In 2022 Jesse was appointed by Missions Door to serve in various ministries around L.A. and Orange counties. These include the Community Resource Care Center of La Habra and, most recently, the Interfaith Food Center of Santa Fe Springs. In short, these ministries provide social services in poverty-stricken areas serving low-income families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Jesse says, “As we show compassion to the hurting and provide for people’s physical needs, they see the love of Jesus and become more receptive to hearing about the Good News.”
Growing up in high crime areas of greater L.A., living on a combination of food stamps and meals acquired through dumpster-diving, Jesse fondly recalls being chased by hoodlums for his bicycle as he rode to and from school. He is thankful for the godly grandmother who faithfully brought him to church and vacation bible school where he accepted Christ as his Savior. It was while attending Biola University that he dedicated his life to serving the Lord, and where he met his wife, Krystal. A few hours north, in the Bay Area, Krystal was brought up in a Christian home and came to faith at an early age. After serving faithfully for years at church and going on numerous short-term mission trips, her heart was open to serving the Lord anywhere He might lead.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
California, United States