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Doctors impressed at their ‘Miracle Man’ Three hours after death confirmation, life returns to patient

By LARY GREGORIO-CEBALLOS Looking at Gerald “Gerry” Ohst, with his wife Charlotte in their living room, he is robust, joyful, and his smile rarely leaves his face. No one would guess that a few short months ago, Gerry’s son Ron was at the hospital making arrangements with the mortuary to come pick up his father’s body. On Jan. 3 of this year, at age 84, Gerry went in for an outpatient procedure called

a TURP — transurethral resection of the prostate. Eight years prior, he had stage 4 kidney disease and had three stents placed. After the TURP, the doctors decided to keep Gerry overnight for observation. Charlotte went home to have dinner and a quiet evening. About 8 p.m., Charlotte was on the phone with Ron, when the house phone rang. It was the urologist informing them that Gerry had a heart attack. Ron picked up his mom and drove immediately to TriCity Medical Center. Gerry was already in the Cath Lab and had a catheter inserted, in attempt to remove a full-blood blockage which caused the heart attack. Gerry’s heart had stopped and though re-started with the defibrillator, his heartbeat was very weak. The doctors attempted to dissolve the blockage, and when unsuccessful, tried another procedure — putting a wire through the catheter. At this time his heart stopped again and the team performed CPR for approximately 20 minutes. With a feeble heartbeat, the medical team tried Please turn to page 4

What’s your miracle? This month, Good News, etc. begins a series of articles about MIRACLES. We’ve had many stories over the months about the miraculous, but this is the first time the newspaper will plan a series. In May, we ran a story about Jason David, a youth pastor who has recovered from cancer of the tongue. He had 60 percent of his tongue removed, as well as chemo and radiation treatment. The article shared his story, that he was finally able to talk — but that doctors were unsure he would be able to sing again. However, he led worship at Bonita Valley Community Church on June 4 — a miracle and answer to prayer! The dictonary says: “Miracle – A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and

is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” In other words, it’s something God does. If you have an “incredible story,” please let us know. We’re looking for local people who will share about their healing, finances, survival, or simply a “wonderful occurrence” that can be attributed to no one other than God! We will do the follow-up to check it out, and schedule it in the paper! Contact goodnewseditor@ or call (760) 724-3075. The article about Gerry Ohst that kicks off the series is written by Lary GregorioCeballos, who has her own medical miracle, surviving a brain aneurysm from 13 months ago. Also read Bill Smith’s column about miracles on page 4.

Herb Johnson, shown in the San Diego Rescue Mission chapel, has retired after 15 years serving as president and CEO of the organization. He was honored at a farewell dinner on the rooftop of the Natural History Museum on June 17, with Mayor Kevin Faulconer presenting a proclamation stating it was"Herb Johnson Day." See tribute on pages 8-9. Photo: Terry Schwartz

Anti-trafficking group taking action Churches Against Trafficking (CAT), a San Diego ministry in its fourth year, isn’t taking any summer break! Their next meeting will be Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Mission Church of the Nazarene. There’s also an outreach for the ComicCon on July 21-22 when more than 160,000 visitors will descend upon our city. San Diego will take the opportunity to raise awareness and send a clear message that America’s Finest City does not tolerate human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Last year, 200 volunteers distributed nearly 15,000 TIP Cards (Trafficking In Persons) provided by the U.S. State Department. The goal this year is to double the number, said Michelle Shoemaker, director of CAT. “We always have church people asking

what they can do,” Shoemaker said. “This is a fun event, and we need hundreds of volunteers! It’s a Friday and Saturday, so come either day to enjoy sunny San Diego, meet interesting people, hand out the cards, and raise awareness.” Signups are available online or just go to the information table next to the entrance of the Horton Plaza parking garage on 4th Avenue. Contact Ginger Shaw at ginger. with any questions. The June meeting of C.A.T featured guest speaker Marisa Ugarte, often regarded as the matriarch of the anti-trafficking movement in San Diego. She's been fighting this issue for 30 years through the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition in Chula Vista. Please turn to page 12

Restored Hope meetings focus on ministry By ALLISON FILLMORE On beautiful, warm, sunny days in San Diego, City View Church hosted Restored Hope Network’s sixth national conference on June 16-17. The conference created opportunities for those dealing with same-sex attraction, gender dysphoria, or for a family member of someone who is grappling with these difficult realities. This was also for pastors or counselors to connect with ministry leaders and affiliates in different areas around the country. The keynote speakers were Joe Dallas, Janet Mefferd, Linda Seiler, and Andrew Comiskey. Dallas is an author, conference speaker, ordained pastoral counselor, and program

director of Genesis Biblical Counseling in Tustin. The counseling ministry is for men dealing with sexual addiction and other sexual/relational problems. Mefferd is the host of two nationally syndicated daily Christian talk shows. Seiler is an ordained Assemblies of God minister and serves as director of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at Purdue University. Comiskey is a noted author and the founder/director of Dessert Stream/Living Waters Ministries, a multifaceted outreach Please turn to page 12 We hope you enjoy our July-August Summer Edition. The September edition will be distributed on Aug. 26.

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‘What do you like most about being an administrator at a Christian School?’ Foothills Christian High School, El Cajon By Dan Dehling

There are so many challenging things that any school administrator has to deal with. The job is not easy. However, there are delights as well. A well thought out note of “Thanks” from a parent or a student brings life to me.

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Watching a new teacher begin to really find his or her “groove” as the skill of teaching becomes more natural is a joy to behold. And yet, seeing a student grow in love of learning, personal character and love of Jesus is the greatest reward — watching a student recognize and grab ahold of the opportunity that a Christian worldview education in a high school setting affords him or her. Isaiah 32:1-2 draws a picture of a king who rules in righteousness and justice bringing shelter, shade and refuge to his people, opening their eyes and ears to Truth. A Christian high school can be a reflection of this idea to some extent. It is like a dance — when FCHS does its job well and students choose to open their hearts to the culture of the Kingdom of God more than the popular culture surrounding them, I feel successful as the administrator of Foothills Christian High School. o Dan Dehling is principal of Foothills Christian High School, 2321 Dryden Road, El Cajon 92020. Phone (619) 303-8035. Web: Grades 9-12.

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Christian Unified Schools of San Diego By Pat McCarty

The need for strong academics and life skills taught in a safe environment, by a competent, loving and relationship driven faculty, and wrapped in the unwavering truths found only in God’s Word, has never been greater. Christian education, by design, must provide the foundations for life — the morals, the ethics and the solid ground that every child will depend upon when they graduate from childhood into life. It must answer the most important questions about self, about others, and about the place that each one of us has in this life. But, it must also challenge us to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and

teach us how to collaborate with others, even though our beliefs and opinions may not always align. Viewing the world, culture, people, and ourselves with a Biblical worldview is imperative. I have been blessed to work in secular businesses where I have seen how the values and beliefs of my Christian faith impacted and challenged others. I am now doubly blessed as an administrator to work with professional educators who have been called and are dedicated to Christian education. By God’s goodness, I can apply my life’s lessons at a Christian school where parents entrust their precious children to the care and teaching of our staff and faculty. Our eyes are on Christ for His Honor and Glory. o Pat McCarty is superintendent of Christian Unified Schools of San Diego, grades PK-12. Christian Jr. High/Sr.High is located at 2100 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon. The district also operates three elementary schools. Phone: (619) 201-8888. Web: www.

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Tebow preps homeschoolers for ‘impressionable times’ As a homeschooled child, Tim Tebow sat down with his parents and made a list of goals he had for his future, including becoming a baseball player and a Navy SEAL. Then he reviewed those goals daily with his mother, charting progress along the way. While God never called Tebow to be a SEAL, he wrote in a new book that the personalized guidance of homeschooling played a significant role in his eventual success as an athlete. The former Heisman Trophywinning quarterback for the University of Florida, in Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, published by WaterBrook, relays a series of lessons aimed at homeschoolers from his perspective. “I wanted to encourage homeschoolers, because these years are such impressionable times,” Tebow, now a minor league baseball player and SEC Network commentator, said in a news release. “I want these students to know that I went through what they are going through. They matter. God has a plan for them.” Tebow provides moral and ethical advice in each lesson, illustrating principles with stories from his childhood. In a lesson on the importance of Scripture memorization, he remembers how his mother taught him Bible verses by turning them into songs. Another lesson talks about trusting God and references Tebow’s career as a professional football player. “Trusting God with all our hearts doesn’t mean our prayers are always going to be answered exactly how we want,” Tebow writes. “Still, we are called to seek him. We are called to trust him.” Homeschooling has increased steadily over the years, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In 1999, the first year a report was issued by the department, there were 850,000 children being homeschooled in America. In 2013, the most recent report, there were more than 1.7 million children being taught from home. A longtime advocate for homeschoolers, Tebow has been promoting the “Tebow Bill” in state legislatures across the country. The measure would allow homeschooled students greater freedom to participate in sports at local public schools. Texas became the first state to adopt the Tebow Bill in April. The Texas version of the bill allows homeschooled students to play high school sports for a fee. The state of Florida allowed Tebow to play high school football, which allowed recruiters to notice the young star and ultimately led to his college career with the Florida Gators and later his National Football League career with the Denver Broncos, according to ESPN. This year, the former NFL quarterback has drawn media attention for ending his four-year sports hiatus by signing a minor league baseball deal with the New York Mets. Tebow’s presence in the league will mean $3.1 million in increased revenue and a 50 percent attendance increase for opposing


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Tim Tebow’s mother, Pam Tebow, is the featured speaker at the Educate for Lifew Home School Conference on Aug. 4-5 at the Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee. teams, ESPN reported. In his book, Tebow extols the importance of striving for something bigger than fame in every realm of life. “When we think about living bigger, it comes down to letting Jesus shine through us in what we say, how we act, how we lead, how we serve, how we interact with others, where we invest our time, what we do with our talents,” Tebow writes. “This is why faith matters.” – Baptist Press

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“A wise man will hear and increase in learning. And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. – Proverbs 1:5 (NAS)

Hospital miracle . . .

