Isn't it a great feeling when you are able to get a WIN-WIN in ministry?
Well, the CPD along with the Mexicali Base just got a Quadruple WIN! The first win is that our truck made it across the border, bringing the much needed supplies for the new worship center. The second win is that YOU, our prayer warriors, got to see God say YES to your requests! The third win is the ministry that will take place in the hearts of the people of Mexico as they are blessed by the new worship center and the loving service that Gil and his team provide. The fourth win is all the wonderful things that will happen in the hearts of our church people as they bring teams to do ministry in the new worship center. How wonderful to see what God is doing through the CPD! THANK YOU Paradise Alliance Church for your service to our God and King! - Tim Agnello
"Oh, glorify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!” Psalm 34:3
The Full Story- by Matt Larson, Paradise CMA Pastor
Our church has been blessed with an abnormally high number of men who are skilled in the construction trades. For the last 10 years we have been traveling to Mexico to construct buildings to support our ministry partners. For the last 7 or 8 years we have focused all of our time building up the base in Mexicali. Through the years we have remodeled the giant clinic building and redone the kitchen. We have built the director's house and the dorms that hold over 40 people. We have graded the property and done extensive work to establish an effective septic system. We built a multi-station dental clinic for dental ministry. We have been heavily invested in the Mexicali base, which is why we are so thrilled to have Gil and Kim Blanco onsite making that ministry grow and thrive.
As we listen to Raed and Manar Awabdeh’s story, we cannot help but think of Esther and her story-
For such a time as this
One of the desires we have as Christians is for God to use us, to use our gifts, our talents, and our resources to make an impact for the Kingdom. This was Esther’s desire and, so it is the desire and passion of our brother and sister in Sacramento.
Raed and Manar Awabdeh, leaders of the Arab American Learning Center in the Central Pacific District, are in the midst of “such a time” in our current world events…they clearly have been prepared and placed exactly in the position God has intended. And now events across the world are placing Arab Muslim refugee families right into their midst- their community of Sacramento, CA.
When the Awabdehs first started out in Sacramento there was not one Arabic family in the area. But now, there are over 1,500 families in the immediate area.
With the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe, they are experiencing the hand of God setting over 12,000 Arab Muslims in Sacramento! Right into the very community Raed and Manar have been pouring into and building bridges for the last 20 years.
The perfect property of 3.38 acres has become available with a school building including all the proper permits ready for them to move in with their already established Arabic American Learning Center! A property like this is not easy to find in a community, and if it is available, it is usually attached to a shopping mall.
Urgent Request with a Mid-January Deadline!
God is giving all of us the opportunity and privilege to join them in such a time as this. Please watch this video:
At the Central Pacific District, we're always trying to find ways to tell different stories and speak to relevant situations going on in our communities. The shooting that took place at a Las Vegas concert on October 1, 2017 provided an opportunity for us to discover how Jesus can make beauty from ashes. The interview below with Former Associate Pastor Tim Dunfield at South Hills Church Community in Las Vegas provides a perspective from someone who has first-hand knowledge and experience with this tragic event, as well as offers how those impacted can find glimmers of hope in the midst of fear and sadness.
"I think that yielding to the call of God…there's no better place to be." - Jesse Richardson
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Jesse Richardson, Sierra Bible Church of Truckee.
Name: Pastor Jesse Richardson
Church: Sierra Bible Church of Truckee
Years in Ministry: 18 years
"That is oftentimes my biggest joy. To help people discover what's already inside them." -Andrew Burchett
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Andrew Burchett, Neighborhood Church of Chico
Name: Andrew Burchett
Church: Neighborhood Church of Chico
Years in Ministry: 25 Years
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Edgar Castro, Casa de Dios Church.
Name: Edgar S. Castro
Church: Casa de Dios Church
Years in Ministry: 17 Years
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Steve Swinburne of Price Chapel in Price, Utah.
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Bill Vaughn of the Oasis Community Church in Fallon, Nevada.