Friday, December 7, 2018

Five Years

Five years ago this month, when I was pregnant with Jachin and Boaz, we went to Los Angeles on two separate trips for in-utero fetal surgeries to save the boys' lives. 

During these trips, we attended a satellite church of Pacific Baptist Church, which was at that time pastored by Pastor Joe Esposito. A young man, Bruce Mejia, who would go on to become Pastor Espisito's son-in-law, headed up this satellite ministry. My husband and I greatly enjoyed his preaching and were impressed by his Bible knowledge and wisdom, especially considering his age and the fact that he was single. Bro. Mejia immediately recognized my husband and told us he enjoyed listening to his sermons online. In spite of the sad and difficult circumstances that had brought us to L.A., Bro. Mejia made us feel loved and welcome.

Fast-forward a few years. After Pastor Esposito had to retire due to a health crisis, the church was taken over by those who hated our church, and pressured all who listened to our sermons to first step down from their ministries, and then to leave the church all together.

Brother Mejia, who had stayed in touch with us over the years, contacted us at this time, asking my husband for recommendations on where to go to church. It was at this time that FWBC L.A. was founded, headed up by Brother Bruce Mejia. We already knew he could preach, and lead such a satellite ministry. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Lord willing, Bro. Mejia will be ordained, and FWBC L.A. will become an independent church, next August. 

It was a special blessing to me to see Bro. Mejia preach this Wednesday night behind the pulpit of FWBC, almost exactly 5 years to the day of when we first met him, with Boaz sitting in my lap listening intently. The Lord works in mysterious ways, allowing our paths to cross.



While both fetal surgeries were a success and did indeed save the boys' lives twice, little Jachin passed away a few weeks later, presumably due to fatal flaws with his cord and his share of the placenta. Yet God in his mercy was able to use this tragedy to help bring about new life in the form of a strong new church. 

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." 

(Isaiah 61:3)

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