Thursday, December 20, 2007
My name is Judy and I just turned 64. I thought I'd be home tending my garden and caring for the hummingbirds in my back-yard as they come to check out our koi pond....NOT!....instead God in His infinite wisdom and with a twinkle in His eye has me here on staff as Brad's assistant! I came on board to help with administration in the Long Beach office, but that morphed into what I'm doing now with Brad. His vision and energy are limitless and part of my job is to ride along with him and try to keep order in all the spheres he's in to. What an "E" ticket ride!!! Sometimes I go home wondering what in the world I'm doing here, and then I see the Kingdom being established and it's all OK.
My heart is to see prayer happening in a connected way in this City and to see the Kingdom Causes vision established in cities around the nation - world. Since coming here I've met so many young church planters, so many young leaders in the city and on the Cal State campus that I'm excited to see what our Father is up too and where He's going next! I've never met so many people "doing" Kingdom stuff, with a passion as in these last 6 months.
I'm personally working toward networking prayer in the City, so if you have a prayer meeting that's open to the public, please let me know. After the holidays I will be visiting different churches in the City and blogging about them, and I will be attending as many prayer meetings as I can around the City and see how the Lord would like to connect the city pray-ers. For many years I've been praying for a Church of the City, for pastors to be connected, but lately I've felt led to pray for unity among intercessors. This is one way I feel like that process might begin.
We have a wonderful mix of people on our team with a variety of giftings and talents. The common thread is our love for Jesus, our desire to see Him famous and followed, and our sense of humor!
Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas.
If you would like to join our team of 1000 intercessors you can sign up on our web-site or e-mail me at judyw at kingdomcauses.org. I'd love to add you to our once-monthly e-prayer-mail. We also have a Second Saturday prayer meeting at our offices on 21st and Cherry at 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Last Saturday we had three new people!
Each time I come away from that meeting, I know anew and afresh the power of the God I serve and His love for His people.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
God Bless you this Christmas season. Lord, we believe, help our unbelief!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The October date is the date set aside for the planting and volunteers are greatly needed. For more information contact Lisa Nelson, 427-8529, or e-mail her @ lisa_nelson at earthlink.net. (I put her address in this way to avoid her getting spammed.) If you have a club, a scout troupe or a service group or a church group looking for a way to serve - here's your chance!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Children and families without homes is a growing challenge in Long Beach and across America. A child’s view of being without a home is quite different from an adult’s. When a family has no home, parents face difficult issues in their efforts to provide a safe environment for their children to thrive. Thus the approach to helping children and families without homes is different than helping homeless individuals. On October 27 we will have a chance to better understand what families must deal with and an opportunity to explore solutions. The Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless and the Long Beach Community Action Network invite you to attend this important dialogue.
What: Children and Families without Homes Dialogue.
When: Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 9:30am till 1pm.
Where: Cesar E. Chavez Park, Community Room, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach, CA
Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach First Lady Nancy Foster are scheduled to attend. Continental breakfast will be served at 9:30am with the program getting underway at 10am. There will be short multi-media presentation followed by a panel of family members experiencing homelessness and professionals in the field of social services. Then small discussion groups will explore how we can better understand the issues surrounding children and families without homes and what actions can be taken to move towards solutions.
The dialogue is being planned by the Homeless Dialogue Steering Committee, a collaboration of the Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless, the Long Beach Community Action Network, the Downtown Long Beach Associates, the California Conference for Equality and Justice, Children Today, Food Finders, City personnel, and private citizens whose purpose is to foster understanding of issues surrounding homelessness and promote change that will improve the quality of life for all residents of Long Beach.
The Committee develops themes and formats for a series of ongoing, community dialogues around critical issues of homelessness. The dialogues endeavor to educate the community, service providers, city departments, as well as those experiencing homelessness in order to increase awareness and foster understanding of various issues surrounding homelessness. These dialogues are intended to lead the way towards identifying objectives and actions that can result in meaningful change. The information is to be presented in a manner that places no blame and implies no shame with regard to the truth of homelessness. The dialogues are expected to empower the community and result in intentional objectives and actions to affect institutional change.
