Healthy Pantry of the Year Award

Healthy Pantry of the Year Award

Congratulations to Metro West Church of the Nazarene-Herald of Hope for being named the 2019 Healthy Pantry of the Year at the Partner Agency Conference.

This partner agency goes above and beyond to run a large food pantry distribution utilizing only volunteer assistance.  This year they’ve continued to be an active member of the WO Healthy Pantry Network and have worked diligently to implement health focused practices into their entire distribution process. They also work with Cheyanna in supporting a school market in their area. They’re one of the leading pantries in Orange County for pounds distributed per year. 

This year they added a 20 foot storage container to their property and receive weekly deliveries of produce.  They serve as a large channel of not only food for their clients but other resources as well; they welcome community partners to their distributions to interact with their clients and distribute information, as well as host resource fairs for their community throughout the year. They work to strengthen their community by building relationships with their clients which then allows them to connect them with additional services their clients may need.  They participate in trainings and workshops hosted by the food bank and work creatively to implement what they learn into their regular pantry practices.  They’re a leader, a strong a community resource and an overall great partner to work with.

Thank you to Candace Campbell and her team for doing all that you do for those in need in your community.

God, Our Present Help

Praying Hands Dear Brothers and Sisters: If you are reading this mail, it is a signal that there has been restoration of some degree of normalcy for you after the passage of hurricane Irma. It would be appropriate to pause and give thanks to the Lord for being so gracious and merciful to us. We could be like the people of St. Martin or Barbuda. If you have not done so already, I suggest that you gather with your family for the purpose of offering praise to God for his goodness. Yes, it is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord!It is my prayer that as you recover, like the rest of the people and regions who are going through the same process, that if your property experienced any damage whether major or minor, you are receiving the necessary support. If we at the church can be of any assistance to you in this process, please do not hesitate to let us know. Please also remember that we do have a food pantry that could possibly assist you with supplies.I am pleased to inform you that apart from the debris from trees on the church compound and a couple of uprooted trees, our facility has not sustained any significant damage. (A little portion of the roof capping was dislocated). Power has been restored and from what we have assessed, all our appliances and equipment are up and working. If you are able to give a hand with any form of the cleaning up process, we would be grateful. However, I ask that you give priority to your families and those around you.God’s willing, we will gather for corporate worship on Sunday morning. I understand that there are some persons who may not have utilities restored before Sunday. If you know such persons, please help them to cope as best as you can. We will try to have our ice machine in operation so we can make ice available to those who might need.The Church of the Nazarene is committed to assist helping us to access resources that are needed to help us deal with the current challenges. Please inform me if you are aware of anyone who is in need of food, clothing, appliances, or things that are necessary for daily living.Just as God remembered Noah during the flood, He has also remembered us. He is our Shelter in the time of storm.Praying God’s blessings for you. Pastor Benjie

The Lord Our God Is With Us

Praying Hands

Hello Friends and Loved ones:


We are facing the reality of life on earth. A very powerful storm which has caused death and destruction in the Caribbean is on its way to us here in the US. Those of us in the South-Eastern section which includes Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas have been placed on warnings. We, your Metro West Nazarene family are praying that we will see the goodness and the mercies of our God even in the midst of the storm. Our God has never failed.

Please adhere to the instructions of your local disaster managements. If you are living alone, it would be a good idea to seek out friends or relatives. It is never good to be alone in times like these. If you are able, please check on our elderly before and after the storm.

Due to the time line of the storm, there will not be any church service on Sunday. You will be informed if there will be any further cancellation of any events. From your homes, please get your family together and spend time in worship. We can praise Him in the storm.

Please make your personal belongings, property and important documents as secured as you can. After the storm has passed, we will make every effort to be of assistance in as many ways as we can. Remember, the earth is the Lord’s and the people who live in it.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Num. 6 24-26).

