SUNDAY GATHERING INFO:
WHEN: Sunday EVENINGS
WHERE: 960 5th Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Email us at SOUTHBAY@RESTOREDSD.COM or
Visit our Facebook Page: "Restored Church Southbay"
When God called us to leave what was secure, comfortable, and familiar to plant a church, my first reaction was “Nope. That aint happening…” I’ve heard stories of how hard it was; I’ve seen my close friends struggle from paycheck to paycheck; I believed that I could never do that because I’m just not qualified… I am simply not that crazy.
However, almost two years ago, Jackson was just born, we were brand new parents, with brand new fears and responsibilities of providing for him and our family… And as I began to surrender those fears, God began to speak louder than ever. He began to show us that providing for our son’s physical needs wasn’t as important as his spiritual needs…And very quickly God began to show me that He wanted our son Jackson written into a story of faith where Jackson would be able to watch his mommy and daddy love Jesus and serve His bride with all they had, even if it was scary and unknown… And suddenly Monique and I wanted nothing more than for him to see that we believed that Jesus was worth everything we had because Jesus believed that we were worth everything He had, and then He gave it all up for us. We wanted our son to experience and witness the power of the Gospel as we chased after that for ourselves as we answered the call to plant a church…
So once I began to realize that for my own family, my heart began to break for my own backyard... South Bay, San Diego. South Bay, San Diego has one of the largest immigrant populations in San Diego and happens to include one of the fastest growing cities in the entire country. We have several beach communities, various military bases, and one of the busiest border-crossings in America. But this also has contributed to several large problems. We experience the heart-wrenching reality of international child sex trafficking; we have countless cases of drug-trafficking, we share in San Diego’s largest populace of homeless communities, and then, when you look at how many churches are even available for South Bay’s rapidly-rising population, we just don’t have enough churches serving this broken city…
But on a personal level, South Bay San Diego is my home. I’ve lived here almost all my life. I know the people. I know they are hard-working. The family is everything. We take care of our grandparents and will do anything for our babies. We have a lot of second and third generation Americans chasing after the American dream in hopes of preventing the struggles of their parents… But I also know they need Jesus. They need Jesus like we all need Jesus.
My city is just like your city. We are all broken. We all have issues. We all have hopes and dreams. And what I love most about the Gospel is that it’s the same Good News no matter where it exists… We all need Jesus and its comforting to know Jesus loves our cities way more than we ever could…