Thank you so much for your prayers for Orchard Community Church.  Where do I begin?  Last year we had just begun the challenge to start a new church in Escondido.  My home church Emmanuel Faith Community Church had prayed with Summer and me and chose us to be their next church planters in Escondido.  One year ago the church had myself, my wife and our four children.  April 20, 2014 Orchard Community Church will have its grand opening.

After our starting the church fourteen weeks ago, we have a regular attendance of 100+ adults and 40 children weekly with more than 100 guests from the community (not from EFCC) in the past two months.  We have 22 leaders working with 40+ volunteers involved in 16 different ministry areas ranging from nursery workers to the worship team.

I stand amazed at how much God has blessed our efforts.  Our hope is to invite people to find hope and experience love through faith in Christ.  When people arrive our goal is to point them to Jesus and invite them to join us in our worship of Him.

We are still busy and need your prayer.  Nurturing the core of the church through our small group ministry is a priority at this time.   They are called Life Groups.  We have also been working on aggressively getting the word out about OCC.  In the past two months we’ve passed out 3000 flyers door to door and just today passed out nearly 3000 additional door hangers to invite people to our Easter services.

I’m writing this to you to let you know that we are endeavoring to be submitted to Christ and it has been both exhausting and the most exhilarating thing we’ve ever done.  Today I had a chance to watch whole families walk through neighborhoods getting the word out about a new church in town.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

God is doing something significant and I believe it is because you and I have prayed together asking Him to do just that, something significant.  While we’re on the topic of prayer, I need something from you.

Will you pray with me each day leading up to Easter?  I’d like to gather as many people as I can to pray that God would give OCC supernatural opportunity and ability to proclaim the Gospel this Easter Sunday. I whole heartedly believe that if we go to the Lord in prayer He will hear it and work according to His will. Your partnership in prayer means the world to me and I know that I am here today working in this ministry because of it.

We have been updating our website and OCC iphone/android App.  If you’d like to hear some of our messages or stay connected please download our app.  You can find it in your App store by searching for “orchardcc” and look for the orange app.  Or you can click on the links below.

iphone Orchard App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/orchard-community-church/id767301123?mt=8 

Android Orchard App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.apps.n160960479 

Thank you again for your continued support and partnership in the Gospel ministry. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or would like more information.  You are a blessing to me and I’m happy to be on the journey with Jesus with you.

Submitted to the King,

Assad Saif

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