♡ NorthEast of the Well • Staff Member Gathering ♡

On Saturday evening, NorthEast of the Well staff members gathered to simply celebrate life, one another, and the fulfilling and life-changing work we are blessed to do together! We each feel absolutely humbled, overjoyed, and honored to work for this ministry and to serve our community; in particular, the ones who have been walking in darkness. Through Christ, we were brought together, and with Him in our hearts, we will continue to do His Work and His Will. Everyday we are grateful to those who support and believe in NorthEast, thankful for those who partner with our ministry, humbled by the opportunities to offer hope through the Gospel message, and gratified to come alongside these individuals as they learn to live in freedom.

A Team Prayer that we like to call on:
↠ 2 Philippians: “Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind… In humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationship with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…”

Such Generous Donations from Children's Hospital of Orange County!

We are beyond grateful to CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) for sponsoring us, NorthEast of the Well, as the nonprofit organization to receive their donations. Once a year, CHOC selects a nonprofit to donate to, and in turn, all of their employees in the oncology department participate by opening their hearts and GIVING to those who need it most.

We are incredibly thankful to Grettel and Eliana, for dropping off the donations to our office and spreading their love to our community members.

~History with Grettel:~

Pastor Grettel Aumua is one of the leads in the oncology department at CHOC, and she is the one who chose NorthEast as the nonprofit organization to sponsor. She and her husband, Dr. Bishop Taisi, are Pastors at Unlimited Church, and have been Mission Partners with NorthEast for almost FIVE years! Not only has Grettel participated/sang with the NorthEast worship team, she has also helped lead “Kingdom Kids,” an aspect of our Children’s ministry. In addition, her husband, Dr. Taisi, has preached at our Anaheim gathering numerous times! Grettel’s willingness to lift up NorthEast has been a blessing to us since the first day we met her.

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts, to the oncology department. Your donations will help many, many of our community members and their children.

Christmas Eve Candlelit Service

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

On Monday evening, we were blessed with the opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with our Anaheim and Newport community members at our Anaheim gathering (FCCA). After connecting and catching up with one another over a yummy dinner, we honored Jesus through a special candlelit worship & service (a big thank you to our worship team, Pastor Laura, Pastor Gail, and all other NE supporters who helped)!

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Surrounded by darkness and the glowing of candles, we all had the opportunity to reflect on the REASON FOR THE SEASON: to celebrate and honor the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

GEMS UNCOVERED ~ GRADUATION

Yesterday morning, NorthEast was invited to the Gems Uncovered Graduation Ceremony. Let me tell you --it could not have been more SPECIAL!

What is Gems Uncovered???

►An in-depth and extensive program that supports women/girls who are victims and survivors of human trafficking, and guides them as they begin a new, bright life.

►Their Mission Statement: To rebuild lives affected by Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation by offering resources, counseling, awareness and education in a safe, nurturing and loving environment. They equip each survivor with tools to enable them to soar and achieve their dreams and walk in their purpose.

During the celebration, each of the beautiful graduates were presented with CROWNS (see photos)! -- this symbolized the fact that they were born queens, until someone knocked off their crown. But now, they have reclaimed their crowns, and are ready to take on this new, bright chapter in their lives as QUEENS -- who can accomplish anything they set their minds to! NorthEast is SO proud of them and honored to work alongisde such a great program.

Long Beach Christmas Party & Service

♡♡ “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.” ♡♡

Wednesday Evening, NorthEast of the Well celebrated the COMING OF JESUS CHRIST with our wonderful Long Beach community (120 of them)!! We sang worship and Christmas songs (thanks to our amazing worship team), filled ourselves with a yummy dinner, played exciting (& silly) games, enjoyed a surprise performance/song by the adorable kids from our community, and received a powerful Christmas message from Pastor Gail!

May we celebrate Christmas this week by filling our hearts with Jesus and celebrating all He has done for us!

