The sign-in table at the conference.
We broke the various sessions up to play fun games that unified and challenged the individual couples and the group as a whole.
We had a great lunch – which actually was one of the best parts of the conference because it gave everyone a chance to really reflect and share what they were learning and going through in their married life.
Leader’s Meeting & Special Sunday Service
It was such an honor for us to have Fabiola’s pastors from Puebla, Mexico come visit us. Everyone was very excited to be able to hear Pastor Felipe teach on the family and sign their copy of his book that we had recently finished studying together. During our leader’s meeting people were impacted by the message and challenge shared. He taught that each emerging leader needed to be a strong pillar in the church: people with devotion to Christ, good character and faithful, loving service to the Body and not just talent or desire to serve in some specific ministry in order for the church to grow strong and be able to continue to grow. The idea of building on weak pillars and the building collapsing has come up several times in discussions with various leaders over the last few weeks. It was encouraging too how the same key points were weaved together throughout the whole weekend – at the marriage conference, the leader’s meeting and the Sunday service. The same themes of family, the church, devotion to God and leadership were repeated in creative and powerful ways.
Pastors Felipe & Judy Jaquith and some of the leaders at Fuente para las Naciones praying for us as the pastors of this new church.
great fellowship together.
We were given tickets to attend the Los Angeles Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and took four of our emerging leaders with us. It was a huge honor for all of us to be at an event attended by so many civic and spiritual leaders from the Los Angeles area. As we prayed and listened to different speakers, including the mayor, it stirred up our faith to continue to press in to what God has for us as a new church so that we can see His Kingdom come not only in our South Park neighborhood, but throughout Los Angeles and throughout the earth.
A group from Northwestern College came to help us put on a four day Bible club at the park in front of our house. Over the four days we had close to 100 children come out and made some really good connections with the parents too, especially on the last day when we had a talent show and BBQ for the whole family and were able to laugh, eat and connect with them more. In the next 2-3 weeks we will be doing more follow-up with these families visiting all the children in their homes. At least 15 of the children made first-time commitments to follow Jesus, give Him control of their life and be truth seekers. Four of the women from the church came out on various days to help with checking in the children, organizing and preparing the BBQ – this is a good step towards our goal to have more ownership and leadership from within our growing church community.
Another thing we were able to do with this group and some other friends that were visiting from Portland was go on an extensive, specific prayer walk through our neighborhood touching on specific needs and seeing some of them answered right before our eyes.
As we’ve come across various needs or desires for our church such as putting up a sign to identify who we are and where we meet or renting a location to meet in outside of our home we have been confronted with the reality that we don’t have the income to support those types of purchases yet. So, several of the members of the church began to do fund-raisers like selling food after service and this last Saturday hold an all-church yard sale. It was a lot of work, but great fun. Almost everyone from the church came out to help and though they don’t have much materially everyone gave and made sacrifices for the good of the church. We got to meet and invite out so many of our neighbors to service the following day. Some people commented that they always saw the activity in our yard and house, but never knew that it was a church gathering. We hope to see these families again!
A Building. With the amount of ministry going on and the number of adults, youth and children it has been hard to have everything in our home because of the lack of available space to hold all the people we have coming during our bigger events.
Thank you for being a pillar for us – holding us up high so that we can continue loving the unloved, serving the broken and bringing light to the dark!
Strong in Him,
Chad & Fabiola