Prayer Update for the Mission Works
of the Presbytery of Southern California

July 2019

Update on our Mission Work in Pasadena

Church Planter Matt Cotta writes:

"Pasadena OPC has experienced some setbacks in the past few months with several core, dedicated members needing to move away. We will dearly miss those who have departed but trust that the Lord will bless them and bless others through them in their new venues of ministry.

"At the same time the Lord continues to demonstrate His faithfulness in our midst. Recently we’ve received several new members who are eager to serve and participate in the ministry of the church, and we see visitors almost every Sunday. Moreover, in our outreach at a local street fair we have had the opportunity to meet and share the Gospel with dozens of people and we have locked in a spot for an outreach table at the Pasadena Farmers’ Market.  Pray that the Lord would bless these efforts.

"Lastly, it has become quite clear to our session and to our congregation that, in God's providence, we are strategically located to reach out to a vast and growing Chinese population. It is estimated that there are over 300,000 Mandarin speakers in this region and exactly zero Confessionally Reformed and Presbyterian churches where they might hear the Gospel and worship in their own tongue. Church planters are always seeking to put to use the various gifts God has given to His body, and it became plain to us that God was opening a door for ministry to those He has placed at our doorstep. Already, several Mandarin speaking brothers and sisters in Christ worship with us each Sunday and two of the Mandarin speaking brothers have seminary degrees (brother Daniel Tong, pictured below, is a graduate of Westminster Seminary California)!

"So on Sunday, June 30th, we held a brainstorming meeting to discuss how we can begin to take advantage of this great opportunity. A good number from our congregation came, including those who speak Mandarin, along with another Mandarin speaking seminary graduate from the United Reformed Church. There was an evident zeal to formulate and pursue a plan to go out into this mission field in our own backyard.

"And it seems the timing could not be better. Even as it appears that the door for missions in China might be closing, God has brought China to the San Gabriel Valley. Now we must bathe these plans and preparations in prayer.  Please join with us to that end."

In His victory over the world,
Matthew Cotta
Evangelist, Pasadena OPC

Thank you for your faithful prayer support.

Yours in our Savior,

Home Missionary Dave Crum

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Priscilla Klijian being baptized

Mr. Daniel Tong, graduate of Westminster Seminary CA, with original core group member, Mr. Collin Vis

RHM David Crum speaking after a fellowship lunch

Matt Cotta and friend at the Monrovia Street Fair
Sharing Christ at the Monrovia St. Fair


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