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To hear more about where we are unleashing compassion one neighborhood at a time, choose a location on the map or click on one of the stories below. We strive to inspire people to collectively influence transformational life change for themselves and those around them. We hope these stories inspire you to take the next step on your spiritual journey even when that leads to go beyond borders.

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Divorcecare Surviving The Holidays

divorcecare | surviving the holidays He left Thursday, September 9. I don’t remember very much about the first holiday season other than being mad, hurt, broken, and confused. My marriage of 24 years was over. I saw an announcement about DivorceCare on the screen at church, and I signed up right away.  By that spring, … Divorcecare Surviving The Holidays Read More »

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One Million Meals

Eastside Christian Church, along with Mission of Hope packed one million meals to help those struggling with food insecurity. Thank you to everyone that helped pack meals for those struggling with food insecurity and malnutrition! Together we did it — we packed 1 MILLION MEALS! What do one million meals look like? One million meals … One Million Meals Read More »

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RIP Medical Debt

THE US MEDICAL DEBT CRISIS This year has been challenging for so many people and we wanted to spread a little hope this Christmas season!! Last year, about 75 million people had to choose between medical bills and basics like food, heating, or housing and about 60% of all bankruptcies are from medical debt.  Their … RIP Medical Debt Read More »

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God Leaves The 99

God leaves the 99 We had hit rock bottom and were both struggling with addiction and living in a hotel room. We were eating in a soup kitchen one Monday evening and told a friend about our situation. She said, go to the little place up in Fullerton, call Eastside, they might help you out. … God Leaves The 99 Read More »

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I Found God At The Lowest Point Of My Life

I FOUND GOD AT THE LOWEST POINT OF MY LIFE On April 10, 2021 I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life, and I found myself in jail. I remember sitting in the back of a cop car with my hands handcuffed behind my back thinking ‘What is going on? This can’t be … I Found God At The Lowest Point Of My Life Read More »

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Getting Plugged In

GETTING PLUGGED IN… My boyfriend first invited me to Eastside during Easter of 2021. My first thought was boy it was HOT (I attended Eastside for the first time prior to service moving back inside)! But I remember so many smiling faces from everyone I encountered. Not just the Change Makers, everyone who was there … Getting Plugged In Read More »

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Helping Ukraine Refugees

Helping Ukraine Refugees Eastside Partners With Samaritan’s Purse https://vimeo.com/709613034 The world is shocked and horrified by the images of death and destruction coming out of Ukraine, a catastrophe we have not witnessed in Europe since the Second World War. We’ve also seen the images of the strollers left by Polish mothers as a gift for … Helping Ukraine Refugees Read More »

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Hearing The Word Cancer

Hearing the word cancer…. https://vimeo.com/506344488 About six years ago, Dani had severe pain in her jaw. She saw seven different dentists and three doctors, yet they all misdiagnosed her. During this period she was just trying to cope, taking Tylenol, and continued to work as an RN. Finally, after many months with no answer, she … Hearing The Word Cancer Read More »

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A Place To Call Home

A place to call home Most likely you have never met or heard of Pancho, Griselda, and their two young children, Angel and Michelle. Yet, they know you. They know that you are generous, loving and compassionate. They have prayed for you for many years. Pancho and Griselda live in Rosarito, Mexcio. Pancho works as … A Place To Call Home Read More »

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Outreach In Thailand A Ripple Effect

Outreach in Thailand a ripple effect https://vimeo.com/709371813 For nearly a decade, Eastside has been sending teams on global outreach trips to Thailand.  Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to assist missionary partners at an orphanage and have witnessed some pretty amazing ripple effects.  Nabwe is a young village girl who lives near the orphanage. … Outreach In Thailand A Ripple Effect Read More »

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Journey To Motherhood And Recovery

Journey to motherhood and recovery I first was invited to Eastside when I was in junior high by a classmate. I loved the people here. When I was in college I drifted around from church to church, but I came back about three years ago and have called Eastside home ever since. Even though I … Journey To Motherhood And Recovery Read More »

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Follow The Meals To Baja Mexico

