GANG Girl takeover- For such a time as this!

317917_10200554129158315_2062717925_nWell our theme for the month of January has been ” I love my Church” and this passing Wednesday we had a G.A.N.G Girl takeover. It was really great. The G.A.N.G Girls had an awesome presentation followed by an awesome word from our G.A.N.G Girl youth leader, Jessica Lavayen.

Before she spoke we heard a great testimony demonstrating the beautiful changing power of God in the life of Latoya, a young girl from Amsterdam who moved over to California to attend the West coast UTC.

The message was opened with a scripture from Esther 4:14.

Now a little background on this book before the message: At this time, Many women were gathered so that they may be trained ( prepared) to meet the king. Out of all these women, one would be chosen to be queen. Esther was blessed, she was set apart from the others and long story short, she became queen. Now Esther faced the manipulative challenge of comfort. She was of course comfortable with being the queen, but she couldn’t forget her people.

The Hebrew people were in danger, and God had chosen her to be used as their savior. Just like Esther, we as a youth group, as God’s anointed now generation, are set apart. We run and function differently. We just aren’t like other youth groups. Here are 5 pointers that will help you, just as they helped Esther.

1. Recognize God has set you apart – God is getting ready to do a great thing in the GANG. We HAVE to see it. When you find yourself trying to mess around in the world, it just wont be fulfilling. We are a destined people. We are set apart from the norm. Recognize it.

2.Esther submitted under authority, so should we. -Esther was discipled by Mordecai, her uncle. He is the one who told Esther not to forget who she was, not to forget her people. GANG, don’t forget who you are. God called you for such a time as this. God isn’t looking for perfection in this time, he is looking for submitted hearts, people he can use.

3.Esther had a personal relationship with God -This relationship wasn’t emotional or high and low like some roller coaster. She didn’t share a relationship with God the way many of us share with those we “love”. Our relationship with God has to be personal and intimate. God is getting ready to raise up a generation unlike any other generation. Others cant know God for us, we have to know them ourselves. The source of our power should be found in God. Any other source just cant do it. Our source should be accessible through getting on our knees. Through prayer. We MUST make God our priority and we must recognize our weaknesses to let God be our strength.

4.Esther stepped out -As a queen, Esther could only go before the king when announced, any other way would mean death. She didn’t let that stop her.

5.Finally, she was sold out -GANG, when you observe your life, can you say your friends, co workers, family, etc know that you serve God? Or would they be surprised the thought of it? Do we live out loud? Are we bold for Jesus?

Esther’s words in v. 16 of chapter 4 are, “.. and if i perish, i perish!”

Don’t be ashamed of the gospel, every time we get the chance to share it, be grateful. Esther saw that her cause was bigger than herself and she was willing to give her life, her safety, her comfort.

You ‘Member!

Remembering. Sometimes it isn’t so easy. We forget about homework, this week’s pop quiz, next week’s tests, tomorrows promise. Well general life is just like in school, we forget. Sadly, when we forget, there are consequences.

We forget the quiz then chances are, we didn’t study for it. No studying probably means a fail. We forget our homework and that’s a cut to our grade. And that promise, well if we forget that, then there are probably bonds that are being broken, trusts that are getting destroyed.

Like stated before, when we forget, there are consequences. This is why it is so important to remember God. Remember his priorities, his power, his purpose.

2 Timothy 2:8-10

Priorities_____________________________

“2 Timothy 2:8- Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel…”

Whatever you do, wherever you go, It has to be about Jesus. Remember Jesus.  When we get priorities mixed up, we end up where we don’t want to be. Remember that whatever we do, God’s protection is with us and it is real.

A little word of advice to remember is that when we do God’s will, the enemy is always there. With the enemy always fighting us and lying to us and deceiving us, it’s no wonder it’s hard. Christianity is not easy! Anyone ever tell you Christianity is easy is a liar. Entering Christianity is like entering a war. But no matter how hard the battle gets, no matter what!, we have to serve God.

Power_______________________________

“2 Timothy 2:9- I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.”

When you trust God’s power and strength there is no telling what you can do (1 peter 5:8). Paul, with God’s power, was able to serve God even until bondage and death. We have to remember God’s power, because forgetting God’s power will cause us to focus on Satan’s power. Here is what Satan does:

  1. He focuses our attention to our limitations. Remember, our falls are always from our weaknesses.
  2. He’ll tempt us to doubt God’s goodness. ( If God is really good, then why…?)
  3. The enemy presents us with something and tries to sell us a fake! Just because it shines don’t mean its gold!

He’ll try to put our attention away from what really matters. What is it that really matters? Eternity, the hurt, souls, God.

Purpose_______________________________

“2 timothy 2:10- Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”

Hebrews 12:1-3

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Look at Jesus, he went through it. But he was thinking ahead. When you see God’s purpose for your life you’re willing to do anything. Bible says if we want to do God’s will lets throw off everything holding us back. We can go a little, but not for long, it’ll weigh us down. You’ve tried and you failed because all the weight. Let that weight go.

Above all, Let’s remember to put God is 1st in our life.

Thanks for giving

Hey G.A.N.G, so thanksgiving is here & as a little treat we have our G.A.N.G’s blog up and running again! So here is the latest in VOW G.A.N.G!
As many of you may know, we held a little event at our church in which we did the awesome task of feeding the less fortunate of our beloved community. As Christians the bible, or more so Jesus, tells us to give to the poor. When asked the question, “Why do you feel it is important to feed and take care of the less fortunate?” many of our members had similar answers.
Cisco, our youth leader, stated “It is important because, it is the heart of Jesus. The heart of God. Because that’s where Jesus would be. There’s no way we can fill their spiritual needs if we don’t meet their physical needs. We should give without expecting anything in return.
When approached with this question, Michelle, our G.A.N.G girl leader, had this to say: “Because we should share the love of God with them, to let them know they have a family in V.O, you know?

