When I was young. I learned a lot about sales
from two groups. Amway & Cutco. Both taught me about the value of a
social network and sales. Many of the folks that live in the Westlake /
Pico-union area have had their social networks damaged by things that
have gennerated miss-trust.
It both encourages me to see what
Father Greg Boyle has going and discourages me that our culture values a
lot of things over people.
Father Greg often says "Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job". This is
true and quite dramatic. I would add... Nothing gets a person out of
depression like meaningful work with some kind of dignity. That is what
we are trying to do here as part of the La IC Book Collective.
If you want to buy Amway and need a source for their products contact Andy A Hernandez.
If you need a book and would like help finding it... and are willing to
pay a fair market price for the book. Give us a try... Contact me at: Jtierwat@earthlink.net We are learning
to be book scouts and we have access to millions of titles now. Wow...
it is amazing to be able to say this with confidence.
Advent greetings. This year marks Jude’s 25th,
and John 20th year in ministry in Los Angeles. We certainly never
expected to be here this long, but this city has become home, a place we have
come to love, the context where we share our lives and God’s grace.
A snapshot from the neighborhood:
The LA IC Book Collective has continued to serve our
neighborhood through providing books in various locations, mostly in quiet
ways. One place where they give books is at the Day Laborer Center, operated by
CARECEN, a local non-profit. A few weeks ago, CARECEN invited John to their
Andy and Chris, two members of the LA IC Book Collective,
came with John and Jude to the dinner. We were among the honored guests because
we have shared hundreds, if not thousands, of books with them, including basic
dictionaries, magazines, how-to books on everything from landscaping to house
construction. It is amazing how much gratitude can flow from simply, wisely
sharing what we have in abundance. To know that some people credit you with
helping them either learn English a little better, or helping them secure a job
that made a difference in their lives, simply by giving books that other people
were discarding – is an example of the simple and amazing power of stewardship
We would like to thank you all for your support, prayers,
and gifts of books. It is an honor to be honored, but it is a gift to be able
to be a witness to the love of the child Christ that came some two thousand
years ago, that still inspires us to find what gifts we can bring that can
somehow honor his love and presence in our world.
A few other moments of gratitude for 2013 (there are many
*John’s mom, Nancy, was able to visit us in July.
*Jude’s mom continues in Sierra Village Assisted Living. She
is taking medicine that has helped her significantly for which we are grateful.
*Jude’s brother Peter, who was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer in March 2012, has been gifted with more months than we expected. We had
Thanksgiving at their home. He reminds us to be grateful for each day-we don’t
know how many days we will be given.
*We continue to love our multi-ethnic church. Jude is
co-captain for New City Church’s Team World Vision, walking/running the LA
(half) Marathon to raise money for clean water for east Africa. (Jude is
*We continue to be surprised by joy in sharing our lives
with others here in Los Angeles.
Ways to stay in touch with us:
Find us on Facebook, including the LA IC book collective.
“Friend” them to learn more about John’s
work and the collective.
Send Jude an email if you would like this letter in email,
including photos, or if you would like more updates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We would appreciate your prayers for us in the New Year, as
we wrestle with how to most wisely invest our time, our energy, and our
resources to advance the Kingdom of God. May peace and grace flow through your
lives in 2014.
John and Jude Tiersma Watson
InnerChange Los Angeles
1-800-777-6658 or www.crmleaders.org/support. Our personal fund number is 5101. We also need help
with our mentoring initiative fund 9712.