate sin, those alone will change the world. I believe over 300-plus Circuit Riders were raised up. Europe was changed, and then this guy named Francis Asbury launched from Europe to America right in the time of the Revolutionary War. It's a pretty crazy to be European in America, but he stayed and by the end of his life, he rode 200,000 miles on horseback. It went from just a handful preachers to like I think a few thousand and just a few hundred believers to like over 200,000. So, God moves in powerful ways.

 

Chris Johnson: I believe it was John Wesley who said his heart was strangely warmed. Today here at The Send, I think we have a little warming going on, not just from the sunshine which people were dealing with today in the 80-some degree temperatures, but also from the Holy Spirit.

 

Sammy Rodriguez: I would call it more than a warming, I'd call it a burning. I really believe it is historic. Some people will say, oh, is that hype. But, we can never out-hype God. It is to be made greater than. I just feel like thousands, tens of thousands of people gathered; people responded, from universities and high schools, neighborhoods and nations. It's just incredible. I'm super excited.

 

Chris Johnson: A lot of commitments here today, starting with salvations, over 500 salvations.

 

Sammy Rodriguez: It was so fun. I loved it. I lean towards an evangelist, so I that's my bread and butter. I loved it I was waiting.

 

Chris Johnson: So, what did you really take away from today?

 

Sammy Rodriguez: With Circuit Riders, I think six or so other main collaborators is a lot of people that are thrown in to have this happen. But the whole world is in action. It's a really a new era of missions. What I took away that this send isn't just going to be a highlight in our Christian walk, but it's going to be the launching point. The Send isn't the end, but it's the beginning. I just think for everyone here and everyone watching or even listening if they weren't here, all it takes is God's given us permission. OK, I want you to go. All we gotta do is give Him a yes and then just say God, where are you leading me? It's uncomfortable, which is Christianity, but it's worth it.

 

Chris Johnson: Today one of the words that stood out to me was activation. That's what you were all going for from the platform, right?

 

Sammy Rodriguez: The dream is we love these moments. We love gathering, but we want we want to see transformation and we want to see statistical numerical change. Not everything can be quantified. But as much as we can, we want to see not only an epic gathering for incredible moments, but actual change in the spheres, in the schools and in our nation and in the nation. So, I feel pumped, stoked.

 

Chris Johnson: So, what was that moment out there where everyone was holding up their shoes?

 

Sammy Rodriguez: It’s our moment. It’s incredible, actually, I love it. When we hold our shoes up, it's really just saying I will go for the gospel; the armor of God. You know how the shoes really represent the gospel of peace, taking the gospel to the world. So, we had this, you happen to us a few years ago at Azusa. We’ve done it before. When we raise the shoes, it's an act of declaration, a metaphor of like, I will go, I will give my feet for the gospel. I will give my hands for the gospel.

 

Chris Johnson: Your other organization is called Carry the Love. What is that about?

Sammy Rodriguez: Circuit riders is connected with Carry the Love. It’s not actually an organization, but it’s a campaign. my buddy, Nick and I, and Chase and a few others, we were just dreaming of reaching university campuses. We had a word of really seeing 1,000 campuses has reached when we didn't have any. Now, 10 years later, we've visited about 150 universities before the Send and we will do another hundred 150 after. So, Carry the Love, the heart of it is to inspire generation to love like Jesus.

 

For the rest of the interview with Sammy Rodriguez, please visit cpnshows.com.

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