A Letter from Laura 💌

"Despite the current health crisis, NorthEast is alive and well. While we continue to follow current restrictions and limit activities, there is still much good news to report:

NorthEast has reached two new programs in South Orange County: Vera’s Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon, a facility for sex trafficking victims; and Victory House, a men’s substance abuse program in Lake Forest. New partnerships with churches such as Trabuco Presbyterian and Village Church will provide volunteers the opportunity to support our efforts as we continue to expand and grow. Our new job readiness program, Steps to Success, helps community members with criminal backgrounds or lack of work experience prepare for and secure employment.

We will continue to reach out through social media, phone calls, and cards, assuring our vulnerable community that they are not forgotten, and are loved. Likewise, your health and welfare are of concern to us; please let us know how our staff can pray for you and your loved ones.

NorthEast of the Well remains committed to bringing the hope of the Gospel message and the assurance that God’s plans are to “…give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11-12). In that passage, God promises to bring His people back from captivity – something we can hold onto today as well.

Once current restrictions are lifted, NorthEast is fully equipped to resume all ministry activities. Now, more than ever, your continued support is vital."

Be safe and blessed,
Founder & Executive Director - Laura Suk

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WHAT IF YOU TRUSTED JESUS MORE THAN YOU TRUSTED YOUR FEAR ? ! ? !

While NorthEast is taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our community members during this time of fear and anxiety, we are also making sure to put our trust and faith in the Lord before we do anything else. We are so grateful for last night’s moments, as we were able to bring the Word of God to three different gatherings. It is times like these when we need to uplift one another, pray, and trust in the unlimited healing power of Jesus Christ.

Last night….

1. We gathered with the young ladies of Vera’s Sanctuary (licensed drug treatment site in OC dedicated to victims of human trafficking). Hannah (Communications & Special Events), Bethany (Donor Relations & Worship Lead), Emily (Grant Development & Special Projects), and Melanie (long time NE volunteer) brought a bible study, dinner, and worship to the ladies. It was the perfect time to discuss the healing power of Jesus Christ, as he traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.”
2. We ministered to 14 teenage girls within the OC Youth Guidance Center (juvenile hall substance-abuse rehabilitation for minors). It was nothing short of transformative. Lauren (Teaching & Worship Associate), Sarah (Ministry Program Administrator), Laura (Founder & Executive Director), and Jen (Anaheim Area Manager) brought worship, testimonies, and a powerful teaching out of John 4. The young girls were brought to tears by Pastor Laura’s teaching and by Lauren’s worship that filled the room with the Holy Spirit… Even the YGC staff was brought to tears. God was certainly moving within this “sister circle!”
3. Julie (Teaching & Re-Entry Associate) and Kristel (Worship Lead) brought a bible study to Action Alliance, a program for women in recovery. We meet with them every Thursday, and last night was no different. It was a blessing to spend time with them diving into the Word of God and His Healing Power.

Whether we are home or aboard, surrounded by many people suffering from the virus or only a few, please remember: Jesus Christ is with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.

In place of our anxiety, may we feel the Lord’s peace and healing power.

2020 Girls Getaway Retreat

Pastor Laura (founder and executive director) was the keynote speaker for the Saint Andrews “2020 Girls Getaway” in San Diego! The highlighted theme for the weekend was “ARISE,” which was broken down into three different sessions: Invitation, Nurture and Empower. There were approximately 100 women present – it was truly a time for openness and growth.

The ladies of NorthEast are honored to have been such a large aspect of the retreat. Laura touched the group of ladies with spiritual development activities and God’s transformative words, while Bethany (Donor Relations; Worship Lead) helped the women feel the Holy Spirit through her musical talents.

A powerful moment took place when Laura invited people to stand; she asked the women to gather on one side of the room if they knew with certainty that they are saved/going to heaven, while on the other hand, she invited those to gather on the other side of the room if they are unsure whether they are saved or not. In these moments, people were able to own where they are in their walk with the Lord, versus where they want to be. In addition, the retreat was filled with jewelry making, holy yoga, a fiesta dinner, movie night, mindful time by the water, and much more.

We are grateful to the Lord for this time of connection with one another and growth with God.

NORTHEAST TEEN DISCIPLESHIP HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN!

Our wonderful staff members - Alex (Men’s Teaching & Discipleship Associate) and Jen (Area Manager of Anaheim) – have officially organized and launched our Teen Discipleship Group!!! We are beyond excited for this new group where kids and teens will be able to connect, learn, and grow with one another and Christ! The 4th Saturday of every month, Jen and Alex will be coordinating a day full of adventure, bible study, dinner, and different fun activities for 9 of our kids (so far)!

