Sunday, December 16, 2007

What's Right With The World

On November 24th & 25th the weekend after Thanksgiving Clovis Hills began the new series of "What’s Right with the World". Often times in our culture we find ourselves focusing on what's wrong in and with the world. Well, Clovis Hills wants to focus on the positive and speak about the good stuff God is doing! Thus, I was privileged to speak with Pastor Steve on Compassion: The Glory of God Revealed through Missions. Seeing and participating with God through acts of compassion such as missions and specifically most recent the "Miracles of Christmas". In fact, as a result over 900 people were ministered to in the name of Jesus through the people of Clovis Hills. Praise God!

Another aspect of the weekend was the honor of hosting the Children of the World. This is an amazing ministry of children from around the world who travel to open our eyes to the struggles of orphans from their homeland. Here are just a few video clips of the children in concert.

The miracles have just started and will continue so, prayerfully seek out your next step on mission and experience the wonder of God!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Overseas Missionary Care

Going Global can mean many things to different people. Clovis Hills wants to encourage people to pray along with their family and/or Growth group about where God wants them to GO.

Some next steps...

  • Praying for people from another country or unreached people group (UPG).
  • Developing relationships with people of a different culture than your own.
  • Intentionally preparing for an overseas mission trip by getting your passport.
  • Preparing for a mission trip in the next 2-3 years by creating a savings account over and above your tithe and specifically set aside for wherever God would send you.
  • Adopt an Overseas Missionary and support them with prayer and small gifts throughout the year.

Developing an ongoing relationship with a missionary who is serving cross culturally overseas can be one of the most amazing ways to serve the Kingdom. Won't you consider praying about your involvement? For more information email or check out the current opportunities for the Miracles of Christmas through missions!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

India * Swaziland, Africa

This past Sunday, we celebrated what Clovis Hills is doing in the world through missions. We have an exciting follow up to Lynette Goodwin, who has just returned from a mission in India! A self proclaimed "scaredy-cat," Lynette Goodwin serves on the missions team as a volunteer Missions Ministry Director and strives to help Clovis Hills be on mission. Lynette's story was recently published in the International Mission Board's recent eNewsletter. Take a couple moments to read it at: Lynette's Story.

When you hear or see the word "missions" - what comes to mind? Sleeping in a mud hut? Traveling to Zimbabwe? Stepping way out of your comfort zone? Well certainly all the above could apply but are definitely NOT the rule. I believe when it comes to missions that God wants each one of us to take the next step in the journey of discipleship. One step at a time with Jesus. Another person who has taken the "next step" is Danny Johnson who recently served on mission in Swaziland, Africa. Go to the Hope Rises website to learn more about this amazing mission born here in the Fresno/Clovis area!

Go to Miracles of Christmas for details on serving on mission in India and Africa or choose from the many options...check it out!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fresno Rescue Mission * Maroa Home

Clovis Hills has been hosting a Christmas Party at the Fresno Rescue Mission for the residents of the Emergency Family Shelter for several years and this year is no different!

A ministry of compassion…
The number of families requiring emergency shelter, not just in Fresno but in the greater Fresno County area, continues to increase. Families who have lost their home due to fire, loss of job, economic conditions or other life crises need a safe haven where they can find the resources and assistance they need to get on with their life.The Emergency Family Shelter offers 14 to 30 day temporary shelter for families, including food, clothing, personal care, referrals to other agencies that can assist them, and most importantly love and hope through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Families are given food packages and other needed supplies when they leave the shelter, to assist them in starting over in an apartment.
It is the only emergency shelter in the greater Fresno area that accepts whole family units, including father, mother and children.

The Christmas party is just one way to begin sharing the love of Jesus...pray about joining us!

The Maroa Home is a Christian discipleship program located in The Tower District of Fresno, CA. The Maroa Home has been in operation since 1984. All of the men in the program are committed to changing their lives and helping others in the process. The Maroa Home has been restoring families for over 21 years and continues to this day with great success. This Christ-centered residential program offers structure, discipline, counsel, biblical instruction and life skills training to drug and alcohol addicted men in an extended family atmosphere.

Clovis Hills is serving at the Maroa Home this christmas by purchasing requested items as Christmas gifts for resident. Another way to serve is to give Christmas gifts for a family of a resident of the Maroa Home. Share the compassion of Jesus by serving the men of the Maroa Home.

Go to Miracles of Christmas for details on serving on mission with the Fresno Rescue Mission, Maroa Home or choose from the many options...check it out!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Angel Tree * Willow Creek Health Center

Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship and a ministry of the local church. Angel Tree seeks to transform the lives of the children of prisoners, their incarcerated parents, and their families and to reconcile them to their heavenly Father and each other.