Eastside Christian Church packed and delivered 500,000 meals delivered locally and to an orphanage just across the border. Follow the meals to Baja Mexico https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9juN7rW2IA Seven-year-old Pamela lives in an orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico. She and her siblings were dropped off by their mom because her husband had left them, and she could not afford … Follow The Meals To Baja Mexico Read More »

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Practical Tips For Dealing With Anxiety And Depression

Dr. Paul Alexander is the President of Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. He, his wife, and their kids have been attending Eastside Christian Church for over twenty years. Dr. Alexander has a passion for teaching and encouraging those who are struggling with fear, anxiety, and depression. Not just because he’s a therapist by training, … Practical Tips For Dealing With Anxiety And Depression Read More »

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Learning My True Identity

LEARNING MY TRUE IDENTITY *trigger warning – sexual assault and suicidal ideation* As a child, I was a victim of incest. I was never allowed to talk about it or seek help for fear of retaliation. I was so afraid of being at home, but I knew Jesus was with me, even in the bad … Learning My True Identity Read More »

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Infertility Birthed Uniquely Knitted

doug & jesse share their personal story and struggle with infertility https://vimeo.com/457146171 In 2013, after trying for a year, Doug & Jesse were unable to get pregnant.  Jesse had a sinking feeling that something was wrong. So they went to the doctor and discovered they both had issues which left them with less than a … Infertility Birthed Uniquely Knitted Read More »

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I am a cycle breaker

What are you doing tomorrow? Wondering how someone gets inspired to say I am a cycle breaker.  Reggie was in a relationship and felt really broken that this relationship just wasn’t working anymore. During this break up he became really, really depressed. One morning he was having breakfast with a cousin who kind of had … I am a cycle breaker Read More »

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Reckless Love And ASL

What do reckless love and American Sign Language have to do with each other? Katie can tell you how for her, the two will always be inextricably intertwined. Katie talks about how she grew up in the church and used to be actively involved. But when her parents divorced, they divorced not only each other, … Reckless Love And ASL Read More »

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Isabel’s Story

VICTORY Child sponsorship saved this seven year old girl from an arranged marriage. The artist, Isabel Chavez, went on a mission trip to Kenya in 2017. This was one of her favorite moments from the trip. Isabel and a small group of Eastsiders had been visiting homes in the community, sharing the gospel. As they … Isabel’s Story Read More »

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Child Sponsorship Get The App Now

Child Sponsorship News It’s easier than ever to connect with your sponsor child in Kenya! For nearly a decade, Eastside has sent volunteer teams to assist missionary partners at an orphanage in Thailand. That’s how the church first came in contact with Nabwe. Nabwe is a young village girl who lives near the orphanage. Over … Child Sponsorship Get The App Now Read More »

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Crossing The Bridge To Find Freedom And Recovery 

CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO FIND FREEDOM AND RECOVERY Greg was fifteen when he tried meth for the first time. It took hold of Greg right away and put him on a dangerous path. The next thing he knew, he was at rock bottom. He was in and out of jail a dozen times. Greg tells … Crossing The Bridge To Find Freedom And Recovery  Read More »

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Child Sponsorship App

child sponsorship app It’s easier than ever to connect with your sponsorED child in Kenya! https://youtu.be/nUBopTE27dk Hey, everybody, Arty Vangeloof coming to you with another global compassion update. This is a great compassion update because we’re excited to announce that there’s a brand new app that Missions of Hope has. Did you know that East … Child Sponsorship App Read More »

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Joy Jars Inspired By The Jessie Rees Foundation

erik rees explains the jessie rees foundation https://vimeo.com/521559794 My name is Erik Rees I get the honor of being the CEO of the Jessie Rees Foundation and, more proudly, I get to be Jessie’s father. The Jessie Rees Foundation was inspired by my 11-year-old daughter, Jessie, during her fight with cancer. About three weeks into … Joy Jars Inspired By The Jessie Rees Foundation Read More »