pressure meds, nothing. The resident doctor Continued from page 1 yet another method that essentially vacuums was called in. In disbelief he asked Gerry out the blood clot. When his heart stopped what his name was, did he know where he again, the team continued CPR for almost was? The date? He answered all correctly. 30 minutes – a total of about 50 minutes The doctor turned to the family, “Your dad throughout. Normal protocol for CPR is must be in extreme pain. At that age, the CPR about 20 minutes, as it is violent process. would’ve killed him.” In fact, Gerry had 12 Ron’s brother, David, and his wife had broken ribs. He went from no neurological arrived, and while the family painfully wit- activity to completely cognizant. nessed what was happening to Gerry, they The medical team was again in a scurry. reminded the doctors of his DNR directives They gave the family three choices and all – DO NOT RESUSCITATE. Gerry never agreed on inserting a balloon which would wanted to be on a breathing machine, or live do 20-30 percent of his heart’s work, it would in a vegetative state. The doctor said Gerry give his body a rest. The balloon helped would die, there was no oxygen going to his Gerry for three days until he could breathe brain. All that medicine had to offer could on his own. A doctor walked in with his arms not open his blockage. up exclaiming, “This is the miracle man!” Gerry had no pulse at his wrist or neck, The blockage which caused the heart and the family was told there were no signs attack was never found afterward. When of neurological activity; “He didn’t make Gerry looks back now, he says he had no it.” The nurses said they would clean him awareness of what was going on around him, up so the family could say their goodbyes. even while his children were saying their His breathing tube was pulled out. Ron got last goodbyes. The only thing he remembers the paperwork to make arrangements with about that time frame is what he concludes as the mortuary to pick up his father. With ev- a red streak, “a vision” that seemed to keep erything unplugged and removed from the track of time. He remembers the passing body, the family said their goodbyes and sat of time in increments of an hour, an hour in the room to be with and 15 minutes. At the their father until Gerry of that streak, he “I’m not the miracle, it end took his last breath. An heard subdued voices irregular short breath, a was The Almighty who singing, not glorious muscle movement, and booms. As time tracked, even what looked like a showed up and made the singing changed to blink was attributed by a proclamation, “He is Himself known.” the nurses to the adrenaLord!” He then became line and meds still in his aware of “life.” And body. Later, a twitch in Dad’s arm sent Ron that’s when he remembers getting out the back to the nurse’s desk. She assured him it words, “It hurts.” was muscle contractions and that after the Strangely, the clot which caused the heart irregular breaths, he will take his last. attack was never found. His cholesterol Facebook messages had gone out through- level is 160; it used to be 220. He didn’t out the ordeal for continued prayers. But now, need cardiac physical therapy. There is no just after 9 p.m. Ron messaged “Thanks for cancer in his prostate. His stage 4 kidney prayers, but he didn’t make it.” Other family disease is gone. And he is no longer premembers arrived, and as they waited, they diabetic. While the doctors are impressed at began to worship and pray, giving thanks for their “Miracle Man,” Gerry is troubled to be the life Gerry lived. It was 10:41. David held called so. He says, “I’m not the miracle, it Gerry’s hand, saying out loud the same thing was The Almighty who showed up and made so many others think about saying and doing, Himself known.” Gerry says people were “Dad, it’s me holding your left hand, if you touched through his experience. It ministered can hear me, squeeze my hand.” He thought to the nurses and doctors. He sees shifts in he felt a squeeze. Ron said at this time they the prayer life of family members. He sees “started talking to God differently.” Instead fellowship growing around him. Gerry says of thanking God for the times of his life they these are the “wonderful effects that would shared in the past, they began asking God not have happened” without this experience for healing, continuing to worship. Ron is and what God did through it. also pastor of Grace Chapel in Oceanside. He gave the reminder that The Almighty At 12:30, three hours after death confirma- graciously performs miracles, but so many tion, Gerry seemed to blink. He opened his hearts are not changed, they reject. Charlotte eyes. He groaned “IT HURTS.” He became shared this verse, “I will not die but live, completely conscious. Ron came out and told and proclaim what the Lord has done.” Ps the nurse, “He’s alive!” The brothers asked 118:17. So don’t call Gerry the Miracle Man, for support – Gerry had no oxygen, no blood may all the glory be to the Lord.

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Miracles upon miracles: Our God of Wonders arting the Red Sea, a few loaves and fishes feeding thousands, water turning into wine. We think of miracles like these. This writer has friends who have witnessed miracles of instantaneous healing by God on mission trips. Belief in miracles should be no problem for Christians, since we believe in the bodily resurrection of Lord Jesus, and that because of that, we will be bodily raised from the dead. The immensity of that belief makes it illogical to be skeptical of any of the other miracles. I see miraculous occurrences around us. C.S. Lewis says that skeptics ask Christians to explain the problem of unjust suffering and pain in a world created by God. He reminds us that skeptics have to explain the miracle of everything else, including pleasure and goodness. It’s a miracle to me that: – God gives us rest at night, so that the worries of one day are replaced by His new creation every morning. – An orphaned child can be adopted by loving parents God has prepared from halfway around the world. – A 6-foot tall grandpa’s arm reaches just the right length to grasp the upstreched hand of a 2-year-old grandson. – Christianity gives us the gift of forgiveness. Because we are forgiven, we have the ability and responsibility to forgive our neighbors. It’s not natural, and evolution can’t explain it. – The Scriptures we have today survived through their attempted destruction by the greatest empires of the world. We have God’s world nearly untouched from when it was given. – A pastor can preach from God’s word and the application is heard is by each person and made to his or her own hearts and lives. God’s Word does not return to Him void. – God reaches into a life of a miserable

Bill’s Journey BILL SMITH sinner and changes it instantaneously, for eternity, in a way that causes friends and family to marvel. In my life, I’ve seen a granddaughter live because of heart surgery at 5 months. If she had been born years earlier, or in her father’s home country in the Caribbean, she would have died. I was rushed to the hospital a few years ago. My doctor still gives me a hug every time he sees me, because he says that the records show I should have died three times during my month in the hospital. Seem like miracles to me. With our Independence Day coming up on July 4, even my unbelieving friends say that it’s a miracle that luminaries such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, were around at the same time to come together to risk their lives and create our country. As if God wanted to punctuate that, Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, 50 years later, on July 4, 1826, died within a few hours of each other. It’s a miracle that we became a Constitutional Republic, founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and not a monarchy. Monarchies were all any of the founders had known. George Washington served his terms and then stepped down, willingly giving up power. It’s a miracle that we were born or live in the USA, with freedom of worship and freedom of speech. Let us be eternally grateful for all of these miracles. o Bill Smith lives in Escondido.

Americans and infidelity: It’s still not OK By JOHN STONESTREET In this age of uber-tolerance on all the other pelvic issues, you’d expect Americans would be getting more tolerant of infidelity, too. But not so. A recent article in the New York Times magazine provocatively asked, “Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage?” Given the worldview of the New York Times, we shouldn’t be surprised that their answer was “probably.”


And the response to the article was also not surprising. Rod Dreher argued that if open marriages became common and accepted, the result would be “the dissolution of family and eventually of society.” In keeping with his new book, The Benedict Option, he told Christian readers that “there is no point in trying to argue with this culture anymore,” and urged them to “shake the dust off your feet.” But wait a minute. Despite the article, are open marriages becoming more common and more accepted? The Times article just offers a series of anecdotes. And as statisticians will remind you, “anecdote” is not the plural of data. The term “open marriage” has been around since at least the 1960s, and while people

are more willing to talk about it, there’s no evidence that people in actual marriages, as opposed to merely “relationships,” are more willing to dispense with the “forsaking all others” part of their vows. As a point of fact, according to the General Social Survey, which tracks Americans’ attitudes and practice on a range of subjects, there has been little, if any change in Americans’ attitudes towards infidelity since 1972. They still hate it. In contrast to the shift in beliefs on almost all the other issues concerning marriage and sexuality, Americans are steadfast in their condemnation of extramarital sexual relations. In fact, they’re slightly more likely today than in 1973 to say that a “married person having sexual relations with someone other than the marriage partner” is “always wrong.” What’s more, there’s very little, if any, difference between older and younger Americans on this point. These results align with the findings of the Gallup organization, which found that only 6 percent of Americans found adultery to be acceptable under any circumstances. As I said, this steadfastness stands in marked contrast to shifting attitudes concerning sexual ethics on many other issues. Please turn to page 7


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“Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed… ‘Come now, let us reason together,’…” – Isaiah 1: 16-18 (NIV)

Taxpayers are spending millions to fund medical research using aborted baby organs


n early June, Orange County Senator John Moorlach unsuccessfully tried to persuade his fellow senators to defund the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell research agency, created by voters in 2004 by Proposition 71. During the past 12 years, CIRM spent several billion dollars to fund stem cell research in hopes of finding cures for a variety ailments including Parkinsons disease, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries — but with little success. The vote against the Moorlach’s defunding effort was predictable, but what was unusual was the opposition the bill (SCA 7) received from the country’s largest abortion provider. Moorlach’s office received six letters of opposition from different Planned Parenthood PACs around the state. At first glance, it might seem strange Planned Parenthood would be interested in protecting funding for medical research that has nothing to do with women’s reproductive rights. But Planned Parenthood’s interest might have something to do with the millions CIRM spends every year on research using aborted baby organs as a source of stem cells. Dr. David A. Prentice, an adjunct professor of molecular genetics at the John Paul II Institute has been watching CIRM’s stem cell research spending for years. As vice president and research director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an organization promoting deeper public understanding of the value of human life, he confirms what

many Californians are unaware of. “It is clear that California taxpayers, through CIRM, are funding projects that rely on aborted fetal tissue for experiments, including experiments injecting human fetal cells into patients,” Prentice said. “Not only do the patients need to be informed of the source of their injections, but state taxpayers need to be informed of the use of their money.” It is unclear exactly how much money CIRM has spent over the years funding research using pre-born baby organs, but according to CIRM’s 2016 annual report, it spent 7 percent of its $262 million yearly grant budget on stem cell research on projects designated as “other.” CIRM’s director of public communications, Kevin McCormack, downplayed the use of fetal tissue but confirmed that fetal tissue research is included within that 7 percent number. McCormack also confirmed fetal tissue is being used in a clinical trial CIRM is promoting on its website. An article post from last fall, titled, “Ingenious CIRM-funded stem cell approach to treating ALS gets go-ahead to start clinical trial,” highlights the work of Dr. Clive Svendsen, and his work to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease at the CedarsSinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Svendsen, a native of England, started using pre-born baby organs as part of his research during his studies at University of Cambridge in the 1990s. He talked about this work in an Ability Magazine article where