His Purpose; Our Presence

His Purpose; Our Presence

God is a God of purpose. You can find this expressed numerous times in Scripture. From the creation account in Genesis to climaxing of human history in Revelation, the pages of Holy Scripture abound with references to the fact that God is a God of purpose. One of the amazing truths of this is that God has included mankind in his purpose. Paul speaks of those persons who are called according to God’s purpose, Romans 8:28. When a thing, a person, a plan, a project, an action, a word, church…to name a few, when these are God’s purpose, you can be sure that He will attend to that which is according to His purpose.

What started out as Pine Hills Church of the Nazarene, which then became New Life Church of the Nazarene and is now called Metro West Church of the Nazarene, from its inception, has been slated for God’s purpose. For sixty years, this movement has been engaged in its God-given purpose. Undaunted by the threatening, destructive and disruptive presence of all sorts of prevailing elements, the Lord of the church continues to lead His church in triumph. I am not sure to whom to credit this statement, but I have heard it said that “it is better to perish with a cause that will triumph than to triumph with a cause that will perish”. In the midst of various sort of the unpleasantness, the apostle Paul is confident that God is always leading his church in triumph through Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14.

The community of believers remain constantly confident in God’s ability to lead His church, to love His church and to lavish his church with his grace. God will never change His purpose for His church. While we may change our allegiance and loyalty from one denomination to the next and even question the church’s legitimacy, our discontent and disagreement will not affect God’s purpose. Knowing that the church is God’s purpose, there are those individuals who willingly and delightfully commit their all to Christ and His purpose. The church for them is not a gig. It is not a hangout spot. It is not even a place. It is a force, a movement, a mystical community built on the indestructible and unchangeable foundation of Jesus Christ as its firm foundation. The purpose of God is eternal. Therefore, the church has to be eternal. This should cause us to be extremely humble. God has made it possible for us, mortal and temporal beings to be a part of His eternal purpose. We must remember that His purpose was before our presence.

Our presence as God’s representatives and heralds of his love and grace must bear witness to this awesome God who deeply cares for the world. Our presence must be a redeeming one. It must be seen and felt. The Great Commission in its various forms in the Gospels suggests the necessity of our presence. This is the same way God executed redemption for us. There was Presence…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The concept is further borne out in two of the Metaphors that Christ has used to describe his followers. We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We must be a presence that is carrying out God’s purpose. Much confusion seems to exist in this area. It shows up in discussions, deliberations, comments and behaviors. Though very well-intentioned, there are those whose mindset demonstrate utter ignorance as to the significance of the church’s presence. There are those who seek to become a part of it thinking that it is a social fraternity; others think it is a country club; still others think the church is a production house for the arts or the center for civic activity or an elitist privileged organization.

As a redemptive presence, we must proclaim the gospel of Christ. As a redemptive presence, we must adhere to the teachings of Christ; we must be a community that is being changed into his image and therefore be a reflection of who He is. These are not idealistic concepts. They are the very core of what it means to be Christian. Our presence must be the difference maker where there are injustices, abuses, poverty, and other social ills. Our presence must make the difference in bringing about healing in relationships at every level: between human and God and human and human. Our presence must serve as the demonstration of hope to the broken. It must be the signal to the lost that there is Someone who will not stop searching until He has found that which was lost. It is a sad commentary on the church if our presence is only for our own comfort and enjoyment. We must not be a catchment for persons who are searching for somewhere to go. We must be a rescue for sinners, pointing them to Christ.

Our presence must be the prophetic voice that confronts people of every stratum and rank; every color and creed, every language and tongue. The church today is not a new thing. If it is, it is not true. As has been said, if it is true it’s not new and if it is new it is not true. The church is the continuation of what began on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem about AD 33. What began there with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on some men and women who were waiting in obedience to the command of the Lord, a number of about 120 soon became 3000, then 5000 men then they eventually became to many to count. They were continuing in the apostles doctrine, prayer, breaking of bread and fellowship. A church informed, learning, leaning on the Lord, loving one another and caring for the newborn believers who were added to the church daily.