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Healing After Loss

http://vimeo.com/506349328 Wondering about healing after loss or finding hope after tragedy. My parents, in 1964, took me, my older brother, Corey, and my younger brother, Kenny, out to the desert. We went off playing, us kids did, and my mom called us back. My older brother and I came running back, and my little brother … Healing After Loss Read More »

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Medical Debt Forgiveness

MEDICAL DEBT FORGIVENESS   Medical debt can hit any family. My name is Lilia and I’ve been with Titus for twenty years and we have four daughters. A few years ago, I had gone in for a simple corrective surgery that was supposed to be outpatient, real quick and fast, and a short recovery. Unfortunately, … Medical Debt Forgiveness Read More »

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How Can Shoes Show God’s Love

How Can Shoes Show God’s Love? How can shoes show God’s love? My name is Ray, and I am with the Orange County Department of Education Access Program. ACCESS is proud to collaborate with various local and national organizations and businesses to equip our students as they build a pathway to college and career readiness. … How Can Shoes Show God’s Love Read More »

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Freedom Isn’t Free

As a second generation military man, I know the sacrifice our service men, women, and their families make to secure the freedom we enjoy. The long hours, the stress and strain of military maneuvers, the constant moving around from duty station to duty station, and the deployments that last months or years at a time … Freedom Isn’t Free Read More »

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Your Generosity is Changing Lives

With continuous generosity over the years, Eastsiders have helped make this D R E A M possible. We’re so thankful to partner with Tijuana Christian Mission and to have the opportunity to impact the children of this community. eastside.com/serveglobally

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An Unlikely Road to Fatherhood

Jazmin and Zeke had been dating for about a year and a half when they knew that marriage was in their future. Zeke didn’t have kids, so he knew that Jazmin’s two daughters, Ana (10) and Kalila (7), would be a HUGE responsibility but was he ready for fatherhood and an instant family?  He felt … An Unlikely Road to Fatherhood Read More »

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Change Maker // Meet Katie

CHANGE MAKER // Meet Katie. She is a Change Maker serving in Eastside’s High School Ministry, HSM, at the La Habra campus. She is the definition of a true Change Maker, as she arrived in the midst of student ministry launching at Eastside La Habra. She has demonstrated her passion and belief in the next … Change Maker // Meet Katie Read More »

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The Benefit of Buying at Eastside

Scrip is a program that enables you to purchase gift cards to hundreds of the stores, restaurants and gas stations that you frequent, with a percentage of each purchase going back into Eastside’s Compassion Department to help families in need.

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Danny’s Story Going Beyond Borders

“Just because you’re painting a door in Mexico, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done perfectly. City of Refuge is another piece of God’s Kingdom, God’s house. Just imagine that when you’re painting a door, it’s not just a door in Mexico. It’s a door in God’s house.”  — Danny Danny’s been an Eastsider for about … Danny’s Story Going Beyond Borders Read More »

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Rebel. This term was familiar for Ariel as she made her way through her teen years at an academic-centric high school.  It wasn’t that she had no drive for her education, just no interest in the scholastic avenues presented to her; she craved to follow a path all her own. She connected with a boy … BEYOND BORDERS SERIES // Ariel’s Story Read More »

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BEYOND BORDERS SERIES // A Trip Abroad That Changed Perspective-Amity’s Story

When Park Rapids Eastsiders Amity and her husband decided to go to Mexico with the Global Compassion team this past summer, it was quite the leap of faith.  “We needed passports, we need a new furnace, new propane for the upcoming winter season–we had needs, but God told us to go.” Amity kept hearing the … BEYOND BORDERS SERIES // A Trip Abroad That Changed Perspective-Amity’s Story Read More »

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Let’s Talk About Poverty

Let’s talk about poverty. Poverty. Poor. Living under the Poverty Line. These terms and phrases we hear on a daily basis to describe a person in need–but what do they necessitate exactly? Food? Shelter? Different clothing? Perhaps, but when we lean in to take a closer look we find that lacking physical objects is hardly … Let’s Talk About Poverty Read More »

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Change Maker: Mark Buttrey

“I see souls and I love people, that’s all I do well,” claims Mark. This passionate Eastsider began serving in his home of Orange County upon returning from living abroad in Romania at age 24.