ANAHEIM AND NEWPORT CHRISTMAS PARTY!

We had a blast last night with our Newport and Anaheim community members – about 200 wonderful faces were present! We were filled with a delicious dinner, beautiful Christmas and worship songs (thanks to our wonderful worship team), an exciting (& silly) game of human bingo, and last but not least, a moving Christmas message by Pastor Gail!

To reiterate Gail’s message from last night:

It does not matter what gifts you receive or do not receive this year.

It does not matter what you are able or unable to put under the tree.

The material world is irrelevant in the big picture. What does matter is God, and the fact that He is there for you always, regardless of what you receive or what you are able to contribute on Christmas (and everyday). If you have the Lord in your heart-- you have won already. In the end, that is worth more than 1,000 gifts under the tree.

BAPTISM CELEBRATION

“It takes a lot of courage, to be baptized in His name, to die to the old self and be forever change. May God bless your life for stepping out for him, proclaiming unto others the faith you have within.”

On Friday, NorthEast came together to celebrate 4 community members, who chose to openly dedicate themselves to the Lord! It was such a special time, and we could not be more proud and excited for our newly baptized friends!
To all the warm faces that came to support - THANK YOU! The celebration was filled with yummy food, Worship, open & honest conversations, happy tears, and the Holy Spirit!!

GRAND CANYON TRIP to the Havasupai Indian Reservation!

What an experience it was for some of our NorthEast team - who recently traveled to the Grand Canyon to work at the Havasupai Indian Reservation! Here, NorthEast brought the Word of God to the people within the Reservation.

The Havasupai people have lived here for centuries, as this area is considered one of America’s most remote Indian communities and reservations! Our team traveled down to the Supai reservation by foot, by horse, and by helicopter, as these are the only accessible ways down! In addition to sharing God’s Word and connecting with the Havasupai people, we accompanied and assisted the Veterinary Christian Foundation as they worked to help and treat the animals that are a part of the reservation.

We are thankful to God for bringing our team back safely, and for allowing us the opportunity to spread His Word to the people who have lived in the reservation for generations – and who may otherwise never hear it! It was especially wonderful to connect with the people through Worship; thanks to Bethany who sang the Lord’s songs unashamedly!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~ "Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Thanksgiving Feasts & Services!

Newport and Long Beach both had full houses for a lovely Thanksgiving Meal and Service! Yummy dishes were prepared with loving hands, but more importantly, we were all reminded of what Thanksgiving truly means!

1st Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us to "Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." We were blessed to have Gail (Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship) preach in Long Beach, just as we were blessed to have Julie (Teaching & Discipleship Associate) preach in Newport! They reminded all of us to be full of GRATITUDE -For we owe everything to God!

A BIG THANK YOU TO ~~
✤All of the lovely faces from different programs who came to join us in both LB and Newport!
✤The wonderful and generous NorthEast supporter who donated the delicious dinner to LB!
✤Bethany Church (NE church partner) who served up the meals hot and yummy, and brought the most delicious pies!

THANKSGIVING DEDICATION SERVICE & FEAST

NorthEast was honored to be part of a wonderful ~~ Thanksgiving Dedication Service and Feast ~~ this past Sunday at the First Congregational Church in Anaheim! There were 6 different ministries present, including us, and each one shared a worship song during the service. A beautiful aspect of that is, almost all of the ministries embodied a different culture and language! We love seeing different backgrounds come together to serve the one true God. Following worship, we all enjoyed a yummy Thanksgiving Feast on the lawn!

Jen (Anaheim Area Manager) shared about NorthEast and our mission, as well as her own personal testimony, followed by a presentation of our mission critical video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL4N3NpSDRU ! In addition, we are grateful to Kristel Lease, Matt Lease, and Vlad Bozic (NorthEast worship team) who led the congregation in a beautiful worship song!

