Friday, May 1st, 2020
Dear Hope Chapel Family, Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Most of us can recite this passage from Proverbs with little effort. But, how many of us actually live it out in our daily lives? Do we really trust and acknowledge Him in all
our ways, or just in some
of our ways?
For the past couple of months, our world seems to have been turned upside down. Now more than ever, we need to lean on God and not our own understanding. Only He knows where this virus situation is headed and when it will come to an end. Our responsibility is to pray, trust in His sovereignty and, as we’re encouraged in Psalm 46:10
, be still and know that He is God.
So, as we continue down this road together, let’s remember who we serve. Let’s continue to trust in Him with all our heart, lean on His understanding, and acknowledge Him daily through our prayers, our Bible reading, our worship and our quiet time. Most importantly, let’s continually praise Him knowing that He is making all our paths straight.
Here are a few updates from this week: Hope for Nicaragua.
Our Nicaragua Missions team has been working with the CICRIN orphanage since 2006 building a school for the children and needy in the community surrounding them. Presently, there are 134 students in the school, which is the only Christian school on the island of Ometepe, which has a population of forty-thousand.
To date, we have built four classrooms, two new bathrooms, a storage room, water wells and provided solar panels for several of the buildings. A new cafeteria was recently added with three classrooms, two bathrooms, and an office for the teachers. The expansion has also allowed the school to teach from K to 12th grades. Physically
, drawings are underway for a new entry complex which will include a covered parking area for bicycles that many of the staff, students and visitors use to get to the compound. Spiritually
, work continues with the development of Pre-School through High School Bible study and apologetics programs. Additionally
, an ongoing teacher improvement program is being developed by the Hope Chapel staff and will be sent to the CICRIN staff upon its completion. The last missions trip to CICRIN, in February, 2020, provided the opportunity to present this new teaching system to the CICRIN School director and some of her staff. It was well received. She is now conducting training sessions for her teachers utilizing these new concepts. Hope in Action.
Our Food Pantry ministry continues to meet the needs of our local community. We have served over 42,000 lbs
of food to more than 1,100 families
which adds up to over 3,800 people
in the last 40 days. We are grateful to God for His amazing provision each week. A special word of thanks goes to Chick-fil-A in Torrance and Redondo Beach for graciously donating 150 sandwiches to feed our staff and volunteers. We are truly in this together to feed the need!
We want you to know that Hope in Action is also open to our church family members. If you have a need, or know someone that does, we hope you’ll take advantage of God’s generous abundance. Our food drive hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 4pm
. Please don’t hesitate to come through. MiniChurch.
Now more than ever, we need personal connections–relationships with others who we can help or can help us navigate these stressful times. MiniChurch is the answer. We encourage you to take advantage of one of these small groups. Most continue to meet weekly for fellowship, worship and to discuss God’s Word from the comfort of our own homes via Zoom. For more information on how you can join one, please visit our MiniChurch
webpage or contact Pastor Jared Blue
. Your Tithes and Offerings.
We would like to once again thank you for your continued and generous tithes and offerings. Many of our ministries, outreaches and missions are blessed by the ongoing support and resources.
Many of you have also asked about tithe envelopes. For tax and donation purposes, we are required by law to fill out a tithe envelope for all donations we receive. Therefore, if you are in need of these envelopes, please feel free to send a request to our Info email
and we will mail a batch of envelopes to you. Or, you can personally pick up some on Wednesdays or Fridays from 9am to 4pm at the Church through Hope in Action (we’re closed for lunch from noon to 1 pm). Live Stream Information.
Join us this Sunday at 9am and 11am for our live stream this weekend. You can tune in on Hope Chapel Live
. ASL translation will be available at 9am. Spanish translation will be available at 11am on our new YouTube en Español
channel. Please note we no longer stream our services to Vimeo.
We also offer those without access to a computer, internet or a smart device a way to tune in to our live stream by telephone. Simply dial our toll-free number 855-683-8388
during any of our services to listen in. Please help us share this valuable resource with those who can benefit from this new feature. Stay Connected.
We hope you’ll continue to stay connected until we can once again meet in person. But until then, please visit our Hope at Home
webpage to stay up to date with the latest news from your Pastors and Church. You can also connect with us on Facebook
where you’ll find encouragement as we share stories, videos and other Church news. Prayer Needs.
We know many are hurting, physically, spiritually, emotionally or relationally. Some have lost jobs, or possibly friends or loved ones. If you have any need for prayer, please send a note to our Prayer Team
. We’re here for you!
May God continue to bless you and keep you healthy and safe,
Your Hope Chapel Pastors