At Christmas, Angel Tree provides a specific opportunity to connect with families and begin to minister to them. People from Clovis Hills purchase and provide gifts to the children of inmates in their parent's name. With each gift delivery comes the opportunity to share the love and hope of Christ. The cost of Angel Tree Christmas is minimal, approximately $40 per child reached. Each child is to receive a minimum of two gifts. When we send you the children's names we will include a suggestion for one fun gift and one article of clothing that the prisoner picked out using our gift guide. When you contact the children's caregivers, you should get their approval of the prisoner's gift suggestions and find out if they have anything more specific to add to the request. Each gift must be new and valued at $15-20.


Many elderly people live in nursing homes, assisted care facilities and extended care centers for the remainder of their lives. Some are fortunate to have family and friends visit them regularly. However, many suffer through loneliness and no one around to visit them. Hence the mission of ministry of Clovis Hills at the Willow Creek Center. Folks from Clovis Hills visit residents at Willow Creek Health Center and participate in a Worship Service. This happens every month and there are various ways to serve. All elements of a typical worship service are available such as music, singing, teaching the message and fellowship. Prayerfully consider serving the elderly in our community by sharing the love of Jesus.

Go to Miracles of Christmas for details on serving on mission with Angel Tree, Willow Creek or choose from the many options...check it out!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Alamos Neighborhood * International Students

Clovis Hills served the Alamos Neighborhood during "Three Wishes for Clovis" in the Fall of 2006. This Thanksgiving we would like to continue the community involvement in a neighborhood by giving food baskets. Since Three Wishes, we've continued to stay involved in the neighborhood by participating in two block parties sponsored by the Clovis Police Department. Let's continue the relationships we've started by serving this Thanksgiving.

International Students is an opportunity to provide a unique holiday experience by hosting a Christmas or New Years party and invite international students from Fresno State University! Did you know that students from around the world come to the valley to further their education and many spend 2-4 years in the U.S. without ever stepping foot in an American home? The "ends of the earth" are here so practice your gift of hospitality and befriend an international student.

Go to Miracles of Christmas for details on serving on mission with Alamos Neighborhood, International Students or choose from the many options...check it out!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Juvenile Hall Christmas Party * Samaritan Women

Juvenile Hall Christmas Party is a ministry which offers an evening of Christ-centered fun for youth incarcerated at the Juvenile facility. This is done in partnership with the Mid-Valley Southern Baptist Association every year. It offers the opportunity to serve the youth by ministering to them during the holiday season. Consider being used by God by joining this mission on December 4, 2007. Several ways to participate are:

  • Prepare gift boxes
  • Prepare food
  • Come out and share the evening by singing, playing games, and hanging out.
Samaritan Women empowers women who have expressed a desire to break the cycle of crime in their lives and to make choices that will help them fulfill God's purpose for them in their families and communities. One way Clovis Hills is ministering to the women this Christmas is by sponsoring a woman to the Clovis Hills Women's Christmas Luncheon. Consider sponsoring a woman by serving them in this way.

Go to Miracles of Christmas for details on serving on mission with Juvenile Hall, Samaritan Women or choose from the many options...check it out!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Operation Christmas Child * Feeding Fresno

Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful way to share God's love with a needy child in a third world country. Many, if not all, of the children have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ and the hope that can be found in a relationship with him. Through this mission Clovis Hills has the opportunity to serve as a growth group community which will impact children overseas. Now, if your growth group has chosen Operation Christmas Child then the next step is to...
  1. Begin by picking up a shoebox (or use any standard size shoebox) and an Operation Christmas Child brochure from the SERVE table located in the courtyard during weekend
    services or go to
    Samaritan's Purse for details.
  2. The brochure will give you the information you need to prepare a shoebox.
  3. Filled shoe boxes need to be returned to the Clovis Hills Community Church SERVE table no later than Sunday, November 11. If you miss this deadline then between Nov. 11 - 18, please take the shoe boxes directly to Baseball Greats Sports Cards, 442 Pollasky Ave. in downtown Clovis: Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm and Sun. 12 pm to 5 pm.
Then expect God to do miracles in the lives of your growth group as you "go global"!

Feeding Fresno is another way for growth groups to serve in our local community. Feeding Fresno reaches out to churches, families, and organizations in a concerted effort to put food on the tables of economically disadvantaged individuals. Over 100,000 bags of groceries are given every year! If you can sort food, stock supplies or greet folks with a smile then THIS may be your local mission.

