GAME TWO: We were invited to play softball a 2nd time with the inmates of Centinela State Prison. Last weekend, Sarah, Gina, and Emily went to represent NorthEast, joining John of Serving USA (side note: John served time at this very prison - what a testimony!).
Gina Hughes, one of our teaching and discipleship leaders, tells how she shared the Gospel with a couple of the inmates (read below). All 3 of our NE staff had the opportunity to speak about Christ's love and encourage these men. Centinela State is a maximum security prison, where inmates are serving long-term to life sentencing. Our next game is in March: contact us if you "got game" talking Jesus & softball.
MEET TEAM ISRAEL 2019!!! Yesterday we held our first team meeting at the home of Tim & Laura Suk for our second "Jail to Jerusalem" trip. Represented among this group is our community members (from Newport, Anaheim, and Long Beach!), NE staff, outreach partners (Grandma's House of Hope), ministry partners (OC and LA Teen Challenge), and more. We shared, worshiped, prayed and began to bond as a team. This is a "leadership development" trip, aiming to equip us better to understand and teach the Word of God. Our trip is February 2019 and we'll keep you updated ... please keep us in prayer!
Last week, we distributed 36 TURKEYS among our NorthEast community to make their holiday extra special. We drove around and delivered the birds to sober living homes, families, and recovery programs throughout Anaheim, Costa Mesa & Long Beach. Pictured is one of our favorite families from Long Beach preparing for their dinner.
Thank you journalist Bruce Cook, for mentioning NorthEast in the Daily Pilot online!
Find the article below, sourced from: https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/opinion/tn-dpt-me-crowd-20181120-story.html
NorthEast of the Well, a small but powerful group of O.C. locals joining forces to support fellow residents fighting substance addiction, will gather for a holiday celebration Dec. 15 to spread their message that “lasting recovery requires more than just abstinence.”
“People need to form deep relationships with others, have the opportunity to feel significance and connect with something greater than themselves,” said the organization’s Kristel Miles.
For those unfamiliar, the name of the organization is taken from the New Testament — John, Chapter 4 — describing a woman at a water well encountering Jesus Christ. In the modern era, NorthEast of the Well offers an outreach program affecting some 350 O.C. residents every week in various forms of rehab.
Volunteers visit some 15 county programs and sober residences and provide more than 1,400 meals each month. In addition, the group transports recovery addicts weekly to worship services.
To attend the holiday event or learn more, visit northeastofthewell.org.
We loved being part of the THANK YOU LUNCHEON put on for Women at the Well Auxiliary on November 7. This team worked incredibly hard to make our Fall Gala a huge success! We are so grateful to all who planned, procured, and participated.
PS Women at the Well Auxiliary is led by Heather Re, and we're always looking to grow our group. Contact us to get involved in all the fun for next year!
The 3rd step of AA declares that we have "made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God". An organization called "3rd Step Ministry" holds an annual event to celebrate women who have done just that. A group from NorthEast attended and enjoyed dancing, dinner, worship and prayer. Women were represented from our staff, Anaheim community (discipleship & sober livings), and Long Beach community (Flossie Lewis Recovery). They were blessed by the event, each other's company, and what God does with lives surrendered to HIM.
We recently got to visit the Walter Hoving Home, a sister program to Teen Challenge. They gave us the grand tour and we both shared about our ministries. The Hoving Home is a discipleship program for women 18+ who have been involved in drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution and other life-controlling problems. It's located in Pasadena in a building formerly known as the Mira Monte Hotel - now housing up to 45 women who have found hope and new life! Photo from left: Shaneen Neag (NE Staff), Sally De Leon (Hoving Staff), Jen Sandoval (NE Staff), and Laura Suk (NE Executive Director).
NEW ADVENTURES! NorthEast of the Well has partnered with an organization called "Changing Strides", which will provide our children with the opportunity to learn, experience, and love horses. 2 of our preteen girls from the NorthEast community have already started lessons, with more to sign up soon. Did you know that equine interaction can help children with stress levels, problem-solving skills, impulse control, confidence-building and empathy? What a gift!
Pictured L to R: Hailey (trainer), Lily and Miss Haylie (NorthEast Staff).
Once again, we got to visit Youth Guidance Center (Juvenile Hall) to speak to incarcerated teenage girls. Last night was powerful; our team showed up and the Word of God went out. The adolescents were engaged, and had lots of questions for us - even sharing their own favorite scriptures. THANK YOU for letting us be a light for Christ here. Photo from left: Shaneen Neag (NE Staff), YGC Staff, Sarah Howard (NE Staff), Crystal Hale (NE volunteer), Sheri Snyder (Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries), Gina Hughes (NE Staff).
NorthEast of the Well was honored to recieve the Spirit of Faith Award, chosen as the non-profit of the year by Grandma's House of Hope (GHH) at their annual gala held in Anaheim, CA.
