So grateful….

I am so grateful for family.  I have my niece Mayte visiting so we have more family gathered at the Salomon household this year.  Also, Elizabeth brought a friend from college who lives in Hawaii and she wasn’t able to go home for the break.  Of course, I am grateful I have my mom and my 98 year old grandfather to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.  I have a pumpkin cheesecake in the oven….a favorite of my family.

I am grateful for the wonderful response to my plea for prayer partners.  The excitement, the prayers…….I am so grateful.  Also, I am working on prayer partners from all the Continents.   Does anyone have a Christian friend from Australia?

Read some of the wonderful responses to my request for prayer partners:

“Your are absolutely correct. I cannot put my finger on it, but Jesus once encountered a demon that he said could only be exorcised with prayer. And your are so right that it is a special battle. Once we realize what we are up against, we know how to prepare and arm ourselves with the whole armor of God…I will pray for you all   I would not be a Lutheran nor a pastor nor a lot of good things (by the grace of God) were it not for Lutheran Schools.”


“I am sure that anything into which you’ve invested your beautiful life is also worth a portion of mine – for both time and eternity. So please know that as the Lord encourages my heart for you, I will give Him thanks for you and your church, His work your church life, the people who will be served in His name. I am proud to do it.”


“YES! YES! AND YES!…….I will commit to praying for this new mission opportunity DAILY!  This is such a worthy, God directed plan and everything is possible with Him….in his perfect time!!!” 

“Count me in!  I will gladly pray for the new mission.  Give me a couple days also to enlist support from our prayer chain and from others here in this community.  Send me any updates and I’ll check your blog regularly as well.  I may have some other email addresses to share with you if others also commit to pray.”


“Thanks for thinking of me with your prayer request. I would be honored

to pray for this important mission. If it is the Lords will, He will

make it happen. Every day when I rock my little one to sleep, I’ll keep

this mission in my prayers. Please keep me posted.”


“Absolutely!  I am privileged to be asked to pray. Please keep me posted.”


“Most certainly, I will share the need with those dedicated to the ministry of intercession in our midst and beyond.”


“We would be happy to pray with you about this project.  I would love to know more about it.  I would like to know more and how we can be of help.”


“Precious Heavenly Father, I pray for my fellow Christians who have come across an obstacle that only you can lift.  I pray that you give Concordia Lutheran Church courage and faith as they launch there new mission. Keep there faith strong and remind them that you will help them overcome all of the stumbling blocks they must cross before they accomplish your will for a mission in this area of Chula Vista.  Help them to keep focused on the following scriptures so they may never be discouraged.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

-Psalm 31:24

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

-Luke 12:32

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  -Psalm 46:1

 I lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1-2

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. -Psalm 139:9-10

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

I will continue to partner with you and other in prayer.”


“Yes, include me. I will pray for the Lord’s success there.”


Yes, Of course!  We’ll be glad to add the mission to our prayer list.

Will you help pray….?

Concordia Church is proposing a new mission plant in the Eastern part of Chula Vista…. a new community called Otay Ranch.  We desire to be a force for God and for good. We have been working with the city for more than 1 1/2 years on finding the best way to build a church, innovative day school program, large preschool and community center.  Unfortunately, a conceptual drawing of the master planned design had a park Towne Center in the middle of the property that we are purchasing.  A park is a good thing and even a park in the middle of a church property is a good thing….but there would be no space for the church/school/community center with this configuration.  We requested that the park be moved to the corner of the lot which would increase its access to the public and give us space to build the church campus.  Wednesday was our formal hearing before the Planning Commission.  It was three hours of nail=biting proceedings.  Our proposal is not a neat project that fits into the normal approval process and the Planning Commission denied both of our requests (a secondary one had to do with a public access right through the middle of the private property)…..  This means that we now go on to the City Council on appeal. 

We feel it is of critical importance to raise up 200 prayer partners who will daily remember this mission launch in their prayers and be willing to receive email requests to pray for immediate needs.  No matter where you live….across the street or across the world, if you want to help us impact this region for God and for good, you can help us pray for this project.  We need your partnership for this time as city governments are not too friendly to church projects, you know.  Will you be a prayer partner with us?  Let me know please.  Either you can leave me a comment below or you can email me privately at

You can bookmark our blog to keep up on the latest news:

You can read the vision here also.

We may go before the City Council as early as Dec 11.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the
mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and
foam and the mountains quake with their surging….”Be still, and know
that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted
in the earth.”   The LORD Almighty [Lord God of the armies] is with
us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  (Psalm 46 selected verses)


Seismic Shifts Study

We finished our seismic shifts study last night. We had the opportunity to see how small changes really did change our lives in powerful ways.  We also had a special send off prayer for our friend who is moving to St. Louis tomorrow!  If you are looking for a good read check out “Seismic Shifts:the little changes that make a BIG difference in your life” by Kevin G. Harney.


In case you were wondering, Fusse ( did not win the battle of the bands last night.  The voting was done by the patrons……and since the boys were the first act at the earliest time slot AND underage (the venue was an over 21 club) all their supporters had to watch from outside!  The place had large and in some cases, screenless, windows so the view was good from outside but obviously the bands that packed the house got the votes. Duh!  It was a very good experience however.  They did great. They were a little bummed that they took about 3 minutes longer than anticipated setting up and they ran out of time and because the schedule was tight their were not allowed to perform their 3rd song.  As I said, working under real performing conditions, it was a good experience……

National Outreach Convention

Pastor went to the morning innovation workshop and the presenter put my blog up on the screen and talked about “Melissa from San Diego.”  How remarkable is that? I had written the post mentioning his innovative church and his search found my mention.  I think they were talking about using blogs.  That really blew my mind.

Battle of the Bands….

As part of a national battle of the bands, 300 bands auditioned and 25 were selected from the San Diego area……Fusse is one of the them! ( Tonight they played.  The reporter from the Star News was in the front to support them and I guess he will write a follow up story to the wonderful 4 page story he wrote before they played at the Bonitafest. I couldn’t believe the boys seem so confident and not nervous!  The winner is announced at midnight tonight. In case you don’t know, my son Andres is the lead guitar, lead vocals, songwriter, musical director of Fusse.

National Outreach Convention

Every year the National Outreach Convention is held in beautiful San Diego.  Pastor and I are going tomorrow and Friday.  I am especially looking forward to the workshops on innovation (the guy from and a new track which is probably going to be my only track this year…..Conversational Evangelism. 


How do you start a conversation that ends in faith? In a former era churches tended to talk first and ask questions later. But in our contemporary world, those who take time to listen to the culture are discovering new doors to faith. Join some of the nation’s leading evangelism voices as they partner together to teach what they’ve discovered about unlocking doors to faith in a post-Christian, secular world. Gain vital insight into the conceptual basis that underlies conversational forms of evangelism, and learn how these proven approaches can be used in your church to reignite evangelism in this challenging “between times” era. You’ll come away with whole array of tools for your cultural, evangelistic tool box.


It sounds like fascinating stuff. I will let you know how it goes.