This might be something you want to check out!
To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please call Mary Coburn at 562-485-3133.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Anyone have an idea to help them out!? If so, please contact us and we will get you in contact with them.
We are asking for you to pray for our family. We just got word today from our land lady that we need to move out of our home in the next 60 days. Her daughter is getting married and needs a bigger place than were she currently is staying. We’ve loved living here. We’ve hosted so many Bibles studies and entertained a lot of people at this home. It came as a shock, but we know that God has a better plan and place for us.
We have a lot going on in our lives right now with the church plant now meeting weekly. We’d appreciate your prayers and if you know someone who is renting a house (specifically a house) at a very reasonable price in Long Beach, Signal Hill or Lakewood, please let us know.
Thanks for your prayers!
Kreng & Panya"
UPDATE : Friday, Oct 4th
To praying friends & family:
I wanted to give you an update to the recent email I sent out earlier this week. Kreng and I seem to be doing very well with the news that we have to move out of our current place within 60 days. We trust that God will work it all out and provide us even a better place than where we’re currently staying. There is a specific situation you can pray about. I believe we should pray specifically and God will answer specifically. It’s a little complicated so let me explain the details:
There is a 4 bedroom, 3 full baths house about 5 minutes north of us that could be vacant soon. The owner is a Christian and he rents it out to young families in ministry for a very low price (he does it as a ministry). The rent would be the same as what we are paying now, but we would just need to pay the utilities. It has everything and more than what we could want in a house or could ever afford to rent or buy. The current tenants (David & Gina) are a pastor of a church in La Mirada and have been commuting for 16 months. They have been trying to find a house in that area, but cannot afford the home prices. Recently, they found a house in La Mirada that they could afford and that would be ideal for their family (that was a God situation for them). David’s parents are going to help them with the house, but they first need to sell his grandma’s house in Pasadena. With the money that they make selling her house, David’s parents will help pay for the new house in La Mirada. So there are some things pending. Here are specific things to be praying for:
· David grandma’s house needs to go on the market soon (she hasn’t done that yet) and for it to sell quickly
· No complications regarding the financial aspect in order for David and Gina to get the house in La Mirada
· The timing all works out for everyone involved
· My land lord would be gracious to give us more than 60 days if we need it
Also pray for us as we realize that this is spiritual warfare. The enemy is trying to distract us as we are now going weekly in our church services. It has been a bit of distraction, but we are trying to stay focused and trusting God with everything. Even if this situation does not work out, we know God will provide another place.
We’re very exciting how God will work this all out!! Thanks for praying for us and all your encouragement.
Kreng & Panya
Monday, October 01, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We just this morning confirmed our 8th and 9th players for our Golf Marathon. That is amazing! We still have spots open if you are available/interested! More = Merrier
To learn more about this annual fundraiser or to sponsor one of our current Long Beach golfers click HERE (if you don't know who is golfing for Long Beach, you can use 'Jim Schorr' as a default golfer name)
Our goal for this event here in Long Beach is to raise over $25k for our ongoing work. Part of this money will be used to hire an intern here in Long Beach for the next year so that we can have someone to help us administratively but also focus 1/2 of their time on creating an online database of Information and Opportunities for Involvement that exist around various other local causes than the ones that we are strategically involved in (Youth education, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness & Emergency Preparedness). Once this list is compiled it will really serve as a great resource for people and/or groups to get mobilized locally.
Know anyone looking for an 1 year (or so) internship in community development/city reaching!?
On Tuesday, October 23rd, (the day after our Golf Marathon!) Kingdom Causes will be hosting a meeting for Brian Bakke from the Mustard Seed Foundation here in Long Beach. This foundation was the one that gave us our first grant to help us get things started with Kingdom Causes here in Long beach!