NorthEast provides bible studies 5 of their residential homes on a weekly basis. This includes shelters, safe houses and transitional livings for both men and women throughout Orange County. We also transport their residents to our larger community gatherings once a week for dinner and worship.
At the gala Pastor Laura gave the invocation prayer and received the award on behalf of the ministry.
Pictured L to R: Shawn Reilly-NorthEast Board Member, Je'net Kreitner-Founder/Executive Director of GHH, Laura Suk-Founder/Executive Director of NorthEast of the Well, Emily Schilling-NorthEast Co-founder
SOLD OUT EVENT!!! NorthEast of the Well held our 3rd Annual Fall Gala last weekend, to a SOLD OUT crowd of 210 guests. The event featured raffle prizes, silent & live auctions, and a delicious catered dinner. The NorthEast community presented our ministry through a brand new video, live testimonies, music, and more. A special thank you to our Women at the Well Auxiliary, who worked tirelessly for the months prior to ensure this event was a success. A second thank you to EVERY GUEST who showed up to support. Make sure to register early next year!
Last night, we started a new men's outreach at a sober living in Costa Mesa. NorthEast will be at Ryan's House (known as "Rhino House") every Thursday night from 6:30-8 p.m. to talk about sobriety and change from a biblical perspective. Pray us up! Opportunities to help by providing dinner or joining in.
We came, we saw, we worshiped. Thanks to all who assembled last night, not as many different churches, but as "The Jesus People". With one voice, we cried out to God on behalf of our congregations and our city. Romans 15:5-6 says, "May God give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and ONE VOICE you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." A great night!
NorthEast participated through worship (Bethany Devine) and Word (Pastor Laura Suk). A special thank you to TRELLIS for including our ministry.
Friday night we got to love on some of the MOST important people in our ministry: THE VOLUNTEERS! They flocked from our Anaheim, Long Beach and Newport locations come together as one GIANT SERVE TEAM. In an exciting role reversal, the NorthEast staff took a turn waiting on our team to make them feel appreciated. A special thanks to Tim & Laura Suk for hosting 85 people in their backyard! We enjoyed gaming, worshiping, and sharing. THANK YOU TO EACH VOLUNTEER THAT MAKES THIS MINISTRY CONTINUE TO TICK! We had a BLAST, and were so thrilled to see all the faces we love in one place.
Guests for lunch! Today we hosted some of the leadership from Grandma's House of Hope (GHH) for lunch, worship, and a devotion at our office. NorthEast of the Well ministers in not one, but FOUR of their residential homes, every week. GHH provides basic needs to those facing extreme poverty, violence, human trafficking and more. And how much do you love their mission statement: "We aim to empower the invisible populations of Orange County". We were blessed to cover our friends in prayer; they've been true partners to see lives changed! Thanks for coming over.
Today we begin an exciting, WEEKLY new outreach for the ladies of Flossie Lewis Recovery Center. We started our relationship with Flossie almost 4 years ago; it was the first county program we ministered to in downtown Long Beach. Now, every Friday we get to more intimately and intentionally share God's Word with the residents over lunch and worship. Downtown LB is no joke; it's rough and raw and desperate for something REAL. If you want to attend or provide a meal to bless these women on a Friday, contact us today 949.515.WELL (9355)
IT'S BEEN A FABULOUS AND FULL WEEK AT CAMP! Our kids have been busy all week at "VICTORIOUS" Neighborhood Day Camp, put on by Forest Home at Antioch Church. Thank you to a generous donor who made it possible for us to bring kids from our Anaheim, Newport AND Long Beach communities.
Our children's ministry coordinator, Haylie Gregory, has organized not one but TWO camps for our NorthEast children to participate in this summer. She is pictured here (far right) along with all of our wonderful kids, and our men's pastor Jason Griffice.
What a night in Long Beach! Special guest, TCMI intern Luke Pettrey, shared a message for our first service "under the tent" (it's WAY too hot inside during summer so we move our ministry into the courtyard!). Luke kept it central and broke down the Gospel message with fresh passion and conviction: he reminded our community that our only HOPE in turning from sin is reconciliation with God through JESUS CHRIST.
Fun fact: Luke has a rich spiritual heritage behind him - his grandfather is Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York. (Check out some Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir clips on YouTube for a musical treat ... or read "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire".) Luke will be hitting our Newport and Anaheim locations as well before he leaves!
