Regional Mission Partners
]Dawit Bokre, Good Shepherd (Hayward)
Good Shepherd, Hayward, has ministry opportunities in English, Tigrinyan (Eritean), Oromo, (an Ethiopian language), and Spanish-speaking people. Dawit Bokre, an EIIT vicar, who planted the Eritrean group, now works with the 1.5 Generation at Good Shepherd. As the church grows in unity and purpose, they are developing leaders across different languages and age groups.
Pastor Trinidad Castañeda, San Juan Valle de Fe (Arvin)
Pastor Trinidad Castañeda was installed as Pastor at St. John’s Valley of Faith on December 21, 2014. Fast forward more than a year and the growth has been noticeable. This is a bi-lingual congregation; however, its most rapid growth is happening in the Spanish language service. San Juan Valle de Fe is now the name most readily recognized in Arvin. San Juan has made it a priority to be a church that connects with their community in traditional and nontraditional ways. In traditional fashion, the Spanish language worship has expanded from 0 to over 50; there have also been numerous baptisms, new member classes, and professions of faith. Non-traditionally, San Juan intentionally places themselves alongside the assets of the community.
Berhanu and Mercy, Davis
Berhanu Didanu and his wife, Mercy, are working with the Ethiopian community in Davis, California and the surrounding area. The work, much of it done in the community and at events, has shown God to many people in need. One such story is the interaction with Ronald Johnson, who suffered from addictions to drugs and alcohol for nearly two decades. Through conversations with Berhanu and the work of the Holy Spirit, he has confessed Jesus as his personal Savior and is taking real steps to live a clean life.
Tesfai Tesema, Addias Kidan (San Francisco)
Addis Kidan continues to grow in its service to the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities. They minister in three locations: Oakland (off Telegraph), in the Haight (off Buchanan), and at the former location of Bethel Lutheran Church in the North Mission. This involves three Ethiopian/Eritrean worship communities and a new English-speaking group staffed in part by Joseph and Estrella Ruiz.
Pastor David Chan, Faith (South San Francisco)
Pastor Gary Gerloff, First (Hanford)
In Hanford, First Lutheran has gone through a revitalization and is now led by Vicar Gary Gerloff. They have created many entry points for people to learn about the church, including a monthly men’s breakfast, family movie nights, and new member and confirmation classes.
Mission Work in Hawaii
Tim Hamilton and William Pierce has been installed as lay deacons at St. Matthew's in Kauai as a revitalization. Clarence DeLude is working on developing new mission leaders on the Hawaiian islands.
Aaron Putnam, LINC Bay Area
Lutheran Inter City Coalition is a collaborative ministry focused on equipping indigenous Bay Area leaders to grow in training and experience so that new churches might be started, and community-based ministry might be equipped. LINC is the primary church planting and leadership-equipping arm of the CNH Mission Agency in the Bay Area.
CNH Hispanic Council
Vineyard of Faith, Windsor
San Juan Valle de Fe, Arvin
First Immanuel, San Jose
Good Shepherd, Hayward
St. Paul, Mountain View
St. John's, Napa
Grace, Santa Maria
Rollingwood, San Pablo
Joy of Harvest Hmong Mission Work
Joy of Harvest Update