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Honduras HOPE Brigade

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Missions, Reporting

Honduras HOPE Brigade
by Nirvana Mireles

hope2In January 2014 I had the opportunity to attend a medical brigade with Hope Worldwide in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I was skeptical about my abilities to help since I don’t have any sort of medical background, but I was ready to be used. Hope provides medical care for our brothers and sisters in San Pedro Sula, and the surrounding communities, free of charge as well as vitamins and medication. While being there I was amazed by the compassionate and giving hearts of the doctors as they attended cases that were extremely difficult and heart breaking at times. The church was so grateful for every single helping hand there was, I was humbled by their appreciation. I saw people’s hearts move and change in the course of four days, including my own. I’ve never felt so grateful for our church family and for the blessings God has given me. It was an incredible experience seeing first hand how donations are being used across the world to help change people’s lives. The brigade isn’t solely focused on meeting medical needs but also on encouraging and strengthening our brothers and sisters in Christ. I think this was the most rewarding part of it all, not just serving those in need but being able to serve our spiritual family in the midst of their hardships.

Time in India

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My Time in India
by Jiah Park

Park 1Over winter break of 2013, I was able to take part in Hope Youth Corps at a place I’ve only read about or seen on television, Chennai India. Hope Youth Corps participants, consisting of 120 brothers and sisters from all over the world, served at the Hope School for children of tsunami survivors, an AIDS home for orphans and women, and a leprosy colony. It was my first time serving in a developing part of the world, and it was an eye opening time stepping out of my bubble into a world of isolation and poverty.

Park 2Our first stop was the Hope School. The volunteers and I took part in building benches, planting trees, painting murals, and more for the school. We went to the school until Christmas Eve, which then we hosted a Christmas carnival for the children. The children were so bright and joyful that it was such an enjoyable time for us to be at the school. However, perhaps because of the children’s joyous exuberance or because of my oblivion, I did not realize the extent of poverty these kids lived in. Many of the children that attend the school live in houses made of dirt and large leaves. These make shift structures as big as a small bedroom, housed whole families. Although I personally did not get to go, many participants were also able to visit the children’s houses. To my surprise, they explained that the children and parents were not only happy to have the participants come over to their abode, but were very proud of the handmade houses. In fact, one family urged the participants to take pictures as they beamed with pride in showing off their dwellings. With this story, I felt so convicted and reflected in my gratitude for what God has given me. What does it take for me to be happy and content?

Football 2014

Written by Dan Roditi on . Posted in Events, Reporting

OC Wins LA Football Tournament!

OCFootballThe day before the Super Bowl, the campus and teen ministries had the annual Joe Weinberg Memorial Football Tournament in Fontana.  There were 8 teams from the LA Church and 1 from San Diego that competed.  The competition, fair play and encouraging spirit with all of the brothers and sisters was truly a light to the world. The Orange County team came out on top after narrowly beating a great team from the North Region of the LA Church. Great job guys!

2014 MLK Day Report

Written by Ryan Weekley on . Posted in Church Update

HOPEww2014 MLK Day Report

Our OC volunteers served in a variety of ways throughout the Weekend of Service. Our projects for this year included the following: Love Community Outreach, a trip to Tecate, MX, Operation Feed the Homeless in Santa Ana, another feeding the homeless program in Newport, Think Together – Book Doctors, Grandma’s House of Hope, Veterans First, the Orange County Food Bank, and a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

mlk photo1mlk photo 2We are very proud of our members for giving up their time, their energy, and their hearts to serve those who are less fortunate. God calls us to look after “the least of these,” and we’re confident that our efforts during the Weekend of Service will help many in the areas we served. We also want to encourage everyone involved to keep it up! Continue to find ways to serve those in need through our church programs, Non-Profit projects, and by meeting simple needs you and your family notice from week to week. Thank you again for your hearts for the poor and willingness to serve, and we hope to see all of our volunteers again next year in 2015!

Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Church Update

Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead

God at WorkAs we finish 2013 and look forward towards 2014, it is a great time to reflect and to dream. As we look back over 2013, what were your greatest victories in your spiritual character? How did you see God work in your life and in your family’s life? (John 5:17, Romans 8:28, Acts 17:24-27) The Bible tells us that God is always working and that He is working for our good. The Bible also tells us that God orchestrates the coming and going of people and situations in our lives to help us seek Him and find Him. Since all of this is true, it is important for us to reflect and to be able to see God’s hand working in our lives. As we do this, our faith will grow and our appreciation for God will grow. Even as we reflect on the difficult times we will be able to see how God was molding us and rescuing us. What lessons has God taught you this past year? How have you seen God work in each of your family member’s lives? What opportunities has God opened up for you? How has God blessed you?

“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” Psalms 40:5

This is a wonderful Psalm of David. On one hand, David is looking back and recounting all of the wonderful things that God has done in his life in the past. As David does this, it produces in him a faithful attitude about what God will do for him in the future. As you think of all the ways that God has been with you and blessed you in 2013, it will give you great faith and anticipation as you look towards 2014. David is so full of faith about the future that he says if God would have the opportunity to sit down and tell you all that He has planned for you, you couldn’t handle it, it would be just too much. Wow, what a wonderful way to think and to feel about your past and your future.

Some of us may feel that we had a hard year in 2013 and it may be difficult to find God’s handiwork in our lives. One of the greatest examples of a faithful attitude in the Bible is the apostle Paul. As Paul writes the letter to the Philippians he is in a dark prison not knowing how long it will be before he is executed. However, as you read his letter, he is so faithful and grateful about all that God has done and all that God is doing and will do. Twice he is encouraging the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord ( Phil 3:1, Phil 4:4). How was Paul able to have such a faithful spirit when his situation was so dark and hopeless? Paul knew that God was good, that God was working and that God would take him to heaven. Because of these things he trained himself to focus on God and all He was doing and not on the situational problems he was facing. (Phil 1:6, Phil1:21, Phil 4:8)

We see Paul’s faithful attitude about the future when He says,

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14

Encouraging next steps

  • Make a List of all the ways you have seen God bless you in 2013
  • Make a list of all that you are spiritually looking forward to in 2014

Best Christmas Play Ever!

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements

Best Christmas Play Ever!

IMG_6477Please come watch the play!!! Your heart will be moved!! It is amazing! They have invested alot of time into making it great.

Saturday Night, December 14
Church Service at 5pm
Play at 6:30pm

Sunday Morning, December 15
Church Service at 10 AM
Play at 2 PM

“The Best Christmas Play Ever” is the funny and heartwarming story of the Herdmans, the meanest, most vile kids on the planet who bully their way into the local church Christmas play and learn about the story of Jesus’s birth for the very first time. Everyone thinks the play is destined to be a disaster, and some, in fact, will do whatever is necessary to prevent the performance from happening, but there’s more to the infamous Herdmans than meets the eye. Their fresh take ends up being an important reminder for both adults and children that the story of Christ’s coming is not to be seen as bland and uninteresting, but rather miraculous and wonderful!