olive tree community newsletter for august 09
DESCRIPTIONKeeping you up to date on all the news and happenings at the OTC.
The Olive Tree Community
Morning Gatherings, Momentum, a Hole in One, and Much, Much More…
AUGUST’S UPDATE: July was an exciting time! Lisa and the kids and I spent time with family friends getting refreshed at the beach so we would be well rested for the year to come.
We have been blessed with a lot of opportunities to be with family and it has been sooo good for me, Lisa and the kids.
We had our first 10am gathering, ocean baptism, and OTC Picnic on the same morning. It was such a great day! Until you meet in the evenings and then move to the mornings, you have no idea how
different the energy is and how blessed you are to meet in the morning. God is so good and He did such a miracle to allow us to be able to meet in the mornings and we are seeing a difference. Praise God! The ocean baptism was really awesome! We just split the crowd and walked down to the water and did a baptism while others were playing in the water. It definitely turned heads and some people on the beach asked our people what was going on. Very Cool!!!!
The OTC picnic was at Will Rodgers State Beach Park. IT was packed but God allowed us to get some benches. A Korean church was using both of the BBQs
and we needed one. I have been spending time with my new friend Enoch Jang and he has been teaching me some Korean. I was able to communicate that I was a pastor and we were a church and they gladly shared the grills with us! Praise God!
MOMENTUM Since we have started meeting at 10am we have felt the momentum. Momentum is a weird thing, but it is real and it matters. Things are moving in the right direction and the people feel it. God is moving in Brentwood and the people feel it. When they feel those things, they are more excited to be a part of what God is doing. Already we are seeing people invite more friends because they are excited about what God is doing and where the OTC is going. I am personally jumping out of my skin with excitement because I feel the momentum and I feel God’s presence and I am excited to see what He is going to do next!
OTC RETREAT We are having our Staff and Leadership retreat here in August and our OFFICIAL Launch in September and we believe God is going to do great things! We have good memories…we remember what God has done already and so it makes it easy for us to believe Him for big things in the future. Yay God! (I said this last month, but I read it and thought it still captured how I was feeling. ) I thank God for how He is moving in LA (Brentwood)! I love the journey He us leading us on! Thank you for being a part of this amazing mission from God. I am honored to partner with you!
HOLE in ONE!
On a fun note. I was playing golf yesterday with some friends and on the fifth hole I got a hole in one. I couldn’t believe it! That was more about God than about me. God is funny…He knows how to encourage me. Yay God!
Here is an update from our OTC Missionaries in Israel.
Sterling Reed and Talia Katz have sent us another update. We are so proud to partner with them! They are doing a great job as they fearlessly follow the Lord! I hope they inspire you to do the same in your own life. Please read and pray for them. :) OTC Family! We're writing to you from a dirty little internet cafe in India!! It's 10:45pm and it's like 95 degrees outside and soooo humid!!! But aside from sweating a lot, we're doing really well! We've been here in Delhi for 5 days, and the transition has been way easier than we expected. Our team of six went ahead of the bigger team to India, and we've spent the majority of this week going deep in worship, prayer and intercession, asking God to prepare the way for both our teams. Our second team got here today at 6:30am. We met them at the airport and were able to ease their transition as
much as possible by taking care of taxis and hotels and all the logistics. Except for the leaders, the entire second team had never experienced India before, and it's definitely a shock going through that for the first time. We're together for one more day and then splitting up into four smaller teams, with each of the members of our team leading their teams. We'll be going to Dharamsala, Manali, Parvati Valley, and Leh. Please be praying for God to go before us and open the hearts of the Israelis in these areas. We're so excited to be here doing this. God has really been stirring up our hearts lately and meeting us in new ways. Even though the living conditions here in Delhi have been extremely exhausting, we're all pumped to be leading these teams and going out. Its been really hard for Talia and I to adjust to working in an intimate team, but God has been helping us find a balance, and it's been getting a lot better lately. In fact, last night our team had a bit of a debriefing session, and they specifically encouraged us and told us we were doing a great job, and they feel good about our contributions as a couple. Please pray for us as the two of us are on different teams for the next week and a half. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and your support. We love you guys so much and its so encouraging to know that we have a family back home that's rooting for us! We miss you and pray that God will rock your world over there. It's so exciting that you have a Sunday morning service now!
You can follow our blog @ www.massah.us Love, Sterling & Talia
Pray for our continued partnership with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Jews for Jesus and Tikkun Olam.
