WHAT'S HAPPENING IN HOMELAND BLOG
The goodness and kindness of God continues to bless us with contributions from The Grove in Riverside, Clairmont Church of God in San Diego, New Horizon Christian Community Church in Gardenia and the Center of Spiritual Living in Murrieta, The Apostolic Faith Tabernacle in Sylmar, John & Barbara Cellars, Jim & Karen Northcutt and Linda Lange. We thank everyone for the prayers and support. When God's people unite powerful things happen!!
Janet Long from the LDS church is holding a food drive for our pantry. So they will be arriving on Saturday July 9 at 8:30am to deliver the food and greet and meet people. In the mean time, Margaret Blain is organizing a clothes bank too. So if you have any clothes or food you would like to donate to the food bank, the need is always there.
Update on the progress: We have the approval from the insurance company for demolition of both the parsonage and the sanctuary. Permits are being applied for now. We aren't completely sure of the dates, but it has been discussed that it will be soon! :) Ron Cooper has been amazing with his dealing with the details of this restoration. We have had a security guard on the campus every night which will end on Sunday night and a new surveillance system will be put into place on Monday.
The church has purchased a cathedral tent to arrive in mid July or sooner. This will be our semi permeate home until the new church facility is ready. We are dealing with air conditioning issues and keeping it cool for the summer in the mean time, so let's stay flexible while we get all the details ironed out.
Mike and I met with Rabbi Yosef yesterday. He is a Jesus believing Jew who is the Rabbi over 17 international synagogues. We were captivated by the information he shared with us and how all these synagogues were praying for Homeland! After lunch, he invited us over to his home where it was like walking back in time with ornate tapestries on the walls and artifacts everywhere. He had a 9 foot menorah in his living room and a seat of Moses. We were in AWH as he discussed his testimony and background as a Rabbi. He gave us a letter that he sent out to all his Spiritual Sons across the globe asking them to pray for Homeland. His synagogue gave me a gift of a prayer shawl and he explained what all the strands and knots meant. It was such an amazing afternoon, we just walked out after 2 1/2 hours and were speechless...all we could say was "WOW!" We are praying that God will give us favor to develop a relationship with Rabbi Yosef and that Christians and Jews may come together as it was meant to be. Shalom!
The clock keeps ticking. With all the work with insurance companies, engineers, contractors, etc. we keep going forward. Saturday we were joined by friends and church families to clean up the property. Probably for the last time before the demolition and construction begins.
We were joined by missionaries Elders: CJ Chapman, Salvador Mercado, Dakota Maughan, and Colby Frost. And Sisters: Blanchard, Keith, Wills and McCulloch from the Hemet area LDS Stakes. Also from South Bay COG in Torrance: Craig and Pam Herrick, Melissa McHenry and Mario Jackson. And our own members: Gary and Mary Ann Gilleon, Scott Castro, Pastor Rocky Moore, Lester, Charles and myself. Mike Selvar was awesome as he drove the large caterpillar around the property cleaning and moving everything in sight.
We were able to clear the weeds and miscellaneous debris to be hauled to the dump. Karl Haag was amazing with his truck taking 3 loads of junk to the dump. Thank you everyone who volunteered to clean up the property and prepare "ye the way" for the demo crews who will be arriving sometime in the next 30 days.
We are continuing to move forward with rebuilding. Leadership has been working with the insurance company on both buildings. We have a new electrical box and are waiting for Edison to re-connect our power to the property.
We have scheduled a general work day for Saturday June 11 at 9:00AM-3:00PM. We want to continue to keep the property up as best as we can during this restoration phase. At this point, weed patrol and cleaning miscellaneous areas is needed. Lunch will be provided.
We continue to thank those who have been praying for us and those who are "boots on the ground." The services in the tent are working well. As we enter into the summer and hotter days there is a need for AC and fans to keep the tent comfortable. These issues have been addressed and with the return of electricity it will be much easier to accomplish.
I drove down Neer street the other day where the home fire was set the same day as the parsonage and this is what I saw. Both fires were burning simultaneously. Praise God again that no one was living here either. With all the events of the past several weeks, it is just God's grace that no one has been hurt. We thank you, Lord for your goodness!