In summary, these kids deserve this group and this time for connection, as many have not had an easy upbringing by any means. Therefore, we are overjoyed to coordinate these experiences for them. This past Saturday was their first of many gatherings/adventures to come!  They started the day at the Cerritos Library where they explored the botanical gardens and the museum area. When the rain began, they took the kids to a 3D movie which they loved! Lastly, but most importantly, they adventured to the park where they shared on God’s beautiful plan for us, what has been going on in each of the child’s lives in depth, and much more, while enjoying yummy pizza at the same time!!

NOT ONE, BUT TWO BABY DEDICATIONS!

We are thrilled to announce that on Monday night, Tracy, the loving mother of Benjamin, was able to dedicate her son with the help of NorthEast. In addition, Erika, mother of the precious baby girl Arlene, also dedicated her child in the name of Jesus!! We are so grateful to Gail (NE Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship), who performed the dedications with the loving support of our Newport community surrounding Benjamin and Arlene!

We could not be more proud of both mothers (Tracy and Erika), as they have come so far! God allowed us to meet them through a bible study that we bring to Prototypes, which is a reunification program for mothers and children that we meet with every Friday.

✤ Prototypes Mission Statement: To rebuild the lives of women, children and communities impacted by substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence.

We are blessed to say that today, Tracy has been a part of the NorthEast community for 3 months, and Erika for 4 months! Both mothers are now carrying themselves with grace and determination as they grow with God in the center of their lives. Their children will look up to them and feel inspired as they see their mothers transforming through the Lord!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ERICA AND DAUGHTER, ARLENE, + TRACY AND SON, BENJAMIN!

LOVE ON YOU WEEK - A Must Read!

Last week was LOVE ON YOU WEEK at NorthEast of the Well! This is one of our favorite weeks of the entire year, as we strive to make our community members see and feel how loved they truly are!

We brought worship, the Word, testimonies, a presentation of our core mission, and special valentine’s treats, gifts, and goodies to not one, but FIVE of our gatherings!!! While we were prepared to pour into our community, we were not so prepared at just how much they would in turn, pour into us. Through their tears during worship, expressed gratitude when receiving gifts, and full smiles when connecting with us and one another, we felt just how touched they were.

Some highlights from each program/gathering include:

✤ Crittenton: We met with 35 residents including their staff who normally do not get to join us! A handful of young ladies came to the front to sing Amazing Grace with our worship leaders – they truly connected from a place in their hearts and it showed! On top of that, 13 girls opened up and shared their pray requests for all to hear – such transformation!

✤ Flossie Lewis: We spoke to double the amount of residents that we don’t normally have access to – meaning so many new people were able to hear our mission! In addition, 6 young ladies gave their LIVES to the LORD and voiced their desire to get baptized!

✤ Women’s Safe House in Anaheim: 15 girls connected with us – worship brought some to tears! One young lady expressed, “I have never felt love like this… Best valentines I’ve ever had!”

✤ New Life Beginnings: Here, we are able to meet with mothers and their children. During this love week gathering, their children got to be extra involved! Each child was so excited to join their mothers for worship, as they got to their feet and truly connected with the Lord!

✤ Men’s Safe House in Anaheim: We made connections with many new faces and connected deeper with familiar faces; Jen and Daniel gave their testimonies openly which truly resonated with many of the men; we spoke on God’s Word and how it aligns with the 12 Steps that the men are currently going through!

(We keep some program names confidential to protect the residents)

Thank you to all of the NorthEast staff members (worship team, area managers, teaching & discipleship leaders, etc.) who worked so joyfully and willingly to make this week as LOVELY as possible for our community.

NorthEast leads OC Teen Challenge Graduation!

NorthEast of the Well was honored to lead worship and voice the Word at the Orange County Teen Challenge Graduation yesterday! NorthEast is so proud of all the dedicated graduates, as they have each grown and accomplished so much with Christ at their center. Thank you to our worship team - Kristel Lease, Bethany Devine, Jonathan Olsen, and Daniel Delgado – for singing and playing from a place of love in their hearts and gratitude to God. Pastor Laura Suk, founder & executive director at NE, brought the Word of God into the ceremony and blessed/honored each of those graduating with a message specific to them as they take on this bright, new chapter.

