Dear BCM Family,
Over the past few years, we have enjoyed a fruitful season at BCM serving hundreds of children and youth from our community. It has been a pleasure to work alongside many dedicated and faithful colleagues. I would like to take this opportunity to share about an important transition for one of those colleagues. Pastor Bennett, our Director of Ministries, will be leaving BCM at the end of the school year to focus on a new ministerial direction. Below, you will find a letter in which he shares his vision for this future work as he continues to build God’s Kingdom in the East Bay.
Join us in celebrating his leadership and contributions to our work at a Farewell BBQ on May 21st. The event will be at BCM from 5pm to 7pm; dinner will be provided.
Please lift BCM in your prayers as we interview candidates for this position and as God prepares our ministry for a new, creative and productive season!
A Letter from Pastor Bennett
Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30: 7-9
To my BCM Family,
It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work with and alongside you all for the past five and a half years. I truly believe that we have impacted the lives of many students and families together as we served this community for God’s Kingdom. Over the past two years I have been sensing and feeling a shift in my ministerial calling toward the adult community. I have served at-risk youth and young adults for the past twenty five years, and through my service I could not help but notice the lack of programs that cater to the whole family. I realized in order to reunite and strengthen broken families, the parent community must be aided through exposure to the Gospel as well as professional opportunities.
In my past thirty years of ministry I have noticed an alarming amount of men and women struggling to get re-established in society because of mistakes made in their past. While serving those in low-income, urban communities, I have learned that poverty and a lack of resources contributes to the bad choices some adults make. Namely drug use, drug sales and criminal acts are primary temptations. Proverbs 30:7-9 has truly opened my eyes to the course that nature will take if divine intervention does not steer us away from evil and lead us into righteousness. When we* first began this journey of urban ministry the great earthly proverb was fervently planted in me: “If you give a man a fish he can only eat for the day, but if you teach a man how to fish he can eat for a lifetime.”
Well the honorable Dr. Perkins, who established the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), visited East Palo Alto and shared that every man cannot fish in the same pond. He encouraged many urban workers to strive to become “Pond Owners” so that we could make a greater impact within the urban communities we serve. With that said, the time has come for me to become a “Pond Owner” so that while I am fervently preaching the Gospel I can also provide more employment opportunities for adults whose lives have been drastically affected by poverty and a lack of resources. Please pray for us as we launch JPS Café—Just Potato Salad Café—and much, much more. We will also continue work on our CRADIL Program. Our goal is to establish a chain of JPS Café’s across many urban communities as well as the CRADIL Program after our first year. We endeavor to hire 100 men besides women and teenagers in the next 5 years. As always our thoughts, prayers, and support will forever continue with Bayshore Christian Ministries.
Editor's Note: At times, Pastor Bennett uses the words “we,” "us" and “our” to refer to he and God—seeing his ministry as co-work with God.
Thank you, Pastor Bennett, for your many years of service to our community!