MEMORY VERSE: Col 2:16-17
16Therefore do not let anyone judge you
by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a
religious festival, a New Moon celebration
or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow
of the things that were to come; the reality,
however, is found in Christ.
YESHUA THE MOSHIACH!
PRAY for favor, a good reputation, and opportunity in the Jewish community in Brentwood.
OTC FILMS The OTC has purchased it's first TV quality Camera and Editing software to begin filming videos, dramas, short films, and webisodes. We determined that God has given us a lot of people in the entertainment industry and we are responsible to steward their gifts wisely. We felt God leading us to create media that will encourage and teach believers and or cause the world to consider Jesus as their Messiah. Sweet! We will post them on Facebook, Myspace, Youtube and Godtube. I will send emails so you can check them out. :) THE OTC BABY! Vision: To Love People, See them Transformed, and Help them Change the World. We are rolling! Your prayers are being answered and we see God’s mission being accomplished in Brentwood…soon LA, and next the World.
PRAYER TEAM If you are interested in being a part of my personal prayer team please reply to this email with Prayer Team in the memo and I will add you to my team.
SUPPORT UPDATE PRAY - BELIEVE 2009
In July 09 our support was $3500. WOO HOO!!!! This is the first time we can come close to covering our costs in 5-6 months!!! Thank You!!!! PRAY God crushes us financially if that is what He needs to do to cause us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (I have said this a lot, but it is still true!). PRAY God allows us to get into a place that will increase our effectiveness for the kingdom, and lower our rent. We want to steward all of your support and God's resources wisely. PRAY God gets the OTC
self sufficient by the end of 2009! PRAY for my Family too. That God would use the kids in the lives of their friends and at their school. That Lisa will be a light to the parents and in this community! In 2009 PRAY that God lowers our monthly bills and ups our support. Money has kept ministers and churches out of this area for years, but we refuse to let it stand in the way of the gospel. PRAY God provides for us. Please consider forwarding this newsletter to all the people in your contacts list at least one time, explaining our mission and need, and maybe God will move in someone's heart to support God's mission to LA! Please have courage and faith no matter what you do! Thank you for all of your support! GIVE ONLINE? YES! SWBC reference number for paying your support to The Olive Tree Community through online banking: Reference #2057-2-80
Pray that God moves others to join the mission of reaching a community that has the ability to impact the world. Pray God provides the remainder $56,700 that my family will need to minister here in Brentwood.
GOODSEARCH Hey, I heard of an easy way to support OTC. Go to goodsearch.com and put The Olive Tree Community as your charity and then set it as your homepage. Every time you search using good search or purchase online using goodshop we receive money. It is easy and it helps us accomplish our mission.
Cards for California
Go to our Myspace profile or www.cardsforcalifornia.com to see anther way you can support OTC . Check out Cards For California…It is an unbelievable effort coming out of Chicago to support us and see God influence LA!
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This Newsletter is also a reminder to send in your Support
for AUGUST 2009 You can give your support through online banking using the SWBC reference number that goes to The Olive Tree Community: #2057-2-80 Or The Commitment Card is attached to this Newsletter. You can simply print it off, fill it out, and send it in with your monthly support, and/or special gift. Payment and mailing instructions are on the commitment card.
Thank you for your support.
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This Week’s Celebrity Prayer
Focus: Nicolas Cage
When you hear his name mentioned on TV, or Radio this month…please pray a
short prayer that God would reveal Himself to his family and friends and they would experience Jesus’
The Big Commitments † Read your Bible
for a ½ hour every day. Pray for a ½ half hour every day.
† Bring your Bible with you to work or school.
† Invite 5 people to OTC parties a week.
† Fast once a month for 24 hrs for God to bring our friends, co-workers, and neighbors to Christ.
Prayers for the Mission to
LA/Brentwood Pray God Provides
for the Basile’s Pray God Blesses
the Airing of LA Ink and Joe’s opportunities to Share Jesus on TV
Pray OTC sees 1000 people come to Christ!
Pray God Protects Joe and Gives Him Vision
Pray God Blesses our efforts this messianic leader
Pray the Brentwood Community and Surrounding Area will experience revival
o General Population
o Jewish Community
o Celebrity Community
OTC The Olive Tree Community is a Church/Synagogue plant in Brentwood/LA. Our purpose is to reach out to Celebrities/Jews/The Wealthy/The Common Person with the love of Jesus. If you have any Questions send us a message and we'll reply promptly. Blessings! Joe and Lisa Basile
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