Greetings as we enter the month of September!
Four more months and we will welcome in the New Year! Can you believe that? Life is moving along quite rapidly… but the Lord is good… all the time, the Lord is good!
This weekend Leslie and I will be making our way up north… and our first stop will be in Bishop. We are looking forward to spending the hour in worship with our wonderful church in this, most northern part of the L.A. District. Following our stay in Bishop, we’ll travel further north until we reach Lake Tahoe where we will spend a few days together with all USA/Canada superintendents for a special conference. We’ll also hang around there for a bit as we meet together with the Southwest Regional Team for fellowship and encouragement, before coming back down south to our beautiful coastland to have our District Pastors and Spouses’ Retreat in Pismo Beach. So… life is a bit busy in the next 10 days. We will miss these days around the District Resource Center… but I will look forward to the many connecting points and bridge building opportunities the Lord is allowing. Thank you for your continued prayers!
ENCOURAGEMENT: The company of prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole, and let us build a place there for us to meet.” And he said, “Go!” Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?” “I will,” replied Elisha. And he went with them.
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed.” The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. (II Kings 6:1-7) Don’t you just love Bible Schools? I do… and here we find one of the first Bible Schools mentioned in the Bible. I like to call it B.S.L.B.C. (Below Sea Level Bible College) since this is the lowest point in the world. I also like this story because the writer leaves out all of the details of Elisha having to go through the common steps in building a Bible College.
· He doesn’t mention all of the fund-raising campaigns they made prior to seeking out and finding the right architect and getting the blueprints going.
· There’s no mention of having to go through “plan-check” and seeing to it that all neighbors were informed of this project to be constructed near the Jordan.
· Then… the permits required to cut down the trees. Oh… and we must not forget the timing of when the trees can be cut down… there may be a specific bird getting ready to make its nesting place and must not be disturbed.
· The story is simply told, they’ve outgrown their place of meeting… and they know of a new place along the Jordan, where there are trees that can be used in construction… so “let’s go to work.”
Why? Because there is a need to learn… and learn, we must. I’m not going to get into the story of the miracle… because, for me, that’s the side note. The main thing is: They want to learn. They desire to study. They want to be trained. They are hungry for new teachings that will thrust them back into their communities to lead others to God. It’s all about the kingdom of God. And I am so glad that we have training institutions right here on our district. We are blessed to see the places of training for new leaders developing in our front yards.
· Thank you Dr. Peter Lundell and your team at LADTC. Pastoral Care & Counseling (PAS 3023) Sept. 16 – 17; Oct. 7 – 8. “Please email email@example.com if you are interested in taking the class and have not already contacted Dr. Lundell. Deadline for registration: Friday, September 2. All LADTC courses are Nazarene Bible College accredited and are required for ordination.” firstname.lastname@example.org
· Thank you Dr. Ismael Joaquin and your team of leaders for our Seminario Nazareno here on the district. Last Saturday I had the privilege of joining the faculty, leaders and students in the first meeting we held together at Baldwin Park for the Orientation.
Would you join me in prayer for these schools, as well as the many other places our ministers are receiving training? There is such joy in seeing men and women becoming prepared for ministry. Today, we need more and more leaders to help carry the torch as we win people to Christ here on the Los Angeles District.
DISTRICT MATTERS: Please be aware that the Lord is active and working in other places all across the district and world. Sometimes all we can focus on is what we see. I trust that these pictures and others, continue to help us know that there are ministries and events always taking place somewhere… Praise His Name!!!
· INSPIRE Conference: Churches… you will want to send your Youth Workers and Children’s Workers to the conference for encouragement… challenge… and re-tooling. Here are the details:
1. September 23 at 6 pm through September 24 at 1 pm.
2. Monrovia Doubletree
3. Free – each church gets 2 rooms. Spouses are included. FREE – only gas is required – room and food is FREE.
4. Opportunity to meet others who face the same challenges as they do, learn about special needs ministries and discipleship ideas, continuing education credit (which we all need).
6. Register by Monday September 12th with Kathy Cannon at email@example.com
· L.A. North Church: Last Sunday I was honored to worship with Pastor Carlos Carmona, and the wonderful church there at LA North. What a special ministry they have together reaching the community for Jesus. Muchas gracias Pastor Carmona, por su ministerio allí en LA North. Además, gracias por alimentarme después del servicio. Me gustó mucho la comida especial. Pero más de todo, me gustó el amor de Dios en la iglesia y la presencia de Cristo Jesús.
· NewNaz Korean: Pastors Aaron and Marcia Song are doing a wonderful job leading our Korean Ministry in Newhall and on Saturdays, they have a “Korean School” where they teach the Korean language to those young students who want to learn.
· NMI: Thank you, Debra Hamrick, along with your Mission’s Council as you lead our district. I enjoyed the “pop-in” visit I had with your council meeting. May Jesus bless the efforts of our NMI on the LA District!
Thank you, everyone, for your work across the district. May the Lord strengthen you and fill you with His grace as you carry on. These are tremendous days to be actively involved in ministry. Let’s continue to build bridges into our communities for Christ! I love you and I look forward to serving further with you.
P.S. Printer available – Free: It is a discontinued model but in very good shape. It is an HP LaserJet 9000n, with an extra-large capacity paper tray. This is a very solid printer and would provide great service for anyone in need. It is fairly large: 45″ wide (with output tray), 27-28″ deep and 39″ high (including the expanded paper tray – about 23″ high without the extra paper tray). There are also two new toner cartridges (30,000 page capacity) that retail for about $300 each. It is free to anyone who would like it. It would have to be picked-up (in Pomona). Contact Dale Best at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Just another reminder… APU Center for Vocational Ministry: