Caring For The Most Vulnerable Among Us…..


The best way to see a transformed Bay Area tomorrow
is to care for a vulnerable child today.

 

Along with PCC’s God’s Heart for the World offering on November 5th, there are other ways to give to help vulnerable children. We can give of our time and our skills. These children are high at risk for poverty, pregnancy, crime, unemployment, homelessness, and trafficking.

We see it right here in our own community. As a body of Christ-centered people, we need to become more aware of the needs of the most vulnerable among us and learn what each of us can do…..Prevention, intervention, and aftercare work are all areas in which we can use our own skills and God-given gifts to combat this problem together.

PCC has the following events planned for us to all grow in this area together. Please pray about which one(s) you will attend:

Tuesday, Nov. 7th The Neighbor Film 7-9pm – Fellowship Hall Rm. 22 B & C
Watch a short film by Tony Gapestione on how human trafficking is happening right under our noses in white-collared American suburbia.
Hear from Bay Area Trafficking Coalition on how you can combat this injustice.
www.neighborfilm.com

Thursday, Nov. 9th Foster Care Information Night- Rm. 11 A & B
Caring for children in the foster system is a powerful way to pro-actively address issues like homelessness, drug abuse, human trafficking, prostitution, and teen pregnancy. Learn how you can get involved by foster parenting or mentoring in collaboration with Foster the Bay. www.fosterthebay.org

Saturday, Nov. 11th Foster Parent’s Night Out at PCC 3:15-8:30p
Honor Help One Child’s Foster and Fost-Adopt families by treating the parents to a night out on the town while their children are cared for in a safe, structured, and fun environment.
Includes training. To volunteer: Contact Dawn Leiro
www.helponechild.org

Sunday Nov.12th Human Trafficking Panel Discussion- Fireside Room 12:30-2pm (Lunch will be served)
Gain awareness about human trafficking at this panel discussion featuring experts representing various organizations in the Bay Area that are making an impact. Find out what they are doing and how you can help.  Learn how caring for foster children can reduce the devastating effects of human trafficking.

Changing Lives One Book At A Time…..


Illiteracy affects everyone.
Did you know that:

  • 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up on welfare or in jail. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th-grade level.
  • Students who don’t read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school.
  • Teenage girls between the ages of 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty line and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of wedlock than girls their age who can read proficiently.

Ok, we know that illiteracy is here in the United States, but here in Redwood City?

The testing scores reflected in the RWC school district show the facts:

About 4 in 10 Redwood City 3rd graders failed to meet their English literacy grade-level standards. In the average class of 27 students, about a dozen will either be unable to understand lessons taught in English or will not be able to keep up with students who read at grade level and will fall farther and farther behind.

Redwood City has a big population of English learners, many below the poverty line, and many with parents who speak minimal English or none at all, making helping with homework impossible. Many of these kids are speaking very little English when they arrive at kindergarten.

PCC’s Angie Ibarra, executive director of Generations United, says that “it takes about five to seven years for someone to learn the English language. They’re all behind the eight ball when they get here at four and five and have little or no English language skills”. Kids whose first language is English pick up what they learn and move on from the first day of preschool or kindergarten, but  English learners have to absorb as much as two and one-half years of English literacy to catch up with classmates by the end of one year.

As difficult as it may seem, there is hope for our kids in RWC. It can be done with a little extra help with volunteers reading with kids and tutoring…the younger the better.


Angie’s Redwood City Reads program pairs up volunteers with kids in 2 schools who read with them for at least an hour a week. It is a beautiful program because the act of “being there” builds a relationship and it shows these kids that an adult cares about them and cares about their education and learning. And it helps. Volunteers may not see immediate changes, but over the course of a year, significant growth happens and it is a very rewarding experience for both the student and the volunteer. Kids become better readers, homework becomes easier, and education takes off. And a positive future outcome for each child dramatically improves.

Generations United has had an unprecedented season of growth with the expansion of their programs at John Gill School and the addition of an after-school homework center at the Schaberg Library supporting Roosevelt School students. With their expansion, they need to double their volunteers to meet the need! They are looking for leaders to run the programs and looking to hire a part-time volunteer coordinator. Will you join them on the local missi0n field of RWC public schools?

Volunteers needed at John Gill SchoolFair Oaks School, and the Schaberg Library.

Or contact Angie Ibarra.

Is it time?

