This is Alba Galaviz's story, a church planter with CityReach Network, and how her life completely changed when she finally decided to forgive.
It was at his darkest moment, in 2012, sitting in his driveway that Barry realized something needed to change. With tears rolling down his cheeks, he cried out to God; begging Him to change his life and to reveal Himself.
Shawn has a desire to reach the world, and that world has come to Los Angeles. From the moment he accepted God’s call on his life to plant a church, Shawn knew that he wanted to plant a multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-socioeconomic church.
What an amazing weekend we had all across the US and in Canada! Great teams were put on the field and God did amazing things. At the very heart of each CityReach Church is a call and passion to reach people who find themselves far from God.
The first time, Delroy was visiting his friend’s apartment when a colleague pulled out a gun and demanded a shoot-out. Delroy, afraid of what might happen to him, cried out to God.
The call to reach the one definitely resonates with me. It reminds me of the parable of the lost sheep. The shepherd had 100 sheep. When one got lost, he left the 99 to go find that one. The challenge in the city is that there are far more than one that are lost.
Church planting is all about reaching that one person that needs to hear the hope of the gospel message. We look at a new church plant and we see opportunity and possibility. We believe that lives will be saved as people meet Jesus Christ.
A Miami native, Ray Holsemback grew up in a foster home and struggled with abuse, insecurity, and a lack of confidence. At 18, Ray aged out of foster care, but kept with him the feelings of insecurity and rejection.
We connected so much to CityReach and the vision of reaching the unchurched and the dechurched. We love getting outside of the four walls of the church and actually reaching the one!