4th Quarter Newsletter 2014

Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas! I hope this newsletter finds you in good spirits and experiencing His peace this Holiday season.
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I am reminded of that wonderful scripture found in Isaiah: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). There is a lot to unpack in this verse, but the one thing that jumps out at me is that Messiah would be known as the Prince of Peace! Upon coming into this world, He would bring peace in our relationship with the Father, and in so doing, transform us to become His agents of peace with our fellow man.
All around us are people struggling to find peace and purpose in life. They seek fame and titles, money and prestige, but none of these things will last. The only true peace we can have in life is through knowing the creator of peace, Jesus Christ! And it is by becoming His conduits for life and peace to others that we experience true joy and fulfillment in our own lives.
Scriptures says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Mt. 5:9). At LCI, our desire is to become peacemakers, agents of peace and cultivators of relationships, thereby serving to foster transformation and bring life to our cities and our nation.
As we prayerfully look forward to a new year, we want to thank you for supporting and praying for LCI. May our heavenly Father bless you with a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

The following a brief summary of other LCI activities and involvement over the recent months:
• Westside Church Collaborative: We have felt quite honored to serve as a catalyst to bring together over a dozen different churches and ministries on the Westside of Los Angeles for the purpose of serving the needs of those experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. It is our prayer that the Collaborative will also serve to mobilize the larger Christian community to help provide the necessary resources to transform the lives of those living on our streets.
• El Salvador: We are already making plans to return to El Salvador in June or July of next year. As always, we will be serving the elderly and retired pastors who so faithfully served our Lord by preaching the gospel. We also hope to further unite the younger generation of Salvadorans to walk along side these elderly saints, thereby building a much needed bridge of unity between these two age groups.
• Pastor Groups: We continue in our efforts to bring pastors together for the purpose of developing relationships and furthering the cause of unity within local communities. We are pleased to report that a group of 5-6 leaders meet every week in Santa Monica. Also Praying for other groups to start in the LA Area.

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