Old meets new


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Cindy with my wife at Lake Balboa.

Saved at 14 in my church in Guatemala, Cindy is an old disciple from my old church. She just came to the U.S. and saw my new church with the new disciples at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley.

It was thrill for me to introduce her: the new guys meet one of the old guys. There is a blessing in persevering in the work of Jesus.

At one point, I thought I wouldn’t have the energy to start a new church. But then I got so miserably bored in my mother church that I couldn’t stand to be there any longer. I was frustrated because I wasn’t fulfilling my purpose in life. God opened the doors for me to start a new church in the place where I’d grown up. I called myself the #ValleyBoyPastor, not because I’m a boy, but, hey, I’ve still energy in me. It is a joy.

We are meeting at #LakeBalboa, which is actually “reclaimed water.” That means it’s the filtered, treated leftover of every flush in the San Fernando Valley. No it doesn’t stink. Yes, fish and ducks live in it without any problem. They don’t recommend you drink or bathe in or eat the fish you catch from it. But I think they’re being overly cautious. After all, what do astronauts drink if not filter and treated pee?

I feel like Jesus. He preached by the lake, and so do I. It’s a beautiful setting, and the weather is always glorious in Southern California. (We are in December and we held church in the park with no need for sweaters! Sorry for much of the rest of America. I don’t mean to gloat.) Technically, we’re the Lighthouse Church in Van Nuys, but I’ve taken to calling us the Church on the Lake, a spinoff of the famous mega Church on the Way.

Thank you for your prayers for my church.

9 responses to “Old meets new

  1. wow…keep up the work..it’s better to leave so called mother church when they hinder from fulfilling GOD’s purpose who are in disadvantage due to their own risky decisions….

  2. Thanks for sharing your good news and your praise. I enjoy hearing your valley boy pastor tales. Very funny about the lake. 🙂

  3. Valley Boy – I’m blessed by your blog and appreciate your sharing your journey. I’m just curious if you think the boredom came from the Lord as a way to get you back into leading/planting a church.

  4. THe little engine that could….vw

  5. What time do you hold service? I’d like to visit one Sunday

  6. Thanks for sharing this. The Lord has truly been blessing you. Regarding weather, it’s 81 here today in Orlando … I think we can give you a run for the money!

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