Churches, schools, ministries urged to oppose new mandates

Pacific Justice Institute is raising fresh concerns about a legislative measure that aims to limit the moral expectations of religious employers. PJI is reaching out to churches, schools, and other ministries across California to warn them about Assembly Bill (AB) 569. The bill seeks to eliminate the discretion of employers — and particularly religious organizations—to let so-called reproductive health decisions affect employment. In practical terms, that means a pro-life church, school, or ministry would no longer be permitted to require that employees live consistently with the organization's mission.  AB 569 overwhelmingly passed the Assembly by a 54-17 margin and in late June was headed to the Senate. Concerned citizens should contact their Senators and request personal meetings to express opposition, said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific

Justice Institute. Ministry leaders should also contact PJI for possible representation. "State-mandated hypocrisy is as illogical as it is unconstitutional,” Dacus said. “In communicating our fundamental values like the sanctity of life, both the message and messenger matter. We shouldn't listen to people who don't practice what they preach, and we shouldn't be required to employ them, either.”

he said he was “lucky” to be involved with “fetal transplant work being done to treat Parkinsons.” According to Svendsen’s resume, he has since been doing study after study, writing article after article regarding the use of pre-born baby brains and other fetal tissue to treat neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Svendsen specifically moved to California in 2010 to start Svendsen Laboratory, with the hopes of getting CIRM money. So far CIRM has given Dr. Svendsen $26 million, most of which has funded researching treatments for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal condition that damages motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Svendsen received his most recent grant of $6.2 million last Fall which funds a clinical trial where “they will implant middle-man ‘progenitor’ cells made by maturing stem cells from fetal tissue,” into the spinal cords of patients with hopes the damaged neural cells will be repaired. Back in 2014, Svendsen acknowledged that using pre-born baby tissue is “ethically charged,” and he “want[ed] to get away from fetal tissue. Aborted fetal tissue is not what people want to use,” he was quoted as saying. The use of baby parts for research came to the forefront of the nation’s conscience in 2015 when the Center for Medical Progress, lead by investigative journalist David Daleiden, exposed the existence of a raging aborted baby organ market between abortion clinics and research facilities. Right in the middle of this robust market was Planned Parenthood. Various for-profit companies were facilitating this market by sending tech workers into Planned Parent abortion clinics to harvest the organs and then packaging them for resale to research facilities. After intense scrutiny, Planned Parenthood announced they would no longer receive reimbursement for donating the bodies of aborted children. A spokesperson

State of the State GREG BURT for Planned Parenthood California, Ana Sandoval, recently confirmed the abortion provider does not accept money for aborted babies, but Daleiden has his doubts. In a report explaining how Planned Parenthood profited from its fetal tissue “donation,” he raises doubts regarding any real change in practice. “Because of the federated structure of Planned Parenthood and the significant independence of its affiliates, it is unlikely that any new ‘policy’ against fetal tissue remuneration is anything more than a temporary gentleman’s agreement for immediate PR purposes, and this may explain Planned Parenthood’s failure to produce a copy of it,” Daleiden wrote. Planned Parenthood and their allies at the Capitol have been introducing bills this year to help shore up the abortion giant’s funding, in anticipation of losing federal dollars. Senator Jackson introduced a personalized Pro-Choice license plate bill (SB 309) that would raise money for abortion clinics. Senator Hernandez introduced a bill (SB 473) to ensure Planned Parenthood would still be eligible to receive Medi-Cal funding even if Congress puts a halt to its federal funds. Because of this financial pressure, it’s possible Planned Parenthood sees aborted babies used in stem cell research as an additional source of revenue, even though they claim not to be benefiting from the trade. More investigation is needed.. o Greg Burt is Director of Capitol Engagement for the California Family Council in Sacramento. This is his first column in GNE. See more at


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Who defines when life begins? Who defines marriage? Who defines gender? Are these topics too controversial to discuss from the pulpit? How are we as a church to be salt and light to a dying world, when most of our church leaders act more like the “three monkeys” than a “Daniel or David” of the Bible, regarding “hot” cultural topics. How can we learn to best hate the sin, yet show God’s love and mercy to those involved, if we’re afraid to even discuss the issues? • San Diego Christians for Life • Proverbs 24:11-12

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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

Sacramento Democrats advance agenda on healthcare, abortion


acramento is at it again. On June 2, the Senate passed SB 562 the Healthy California Act. It is Single Payer Universal Healthcare. Lawmakers are poised to ignore the $1.6 billion deficit and double down on big government “solutions.” What better way to grow a budget than to have the government take over one of the largest private sectors in the state? The California budget would more than triple from $183 billion to a ballooning estimate of $583 billion! The actual price tag is likely much more. As the bill is written today, it could not be implemented until the state can find $400 billion dollars in new taxes. That might seem impossible, but they already have a plan on where it will come from. They plan to confiscate the premiums consumers and employers pay for insurance now (a new payroll tax), and sales tax will double to 14 percent. It is too late to introduce the funding bill in this legislative session. Sacramento will have to wait until the 2017/2018 year. However, they can pass the Healthy California bill now. These new taxes require a 2/3 majority. This has prevented new taxes from passing in the state for many years, and the last time they tried to unilaterally raise taxes and fees, it resulted in a governor being recalled. Not so for this political season. Democrats have a super majority in both houses in Sacramento, and the governor is set to term out. The timing of this push is

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directly correlated to Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare and to defund Planned Parenthood. Governor Brown was once a candidate for president, and lately has set himself up as an alternative president by doing the opposite of President Trump at every step. Democrats plan to make single payer healthcare a litmus test issue for future candidates in their party. This effort in California is spilling over to the national party that is desperate for a new reason for people to vote for them. Never mind, however, that the leader for single payer healthcare in Washington (Senator Bernie Sanders) got it passed in his own State of Vermont, and it collapsed under its own weight within months of passing. Progressivism’s hallmark is a varied pace, sometimes slow, and sometimes very fast “progress” toward centralized planning for as many sectors of society vested in government. When faced with potential loss of progress, they become bolder and take greater and wilder risks. While we might consider this move very risky, Democrats in Sacramento are not worried about the

staggering cost or potential failure, because Single Payer Universal Healthcare has been the plan for the nation for a long time. They are wagering that the United States will follow suit with a national plan. And even if it fails in California as it did in Vermont, it will only fuel the “need” for it to be a national model. After all, we can’t allow people to go without it, right? Getting back to our concerns about protecting life in the womb, Margaret Sanger was only the beginning of abortion on demand. It has slowly progressed over the years, from legalization, protection and confidentiality, to advancing it as a “right.” Healthy California is the guarantee of abortion on demand, because the payment will be by the government. The debate to defund Planned Parenthood will be meaningless, because all healthcare will be funded by government. I don’t think we can stop SB 562 from being signed into law. We can, however, be sure to make our representatives very uncomfortable passing the taxes required to pay for it! That will in effect prevent it from being implemented.

RECLAIMING THE CULTURE OF LIFE JOSH MccLURE We can be sure to vote for the candidates that would oppose Healthy California. We can join recall efforts against Senator Josh Newman, who had a very tight election, and voted for Healthy California, as well as a very unpopular gasoline tax. You can find that effort at www.recalljoshnewman. org/ One seat can remove the supermajority so new taxes cannot be rammed through. The fight to protect life in the womb is always changing. We need to adapt and recognize when these changes are coming and adjust our efforts to push back. Above all these things, remember to keep a Kingdom mindset. We should be concerned about how our state is run. We should speak out for those with no voice! But we are citizens of a Kingdom that is beyond politics. o Josh McClure is executive director of East County Pregnancy Care Clinic.

‘Faithkeepers’ focuses on the persecuted church around the world “America will stand by followers of Christ in this hour of need,” Vice President Mike Pence told the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, the recent conference on the topic of persecution held in the nation’s capital. “Our administration is fully committed in bringing relief and comfort to believers, not only across the Middle East but across the world,” he said. People from 130 countries were represented at the summit, which was organized by evangelist Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. So, what is happening to Christians around the world that is worrying so many people? Clarion Project’s new film Faithkeepers uncovers the horrific reality faced by many believers simply for being who they are. In the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, Christians and other minorities are being violently persecuted, driven out of their homes, and killed,” the Faithkeepers team said. “Their places of worship are being destroyed, and their history is being erased.” Across the world, but particularly in the Middle East, Christians and other religious

minorities are persecuted for their faith. Most of this persecution is meted out at the hands of radical Islam, although by no means all of it. In Iraq and Syria, ravaged by war, Christians, Yazidis and other minority groups are suffering grievously under the yoke of terrorist groups like the Islamic State. Christian communities that fall under their control are given a simple choice: convert to Islam, pay the jizya, a humiliating protection tax, or die. Thousands of Yazidi women and girls were kidnapped into sex slavery and sold in the markets of Mosul and Raqqa. They have suffered unimaginably. “Faithkeepers gives face and voice to the humanitarian crisis and genocide affecting millions in the Middle East as a result of religious and ethnic persecution,” the Faithkeepers team added. “The film is a testament to the stories of the persecuted and an inspiring portrait of the human spirit. Faithkeepers – the movie and movement – will awaken, enlighten and inspire all people of faith to stand up and take action.”

