She finally said YES to Jesus!

November 2020 e-news

On October 7th, we lost our beautiful friend, Sasha Hartmann. We received a call from the San Francisco General saying that Sasha had taken a fall at her skilled nursing facility and shattered some of the bones in her leg. She was unconscious and too weak to operate on because of COPD (all the years of smoking), and they believed she had a blood clot in her lung.

Sasha became homeless in 2008 when the economy took a turn and lived outside the library for a few of those years. During the 7 years of getting to know Sasha through an officer, Bill Cagno (Redwood City PD), we were able to build a friendship with her and she began to trust us. We were able to get her placed in several short-term housing including with members of Peninsula Covenant Church. Thank you to Paul and Annette Soby, Seeberger’s, Dr. Lynn and Pam Chang, and the Shearin’s for opening their door to her for a place to live! Sasha was finally able to get into a long term skilled nursing facility with much persistence! While staying with the families mentioned, Sasha read many Christian books and was presented the gospel. She resisted any desire to have a relationship with God but we continued to love her and pray for her.

The night we got the call that Sasha was in the hospital (October 4th), our female outreach worker, Shawn Shearin, went to visit her. Sasha was not responsive and the doctors figured she would pass away during the night. Shawn prayed over her that before she passed, she would wake up and give her life to Jesus. Two days after Sasha was admitted to the hospital, prayers were answered! “Today was miraculous,” Shawn proclaimed, “There are no other words! When I went to visit Sasha at the hospital she was alert and ready to talk to me. I let her know that her time might be short on this earth, that she needed to make a decision to surrender her life and her will over to the care of God. For the 7 years, I’ve known her, she has adamantly refused and pushed God away. Today was different and she gave her life completely over to God. We prayed together and she called out to Jesus to forgive her for her sins. In her own words, she said, ‘I need the blood of Christ over me.’ When we were done praying alone in her room, she asked, ‘Who are all the people in here?’ I said, angels. She went on to say, ‘Well there sure are a lot of them.’ We looked at each other and smiled. God is so incredibly good.”

We will have a memorial for Sasha sometime in November. Thank you to all who loved Sasha and prayed for her. ❤️

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
— Proverbs 19:17

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Pastor David Shearin

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I heard a story a while back that I thought should be a column. It’s kind of cool, and I believe, with a little wordsmithing, that it will illustrate perfectly what I’m trying to get across to you all. In order to understand, you’re going to need to understand the term “Ubuntu” …

Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù]) is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity." It is often translated as "I am because we are," or "humanity towards others," or in Xhosa, "umntu ngumntu ngabantu" but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity."

So the story goes that there were these Christian Missionaries in Africa, visiting an indigenous tribe. The language barrier had, to some extent, been broken, and the missionaries were helping the tribe through showing them better farming practices, how to build wells and irrigation, and teaching school for their children. The children all hung out together after school, and one of the missionaries that was watching after them devised a race. He told the kids that the first one to reach the Kapok tree (the largest tree in the area) would win a basket filled with chocolate and other candy. The kids were ecstatic – most had never tasted candy in their entire lives. The missionary lined them all up at the “starting line” and said “Ready, Set, Go!!”…

As soon as he said go, the children all grabbed each others’ hands, and TOGETHER they all ran to the Kapok tree.

The missionary was puzzled. There were kids that could run WAY faster than others, yet with such a special prize to be had, they had all ran together. So the missionary asked them why. One of the children responded that they could not imagine enjoying a treat unless all their brothers and sisters could enjoy one as well. One could not be happy unless the others were happy too.

That, my friends, is the embodiment of the concept of Ubuntu.

It’s a pretty cool concept when you examine it. I am because we are. Can you imagine how cool it might be if we all embraced such a concept? I’m not talking about Socialism, or anything like that. This is more of a mindset, a belief, that together we can do so much more than we can as individuals. That we are ALL on the same team. The lowliest amongst us is just as important as the strongest. Together, we can do anything, and I think that’s an awesome concept.

The truth is, Ubuntu couldn’t be more alien to us if it landed in a UFO. Especially now. I mean, it’s November in the good ol’ US of A, and it’s 2020. Everyone is doing their own thing.

We need to believe in one another again. It really doesn’t take much to know I’m right about this. I mean, we’ve all been programmed to be go-getters able to accomplish whatever life hits us with on our own. We’ve learned to be self-sufficient.  We don’t need anyone to be successful, right?

Well, as true as it may sound, I disagree. I choose to believe that it takes a village. I choose to believe that we are capable of so much more.  I need to believe we can do better. We’re all stuck on this giant ball of dirt together, so why not try to take it to the next level?

Lord, I’m asking you to watch over us all this month. Keep us in your embrace. We need you more than ever before. And Lord, I am because we are. Thank you for that.

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