Reflecting on Encounter 2019 [Video + Testimony]

[fa icon="calendar'] April 5, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights

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As we look back at Encounter 2019, we are again reminded of what a special time together we had at the Central Pacific District. As you watch this highlight video, may you be reminded about what God did at Encounter 2019 in your own heart and be encouraged!

It was a time of reconnecting, reflecting and repenting; a time of mourning with those who lost everything in Paradise, and a time of hearing what the Lord is going to do; a time of pressing into the presence of the holy spirit; a time of prayer, healing, and much, much more...

We wanted to share a few photos, prayers, and testimonies from our precious time together. Check them out below!

If you attended Encounter 2019, we encourage you to share your testimony in the comments below, or email the district office so that we can record and share what the Lord has been doing in and through his people of the Central Pacific District.

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Member Highlight: Pastor Raed Awabdeh

[fa icon="calendar'] February 15, 2019 / by District Office posted in CPD Member Highlights

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"Witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of Muslim people...the transformation of people from darkness to light."

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 Raed Awabdeh at The Arabic Church of Sacramento, in Sacramento, CA.

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Member Highlight: Pastor Christopher Thao

[fa icon="calendar'] January 30, 2019 / by District Office posted in CPD Member Highlights

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"I don’t know about the future, but I do know that right now I am where I should be."

- Pastor Christopher Thao

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 Christopher Thao at Eternal Life Church in Sacramento, CA.

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I'll Be Home For Christmas: Paradise Alliance Services

[fa icon="calendar'] December 28, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights, News

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Christmas Eve was a historic day in Paradise, CA as they had the first large-scale public gathering since the Camp Fire with the theme, "I'll be Home for Christmas." Paradise Alliance Church received special permission to open up the church for the three services which ended up totaling about 4,000 people in attendance, with pastors from numerous churches in the community, all representing the whole "church" of Paradise. The water is still not potable, and PG&E brought in special gas tanks to heat the building, but the services went on as a tribute to the HOPE God is inspiring in Pastor Josh Gallagher and our church family there. 

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The Value of Partnership is Clear [Camp Fire Update]

[fa icon="calendar'] December 10, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights, News

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While the news coming out of Paradise and Chico has slowed down, efforts to help our CPD churches here have only ramped up. Our C&MA family across the nation has mobilized prayer and resources on an unprecedented level. We're also seeing support from non-Alliance churches as God prompts them with this great need.  

While Neighborhood Church in Chico is no longer being used as an evacuation center, NC Chico is still housing our Paradise Alliance Church. Now that we're past some of the initial chaos, I thought it would be good for you to hear directly from Josh Gallagher, the new pastor at Paradise Alliance Church.   

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Member Highlight: Pastor Josh Gallagher, Paradise Alliance Church

[fa icon="calendar'] November 21, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights

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On a regular basis we have been introducing you to our CPD workers and their families. When we went to send our next one out, we realized it was Josh and Erin Gallagher of Paradise. We were speechless at the timing. But even with everything that has taken place [as a result of the Camp Fire], we wanted to follow through and introduce you to a family that while suffering great loss in their first 3 months in the CPD, are nevertheless leading this church with compassion and excellence even while scattered. 

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Member Highlight: Pastor Josh Blair at The Rising, Utah

[fa icon="calendar'] October 15, 2018 / by District Office posted in CPD Member Highlights

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"The Rising has been a safe place for those exiting the Mormon faith to learn about Jesus Christ in a very different environment than they are used to."

- Pastor Josh Blair

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 Joshua Blair at The Rising in Utah.

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Adventures in Mexicali with Neighborhood Church of Chico

[fa icon="calendar'] September 17, 2018 / by Chris & Rhonda Balint posted in Missions, CPD Member Highlights

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In October 2017, Garett Lane & Chris Balint (NC Chico youth pastors) had the privilege and opportunity of going on a scout trip to the C&MA base in Mexicali. They got to spend just a few days with these guys but instantly knew we couldn’t wait to partner with them. Chris shared with the team that he knew the service projects, Vacation Bible School, etc. would all be amazing, but he was equally as excited for our team to rub shoulders with Gil and his crew. They model Jesus well, as they serve and bless those who visit the base. 

After months of planning and preparation, the end of June finally arrived. We loaded 61 of us up early on the 24th and headed for the border. We made it by dusk and prepared to cross over. Gil and his crew were there to greet us, and we lined our vans up along the streets of Mexicali as we waited for our cargo van to get through. It was bit of an adventure navigating Mexicali at night, but eventually we made it to the base. We ate tacos at 10:00 at night (we told you these guys are amazing!), and headed for bed.

We were excited and expectant for what we knew we’d see the Lord do over the rest of this week. Many on our team had never been out of the country or on a mission trip of this type. It was awesome to see the youth anticipating what would come. 

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Katang Village Mission Update: From This to THIS!

[fa icon="calendar'] September 12, 2018 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions, CPD Member Highlights

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I am repeatedly amazed at our CPD churches - the way we are engaging the ends of the earth and impacting a lost world in the name of JESUS. Please enjoy reading the latest update below from Josh Blair, lead pastor at The Rising Church in Utah. What a wonderful thing God continues to do in the jungles of Cambodia through the churches of the CPD. LOVE IT!

Thanks, Tim


Last fall we had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia with Tim Agnello on a Vision Trip. Vision Trips are designed to give Pastors in the Central Pacific District (CPD) a ‘boots on the ground’ experience of what our family of churches is doing around the globe. The CPD has a few strategic partnerships, Cambodia being one of them.

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CPD Hispanic Retreat 2018 [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] August 13, 2018 / by Edgar Castro posted in CPD Member Highlights

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We had a very blessed CPD Hispanic Retreat over the weekend of July 6-8th, 2018. During this retreat Hispanic Pastors with their church members enjoyed visiting Alliance Redwoods for two nights of complete blessings.

Five people received Jesus on their heart, and more that 400 people came to the camp.

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