Teen Challenge Mission Statement: “We provide youth, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society… Our missional movement unashamedly follows Christ, embraces servant leadership, and shares transforming grace.”

Join us in prayer for the graduates: God, Please surround the graduates with your grace; bless them with hope so that they move into the future with eager and open hearts; help them to put the knowledge, skills, and insights gained through their education to use for good! As they take on this bright new chapter, may they be ever more grateful and wise. Thank you so much for where they stand today, Lord. Amen!

Pictured:
Delon Thomas (TC graduate student; induction)
Johnny Solano (TC graduate student; apprentice/member for the kitchen)
Pastor Laura Suk (Founder & Executive Director at NorthEast)
Freddie Martinez (TC graduate; reception apprentice at OCTC)
Luciano Salas (TC graduate; kitchen apprentice at OCTC)

NorthEast February Theme: From Broken to Blessed

⋙ “From Broken to Blessed” ⋘

Our theme for February is broken down in the following scriptures;

go take a look & see what God has to show us!

♡ 20/20 Vision ~ Women’s Conference ♡

NorthEast staff members, Jen (Area Manager: Anaheim), Gail (Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship), and Shaneen (Re-Entry Program Coordinator), were invited to the “20/20 Vision Women’s Conference” at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, which took place this past Saturday. Pastor Vanisia (Head of Sustaining Fire Ministries/partner of NorthEast), is to thank for putting on this lovely conference, as well as inviting NorthEast staff and 30 women from our community.

This was a wonderful day of worship, praise dancing, speakers, connection, and brunch. Upon leaving, all the women felt filled up- as so much personal and professional growth took place!

The main theme of the conference had to do with SEEING CLEARLY in 20/20 – being able to truly understand God’s Vision for our lives, regardless of what we may see or want for ourselves. Habakkuk 2:2-3 was the key scripture, which opened up discussions about writing the vision and making it plain!

NorthEast was blessed to have so many various women from our Long Beach and Anaheim Discipleship groups join us, as they truly received breakthrough while going up for prayer.

Over all, NorthEast of the Well is humbled by and grateful for this opportunity to learn, grow among others, and connect with like-minded women.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH: JANUARY!

PLEASE SHARE TO SPREAD AWARENESS & HELP SAVE LIVES…

Human Trafficking takes away the voice of its victims, while Proverbs 31:8 reminds us to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

DID YOU KNOW ---

that up to 300,000 American boys and girls under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade each year; one in three teens will be recruited by a pimp within 48 hours of running away from home or foster care; 1.2 million children are being trafficked each year; human trafficking has become the second most profitable industry, after drug trafficking (Gems Uncovered Statistics).

Victims are silenced and bought into modern day slavery. This is real. And is happening around you right now. In your cities, in your neighborhoods, in your schools, in your homes. This is a crisis.

◆ IF YOU NEED HELP, or know someone who does…

◆ CALL NOW: (562)912-4992 or 1-888-373-7888

◆ SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")

◆ Or visit Gems Uncovered: https://www.gemsuncovered.org/

What is Gems Uncovered ?

►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.

The time to help and spread awareness is NOW.

Baptism Celebration

A few days ago, NorthEast of the Well was honored to host a baptism ceremony, where three members of our community publicly gave their lives to the Lord! We witnessed God’s Grace flow into each of the three lovely ladies as they came out of the water – made new in Jesus Christ. At NorthEast, we often express how “baptism is an outward sign of an inward change,” and this celebration was no different. Each of those who were baptized encountered the Lord and received him fully and unashamedly! It was moving to hear each of their stories in truth and in rawness, right before Pastor Laura (NorthEast founder & executive director) and Lantz Bell (long time Newport community member, volunteer, and supporter) baptized them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Join us in Prayer for the recent Baptism!

“Heavenly Father, we thank you for the precious gift of baptism, that we can publicly declare our love and passion for you. Lord, we ask for your goodness and blessings to be poured out onto these faithful followers.We pray that you would work deeply within their heart and soul to renew and refresh them each day. Come guide their footsteps, give them a hope and a vision for the future.” AMEN!

ROCK SCRIPTURES

2 Samuel 22:3 ~ “…My God is my ROCK, in whom I take refuge...”

We are still in awe over our Winter Camp Experience; where we were given the opportunity to send and accompany 9 kids from our community to the amazing Forest Home Winter Camp located in Forest Falls (REFER TO LAST POST FOR MAJOR DETAILS & PHOTOS).

