Few Thoughts 7-19-2019
Happy Weekend, L.A. District Family!

I have had the wonderful opportunity of traveling across the district -- since our assembly more than a month ago -- being at summer camps, NYC, and other outings just to catch a glimpse of the many things the Lord is doing through you. And WOW!!! The Holy Spirit is alive and active through the district family. I am praising the Lord for all that is taking place. As you will see in this issue of Few Thoughts, I’ve recently returned from a couple of days at NYC and a day up at Oak Glen for our Children’s Camp. Next week I will head down to Mexico to catch up with the Cerro Costoche Work & Witness Team in Oaxaca as we head on over to the construction site together. Please join me in thanking the Lord for the awesome opportunities He is allowing us to be in active ministry with Him!


“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  
Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single day to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet, I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these… 
But, seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own." 
(Matthew 6:25-29, 33-34) 

Boy, we can spend a lot of time worrying, can’t we? And quite often worrying about things that are nearly out of our control. For this reason, PRAYER is so needed in our daily lives. Prayer… not only asking, requesting, or even begging for what we don’t have, but prayer is seeking Jesus! Just being with Him. 

In the above photos, check out this hawk -- at least this is what I believe it is. They soar high in the skies. They glide. They seem to enjoy life. They are not sowing, reaping, or even storing away for tomorrow. And yet, they continue on. I’ve watched eagles care for their young. I’ve also seen how the sparrows come and lay their eggs in our backyard, and day after day they care for their young. They always seem to have plenty to eat. 

I love plants and flowers. Having been raised in the Amazon Jungle, I been around lots of greenery -- trees, bushes, grass, and all sorts and varieties of plants. Some with blossoms and others just filled with dark green leaves. Some tall, some short. One of my favorite plants is the sunflower. Nearly every year Leslie and I plant a few seeds in our backyard. I did so a couple of months ago. As you can see in these photos, they grow tall and straight. The sprinklers are set on a timer and they get their needed water each and every day. And they grow. Tall! The one sunflower plant in the background is nearly 10-feet tall. I can’t even reach the flower. 

The amazing thing I just love about the sunflower is that it is a heliotropic plant. It follows the sun. As the sun rises in the east, that flower begins searching for it. And it faces the sun as the sun crawls across the sky. In the evening as the sun begins setting, that flower stops moving. It’s still, and waits for the rising of the sun the following morning. It doesn’t worry. It’s never panicking. It quietly waits. 

Lord, teach me to wait upon you and seek you each and every moment of my life. For, as I do, You always provide just exactly what I need. Thank you, Lord Jesus!
Church Ministries:
Newhall:   This last Sunday I was invited to come and preach in my home church, the very place Leslie and I had the privilege of serving as pastors for 22 years. How wonderful it was to be back home and to see so many of our loved ones! Thank you, Pastor Josh and Courtney Johnson, for this invitation and thanks you for the ministry you carry on in this great church. May the Lord bless you in the completion of the construction project and addition you are making to the front of the church building!  
District Matters:
Nazarene Youth Conference:   My daughter Aubree and I were able to fly out to Phoenix for a day and half of the NYC activities, and what a special time we enjoyed with the L.A. District crew! Thank you Pastors Josh Johnson and Tim Olson, along with all of our NYC Leaders (Moises and Meliza Arreola) and all other sponsors who provided a great and meaningful time for our 110 kids from the district. I wish all of you could have experienced the worship and conference speakers. Truly, an outstanding conference our teens were part of. I would encourage all of our churches who had attendees at NYC share a little of their story with the local church this Sunday!  
L.A. District Children’s Camp:  This past week our children have been away up at Oak Glen Christian Center for their summer camp. I was invited to come and be the special speaker for Missions on Wednesday, and what a special time I enjoyed with the kids. First of all, the location is awesome as it sits only 60 miles or so from the District Center, and only 8 miles off of I-10. I had no idea that the mountains were so close to the freeway. Just a few miles northeast of the freeway and gorgeous trees everywhere. I had the time of my life with these kids and sponsors. Again, I wish you all could have experienced the ministries, location, food, and fellowship we enjoyed together! Thank you, Pastor Kathy Cannon and the SDMI Council, for providing the leadership for this week.  
May the Lord bless all of our churches that are in the midst of VBS programs and other special services today! I am so grateful for the ways you are reaching you communities and cities for the Lord. I love you and continue in prayer for you. I hope to see you soon!

By the way… Pastors, please don’t forget about the upcoming PK Pool Party at our home on August 6. We would love to see your kids there with us. 

Seeking Him,
Greg A. Garman
Los Angeles District Superintendent
Church of the Nazarene