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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
~ 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!
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).
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: 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!
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 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!
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)
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!
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.
Last night we were fortunate enough to Baptize not 1, but 12 members of our community! Each baptism was incredibly beautiful and powerful, as God's love was surely in the air. It is such a blessings to witness the men, women, and children in our community choose to openly dedicate themselves to God ~ it is celebrations like these that keep NorthEast going; that keep us reminded of the life-changing work we are doing through Him.
We had such an incredible evening celebrating and serving our wonderful volunteers! Each one of them is SO appreciated - as they truly have gone above and beyond for the NorthEast community. We simply would not be who we are today without their continuous support, help, and efforts. We made this event all about serving them and showing our appreciation to each and every one of them, and we are so glad they enjoyed it!
Human Bingo ~ such a fun way to start the evening!
NorthEast Awards (NEAs) ~ Kristel and Hannah awarded over a dozen volunteers for their specific efforts! It was the first year doing the NEAs and was such a great way to show our appreciation! Our VOLUNTEER OF THE DECADE award went to Kriste BustamanteLaura and Emily honored Kriste by expressing all the amazing things she does for NorthEast, and by gifting her with a one of a kind charm bracelet
Staff Members Express Appreciation ~ each staff member got to stand and personally thank our volunteers for their amazing work, which was a cherry on top of a perfect evening.
Just yesterday, Hannah, Kristel, Emily, and Bethany were able to host a fundraiser event for NorthEast of the Well at the beautiful house of Karen Lorenz! It was nothing short of a success.
We welcomed long-time NE supporters with open arms, and were delighted to welcome in some new faces, as well! We feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to speak on our ministry, worship together, share powerful testimonies, and fill our bellies with yummy food.
We are so thankful to Bethany and Kaitlin for sharing their testimonies and finding the courage to be open, raw, and honest. Hearing the story of their journey to God and to NorthEast was incredibly moving to us all.
We are beyond grateful to all those who helped organize this fundraiser, and especially to the Lord for allowing us to continue to grow this ministry through Him.
NorthEast was given the opportunity to send some of the kids and teens from our community to an amazing summer camp ~ Camp Pondo ~ located in Running Springs. Here, they were not only able to enjoy themselves, develop meaningful relationships, participate in fun activities (zip-lining, swimming, character building exercises), but also build their relationship with God.
The main theme of this camp was Ephesians 2:10, which states, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” This verse was discussed in great depth and truly resonated with each camper in a very impactful way.
~ BONFIRE ACTIVITY ~
On the last night of camp, the kids circled around a bonfire. This was not just any bonfire, but one that allowed them to grow closer with the Lord. They each got a notepad and wrote down different things that they want to give up to God… They found the courage within to share their written words to the group, and then threw their notes into the bonfire before God and their peers. This exercise brought upon many tears, hugs, and life-realizations.
Many of the teens walked into camp with similar pasts/brokenness… Depression, struggles with suicide, absent parents etc. HOWEVER, each walked away from camp carrying a new perspective than the one they brought in… a new love for God… new + meaningful friendships… and with a newly found self-confidence.
We are so thankful to the Lord and to Yfc Spin-Ministry for allowing our kids this INCREDIBLE experience and opportunity for self-growth!
This past Sunday, NorthEast was able to visit Village of Laguna Woods Church! We were welcomed in by Pastor Ward and his wife, Lenora, as well as Pastor Mike and his wife Judy. We are so thankful to each of them for bringing us in and allowing us to present our ministry, teach and worship, share a couple testimonies (by Bethany and Madeline), and pray over the congregation with us. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to teach at the bible study before the service, and then open our ears to Pastor Laura’s message during the service. What a blessed series of events!!
We are humbled by and grateful for the uplifting scripture that was read over Laura during the service, and would like to share it:
Acts 18:9-10 -
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”
As seen in the photo, Pastor Laura and Pastor Mike were able to pray with the elders from the congregation – what a beautiful moment… filled with God’s love!
ALL IN ALL - NorthEast is so incredibly grateful to have been welcomed into three different churches in just the last month!! We pray for these three churches - Crescent Baptist in Anaheim, Canyon Hills Presbyterian in Anaheim Hills, and Village of Laguna Woods – to continue to spread the message of the Lord far and wide in their own wonderful ways.
B A P T I S M S
This past week, we were fortunate enough to celebrate not one, but two baptism ceremonies (13 baptisms total!) Each celebration could not have been more powerful, more beautiful, or more enlightening. It is such a blessing to witness the men, women, and children in our community choose to openly dedicate themselves to God – it is celebrations like these that keep NorthEast going; that keep us reminded of the life-changing work we are doing through Him.
R E M I N D E R S
Receiving messages like the one copied below never fail to touch our hearts and remind us of the overwhelming love of God - “God works in so many wonderful ways....I am so grateful to be a part of North East of the Well community...Last night was a beautiful dedication to our faith and our walk in faith. For so many years I have struggled and drifted along. Placing my life in situations that were nothing short of destructive. I am humbly filled with Gratitude today....and I know that God is real."
This past Sunday, some of the Northeast team was involved in the Canyon Hills Annual Mission Fair! Here, NorthEast got the opportunity to speak on our mission and our purpose, our wonderful partnership with Canyon Hills, and how incredibly thankful we are for our relationship with them.
We are filled with love and gratitude when we think of Canyon Hills - as they have been a constant support to us. Once a month, they provide meals to our Anaheim community, they have bought us bibles to share with our people, and have been a continuous blessing to us overall.
We thank Him for such a beautiful day and for the opportunity to share!
~All four of the beautiful women pictured are on the Anaheim Discipleship, with Gail being the Discipleship Teacher. We are so very thankful to each of them and their continuous efforts in spreading God's love.