“It brings much needed attention to the horrific persecution faced by Christians and other minorities in the Middle East,” said producer Paula Kweskin. “We would like to awaken the Christian community and all people of conscience to understand and be empowered to take action on behalf of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East who are experiencing genocide. We feel there is a real lack of information, and this is first and foremost a film to educate people and wake them up about this humanitarian crisis.” The film premiered in the United States on May 23. Visit www.faithkeepersfund. com for information. – ASSIST News

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“The whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God.” – Acts 16:34

Don’t become ‘battle weary’ fighting for your marriage ife is a battle. But what you might not realize is your love life is the frontline. We can get morally exhausted just trying to keep doing the right thing. The world says that when your mate offends you, that you get back, get even, or leave — while God challenges you to stay and fight for your marriage. 1 John 4:8 says, “God is love.” Because love represents God, Satan hates it when we are in love. He will try anything to get a wedge between the two of you. If you really want a love that lasts, it is easy to get battle weary and not stay on the vigilant to protect our love. It is easy to get weary in well-doing. But don’t give up. There is a promise as we forge forward in love: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Gal 6:9-10 NIV) Also, Peter 5:10-11 promises that Jesus has your back in the battle: “Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after

you have suffered a little. To Him be the dominion forever. Amen.” In A Couple’s Journey with God, we encourage and equip couples by connecting them to the power found in God’s Word: “ I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.” (1 Tim 1:18) In His sovereignty, God has committed to rebuild us after the attacks. We are told that He will: • Restore — To mend, to put in order, to make one who he ought to be. • Establish — To make stable. • Strengthen — To make one strong. • Support — To lay the foundation. The results of His actions are that we are restored from previous attacks and prepared for the future. We have seen God faithfully repeat this process over and over again in our life. But let us share the steps of how God proves this to His people in Exodus 16:11-24. 1: God notices the stress of the Israelites (v. 11-12) — “The LORD spoke to Moses, ‘I have heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them: At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full. Then you will know that I am the

Laurie, Harvest join Southern Baptist Convention Greg Laurie, founding pastor of Harvest pray for it, work toward it, and do everything Christian Fellowship in Riverside, an- possible to prepare the ground for it,” Launounced June 12 that Harvest Christian rie said. “We must preach and pray until it Fellowship will join the Southern Baptist comes. This is why we’ve chosen to extend Convention (SBC). a hand of fellowship to the Southern Baptist “Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant told his disciples to take the good news of denomination of churches. We’ve chosen to the gospel to the entire world,” said Laurie. partner in total, unrelenting pursuit of our “I believe we are the first generation that nation’s next great awakening.” can actually accomplish that task. Because Laurie said he knows the effect of revival of today's technology, we have more op- firsthand because he came to Christ during portunities for global evangelism than any the last great American revival, often referred generation before us and to to as the Jesus Movement. That accomplish this we must renew revival emanated primarily our emphasis on evangelism as from Calvary Chapel in Southnever before. ern California, and Laurie said “Most importantly, we must he learned to preach the Gospel unify our efforts. We must learn and to teach God’s word within to walk in common purpose the Calvary Chapel movement and common vision. I believe under the example of Pastor the need is urgent, and the time Chuck Smith. is now.” “Since that time, I’ve inGreg Laurie For those who were convested my life in the Calvary cerned that Laurie was leaving the Calvary fellowship of churches while working with Chapel movement, in which he became a countless Christians from nearly every other believer and has been associated with for denomination. I’ll continue to do just that, many years, he explained, “Harvest is an and I also look forward to continuing to build independent congregation that will continue bridges between our communities,” he said. fellowship with the Calvary Chapel family “It has also been my privilege to be friends of churches as well, and this decision does with Evangelist Billy Graham — himself not change our theology, philosophy of a Southern Baptist — for many years. I ministry or our history. It merely extends the believe that the time is right to reach across reach of our fellowship within the Christian the church and to lock hands in total supworld at a time when the vision and mission port of the rapid advance of the gospel in of Harvest remains — as it has been for 42 our nation and in our world. I believe this years — focused on the teaching of God’s decision is a powerful step in that direction. word and the preaching of the gospel of I appreciate the SBC's focus on evangelism Jesus Christ.” as well as their outreach in missions and Harvest Crusades, with the assistance of relief ministries that touch our world every the Southern Baptist Convention, organized day in a significant way.” the Harvest America 2017 crusade on June Laurie joins Rick Warren, senior pastor 11 at the University of Phoenix stadium. A of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, who similar event is planned next year in Dallas is also a Southern Baptist minister. Shadow on June 10 at the next SBC event. Mountain Church in El Cajon, pastored by “We need a national revival as much as David Jeremiah, is another Southern Baptist – ASSIST News at any time in our nation’s history. We must megachurch.

Lord your God.’” 2. God takes steps to lower the stress of the Israelites (v. 13-21) — “So at evening quail came and covered the camp. In the morning there was a layer of dew all around the camp. When the layer of dew evaporated, there on the desert surface were fine flakes, as fine as frost on the ground . . . Moses told them, ‘It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.’ . . . They gathered it every morning. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat, but when the sun grew hot, it melted.” 3: God makes rest a priority in the midst of their stress (v. 23) — “He told them, ‘This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD.’’”

RED HOT MONOGAMY BILL & PAM FARREL Take time today to pray: Lord, when we are weary, restore and rebuild us so we can stay in love for a lifetime. Amen o Bill and Pam Farrel have been married 38 years and have served on the frontline of relationship ministry their entire marriage. They are international speakers and authors of 45 books, including their newest expanded Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti. Find help and hope for your relationships at

Americans and infidelity . . . Continued from page 4 “Many other” but not all. There are other exceptions to this liberalizing trend, most notably abortion. There, according to Gallup, American attitudes have held steady despite strong cultural messages that sought to normalize the taking of unborn life. Why? Part of the answer is that it’s easier to articulate and see the harm caused to others by both adultery and abortion. Ideas like “consent” and “avoiding harm to others” are practically the only moral criteria Americans can agree on anymore. It’s no coincidence, then, that practices where a victim can be readily identified—the innocent spouse and the unborn child for example—are most resistant to the siren songs of the Sexual Revolution. But the Sexual Revolution has created countless additional victims as well. The most obvious being the children of broken and never-intact families. The data couldn’t be clearer: Kids need both a mom and a dad at home. Anything less puts them, accord-

ing to all the research, at risk for “adverse outcomes.” And this is only one example. There are many more. The ‘free love’ freight train has run over a lot of people—exploited women, reluctant divorcees, spouses who were cheated on, and more and more. Since harm seems to be the argument people are most prepared to consider, it behooves us to learn about this harm so that we can set the record straight, especially since, as Jennifer Roback Morse documents in her book, The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims, it’s a reality our culture doesn’t really want to talk about. But talk about it we must. Because the issue isn’t whether yet another, even more radical departure from Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality will make us happier. It’s about how miserable our previous transgressions have already made us. o John Stonestreet is one of the writers featured at

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This has never been a job. It’s always been my Mission.

It was 2003 when I first started volunteering at San Diego Rescue Mission. From the start, I knew this was a strong organization; but its impact was little known in the community. It wasn’t until San Diego Rescue Mission moved to a new building in Bankers Hill that the community took real notice. Shortly after the move, I joined the board of directors and went on to become Board Chair. I put my energy into stabilizing and growing the staff, working with neighborhood associations and working more closely with the San Diego homeless community and its providers. Today, I am proud to say, the community now realizes our impact!

One of the biggest accomplishments in my 15+ years with the Rescue Mission happened during our 60thAnniversary Celebration in 2015, when we raised funds to expand and enhance the Nueva Vida Haven Emergency Overnight Shelter for Women and Children. This meant we could finally get the mattresses off the floor and the women and children into new bunks. We replaced floors, redid the walls, and expanded the entire space to include more beds, storage, better bathrooms and a quiet room, so kids could focus on their homework. Another important accomplishment, that I could not be more proud of, is the opening of our Licensed Children’s Preschool. Now, entering its 3rd year, we are able to see our preschoolers successfully move on to Kindergarten. And I’m so happy to share that their new schools have reported “no deficiencies”. This is critical to helping break the cycle of homelessness from the start. As many studies have shown, kids who start school behind, never catch up. And that leads to drop outs and eventually homelessness. The 2nd Avenue Transitional Housing program is another major program we recently added. This multi phase transitional housing program is now able to accommodate a diverse group of individuals by offering two tracks; one focused on finding and maintaining employment, and the other finding alternate routes for clients with disabilities to be active and resourceful in their greater community. This program is critical in helping formerly homeless men and women heal previous barriers to independence and work towards self-sufficiency.

I’ve also witnessed the After Care program grow into a huge success. It took us a while to figure it out – but today, we have a high-level, full-time, dedicated After Care Coordinator who is keeping in constant contact with more than 800+ alumni. We’ve learned from experience that some of our graduates are more successful, with close contact for 1-2 years after they leave the Mission. Ongoing communication and assistance with job training, housing, and support is critical to permanent change. I started the Recuperative Care Unit (RCU) over 7 years ago and have watched it grow and change to meet the needs of clients referred to us by our partner hospitals. We were able to convert some extra space, and provide more services to homeless men and women newly released from the hospital yet still requiring medical attention. Today, the program offers up to 32 patients a safe and supportive environment, as well as meals, oversight of medical treatment, and follow-up care. Another big change in San Diego Rescue Mission history happened just last year when we were able to move the executive team to a building across the street. This significant move not only allows for more office and living space, but more space for education and training. In fact, 35% of our new building is dedicated to classrooms. This enhanced classroom space paved the way for a relationship with San Diego Community College. Last month, instructors from SDCC started teaching 2 classes – and we are looking to increase those classes to several more. In fact, that will be one of the focuses of our upcoming June 17 celebration – raising funds for scholarships, classes, computers, and training materials

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to help further grow this program which not only serves homeless individuals, but any San Diegan in need. Another important accomplishment happens each Fall when hundreds of young “friendraisers” and fundraisers join together to serve the community and to educate themselves and the public about ways to help homeless individuals. In the years I’ve been at San Diego Rescue Mission, I’ve seen our signature event Sleepless San Diego become a bigger and bigger impact in our community. As a result, it has connected us with important groups such as the Military, Community Colleges, and City Government. And finally, I am most proud of the executive team I’ve helped put in place. We have such strong players here, and because of this, I am confident that they (along with your help) will strive to ensure each of our programs continue to thrive and help our entire community stay healthy and whole. In fact, along with personal, direct contact with our clients, (and the amazing food we have here!) this dedicated and inspirational staff is what I will miss most when I retire. This has never been a job for me. Having the ability to change people’s lives in a Christian environment has always been a mission, MY Mission!

