“Hi, we are here to see Hector?”
“Oh yeah, the Pastor . . . ?”
In a store with over 200 hundred employees, I was known as the Pastor. For two years it has been this way, and today I write to tell you that though it is my last day at the Fruit Stand, I will continue to be their Pastor.
Today, is filled with a bit of fear and lots of adrenaline. Since I put my two weeks in, I have had to revisit my calling and who I am in Christ. From this foundation, I am able to strengthen my posture and lift my eyes to where my help comes from. Though its been a tough summer, low in church attendance and participation, I’m sustained by the spiritual growth I have seen within a few individuals in our body. One decision made towards Christ, one decision made in reference to His nature, one decision based upon biblical truths. Every single Sunday, I’m praying that one person comes to the communion table and makes a public transaction that changes their life forever. This is what I live for.
28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. – Paul the Apostle in Colossians 1
Our daughter Lucia is almost three months and she is starting to recognize her surroundings. She smiles, she’s beginning to mumble, and her joy never seems to let me down on Sunday afternoons. Abigail Rose is almost 5 years old, and she makes it a point to tell everyone. She loves church so much, but I think its more about Miss Nicole’s homemade pastries and talking to her friends about their next performance on the Church Stage. Penelope Grace is currently gearing up to either be a Luchadora or a Softball Pitcher, but she doesn’t know that yet. My wife Carol, has been such a blessing. Her flexibility, grace, encouragement, friendship, honesty, and consistent love for Jesus amazes me. If I could describe our household in one word its without a doubt “Joy”.
In Your presence is fullness of joy; -Psalm 16:11
If there is one thing I’ve learned in the last two years, it is that His presence is everything. If the Spirit of the Living God is present, then joy, comfort, help, and all-things-Jesus will follow. This is how I begin my day, by asking Him to invite me into His labor. By asking Him to use me in the places He is already working.
But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I. -Jesus in John 5:17
So where is He working? Why is Hector not working at Apple anymore? On paper, it doesn’t make sense. The truth is, Jesus doesn’t make sense, He does the unthinkable, He does the miraculous, and though it doesn’t make sense it is what we are supposed to do. It didn’t make sense when He saved me from the hell that I deserved. He didn’t make sense to make me a pastor, yet even the unbeliever calls me that. It didn’t make sense to leave a great company yet I’ve done it twice in the last 2 years. Every single time I have made one decision towards trusting God just a little bit more, He has blown our minds. So we ask again knowing that He is able…
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…- Paul in Ephesians 3:20
So what am I asking for? I want to see others take one more step towards Jesus. I want others to see the worth of the cross. I want those who are far to come near. I want to see Students equipped for the campus(aka the ministry). The Lord has allowed me to connect with the Leaders of Campus Crusade for Christ and they need our help. I will be attending their weekly meetings, and seek to make myself available for any ministry needs they might have. We are praying about holding weekly conversations at the Nugget(Campus Bar) surrounding the life of Jesus. We want the body to be present and active within the student body. We want the Holy Spirit to saturate that campus. This is going to be exciting. It’s going to take time and prayer. We are going to need Jesus to put in work. Will you pray with us?
“The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – Jesus in Luke 10:2
Vision Long Beach is ready to serve the students of CSULB. It is why we haven’t moved to a different location. It is why we chose that location. It is time to go forward in what God has called us to do. Join us by praying and maybe even giving towards this calling. (Give securely at visionlongbeach.com/give)
Thanks for reading, We Love You, Pray for us.