Go to Miracles of Christmas for details on serving on mission with Operation Christmas Child, Feeding Fresno or choose from the many options...check it out!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Miracles Of Christmas

Clovis Hills is currently going through the series called Miracles of Jesus. It's an awesome look into the miracles performed by Jesus...many opportunities to explore the Scriptures in a growth group and learn more about God and the saving grace that can only be found in Jesus.

Today, the opportunity to serve as a growth group on mission began with the Miracles of Christmas! Through the churchwide study of Miracles of Jesus many people will begin to realize modern day miracles of God throughout this study. Thus the vision is to begin praying about where God would have your growth group serve. The Missions Team at Clovis Hills has put together many ways to serve. It is our hope and prayer that as a growth group you will seek God's plan for the mission that He intends for your growth group to participate in. Then sign up and expect to experience God as he performs miracles in and through you on mission!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Sunil Sardar's Stop Caste Now

In about a month Clovis Hills has a team of 3 people who will join Sunil on mission in India. They along with others from around the U.S. will join pastors and lay leaders in India who are working towards caste reconciliation. View the video and prayerfully consider joining the team next year during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Vacation...God's Gift

I try to blog every week...mostly on Sundays when I get a moment. Blogging does not come naturally to me however, I'm beginning to appreciate the value in sharing some of my thoughts.

Well, I did not write anything last week because I was on vacation! Woo, hoo! It was a great time of relaxing, regeneration and just plain catching up on stuff around the house. I'm so busy most days that I don't spend a lot of time shopping for personal stuff much less household stuff. Then there is the car maintenance stuff that usually has to be squeezed into my crazy schedule and I get more stressed by it all. So, I decided that this vacation was to be a low key experience and I ended up catching up on a lot of "maintenance" in my life.

My last vacation I ended spending a lot of time dealing with some of my dad's needs - he has Alzheimer's and is living in a facility for now. So, needless to say that one was not very fact, I couldn't wait to get back to work! Certainly, I'm still dealing with dad stuff but I intentionally decided to focus on some time for me amidst everything else. It worked! I did get some "me" time and returned to work this past week rested and renewed...God is good! I also was able to travel for the weekend to the Grand Canyon with my old friend that I've known since the 3rd grade...we go wwwwway back! It was a great time with an old friend exploring an incredible creation of God. Awesome!

If you have not had a vacation in a while...schedule one ASAP and let God be your "travel guide"!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Lead: Going Global

Leadership is essential in the church. God has called all of us to lead in some capacity. The good news is you only need to be one step ahead to be a leader. So, I encourage you to:
  • Maximize your serve.
  • Become a leader.

Who me?!? Become a leader?!? Yes, YOU! Pastor Steve shares with us today as he completes the current series with LEAD - the last of the four areas of discipleship.

Jesus gave the church a mission to complete. The only way the church will complete the mission is to build a solid foundation of godly leadership. Leading as a disciple of Jesus reflects the value of Joyful Authenticity: Living from the heart. To lead our lives in such a way as to reflect the image of Jesus through our ability to live with joy even amidst adversity reflects a value of Clovis Hills.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus said:

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Clovis Hills is a part of a global plan to care for people who face the difficulties of spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease and crippling illiteracy. We do this in conjunction with local churches worldwide. The first step is to become a "witness" of Jesus. Being a witness of Jesus is simply sharing what God has done in your life by sharing with others or through acts of compassion.

Now, as it applies to missions the vision is Going Global which is going on an international mission with your growth group. As a leader of your growth group you have an awesome opportunity to help lead your growth group on an international missionary journey. So, in your growth group begin praying about where God wants your group to travel on mission somewhere around the world. Then watch and experience God at work through your growth groups willingness to take the next step! It's an incredible experience with God!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Serve: My Community

Serving is more than volunteering. It's investing in eternal things, making an impact in people’s lives and serving from a grateful heart. SERVE is the third of four areas of discipleship being discussed in the current series. An amazing thing happens when you get connected to God through serving in an area that uses the gifts and talents that God has equipped you with...then add passion - watch out world...God is at work! It is truly awesome to encounter God through serving...try it - you won't regret it!

Serving as a disciple of Jesus reflects two of our values at Clovis Hills. One is Grateful Service: A generous heart and the other is Open Acceptance: A heart for the lost. To serve in a ministry of the church AND to be part of a growth group on mission is the way to reflect the values of Clovis Hills. I appreciate and agree with Rick Warren when he states that there are really two essential parts of serving: ministry - service to believers and mission - service to unbelievers. The important balance to maintain is to find where God wants you to serve in ministry and mission. Not sure where to begin? Pray and think about the following outline as you discover your place of service:

Submit to God’s service
Experience God’s blessings
Reflect God’s son
Validate God’s calling
Expand God’s kingdom

Jesus stated in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, 20:

"…Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Making disciples begins at home, in our church and in our community. Now, as it applies to missions the vision is My Community which is serving on mission in our local community with my growth group. So, in your growth group begin praying about where God wants your group to serve on mission in our local community. Then watch and experience God at work through your obedience!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Grow: My Life Mission

Pastor Steve's message today continues with GROW - the next area of discipleship. It is a strong teaching about what it really means to live the christian life. I highly recommend it!