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When I became CEO and President, the Rescue Mission had 5 or 6 programs to help our homeless population – today we have 11! And each of these programs is continuing to grow.


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I didn’t grow up in a big house. But every Thanksgiving, my mother filled it with people. And when she ran out of room at the table, she would send food to those neighbors who had a little less luck that year. She made sure nobody felt deprived, and everyone felt loved. Although my mother has passed, I continue her tradition of including extra families at my Thanksgiving dinner table. Each year I find one or two families at my Church who need a lift, and invite them to join me for a warm holiday meal, comfort and conversation. And of course there is also San Diego Rescue Mission’s annual community Thanksgiving meal, where we open our doors to the hundreds of homeless San Diegans who are alone and hungry this holiday. During our holiday meals, clients from our Residential Recovery Program make themselves available to share stories about how San Diego Rescue Mission has helped turn their life around. And there is no better spokesperson to encourage the homeless to take part in the critical services we offer than the individuals who have been personally helped by our programs.


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I stay at the front door for the full 3 hours of our annual Thanksgiving meal to say “hello” to each person who walks through the door. Many, I can tell, have already had a few too many adult beverages, and others are missing shoes and in need of fresh clothes. The difference between those who have been in our program for even just a month, is drastic compared to those fresh off the streets. Those in the program have sobered up and cleaned up. I feel so blessed to be able to offer these individuals a chance at a new life, new hope. Just as my mother influenced me, the passion and feeling to give to others is often inspired by those around us. I was reminded of this again while working with the Over the Hill Gang to collect material donations for our Thrift Stores. As I sat with the group, watching the last of the donations get dropped off, and ready to get picked up and taken to our Thrift Stores, a little girl decided to join us and sell lemonade to the neighbors. “Well that sounds like a good idea,” I thought as I got up to buy a glass. That’s when I learned that this little girl was selling lemonade to raise money for San Diego Rescue Mission. I was shocked – what are the chances!? What a remarkable coincidence. That’s when I learned that she is the granddaughter of one of our largest donors.

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As that little girl proved, it doesn’t take a huge house and a great job to give. Anyone can do it. Just last month, during our Sunday night Chapel Service, I had the opportunity to witness another act of selflessness.



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During our Men’s Center Chapel Service, which is also open to the public, a worn and weathered homeless man walked through the door, without any shoes. Upon seeing this, one of the younger men in our program immediately got up and went to his room. A few minutes later he came back with a pair of shoes, and not just any pair of shoes, it was his best pair of shoes. He offered them to the homeless man, who was so, so grateful. Our children, our neighbors, our community is watching. And our acts of giving (no matter how small) influence others. We are all so busy around the holidays, and it’s so easy for many of us to get caught up in the perfect table setting and beautiful table cloth. When really, the holidays should be a time to give thanks, include and praise others. I feel so blessed to be able to have so many join us at the dinner table each holiday season, and doubly blessed to have the support of our donors, volunteers and the community to help make it happen.


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“King David also ordered the… singers into an orchestra, and they played loudly and joyously…” – 1 Chron. 15:16 (TLB)

Summer at the Museum

Looking for an exciting family activity this summer? You don’t need to travel out of the county! The Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee is open Monday thorugh Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and also Sunday 1-6 p.m. Admission is free the first Tuesday of every month. Also, mark your calendars for the annual Creation Day event on Nov. 5. Enjoying the exhibits recently were Shanne Abarca, 9, left; Rylee Flanagan, 11, bottom left; and Branden Flanagan, 8, below. For information, visit or call (619) 599-1104.

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et’s take a look into San Diego’s worship community and beyond to glean from their insights regarding the passing of mantles to future generations. Apostle Paul directs us in 2 Timothy 2:2 that, “…the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Indeed, Jesus Himself dedicated His first coming to transferring what His Father had given to Him to all of God’s Children. San Diegan Roy Cochran serves as a pastor, mentor and friend to artists of all disciplines through his ministry called ThirdChair. “I have found that there is only one thing that is worth passing on to another generation,” observed Cochran. “Jesus said, ‘No one comes to the Father but by Me.’ Jesus came as a son to show us how to live as sons and daughters unto the Father. That one thing is sonship.” Pastors Sandra and Bill Burkhardt, formerly of Lifegate Community Church in Encinitas, have recently merged with Beach Chapel in the same city. The union itself was a blending of generations toward God’s bigger purpose. “Psalm 127:4 says, ‘Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth,’” Bill observed. “It takes at least two generations to hit the bull’s eye,” Burkhardt continued, “The older generation is pictured as strong archers who pull back their ‘bows’ with enough strength to launch the younger generations (as arrows) to hit God’s bull’s eye. If arrows (and young people) are launched with enough strength, each generation can celebrate hitting the target.” Local drummer John Clauder was a member of “The Wrecking Crew” in the 60s and 70s. This was a circle of loosely knit top L.A. studio musicians whose services were in constant demand as they helped forge the golden era of Rock and Roll. Today, Clauder dedicates his life to passing his baton, or drumstick, to the younger generation. “It’s about illustrating the Heart of God to the kids,” said Clauder, an area ‘father’ to many. “As a mentor, you must first see them as God


PRAISE REPORT CAZ TAYLOR sees their heart, whether in their weakness or their strength,” he said. “It is not a matter of lording over them but loving them into their freedom.” The act of mentoring is clearly illustrated in the life and lifestyle of a new San Diego resident, Marvin Witherspoon. This retired Navy man has recently relocated to the area with his large family and their ministry titled “Purposed by Design Outreach Ministries.” The North Carolina Witherspoons met a San Diego worship entourage led by Kerah Riel when they shared the stage in the Washington DC “David’s Tent” ministry a year or so ago. “I am all for the advancement of the Kingdom here in San Diego,” reported Witherspoon. One can find Witherspoon and his family undergirding worshippers and others in various countywide venues. Marvin’s son, Julius “Jewels” Witherspoon has just released a new album titled “The Making Of,” available through Noisetrade. com. “We are starting to get a good sense of why we are here,” said Marvin. He sees this area as one that could benefit from “fathers” investing in others. “A lot of people here have lost hope in their searches for better todays and tomorrows. Through worship and the Word our prayers are to restore, and heal those living here.” ThirdChair’s Roy Cochran believes that the restoring and healing of the upcoming generation must be born from a mentor’s relationship rather than Christian duty. “What we need to ‘pass on to the next generation’ is what it looks like for us to live as sons and daughters and to bring them into the reality and identity of their own sonship,” said Cochran. “It’s not as much informational as it is relational. Today we focus on ‘How to Please turn to next page


aith has more than one definition of belief, such as trust, confidence, assurance, loyalty, dedication, and all that is found in the movie Megan Leavey. It’s based on a true story of a young woman whose life is in disarray, partly because her mother and father are divorced. In a moment of uncertainty, she joins the Marine Corps. She is confident she has what it takes to be a Marine but didn’t expect the jesting from her male comrades or how hard it really is to get through boot camp. Eventually Megan (Kate Mara) becomes a corporal. On assignment to clean the K9 area, she sees Rex, one of the bomb-sniffing dogs and wants to be his trainer. Mara is amazing in this role that takes movie watchers through the real dangers our military encounter and the heroism that our country continues to honor. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) said, “The most important element of this film is the bonding and friendship, and what it means to come home and how we are really ill-equipped mostly in the civilian world to understand that. We can be completely attacked and broken inside, and I think that’s something that we need to listen better to understand it. In this case it was not only a dog to find a home for and take care of but also to make Megan whole again. I hope this film opens that idea.” +++ Summer is always time when kids are home and restless for what to do. Combine that with the high temperatures and it’s the perfect time to go to the movies. CARS 3 is getting mixed reviews mostly good ones from families with kids. It’s about cheering on the new cars but also not forgetting the old ones like Lightning McQueen and their accomplishments. Of course Pixar always brings brilliant photography to the screen and Disney knows how to make kids laugh. The New Despicable Me 3 opens June 30 and is getting raves from the critics. The story continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters — Margo, Edith and Agnes — and the Minions. There is always

FRESH LEMONS DIANA SAENGER action and giggles (even from adults) in the Despicable Me series. +++ A few movies not to see: While The Book of Henry looks like a family film, Plugged In warns the film includes a child getting abused by her stepfather, Henry’s brother gets bullied, and Henry dies. The Mummy is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in months and has an overall rating of only a 16 percent positive. Less about mummies and more about zombie-looking characters, Tom Cruise’s disappointing performance and the hard to see anything through the dark 3D glasses — it was tough to sit through. +++ Those who like plays will enjoy The Spitfire Grill, through July 2 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. I saw the film years ago and really enjoyed it and this play. Percy Talbott has not had a good life. Now being released from jail, she is escorted by Sheriff Joe Sutter to the little town of Gilead, Maine. Her life is changed by owner Hannah, Sutter’s guidance and the shanigans of Effy in different ways. I love the humanity and fun of this play. https:// Pure Flix Entertainment has many Faithbased Movies on DVD for all genres and ages – have a look Coming soon: Spider Man (3D-IMAX) opens July 7, War for the Planet of the Apes opens July 14. From the studio that brought us Miracles From Heaven and War Room, share the trailer for the upcoming film All Saints, in theaters nationwide Aug. 25! Check out the trailer at o Find Diana Saenger’s reviews and interviews at

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6 p.m., Classes on Hebrew roots and How to share Messiah Yeshua with the Jewish people, held at: 8404 Phyllis Pl. prayer room, San Diego, 858-366-2088. 10:15 a.m., “Our Only Hope”, free patriotic musical with choir and orchestra, Carlsbad Community Church, 760-729-2331. 10:30 a.m., Missionaries to the Cambodian community of SoCal, guest speakers Sopheak & Amy Kheong, Harvest Time Assembly of God Church, El Cajon, 619-288-9912.


