Mentoring the Future

La Fuente Ministries is a community of Christ-followers committed to connecting and honoring generations for the sake of discipleship. La Fuente Ministries believes that the transference of faith from one generation to the next is not a one-directional movement of information from the older to the younger generation. Instead we believe that multiple generations mutually impact and transform one another, so God invites the church to create spaces of intersection and learning between the generations. At La Fuente Ministries, we believe that God has called us to not only have multiple generations sitting next to each other during worship, but … Read More

Sisters in Christ

I have never considered myself to be a “retreat” kind of woman. In fact, before becoming involved in PazNaz’s Women’s Ministries several years ago, I never considered myself to be a “Women’s Ministries” kind of woman. Women’s Ministries events and the idea of a weekend retreat just sounded like too much estrogen for me to handle. However, I quickly discovered women at PazNaz who helped me change my perspective. I found women both young and old who were kind, generous, and real. I found women I wanted to get to know on a deeper level; I just had to make … Read More

Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone

PazNaz’s Special Needs Ministries’ annual fundraiser, Love Walk & Roll, is just around the corner. Each year this event raises money to send special needs families to a summer retreat, provides funding for the PazNaz Wheels basketball program, and funds scholarships for siblings and parents to attend events. Over the years, Love Walk & Roll has impacted many people, both those with special needs and those without. It has been a dream of mine to see individuals and families from the PazNaz community go beyond the walls of the church and tap into their own community connections. I believe this … Read More

A Growing Fruitfulness

In John 5:5 Jesus says, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” The fruit of our labor is to be used for the Father’s glory and for his mission, but only if we remain connected to the vine. Jesus also speaks of love and joy when he urges us to “remain” in him. As a parent of two little ones, I strongly desire for my daughters to experience this love and joy as they grow precious budding branches in the vine rooted in the firm foundation … Read More

3 Peas in a Pod

Soon after getting involved, we each felt a call to assist in different ministries. John quickly felt a connection with PazNaz’s High School Ministries with Pastors Mackenzie Smith and Heather Handley, Elizabeth connected with Pastor Faith Romasco in Early Childhood, and I was drawn to Elementary Ministries after seeing the connection Pastor Doug Ravasdy had with the students. I get so much joy from my time with the children down in The Cave while helping in the 3rd grade Sunday School class.   In addition to volunteering, we are blessed to be members of the Disciples Sunday School class. We enjoy … Read More

Hockey Pucks and Answered Prayers

Every Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening I could count on having a house full of teens playing video games and emptying out my refrigerator before and after Temple City Nazarene youth group. I wouldn’t have had it any other way (even though my carpet and furniture paid the price). Unfortunately, the community changed and my daughter Sydney’s group started diminishing. She was devastated to find out she was the only teen interested in attending the Nazarene Youth Conference, so she joined the PazNaz youth group. She became fast friends with Pastor Jayme Lenker and her love for little ones had … Read More

Our Journey to Know Jesus Christ

As my wife and I are preparing for baptism on Easter Sunday, the fullness of our spiritual journey has come to mind. Today, some 50 years later, I can still clearly remember how my grandma shared with me the story of Jesus Christ when I was five, just before the Cultural Revolution. She shared with me how Jesus Christ was betrayed, suffered and died on the cross, and was raised from death. My grandma told me that Jesus Christ is our living Lord. In those days, we had our grandparents’ Bible in our home. But when the Cultural Revolution came, … Read More

Reframing Our Story

We love stories. Whether it’s books, movies, or Netflix binge watching; we love stories and stories move us. Stories make space for two things: our delight in the recognition of our similar experiences and the surprise in the introduction of a new reality that was not previously known. I love awkward and dorky television comedy because it normalizes my own story, and I love the surprise of deeply meaningful documentaries because they expand and challenge my perspective. We love stories because we all have a Story; a collection of moments and experiences that shapes how we see the world, structures … Read More

On the Shores of Shifting Sand

It was one of those moments when I would have liked to be able to stop time. A 13-month-old Caleb was nestled tightly in the baby carrier on my husband Jeff’s back as he and I stood hand in hand on a Hawaiian beach. The water rolled back and forth over our toes. The sun was about to fully burst across the horizon as I breathed in the fresh, salty air. I was noticeably present in that moment. Being present was rare for me in those days. I was a full-time seminary student, a brand new mother, and serving in … Read More

Un-belonging

My journey with God begins with the story of my family. The trajectory of our family life made a significant turn 31 years ago when my parents and sisters packed up and moved from Korea to Peru, South America. We went from being an average Korean family to becoming a Korean-Peruvian missionary family. During a time before the Internet and when smoking was still allowed on planes, they moved without knowing a single person in Peru, with a Bible in one hand and a dictionary in the other. God did not miss a beat, though, having prepared people – strangers … Read More