“West Coast Neighborhood Collective May 19th 2016”

What if Christ-followers in our cities actually began to love their neighbors as Jesus commanded? What would that look like?

The purpose of this email is to invite you to attend a special, one day event that will address these very questions. This is not a conference, but a gathering intended to facilitate and stimulate the exchange of experiences and ideas among all those in attendance.
The Neighborhood Collective brings together those who are actively involved in loving their neighbors with those who are interested in exploring ways to become more effective in advancing the Kingdom of God at the neighborhood level. This endeavor seeks to provide pastors and ministry leaders with resources and relationships that will encourage Christ-followers to effectively reflect our Lord’s love right where they live and work. This is not some new church growth program. We are inviting you to gather with others on a most exciting journey . . . a journey that begins by simply obeying our Lord’s command to love those who live in our neighborhood!

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration begins, and refreshments will be served, at 8:30 AM)

Where: Valley Vineyard Church, 6642 Reseda Blvd., Reseda CA 91335

Who: We are pleased to be joined by both Tom Anthony of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, and Lynn Cory, founder of Neighborhood Initiative

Cost: $40.00, which includes a continental-style breakfast and lunch. For those registering prior to April 20th, the registration fee will be reduced to $34.00.

To register, please visit the following website: http://neighborhoodcollective.org

We look forward to seeing you there!!

1st Quarter News Letter 2014

Dear friends,
A belated Happy New Year to one and all!
The year has opened with some changes, and we are very excited as this next season of ministry gets underway. After many years of faithful service to LCI, Board Members Cindy Karpelas, Steve Snook and Trevor Berge have each stepped into new seasons of life and ministry. Without question, each has blessed this ministry in numerous ways, and I am personally so grateful for their prayers, friendship and service to both my family and to LCI. Indeed, I don’t know how I would have survived all the trials without their guidance and support. I have nothing but the fondest regards for each of them, and I pray that our heavenly Father richly bless this new phase of their service to His Son.
And as we enter 2014, we are very pleased to announce the addition of three new Board Members: Lynn Cory of Neighborhood Initiative; Jose Herrera of Aguas de Reposo; and Cliff Asai, pastor of Resplendent Light Church. We are enormously privileged to have these men become a part of the LCI ministry. Each has their own ministry, and each has partnered with LCI at one time or another. And though each responds to a different call, there is one common thread among them . . . unity in the Body of Christ! But we will elaborate on this another time as we have plans to highlight each of these men in future newsletters.
Moving forward, we sense today more than ever the need to be praying and listening. Ministry can easily become a flurry of activities and events, and busyness will always have a negative impact on our relationship with the Lord. It is only natural that our flesh desires for things to happen immediately. But the Lord has been teaching us the Biblical principal of not despising the day of small beginnings. We realize that little seeds of connection can and will grow into huge trees of life! So we are excited for the different opportunities that are coming this year! Thank you for your continued support and prayers for LCI as we continue to Bring Life to the Nations!

A short look back at the close of 2013
Bring Life Los Angeles;
On October 17th a team of 16 men and women arrived from London to minister to the urban poor of Los Angeles. With the exception of the group leaders, all had experienced homelessness in one way or another. Several had, through God’s grace, fought difficult battles with addiction. And all had a heart to serve our friends living on the streets of Hollywood and Skid Row. LCI was honored to have partnered with Alpha USA, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, Oasis of Hollywood, Union Rescue Mission, and many other wonderful organizations. Through the efforts of these wonderful brothers and sisters from across the pond, many new doors for unity have been identified. We now focus our efforts on building upon the foundation that they so lovingly laid.
El Salvador
This past December we traveled to El Salvador where we participated in meetings with government, university, business and ministry leaders. Our leader was LCI Board Member, Jose Herrera who founded Aguas de Reposo Ministry for the purpose of caring for the elderly and retired pastors of El Salvador. Together we took part in the opening of a new medical clinic that will serve the physical needs of both the pastors as well as members of the surrounding community. We were also privileged to participate in meetings with government officials as Jose laid out his ministry’s long-term plans to establish a retirement community for these dear old men of God. And we were so very privileged to introduce Salvadoran officials to SongLever.com, a social music network that empowers young people to write, record, connect, and collaborate on-line. All who partook in the meeting were impacted as God was clearly using LCI to bring blessing upon this nation. But the work didn’t stop there. New connections were made with local ministries that will enable LCI to provide US-based churches and mission teams with both meaningful and effective trips to this beautiful land.

Upcoming trips and events
El Salvador (June 23rd-30th) – Mark your calendars! Start saving your pennies! Our upcoming trip will be focusing on building relationships between pastors and further development of medical services to both our elderly friends as well as the local community.