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7 p.m., Piano recital by Gustavo Romero, free, Paradise Village, National City, 619-245-5845. 6 p.m., Southern Gospel Concerts present Liberty Quartet, tickets, Grace Community Church, Ramona, 619-442-5941.

10:30 a.m., Guest Ghanaian Evangelist Hayford Obeng, Harvest Time Assembly of God Church, El Cajon, 619-288-9912.


July 14

7 p.m., Melodies of Life benefiting Pregnancy Care Clinic, summer concert series featuring Greg McKinney & Friends, held at: Grace Covenant Christian Church, San Diego, for tickets 619-442-4357.


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6 p.m., Reason’s to Believe, New Life Presbyterian Church, La Mesa, 858-945-7394.

10 a.m., The Sexual Culture of Today’s Society

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11:30 a.m., Vista Women’s Club luncheon, guest speaker: Marlene Paltza, Broken Yolk Cafe, San Marcos, for reservations 760-432-0772.


July 30

6 p.m., Messianic Concert, held at: 8404 Phyllis Pl. prayer room, San Diego, 858-366-2088. 6 p.m., Movie release “My Divine Encounter with God” held at: 8404 Phyllis Pl. prayer room, San Diego, 858-366-2088.


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6:30 p.m., Educate for Life Home School Conference, special guests: Pam Tebow and Michael Sanchez, Kevin Conover, Pat Roy and Tom Cantor, held at Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee,, 619-599-1104.


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8 a.m., Educate for Life Home School Conference, special guests: Pam Tebow and Michael Sanchez, Kevin Conover, Pat Roy and Tom Cantor, held at Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee,, 619-599-1104.

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7 a.m., Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast hosted by The American Cancer Society, held at Paradise Point Resort, San Diego. Event is free, rsvp by July 25th. 619-682-7445.


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6 p.m., Alzheimer’s Research update with guest speaker Keith N. Fargo, Ph.D., held at San Diego Natural History Museum, free event, to register 800-272-3900.


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5 p.m., Alternatives Women’s Center Open House, learn more about the medical clinic and its services, Escondido, 760-741-9796.

vacation Bible schools and camps July 10-14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., CYT Camp Master workshops, ages 8-12, held at: San Diego Performing Arts Center, San Diego, to register:, 619-588-0206. July 10-14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., CYT Musical Theatre Camp, ages 13-18, held at: Pine Valley, to register:, 619-588-0206. July 10-14, 5:30-8 p.m., “A Mighty Fortress”,all ages, St Luke’s Lutheran Church, La Mesa, register, 619-463-6633. July 11-14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Basketball Sports Camp, ages K-6th.grade, First Baptist Church Clairemont, register: or 858-273-4642. July 17-21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., “Rome: Paul and the Underground Church”,ages preschool-6th.grade, Valley Center Community Church, Valley Center, register: or 760-749-5151. July 17-21, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., CYT Musical Theatre Camp, ages 5-14, held at: Daybreak Church, Carlsbad,register:, 619-588-0206. July 17-21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Vacation bible school for ages K-6, free, Bonsall Community Church, 760-945-1276.

July 24-27, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., FARM-tastic Vacation Bible School, K-6th grade, Horizon Christian Fellowship, Rancho Santa Fe, register: 858-756-5599. July 24-28, 6:15-8:30 p.m., Evening Vacation Bible School, free for all children K-through 5th grade,Calvary Chapel, Lakeside, 619-443-1804. July 24-28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., CYT Musical Theatre Camp, ages 5-14, held at: Redeemer Presbyterian, Encinitas, to register: camps, 619-588-0206. July 31-Aug. 4,9 a.m.-3 p.m., CYT Camp Master workshops, ages 13-18, held at: San Diego Performing Arts Center, San Diego, to register:, 619-588-0206. July 31-Aug. 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., CYT Musical Theatre Camp, ages 5-14, held at: Lakeside Middle School, Lakeside, to register: camps, 619-588-0206. Aug. 7-11, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Operation Artic VBS, ages 3-6th. grade, Lake Murray Church, La Mesa, 619-460-6566. Aug. 14-18, CYT Musical Theatre Camp, ages 5-14, held at: Bethel Baptist Church, Escondido, to register:, 619-5880206.


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6:30 p.m., Churches Against Trafficking (CAT) meeting with presentation of law enforcement speakers, Church of the Nazarene, San Diego, 619-287-3211.


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7 p.m., Miracle Healing Crusade with Evangelist Wayman Mitchell, live music, free event, sponsored by the Potter’s House, held at Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside, 760-477-3901.


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7 p.m., Melodies of Life benefiting Pregnancy Care Clinic, summer concert series featuring Dennis Agajanian & Band, held at Gateway Church, El Cajon, for tickets 619-442-4357. 7 p.m., Miracle Healing Crusade with Evangelist Wayman Mitchell, live Christian rock, hip hop and worship, free event, sponsored by the Potter’s House, held at Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside, 760-477-3901.


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2 p.m., Ladies Day Out Summer Tea hosted by Child Evangelism Fellowship, held at 8111 Orange, La Mesa, reservations $7, information call 619-469-8593. 6 p.m., Southern Gospel Concerts present The Craguns, tickets, Grace Community Church, Ramona, 619-442-5941. 2:30 p.m., X-Claimed Ministries “Revive” Community Outreach, Ruocco Park (near Seaport Village) San Diego, 619-728-9191.

6:30 p.m., Bethel Seminary San Diego 40th Anni-

versay celebration banquet, held at Hilton Mission Valley, San Diego, 619-325-5200.


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9 a.m., Bethel Seminary San Diego 40th Anniversay celebration homecoming festival, held at: Hilton Mission Valley, San Diego, 619-325-5200. 6:30 p.m., Churches Against Trafficking (CAT) meeting with presentation of survivors panel, Church of the Nazarene, San Diego, 619-287-3211.

drama/musicals June 09-July 30, Lamb’s Players Theatre presents “Big Fish,” Coronado, 619-437-6000. June 14-July 1, Moonlight presents “Aida”, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista, 760-724-2110. July 14-July 30, Westminster Presbyterian Church, presents “Seussical”, Westminster Presbyterian Church, San Diego, 619-224-6263. July 19-Aug. 5, Moonlight presents “The Little Mermaid”, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista, 760724-2110. August 11-September 24, Lamb’s Players Theatre presents “The Explorer’s Club,” Coronado, 619437-6000. Aug. 16-Sept. 2, Moonlight presents “Sunset Boulevard”, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista, 760-724-2110. Sept. 13-30, Moonlight presents “In the Heights”, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista, 760-724-2110.

Passing the mantle . . . Continued from previous page do it.’ But if you are not anchored in love as sons and daughters yourself, it’s worthless. Sonship is not something you learn on a webinar. It’s a process of overcoming an orphan mindset and encountering the Father loving you. This is where hearts get transformed.” Sandra Burkhart further elaborated on this “sonship” mentality, seeing it as a principle originally handed down from God Himself investing into and through His children. “By calling Himself ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,’ God clearly identifies Himself as the God who extends and amplifies His blessing down the generational lines.” For the older generation to actually

invest itself is vital, as Cochran agreed. “Passing the mantle far too often can look more like ‘turn over the keys and get out of my way,’” he observed. Such an action “lacks any connective tissue other than to abstractly allow the baton to be passed.” To summarize, this mentor instructed, “We actually have to have relationships other than professional ones. Love is transformational and transgenerational. Let’s champion this next generation by loving them and our own generation, demonstrating relationally what love looks like.” o Caz Taylor authored David’s Tabernacle, Patterns for New Testament Worship, and is co-owner of San Diego production company, www/

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Ministry to Haiti provides sheep to families Churches Against Trafficking . . . By ALLISON FILLMORE

Marietta are highly respected leaders in North County resident Tim Hickson is a Haiti and they have mentored many young difference maker. Tim owns a small business leaders over the years. As they go out into in Encinitas and has a wife and three young the various communities visiting with paschildren. He serves as president of True tors and elders, they are embraced as God’s Shepherd Ministries, bringing his passion ambassadors. and knowledge of Haiti to this organizaThe Duclos family formed True Shepherd tion. Tim’s love for Haiti and its beautiful Ministries with a heart for missions in Haiti. people is very evident when you chat with Their prayer for the future is to have the him. Partnering with Haitians to make a Gospel heard in as many corners of Haiti as difference is his great joy. possible. Then, for that lifegiving message True Shepherd Ministries partners with to change the hearts of Haitians, and in turn, the people of rural Haiti to provide simple, their country will be transformed. sustainable solutions for the The cornerstone of True economically impoverished Shepherd is to “teach a man Caribbean country. to fish” — helping commuThrough the lifegiving nities set up self-sustaining message of Jesus Christ and businesses, which will supply His Gospel, the ministry an income. With this comes endeavors to build strong a dignity and self-worth that relationships on the grounds cannot come from a handout. that in turn it will produce True Shepherd leaders lasting transformation. In believe that if you provide equipping the next generaa family with a means to tion of Haitian leaders with provide for themselves, you Tim Hickson sound biblical wisdom, they solve many problems at once. can one-day lead their own communities into One of the ways they offer help is through a healthier, more stable future. the First Fruits Sheep Program. Antony and Marietta Duclos are associates Twenty-two families from Bouflette with the ministry in Haiti. Antony was born Church in Haiti received a single female in Haitt and met his wife — who is from sheep. The first lamb from that mother is Bermuda — at Bible College in Florida. They given back to the church, the second is theirs have started churches in Florida, San Diego to keep, the third to the church — and then it and Haiti, and now have felt the Lord’s call repeats. Everyone benefits in this partnership to the northwest region, to Jean Rabel, Haiti. of growing, learning and discipleship. The The poverty in Haiti is regarded as among program has been expanded to Fond Latanier the most severe in the western hemisphere. Church across the valley. This program has Six and a half million Haitians struggle to also provided flocks of five sheep to pastors survive on less than $2 per day, and many and their families to help provide an income go without life’s basic needs. The northwest to support them. region of Haiti is particularly impoverished The ultimate goal of True Shepherd is to — spiritually as well as monetarily — and share the knowledge and love of Jesus and they need leaders to help point them to Jesus. His Gospel of transformation. The Haitian people cry out to be taught the If you would like to be part of this program ways of the Lord and to be trained as disciples or for information about this Carlsbad based so that they can lead their own people to a ministry, visit their website at www.trueshepbrighter, Spirit-filled future. Antony and or email

Restored Hope . . .

