Zephyr’s class bless YWAM-SF!



Clara Sharpless, Karol and Tim Svoboda, and Sue and Dave Worthington

PCC Plus Ministry is Making an Impact!

The Zephyrs Bible Class committed most of their 2017 offerings to support the ministry of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in the San Francisco Bay Area. In just nine months, they raised $5,000 to bless this amazing ministry.

Tim Svoboda who is the YWAM-SF and Bay Area Coordinator and his wife Karol joined the Zephyr’s class recently to share what YWAM is currently doing in the Tenderloin area of SF where they are located. They will use the money to help pay back the loan for their building in the heart of the Tenderloin. In 2014, YWAM-SF took a huge step of faith and purchased a building in the at 357 Ellis Street for $4million. Tim and YWAM-SF have paid off a huge portion of the space and continue to pay down the mortgage by raising money, and by the generous giving of groups such as PCC’s sunday school classes! The remainder of what they owe is $1.89 million. Dave Worthington, the class facilitator of the Zephyr’s class was on the YWAM-SF Board of Directors for 7 years, and was part of the miracle that God worked in 2014 when YWAM-SF took the huge step of faith to buy the building. It’s a miraculous story, so to hear more of the details, ask Dave who loves to share about God’s faithfulness!

Having their own building has allowed YWAM-SF to reach all kinds of people in the area and have spaces for groups and individuals to meet and be ministered to.

Tim says, “The space He’s provided at 357 Ellis Street has been monumental in our pursuit to live in obedience as a ministry. It’s stood as a safe place for us to see what it looks like to offer haircuts to the homeless, to show teenagers that God has empowered them, and to seek to disciple the same kinds of people that make up this city. It’s given us the chance to draw in skaters, baristas, coders, surfers, musicians, writers, bankers, chefs, and everything in between, so that they might be sent out able and ready for God to call on them. For all these reasons and many more we can’t help but continue to thank God for our space.”

To find more about YWAM-SF and how you can partner with them financially or by visiting them (they go out every Friday night and bring hot chocolate and Jesus to the community) go to https://www.ywamsanfrancisco.org

YWAM-SF in the heart of the Tenderloin

Great teamwork and generosity, Plus Ministry!

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!

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

Off the Street and into Hearts

We Are PCC infusing the hope of Christ in our city in fresh and unexpected ways! Sasha is now off the streets and into a boarding home in San Mateo thanks to Street Life Ministry and countless PCC folks working together and bringing Sasha not only into their lives but into their homes. Sasha is from East Germany and immigrated to the United States as a young woman and developed a successful business in real estate.. Due to circumstances later in life, Sasha ended up living in a RWC hotel until last year when it became too expensive to rent. At the age of 67 Sasha began living on the streets. Street Life Ministries and their volunteers began building a relationship with her outside of the public library where she began to live. In January, Sasha was hospitalized due to symptoms of COPD, a disease that affects the lungs making it hard to breathe. Living on the streets in the cold weather was taking it’s toll. Dr. Lynn Chang at Kaiser Hospital befriended Sasha during her stay and ultimately invited Sasha to come and stay with he and his family after she was released so she would not have to face the streets again. This act of love meant the world to Sasha in a world of harsh realities. After living with the Changs, she spent a few months living with Paul and Annette Sobe, and then at Bob and Sharon Seeberger’s home. With each of these families, she felt safe, loved, and a sense of belonging. During this time, other PCC folks gave support in other ways. Dr. Eric Kwon, a dentist in Palo Alto, gave Sasha dental care free of charge. In a city that is growing rapidly and becoming increasingly more expensive to live, the body of Christ was there to offer help to someone who had no hope of changing her homelessness on her own. Unfortunately, the poverty and homelessness are increasing rapidly in the Bay Area. We see more and more the poor getting “squeezed out”, being forced to move or end up on the streets. Street Life Ministries works with shelters and other agencies that help provide housing for folks. They provide a place of community and hope for hundreds of homeless in RWC and Menlo Park who have lost everything else. Last year alone, Street Life Ministries served over 30,000 meals. They assisted 25 men and women into recovery programs, helped 4 women with children get into permanent housing, and 3 people to get enrolled in school to gain a skill for future employment! Even with all they are doing, however, it’s going to take creative thinking and open hearts and homes of the whole community to solve this community issue of rising housing costs and homelessness. There are a variety of ways to help. For more information, contact Street Life Ministries.

Shop with Fair Trade Principles

With Thanksgiving weekend gone and December here, it’s time to start thinking about the Christmas holiday season. Sometimes, the message of God’s love for the world through the gift of Jesus can be drowned out by consumerism and busyness. In the midst of the chaotic noise, it’s easy to let our desire to be a good neighbor and not exploit people be pushed aside by the urgency of our tasks and responsibilities.

