Greetings from the RCUS mission work in the Los Angeles basin. We thank the Lord exceedingly for enabling us to be a light on a hill in the midst of a dark and perverse culture. Though the American culture as a whole is becoming more and more secular, we pray that the Lord would enable us to stand fast against the waves of compromise. “But with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26b).
Many events have occurred in the past year since the arrival of Rev. Michael Voytek and his family. He was installed as missionary pastor on Sunday, September 18, 2011, with Rev. Gil Baloy giving the charge to the minister and Rev. Paul Henderson giving the charge to the congregation. Since then, he has endeavored to be faithful to the call that God has given him.
Since January 2012, we have received fourteen new members—Jeff and Kathleen Maisch on January 15, and Sarah Choudry and Dolores Davis on June 17. Then on July 8, we received Lois Kang, Lanz Kim, Javier and Lisa Villagran and their children Deloris and Angela (received as adults , Angela also baptized as an adult via profession of faith) and Joseph, Sarah, Grace, and Isaiah were received via household baptism. As of this writing, a couple of families are currently in new members’ class and we hope to receive them shortly.
Also Rehoboth witnessed the ordination and installation of two new elders (Matthew Davis and Robert Mettler) and one new deacon (Frank Krall) on February 5, 2012. With these men, Rehoboth has come very close to official particularization. We hope to have done so by September of this year.
Concerning ministry and outreach, we hold an afternoon and evening study on Sunday after the Worship Service and Discipleship Training (Sunday School). We are currently working through the book of Genesis with a dual purpose of both understanding God’s sovereign dealings with His beloved people (content) as well as providing direction on how to get more out of your Bible reading (i.e. Bible study methods). Also the ladies hold a monthly book study using Jerry Bridge’s Trusting God Even When Life Hurts, which has been profitable for many. Furthermore, we have held monthly outreach picnics as well as a number of outreach home Bible studies in various members homes to share the truth of God’s Word to neighbors and friends.
There are two prayer requests in particular that we would like to present to you. One, that we would find a larger facility in order to adequately meet our needs. Our current facility has become more of a hindrance than a help. We have established search criteria and have contacted various real estate agents as well as various municipalities concerning their conditional use permit requirements. The other major prayer need is that we would have more new visitors. We are attempting to reach out to the community in a number of ways, but ultimately it is the Lord who brings the increase. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
To close, we here at Rehoboth ultimately seek to glorify God and we are exceedingly thankful for the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We are also thankful for the RCUS’s continual support in encouraging us in the work here. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).