We have been blessed to get to know 2 new families in our gathering in the desert community outside of Los Angeles. They are both Latino and come with the challenges shared by many who grow up in Los Angeles; drugs, gangs, jail time, large families and a lack of mentorship on how to live Godly lives. They sought out Jesus and they found him.
That is where the fun begins. After joining us where we gather, in The Studio, they began to realize the power of Jesus’ transformation in their life and how it could affect their friends and family.
"J" owns a barbershop. He shares his transformation story with men who come from the same street culture as he cuts their hair. He has 2 families ready to come discover the Word with us.
"E" is living with his long-term girlfriend. He's changing his life, so he asks -- if he could become an evangelist, would he need to marry his girlfriend? He has an expired green card and is out of work, but he loves Jesus. He wants to be obedient. We have begun the discussion about marriage. In the mean time he has a brother who he is helping to get out of addiction and soon plans to join our group as well.
We hold out the Gospel of grace that transforms lives. This is not an attempt to attract already baptized believers, but rather we are reaching out to the struggling and those who need hope. The devil is a roaring lion that destroys people and families. Pray that we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we break through strongholds.
Ephesians 6:12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.