The are actively (did I mention ACTIVELY?) looking for local churches that are interested in applying for MSF matching grants. Come and hear about the possible options for the grants that are currently available for local churches only! They are encouraging each local church to bring 2-3 decision making people from any local ministry (and the senior pastor does not need to be one of them).
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 (they will stay until 3:00 to answer ?'s)
Location: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (map)
We will need a rough head count so if you are interested in coming please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also do our best to answer any additional questions that you might have but most of your questions could be best answered by checking out their web site.
See you there!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Bianca Sovich, our Kingdom Causes Emergency Preparedness Task Force leader, received an award last Sunday at the Good Neighbor festival in the 5th district where she lives. She got this award for ALL OF HER HARD WORK in her community from her local councilwoman, Gerrie Schipske. You and Peter are awesome!
Reminder: Our next task force meeting is next Tuesday eve from 7-9 PM at our offices. Come and learn how local congregations are being mobilized and how you might get involved!
Monday, September 24, 2007
You are invited to help Long Beach Friends Church thank Fred & Mardella and recognize how God has worked through them. The celebration will be held at:
Long Beach Friends Church
850 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
The celebration will include a service in which they will recognize Fred's ministry. Afterwards, dessert will be served and you can thank him in person! All are welcome and for those of you who have also been around a while (ahem, those that some us younger folks are standing on the shoulders of!) might want to come and/or pass along word of this special afternoon event to those that have had the pleasure of working with Fred over the years!
(for more information see Long Beach Friends Web Site)
Friday, September 21, 2007
My vision is to somehow broker prayer for the City in a way that will invite the Kingdom and pave the way for revival. He is at work! and I want to join with others to pray HIS vision and plan for Long Beach into completion.
One of the ways I want to do this is to pray with people in their established meetings and also to publish the places prayer is happening around the City. If you have a prayer meeting that is open to everyone would you let me know at email@example.com? If it isn't open to the public I would still love to know about it and what your focus is so I and my friends can pray for you. Let me know at the same address.
My life took a radical left turn about 10 years ago and I am feeling alive and hopeful for the first time since then. Take heart all of you who have suffered severe disappointment and loss!
God redeems everything in His own time!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Here is a Press-Telegram article about the banquet and the new Executive Director (Jim Lewis) that came on board there about a year ago. He is a great guy with a great heart and is bringing a wealth of expertise to the growing ministry team there. He is also working with his team to create a positive image in the surrounding community for both the mission and for those that are served through the mission. As you can imagine, this is not always an easy task for an organization that ministers in such a field! Pray for them.
We actively work with the rescue mission staff on our homeless task force and we are grateful to have such a great group and a great work here in our city! They are a key piece for bringing hope to many that are currently not feeling very hopeful. We trust that they will be encouraged by this evenings banquet and feel supported by the greater faith community. If you are unable to attend but would still like to support their work in any number of ways you can go to their web site here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The dream was to have this blog be a place that stories of hope and transformation from our city could be posted, by those connected with Kingdom Causes in various ways, and serve as a daily place for people to check in on and see what God is doing in parts or arenas of our city that some may not be as familiar with.
Having been encouraged, a new story will be posted now...
PS - This is also a test to see if they really do check the blog :)
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
- 2780 meals served
- 2200 plants given out
- 146 family photos taken
- 400 corn on the cob
- water for everyone
- fixing 120 bikes
- cutting 110 heads of hair
- doing 129 sets of nails and
- 58 makeovers
This was a great party and great to see the churches come alongside Steven and Linda Tavani, the President and Founder of Winning Our World, (WOW) to bless this part of our great city. Steven gave a strong salvation message that saw 1014 people sign cards and give their lives to Jesus as their Lord and Savior for the first time. The churches that participated were given the cards and are calling on each one and encouraging the new members of the family of God to come and become part of one of the many great fellowships in that area.
Next year we will be doing two dates in June again in North Long Beach and on the West side at SilveradoPark. We would love to have you come and be part of this great blessing to our city. Watch for further updates.
