Being homeless usually they are trying to hide their past, they are shy and feel shame, have extremely low self-esteem and this is blended with some sort of pride. It sounds complicated and hard to reach out to their hearts. The first time when I started to share the Gospel and my little mobile Christian library with them, I hesitated to hug them because of the unpleasant smell. I cared for them from a distance. They kept me at a distance as well. I couldn’t reach out to the unreachable to bring the glory to God. I was frustrated. When I got home, I wasn’t happy. I felt I was a hypocrite. My inward didn’t match my outward. I kept praying, asking God to change my heart and help me. Then the Word revealed in my heart:
Our Lord, Savior Jesus Christ reached out to the lepers, why can’t we?
The first greatest commandment is: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
The second greatest commandment is: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Now they are my friends; even some who claimed they were Jewish or Muslim before, started reading Christian books.
God is working around us and through us to accomplish the work for the Kingdom all the time. Reach out to the unreachable, touch the untouchable. God will do the rest. We need to grasp every opportunity that God puts in our hand. That’s a command not a suggestion!
Yesterday, we celebrated the life of a fellow skid row teammate, Karen Nelson. Come to find out we started serving on Christian Assembly’s Skid Row team about the same time in 2007.
Karen was a Jersey Girl that had an incredibly hard life, she was physically abused and mentally abused by her own parents; as a means to cope she numbed the pain with alcohol and drugs. Karen’s life had reached bottom with thoughts of suicide, but God had other plans. Through the invitation of a co-worker to come to church (after being asked numerous times), little did she know that in that moment of saying yes, her life was about to change, forever. Karen accepted God’s love for her and developed a relationship with Jesus that took her on a wild ride to Skid Row. Karen served faithfully, and a year before her end with cancer (a long battle), she served for her last time, in a wheelchair. People on skid row connected immediately with her and enjoyed her visit and prayers. Karen wanted to be loved, hugged and heard. She found her happy place; she found that love in Jesus, with her cats and with all her friends on Skid Row.
What a beautiful memorial celebration and what a precious reunion of friends gathering together to honor Karen’s love, friendship and service. [Credit to sister Marlo Lundberg Reininger]
Matthew 21:13 – “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
Satan is real.
After last Sunday I shared “How we can please God? And this morning while I shared “How to glorify God?” a few loud noises came from outside our church at the gate. Instantly fire burned in my heart and I angrily shouted to them in a demanding manner to be quiet and remind them “This is God’s house.”
After this incident, they quieted down. Afterward, I felt bad about my temper. One of our church members came to me quoting Matthew 21:13 and saying, “Jennifer, you are doing the right thing to defend God’s house.” And the other brother came to me say, “Jennifer. You know Satan is going to attack you as long as you share the Gospel. Be ready for the fight.”
After all this happened we closed the service with 1 Chronicles 16:8-36, in which King David instructed Asaph and Asaph’s wife and their relatives on how to glorify God.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Roman 8:31.
Romans 8:28 – “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
For five years God had mended our relationship ever closer.
My heart is full of joy after reading one of my daughters’ messages:
2 of my professors offered to be my reference for an internship.
I got nominated by 2 professors to study business in Morocco for 3 weeks in the Summer. I am going to apply for scholarships to pay for it or I will pay for it. I am telling you so you can be happy. Thank you!
I have also set up the professors who will write me my recommendation letters for my MBA. So I am happy.
I love you mom thank you for helping me with school and stuff.
My the other daughter, Wendy, is the greatest loving wife and mom to my two grandsons.
God is so good to us. God has revealed Himself to us who love Him. Thank you Daddy! Amen.
Yesterday some brothers and sisters asked me “Jennifer are we still meeting at Skid Row if it’s pouring?”. “Yes. It will stop when we get there.”
Yesterday till 9:20pm I couldn’t find anyone available to help us to pick up burgers at 7:45 am this morning and bring them to Skid Row to serve. The only choice at that time was – I pick up and have no time to share the message with our friends. I prayed for God’s will. Sure enough, at 9:30pm brother Jamie Jaramillo who I didn’t ask, offered to help. I shared the Happiness with our Church. And shared the message of How to be Happy as God’s plan.
No Joy – No Strength. It’s not your problems that are problems. It is the way you see your problems. When God and others are more important to you than yourself, that’s where you find your happiness. Our true happiness is in Jesus and our future with Him. If we are faithful, we can have unspeakable joy and fullness of glory now, in this life.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (ESV) –
“as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Father Gregory Boyle's work as the founder of Homeboy Industries has greatly impacted the lives of so many. His hilarious and inspiring story reminds us all that there is no us and them, just us. Speaker: Father Gregory Boyle
Posted by The Daily Goalcast on Friday, January 25, 2019
Father Gregory Boyle’s work as the founder of Homeboy Industries has greatly impacted the lives of so many. His hilarious and inspiring story reminds us all that there is no us and them, just us.
Can you name the volunteers? Two years have shown lots of changes according to God’s grace and guidance. We are blessed to see God’s mighty works among our friends and ourselves.
Thank you Daddy for the opportunities and love!
Sharing More exciting joyful moments with you.
Posted by Jennifer Chou on Sunday, January 29, 2017
Thank you brother George Montero, a bondservant of our Lord Jesus Christ who served with us for the past years. He united with our Lord last night.
Celebrate Birthday of Eternal Life
Last night 11 of us gathered in Karen’s room in the hospital. We had revival time together. We sang worship songs, laughing…. She shared her immovable faith in God. She was in good spirits and peace, knowing her work on earth is done and she has no fear. She is ready to be received by her Bridegroom, The Lord Jesus Christ, and glorify God.
She said, “Don’t cry. We will meet in Heaven where there are no more tears and pain. We’ll worship and praise the Lord all day long….” Amen