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Jan & Mark Armando getting ready to help the kids crack open their geode rocks.   “Rough looking on the outside, but beautiful crystals on the inside. They get to keep their geodes to remind them that God loves them and it’s what’s on the inside that counts and God sees them as beautiful.”

Jan & Mark Armando getting ready to help the kids crack open their geode rocks.

“Rough looking on the outside, but beautiful crystals on the inside. They get to keep their geodes to remind them that God loves them and it’s what’s on the inside that counts and God sees them as beautiful.”

MISSION STORY

Mark and Jan Armando

I would like to help you get to know Mark and Jan Armando. If you already know this couple, you know their hearts for reaching out to help others in need. Mark is a retired motorcycle police officer. Jan is a retired flight attendant. They live in Lake Forest and are former members of Irvine Presbyterian Church. This couple has a heart for serving God. Mark often leads worship at Salt Church. Jan has served at Mary’s Kitchen and is always eager to volunteer where there is a need.

The ministry that is closest to Mark and Jan’s hearts is Royal Family Kids Camp. This ministry is for kids in Foster Care, ages 6-12. Most of theses kids are victims of abuse, neglect, and many suffer from abandonment issues. They spend a week at a summer camp that functions by donations and volunteer hours. (Pastor Mike Kenyon was one of the stars in a film a few years ago about Royal Family Kids Camp.) Mark and Jan recently returned from serving for a week. They are the “grandparents at large” and assist with many of the kids activities. Mark is in the daily drama/skit, which this year the theme coincidentally was, The Good Shepherd. Jan says it’s always the hardest week, but also the most rewarding! She has been faithfully volunteering for 13 years. Mark followed her a few years later to lead music at worship one year, and the kids captured his heart. (A beautiful side note to their story is their daughter met her future husband while serving with her parents some years back).

As you can imagine, there are many different ways and opportunities for serving with this ministry. Check it out! (www.rfk.org) If you feel God is calling you to work with this ministry, go to the website for an application, make a donation, or just get more information. You can also talk to Mark or Jan on a Sunday morning to hear more about their experiences. They can give you a first-hand account and tell how they have been blessed. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed! Royal Family Kids team will train and prepare you for an unforgettable experience.

Is God calling you? Jan said, “Jesus is a gentleman, He will not push or force himself on someone. He will encourage and affirm you if He is truly calling you”.

Is God calling YOU? Where does He want YOU to serve?

Carole Mangum

Story Curator

Salt Church Mission Committee Member

Email Carole with stories: carolejmangum@gmail.com or fill out the form below.


Paul Buster and Paul Chaput

Paul Buster and Paul Chaput

MISSION STORY:
Paul Buster and Paul Chaput
Two ordinary men doing extraordinary work for the Kingdom of God!

PAUL BUSTER

Paul Buster’s family and his best friend, Pastor Gene Molway, had been involved with New Life Church and their ministries in Ukraine for over 20 years. But due to his work schedule and raising two girls, Paul had never been able to go on the trips to Ukraine. That all changed in 2015 when Gene put together a trip with a small group that included a nurse, doctor, elders and a few young adults to travel to the war zone in Eastern Ukraine. The trip was impactful and a great success; ten people were baptized and many friendships were created.

Pastor Mickola with small village child

Pastor Mickola with small village child

“We have traveled to the war zone several times since. We bring seeds to give them the opportunity to plant flowers and vegetables for their gardens. We also bring medical supplies, clothing and items they can use to live a save and healthy life.” (Paul Buster)

Paul stated, “We also have traveled to Western Ukraine where we have developed multiple relationships with the gypsies.” Paul’s heart was drawn to a gypsy village of 5,000 men, women, and children. Gypsy people in this area are ostracized by others and live in their own village. The “King” of this village, now turned pastor of the village church, is changing hearts and lives by God’s power. He has trained 18 other pastors in the area as well. Paul, with the help of others, raised $1500 at garage sales etc. and bought block building equipment to assist in the building of homes in the gypsy village. Today, this project is self sustaining, allowing these villagers to make and sell their concrete blocks, turning it into a business for the village.

Paul Chaput

Using equipment purchased through donations, Ukrainian gypsy workers make and sell concrete blocks to build homes in their village and help support their families.

Using equipment purchased through donations, Ukrainian gypsy workers make and sell concrete blocks to build homes in their village and help support their families.

Paul Chaput works in construction. He had never been on a mission trip or even out of the country before he met Paul Buster. The “Two Paul’s,” as they are now known, became acquainted through their kids. Paul B’s daughter married Paul C’s son. At the wedding rehearsal dinner, Paul B says, “Paul, do you have a passport?” He answered, “Why would I need a passport? I’ve never been out of the country.” Paul B told him to be prepared for whatever God had in store for him. Paul C’s wife encouraged him to get his passport, so he got it. Paul C has now been to Ukraine three times with Paul B and stayed for five weeks earlier this year. He has also been to Tanzania, East Africa doing ministry together with Paul B! His experience in construction has been very valuable to the work in the field. Paul C continues to be amazed at what God is doing in his life, and through his relationship with Paul B.

Paul Buster says, “ Sign up, show up!”

Paul Chaput says, “If you think you can’t do it, ask God, He can!”

Do you have YOUR passport ?

Carole Mangum
Mission Committee
Story Curator

Email Carole with stories: carolejmangum@gmail.com or fill out the form below.


Jennifer Norseen (wearing the cap) and other volunteers gather to pray as they serve at Mary’s Kitchen, filling bags with emergency food and personal toiletries provided by Operation Be Kind.

Jennifer Norseen (wearing the cap) and other volunteers gather to pray as they serve at Mary’s Kitchen, filling bags with emergency food and personal toiletries provided by Operation Be Kind.

MISSION STORY:

Jennifer norseen

Jennifer was born in Viet Nam. She escaped the country with her family as one of the boat people when she was small child. At the tender age of 5, she felt it was God who was working to save her family, even though her family was Buddhist at that time. Years later after living in America and while on a vacation, Jennifer visited a Cambodian orphan home where she experienced a deep spiritual encounter Jennifer described as a calling from God to give back to those less fortunate than herself. She felt she could have been one of those orphan children. God was calling her to do more, but what?

In 2015, Jennifer began to give back by becoming a tutor in an ESL program in Irvine. Feeling God calling her to still do more, she and her husband Jeff began coming to Salt Church, loving their mission-minded culture, and became active in the local outreach ministries. Mary’s Kitchen in Orange, CA, found a special place in their hearts. Through a mutual friend and with God’s leading, she met with Jeanine Rountree, founder of Operation Be Kind.

When asked if she would be interested in joining with Salt Church to bless Mary’s Kitchen recipients Jeanine said, without hesitation,“Yes!” (Jennifer almost didn’t ask for fear of being told no, but God worked it out.) Subsequently, on June 15, 2019, 200 bags will be filled with emergency food and personal toiletries provided by Operation Be Kind, and will be distributed to the homeless at Mary’s Kitchen, along with other services regularly given.

You never know what God has in store for you and how He will use you to give back. Ask Him to reveal His will to you! When He does, and He will, be obedient and give back to someone less fortunate!



Carole Mangum
Mission Committee
Story Curator

Email Carole with stories: carolejmangum@gmail.com or fill out the form below.

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