Growing to be a disciple of Jesus reflects two of our values at Clovis Hills. One is Devotion: A heart for God and his word and the other is Healthy Relationships: A heart of humility. To attend weekend services AND to be part of a growth group is the way to reflect the values of Clovis Hills.

Now, as it applies to missions the vision is to realize and own My Life Mission which is recognizing the need to be on mission and being part of a growth group. This is the beginning point of being on mission for's as vital as traveling overseas on a mission trip. In fact, it is foundational to building the character of Jesus.

So, if you are not in a growth encouragement to you is to take the leap and trust God to grow you in ways you've never imagined.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Connect: God's Mission

Today, Pastor Steve's sermon was about connect which is one of four areas we've identified as essential for the Christian life. The others are grow, serve and lead which will be discussed over the next three won't want to miss it!

Connecting to God is the most important thing we can do...especially to accept Jesus and "connect" with him in our heart. It's God's mission to reach out to every lost soul and to bring them to himself. That's where we get to participate. The Holy Spirit lives in each one of us that have accepted Jesus and we get to be God's hands and feet in the world. This past July Pastor Dave MacNeill shared during the "Heroes" series on Ordinary People, Supernatural Power - it was pretty amazing...worth listening to again. In fact, I intend to use the sermon for mission trip preparation in the future. How cool is that?!?

There is no greater mission than to help people connect to the living's a great responsibility, honor and privilege to participate with God. Have you connected to God? Are you connecting at Clovis Hills? Don't wait any longer to connect to the experience of your lifetime...ready, set, go!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

To The Ends Of The Earth

Missions is something that many people discuss and often disagree about. When debating how it should be done, my advice is simple…“just do it"! I am prone to action so sometimes I get a little impatient with some folks but the truth is WE all can be on mission in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth - just by being who God designed us to be...imperfections and all!

If you are a follower of Jesus and commit to being his disciple then part of that calling is to be a missionary. Now, being a missionary does not necessarily mean traveling to Zimbabwe however, I highly encourage going overseas sometime in your life. What it does mean is realizing the opportunity to share Jesus wherever you are - home, family, friends, work, school - WHEREVER God places you today, be His witness.

Will you accept the invitation to share what Jesus has done in your life? Really, that is what evangelism is...simply sharing about your experience and only you know your story. Once you've accepted and are willing to take your story "on the road" then you've taken the step to be on mission.

God bless you on your journey!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

My Life Mission * My Community * Going Global

Clovis Hills invites you to look at ways where God can use you to share His love. Discover how an ordinary person like you can be used by an extraordinary God to make a difference wherever you go. We believe God’s greatest moments for you are never for you alone… they are meant to be shared.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Clovis Hills is a part of a global plan to care for people who face the difficulties of spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease and crippling illiteracy. We do this in conjunction with local churches worldwide.

" ... and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

It is the vision of the Missions team at Clovis Hills to help people take the "next step" in sharing Jesus with those that don't know him, have never accepted him or are on this life journey striving to be a faithful disciple of Jesus. In future blogs I will elaborate further on the next steps but for now an overall view to consider:

  • My Life Mission - recognizing the need to be on mission and part of a growth group.
  • My Community - serving on mission in our local community with my growth group.
  • Going Global - going on an international mission with my growth group.

So, where are you in this plan? Ask God to direct you and trust him to provide all you need to be obedient to his calling.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

What Can I Do In Mexico For 3 Days??

You can be part of building a home for a needy family in Mexico! You may be wondering how is that possible? Well, through AMOR is very possible.

Clovis Hills has partnered with AMOR for the last 6 years in Mexico and it has been amazing to see what God does in and through each one of us. This trip is very doable especially because AMOR lays the foundation before we even arrive. When we do arrive we begin framing, preparing for windows and a door and finally finish up with the roof. AMOR provides camping equipments, tools, and food...we just need to be in San Diego by 7:00 am ready to serve.

Would you consider joining me November 9th-11th? Pray about bringing along your family and growth group too! If you are ready to sign up, please contact me at or call 559.297.2600 ext. 19.

Deadline to register is September 1st.

