Dates: July 28 - August 4
Ministry Partner: World Impact
Ministry Focus: Partnering with urban churches in the inner city of Los Angeles
This team will work with GBC partner World Impact serving at urban churches in Los Angeles. Ministry opportunities include home makeover for an urban missionary family, VBS with urban church, a discipleship conference for women, and an outreach block party in a World Impact church plant.
Updated Saturday, August 4
E-mail from Bev
The team returned safely today from a wonderful week in LA. The following is a report on the final day of ministry yesterday.
What an incredible day
today has been! It started off with devotionals. We all prayed for our unsaved
loved ones. That was quite emotional. Then we were off to our different
It was a
bittersweet day for those of us doing the Women's Retreat. We've grown so close
to these women and we don't know when we will see them again. And, I have to
tell you the women at my table knew it was my birthday today and oh my! Marcia
walked in with a gift right in front of the whole class. They sang Happy
Birthday to me. That was very sweet and unexpected. Then Fabiola did a fabulous
job of teaching about Fellowship which led to very meaningful discussions
around the tables. Lunch was provided by Debbie Mahoney and Mary Elrich, more
partners in this ministry. Then there was a birthday cake for me and another
round of singing where I ended up with cake on my nose! Then, as if that wasn't
enough, they said we are all going out to the grassy area. A pinata was waiting
for me! Oh my! I don't mean to make this all about me but this is just another
example of how caring and giving these women are even though I'm sure they
don't have a lot of money.
We had visits today from
Mike Gaston and Daniel Luther. I forgot to tell you yesterday we had a visit
from Keith Phillips!
The day ended with an outreach
block party at the church. Ron and Cathy Proctor came and made 350 hot dogs!
Juan and his band came from the Grace Spanish ministry and played. We
had carnival games and bounce houses for all the kids. All of the VBS kids got
up in front and performed their songs and dances from the week. It was awesome!
What a way to end the week.
What a privilege it has
been for all of us to be part of the World Impact Jefferson Street Church and work
alongside Brodie and Katie McClain. Thank you Grace Baptist Church for
Updated Friday, August 3
E-mail from Bev
We only have one more
day here. Unbelievable!
VBS picked up one more
kid for a total of 38 kids! I have 3 stories to tell you. There is a kid
named Paul who is 14. He's not really in VBS but he hangs out at the
church. Yesterday he was talking to Steve Kilker and saying he was leaving
for Yosemite today. So Steve said bye to him because we will be gone
before he gets back. Paul asked if we would be coming back and Steve said yes.
Paul said, "We will be waiting".
As I am sure you know
there are some kids who come and are very shy. Daniel is one of those kids and
he didn't want to have anything to do with dancing but today he actually
danced! Just don't look directly at him because he is still shy.
Eric and Carlos came to VBS for the first time and they did not want to
come in. Mom had to nudge them inside. At the end of the day they were jumping
up and down begging to come back! And, yes, they were back today. Our VBS team
does such a great job of loving these kids! Just like Jesus would love
I have another
incredible story about one of the women coming to the retreat. This
is about Juana who gave her heart to the Lord on Tuesday. She lives in Downey.
She got up at 3:00 this morning to make sure everything was taken care of for
her husband before she left. She walked 40 minutes to take the
train to L.A. and when she got off the train she rode a bicycle the rest
of the way to the retreat! These women make real sacrifices and are
so eager to learn. They love reading scripture and answering the questions
in the workbooks. These are incredible precious women whom we have truly grown
to love and will miss when we leave.
Mike and Debbie Broyles
popped in for a visit today too!
Updated Thursday, August 2
E-mail from Bev
You know after a while you have to start counting the number of
days you have been here on your fingers.
In VBS today we had 3 new children for a total of 37! The nursery
is still being run by Kelly, Nina and Natalie. The highlights of the day
include the incredible Bible lessons given by Steve Kilker, the lively music
and motions and the games. Today VBS was treated to ice cream that had been
provided to the Women's Discipleship group by Chuck Miller. I do know that when
you ask any of the women at the retreat how their children like VBS the answer
is, "They love it!"
After VBS 10 members of the team went to the World Impact Sonshine
Thrift Shop to help sort clothes. Our Entertainment Director, Dennis Salazar, has
taken us to Farmer's Market and El Cholo and tonight we are off to Chinatown!
The women's retreat continued today with one of the Jefferson St.
ladies, Anna, teaching about Prayer. She did an outstanding job and you could
tell she spent much time preparing. This was her very first time to teach!
