You may have heard about the recent fires outside of Los Angeles. World Impact has an amazing camp ground called The Oaks, where we send our youth and children during the summer and also go for family camps and other retreats. During these fires the camp had to be evacuated – as did the entire surrounding area. For about a week we were all praying that the flames would not damage this amazing place of refuge where so many people from the city have come and given their life to Jesus. As you can see from the illustration the fire completely surrounded the camp, but did not damage any of the actual camp ground and only touched a small corner of the property. (The red is the fire; the part in the middle is the campground.)
13 Mile Hike
There are quite a few people at our church that enjoy hiking and it provides a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time talking and sharing an experience with one another. This month 10 of us hiked a half-marathon around the perimeter of Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. Several of the youth bared their hearts with us during different parts of the hike. We also did some great planning and vision casting for the future of the church.
Beginning the ascent. We saw a coyote, a skunk, a deer and some other critters (impressive for L.A.).
We walked through a nice creek area with ferns (we miss those from Oregon)
Most of the hike was very dry, but with some nice views of the hills and city (and Hollywood sign).
Of course we had to grab a picture by the fountain (our church name is ‘Fountain to the Nations’).
The reward for completing this hike was a Smokey Bear bandana.Here we all are proud to be done.
Season of Many Birthdays and Graduations
We can’t make all the birthdays and graduations we have been invited to, but it is fun being able to celebrate these special milestones with the families that we love so much. We have children and youth finishing every level of schooling. It is great watching people mature and grow up – not just in years, but also in love and maturity in Christ.
A couple of the youth from Fuente para las Naciones with birthday girl Cynthia.
Can you tell it's her XV anos?
Fabiola, Lucero, Justice and Rebecca at a community party.
Rebecca & Justice
Justice finished Kindergarten being named the student of the quarter.
Rebecca finished 2nd grade and was awarded the principal’s award for student of the year.
Thank you for your prayers! While still in the early phases we had a wonderful hand-off of the youth ministry. It felt like the last minute, but was clearly planned out by God long ago. God put it on the heart of two young women (Erika and Nancy) in our church to take over the youth ministry and some other responsibilities that were previously being done by the missionaries. Erika and Nancy were the two young ladies that we have felt God wanted leading this ministry, so it was a wonderful confirmation having them step forward.
We had a special service where our missionaries gave an exhortation and then we prayed for them as they go on to new ministry assignments. We then prayed for Erika and Nancy as the new leaders over the youth group. We were able to exhort the church to engage even more in ministry and sharing the gospel. We continue to share the vision that some will be sent out to plant churches or be missionaries.
"The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity." - Mike Stachura
Lucero, a woman from Fabiola’s home church in Puebla, Mexico, spent the week with us and was able to bless the congregation by leading worship and giving some great tips to the newly forming worship team.
Please Pray with Us…
o Men’s Camping Trip – June 14-15
o Day of Prayer & Fasting – June 21
o WOW Jam – June 29
o Sport’s Day Camp – July 1-5
o Movie Nights – throughout the summer
o Summer Camps – 4 weeks of camps
Erika & Nancy
Please pray for our new youth leaders.
Pray for a special grace, patience, wisdom and passion.
Pray that they would have a loving and pastoral heart for the youth.
Pray that the youth group would continue to grow in maturity in Christ and in number.
Please continue to keep our family in your prayer, especially in this new season where we are the only full-time staff at our church. We have a couple mini-get-aways planned between the busy ministry schedule to keep us healthy and sane.
We are looking forward to ministering with our children, but also ministering to them and playing and making special memories.
Though we have made some great gains this year we are currently only at 75% of our needed support level. Please join us in prayer that we would reach 100% this month.
Also consider if you might be able to give monthly (or a one-time gift) to help enable us continue ministering here in the city. See information below on how to give.
We know we are firmly in His grip. God is good. God is great. And we are His.
Chad, Fabiola, Rebecca and Justice