Adios amigos!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Attention Nurses and Doctors!

It is the vision of Clovis Hills to mobilize growth groups on mission. It is my passion over the next year to spend time with Clovis Hills' Growth Groups and share a few of the many opportunities that will entertain the vision and process. I look forward to spending time mobilizing the Lord’s church to action.

That being said, I have an amazing opportunity and have become aware of an urgent need for medical personnel to travel to China this fall. To be more specific, the dates are for October 15th-31st of 2007. I personally partnered with this organization on a medical mission in the fall of 2006 and it was awesome! I was very impressed as they did a great job on the training, logistics and overall coordination of the trip.

If you are or know of an RN and/or MD who would prayerfully consider this adventure - this is for you!

Some details...

  • The mission is humanitarian in nature by providing basic medical care to Villagers.
  • October 15-31, 2007.
  • Deadline to sign up to go is JULY 31st.
  • PRAY, think about your growth group supporting you, get a passport, attend the informational meetings, required immunizations.
  • Contact Terry or write medical mission on the communication card.
  • Cost - $2,700 all inclusive.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to sign up. I can be reached at 559.297.2600 ext. 19,, on Sundays in the Connection Courtyard at Clovis Hills...come by and see me! :-)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sweet Spot

What image comes to mind when you think of the phrase "sweet spot"? I know that in tennis there is a "sweet spot" on the racquet. In softball...the bat has a "sweet spot". As we do life...the term is used in reference to an experience that is "sweet"! All this talk of sweet is making me think of ice cream which of course, is SWEET! Anyway, I'm typing the word so much that I'm beginning to question the spelling! Have you ever done that?? Ok, enough distractions...back to the discussion...

Lately, I've been reflecting on my own "sweet spot" in ministry. It's been a challenging time as I juggle work, family, school and attempting to maintain a healthy personal & social life. On the family front, my dad has alzheimers and is now going to live with me, my mom, sister and niece...I have a house full! It's a very stressful time and one that I was not entirely prepared for but nonetheless have to deal with...when you think of it you can pray for me and my family. The school situation is a place where I am stimulated and energized...I love learning new stuff! I am pursuing a Master's degree in Intercultural Missions at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno...I'm now just 20 units towards completing my degree! My work is the full-time ministry that I get to do both in missions and singles.

This week I've been "knee deep" in serving through World Changers. So you can see...there is not much time for reflection. However, I've encountered my "sweet spot" in ministry this week. As I've been out and about visiting the 23 sites being worked on, interacting with the homewners, sharing a meal with the crews, hanging out with the students...I've "tasted" the "sweet fruit" of Jesus. It's been very cool. It's like a gift from God during a very stressful time in my's like He is giving me a glimpse of heaven. Thus, I am reminded of all the missions projects & trips that I've been on...I always seem to get a glimpse of what heaven must be like...and it is "SWEET"!

My hope is that you also will experience the "sweet spot" of ministry in wherever you serve the Kingdom.

Friday, June 1, 2007


I’ve never visited Africa, but hope to have the opportunity one day. When I think of Africa I think of poverty, hunger, disease such as AIDS...sure it saddens me but mostly it humbles me in that I am healthy and certainly not hungry! :-) Then I think of my friend Mica who has graciously agreed to serve for 2 years...and she has been there almost 6 months time flies! She is an amazing young woman of God who hopes to be used by God in a BIG way in Africa and all over the world. Clovis Hills has an incredible opportunity to participate with her in making an impact in Africa...very cool!

Horn of Africa Mission known as HOAM is a ministry that is directly involved in ministering to the African people by planting churches, leadership development, education and health clinics. Clovis Hills is financially supporting the ministry and we look forward to forming an intentional partnership that mobilizes many to travel to Africa...awesome!

Another way for us to get involved is to learn more about what's going on in the world. Kay & Rick Warren of Saddleback church are taking action when it comes to fighting AIDS all over the world and especially in Africa. A student at Saddleback created a video entitled 8000 a day/everyday...check it will make you think.

Until next time...PEACE!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

World Changers

Serving on mission in our community is an awesome way to experience God in our backyard. Often times in our busy lives it's hard to imagine how we can find the time to serve God on mission. Certainly, this is a constant challenge for all of us but with God it is possible. One way for us to serve in our community is through World Changers this summer!

  • Saturday, June 23rd – Saturday, June 30th
  • 18 homes in the Clovis area will be repaired, painted, roof work, fence replacement, and more!
  • Churches can participate in this project by “adopting” a crew for the week!