The Glocal (Global and Local) Hub Team would love to equip you with a list of companies and organizations committed to fair trade and Kingdom principles to guide you through this holiday season.

We created this list based on the fair trade and Kingdom principles of: providing (in the US and in other countries) a livable wage to employers, locally sourcing materials, fairly distributing the revenue and whole sale costs earned from products to the artists or farmers (in the US or other countries), or contributing to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized people.

Companies and Organizations

City of Refuge in Ghana is a place where formerly trafficked children are able to receive an education and the counseling services they need. Their product line 7 Continents is made up of bags, purses, and home decor. The purchases of these handmade items provide vulnerable single mothers with a livable wage so they can provide for the needs of their children. Livable Wage, Locally Sourced, Fair Trade, Kingdom Principles

EPA Made is a local social enterprise that employs and trains single mothers living in East Palo Alto so they can provide for the needs of their children. They produce original clothing designs for babies, children, and adults. They also create home decor items such as candles, hand towels, and Christmas ornaments. Livable Wage, Locally Sourced, Fair Trade, Kingdom Principles

Stores, Bakeries, and Cafés

Whole Foods Market is a company with a commitment to fair trade principles for their suppliers and employees. While the prices at a Whole Foods Market Store are typically higher than other local grocery stores, you can know your purchases are going toward providing a livable wage to their store employees and a sustainable partnership to their product suppliers. Livable Wage, Fair Trade

Bliss Coffee Cafe is a coffee shop in Redwood City that brews locally sourced baked goods and fair trade coffee beans. You can consume a cup of blissful latte art knowing you are also supporting your Bay Area neighbors. A complete list of goods and vendors can be found here. Locally Sourced, Fair Trade

Susie Cakes is a local bakery committed to providing their employers with a sustainable wage and progressive career opportunities. They also take care of their employees by providing a positive work environment which includes health care coverage and paid time off. You can give the gift of a delicious pie, cookie, cupcake, or cake to friends and family knowing your purchase is supporting the families of Susie Cakes employees. Livable Wage, Kingdom Principles

Organizations and Companies who Support Anti-Trafficking Endeavors

Free and Crowned is an online designer headband boutique with a commitment of donating 25% of their proceeds to three anti-trafficking organizations.

Regina’s Door is a vintage boutique in Oakland, Ca. The CEO and founder, Regina Evans is a social justice activist involved in fighting human trafficking.

Give More by giving a donation in someone’s name to support vulnerable or marginalized people.

If you are looking for an organization with Kingdom principles to donate to, here is a list of PCC’s local and global partner organizations:

Able Works is breaking the cycle of poverty in East Palo Alto

Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC) is working toward a slave-free Bay Area

Bayshore Christian Ministries provides for the academic, emotional, and spiritual needs of local youth

Congo Voice is committed to supporting our Brothers and Sisters in Congo

Freedom House is giving hope and restoration to formerly trafficked women

Generations United provides for the academic and social needs of families in North Fair Oaks

Malawi Children’s Mission is letting Malawi’s children thrive through discipleship, nutrition, and education

Peninsula Literacy Coalition is working to provide literacy skills along the Peninsula

Street Life Ministries provides for the physical and spiritual needs of people on the streets

Support Circle gives women a safe place when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy

Finally, here is a PDF report by Baptist World Aid in Australia that gives an overview of how electronic companies measure up to various fair trade principles.

Do you know companies or organizations who are committed to fair trade or Kingdom principles and could provide meaningful products as gifts this Christmas?

Let us know in the comments. We can add it to our list!

God’s Heart for Vulnerable Children

cross-post by Hannah Dawley at nomorefatherless.org

These are the ones the world has forgotten. And since I am not of the world I can play no part in forgetting.

This was one of the many journal entries I had during my two weeks at a Ukrainian orphanage. For two weeks I played, laughed, taught, ate, and cried with the precious boys and girls growing up in an institution. I witnessed the horror of seeing older children beat up younger children and the overwhelming joy of broken children learning how to love and trust. I was changed as they were being changed.

It was in the small town of Holovne where God turned my heart upside-down for orphaned and vulnerable children. He gave me a taste of the great love he has for all orphaned and vulnerable children by allowing me to fall in love with the children in Ukraine. As the lyrics of Audio Adrenaline’s Kings and Queens go, “these are the ones the world has forgotten,” and since I am not of this world, I decided I could play no part in forgetting the children God knows and loves.

But I do forget.

In the chaos of the Bay Area and the drama of my own life, I become very concerned about myself: my grades, my jobs, my friends, my family, my hobbies. And I wonder, as I strive to emulate Jesus in how he lived on the earth, is my heart beating for those He cares about? Am I forgetting and leaving behind the very children God says will be first in his Kingdom? Am I letting the mess of the chaos and drama silence the voices of those kids?

