Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Skid Row in LA with Fred Jordan Missions


A Humbling Experience

Helping others

Encouraging women and sharing
the hope of Jesus Christ

The Fred Jordan Missions are a
blessing from God in so many

It's all about timing! On Sunday
I went to look for Jake after church
and ran into Norma Murakami from
A Woman's Care Center. She was
speaking with Debbie McClendon-
Smith from FJM and invited me to
join her and speak to the women
at the Mission today. I was only
able to go because my mother-in-
law is visiting and she watched
my boys for me.

We started with amazing worship
from talented singer, Heather Henry.

I also met Laurie Wilburn (Pastor
Steve Wilburn and her started Core Church in LA this past summer:
He was at Harvest Christian Fellowship
for 31 years). She is such a blessing.

It's all about the body of Christ
working together. It's about being
available. It's about obedience and
walking through open doors. It's
about loving others, no matter how
different they are from you. It's
all about Jesus!

This is what the Fred Jordan Missions'
Website says about Skid Row:

"It's filthy. Sad. Dangerous. Heartbreaking.
Depressing and destructive. It is an area
of the city dominated by flop houses,
welfare hotels, drug dealing and crime.

That's why the Fred Jordan Mission is
in the heart of Skid Row: to give a
spark of hope to those who have lost
their way."

I was honored to speak today and to
share my story. The women were
excited to hear about the Olympics.
They loved seeing the Gold Medals.
I loved sharing that God is the
One that gets ALL the glory.

We were able to pray with women
and a few chose to make Jesus the
Lord of their lives. Nothing more
important in the whole world than
that choice!

Isaiah 61:1-3
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me To
preach good tidings to the poor; He
has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to
those who are bound; To proclaim the
acceptable year of the LORD, And the
day of vengeance of our God; To
comfort all who mourn, To console
those who mourn in Zion, To give
them beauty for ashes, The oil of
joy for mourning, The garment of
praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of
righteousness, The planting of the
LORD, that He may be glorified."

The women on my right in this picture
came forward today to get her life
right with God again. I was able to
pray with her. She even told me
she would pray for me! Her name is
Willie May- please pray for God to
show Himself to her in mighty ways.

Amazing Servants of God and Sisters
In Christ

We were able to go to lunch afterward
and share our own stories with eachother
and talked about God's faithfulness in
each of our lives.

Laurie, Norma, Debbie, Heather and me

My cup is full today! Praising God for
allowing me to serve Him.

Tommorow I'm speaking at Upland Christian
High School. A whole different world from
where I was today. The same focus: It's
all about Jesus!

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