  1. Host them on Sunday, June 24th by leading them to your church for service. After church, provide lunch, encouragement, prayer and then take them to meet their “homeowner” for the week.
  2. Throughout the week Monday, June 25th – Friday, June 29th provide lunch at their worksite for about 15-20 students and adults.
  3. Attend the Celebration event on Friday evening, June 29th to glorify God!

18 churches are needed to “adopt-a-crew” – will yours be one of them? For more information, contact Terry Maldonado at 559.297.2600 ext. 19 or email:

Monday, April 23, 2007

Going Global...Samaria & to the ends of the earth

Cross-cultural ministry can occur in our backyard and across the sea...anywhere we have the opportunity to step outside our comfort zone and exprerience God in a culture other than our own. It is my hope that more and more people begin to experience God "on mission" with their families and small group. There are many opportunities to explore cross-cultural encounters in our community. Go to the Clovis Hills website for current updates.

Pray as a Small Group and ask God where he wants your group to go. Then create a savings plan to help it all happen. Decide where you will go and begin preparing. There are many options to choose from:

One such opportunity is our Mexico's a great trip for a Small Group! You can build a home while building relationships! Check out the Amor Ministries website.

Be a part of a movement of individuals coming together for three days to give the tangible gift of love in a new home to families in Mexico.

  • Dates: Jun 29th–Jul 1st OR Aug 3rd– 5th OR Nov 9th–11th
  • Cost: - $425 per person or $210 for 10 & under- $50 deposit due on sign-up - deadline 2 months before the trip. Checks made out to Clovis Hills and given to Terry Maldonado.
  • All participants will meet at the Amor headquarters in San Diego, CA by 7:00 a.m. All meals, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day, as well as tents and tools are included.
  • To sign up or for more information, contact Terry Maldonado at 550.297.2600 ext. 19 or email

Prayerfully consider taking on the challenge of going Mexico!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Encounter Jesus

Easter is approaching thus it becomes a time to reflect on Jesus and what he did for us on the cross. The fact that he willingly submitted himself to suffering death on the cross...for me is beyond comprehension. Jesus chose to be obedient to God so that we could have the opportunity to know God. That's an amazing we should prayerfully reflect on from time to time -especially now! Clovis Hills is having several services this weekend to celebrate Easter - we are anticipating many visitors this's an exciting time!

Normally during this week, I am in Mexico serving on mission through Amor Ministries. This has been our Family Mission for the last 6 years. This year we did not go...not yet anyway. So, in previous years during this week, I'm swinging a hammer, sweating, getting dirty for Jesus and serving the poor instead I'm home writing on my blog! Although, I'm still focusing on Jesus and serving him in other ways, it is my hope that people prayerfully consider going to Mexico sometime this year. All you have to do is pray, decide when you and your family or small group could go and sign up!

Being on mission is one of the most incredible ways to encounter Jesus...I highly encourage it! Are you ready to enounter Jesus?

Saturday, March 17, 2007

St. Patrick...The Missionary

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Did you know that St. Patrick was a missionary from Britain? Although he is often referred to as the "Irish Saint", he was neither Catholic nor Irish! I read a story a few years ago on the Urbana website that enlightened me about this great missionary. St. Patrick had an incredible impact by leading many in Ireland to a faith in Jesus Christ. He used the simple three-leafed shamrock to illustrate to the king the nature of the Blessed Trinity - Three Persons in One God. Pretty creative dude, don't you think?!?

Another creative venue is Christian radio. What is interesting to me is that according to KLOVE radio there are no Christian radio stations in Ireland. KLOVE is promoting the Ireland project that plans on establishing the first Christian radio station...awesome!

Hope your day is a great one...and especially blessed by the presence of God.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Spiritual Renewal

I went to a Small Groups Conference at Saddleback a few weeks ago and was able to hear Rick Warren speak on renewal. He was scheduled to speak on P.E.A.C.E. but not unusual for Rick...he veered from the schedule and spoke from his heart. Since the audience was made up of pastors, church leaders and small group leaders...he spoke to us! It really was powerful what he had to share so much so that we from Clovis Hills felt that the Spirit was speaking through him...what a concept. Anyway, I will attempt to summarize so as to offer you an opportunity to do some self-reflection with regards to your role in the ministry. As for me, it emphasized and reminded me of the importance of some simple steps that have a direct impact on the ministry.

As I understand the steps to renewal are:
  1. Personal Renewal - Ask yourself: What is the condition and health of my personal relationship with God?
  2. Relational Renewal - Ask yourself: Do I have any fractured relationships with family, friends or coworkers that need mending?
  3. Missional Renewal - Ask yourself: What is my purpose in this world and am I striving to fulfill that calling?
  4. Structual Renewal - Ask yourself: What structures and/or programs am I involved with to accomplish the work of the Kingdom?
  5. Cultural Renewal - Ask yourself: Am I a part of the cultural change that is needed for the expansion of the Kingdom of God?

