Santa Barbara Good News – Week of 1/17/16 -1/23/16

 
 

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”  -Matthew 20:28

 

Greetings from the mighty Santa Barbara International Christian Church! To begin an amazing  week, the disciples were given the opportunity to serve the community for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Monday, a huge celebration was held to honor Dr. King, beginning with a huge march downtown on State Street, and ending with a program at the beautiful Arlington Theater. The program had music, dramatic poetry, public speakers, and a award ceremony for the winners of a children essay contest. The disciples had an amazing time greeting and ushering people to their seats in the theater, and as a treat were able to hear the hearts of the children who were receiving awards! Jesus came to serve and not to be served, it’s amazing to see our fellow brothers and sisters serving the community imitating Christ!

 

Dashawn, Richie, Dara, Beatrice, Jodi and Dominic with their MLK shirts and volunteer tags, ready to serve!

Dashawn, Richie, Dara, Beatrice, Jodi and Dominic with their MLK shirts and volunteer tags, ready to serve!

 

A Gospel Choir performing to open up the ceremony!

A Gospel Choir performing to open up the ceremony!

Good news from S.W.A.T.! (Students With A Testimony). This week was the start of our Spring 2016 semester on Santa Barbara City College. With our new campus ministry leader, Dominic Sandoval and his bible talk co-leader Jodian Gram, leading the way, our Bible Talks went amazingly well this first week on campus! The past month we have been praying for many souls to come to God, and specifically for those who studied the bible before and walked away. Since then one guy named Angel asked to come back to study the bible, as well as a few others we had reached out to in the past. We have faith that God is going to do amazing things and work in the hearts of all the students on SBCC campus. S.W.A.T. is ready to take on the land God has given them!

“ I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” -Genesis 13:16-17

 

Beatriz, Corinna, Jodi, and Richie are in the battle sharing their hearts on campus!

Beatriz, Corinna, Jodi, and Richie are in the battle sharing their hearts on campus!

This Thursday, the professional singles and marrieds ministry TGFF (Thank God For Family), led by our courageous  brother Jason Collier and his co-leader Dara Teamer, met at the Flury’s home for Bible Talk! Jason gave an amazing lesson on the parable of the unmerciful servant, and related it to our lives on how, at times, we can be unmerciful towards others, forgetting that grace has been given to us by God! With a new year in play, the singles ministry is planning some major events this year to gather in all the professional people in Santa Barbara. At the end of February we have already gotten approval to host a superb 90’s party at the Java Station Coffee House. The excitement is growing in how much this ministry is soon going to make a great impact in Santa Barbara.

 

Our amazing brothers Jason and Dominic are ready for bible talk!

Our amazing brothers Jason and Dominic are ready for bible talk!

 

Dara and Jessica are fired up for the Singles Ministry!

Dara and Jessica are fired up for the Singles Ministry!

 

Jason and Alex getting their swords prepared before the lesson!

Jason and Alex getting their swords prepared before the lesson!

 

Amazing news from MOG ( Might Men of God). Men’s Mid-week was amazing! This week we had two awesome sold-out brothers preach the word! Dashawn and Richie had the privilege to share their convictions about atheism! Dashawn preached about bringing the good news, and believing in the seed that we are planting in the hearts of those who don’t believe in God! Richie preached about how people just don’t know how to seek after God so we must show people the way and to have faith that they will come to know who God is! It’s amazing how each of the brothers are getting the opportunity during midweek to preach and sharpen each other swords in the ministry!

Dennis, Dashawn, and Richie using their swords cutting up some hearts!

Dennis, Dashawn, and Richie using their swords cutting up some hearts!

 

After a good winter break, followed by a powerful winter workshop, the Santa Barbara Church has hit the ground running this year with new goals and great vision. Pray for the growth of our ministry and for the word of God to spread rapidly this year! To God be the Glory!

 

– Article written by Richard Huerta