You’ve read the stories.  Your friends have told you more.  Is it time to make your own story?  An Intercultural Discipleship Team may be a new venture for you, or it may be something that simply reflects who you are or have been becoming.  Look at the opportunities for 2018. Ask the Lord if there is a place, a people, a task where He would like you to serve.   You might need a physical visa, but the real permission and invitation to enter the place comes from God Himself.  Pick up a flyer in the back of the worship center, or download this one.   Contact the respective leader if you are open to talking more.  Start your application process here with the Short Term Trip Questionnaire..

Bethlehem AD Blesses RWC for 25 years!

Saddie Rhen With Other PCC Volunteers.

This year marks Bethlehem AD’s 25th year of blessing Redwood City!

If you have never partaken in this amazing experience, you are missing out on one of the most special ways to celebrate Christmas. It is a walk through the hustle and bustle of Bethlehem the night that Jesus was born, and ending up at the live nativity scene watching angels worshipping around the manger…complete with camels, angels, Roman soldiers, and a live Baby Jesus!

Bethlehem AD. has always been a community-wide event that unites churches all over the Peninsula as people contribute their time and talents to pull off the 4 nights of this event. Fun fact: It takes more than 300 volunteers to pull off this event, and if you ask any of them, most would say that being a spectator of Bethlehem Ad is amazing, but isn’t half as special as being a volunteer in it.

I asked Sadie Rhen, one of the many PCC volunteers, about her experience serving in this ministry to the community. Saddie is now a Sophomore at Cal Poly, SLO studying Statistics. She has served in many roles through the years at Bethleehm AD. Even now, when she returns for Christmas break, she is back serving in Bethlehem AD. For last 4 years, she has been one of the angels dancing on the manger. If you have ever seen Saddie up near the top of the manger, she is the very joyful angel who is always smiling!

 “Dancing for me is such a wonderful outlet and I find such joy and peace in it myself, and I love to be able to share that with others, especially around the holidays.”

I asked Sadie what her favorite things about dancing on the manger are: “First, when you get up onto your box, and ‘Joy To The World’
starts pouring out of the speakers, it just puts me into this wonderful place of worship unto the Lord. By that point, we have practiced so much that the movements are just muscle memory, so I’m able to let my body take over and focus on praising Him. Secondly, I absolutely love it when I see some of the little kids who have come start dancing with us, whether its their own dance to the music, or them attempting to copy our movements. It brings me so much joy.”


“I love that I get to play a small role in the midst of the ministry of Bethlehem AD. Over the years, I have gotten to see so many classmates and teachers and other people from Redwood City who I know don’t have a faith and probably wouldn’t set foot in a church, come to Bethlehem year after year as a tradition. And the fact that we might get to be their only exposure to Christ is such an amazing blessing!”


Bethlehem AD needs more volunteers!

You can visit attend the Kick off on September 30 and/or sign up for one of them many different characters and roles. They need everything from building the set to making donuts.  And of course there is always all the character roles they need to fill! Think about volunteering as another way to add huge meaning to your Christmas a and blessing the community! For more information visit Bethlehem AD.

 

A Desire to Impact the World


Some kids worked this summer. Some brushed up on sports skills. Some vegged at the beach. Not Anna Becker. She had a desire to impact the world.
She decided to be a part of Royal Servants through Reign Ministries, and she spent 6 weeks of her vacation ministering to the people of Nepal!

It started out with hardcore training in Wisconsin with about 200 others from around the country. There were 6 teams of about 30 each but they all lived together and trained together for a week. Everything they did during training prepared them for what the teams would be facing in the countries they would go to…Their leaders instilled in them that even if they didn’t understand the rules or activities of the training, it would benefit them later when they were in a country where they would not know what to expect from day to day. They got up at 5:30am each cold morning to face an obstacle course, and then have quiet time after a prepackaged breakfast. They were required to partner up with 2 others who they had to stick with the whole time…even to the bathroom. They learned scripture upon scripture until it was imprinted in their minds and hearts. It was an intense but beneficial time.

Anna’s team finished training and was off to Katmandu, Nepal! They also spent time in the cities of Pokhara and Chitwan. Poverty and overcrowding were everywhere, but the people were vibrant and friendly. In each city, the team went out into the community to draw the local people together through dance, drama, or puppets. Anna was on the puppet team and loved talking to the kids that came to watch. After each event, conversations were started with the local people who are either Buddhist or Hindu. Anna saw first hand how empty both religions are. Both religions have the goal of “reaching nirvana” where their followers believe they will be free of the cycle or reincarnation. They believe this is done by doing good works and stopping the accumulation of bad karma. Doing good works sounds like a great thing, but they are enslaved in their thinking and don’t know that salvation is a free gift through Jesus. “They are living for no purpose”, Anna says, “Their only purpose is to non-exist and one day reach a state of nothingness”. Anna’s team did a lot of evangelism not only on the streets, but in leprosy colonies, orphanages, a woman’s rehab, and a home for kid’s whose parents are incarcerated.

