4 men took the plunge last week: we baptized 1 man from Ryan's House (sober living outreach), 1 from Timothy House (Teen Challenge Adolescent Center), 1 from our Long Beach community and 1 (little man) from our children's ministry! A special thanks to Hank Weber for opening up his beautiful renovated home - this event doubled as his "house blessing"!
A few of our NorthEast staff were blessed to take part in the 7th Annual Pastor's Conference, held at the Teen Challenge "Castle" in Riverside. The theme was REFRESH, and that is how it left us: refreshed! Our staff and leadership are ready to pour back out into the ministry of NorthEast!
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.