One of the many incredible aspects of camp involved a hike – during this hike, the campers and counselors began to notice a pattern in the rocks as they journeyed along the trail. This was not just any pattern, but a pattern of the Word of God. Some campers began to read scriptures off the rocks as they hiked, making the hike much more special.

✢ Rock One: “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over them, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4

✢ Rock Two: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

✢ Rock Three: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

SUCCESSFUL WINTER CAMP FOR OUR KIDS

NorthEast was given the opportunity to send and accompany 9 kids from our community (6th-12th graders) to the amazing Forest Home Winter Camp located in Forest Falls. This Winter Camp exists for kids and teens to: Encounter Jesus ~ Experience Transformation ~ & Engage the World. Here, the kids were not only able to enjoy themselves, develop meaningful relationships, participate in fun activities (volleyball, crafts, zip-lining, mini golf, laser tag, etc.), but also build their RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

The main theme of this camp was “SHINE,” as broken down in Matthew 5:16, which states, “In the same way, let your light shine before, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” This verse was discussed widely and truly resonated with each camper in a very impactful way.

Jen (NE Anaheim Area Manager), Alex (NE Men’s Teaching and Discipleship), and Sarah Mcqueen (Long Beach Children Lead) were each thrilled to be camp leaders for our kids. Some of their highlight moments from camp include:

✧ 1 teen gave her LIFE to the LORD, in addition to 6 campers recommitting themselves to God. They each shared on how they will begin praying more and opening the Word to grow closer with Christ!

✧ Campfire talk on “forgiveness” was profound, as each camper as well as counselors opened up; sharing on how forgiveness plays such a vital role in their walk with God. Several tears were shed, in addition to hearts touched.

✧The theme of Jesus’ disciples popped up continuously, as there were 12 campers and counselors at camp, just as there were 12 disciples following Jesus Christ – making this camp experience such a divine appointment with Christ!

We are so thankful to the Lord for allowing our kids this INCREDIBLE experience of self and spiritual growth!

JANUARY THEME

NORTHEAST is challenging you to »DIG DEEPER« with our JANUARY THEME:

“The Character of God as Revealed Through His Name.”

This theme is broken down in Genesis 22:1-14 / Jehovah-jireh: God Who Provides. ♡

In addition to the foundation scripture (Gen. 22:1-14), below is a list of suggested Bible verses that also illustrate God as the One who provides:

✧ Exodus 16:1-18 & 17:1-6 ✧
✧ Psalms 65:9-13, 91:1-16, 104:10-19 & 145:13-14 ✧
✧ Isaiah 25:1-4 & 46:4-5 ✧
✧ Matthew 6:25-33 & 14:15-21 ✧
✧ Philippians 4:4-7 & 4:19 ✧

People We Reached in 2019

As we look back on who we were able to reach in 2019, we are filled with so much GRATITUDE. We have seen the work and will of Christ flow through our Ministry in so many various ways, and we feel incredibly blessed and humbled!

Over 2019, NorthEast of the Well ministered to ~

• 914 WOMEN
• 387 MEN
• 230 CHILDREN

...throughout Orange County & Long Beach!

We will only continue to spread the Word of God far & wide as we step into 2020.

♡ 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.

Human Trafficking Street Outreach

Human Trafficking Street Outreach – PLEASE SHARE TO HELP SAVE LIVES & SPREAD AWARENESS 🙏🗣

DID YOU KNOW ---

that up to 300,000 American boys and girls under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade each year; one in three teens will be recruited by a pimp within 48 hours of running away from home or foster care; 1.2 million children are being trafficked each year; human trafficking has become the second most profitable industry, after drug trafficking (Gems Uncovered Statistics).

IF YOU NEED HELP, or know someone who does, CALL NOW – (562)912-4992 or 1-888-373-7888
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487 victims of human trafficking have been reached in 2019 thanks to all those who make up the Gems Uncovered Street Outreach team (which NorthEast is honored to be a part of). Late in the night, we go to the most popular streets of LA for sex trafficking, we witness the many girls and women who are being trafficked, we approach them gently, we pray with them and offer resources, care packages, contacts, love, and support. Please keep our NorthEast Street Outreach team in your prayers as they go back out to the streets to reach more girls and women on January 17th, 24th, and 31st.

Opportunities to help?

✦If anyone would like to join the NorthEast Prayer Outreach team, please contact us or Gems Uncovered.
✦If anyone would like to help make care packages that we offer the women on the streets, it would be so appreciative. Contact us for details.
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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.

Gems Uncovered website: https://www.gemsuncovered.org/

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.