Anna with Hindu priest.

Out of the many experiences Anna had, three stood out to her. One was meeting Gita, a 17 year old like herself. Gita had overdosed on drugs, but had turned her life over to Jesus at the rehab. They developed a friendship, and Anna was a able to spend time encouraging her to keep going forward. Spending time at a refugee camp near the Tibetan border was another special experience for Anna. She has always had a place in her heart for refugees. Although the refugees at the camp were not very open to hearing about Jesus, Anna loved her time interacting with all the ages of people there. Human trafficking is another social issue strong on Anna’s heart, and her team was able to partner up with Tiny Hands, a ministry that rescues and ministers to victims of sex trafficking. The ministry rescues about 100 girls each month, and the team did prayer walks in the areas these girls are found.

Anna and Gita at the Women’s Rehab.

“How did this trip impact you?”, I asked Anna. That is a big question with so many answers.
Anna feels like the experience led her to be more open to an unknown future as she finishes her last year of high school. Instead of just sticking with the plan she has always had for herself to go straight to college, she wants to be open to whatever God leads her to. She grew stronger in her knowledge of scripture with all the memorization she did, and she grew more comfortable with sharing her faith. Anna plans to continue serving locally with those who are hurting, broken, and marginalized in society. Presently, she is volunteering with Life Moves and their many homeless shelters. She also plans to start up the Social Justice group at Summit High School again, bringing awareness to her classmates of the many issues that face our world.

Thank you, Anna, for being an example of sacrificing your time, money, and energy to serve hurting in the world. Anna has more stories to tell, I am sure. Don’t miss out by failing to ask her to share some of them!

Calling All Health Care Professionals



 

Karl and Jane Anderson may be retired health care Professionals, but they press on doing kingdom work in various ways.

During his career, Karl was a urologist with The Kaiser Permanente Medical Group for 35 years in South San Francisco. Jane also retired after 35 years as a pediatrician at the University of California, SF, yet still volunteers 2-3 days a week as a clinical professor of pediatrics. Both Karl and Jane have many stories of spreading God’s love and hope to their patients in their careers. Karl led one of his patients to the Lord just days before the man died. Jane instilled Biblical principles into the parents of her patients as she encouraged them to place their marriage first, and set loving but firm boundaries with their children. One night, she says, she stayed late after work to counsel one of the couples who were considering divorce. Fifteen years later they are still married!

The Anderson’s have been on many short term missionary trips using their medical knowledge and skills to help others all over the world. Jane serves as the vice president of Medical Servant’s International. Kyle serves as treasurer, and both are board of director members. They have used their medical skills in Guatemala, Cambodia, Malawi, Haiti, Swaziland and and Nepal.

Today, their heart is to see other health care professionals network and collaborate. Their goal is to see our community at PCC and the local and even global community served in unique and creative ways.

If you are in the health care field in any form, come check out the next PCC Health Care Network meeting

Sunday, September 10th from 10:30-11:00 in the HOPE Room in the Community Center.

 

For more information contact the Andersons at black_1516@yahoo.com

Living the Book of Acts in Southern Spain

We welcomed our Spain team home on Monday, August 7th!  Wonderful things happened while our team was in Spain.   North Africans, Gypsies, and Spaniards are coming to faith!  The team met a group of Sahrawi people (of the western Sahara desert), previously having no connections with the gospel of Jesus.  After being exposed to loving Christ-followers who genuinely care for them, they are starting to come to faith.  Our team was also busy supporting pastors in southern Spain whose churches are gearing up to receive and care for 50 new refugees every 6 months.

Soon after our team’s arrival, they were able to witness about thirty new believers were baptized!