Being in a group of intercessors from as far away as Azusa and San Gabriel and as near as Torrance and Lomita as well as local people is amazing. We were sharing our personal impressions and found that the Lord is speaking parts and pieces to many and as we gathered, a whole picture began to emerge. There was a wonderful spirit of unity and service in the room; people gathering in order to pray together “in one accord” has to delight our Father’s heart. Each person went away encouraged and more focused, connected and directed than when they came.
So much prayer has gone up over our harbors and it was wonderful to see that God has heard and is directing His people to “seek the peace of the City where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.” Jer. 29:7
We, at Kingdom Causes, will be hosting a monthly prayer meeting on the second Saturday of each month at our offices on 21st and Cherry, Signal Hill from 6:30 to 8 a.m. in order to sow into what God is doing here in prayer. All are invited and welcome.
We believe, and the consensus of the July 30 gathering, was that God is hovering over Long Beach to protect and bless.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
In ministering on the west side and in north Long Beach, John's prayer request are these.
* For strength, as a team they are very tired due to intense giving out, torn ACL, and a fire in one of the leaders buildings
* For their core team that has an average age of 27 to be empowered by God
* For their ministry of evangelism in the city through sports and family needs
* For continued good relationship with the Principal of Hamilton Middle School
This hour and a half we spend with leaders is one of the best times of our month. Hope you can joins us next month
Friday, March 30, 2007
Here is a message from the Origins Church Planters who live next door to the burned out unit. They hosted our last church leadership prayer gathering there in their apartment.
"Last night was a sleepless night. For those of you who have not seen the news, our apartment caught on fire but we are ok. About 9:30pm we discovered a fire in the room next to us. We went inside and screamed for people to evacuate, but no one answered. We could not see past the first 3 feet inside due to the smoke, and the lights would not turn on so we assumed all were out of the room. The fire dept. arrived and we evacuated the building. After 3 minutes of being outside a man emerged on the balcony of room 1820 and screamed for help. To no avail he had a choice to be burned or jump. He chose the latter and we watched him descend from the building. Please pay for us that our minds would be healed from this tragedy and that we would offer hope and restoration to many grief-stricken people in our complex. This is an opportunity for us to love these people and pour the love of Christ in these residents.
Here is a link to the video. If you look to the far right you will see our apartment (1840) is the one that is fully lit. http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_088022239.html We love you all and are asking God to somehow get glory from this broken event." a.j.sherrill
Monday, March 12, 2007
· Provide a setting for increased understanding and improved relationships between those
experiencing homelessness, the Police and the community at large
· Raise awareness among homeless/community at large and the Police Department about the
laws (spirit and letter) that impact homeless and the resources available to assist them
· Explore specific solutions to improve the conditions surrounding people experiencing
Sunday March 25, 2007 @ 3p-5:30p
First Congregational Church - Patterson Hall
241 Cedar Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
For further information contact Mary Coburn at (562) 485-3133
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Any focus on Christian discipleship which persistently ignores or neglects the poor is a defective discipleship. Any spirituality which persistently neglects or ignores the needs of the poor is not a truly biblical spirituality. It is not a Christian spirituality following Jesus. Any adoption of spiritual disciplines to receive the blessings of God or as away to draw closer to God while ignoring, neglecting or mistreating the poor, the hungry, the lost, the stranger in the midst, the widow, the orphan- any use of spiritual disciplines while neglecting or disobeying God in this area is to run the risk of spiritual self-deception and even the danger of the judgment of God. God cares about the poor - not just about the spiritually poor, although in the cross of Jesus Christ he made provision for the full redemption of a lost and broken world. God cares about those who are really, physically marginalized, neglected, broken, diseased, impoverished, forgotten, living on the margins without enough resource to live life as God intended it with dignity and joy. Any spirituality that misses the poor is inadequate, deficient, and needs correction. This passion that God has for the poor runs through the scriptures so pervasively that you almost have to be willfully blind not to see it.
Do I hear any amens? Or other!? Reply if so!