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Bravely Forward: Officer Jesse’s Story

Growing up, Jesse was taught by his parents to respect the local Police Officers they’d pass by on the street.  That respect grew to admiration as TV shows like SWAT and Adam 12 enhanced his perception of the officers protecting his city.  “That’s what I wanted,” Jesse explained, “and that’s what the majority of cops want as they enter the force: to do good, to be the heros we grew up thinking so highly of.”  

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Hidden Joy

When Cindy and Danny came across Eastside for the first time, they were amazed at how friendly everyone was. The big smiles and the heartfelt greetings made a big church feel amazingly small in just the blink of an eye. They couldn’t believe the energy and passion that was all around.

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Being a Voice for a Child Without One A look into Foster Care And CASA

May is National Foster Care Month, a time set aside originally in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to offer appreciation to foster parents.  Since being initiated, the National Foster Care Coalition has worked to expand the goals of this month to focus on awareness of the issues at hand and to encourage willing citizens to get involved with the foster system. 

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Just Let Go

My name is Sharon Jensen. I was about to lose the lease to the preschool I had been running for 28 years. It was the only source of income for my family as my husband was facing health complications that left him unable to work. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, I found myself … Just Let Go Read More »

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Life Together

By Devon Wayne Our small group started with eight people who didn’t know each other, but over time our stories have woven together into a beautiful tapestry. A job opportunity brought Julie to Southern California. She had been looking for a church but couldn’t find the right match, so she decided to join the one … Life Together Read More »

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An Embrace that Crossed Cultures: A Sponsorship Story

We’re both named Sam, I guess that’s what initially drew me to her sweet face in the sea of Sponsorship Cards I was looking over.  I had had this small and steady feeling on my heart for awhile to step up and join the many compassionate Eastsiders in taking a sponsorship child under my financial and prayerful wing.

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A Community in Support of Our Officers

On a Tuesday morning this past February, two policemen responded to a typical traffic accident call in Whittier, California; but when they appeared on the scene they were faced with much more than that.  A man known to have gang affiliation had stolen the vehicle responsible for the crash that morning and opened fire on the officers as they approached him at the site of the collision.  What was supposed to be standard procedure, turned into a day filled with emotion as the gunman took the life of one of the officers and injured the other.

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Unpacking the Suitcase

Mike explained that it was rare for addicts to be honest when in critical need, but honest they were as they spoke that day.  Leaving no stone unturned, they expounded on their situation, saying they were not married, not members of the church and currently on the verge of eviction from their motel. 

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Celebrating a Year of Handwritten Love

Jody Masquefa and her husband, Yves, own a restaurant in Anaheim that’s now daily serving up hope in the form of pasta to families in dire need of support.  February 2, 2017 marks a year of anonymous dinners being delivered to these families at CHOC hospital who are facing the devastation and hardship that illness has imposed on their children; this is the story of how they got here.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

January is the month devoted to creating awareness of the ever-present societal issue of Human Trafficking. US Homeland Security defines the term as a “modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” 

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Holiday Season

Making changes helped, but prayer is what got me through that dark period of my life.  I remember feeling at times I couldn’t survive the hurt.  I would get down on my knees and pray and cry out to God to get me through just one more day.  He did.

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The Domino Affect of Love

The result was overwhelming as the same people who surround her on a daily basis at work jumped at the opportunity to serve! They worked together to supply every request on the list so that someone else’s needs would be filled last Christmas.

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A Love Like No Other

With the love and prayers from her teammates, Morgan became well enough to help and participate at the orphanage. God showed her that life is best lived when it is with others and she left Thailand experiencing a love she will never forget.

