Super Typhoon Strikes the Philippines – Calvary Chapel Relief

Hi Friends… This is personal to me. For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting personally, I want to express that disaster relief is something my husband and I are very passionate about. My husband, Tim, is the man in the green shirt that is narrating part of this video. He has the privilege of overseeing Parakletos International, a Disaster Relief Org. of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.  Please read below and please watch the video.  Our world is so much bigger than what’s going on in the little sphere around us… Yet it’s small enough that when one has a need, we should be there to help the other out.

So, please take a few minutes to view this video that was just released about Calvary Chapel’s response to the typhoon. Then please pass it on. We are once again in a very strategic position and have been embraced by the local government. We, by God’s grace, have a huge opportunity to step into the lives of these victims and share the hope that helps us through each day. I know this is a time when most of us are thinking about family and the holidays, but please pray about how we might be able to make this Christmas something special for those families, who were also getting ready for this same holiday, but now have nothing…

Amie Joy

Please keep those serving in your prayers.  Most importantly, keep those who are hurting and grieving and have lost not just all earthly possessions, but have also lost beloved family members, friends and pets.  It’s a tragic time indeed… And now they are faced with monumental trials ahead of trying to rebuild a life from the bottom up with nothing to start with.  The simplest things are no longer available.  Pray too how you can help.  Many blessings!

Pastor Chuck Smith’s Paddle Out Video – By: Wesley Kong

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Helicopter shot from the Paddle Out - Incredible! (Photo credit @bbrodersen)

Helicopter shot from the Paddle Out – Incredible!
(Photo credit @bbrodersen)

The Right Guy for the Job – by Josh Turansky

The Right Guy for the Job – by Josh Turansky

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My thoughts:

We are so thankful for our new Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Brian Brodersen.  As we mourn Pastor Chuck no longer being with us, we know that he would never want us to not press forward, even during our grieving.  We could see that in his very nature and manner of living.  Truly, he was one to press on.  We are thankful that he brought Brian and Cheryl, and the Brodersen family back from England all those years back to prepare Brian for the place he would take now.  Pastor Chuck, although you are gone and with Jesus… we still thank you.  Pastor Brian, you are here and we are thankful to you for your willingness and desire to serve us, oversee us, and lead us as a body.  We will be keeping you and Cheryl in prayer as you embark on this new season… As we will also be keeping the Smith family in prayer during their season of grieving.  Seasons of change are never easy… Yet they are part of God’s design for life and the production of fruit.  May the LORD receive all the glory for HIS great sacrifices and the greatest gifts HE’S bestowed to bless and grow the ministries of man.  Without HIM we are nothing, and may we remember to attribute all honor and glory to GOD.  ~  Amie Joy Chiarelli Wylie (reyajoy)