Santa Barbara Good News – Weeks of 1/24/16 – 2/5/16
It’s been a fantastic two weeks for the Santa Barbara Church! God has indeed been moving his hands powerfully to train disciples and bring in the harvest. The entire church has been working hard to push for a great turn out for our Bring Your Neighbor Day Service on Sunday. Many prayers have been asked for God to work miracles, and that is exactly what has been among us!
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
We had some amazing neighbors from the community come out and hear the word preached by Dennis Sloan, titled The Promises of God! The visitor turn out for service was almost double the number of members. A surprising amount of visitors were friends that have reconnected with us from a year ago.
One amazing miracle story was a woman named Keisha, who appeared at church the previous week, but arrived 4 hours after service was over! She was invited by our brother Reynaldo back in 2014. While walking in the community, she remembered the church and stopped in to find it. In God’s perfect timing, she found a few disciples still at the hotel. She has now come out to every event and is studying bible with the sisters.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ”
Following the footsteps of the men, the amazing P31(Proverbs 31) Women got to train in the ministry of God’s word for Wednesday Midweek. Two courageous sisters Jessica Pengra and Dori Turner preached the word on how to help an atheist with their faith in God! Jessica brought the sisters incite on the often broken and hardened heart condition towards religion or God that causes many to become atheist. She explained that the best way to help them is to lovingly draw out the “deep waters” of the heart, over time, and carefully work through the real troubles in the heart. In addition, Dori brought to light that atheist often have common morals that the bible describes were ingrained in man by God.
“Love is patient love, love is kind. It does not envy it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It protects, always trusts, and always hopes, always perseveres”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is the most important thing when we are trying to share the word of God! The following week the MMOG (Mighty Men of God) Men of Santa Barbara met at the brothers household for Mens Mid-week! On Wednesday night, we had two amazing warriors, Chris Baty and Andree Bedoya, preach the word on how to clear up some common questions that the Catholic Church has. Our brother Chris shared about some misconceptions that are out there, and our brother Andree called us higher to love those in a similar battle of the Gospel of Christ.
“Then the Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘ Speak , for your servant is listening.’ and the Lord said to Samuel: ‘ See I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.”
– 1 Samuel 3:10-11
It’s been an amazing week for the campus ministry, S.W.A.T. (Students With a Testimony). God has definitely been moving the hearts of the students on SBCC campus and blessed the Bible Talks with an average of 5 visitors per Bible Talk!
This week we also had an awesome Campus Devotional where Dominic Sandoval preached the word, and followed with a game of Improv to end the night off! We believe that God is going to continue to do great things in Santa Barbara this semester on SBCC campus and let his Word make the ears of those who hear it tingle!
Please pray for our church, this next week, as we are getting ready to give sacrificially money we collected and fund-raised for our national 3x’s Missions Contribution. As God had served us greatly here in America, we make it our heart and priority to serve our brothers and sister in foreign countries who need our help. May we exceed our goal! And May God be the Glory!
- Article Written by Richard Huerta & Dara Teamer