Going Beyond Words: Taking Action
by Rev. Ken Moren
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This past week, my wife and I attended a ministers’ renewal in Monterey. The guest speaker was Rev. Wilfredo “Choco” De Jesus, the pastor of the 17,000-strong New Life Covenant Church in Chicago. Earlier this year, Rev. De Jesus was named Time magazine's list of 100 must influential people in the world. Shortly after that, he landed on the front cover of the April 15, 2013 issue of Time magazine, featured as a central figure in the Latino Reformation.

Pastor Choco is quick to point out he did not seek to grow a megachurch or become recognized for his ministry. Without a doubt, he is one of the most humble persons I have had the privilege to meet and converse with.

Pastor Choco’s ministry speaks for itself: family services, food and clothing pantries, transitional shelters, residential recovery, job training programs, mobile soup kitchens for the homeless and shut-ins, gang and at risk youth intervention, human trafficking advocacy, world missions, humanitarian relief, after school tutoring, sports programs, mentoring, prison outreach, immigration advocacy and much more. Pastor Choco’s ministry represents what the Church can do in a community.

The messages Rev. De Jesus preached in Monterey were dynamic and inspirational. We were challenged to “go beyond words and take action” in our communities. Personally, I am encouraged by the success of Pastor Choco’s ministry, and his godly influence upon city and national leaders, including President Obama. When I had an opportunity, I showed Pastor Choco a picture on my iphone of our church's outreach vehicle called N.O.A.H. (an acronym for Neighborhood Outreach Assistance & Hope). We briefly discussed the vehicle and its ministry, after which, he requested I send the photo and information on to his church. It is my prayer that N.O.A.H. ministry will touch thousands of lives for Jesus Christ!

Locally, our N.O.A.H. vehicle will be involved in an end of the summer water event located at the City of Patterson's North Park (Highway 33 & Las Palmas). The event is planned for Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. The activities will include two very large inflatable water slides, music, singing, a ventriloquist, give-away items, and food. It’s going to be a great time and everyone is invited. It is my prayer and hope that the Church community will impact the City of Patterson and the West Side by going beyond words and taking action — spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and advancing the Kingdom of God.

The Rev. Ken Moren is pastor of Family Christian Center. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.

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