Missions Minute: Mike Sunker and the 5C’s

“Bring the little children to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” -Matthew 19:14 Recently at Shepherd’s Grove and Irvine Presbyterian Church, we were honored to welcome Rev. Mike Sunker to share about his ministry! He is the founder and director of Christ Church Christian Care Center (5Cs) in Johannesburg, South Africa. 5Cs currently houses, clothes, feeds, and educates over 70 children. 5Cs is an oasis in Johannesburg’s Hillbrow district, an impoverished area with vast numbers of homeless children, high crime, and rampant HIV/AIDS infection. The objectives of the 5C’s ministry are:  Rescue homeless and vulnerable children from the cycle of poverty.  Restore their self-worth and dignity.  Provide a safe environment where they can pursue their dreams and aspirations.  Encourage a relationship with Christ through the Gospel.  Although the 5Cs is caring for 70 needy children, they don’t have space and resources to accommodate more children from the community. It

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Staff Spotlight: Katie Brunner

How long have you been with the ministry? I have been with the ministry for about a year and a half. What do you do for Hour of Power? I am the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Operations, as well as IT help desk. How did God bring you to the ministry? Before I found this job, or rather this job found me, I was working in sales. I didn’t feel like I was making a positive difference in the world as much as I desired. When I began seeking other opportunities, I stumbled upon a Social Media Strategist job opening through a staffing agency. Despite receiving minimal information about the position, there must have been immediate chemistry between the interviewers and me, because I was hired on the spot. The position as well as the work environment was exactly what I needed, for my emotional, mental, and

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Staff Spotlight: Phuong Nguyen

You may have seen our security guard, Phuong, driving the golf cart around our campus at Irvine Presbyterian Church (no one drives slower than him … it’s a skill), or greeting church, staff, and visitors at the church on Sundays and throughout the week. No matter where you saw him though, chances are that he was smiling. Phuong Nguyen has been with Hour of Power for 16 years: first, at the Crystal Cathedral, then, at Shepherd’s Grove/Hour of Power in Garden Grove, and now, at Shepherd’s Grove/Hour of Power in Irvine. But Phuong isn’t originally from Orange Country. He was born and raised in Vietnam and joined the Vietnamese Air Force as a helicopter pilot when he was a young man. However, when he was 22 years old, communism was on the rise and he was forced to flee Vietnam without his family. Just two days before the communists completely took over, Phuong successfully flew and

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It’s Official – We’re Moving to Irvine!

We are so incredibly blessed and excited for this opportunity to join forces with Irvine Presbyterian Church and to further advance God’s Kingdom, from Irvine! Beginning on Palm Sunday, Shepherd’s Grove will be worshiping in Irvine and will be moving offices shortly after. We are trusting God during this process and can see Him working to open doors, make connections, and to make this entire move possible. We are certain that God is going to do big things in the lives of this church family, the people in the fifteen feet of space around us, and beyond!   We are so thankful for your prayers and support. God is using YOU to help us reach millions with God’s message of love and dignity. Without you, this would not be possible. You are truly propelling this ministry forward as we continue to do Kingdom work. We would like to invite you

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Growing Together: A Visual History, and What’s to Come

In 1955, Garden Grove Community Church held its first service at the Orange Drive-in Theater. In 1961, Garden Grove Community Church held a first of its kind service in a new location — a walk in / drive sanctuary in Garden Grove (now known as Crystal Cathedral’s Arboretum). In 1970, Hour of Power was born with Dr. Robert Schuller’s mission to reach millions who couldn’t attend church. Arvella Schuller served as the program’s executive producer. In 1975, the Arboretum was overflowing with church congregants, so Dr. Schuller begins to execute his dream of building a new sanctuary on the property. In 1979, after overcoming many contracting challenges, the Crystal Cathedral held its ground-breaking ceremony. In 1990, Bobby Schuller made his first appearance on Hour of Power, singing “I Never Touched a Rainbow” as a 10-year-old. In 2000, Bobby Schuller is interviewed on Hour of Power for the first time by his

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