Life Connections International 2nd Quarter 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I pray that you and yours enjoyed a very blessed Easter season!  And I also pray that the power of our Lord’s resurrection be manifest in every aspect of your life.

It has been a busy season for Life Connections as we planned for and then facilitated a Pastors & Ministry Leaders Summit at the beautiful Salvation Army Camp in Malibu. Not only was it a refreshing time away from the daily routine of ministry, but it was also an excellent opportunity to connect with key leaders who have a heart for unity in the Body of Christ. Attendees were challenged to consider possible changes in ministry that could help bring about the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. They also had the opportunity to hear from others who are being used by the Lord to implement unity in their communities . . . men like Sam Gallucci of Kingdom Center Ministries in Ventura, CA (who addressed the group on the subject of “Unity: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”) and Lynn Cory, founder of Neighborhood Initiative which is based in the San Fernando Valley. Both of these men shared the impact that a united Body of Christ has had upon their respective communities.

The stories we hear of a united Church are pretty amazing. But they don’t need to be abstract stories told by someone else. Those stories could be our stories. All we need to do is step out of our comfort zones and make ourselves available for His use. What a difference it would make upon our neighborhoods if the Body of Christ were to unite as one!  It wouldn’t be easy, but it would be well worth the effort, and more importantly, it would truly bring glory to our Lord!

As I’ve said many times, our constant prayer at LCI is that we could be a catalyst for the unity that Jesus prayed for in the Garden. Thank you so much for supporting that efforts through your faithful donations and prayers. May we truly begin to see unity blossom in the Body of Christ . . . unity that would bring life to the nations!

 

El Salvador

We are planning our second trip to El Salvador from June 21st – 28th.  As in the past, we will be partnering with Aguas de Reposo in their ministry to the elderly pastors living in and around Santa Ana, El Salvador. Our plans include direct interaction with the pastors themselves as well as various work projects associated with the ministry.  In addition, we hope to be joining local evangelistic teams who target young people through both song and skits. It has been a long-standing goal of Aguas de Reposo to establish a bridge between the older and younger generations to “pass the torch” of the gospel message from one to the other, thereby fueling revival throughout their nation. There’s still time to join the team, so let us know if you are interested in coming along!

Japan

In May of 2012, LCI was honored to facilitate a trip to the tsunami-ravaged areas of northern Japan, and ever since the team’s return, we have felt the Lord urging us to plan a second trip.  Unfortunately, however, we lacked the commitment of a seasoned leader familiar with the Japanese culture. So, mindful of the Lord’s urging, but equally mindful of the importance of mature leadership, we began to pray. And I we are pleased to report that He has answered our prayers.  We were recently contacted by one the team leaders from our first trip who has offered to lead another team! Praise the Lord!

Our original plans had scheduled this second team to visit Japan in October of this year, however, we are postponing the trip until March or April of 2014. Please let us know if you are interested in joining our team!

Bring Life To Our Cities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Come see what God is doing in the San Fernando Valley

Neighborhood Initiative and Life Connections International, two ministries dedicated to the cause of unity within the Body of Christ, announced today that their respective organizations would jointly serve as conference hosts for a special gathering of pastors and ministry leaders to be held at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 13th. The one-day event has been entitled Neighborhood Initiative: Bringing Life to Our Cities, while the theme of the day can best be described as “The WHOLE Church taking the WHOLE gospel to the WHOLE city, one neighborhood at a time.”

The conference will begin promptly at 9:00am, ending at 2:00pm. Over the course of those few hours, attendees will have the pleasure of hearing three very well known speakers: author and USC professor Dr. Dallas Willard; Pastor Jim Tolle of La Iglesia En El Camino (“Church on the Way”); and the always inspirational and well known author Joni Erickson-Tada.

Dr. Willard’s message will address the Church’s responsibility to a culture in moral decline while Pastor Tolle will focus on the central theme of the day . . .“The Whole Church Taking the Whole Gospel to the Whole City”. After a brief lunch, Joni Erickson-Tada will address the subject of compassion as being at the heart of what motivates the Church to action.

Through Neighborhood Initiative, local congregations are encouraged to engage their individual neighborhoods through simple acts of love and kindness. To date, over twenty churches in the San Fernando Valley have joined together in an effort to reach the entire Valley with the message of Jesus’ love for mankind.

Attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to hear from Lynn Cory, founder of Neighborhood Initiative and Associate Pastor at Valley Vineyard. Also addressing the group will be Jeff Fischer, pastor of Hope Chapel of the Valley, and coordinator of the Neighborhood Initiative movement currently taking root in the San Fernando Valley.

Bel Air Presbyterian Church is located at 16221 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles 90049.

For more details concerning the event, please contact either Tyler Lennon (tyler@lcibringlife.org) or Lyle Randles (lyle@lcibringlife.org), both of Life Connections International.