Front lines / News from the west
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matt. 6:33 NLT).
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—For the past five years, Irene Ramirez, Albuquerque Temple soldier, has worked with prisoners across the U.S.
Ramirez was the first Hispanic Temple corps officer, but her ministry did not end when she stepped down due to family responsibilities. Each month she writes letters to over 100 inmates, and she accepts Bible donations for them. Occasionally, they will send money and ask her to buy clothing for them.
Many times Ramirez has witnessed the fruit of her labor as men have given their lives to Christ.
ROSEVILLE, CALIF.—Lieutenant Angela Morrow, Roseville, Calif., corps officer, recently held her first fellowship event, a women’s luncheon themed “Fall Into His Arms.” The luncheon kicked off the fall season and enabled her to network with the women in her corps, who came to know one another in a deeper way as they shared testimonies of how they let Jesus into their life.
YUBA CITY, CALIF.–The Yuba Sutter Corps is embarking on its third annual Blanket Brigade. The corps has identified over 900 homeless individuals, including 271 children, in the two counties–Yuba and Sutter–that it serves. Brigade members hope to hand out at least 500 blankets to this vulnerable population, with the help of the area’s homeless consortium. They will be collecting new or gently used blankets throughout the cold weather season.
SALEM, ORE.—The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center celebrated its 2nd anniversary with an open house and membership drive.
Along with raffles and refreshments, the center offered a rock wall obstacle course, church program information and photos by “RJ.” The favorite event was “Salem’s largest Zumba dance party,” complete with DJ and disco lighting.
Of the 1,500 participants, 458 took advantage of the one-day waived registration fee to sign up as new members. Current enrollment is just over 5,800 members.
KAPOLEI, HAWAII—The Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, scheduled to open in late 2011, will be the largest community center of its kind in Hawaii.
Keep up with its development on Facebook at Kroc Center Hawaii. Recent posts include photos of the NCAA regulation gymnasium, the Adventure Cove’s lazy river and the Worship and Performing Arts Center.
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