We had a super special opportunity this past weekend: a couple of our staff took a roadtrip to Centinela State Prison all the way in Imperial, CA to PLAY SOFTBALL with the inmates! Laura Suk and Sarah Howard represented as our NorthEast "athletes", and we partnered with leadership from Serving California, one of our ministry partners. Centinela is a maximum security prison (level 3), where inmates are serving long-term to life. The day mixed homeruns and slides with conversation about Jesus and purpose. Ministry comes in all forms ... we're thankful for this one! Link to full story
This past month, a group of our NorthEast of the Well children were privileged to attend “Camp Agape”: a getaway specifically designed for kids who have dealt with parental incarceration. Our Children & Families Coordinator, Haylie Gregory, shares on the impact: “Through the worship, bible study, and games at Camp Agape, I witnessed our kids experience the love of Christ and learn about His forgiveness and grace. Each day had a theme: trust, love, forgiveness, hope and prayer. Every kid from NorthEast had an encounter with Christ at camp and came back with a different look in their eye. They got to be themselves, and felt safe to express their feelings.” The mission of Camp Agape ties DIRECTLY into the vision of NorthEast to see generational sin broken for GOOD. THANK YOU Camp Agape California for making this experience possible for our children; we are so grateful for your ministry. Aftermath: The kids were so moved by their time at camp that they wanted to get up and share with the adults at our Monday night service. Each one took the mic to say what they loved and learned!
[ Camp photos cred to Lauren B Scott ]
Celebrating the BAPTISM of Alison & Brianna! 2 ladies from Prototypes took the plunge last Friday, supported by the NorthEast staff and volunteers that have invested in their lives. In a small and intimate setting the ladies shared their journey of faith, the past they've been brought out of, and what led them to this decision. What's wonderful about our Prototypes women is that they stay at their program for a significant period of time (it works towards reunification of mothers with their children), allowing us to see long-term change. Pictured here is Pastor Jason, Alison, and Pastor Laura.
We spent Mother's Day with some of our favorite moms at Village Church in Laguna Woods. Pastor Ward invited our NorthEast ladies to share their testimonies and for Pastor Laura Suk to give a message on John 4 to their congregation. What better time to celebrate the generational sin that has been broken? Happy Mothers Day, all.
Last Thursday, Northeast was honored to be part of a presentation for 400 Christian business people in Newport Beach. Laura Suk spoke about our ministry and some of our needs, and Star Larsuel shared her story of redemption. The Barnabas Group (TBG) was founded with the goal of allowing Christians to use their collective talents as God would lead, in helping advance His Kingdom. Many thanks to Jim West and the Barnabas Group for allowing us to participate!
NorthEast Staff took a field trip to Costa Mesa City Hall and joined others in prayer for our city, state and country.
Pictured: Pastor Laura Suk prays with Pastor Jordan Hansen of Newport Mesa Church and two others from his congregation
OUR NORTHEAST TEAM is the biggest we've ever had - with two men now on board!
We enjoyed an all-day staff retreat on Balboa Island: we discussed our individual strengths & weaknesses, job duties & descriptions, shared a devotion, dug into scripture, and prayed for one another - and for the people we will reach. We believe God wants to bring many more lives to Him through NorthEast of the Well, and we are humbled and grateful that we get to be His servants. Will you pray for the unity, protection and passion of our team? A special thank you to Judy Tucker for allowing us to use her beautiful home ... any meeting is better with a view!
Pictured left to right (top row): Kristel Miles, Bethany Devine, Jason Griffice, Sarah Howard, Gina Hughes, Peter Sedlewicz. Left to right (bottom row): Haylie Gregory, Star Larsuel, Jen Sandoval, Laura Suk, Emily Schilling
We were excited to have the opportunity to present our ministry at Reunion Church on June 4, 2017. A church plant of ROCKHARBOR Costa Mesa, Reunion Church holds its gatherings at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana.
Pastor Laura Suk was invited to give an overview of the ministry during the 5;30pm service, during which she shared with the Reunion community our values and our ministry goals.
A group of Reunion volunteers is planning a meal for our Anaheim gathering on Monday, June 26th! We look forward to see how the Lord grows this wonderful friendship!
A great volunteer opportunity to help NorthEast of the Well! We need volunteers for the upcoming Rummage Sale at St. Andrew's. Visitors from around the state flock to St. Andrew's during the annual Rummage Sale to find treasures among the donated clothing, furniture, jewelry, electronics, art and other items. A portion of the proceeds will be gifted to our ministry. Volunteers will receive a few free items from sale, and lunch is included.Read more
St. Andrew's Presbyterian was the first church to support - and actually LAUNCH - the ministry of NorthEast of the Well. Once a year, they invite us to be highlighted in their services to update their congregation on what God is doing at NorthEast. Thanks for having us once again!Read more
TEAM ISRAEL 2017 REUNION! The "Jail to Jerusalem" team gathered last weekend to reconnect and reflect on all God did this past March. This group shares a special bond, and includes NorthEast Board Members, Community Members and Church & Ministry Partners.Read more
Today our very own Pepper Morrison-Hale received the "Caring & Sharing" award at the Flossie Lewis Recovery Center Fundraiser! Pepper attended Flossie back in 2001, and today through the ministry of NorthEast, she gets to encourage the women there with her story of change - coming full circle. WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU!Read more