NorthEast of the Well just finished our 2nd "Jail to Jerusalem" trip to the Holy Lands. We took a group of 20 - comprised of our ministry and outreach partners, community and staff - and journeyed to Israel for a 10 day leadership development experience. The ultimate goal of this trip is to raise up teachers of God's Word: by seeing sites and walking where Christ did, we let scripture take root in our own lives so we can pass it along with new understanding and passion. We didn't waste any time in practicing - most members prepared and shared a biblical teaching at a site during the trip. God is developing leaders and teachers from a group that used to be users and abusers - this is where we see our vision statement come to life: THE OUTCAST BECOMES THE WITNESS!
Check out our Facebook page for a more thorough coverage of our trip. https://www.facebook.com/northeastofthewell/
We loved taking part in a NIGHT OF WORSHIP at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church last Saturday. NorthEast was present the entire weekend: Sunday was St. Andrew's Mission Fair, and our team was in the plaza, talking all about our ministry and how people from SAPRES could get involved. Thanks again for having us!
Our Annual Women's Discipleship Retreat took place January 25 & 26. Ladies attended from our Anaheim, Newport, and Long Beach communities. Theme of the weekend: choosing to be ALL IN as a follower of Christ. Sweet times were shared together on morning walks, around the table, in God's Word and in prayer for one another.
We recently got to be special guests at the Orange County Teen Challenge graduation! NorthEast brought worship & the Word, and heard 3 stellar men share how their lives have been dramatically changed. Pray for these 3 grads as they head to The Castle in Riverside to complete the next phase of their program: WE ARE ALWAYS LEFT BLESSED & REFRESHED AFTER A TC GRADUATION CEREMONY!
We sent a group of 6 preteen girls off to winter camp last weekend at Forest Home, a Christian campground. These kids come to NorthEast of the Well regularly with their moms/grandmas and represent Anaheim, Newport & Long Beach. They've been through a lot in their lives, watching their caregivers go through addiction, recovery and restoration. At Forest Home, they enjoyed a special weekend JUST FOR THEM: they played games, learned about Jesus, worshiped, and shared their hurts and struggles in a safe, encouraging place. Thank you to those who made this retreat possible: a special shoutout to NorthEast staff (aka camp counselors) Haylie Greggory and Shaneen Neag, as well as driver Jason Griffice.
Serving USA (previously Serving California) featured NorthEast of the Well in their December newsletter. Serving USA partners with NorthEast to provide funds, support, and guidance as we grow. We chose to share about our ministry through the lens of a testimony, and Shaneen, our Long Beach area coordinator, was more than willing to tell what God and NorthEast has done in her life. Please click below to enjoy the whole article (scroll down the page just a little). This newsletter went out to 18,000 people via email! We are so grateful for this platform, allowing us to share about lives changed with a new, WIDE audience.
At our New Year's Eve Service in Santa Ana, our NorthEast community gathered to worship and bring in the new year RIGHT: we nailed to the cross the things that hold us back. Pastor Jason said, "This was one of the best things NorthEast has ever done. The call to repentance for 2019 was exactly what we needed.” NOTE: Our new Santa Ana gatherings start January 16, and will continue every Wednesday @ 5:00 p.m.
Special chefs from Open Gate (culinary training & mentoring program), as well as Chris Joiner, worked hard to prepare a Christmas meal for over 100 people. We switched up the tables to eat family style, and the NE staff served each person. Our LB community members were represented from Flossie Lewis Recovery, Daisy House, Lydia House, LA Teen Challenge, and more! We played our favorite crowd mixer, Human Bingo (for the first time in Long Beach!), held a raffle, and enjoyed worship & the Word. The kids had a celebration themed HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS. MERRY CHRISTMAS - WE LOVE YOU LONG BEACH!
Newport + Anaheim gatherings combined at St. Andrew's last Monday to celebrate Christmas together! Our community members were represented from Prototypes, Ryan's House, Grandma's House, OC Teen Challenge, Village of Hope and more! With our vans, drivers, and a borrowed bus, we brought in the party. We played our favorite crowd mixer, Human Bingo, held a raffle, and enjoyed worship, the Word, and the ALWAYS delicious dinner from our Loaves & Fishes team. MERRY CHRISTMAS, NEWPORT + ANAHEIM!
NorthEast of the Well was honored to benefit from a fabulous and festive event last weekend at the private home of Mark & Karen Hedstrom. Our hosts went above and beyond offering delicious hors d'oeuvres, desserts & take-home treats. Our NorthEast team presented to the crowd through worship, testimonies and sharing. The climax of the evening was entertainment provided by Raffia, who presented “A Tribute to Motown”. Raffia is an R&B Soul/Jazz Artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry: The Jacksons, Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton & many more. She was joined by C.C. Thomas Jr. who is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and the musical director for Diana Ross. We moved and grooved the night away, while raising funds for ministry in 2019. A huge, over-the-top thank you to Mark & Karen Hedstrom.
Thanks to WOMEN AT THE WELL AUXILIARY who took a mini road trip with us up to Long Beach last Friday. We piled in the NorthEast van with gifts and lunch to bless the women of Flossie Lewis Recovery. We worshiped, ate, and heard a powerful word on HOPE from teacher Gina Hughes. Special shout out to @Heather Re for making beautiful scarves for each lady - they felt oh so special.
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.
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