Over all, it was moving to hear so many encouraging words from other ministries, supporting what WE do, and coming together as one body of Christ.

~~~ Join us for a community gathering any Monday night, from 6-8pm, at the First Congregational Church (515 N State College Blvd, Anaheim), for dinner, worship, and the Word. We welcome all to come see what God has been doing in Anaheim since 2016!

Newport Beach - On Fire!

NorthEast had over 90 people gather for worship and the Word at the wonderful Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church last night! With arms wide open, we welcomed in men, women, and children from our community and local programs; including Village of Hope, Prototypes, Teen Challenge, and Rhino House! Most that come from secular programs would not hear the Gospel otherwise… we at NorthEast are so honored to share it! Pastor Laura Suk preached on Acts 3 – The healing of the paralytic at the Gate Beautiful, and it was received beautifully. We are blessed to have the opportunity to bring God’s Word here every Monday evening.

Witnessing our community feel the power of the Holy Spirit will never get old!!

***Our growing group could always use more volunteers to help with transportation, and other tasks. Contact Sarah at Sarah@northeastofthewell.org if you want to get involved and come see what God's up to in Newport!

Connecting with Like-Minded People

A few days ago, Shaneen and Gail (part of NorthEast team) attended the “Connecting Women” event at Cornerstone Church. This event was all about ~ Putting Feet to Your Faith ~ “being the tangible hands and feet of Jesus.” Krista Harvey (Women’s Minister) and Dan Wendell (Missions Pastor) spoke on helping those in need, and encouraged the guests to learn how their unique gifts and experiences can be utilized at local mission organizations, including NorthEast of the Well. They shared on how they have seen God use service to help others and deepen their relationships with Christ, which was inspiring for us all.

Some highlights:
~ NorthEast of the Well had a booth along with 8 other women’s ministries in Long Beach. We were honored!

~ Shaneen got the opportunity to share about the special moment in which God called her to work in ministry, specifically for NorthEast.

~ Sharing, gathering, connecting, and listening to each ministries message was inspiring and moving. We truly got to enjoy and appreciate the fellowship of one another and our common goals in Christ. It is always a blessing to connect with others who also have a heart to serve!

We are so grateful for this experience!

3rd Step Event ~ Put on by Third Step Ministry

Shaneen and Jen (NorthEast Area Managers) were thrilled to not only attend 3rd Step Event, but also bring 15 wonderful ladies from our community with them! Shaneen welcomed 18 ladies to join her from Flossie Lewis (one of the programs in which we bring bible studies to), while Jen welcomed 8 ladies to come - some from discipleship and some from our Anaheim gathering! NorthEast is honored to be Ministry partners with 3rd Step, as they work alongside us to restore women from brokenness to wholeness!

Where does "3rd Step" come from?
In the 12 Steps of AA, the 3rd Step states, “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”

What is 3rd Step Event about?
Once a year, women in recovery are invited to attend an elegant cost-free event within an atmosphere of love, acceptance and celebration of the women’s decision to achieve sobriety; they are presented a powerful and inspiring message of how freedom and transformation was attained through faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18).

Casa Teresa ~Havana Nights~ Fundraiser

Our NorthEast Team was delighted to attend Casa Teresa's Havana Nights Fundraiser, as it was a fantastic night that featured many different giving opportunities, an incredibly moving testimony of a "Life Changed," as well as a Tribute Video, which honored the love and legacy of their co-founder: Sally Sullivan.

Casa Teresa has been a Ministry Partner of ours for 2 years, and we could not be more thankful for that. NorthEast supports their mission wholeheartedly, as they provide pregnant women in crisis a loving home to begin their healing journey. We stand by their vision, just as they stand by ours.

Baptism Ceremony

BAPTISM: An outward sign of an inward transformation!

NorthEast was honored to baptize Andrew and Scott last night, as they are apart of our Long Beach Community. We first met them at Tarzana, where we bring a weekly bible study to every Thursday evening! It was moving to hear them share stories of their past that have lead them to where they are today. With Christ in their hearts, Scott and Andrew openly chose to dedicate their lives to the Lord, to use their struggles of the past as a way to better their future. We are BEYOND proud of them!