Here is an update from John Becker on how the women on the Spain team ministered to the refugee families.
           “Yesterday, Maureen and the ladies on our team in Jerez were invited to the home of a refugee family. Their hearts were moved as they heard the hardship of this family and their separation from their homeland and extended family. “Who will be there for my children if something happens to me?” Our friend Raquel was able to share about her journey with cancer, loss and her hope in Jesus.”
Read this incredible story from John Becker about a man that God put in their path and who chose to accept Jesus.
           “Yesterday was an incredible day. Pastor Pedro and two of us took the ferry across the Mediterranean to North Africa. After going through immigration, we then chose a taxi to take us to our destination about 1 hour away. It seemed like a strange choice of taxi, as it was an old, well worn and clunky car. But AW, the taxi driver stood out to us. Usually one would take the taxi that is at the front of the line. But AW’s taxi was 10th in line, which meant he had to back up a hill and turn around and drive the wrong way on a road to start our journey. But it wasn’t random. God chose AW. We saw he was a man of peace and began to share with him, beginning with the question of God providing a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead of Isaac. From there Pedro and I shared about the Korban “Sacrifice” of Isa for our sins in place of us. AW said he never understood this, nor the fact that he could pray to God any time, even in his taxi. He was overjoyed and prayed for forgiveness and to receive Jesus.”

In the Taxi with AW!

So how can you get involved?  First of all, the pastors and other believers in Spain need your prayers! Please lift them up to our Heavenly Father, that He would provide the words to say to the people they meet, so that the work that was started there will continue.
If you would like to be involved in a more tangible way, there are opportunities for you to serve in the future!  The mayor of the town has asked us to send a sports team to teach them how to build sports camps and programs.  Watch for news of that opportunity in 2018!   Another need is that they have a great demand for English language teaching…maybe you can help someone learn English!   If you would like to hear more about these opportunities, please contact Sharon Seeberger or John Becker.

Protecting the Vulnerable in Malawi

The Mpemba Family: Ken, Avisha, Ezra (8), Isaac (9), and Eliana (2)

Avisha’s first time to Africa was in 2005, before she was married to Ken Mpemba.  Growing up in Hong Kong and then moving to the United States when she was seventeen, Avisha met Ken at PCC, when she was working at the Swim and Gym program and he was a summer intern.  In order to decide if it was in God’s plan that they should commit their lives to each other, Avisha traveled to Malawi to visit the country for the first time in 2005.  Her first impression of Malawi was that it was “beautiful and rural! The people were warm and inviting. I could immediately see myself building a life there.”

Since that fateful trip in 2005, Ken and Avisha have built their lives around serving and helping the most vulnerable children in Malawi.  For the past ten years, they have worked tirelessly co-founding a project called the Malawi Children’s Mission (MCM).  According to Avisha, “We serve 150 orphans in three surrounding villages. We have built a center, a medical clinic and a primary school to help educate and provide proper nutrition for these children. We serve children through young adults from the ages of 4 to 22. My specific role consists of administrative responsibilities such as accounts, staffing, professional development, fundraising and updating the board of directors on our growth. I also coordinate all teams and volunteers that come out and serve – which I love!”

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa, where 74% of their population live below the poverty line of US $1.25 a day.  Approximately 130,000 children are living with HIV in Malawi, and 70% of child deaths in the country are from preventable causes.  Malawi Children’s Mission works to help orphans who face poverty, malnutrition, medical issues, and lack of healthcare.  They provide nutrition education and healthy meals, academic education, and medical and counseling services for the children.

When asked what it was like to raise her own three children in Malawi, Avisha said that it has been an amazing experience.  They have a wonderful English international school that their children attend, they have a great community and church, and they are able to see Ken’s family frequently, who live in Malawi.  That isn’t to say that they don’t have challenges in their life in Malawi.  Avisha says that they struggle with economic challenges. “We (also) don’t always have water and electricity which makes it difficult to work at times.”  But the hope and joy that they bring to the children at MCM seems to be more than enough incentive for Avisha and Ken to stay in Malawi with their family.

Here are just a few of the examples of how Ken and Avisha have impacted the lives of orphans in Malawi, which can be found on their MCM Facebook Page.  

“A year ago the Chagaka children were living in a dilapidated single room house on their own, a “child-headed household”. Today Doreen (15), Alana (12) and Victor (8) stand proudly in front of their newly constructed solid brick home with an enclosed outdoor kitchen (middle) and bathroom (bottom), the help of a “house mother” and their expenses covered for 2 years; food, clothing, household items and school fees. The oldest sister Zione (18) is now a mother herself living with the father’s family in a nearby village.”