Today, I am humbled to be listed among the number of men and women who answered the call of Christ to shepherd His flock. I have vowed to be faithful. I have vowed to finish my course. I have vowed to feed his flock. Today, I offer you an opportunity to become a part of God’s flock. Come under His care and be a part of this indestructible force that is the anvil on which hammers are broken. Rise up young people, rise up children, rise up mothers and fathers and answer the call to salvation and service. The church of Jesus constantly remain.


Make The Spiritual Condition of Others Your Concern This Lenten Season

Make The Spiritual Condition of Others Your Concern This Lenten Season

Make The Spiritual Condition of Others Your Concern This Lenten Season

Who Knows, God May Withdraw His Burning Anger So That We Will Not Perish, (Jonah 3:9)

2017 Lenten season begins Wednesday, March 1st. You may have already began to give thought to your Lenten journey. It may be some form of spiritual discipline intended to deepen your relationship with the Lord or a traditional practice. Whatever you will decide to do, may the result be spiritually and personally enriching. If I may, I would like to suggest that we take a different approach this year as we observe this Lenten period. Generally, the focus during the Lenten period has been on some personal goal. As you look back over those years of Lenten observation, what benefit can you recall? I am not suggesting that the observation was not beneficial. But it might not be easy to identify and quantify.

The approach I am suggesting is that we make the spiritual well being of someone else our focus and concern. This was what God asked Jonah to do when He sent him to go and warn Nineveh. We know from the account that Jonah choose to cater to his own needs and feelings instead of caring for the people of Nineveh. Jonah was not demonstrating the heart of God in his actions toward the people of Nineveh. Whatever were his reasons, he showed by his actions that he would rather the people in that great city of Nineveh to perish. Irrespective of Jonah’s personal feelings about Nineveh, he was to have laid those aside and follow God’s instructions. Jonah’s behavior is a perfect demonstration of the human will acting contrary to the divine purpose with full knowledge of what that purpose is.

Jonah knew that it was a possibility for the people of Nineveh to repent of their evil ways. He also knew that God was compassionate and merciful and that He would withdraw his anger towards the people of Nineveh. That was what he did not want to happen. He wanted them to be destroyed. If you knew that there is the possibility that someone could turn to Christ by your action, would you be willing to take that action? Or would you act in protest like Jonah?

Irrespective of how Jonah felt or what he did, it is obvious that his initial action displeased the Lord. God does not stop us from having our way. But He sure will show his displeasure. We must never presume that our displeasure is God’s also. Since we know that it is not the desire of God that anyone perishes, I am asking that for forty days in Lent that you to intercede with God for the salvation of someone. It could be your child, your spouse, your sibling, your neighbor, your co-worker, a public figure, a celebrity, a student, a teacher, a preacher, a church member, a pastor…

When Jonah eventually went to Nineveh, he announced “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown”, Jonah 3:4. He spoke without giving any suggestion as to how the people could avoid destruction. He just announced that they would be overthrown in forty days.

In response to Jonah’s announcement, the people of Nineveh believed in God and called a fast from the greatest to the least, the king included. The Scripture stated that “When God saw…that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which he had declared He would bring upon them…” Jonah 3:10. We do not know how many days the people of Nineveh fasted and prayed for. But their penitence got God’s attention. He spared the great city of Nineveh.

God heard the and saw the repentance of the city. Jonah did not intercede the way Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah; He did not intercede like Moses did for the people of Israel; He did not weep as Jesus did over Jerusalem; He did not cry as Jeremiah did for Judah; no, he did not pray as Samuel did for Israel.

What if it is your cry on behalf of those person that God is waiting to hear in order for Him to save that individual? Then let it not be said that it was because you did not pray. Your praying for forty days could result in that individual spending days without number in the presence of the Lord of glory. It sure would be marvelous to have a testimony like David: “I was crying to the LORD with my voice and He answered me…” Psalm 3:4. You would always remember the Lenten period of the year 2017.