4th Annual Fall Gala Fundraiser

NorthEast is in awe of the outcome of this year’s Fall Gala ~ Harvest on the Green. We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to put on this fundraising event, as it is our biggest of the year, and truly exists to spread awareness of our mission and our vision. Simply put: more awareness and support means that we may continue to heal those who are broken and continue to do God’s work. We offered our guests many “make a difference” opportunities, such as - Live Auction, Silent Auction, Raffle Prizes & Opportunities, Silent Shopping, and Golden Tickets. We are SO pleased to announce that we have succeeded our fundraising goal!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our donors, sponsors, volunteers, 214 guests, and the lovely ladies at Women at the Well who worked so hard to ensure this event was a success. We could not have done this without each of you.

Some highlights of the evening include:

- The NorthEast community presented our ministry through our Mission Critical Video, live testimonies, music, and more.

- Pastor Laura (executive director of NorthEast) spoke on our past accomplishments, present goals, and future aspirations. She opened the eyes and hearts of many people; in turn, forming new relationships and growing NorthEast supporters.

- Our testimonies were shared by two lovely ladies from the NE community: Sarah and Delilah. They underlined the difference of their life before they met NorthEast, verses their life now, after meeting NorthEast. They did an incredible job finding the strength to open up about their trials and hardships – many listeners were brought to tears. We are so proud of them.

- Our worship team: Bethany, Kristel, Matt, and Travis were a gift to us all. They did such a beautiful job celebrating and honoring Jesus Christ through the NorthEast theme song: Rescue.

- The live auction delivered by John Byers was a huge hit. Everyone had such a fun time bidding on various items to show their support!

- To end the night with a bang, the talented band Raffia came on stage and showed us a stellar performance! Our guests were up and dancing in no time.

NorthEast at Vanguard University

NorthEast had the opportunity to take part in Vanguard University's Job & Internship Fair! We talked with students about our ministry and how they can get involved: we gathered 25 names of people who were interested in helping with Children's Ministry, Worship, Outreach & more. Thank you for having us, Vanguard!

Casa Teresa Alumni Reunion Family Carnival

END OF SUMMER FUN! NorthEast of the Well was privileged to take part in the Casa Teresa Alumni Reunion Family Carnival last weekend. Casa Teresa is one of the programs we minister in on a regular basis: we go into THREE different phases at their residence to share God's Word! (The "Emergency" phase, the "Parenting" phase and the Alumni meetings!) We got to see many of the women we've built relationships with, and also say hello to leaders and other ministry partners. Emily Schilling opened the day in prayer, and Bethany Devine led the group in some worship. We enjoyed the games and good times!

Pictured left to right: Emily Schilling (Co-Founder of NorthEast), Lisa Wood (Founder & CEO, Casa Teresa) and Natalie Hernandez (Casa Teresa Alumni & NorthEast staff) 

NorthEast at Teen Challenge 5K

In a new location with snazzy tees, NorthEast of the Well again took part in the annual 5️K Teen Challenge Walk for Recovery, raising funds for our friends at Orange County Teen Challenge! From the NorthEast side, we had community members show up from our Newport Women's Discipleship, Anaheim Women's Discipleship, and our Men's Discipleship! We partner with Teen Challenge on the regular, and always want to make sure we are there to support them. Great and active morning!

NorthEast at HIU "Mission & Service Fair"

This was the 2nd year that NorthEast was represented at the Hope International University "Mission & Service Fair". The fair provides opportunities for HIU students to find volunteer or internship positions - we were 1 of 20 organizations represented. We spoke with many students about NorthEast, and how they could help with our outreach efforts, worship teams, children's ministry and more!
Our NorthEast dream team for the day was (left to right): Intern Josh Hill, NE staff Shaneen Coston, NE staff Jen Sandoval, and Intern Lenny Miranda.