It’s easy to exclude foster children, orphans, and vulnerable children from my life and my heart. But, if “I have been crucified with Christ,” and “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” and “the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” (Galatians 2:20) I have a calling that is deeper than myself.

We’ve yet to touch the depths of how zealously God regards the oppressed. Caring for the fatherless and afflicted are within His very nature. Psalm 68 gives us a profound revelation of God, telling us that He, high and lofty, sitting in His holy habitation, is a Father to the fatherless. He has called Himself their father. But why? Why has God called Himself a Father to the fatherless? Why has He attached His very name to these helpless, destitute children? How much do they mean to Him that He would link His Name to them? And how much should they mean to us? -Kinsey Thurlow, When “Normal” Needs to Be Redefined.

We are all on a journey of getting closer to God’s heart. To learn how he loves and who he cares for, I invite you to listen to the stories of orphaned and vulnerable children on October 2 to discover how you can love and care for the fatherless. We can all seek to emulate God’s heart for His children through praying, mentoring, supporting, or parenting. In the wise words of Sadie Rhen, “orphan care is not a spiritual gift,” it is God’s heart.

I challenge you to take a step of faith and choose to listen to and act for the plight of orphans and vulnerable children at Impact University on October 2. Together, let’s hear what the orphan cries out for and decide how God’s people are to respond.

Who knows, He might use it to turn your heart upside-down too.

Join us for Impact University after each service on October 2 at Peninsula Covenant Church!

original post at nomorefatherless.org

Scholarships for an Investment with Lifetime Dividends

perspectives threadedAre you considering but hesitating to commit to PCC’s upcoming Perspectives class?  Are you interested in any of the following?

  1. Grow in your discipleship journey
  2. Understand Christianity’s impact, from Genesis to today.
  3. You care about the world.
  4. You heart for a place or people group in the world.
  5. You want to draw worshippers into the Kingdom.

Then why hesitate?  For most people who answer yes above but struggle to commit, it’s because of cost.  Money should never be an issue for anyone motivated to take the course because we have scholarships available.  If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, just complete the application below.   Scholarship recipients are required to do the Certificate or Credit program for the course.  You will have options that will make this doable.

Apply for a scholarship below!

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Calling Out The Church

By Sharon S.

Gary’s recent message from John 17 calls us all.  Committed to God and uniting around one common Kingdom-building goal, Jesus calls us individually, with different gifts and talents, to live as aliens in a hostile world, something we comfortable Americans tend to forget. It’s easy to live as well-adjusted citizens in this world, in the Bay Area culture, with the growing access to the comforts this culture provides and worships.

One  group, however, never forgets our calling as aliens in a hostile world. We commissi0n and send this group to alien places defined by political lines of national sovereignty or people groups. A traditionally termed missi0nary makes his or her home in a place where two different governments must agree on a secure identity for the individual, one issuing a passport and the other issuing a visa to complete the transaction.

Once this transaction has been accomplished, the missi0nary enters this alien land, settling into the arduous process of learning to live, speak, connect, relate, plant seeds of friendship, all as Salt and Light. Departing all that is familiar with a one way plane ticket, they are given the title “long term missi0nary”.

Others of us, who visit these places with a round trip ticket, may call ourselves “short term missi0naries” or being part of a “short term team”. There is no comparison between the actual titles, however. Globalization invites more and more people to join these teams, a few return to serve for a little longer if their hearts were impacted, a much smaller few committing to a lifetime.

At one point in recent history, “long term missi0naries” eagerly welcomed the arrival of “short term teams”. Eventually, most “long term missi0naries” discovered the amount of work required to prepare for these “short term teams” coming full of expectations, expertise, and entitlement. The results of the teams had limited measurable results, causing many missi0naries to reevaluate the priorities of their ministries. They concluded that their quality and quantity time must be devoted to their host culture, their alien land they now call home, not the home they left behind. What is a missi0nary?  It is one with a missi0n.  The longest lasting missi0ns are the ones that suggest there is eternal value in how the call to missi0ns is invested in.

What is a missi0nary?  It is one with a missi0n.  The longest lasting missi0ns are the ones that suggest there is eternal value in how the call to missi0ns is invested in.

At PCC, our “short term teams” tend to be most effective and valued when partnering directly with national church leaders in the host country. What we have to offer can be valuable. From basic relief disbursement, to teaching English, to mentoring in business and professional skills.

There are two other areas where we can serve “long term missi0naries” to help them be more effective in their work in their host countries. Offering coaching/counseling and child care to missi0naries at retreats designed to provide rest and revitalization is an invaluable ministry to those who are ministering in harsh alien lands.

