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!