 

“Today at MCM there were smiling faces and covered feet! Thanks goes to 3 high school students from Massachusetts who raised money to purchase 200 pairs of shoes. These were not just any shoes but “The Shoes That Grow” specifically designed to expand 5 sizes and last for years so kids stay healthy through sustainable and solid footwear. The 4 large duffel bags of product were transported and delivered by the team of visiting Binghamton University students.”

Showing off New Shoes and Socks!

 

So how can those at PCC support Malawi Children’s Mission?  One of the many ways is by praying for them.  When asked about prayer requests, Avisha said that they need prayer for “growth, fundraising and continued thriving for the children.”  Please also pray for their family; for health and God’s grace and joy to go with them as they minister to the people of Malawi.

If you would like a more tangible way to help their ministry, consider providing funds to help them get desks for the students!  They say, “MCM Academy is growing.  This year we’ve added our 3rd school block with classrooms for PreK – Standard 6.   Now we need your help to fill it.  A donation of $150 enables us to purchase a solid desk for 2 students.   $3000 fills a classroom with 20 desks!  Quality education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for the 150 vulnerable children we serve.”

Donate to provide desks for the students at MCM!

Be part of building a future for the children at MCM Academy by providing a foundation for learning.  The link is below if you would like to donate for a desk and change the life of a child today:
http://desks-for-success-mcm.causevox.com/

If you would like to donate funds on a regular basis or see where the funds go, please visit
Thank you for supporting and praying for the Mpemba Family!
By Rachel Parker

Ben and Lan’s Life in China

Ben and Lan’s Family

For twelve years, Ben S. has called China his home.  Born and raised in the Bay Area, while attending PCC, Ben grew up wanting to be involved internationally, even as a little boy. Little did he know that he would meet a Chinese woman named Lan and end up living in China full-time.  Now he and Lan work together at a university in China to form relationships with the professors and families and plant seeds of hope in their lives.

Learning to plant trees!

They have two adorable little children named Ryan (age 5) and Nia (age 2).  Ben and Lan are thankful for the opportunity to raise their children in China, which allows them to be bilingual and bicultural.  Because of their children, they have been able to minister to other parents with young children, and show others by example what it means to discipline and parent with love.  Their children have also been a shining example to the Chinese children that they play with at their school.  The other kids have seen how they respond to conflict and pain with love and patience, and this has been a wonderful example of forgiveness to their peers.  Ben and Lan are able to bring their family back to the U.S. for two months every summer, where they spend time with extended family and enjoy the clean, fresh air that is rare in China.

Teaching about Easter

So why does this family keep returning to China?  According to Ben, “We work at a high level university, helping students, teachers and their families to raise awareness about various subjects, including research ethics, emotional health, and bridging the divide between work-life balance (helping students develop healthy relationships and instilling loving family practice into teachers caring for their children). I serve my department as an English teacher, which means helping students increase their communication abilities, while my wife works primarily with faculty members and their families as an organizer of various community groups.”

Working at a university in China definitely has its challenges.  As in the United States, working with those in academia is often difficult because of their reliance on evidence and facts and their lack of knowledge about faith and hope in a living God.  Ben says, “The most difficult challenge we face is the absolute vacuum (or void) or any knowledge or awareness regarding a higher power. The divine is viewed not as scientific or even as self-actualization but rather as a fairy tale, a children’s story, a system for lesser minds. Even the remnants of ancient Chinese religion exist primarily as charms for prosperity or as reminders of traditional culture than any kind of living faith.”  They try to influence the professors and families at the university by making real and meaningful relationships with them and by being examples of Christ’s love and forgiveness, while still respecting the legal laws that are enforced in China.

With some like-minded friends, Lan has set up a program called Bright Future, allowing them to work with young families providing parenting resources, extra-curricular activities for the children, and teaching them English, science, and art.  Over 300 parents subscribe to the online parenting guides offered.  Below are pictures of this amazing program!

Bright Future Sports Program

Bright Future Music Class

Bright Future Art Class

Bright Future Reading Time!

Cooking Class

Ben and a young student

So what can we do at PCC to help Ben and Lan?  One of the first things we can do is to pray for them. Here are the prayer requests from Ben:   “Please pray for the government, government leaders, and people in positions of authority.  Please pray for deepening relationships and conversations (especially with prominent and influential members of the school), as well as more parents to become involved in some of the programs we are trying to establish within various communities on campus. Please also pray that the seeds we’ve planted in students and faculty begin to take root and that they are watered, wherever their lives might take them.”

