TESTIMONY


Stories From Skid Row: Homeless in High School

Jazzmine was told she wouldn’t graduate after her family became homeless. Hope Gardens helped her get her life back. BY UNION RESCUE MISSION STORIES FROM SKID ROW Editor’s Note: Jazzmine’s story is part of the Union Rescue Mission’s “Stories From Skid Row” videos available on the organization’s website, URM.org. Hope Gardens We believe no child should be raised on the dangerous, unforgiving streets of Los Angeles. Yet economic circumstances, illness, and abuse are forcing...

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Sharing How a Life Sentence Became a Man’s Saving Grace

I don’t think my heart ever became evil until I engaged in more evil. If I continued the way I was, it would’ve been near impossible to get back to being a loving, caring, decent human being again. — Jojo Godinez Reformed: How a Life Sentence Became My Saving Grace Book description… Jojo Godinez grew up in L.A. County surrounded by gangs. The night he joined one, he swore to represent his...

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Mexico Wins! In LA, A Little Piece of Heaven

Mexico won its opening FIFA World Cup match against Germany (the defending World Cup Champions) and the earth felt it—literally. BY JON GARCIA Shortly after Hirving Lozano scored the game’s single goal, a small artificial earthquake was detected in Mexico City. The Institute for Geological and Atmospherical Investigations (a non-government agency located in Mexico) tweeted about seismographic readings they detected that were probably due to “massive jumps” of celebration. But it wasn’t...

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Remembering Motherhood Well (A Letter To Future Me)

Dear Future Me, I wanted to write this letter to you, hopeful that you aren’t as hard on yourself (now that your kids are all grown up) as you were when you were a mom of young children. I hope you give yourself more grace and remember motherhood well. They say hindsight is 20/20, but when I look back on memories from my teens, twenties, and early thirties, it’s hard...

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Woman’s Dream Gathering Becomes Real at Grace City LA Church

Kimberly Yu’s dream from more than a dozen years ago to hold a gathering that highlights the transformative life stories of women who have suffered much and gained hope through Jesus becomes real this Saturday (May 12, 2018). “I know God can heal broken hearts and broken souls and that’s really what this conference is about,” said Yu in an interview with TogetherLA about the upcoming HOPE Conference to be...

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Alley Mills and Orson Bean To Talk at Hollywood Film & Faith Event

Editor’s Note: Actors Alley Mills (The Wonder Years, Hill Street Blues, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) and Orson Bean (Being John Malkovich, Inner Space, Anatomy of a Murder) are scheduled to be the guest speakers at a session hosted by the Hollywood Film & Faith group. Bean is well known for being a long-term celebrity panelist of To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Mills is also known for her...

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God Even Calls Broken Believers into Ministry

Editor’s Note: Testimonies can play a huge part in encouraging one another in our walk with Christ, our ministry journeys, and in fostering unity within our community of believers. For this reason, I’ve included this story told by a ministry leader (below). Hundreds of thousands of people are now in recovery from their deepest hurts, habits, and hang-ups thanks to Celebrate Recovery, which is now a ministry featured in...

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Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually

In every time period and historical context during which it has been shared, the gospel has confronted culture in one way or another. By ED STETZER During the years of Christ’s ministry, it challenged the mistreatment of the poor. During the Reformation, it drove Martin Luther to condemn the selling of indulgences. During the late 1700s, it inspired William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. The message of Christ’s redemptive love and free gift...

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Journalist Uncovers the Real and Fake News About Jesus

I had run out of reasons to not turn my life over to Jesus. Just a couple years into sobriety from alcohol, I was in a lot of mental and emotional pain. Sure, I was sober, but something wasn’t right. A few weeks prior to hearing guest speaker Lee Strobel talk at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, during a Sunday worship service in November 1998, I had said a prayer...

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How Compton Changed; Straight Outta The Gospel

At the Together LA conference held in 2015, one of the featured speakers, Compton’s mayor Aja Brown, spoke into the broad streams of a Los Angeles thirsty for solutions to societal ills as a relative newcomer in both the political and spiritual realms of the leadership community. At the time, she was just beginning to hone her political chops as a believer in Jesus serving inside Compton’s governing council and...

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