In February, 5 PCCers ventured to Thailand to provide coaching, counseling and children’s ministry to two different sending organizations (missi0ns organizations). The missi0naries of these sending organizations gathered in the warm, beautiful, relaxing country to be refreshed and blessed. The call to cross-cultural ministry, the call to struggle through conversations in a foreign language, to have moments of being completely overwhelmed by culture stress, to crave American foods in a developing country that does not have the food you are used to, to feel hopeless about the consequences of sin in a Christ-less culture, is a hard call to follow.

The call to cross-cultural ministry, the call to struggle through conversations in a foreign language, to have moments of being completely overwhelmed by culture stress, to crave American foods in a developing country that does not have the food you are used to, to feel hopeless about the consequences of sin in a Christ-less culture, is a hard call to follow.

Going to a retreat as a “long term miss0nary” is the difference between being burned out in ministry and being encouraged with eternal perspective about ministry. It is the difference between third culture kids’* feelings of isolation turning into depression or harmful behaviors and knowing they have a support system of people from their parent’s home country who can support them through the struggles of life as a “missi0nary kid”.

So what does it mean for you to continue being the Church when you drive under the bridge and turn onto Farm Hill Boulevard? It could mean asking God, “where is it you would have me serve today?” and being available, sacrificial, and faith-filled when God answers your question. The team of 5 PCCers were able to meet the needs of their Brothers and Sisters at the retreats in Thailand because they were prompted by God to ask, “is there a need for my love for children?”, “is there a place for my coaching and counseling skills?”, “I’ve always wanted to see God’s work in Thailand for myself. When is the next trip I could get involved in?”.

The team of 5 PCCers were able to meet the needs of their Brothers and Sisters at the retreats in Thailand because they were prompted by God to ask, “is there a need for my love for children?”, “is there a place for my coaching and counseling skills?”, “I’ve always wanted to see God’s work in Thailand for myself. When is the next trip I could get involved in?”.


If you hear God’s voice in your heart and want to serve Global Kingdom Builders, tell Sharon <sharons@wearepcc.com> what He is saying and discover how you can fit into PCC’s Global Partnerships.

You don’t have to exit the country or cross an ocean; just get on your feet and take a walk down your street to get involved in your own country. People living in poverty surround you and need the Church in their lives to offer hope and healing. Prayerfully discover our Local Partnerships or ask Steven <stevenr@wearepcc.com> where you can fit into PCC’s community impact.


What activities do you enjoy doing? What natural talents have you discovered that you have? What experiences have you participated in that you are passionate about? These are all questions to discover how God has created you and how he can use you to build his Kingdom for His glory.

 *TCKs are children growing up in a culture different than their parent’s country of citizenship.

Congolese Healthcare…in Redwood City!

Experience the realities of healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo, without getting on a plane!

During the weeks of February 14th to March 6th a small clinic will be set up for all of PCC to visit, get a brief health screening, and catch a glimpse of what healthcare looks like in the Congo. The clinic will be set up on the walk way between the parking lot and the grass (where the Nativity Scene was this December).

We need your help!

If you have any of the following items that could be loaned to the clinic for 4 weekends, our brothers and sister in the Congo would be appreciative if you would share them. They will be returned after the event is completed.

  • Small wooden chairs (2)
  • Wooden stool
  • Wooden table: around 1.5X2.5 feet
  • Simple and old looking physician instruments, stethoscope, clinicians scissors, scalpel, forceps
  • Empty glass bottles that look old/antique
  • Rolled bandages
  • Old upright bicycle such as a Beach Cruiser
  • Other medical supplies or tools

Email Sandra  (sjgutknecht@sbcglobal.net ) if you can loan these items.  We can arrange a pickup or you can drop them at the PCC front office during office hours.

Loving All means Loving ALL

“We have to realize that these people fleeing death and destruction are no different from us.” –The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained, YouTube.com

How does someone even begin to understand and seek to help those who are fleeing tyrannous governments? How do we as proclaiming followers of Jesus respond to those who are subject to incomprehensible horrors in our world?

The following video represents images of violence from IS in the Middle East with dubbed over prayers of two refugees and a former IS fighter who is now a follower of Jesus.

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While the reality is that we live in a sinful fallen world which will always be sinful and fallen until Jesus returns to rule (Rev. 19:15), we have an unprecedented opportunity to reach suffering people who are desperate for hope and healing. If we are serious about following the command to love our neighbors, we will open our hearts to care for those who are different than us. The Samaritan man looked past the different religion, economic status, and nationality when helping the beat up Jewish man in Jesus’ parable (Luke 10:25-37). We must not let our prejudices or misunderstandings of those who are in need of help get in the way of our open hearts. And only when we open our hearts will Jesus have an opportunity to shine through and reach the hearts of those who are suffering and those who are causing suffering.

Loving All means loving ALL.

Learn more about Vision 5:9, where our offering to Syrian refugees is being sent, here.