West Valley Christian Alliance

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Sun Cantonese service, 8:45am - 10:15am; Sun English service, 10:20am - 11:30am

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On May 16, a 44 year-old man came to Mark ______, Pastor of West Valley Church with a desperate plea for help. The man??s name, interestingly, is Simon Peter.
Simon is a paralegal by trade, of some 20 years?? experience. But the combinations of recession and corollary personal circumstances have acted to reduce Simon to a state of utter destitution and stark, urgent need which verily does constitute a bona fide emergency. Not anyone else??s emergency, of course, but one which my own most fundamental notions of human dignity forbid me to ignore.
Simon is a highly intelligent, energetic, compassionate and charismatic individual. But the rigors of two years?? living outdoors and ever-dwindling resources, and now facing the confiscation of the last remainder of his belongings and his car/home due to long expired registration, Simon professes a seemingly genuine desire to simply lie down and die.
Simon has wrung out every ounce of perseverance, eked out every drop of energy, and has walked until he vomited and collapsed of exhaustion seeking help to recover his life after losing his job to the recession. After having searched for, applied with, and been rejected from nearly every official and private assistance program that he can find, Simon has reached a stage where he can no longer discern any possibility of redemption. You see, Simon doesn??t qualify for most of the ostensibly available programs because he is not disabled, under psychiatric care, or pretending to be.
When Simon was a child, and all throughout his upbringing, he was taught, as most of us are, that if you ever find yourself at a point in life where you simply cannot go another step and you feel like you have nothing left to do in this world than to close your eyes and die, you go to the church for help. God??s servants will not let you die. We will give you food, shelter, clothing; we will come together to defeat whatever dark forces dare to threaten the power of Us.
But not at West Valley Church. On May 16, a distraught and reeling Simon Peter encountered an atmosphere just one degree off from open hostility. Having been presented with the above facts and a plea for help, Pastor Mark??s first question was: ??So where??s God in all this?? In other words, ??what??s in it for us?? I won??t speculate as to what ??all this? might refer to, but the question ultimately resolved into a declaration from Pastor Mark that ??well, ultimately it??s your own choices? which resulted in Simon??s current circumstances.
Simon left West Valley Church with a $10 grocery card and a smarting disenfranchisement from the last and only remaining paradigm in life which he had a right to believe would never turn him away into the cold.
I find Pastor Mark??s treatment of Simon to be a reprehensible and profoundly disappointing betrayal of everything our faith stands for. Both Simon and I left our meeting with Pastor Mark more frustrated and confused than ever. It was a bum??s rush which has outraged me to the point of action.
Simon neither needs nor wants superficial, Band-Aid-type charity. Simon is fully capable of accomplishing much, and in fact has in his life. Right now, though, he is so ensnared in circumstances which are daily compounding that he genuinely needs substantive help, and fast, to reverse the increasingly more precipitous collapse of his life and of his very will to live it. I, for one, must stand up to issue a cry for this man, for he can barely do so himself. He seems but a step away from laying down in a gutter until some authority comes to take him away. But I cannot help him alone. Let??s not talk now of money or donations, which obviously will be needed. Instead, let us first come together to pool our combined knowledge, resources, and love to come up with some way to help one among us whom desperately needs us now.

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On May 16, a 44 year-old man came to Mark ______, Pastor of West Valley Church with a desperate plea for help. The man??s name, interestingly, is Simon Peter.
Simon is a paralegal by trade, of some 20 years?? experience. But the combinations of recession and corollary personal circumstances have acted to reduce Simon to a state of utter destitution and stark, urgent need which verily does constitute a bona fide emergency. Not anyone else??s emergency, of course, but one which my own most fundamental notions of human dignity forbid me to ignore.
Simon is a highly intelligent, energetic, compassionate and charismatic individual. But the rigors of two years?? living outdoors and ever-dwindling resources, and now facing the confiscation of the last remainder of his belongings and his car/home due to long expired registration, Simon professes a seemingly genuine desire to simply lie down and die.
Simon has wrung out every ounce of perseverance, eked out every drop of energy, and has walked until he vomited and collapsed of exhaustion seeking help to recover his life after losing his job to the recession. After having searched for, applied with, and been rejected from nearly every official and private assistance program that he can find, Simon has reached a stage where he can no longer discern any possibility of redemption. You see, Simon doesn??t qualify for most of the ostensibly available programs because he is not disabled, under psychiatric care, or pretending to be.
When Simon was a child, and all throughout his upbringing, he was taught, as most of us are, that if you ever find yourself at a point in life where you simply cannot go another step and you feel like you have nothing left to do in this world than to close your eyes and die, you go to the church for help. God??s servants will not let you die. We will give you food, shelter, clothing; we will come together to defeat whatever dark forces dare to threaten the power of Us.
But not at West Valley Church. On May 16, a distraught and reeling Simon Peter encountered an atmosphere just one degree off from open hostility. Having been presented with the above facts and a plea for help, Pastor Mark??s first question was: ??So where??s God in all this?? In other words, ??what??s in it for us?? I won??t speculate as to what ??all this? might refer to, but the question ultimately resolved into a declaration from Pastor Mark that ??well, ultimately it??s your own choices? which resulted in Simon??s current circumstances.
Simon left West Valley Church with a $10 grocery card and a smarting disenfranchisement from the last and only remaining paradigm in life which he had a right to believe would never turn him away into the cold.
I find Pastor Mark??s treatment of Simon to be a reprehensible and profoundly disappointing betrayal of everything our faith stands for. Both Simon and I left our meeting with Pastor Mark more frustrated and confused than ever. It was a bum??s rush which has outraged me to the point of action.
Simon neither needs nor wants superficial, Band-Aid-type charity. Simon is fully capable of accomplishing much, and in fact has in his life. Right now, though, he is so ensnared in circumstances which are daily compounding that he genuinely needs substantive help, and fast, to reverse the increasingly more precipitous collapse of his life and of his very will to live it. I, for one, must stand up to issue a cry for this man, for he can barely do so himself. He seems but a step away from laying down in a gutter until some authority comes to take him away. But I cannot help him alone. Let??s not talk now of money or donations, which obviously will be needed. Instead, let us first come together to pool our combined knowledge, resources, and love to come up with some way to help one among us whom desperately needs us now.

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I go there and it's alright. They have a Chinese service and a youth/English service. I wish I could say it is awesome. But it's only okay. The youths there are really GREAT though. But then all these issues with doctrine/youth pastors over the last few years. It's a Christian and Missionary Alliance and I'm leaning on the Pentecostal side haha. Maybe that'll work for you. Maybe just check out the youth group?

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I go there and it's alright. They have a Chinese service and a youth/English service. I wish I could say it is awesome. But it's only okay. The youths there are really GREAT though. But then all these issues with doctrine/youth pastors over the last few years. It's a Christian and Missionary Alliance and I'm leaning on the Pentecostal side haha. Maybe that'll work for you. Maybe just check out the youth group?

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