Continued from page 1 to the broken. Throughout the conference — attended by about 400 people — there were testimonies from men and women whose lives have been transformed by Jesus Christ. Each person shared their personal story. While each story and journey was different, they all told how a personal relationship with Jesus transformed their lives. There were 28 workshops over the two days, each one filled with compelling biblical teaching, and inspiring life stories of those who have dealt with same sex attraction or transgenderism, and have been radically changed by the living God who loves them. Friday night, Restored Hope Network hosted the world premiere of the powerful new documentary on transgenderism,


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Tranzformed. In the film, 15 ex-transgender individuals join with numerous experts to dispel the confusion and bear witness to what Jesus Christ can do for those who struggle with gender dysphoria. There were protesters outside the Restored Hope Conference both days, but the numbers were nowhere close to what most of the media was stating. Restored Hope’s Mission Statement: “Restored Hope is an inter-denominational membership governed network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality. We proclaim that Jesus Christ has life-changing power for all who submit to Christ as Lord; we also seek to help equip His church to impart that transformation.” For information or to contact the ministry of Restored Hope Network, visit www. For pastors and ministry leaders with a desire to minister to those experiencing same-sex attraction, contact

Continued from page 1 Ugarte shared passionate accounts of her faith journey and spoke of the reality of human trafficking in San Diego — and her experiences of rescuing young victims. “The goal is to protect our children, and turn a survivor into a thriver,” she said. Her practical advice for parents was to keep computers in a family’s living room in clear view and to allow children to have a cell phone — but not a smart phone. She also cautioned parents to closely monitor parties their children may attend. “Pimps are hosting these parties — offering designer drugs — and they’re professional recruiters. Seriously.” The illicit Sex Trade is estimated to be $810 million per year in San Diego, according to Dr. Jamie Gates, director of Point Loma Nazarene University's Center for Justice & Reconciliation — which sponsors Churches Against Trafficking. The remaining 2017 meetings of CAT are on Aug. 17 with a perspective from law enforcement, and Oct. 19 with a panel of survivors/thrivers. The meetings are held at Mission Valley Church of the Nazarene at 6:30 p.m. For information about the ministry, visit +++

Gates and Shoemaker answered a series of questions about the organization:

What is your goal with CAT? Shoemaker: Our goal is to be a place of connection and unity; a place for all churches and organizations to meet, share ideas and strategies, and then, in turn, to connect these resources with those who need them. As a member of the San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council, we are in partnership with Law Enforcement, the D.A's office, Victim's Services, Child Welfare, Educators, Researchers and the Community Committee to vet and provide information, training and speakers that are honest and truthful.

Is CAT accomplishing the goals as originally established? Gates: Given that CAT has an allvolunteer staff, it is meeting and exceeding expectations. Shoemaker: We have been meeting now for four years, and we provide a consistent, vetted meeting place for all the believers in the city to connect, learn and then go out and “do” something about human trafficking. We host an expert speaker from a different side of the issue at each meeting, as well as educating on the resources available to churches, and creative opportunities to go out and “do” (or give) something. At each meeting there are people from all different churches, denominations and organizations from all over the county. We also have been able to start connecting believers with the victims’ service organizations, meeting their greatest needs. Our monthly resource drives have delivered loads of requested items like trash cans and bags, hangers, laundry bins, paper towels, toilet paper, gift cards, pajamas and even Christmas gifts for moms and their children. It’s just beginning, but I believe we are working towards a robust system of regularly finding out the monthly needs and delivering the goods.

Marisa Ugarte speaking at CAT meeting How can people get involved? Shoemaker: The shelters are the best and easiest way to get involved. The shelters and the people who are running them are open and working 24/7. Every item in them – every construction need, plumbing issue, roofing problem, grocery item and roll of toilet paper requires money to be raised to make it happen. Not to mention the counselors, doctors, teachers, mentors, and volunteers to drive the girls to all their appointments. The best way to get involved is to email a shelter, get approved as a volunteer, and then donate time, talents or funds to help them be in the “black” every month. There are opportunities galore to do something. The CAT website lists all the shelters with their websites. What’s the greatest accomplishment of CAT? Gates: The networking that leads to the sharing of ideas and resources. Shoemaker: People. Relationships. Being the hands and feet of Jesus to the vulnerable. This is His primary call to us — to loose the chains and untie the cords, to set the captives free. To take care of widows and orphans. Most of the girls and boys who get caught up in this, though they may have had parents, a large percentage of them did not have parents that protected them.

What are the positive outcomes of churches connecting? Gates: So much time and energy is spent reinventing the wheel and in start-up costs when everyone is starting their own thing. The scale of trafficking is so large that to have a meaningful impact, we need to unite. Also, there is much more wisdom in a gathered community than in isolation. How many churches are really active? Shoemaker: There are about 160 churches and organizations that have come through our doors over the past four years.

What do people need to realize to understand the seriousness of this issue? Gates: See our research at Shoemaker: The study shows that there are 3,000 to 8,000 victims of trafficking a year in San Diego, and there is trafficking in every neighborhood/demographic in San Diego. It also shows that the gangs involved in trafficking were evenly distributed throughout ethnicities. Caucasian traffickers having the same percentage as Hispanic and Please turn to next page



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Michelle Shoemaker, director of Churches Against Trafficking, shares at June 15 meeting.

Churches Against Trafficking . . .

Continued from previous page African American and “other." One of the most important things this study shows is that more than 85% of the victims rescued are U.S. Citizens, not immigrants. Recruitment is occurring at most High Schools in San Diego. Parents need to be aware that in this era, most kids as young as sixth grade are highly sexualized if they own a mobile phone, and they are vulnerable to predators. Just engaging in social media like Instagram and Snapchat opens them up to the world of soft porn. If you don’t believe this, find the closest eighth grader’s mobile phone and open up their Snapchat or Insta feed — if they let you — and scroll down to the photo feed.

Do you have examples of churches doing the next step beyond awareness? Shoemaker: Journey Church has made great strides and has an active anti-trafficking ministry. They’ve held training days and monthly hotel outreaches. (Groups of people on weekends visit hotels and make sure the state-required Human Trafficking Tip Line posters are posted in the correct places.) Rock Church also has birthed several ministries like Hidden Treasures and Petals. Newbreak OB Church recently hosted a street art fair and raised $6000 for GRACE, a new shelter start-up in Valley Center. All Peoples Church has an active ministry and has hosted prayer rallies, and has held meetings just to focus on trafficking. Resolved Church has also ignited a ministry, and members have been assisting in the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition’s latenight rescues. Members at the Flood Church, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene, Rancho Vista and New Paradise Baptist have been an integral part of our resource drives and have donated hundreds of dollars in items to various shelters. San Diego First Presbyterian Church also has a thriving anti-trafficking ministry, and they are very active in CAT. Pastor Jerry Andrews has been a great support and participated annually in our Prayer Vigil in Balboa Park.

What advice do you give to someone who wants to get involved? Shoemaker: Come to meetings. There are several great informational meetings a month all over the county — see the calendar at or go to (the DA’s website). Learn. Get involved with someone or some organization that is already at work. Spend a lot of time doing this, possibly even years. Then — if you still have a heart and a stomach for it — start your own ministry. But don’t

start one until you’ve done the above.

What is the role of a safe house and how can people help? Gates: Our safe houses are constantly in need of financial support to grow the number of victims and survivors we can care for. Donations of clothes and other items are nice, but it would be more helpful if each church were to, for example, commit to cover the full costs of rehabilitation for at least one survivor for at least a five-year commitment. Full care costs somewhere near something like $2,000 a month. Many churches could do more than that. Shoemaker: A safe house is just that. A safe place for those who were once in “the life” to grow and mature into someone who can thrive on their own. This can take many years. We have several houses in San Diego. Churches first of all need to be sure they're working with a vetted organization. There’s a wealth of collaboration going on in San Diego and a great network of legitimate organizations that are a part of the San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council. CAT is a member of this, and we are happy to help connect churches with organizations that have integrity. We’ve mentioned our website and the list of shelters. Get to know people. Start out by inviting one of the shelter directors to come and speak to your church or to have coffee. It’s all about relationship. Another way to help is to give an education! Point Loma Nazarene University has a scholarship for survivors of Trafficking called the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship. There are four students currently attending on this scholarship, and there are two more lined up this fall. You can give directly at Human trafficking seems to have brought churches and various organizations toward a common goal. How is that working? Gates: San Diego has a wide range of people involved from many different sectors. This is one area where churches should find their place and lead in partnership and collaboration with law enforcement, social service agencies, HHSA, the school districts, probation, the District Attorney's office, etc. Shoemaker: It’s really been a beautiful thing. We are the hands and feet of Jesus and have a responsibility to give our ministry of reconciliation, our prayers, and our discernment to this issue. There is a wonderful collaboration going on in San Diego County. I see CAT’s role (and any church organization getting involved) in this as a spiritual support, a prayer covering, and adding man power to the mighty army of civil servants and non-profits that are working tirelessly to battle this dark and insidious issue.

ore than 75 percent of America is overweight — and along with that comes a myriad of mental, emotional, and physical problems (including arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, just to name a few). I say “mental” problems because your brain requires a variety of nutrients to function properly. If you’re addicted to non-nutritious food, you’re going to have problems with memory and focus. There are also emotional problems. If you’ve got weight problems, you might feel disgusted with yourself and have other problems with self-esteem (although, in my opinion, selfworth has nothing to do with weight). Also, it’s not uncommon to suffer from an eating disorder. You might try starving yourself, you might end up binging, or you might find yourself alternating between the two. It’s time to face how difficult it is in our modern times to break up our relationship with unhealthy food. The food companies have perfected the art of making food addictive — and turning us into addicts! But just as an alcoholic can go dry — and a heroin addict can get clean — there’s hope for you, too, if you’re a junkie for food. So, what is it that gives food addictions such a stronghold in the lives of so many Americans? There’s been a lot of published research showing that the reward and pleasure centers of the brain are activated by foods rich in sugar, salt, fat, and even artificial sweeteners. Highly palatable foods — the ones that taste really, really good — trigger the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and other opioid-like chemicals that give people a sensation of pleasure. But that pleasure is always temporary — and, perhaps, all too fleeting.

