God has blessed my life with a beautiful family, and of course, my wife is my greatest treasure. After years of studying with Tozer Seminar, my beloved wife and three other Hispanic women from the Central Pacific District have obtained their CPD license. Now Teresa Barrera, Lilia Ramirez, Cathy Sanchez and Nubia Castro are accredited to work in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Women and Children Ministries.
Hi everyone! I would like to share a few things with you about our Hispanic Churches and the Hispanic Retreat as well. Enjoy the video of our Hispanic Retreat in July.
Hispanic Church Planting Training
In February of this year, we started a Hispanic Church Planting Training, provided by the Bible League International. This training will be completed on November 3rd and already we are seeing very good results for the Central Pacific District.
Since we start this training total of 9 new leaders are working in 9 different cities with groups of people which are growing every day. We are praying that these 9 new home groups will become 9 new church plants for the Glory of God!
Dr. Roy Price has many years of experience pastoring in the C&MA. Many of us have known him for years, and have benefited from his knowledge and wisdom. A favorite preaching topic of his over the years has been the book of Romans. Now he has written a compilation of those messages in a format that can be well-used as a study guide for small groups, or even an up-to-date practical commentary for today's preachers. If you're going to be studying the book of Romans, Roy's book is a must-have. Thank you Roy for being a great example of how God continues to use us over the long haul!
On April 27, 2019 we made history as we welcomed Guam into the Central Pacific District!
Guam Christian Alliance Church has been working through the process of joining the Alliance for about a year. A Mandarin speaking Chinese church of about 60, GCAC joins us as the 20th Chinese church in the CPD.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.