What else can you do?  Ben mentioned to “be attentive to visiting scholars from China, become their friends, and invest in their lives”.  He also would love to extend an invitation to anyone at PCC to come to China and visit them!

Ben and Lan will be holding a garage sale on August 18th and 19th to support their ministry. They are looking for donated goods to sell. Bring your stuff to their home, 112 Circle Road, Redwood City (near the hospital) by August 15th. Come back with your friends on the 18th and 19th!

If you would like to follow Ben and Lan’s incarnational living in China, or see them while in the U.S.,  please e-mail Ben .

Thank you for praying for them and investing in the lives of those that serve overseas!

 

By Rachel Parker

Opening Up Their Homes to Host Students from China

Every other summer, PCC orchestrates a wonderful program for students from China, called JLife, “Living for Jesus with Joy”.  The program introduces Chinese students to American culture while deepening their English skills in a fun Christ-centered way.  The two-week long program includes Bible study, worship, community, getting to know host families, fun sightseeing trips (such as to the redwoods and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk), learning about service opportunities at PCC, and a week long Christian high school camp at Mt. Hermon.

The program began in 2010 when PCC, in partnership with the ERRC , had a request from a Chinese pastor.   Some families were looking for opportunities to allow their children to get a jump-start on global education.   The Chinese leaders that come to work with the students are recruited each year through the China Academic Consortium, an ERRC program supporting Chinese academic research amongst Chinese scholars.

None of this would be possible without the families from PCC who open up their hearts and homes to host these students.  After talking to a number of these families, it is clear that the host families and the students both benefit in a number of ways from their hosting experience.  Take for example, Dave and Shawn Shearin, who hosted a student named Alan.  Here is what Shawn has to say about their experience with Alan.

“We hosted Alan at the last minute when Sharon called asking if we could. We are so glad we said yes!  We had a wonderful experience with him. We spent a lot time talking and praying and building a true friendship. We were also able to bring him to Street Life Ministries where he served a couple times. He loved it and I know it impacted his life. We also took him to a couple campsites where he experienced how homeless people lived. They welcomed him as you can see in the picture (below). He repeated to us several times that he was so glad that he met true Christians in America. There wasn’t much of a communication barrier since Alan speaks excellent English. We would definitely do this again next year.”

JLife students serving at Street Life Ministries!

Learning about serving others at Street Life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan and his friend Tony visiting a homeless camp. Robin in the middle lives under the bridge behind them.

Learning to play basketball!

This year, it was Fredda and Peter Morris’ second time hosting students and/or leaders from China. When asked about the experience, Fredda mentioned that “when you are a believer in Christ, it is almost like they are extended family”.  She loves the cultural exchange that happens and learning about the differences that they experience as a follower of Christ in China.  They were able to pray for the leaders that stayed with them this year, and hear their personal testimonies, which was a wonderful blessing.  They were also able to introduce some of the PCC summer interns to the Chinese leaders that were staying with them.  This was an unexpected and delightful interchange, because one of the PCC interns was able to share her testimony with the Chinese students, who found it very interesting.  Overall, Fredda said that they would host again, and it was a great experience.

Dianna Klemmick was another second-year host.  She says, “This is my second year to host two girls from JLife. It’s fun to share and learn from them and see their enthusiasm for life and new experiences.  I love seeing my granddaughters interchange with what was a stranger to making new friends from around the world. It truly is a small world as one feels more connected and comfortable with people of the same faith and interests knowing we are all one family under God.”

A girl’s sleep-over night at Dianna’s house!

Annette and Paul Soby have served many JLife groups and opened up their home again to Ivy this year.  Annette says, “We shall always remember Ivy.  She was so mature and could communicate well in English. Sometimes she wrote her responses.  That made it easier for us to understand.”  Annette spoke fondly of her time with Ivy and seemed to enjoy having her stay with them.  When Ivy spoke about the program, she said, “ Every weekday first we sing and then we hear a story about Jesus and so we learn what God wants to say to us.” 

Annette and Paul with Ivy

The JLife program will be returning to PCC in two summers, and we are always looking for more people to host these wonderful students.  If you are open to hosting or being a part of this exciting ministry, where lives are changed, please don’t hesitate to contact Sharon Seeberger.  Thanks to the leadership team of Janet Payne, Director and Educational Coordinator, Courtney Chang, Activities Coordinator, and Linda Modica, Host Family Coordinator.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to be him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.” Ephesian 3:20-21

 

By Rachel Parker