MARK GERLACH – TESTIMONY
ESL – 2017/18
Here are some pictures from a recent baby shower we had for one of our ESL students, Irina. She and her husband are from Russia and have no family here. This is their first child. They live off Jeffrey and the 405 fwy and she walks to ESL class each week. They don’t have “baby showers” in Russia so she had no idea what to expect.
Year-end ESL Luncheon
Dream Center LA
Voyagers High School Ministry had a special time serving in Los Angeles this past week. The team got to hand out groceries, play with kids in housing projects and serve meals on skid row.
Baja Home Build
Voyagers sent a group to build a home for a family in need in a rural town outside Tecate. Our next home build trip will be in the Fall.
On Good Friday, March 30, Pastor Clarke explained “True Easter” (as opposed to “Fun Easter”), and presented the Gospel, to 57 of our ESL students. He closed by inviting everyone to Easter services at Voyagers. On Easter Sunday, eight of those students (plus three of their kids!) joined our Voyagers family to worship our resurrected Lord Jesus! Seven were from China, one from Japan.
Next step: We will have a five-week introductory class on Jesus and the Christian faith, taught in Mandarin and English, starting Sunday, April 15. We are inviting all our Mandarin-speaking ESL students (almost half of all our students!) and their families and friends. Please pray with us that the Lord of the Harvest will use this effort to bring forth Kingdom fruit!
Jr. High Ministry
Winter Camp 2018: We took 18 students and 4 leaders to Forest Home this year! Our Them: Expedition. Our weekend was centered around Psalm 24:4-5 as students were challenged to think about their lifelong expedition with God. It was an amazing weekend full of small groups, worship, crazy activities and snow!
Mario Cart Outreach Event: Our Junior High Mario Cart event was insane! Students flying around turns in card board boxes on wheels while dodging traps and attacks from opponents made for such a fun night of high speed wipeouts and photo finishes.