In some perspectives, people might feel that those who are without should get a job, get on their feet, or just find some way to supply for themselves in this difficult time. Well whether that’s true or not, it shouldn’t stop the kindness of the Christian. Jesus has said in the gospels to give to the poor. As Christians it is so important that we be as Jesus was. As Cisco said, it is where Jesus would be. If that is where Jesus would be then why shouldn’t we be there?
Personally as I helped with the feeding and watched the smiles, joy, and satisfaction of these people as they were supplied with what we so often take for granted, I was taken away with a mixture of sadness and joy.
Sadness took me in more than one way. I know that although it is great that we are doing this, it shouldn’t stop here. Even if we can’t feed them all the time, we could at the very least extend a helping hand. I am very happy that our evangelism teams go out every Thursday and Friday to reach the hurting people. What is even more awesome is that through the weekly trips, many lives in the church have taken to the lifestyle of evangelism. I just want to tell those people, keep at it! Don’t lose the heart of God, Don’t forget what church is about! Love, a helping hand, kindness.
Here is a few more people who had something to say when approached with the question,” Why do you feel it is important to feed and take care of the less fortunate?”

Manny: “We can take this for granted. We have our family, but when we take the time to take care of the homeless we realize there not as fortunate and we can begin to appreciate more. This is what it’s all about.”
Fernando: “One is to show them that there is hope… that we’re a caring and loving ministry. We already know it’s hard for them to supply for themselves.”
Mimi: “One because they have no one else to care for them. They’re alone, what better way to show God’s love when some of them have no family. We’re here to show them they do have a family.”
Jimmy Cotinola: “It shows that we care”
Annette: “Because we have to give back because we’re blessed, and there are people who don’t have anything. And also because the bible says too.”
Ozzie: “Because we don’t know there situation, so if we feed them they might see there is care and it is from the church so they see it is from God.”
Damaris: “Bible says give to the poor. Show them you love them. That we Christians love them. Show them God loves them.”
Dugo: “Shows that a church isn’t limited to a certain standard of people. That we accept everyone.”
Omar: “It’s a form of gratefulness,… doing it without expecting a return.”
Carlos: “In a way they find out people do love them, that God loves them.”
Sandra: “So we can show the importance of others.”

Live Out Loud

Our focus during the months of September & October is for us to “Live Out Loud.”  We’re already seeing such a great response in a lot of our young people.  It was just a few weeks ago when we had two powerful events: our “Back to School Revival” and “Passion 4 Purpose.” These were two events with huge challenges…but the main challenge was for us to begin to live out these messages in our lives.

There are a lot of ways that you can begin to live out loud! Listed below are just a few:

  • Begin reading your Bible daily.
  • Begin to spend some time in prayer daily.
  • Be part of a Bible Study (We currently have 3: And1, No Limit and the Frontlynaz…click on the “About Us” tab for more info)
  • Start a Bible Study in your school
  • Invite someone else to church…and if God leads you, take it a step forward and invite someone to have a relationship with Jesus.
  • Find someone that can begin to help you out. Look at them like a mentor you can turn to spiritually.
  • Find your place! We have a few different ministries that you can join today to find your place in what God has for your life: Worship Team (Exhaltation), Media/Fundraising/Events (Equipping) Hitting the Streets (Evangelism), Bible Studies/Ushering/Greeters (Establishing).
These are just a few steps you can take.
A big part of this month is focused towards reaching the hurting and the lost in our city.  Each week we’ve tried to gear our services to that particular cause.  That’s the heart of what God is all about…he wants to reach those who need help.  He wants those that are broken, hurting and in need of a miracle.  We have a concert coming up, free of charge and we want to fill our building with as many jr. highers, high schoolers and young adults as possible so they can hear the gospel truth…and ultimately be given the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Please do your part to “Live Out Loud.” Sometimes we are the only Bibles that the world reads.

PROM 2010: A Masquerade Ball

Victory Outreach L.A. Harbor Region cordially invites you to “The Masquerade” Prom on Friday, June 11, 2010 at six o’ clock in the evening at The Pacific Palm Resort in City of Industry, California

It will be an evening to remember with; Prom pictures, a three course dinner to be served promptly at seven o’clock, live music, group contests, honoring all graduates (Jr. High, High School, UTC & College), creative awards, a look back on last year, special guest comedian and of course presenting Prom King & Queen!

As one person put it, “Symbolically, prom is a chance for the senior class to share one last hurrah before graduation and post-education plans take effect. It is about the experience of bonding through dressing up, the fun and light-hearted stress of working out the pre-prom agenda and the ultimate shock that follows once one realizes that they will soon leave the comforts of high school and will never truly be a kid again. The anticipation leading up to the big night is the same in every generation; prom is right of passage that no one should miss.”

Some details you should know:

Registration: You can register with Jessica Lavayen by calling her at (562) 237-3583.  Singles are $75 and Couples can go for $130. Registration will end June 7th, 2010.

Memory Videos: All material for videos (photo, video, interview, etc.) should be turned in no later than June 1st, 2010.  You can contact Robert Muro at (626) 392-5131/robert.muro@yahoo.com or Lorraine Candelas at (562) 457-9481 for more information.