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A Hike to Remember

Story Teller: Abel Rodriguez Abel Rodriguez felt compelled to be in a small group. Abel had been attending Eastside for a few months at the invitation of his brother and sister-in-law.  He had initially resisted going to church but changed his mind when he realized that the choices he was making were taking him down … A Hike to Remember Read More »

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Home for Good

Dean Martin once sang a song with lyrics claiming he had his love to keep him warm, and it seems no truer words have been spoken for Virgil and Terry, an elderly couple that have lived in between motels and the actual streets of Orange County for more than 13 years. They accepted the hospitable … Home for Good Read More »

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Rainbows in Mexico

Pam opened up a bible for the first time when she was 60 years old. Although she did not have a life-long relationship with Jesus, she was given an opportunity and found herself truly putting her trust in the Lord when she visited Temoaya, Mexico. This is her story: Pam noticed that her friend Sharon … Rainbows in Mexico Read More »

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In Celebration of Survivors

Back in September, Friends Christian Church in Yorba Linda held a spectacular event in conjunction with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) to honor survivors of Human Trafficking with a graduation ceremony. Many, if not the majority of these individuals had never experienced any sort of ceremony of this sort before, let alone … In Celebration of Survivors Read More »

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Cindy’s Story

Cindy’s Story “It’s the shirts with turtlenecks, ya know, the ones that wrap around your neck? It’s those I still can’t wear.” Even though it’s been 14 years since leaving her abusive ex-husband, for Cindy there are particular prompts that even now give rise to recollections of terror during the years living under his control. … Cindy’s Story Read More »

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What do you think about when you hear that word?  CEOs?  Generals?  Politicians? One definition of leadership is simply influence.  To lead others is to influence them in a particular direction. And given that definition, we are all leaders.  We all influence others. We lead our coworkers when we spread rumors or refuse to gossip.  … Leadership Read More »

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A Wealth of Knowledge

Worry-filled days and sleepless nights passed. Clint’s unemployment and increasing debt weighed heavily on his mind, body and soul. He was losing hope

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Giving from the Most Natural Place

Have you ever had the desire to plug your passions into helping the community that surrounds you, yet remained unsure on how to go about it? Read on to hear how one woman made a world of difference by simply realizing her natural capacity for connecting those in need with those in a position to fill those needs. 

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Show Me, God

 “All these years of trying to understand religion! Reading, studying, questioning…… I didn’t need a religion, I needed a relationship.” 

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A Heart For Service

Savannah is continually inspired to serve through seeing the impact serving has made in her own life and in the lives of others. “When you see people’s faces light up, when you see people receive your services, it’s just a reminder that God has done so much more than that, and God does that every single day..."

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A Recipe for Faith

He has found that serving and getting involved in local compassion efforts at Eastside have helped turn a big church into a small church. Because of the community he’s built through serving, it’s rare for him to walk down a hallway without knowing someone.

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Eastside has a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Ministry

In the nearly three decades she’s worked with the deaf, both at church and as a professional interpreter in the school system, Nancy has gained deep insight. “The biggest struggle for the deaf is the lack of socialization with the hearing community. Isolation results when there is lack of communication with those who don’t know your language no matter what the language.”

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Passage to Kenya

“I’ll pray about it for next year.” Famous last words. Last year quickly became this year and Paige Haddick was caught completely off-guard by a friend and leader of the College ministry in the hallway at Eastside.

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Change is possible

As we finished praying her husband came forward and accepted Jesus, called his daughter in the room for prayer, and they demanded we cut this rope off the woman’s neck and take it out to destroy it. They wanted it burned to declare wherever there is light there cannot be darkness, and wherever there is freedom, there cannot be bondage.

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Lost and Found

Confident and wise beyond her years, 20-year-old Desiree has a singular focus. Her heart is fixed on the 27 million people, many just little girls, in bondage by the evils of the international human sex trade.

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Putting The Gun Down

There was a hole in the middle of the garage where his wife’s things used to be. He sat there with a gun in one hand and a bullet in the other. The only thing he could hear were the thoughts of failure and loss screaming in his mind.

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When I turned 18, I decided to step away from church. I wanted to explore a world of what I considered “fun”. Instead, I found myself filling up the areas of rejection and low self worth with sex, drugs and alcohol. I was in abusive relationships and became severely depressed.

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Living Free

After just five months in Washington, everything fell apart. God revealed the truth about my husband’s deception, and I realized what a foolish mistake I had made. 

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