Let me tell you about one of the ladies who came today. I don't know her name
but she got up at about 4:00 this morning, went to work for about 3 hours (she
cleans houses-they had wanted her to stay longer but she told them Bible study
was more important), went back home to get her children ready for VBS, do
ironing and get her husband off to work and still made it to the retreat
by 10:00! This is representative of the dedication of the women attending
Yesterday the women were treated to a lunch that was provided by
Danette Fowler and Helen Mays. Today and tomorrow lunch has been provided by
Chuck Miller. What a blessing to us and our ladies to be treated to such
wonderful meals. This is just another way to love them and make them feel
It is truly a privilege to serve to further His Kingdom!
Updated Wednesday, August 1
E-mail from Bev
Today has been a very exciting day! We had 8 new children in VBS
today for a total of 34! Some of the children were really too young for VBS so
the 4 girls, Natalie, Emily, Nina, and Kelly set up a nursery and this was a
huge help and they did a fantastic job! Many thanks to them. A docent from the
L.A. zoo came to teach the children about the National Parks. She brought
skins, bones, hooves, and feathers and the children were able to touch and ask
questions. The kids thoroughly enjoy the water games and Mr. Steve Kilker does
an incredible job leading lesson time.
At the Women's Retreat today we also had some new ladies. One
of the ladies, Juana, as she was being led through the steps of the
bridge, gave her heart to Jesus today! What was extra cool about this was
she had mentioned 4 or 5 times during table time that she had forgotten
her glasses and had asked if we had any. At the end of the retreat Katie
brought in a whole table full of reading glasses! So, not only were Juana's
eyes opened spiritually for her to see Jesus but also physically for her to be
able to read His Word!
As if that weren't enough, we ended the day at the McClain's
house. Alfredo cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for us. Yummy!
How blessed we are to be able to serve for His Kingdom!
Updated Tuesday, July 31
E-mail from Bev
First day of VBS was a hit.
Kids loved worship, Bible teaching, crafts, games, and lunch.
It was hard for the kids to leave at the end.
Mothers really appreciated the break and ministry to the kids.
For the women's retreat, we had 20+ women guests! They were really
eager to learn about Christ being the center of their lives and loved the
Fred Jordan Mission was a reality
expanding experience for all team members. We had opportunities to connect with
the guests and pray with them. Peter Jordan introduced the team to the history
and thrust of the mission.
Updated Monday, July 30
E-mail from Bev
This morning we attended the Jefferson Street Church worship
service. It was a very rich and rewarding time. Pastor Brodie started by asking
for prayer requests and praises. One lady shared that at the yard sale
yesterday her sister whom she has not spoken to for quite some time showed up
unexpectedly and they actually spoke to each other, hugged and kissed and
started reconciliation. She said that had it not been for the people from Santa
Clarita coming to do the yard sale that would not have happened. She was so grateful.
There were numerous praises and prayer requests by not only the Jefferson St
church congregation but also by members of our team.
Our time with the church this morning was amazing! After all
the praises and prayer requests this morning which lasted about 1 hour we
broke into small groups to share prayer requests and then as a group we all
prayed for each other at the same time. Then we came back together as a group,
sang songs and listened to Brodie's sermon. The diversity of our brothers and sisters
in Christ in this small group was refreshing and inspirational. There were
people from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nigeria, Thailand, Mexico, Georgia, Idaho,
and Santa Clarita all praising and worshiping the same wonderful and amazing
The rest of our day was spent preparing for the Women's
Retreat and Vacation Bible School. It is truly a blessing to be here.
These are such warm, loving, and gracious people.
I have to share one more
story. There was a lady who was sweeping the floors and cleaning the bathrooms
and Kathy Mack was thanking her and she said "El Senor deserves the very
Beverly Miller on behalf of the team
Updated Saturday evening, July 28
E-mail from Marian
We had a very full and rewarding first day. Everyone got there safely and we set up for the garage sale immediately. It didn't appear that we had that many people go through during the hours we were there, but it was a steady flow. We had the opportunity to invite those at the garage sale to VBS and the Women's Retreat, and one grandma who is the full time guardian of her grand kids and isn't able to have babysitters confirmed that she would be bringing them. The blessing came when Pastor Brodie told us that the garage sale made over $800 dollars!! We were all pretty surprised but happy to see how God had provided for their church. We just ended the day with a "family night" celebration with the Jefferson Street Church members. It was potluck style, so we got to experience some tasty new dishes, mingle with the congregation and enjoy worship music led by a World Impact intern who is staying with the McClains this summer.
Tomorrow will be kind of mellow, with church services in the morning, then just planning and preparing for our ministries that start Monday. Everyone is excited for what's to come and we feel very welcomed by the church members.
Thanks for the wonderful send off! We'll be in touch soon!!
Marian for the LA GO Team
Updated Saturday, July 28
The Downtown LA team was prayed off on their short trip to Los Angeles this morning. Go with them in prayer as they impact urban families with the love of Christ.