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The first Mission trip with my Youth Group was to YWAM Gleanings.  We started out playing road games and having so much fun. It was so amazing just getting to know my team. In the beginning, we started out just waving and saying hi but through this trip we got to become really good friends. We traveled from San Jose to south Fresno.

When we got there, it smelt like hot sweat and manure together. It was so disgusting! We got all our cabins and unpacked our stuff and chose our beds. After we had dinner, the Gleanings staff introduced themselves. Then, we all had a great sleep.

The next day, I got ready in my work cloths, had conversations over breakfast and then we started work. We were supposed to help turn the ugly fruit the stores didn't want into dried fruit that could be sent overseas to the hungry.
When they showed us what to do, I thought that the best job for me was the “cup up”, which is when the pears are cut in half and you have to make sure they face up when you put the sod on it when it dries so no bugs will get in it. I did that job during the week. Although it was hard work and I was sweaty, I stilled enjoyed my time there. We had a great time. There were other groups there that we were able to meet. I got to know a lot of people in the other Youth Groups too.They were so fun to work with.

Then my Youth Director’s wife, asked me to get involved in worship. I agreed to sing and play the cajón, (which is also called a box drum). I felt honored that I could be included.

We worked a lot but we got to play a lot. We got to go swimming in the pool that they have and we had so much fun playing water polo. There was one night we dressed up to listen to the teachings. It was nice to get dressed up after being in work clothes all the time. After the teaching we had a prayer time. This was such a moving experience for most of the Youth Group. We started to pray and I felt the Holy Spirit fall on my like a crashing wave. Than I started to sob in tears. My friend Valerie and I hugged because we could both feel it. Before I knew it everyone started to gather and we cried together and hugged. The Holy Spirit moved us and as we felt led, we started to repent from the things we felt convicted of and after we started to Worship the Lord. Even now, when I think about it, I cry cause of how moving and present the Lord was in that moment. It was such a moment of the presence of our Lord and Savior.

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July Update: Believe with us

As we draw near to running our 2nd DTS in San Jose, we are so aware of all the details that need to fall into place. Existing in the faith gap of where we find ourselves to what we are believing for invariably causes us to fall on our faces and cry out to the Lord.

Can you relate? It is such a safe place to be, before Him, completely reliant on Him. In this place your life gives Him SO much glory!

I've been learning how to....

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UPDATE Sept 13th
While we are still believing for a home to be released for our family, a great short term option has come up for our short term needs which will enable us to run the school without adding the expense of a new house!! It also enables us to remain in our family home!

It has been a desire of our hearts to become more planted here in San Jose. It has been growing over the years and we are believing God to release a home for us as a family, to not just be renters but own.

So we are placing this need before the Lord and believing for Him to do what we cannot!

We are after a specific kind of property, one that has room for our immediate family with a little wiggle room to grow as well as plenty of space to entertain and host other guests and families.

We have been looking for something with multiple dwellings, either some apartments or multiple houses on some land. Over the past few years we have seen several possibilities come up on the market but we have not felt a peace about proceeding.

With the current reality of needing more property for our growing ministry it would make a lot of sense for us to use our current family home we are renting for accommodation for our staff and students.

Would you stand with us and believe with us for a property that would suit us? We have a sense God has the right one in mind. We don't have much of a clue of how to get it. What we are starting to do is gather pledges so if we are needing to put up a deposit to get a loan we will have a chance to purchase something.

The lowest price we've seen of something that would work was around $800,000, the highest end was 1.4.  Would you stand with us and believe? We've been carrying a rent of $3000, I don't think that would translate to a bank loan with a mortgage repayment of 3000 but if it did I would say on a conservative end we wouldn't qualify for much more than a $400,000 loan. I (Luke) am so open to help and wisdom if you would like to offer it!

Yes, it is a challenge! I speaking to my good friend who is a pastor in the city and the conversation was along the lines of we have to keep people who are called here. I realize many people need to leave because of the high cost of living, but for us it is our CALLING to be here!! This is how we are approaching it, so, stand with us and believe with us! HE is able to do GREAT things!!

In a timeline sense our DTS starts September 19th, if we cannot purchase something before then we will most likely rent another property but we are hopeful of a solution!!

Thanks for reading!


Luke and Angela

Points of Interest

Gifts under $14,000 attract no gift tax.
If you would like tax deductibility this can be complicated as we would need to pay income tax and it would look like our income would sky rocket so we are hesitant to receive too many donations at this time.

We are trying to raise as much as we can. Our initial goal is to raise $150,000 cash with as many low-interest/no interest loans as possible. If we were able to have someone co-sign or even help purchase would be great. We're not sure how, we are wanting to be proactive!

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