My understanding is that we are to review each of these areas and proceed accordingly once an area is "renewed". In other words, if my personal relationship is not solid or lacking in any way, shape or form then I must work on that first before proceeding to the next step. Now, in reality, we will regularly have to evaluate our lives because we are on a journey with Jesus and hopefully we are growing and changing. Therefore, if we find that an area needs some renewal...we are to look at the previous areas as well and adjust accordingly. These are my words, not Rick''s just my take on the message but it makes sense...don't you think?? Anyway, I hope I've given you something to think about and I welcome your feedback!


Sunday, February 25, 2007

God's Mission

God often uses ordinary people to do the extraordinary for his glory. His mission is to restore broken relationships. He longs to hang out with each one of us...and especially those that don't yet know him. He wants his children to join him in the mission of reconciliation...and that means us! Clovis Hills is intentional about sharing the love of Jesus to everyone. We have a value of Open Acceptance: A Heart for the Lost...welcoming people just where they are...and helping them take the next steps as they strive to become more like Jesus. God doesn't expect perfect people...just people with a heart's desire to love him and strive to model such a lifestyle.

Living such a life means to be intentional about serving God on his share the love of Jesus...across the street and across the sea. I know that for some people the thought of this can feel somewhat overwhelming...thank God he's with us on the journey! Fortunately, we also have another "tool" and that's Saddleback church. They have been working on a Missions strategy for the last couple of years called P.E.A.C.E. - we have been part of working through some of preliminary steps. Rick Warren has often said "It is time...for the church to be the church." The P.E.A.C.E. plan is a strategy that will help Clovis Hills to continue being a church with an intentional purpose of fullfilling the Great Commission. This is an exciting time in the life of our church...yeah God!

Are you ready to join God on his mission? What are you waiting for...let's go for it!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Small Groups...On Mission

There is something that happens when a Small Group chooses to serve together. God transforms not only the group but the individuals's truly amazing! You know, when you actually stop to think about it...Jesus served with his small group on various occasions. Therefore, it is my desire to see Clovis Hills on mission primarily through their Small Group. This is not to suggest that individuals should not serve alone but I do know that we are better we will encourage to choose a mission together. Go to the website to explore the latest missions opportunities.

One such opportunity is our Mexico's a great trip for a Small Group! You can build a home while building relationships! Check out the Amor Ministries.
  • 7 DAY TRIP -
Clovis Hills has been partnering with Amor Ministries for the last 6 years to put together our Family Mission. This year is no exception! Please note the fast approaching DEADLINE to sign up – March 4th! Call or email Terry Maldonado at 297-2600 ext. 19 or
Dates: March 31st – April 6th (the week before Easter)
Cost: $210 per person over 10 years old; under 10 - FREE

Please note: Price does NOT include food, transportation, tools or camping equipment – each family/small group provides their own.
  • 3 DAY TRIP -
Be a part of a movement of individuals coming together for three days to give the tangible gift of love in a new home to families in Mexico.
Dates: Jun 29th–Jul 1st OR Aug 3rd– 5th OR Nov 9th–11th

Cost: - $425 per person-$210 for 10 & under- $125 deposit due on sign-up
All participants will meet at the Amor headquarters in San Diego, CA by 7:00 a.m. All meals, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day, as well as tents and tools are included.
Call 619-662-1200 ext.126 or e-mail: to sign-up.
You can also go to the
website for more information.

My hope is that this year Clovis Hills has several Small Groups on mission to Mexico! Will yours be one of them?!?

Thursday, February 8, 2007

God's Leadership

I got my DVD in the mail! You may be wondering...what DVD?!? Glad you asked.

Last Fall, I had the opportunity to see the movie
Facing The Giants. It was awesome! The acting was fair to good and it was low budget but the story was great! The movie is about faith in God that transcends our human understanding. The emphasis on leadership is very powerful. So powerful that I was ready to join the coaches' team! The truth is I am on the team for God and the thing I'm realizing lately is that I am passionate about leadership. I love to help someone get a glimpse of what God has purposed them to be and do...and then serve in the ministry of their choice.

I have had the privilege of coming along side many leaders serving on mission. The experience has afforded me countless opportunities to grow in my own faith and leadership ability. There have been times when I've been on the sidelines watching a new leader emerge, testing their own ability, trusting God to guide them and then bearing fruit....such sweet fruit! It's soooo exciting - I'm about to burst!!! :-) This is really when I know what my passion is and that is to continue to train, equip and empower leaders for the doesn't get any better than that!