NATURALLY MARK STENGLER The effects wear off quickly, and once the pleasure passes, the cravings return. And, over time, the need for a “fix” gets stronger and stronger. The cycle repeats itself, which is why you might find yourself overeating, even when you’re not truly hungry (and don’t require the calories for energy). Dr. David Kessler, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, published an interesting book on this subject, The End of Overeating. In it, he explains how the food industry spikes foods with sugar, fat, and salt to manipulate appetite — and how this leads to a brain chemical addiction to these foods. He compares this to the addictiveness of cigarettes. While the food industry is in part to blame, we also must take responsibility for our choices, too. The key to breaking food addictions is to first transform your mind on how you think about food. Are you eating to live or living to eat? Through prayer, counsel, and the help of a nutrition-oriented practitioner, you can break the strongholds of food addiction. o Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD, is owner of the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in Encinitas. Author of 17 books and TV host of Natural Healing, he can be reached at (760) 274-2377 or

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SPorTS WrITer: Volunteer position with Good News, etc. to write about local athletes, coaches and teams. Focus on testimonies. If interested, send email to


ADVerTISInG SAleS Good News, etc. is looking for the right person to help the newspaper grow in advertising. Please send resumes to Sales experience necessary. Work from home with leads from GNE office in North County. Commission based.

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VolunTeerS neeDeD. Be prepared for difficult work and disappointing outcomes. PRO Mentors needs Christian men to help faithful men in San Diego County jails get from the gate of the jail to the door of the church. Asking three to ten hours per week, with one year commitment. (mm-04-07/08-r)

VolunTeerS neeDeD. Singers, musical entertainment, and/or to play games with residents in residential facility in North County. Call Angie at 760-724-8222. (mm-TF-r)

mom AnD Me Playgroup, first Tuesdays, 9 a.m., La Jolla Community Church, 858-558-9020. (mm-TF-r)

TeAcher TrAInInG Classes, varied schedule, Child Evangelism Fellowship, La Mesa, 619-469-8593.


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VITAmIX, eXTrA container for bread and pizza, catalog $395.00, 760-726-9424.

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GenuIne leATher jackets (2)-black, men’s lg, $50 ea. obo. Undercounter refrig. $10. Dressers-$10 ea., asst. office style chairs $5 each. Lemon Grove, 619-464-4026.


PrAYer meeTInG, Wednesdays, 12 p.m., St. Stephen’s Church of God in Christ, San Diego, 619-263-8786, 619-381-5686. (Pr-TF-r)

InTernATIonAl houSe of Prayer, Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Spring Valley, 619-479-5012. (Pr-TF-r)

eVenInG PrAYer and teaching service, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Grace Anglican Church, Oceanside, 760730-9900. (Pr-TF-r)

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clAIremonT heAlInG Rooms, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., Clairemont Christian Fellowship, 619-741-1143.


eVenInG PrAYer and healing service, Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Grace Anglican Church, Oceanside, 760-730-9900.

TAP ShoeS, women’s size 8-8.5, near excellent condition, $50, call or text 760-224-5702. TrAck JAckeTS (2),men’s large, excellent condition, hardly worn, $75 each, can send photos, call or text 760-224-5702. (mS-07/08-TF)

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Free PIAno in working condition for residential facility in North County. Donor is asked to bring to facility, Pick up is not available. Call Angie at 760-724-8222. (mn-TF-r)

Women’S AlTernATIVe Pregnancy Care Clinic needs diapers sizes 3-4-5, onesies, baby shampoo, powder, wipes, receiving blankets, baby formula, established pro-life ministry, 760-741-9796.



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FAllBrook-heAlInG prayer and Eucharist. Wednesdays 9 a.m., Christ Church Anglican, 760-728-2007.


GoD’S GrAce Healing Rooms, Saturdays, 10 a.m., Temecula, 951-816-1517


eSconDIDo PrAYer & Healing Center, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., 444 S. Escondido Blvd., 760-432-9003. (Pr-TF-r)

mornInG PrAYer, Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Grace Anglican Church, Oceanside, 760-730-9900. (Pr-TF-r)

concerneD Women For America, 10 a.m., 2nd Saturdays, City View Church, San Diego, 619-435-5440, 858-560-1870.

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leGAl AID, San Diego Christian Legal Aid Clinic supports the needy with an hour of pro bono legal counsel, offered at various church locations, by appt. 858-230-2321.


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July/August 2017 — Good

– Proverbs 11:1 (NIV)

The Chargers and our own quest for victories that really matter


he NFL season is just around the corner, and we here in San Diego are without a team! I’ve been going to Chargers games and sitting in Plaza 39 since I was a little kid. I’ll miss it. I have a lot of good memories — you probably do, too. I won’t be rooting for the Chargers anymore. They were my hometown team and that’s what made me a fan. I can appreciate it if you continue to support them, but for me, that passion is gone. When I reflect on what made me a fan, it was mostly about the pursuit of a championship. Each year, hope inevitably sprung forth that this could be the year. And while most of us would agree that the relative importance of sports is limited, being a fan still takes a certain amount of attention, time, and money — dedication to

an uncertain result. It got me thinking about the victories we pursue that really matter. How can we ensure our attention, time and money are not wasted? We ought to be able to approach the important values of our lives with confidence, yet quite often varying opinions, lack of knowledge, and a failure to plan can easily distract us from victory in this arena. As I work regularly with people, I can easily pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in their approach. A simple determination to make a plan can help bring four important benefits to you while improving the probability of achieving important victories: • Confidence. In biblical genealogies, the word “begat” is used — “Abraham begat Isaac.” It sounds powerful! Beget is defined

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as “to cause; produce an effect.” In other words, confidence brings more confidence and little victories lead to bigger victories. Like compounding interest, the multiplication of victories can have a profound impact. Many people look at financial planning as an insurmountable and laborious task, but when done right, it is actually a one-footin-front-of-the-other process. • Peace of mind. “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27). How much time do you spend worrying about things that never happen? French Renaissance philosopher, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” Studies show that 85 percent of worry is about things that never happen, and of the remainder, 79 percent of those situations are determined to be manageable or worth the lesson. A plan built on sound principles can allow peace to replace anxiety. • Unity. The planning process can help turn confusion into clarity. This is especially important when financial matters intertwine with others such as a spouse, children or a business partner. Seeking to understand the values of others can foster cooperation instead of neglect or even conflict. I recently talked with a young couple who just had their first child. They had heard that planning early for college was important, but they were at odds on how to address this. One parent wanted this child to work and pay for college. The other parent saw providing money for the high cost of education as a necessity. I could see how their little bundle of joy was causing conflict before he could even talk. We concluded together that they both commonly saw education as a priority

PRINCIPLED PROSPERITY ANTHONY SAFFER and, more importantly, they agreed on the values they wanted their child to develop. Their methods of how to establish those values may be different, but the end goals were the same, which provides a foundation for the next step. • Achieving a vision. Andy Stanley said, “Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose. Those are the ones with vision.” Goals and methods can change but having and pursuing a vision is a necessary guide. I have a simplistic picture of vision: a little kid launching a slow rolling bowling ball down a lane with bumpers. The ball may seem like it will never get there and it may bounce from side to side, but those bumpers ultimately guide the ball to its target. Don’t let the noise distract you from achieving what’s important. A good Certified Financial Planner can help break down what may seem like insurmountable task into a simple process. No matter how hard you cheered, the Chargers have left town, but when it comes to the important victories in your life, focus on planning and enjoy its benefits…And that is just one more Principle of Prosperity! o Anthony Saffer, CFP of One Degree Advisors, Inc. coordinates principled financial solutions for families. Learn more at: Advisory services offered through One Degree Advisors, Inc. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc.

Donnie Dee selected to lead San Diego Rescue Mission The San Diego Rescue Mission directors have named Donnie Dee as the organization’s new President and CEO. Dee, who will assume his leadership role at the Rescue Mission on July 17, comes to the organization from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) where he served 27 years, most currently as director of the Tom Landry Associates in the Western Region. Prior to this, Dee served as FCA's regional director for Southern California, Colorado State director and the COO of FCA from 2009-2014. As a Kansas City native, Dee played football and basketball for Oak Park High School and was a four-year letterman in football at the University of Tulsa, graduating from there in 1988 with a business management degree. He was then drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and played in the NFL for two years. After his time in the NFL, Dee began


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his FCA career in Colorado in 1990. “We’re honored to name Donnie as our new president and CEO,” said Bob Jones, board chairman of the San Diego Rescue Mission. “Donnie has had an outstanding career with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Tom Landry Associates. We look forward to his vision, enthusiasm, spirituality and experience he brings to Rescue Mission.” Founded in 1955, San Diego Rescue Mission is a faith-based organization that offers safe-haven as well as restorative care and rehabilitation services to the homeless, addicted, abused, and poor in our community. San Diego Rescue Mission offers a wide range of onsite programs and services through its Nueva Vida Haven Emergency Shelter, Partners for Hunger Relief, Men’s Center, Women and Children’s Center, a Children’s Center, Transitional Housing and Recuperative Care Center. San Diego Rescue Mission also owns and operates several thrift stores in the San Diego area. It is the only major homeless shelter in San Diego that does not receive government funding for its programs. The organization exists entirely on donations.


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