NEWS

Summer Program for Refugee Kids
July 2-3
A small group of Shoreliners got immersed in Middle Eastern culture as they served Middle Eastern refugees in Anaheim who are in the process of resettling here in Orange County.  Our partner, Voice of the Refugees, comes alongside to meet tangible needs and often spiritual needs, as they build relationships and help in the resettling process (school registration, job search, English tutoring, childcare, and more).  We helped with their summer program for kids.  It was a wonderful chance to learn how to minister to Muslims and engage the unreached!
Tijuana Weekend Trip
June 22-24
Around 30 of us (many first timers) headed down to build in a “squatters” community in Tijuana — from a concrete slab to a church, bathrooms and a house in 3 days! It was a physically demanding time, but the blessings were amazing: houses being built, a water main installed, and so many servants from the local churches and from the US working to show this neighborhood God’s amazing love.
Vacation Bible School
June 19-22
We partnered with The 410 Bridge to raise money for families in poverty all over the world. Our VBS kids raised almost $3,000 to help provide chickens for these families, so that they can earn an income and send their kids to school. We raised enough for 118 chickens, which will change almost 60 families’ lives!
Prayer for Orphans + Foster Kids
May 20
As part of National Foster Care month, we gathered on behalf of kids in foster care here in Orange County. Our county has a state mandated deadline of June 1 to place 130 kids currently living in group homes into foster families. God says in James 1:27 that true religion is caring for orphans and widows in their distress. We prayed together for God to raise up more families from our church with hearts to foster or adopt kids, to support foster families, and for the placement of those 130 kids. Foster care is a real opportunity for the church to be the church to a hurting and broken world. #zeroby2020

Local Serve Day
May 12
Around 40 of us went out to love and serve others in the community by way of home and yard projects. One group built a bean bag toss area for Marines on base at Camp Pendleton, another served the Schenkenberger family, and another gave moving help and did repairs for some of our gals without husbands around. Many people who served expressed how blessed they were as they sacrificed their time to meet real needs around them. More local serve days are coming this summer!

Medical Missions Fund
Launched April 29
When we ran a 4-day medical outreach in a tiny Mexican village recently, we quickly learned of some extreme needs that couldn’t be treated by the people or supplies we brought. Some needed surgery, others needed specialists to diagnose, most needed money for transportation to the hospital. The Lord led us to begin a medical missions fund, and we invite the congregation to donate to that fund so that people we encounter with extremes medical need can be taken care of.


Spring Break Mission Trips
April 2-8
Almost 90 people from The Shoreline went out on short-term mission trips throughout Latin America! Middle schoolers built a house in Tijuana; high schoolers served orphaned boys in the Dominican Republic; 16 of us ran a medical clinic, kids VBS, and church build in a small village in Veracruz, Mexico; and we sent a number of families off to serve in Nicaragua with Better Together Ministries. It was a great week of being a tangible expression of Jesus’ love for people, all to the glory of God!


Instagram Launch

Early April
@theshorelinemissions is now on Instagram! Our monthly missions newsletter will now be sent out quarterly and more regular updates will be shared on Instagram.  Head on over and give us a follow!

Safe Families Sunday
February 11
Those involved in our Safe Families program had a wonderful time encouraging one another, sharing stories, and praying together. People shared from the heart and became more closely united in caring for families in crisis.

An Update from the Front Lines
February 4

Jordan Danchik, a friend of The Shoreline who has been serving with his family in Iraq for the last 2 years with Whole Heart International, shared with us about life in Kurdistan.  They’ve traded the safety and comfort of South Orange County for a life of loving others on the front lines.  We were inspired as we heard from someone who truly loves like Jesus loves!


Sanctity of Human Life Sunday  

January 21
Dozens of baby bottles went out, and many of us collected money for the ministry of the PRC.  All funds go to our local Pregnancy Resource Center, where volunteers walk alongside those facing crisis pregnancy situations and help save the lives of unborn babies.

Adopt a Family
November-December
55 families got “adopted” for Christmas by families from The Shoreline!  Fifty of those families were families in need adopted through Family Assistance Ministries.  Five of them were Military families in need of a boost of joy and appreciation through our friends at Operation Help a Hero.  Gifts and gift cards were purchased, and items delivered as an expression of the love we have in Jesus.

Orphan Sunday
November 12
We learned more about God’s heart for the orphan as we participated in a worldwide event called Orphan Sunday.  People caring for orphans both locally and globally were in the Corridor to help educate and provide next steps for involvement.  We also had a lunch meeting to brainstorm what a movement could look like at The Shoreline.  Testimonies were shared by families from our own church who have fostered, adopted, or cared for kids in crisis.  We also learned more about Saddleback Church’s new initiative to eliminate the foster care system in Orange County by 2020.  We’re excited to see God continue to develop this movement in our midst!

Fall Festival Outreach
October 21
Our first ever Fall Festival was an incredibly fun and festive evening!  Family photos, crafts, games, prizes, activities, live music and great food were all part of our time together.  Folks from The Shoreline and others from our community came to ring in the fall with us, and we’re fairly certain that this event will become a new yearly tradition.  A good time was had by all!

Evangelism Training
September 17
Over 130 of us went through an evangelism training session from our friends at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, GA.  We got equipped by learning better ways to engage with people who are outside the faith.  Effective approaches change over time; evangelism is multifaceted and includes words, prayers, acts of service, and relationship building.  It is something every Christian can participate in!

Kids Missionary Movie Night
September 9
After a break over the summer, we relaunched our MMNs on a quarterly basis, and had thirty 3rd-5th graders present to kick things off!  Kids learned about George Mueller, who was known for caring for over 10,000 orphans in his lifetime!  Starting with only fifty cents in his pocket, he raised over $7 million in the years that followed without making his needs know to any man — only to God.  The power of prayer was alive and well in his life!  Our time of learning was capped with dinner and some fun, silly activities to drive the point home.