So, check out the movie...tell me what you think and let's see what God does!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Where Will God Have Me Go In My Lifetime?

International missions is one area that for most folks seems to be the hardest to embrace. Whether it's because of the cost financially, fear of crossing cultures, anxiety about eating "weird" food...have you tasted some of the food we eat?!? C'mon...deep fried twinkies!!! Yuck! Well, I have to admit, I have not "embraced" a deep fried twinkie...and I don't plan on it either. And that's not really the point I'm trying to make. The truth is that we have some pretty weird customs and traditions right here in Clovis California and so to limit ourselves by fear of the unknown is really a loss for us and what God can do through each one of us.

So, ask yourself the question: Where will God have me go in my lifetime?
  • Prayerfully seek His voice and listen to His "still small voice"
  • Learn what you can about world missions
  • Go to the various websites, google a country, pray for an unreached people group
  • Get a passport
  • Just get started

The International Mission Board is the missions organization that we often partner with when traveling overseas. They have recently put together a podcast which can be a great way to learn about all they are doing and thus some of the many opportunities before us!

Hmmm, where in the world is God sending me?!? I need to go hang out with Him...until next time...peace!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Hangin' Out With God

Last Friday I spent some time with God during my "Solitude Day". I thoroughly enjoyed hangin' out with God, reading the Word, chilling and talking with him, singing and basically spending time contemplating about what he had to say. I love slowing down to read God's word and hear his still small voice...I'm not always clear about what he tells me but I usually am inspired by the Spirit.

Something I usually do during my daily quiet time is read My Daily Bread to get me started. The title of Friday's devotion was "Forgetting God". Basically it was about going through the day and forgetting about God. I have to admit that I all too often get caught up in the busyness of life and lose sight of God's hand in my life. Seems strange since I'm in ministry but it's the truth. Even though I'm busy about doing my Father's business...or so I tell myself, I forget to recognize His hand in it all! I thank God that he is patient with me! :-)

My Solitude Day is a welcome break for my busy life. It's like a drink of cold water on a hot day in the desert! Wait a minute, I don't think I've ever been in a desert-especially on a hot day! :-) Oh well, you get the picture...during my solitude time, God quenches my spirit when I need it most. This is what my Solitude Day has become and thus it's a high priority in my schedule. I encourage you to schedule a Solitude Day soon!

May your thirsty soul be quenched by God!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


It's been a crazy busy week! Thank God I get to spend some time with Him on Friday! I have a goal of spending a day with God once a month. It's planned and scheduled in my calendar and the only way it can change is if I move it within the week before or the week after...and so far that has worked about 90% of the time. Now...this does not mean that I'm able to spend the whole day with Him but it is a goal. Sometimes it takes me a couple of hours to settle down and avoid any distractions...this can be tough since I think I may have a little "A.D.D." and then when I do spend time...I set goals...but last I said..."A.D.D."! Anyway...I'll share in next weeks blog about my solitude time with God. Until then...peace!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A New Year...A New Day

Last year I tried hard to have an "attitude of gratitude" towards life and everyday stuff. It's funny because I set that goal before exepriencing the toughest year of ministry thus far! God's funny...isn't he?!? As I look back on the year, I am realizing that in fact, it probably was the most fruitful as far as people experiencing God "on mission" which is pretty cool! So I have to wonder, was God just pruning me this last year...hmmm, I don't know for sure but I do know that He wants me to be more like Jesus everyday. So I will continue to remind myself this year to keep hold of that "attitude of gratitude" in everything...realizing that it's all for and about God. In that, I can rest assured that His will is first and foremost. I look forward to what 2007 holds for me!

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Mica Mirides

Happy New Year! Hope your holidays were great! I had a chance to share God's blessings with my family this past Christmas in a very practical way. I felt it was and continues to be my "personal missions"...I believe some in my family got a glimpse of who God is...and that's pretty cool! Yeah God!

Missions continues to be a passion of mine and so when someone in our church goes global...I get pretty excited. Well, for the first time ever in our churchs' history we have one of own embarking upon a 2 year journey to Africa. Mica Mirides has been attending Clovis Hills since she was 9 years old and now as a 22 year old - she has accepted the call of God to serve in Africa. Anyone who knows Mica, knows she is wise beyond her years and in fact, she has a long-term vision of the ministry for Africa. As a teacher and a lover of is her desire to minister to orphans and widows. I look forward to sending many short-term teams to join her and serve in Africa. Mica will be commissioned on Sunday, January7th during both services at Clovis Hills. Hope you can join us!