While Paul was imprisoned in Rome, the church at Philippi dispatched Epaphroditus to visit the apostle and deliver some much needed support. In response to their generosity, Paul penned a letter of thanks in which he wrote the following: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6).
As I write this newsletter, I am reminded that I began this amazing adventure called “Life Connections” ten years ago. Much has been accomplished, and there remains much to do. But in light of Paul’s words to our Philippian brothers and sisters, I am struck by the fact that I have not been alone on this journey. I am so very thankful for each of you who have prayed and supported this ministry through the years, thus encouraging me to press on.
I am encouraged too by Paul’s reminder that we can be confident in our walk because He who began a good work in us will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus! It is my heartfelt desire to complete the task that God has placed before Life Connections: To be a catalyst for unity, connecting people and ministries together; to be a means by which people come into a relationship with our Lord because of a unified Body of Christ.
So, thanks again for your prayers . . . your support . . . your partnership in this amazing journey!
What’s Been Happening at LCI?
A letter from one of our Costa Rica Missions team members that worked with our partners Missions Impossible…
Mission’s trips are never what you expect them to be. We go to serve, but God always has much more in mind than can be seen or even understood often until later. This last trip was definitely a testimony to that. His ways are so much higher than ours. Though He clearly worked through us in different ways, I am certain that His work in us was far deeper than we realize. That’s because though He loves to work through us, the fact is He doesn’t need to & the work in us is far more needed. Where we thought we had experience we were stretched. Where we thought we would bless, we were blessed. Where we sought to encourage we were encouraged. Where we wanted to love, we were out loved in many ways. As usual God did exceedingly abundantly above our thoughts or desires. Having said all that, serving God in a foreign place, is still to me one of the most powerful experiences a person can have. We truly act like Jesus, the ultimate missionary, who left heaven for 33 years to share the love & power of God with us. How awesome it is to follow in His steps.
Blessings to you
3rd Annual Bring Life Golf Tournament
Life Connections hosted the 3rd annual Bring Life Golf Tournament at Malibu Country Club on June 21st. This was a great opportunity to share Life Connection’s vision of unity with many who might not otherwise come in contact with our ministry. Forty-four gofers participated in the event (with the Danny Boehle/Michael Lennon foursome winning for the second year in a row!
In May, Life Connections again facilitated the annual Westside Pastor Prayer Summit at Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, CA. Though maybe not quite as well attended as past Summits, the gathering proved to be a wonderful time of encouragement as pastors connected with one another and prayed over the City.
National Day of Prayer
May 6th was the National Day of Prayer, and Life Connections was asked to take an active role in rallying local churches to gather at Bel Air Presbyterian Church to pray for the Entertainment Industry, our City and our Nation. Some of the leaders present that evening included Pastor Lloyd Ogilvie, Pastor Greg Waybright, Rev. Rankin Wilbourne, as well as several entertainment industry professionals. I am pleased to report that about 500 people responded to our call!
Life Connections continues to be used as a catalyst for unity among churches in service to the poor. We recently facilitated our second Homeless Forum in Hollywood, gathering like-minded individuals from 17 different churches and ministries.
Trips to Los Angeles and Tijuana
We are excited to be hosting a team from Point Lookout Church, New York in the Los Angeles area during the first week of August. Activities will include service among the homeless in Hollywood, a visit to the Kingdom Center in Ventura, and working with one of our partners who labor within the inner city of Los Angeles. Then it’s off to Mexico for a visit to the City of Angels Orphanage in Tijuana over the weekend of August 6th through 8th. Please keep us in your prayers!