Sam's Infinity Video is back!

Samuel has this certain talent to be in various times in infinity, side by side... you try it! Not as easy as it looks.


Houston - urgent prayer request

Dear friends,
I received a call a moment ago from a trusted friend in Houston who
is working on a school campus with a wonderful character-based
training program. We have had many positive developments in the last

In the last few moments, there was a gun discharged in the school.
They are going on lock-down as I type. Please pray for God's
Protection on youth in North Houston in particular, but also for
young people everywhere who are falling prey to a distorted view of
life which requires violence for a sense of status.

Thanks for praying!



Leroy's Better!!

For those of you who have heard, and for haven't...

He called me today and had an incredibly wordy conversation!!!
Way to go L'oy!!

Thanks to everyone who has been praying!!!!


Law Enforcement To Crack Down On Gangs In East Palo Alto

Local, State and Federal forces marshalled over East Palo Alto. A concerted effort is ongoing to help bad guys understand, 'We don't want that stuff here in our neighborhood!!"

Please continue to pray for this community and a number of initiatives underway in the community of Faith and civic agencies.



East Bay Holds Landmark Anti-Gang Summit

On the Oakland side of the Bay, they held a summit on Wednesday with representatives of more  than a dozen cities.

Keep praying!



East Palo Alto weeps

The view of the setting sun from the balcony of the family who lost a 13 year old son & brother marks the tragedy of 2 teens who died Sunday (1/21/07) in senseless tragedy. I wanted to alert the praying public to this issue...

Please look at these two stories of the first 2 homocides of 2007.

Story 1

Story 2

please refer to the story on the CBS Channel here.

Two Teenage Boys Shot To Death In East Palo Alto


Eric's Rendition...

My youngest son is often 'bringing it' with quotes and extensive renditions of what he has captured from music or video. This is his 'Encarnacion' song by Nacho Libre. This in no way reflects on the values he may or may not have, possess, reflect, reject, disavow or disdain in regards to the value or worthlessness of any video, audio or otherwise media related carbon based object in, around or in proximity of the known or unknown universe.
[All disclaimers are subject to interpretation, neglect or denial.]


NorCalUrban: Job Opening at NCUD

If you've been looking for a good reason to come out to the West Coast, NorCal in particular, this may be your sweet spot!

If you are all about community empowerment, you will really sink your teeth into this opportunity! This organization is going to make a social impact in the lives of urban families. If you know anyone in Job Search mode, it would definitely be worth your time to look at this, and please do recommend this link to others.

Happy New Year!

NorCalUrban: Job Opening at NCUD


The Pasta Diet and Your Health

Have a Blessed Day!!!

Subject: Fwd: FW: The Pasta Diet and Your Health

Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 08:25:04
From: "Lee Ann Medford"
Subject: The Pasta Diet and Your Health

A little morning humor!


1.. You walka pasta da bakery.

2.. You walka pasta da candy store.

3.. You walka pasta da Ice Cream shop.

4... You walka pasta da table and fridge.

You will lose weight!



For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

2007... and we're on!

Another year's milestone passed by, and thus begins the task of preparing our hearts and defining vision for a new year.

I've been acutely aware that it wasn't that long ago that the Impending Doom of Y2K had many in a flutter. I subsequently observed quite a number of Gulf Coast families who benefited from individuals which had stored up water, generators, non-perishable food and other disaster preparedness items. Amazingly, the response of many countries (including the U.S.) to Indonesia's TSUNAMI was now over 2 years ago. That country in turn responded to many affected by hurricane damage suffered by Katrina & the lesser supported Rita.

We are seeing an increasing amount of meteorlogical anomalies. Whether the crises(plural) are greater because 'modern man' has chosen to live in beehive/anthill type communities and are predisposed to an increased negative impact, or it really is an increase in activity that is causing 'men's heart to fail because of fear' [Luke 21:26] I sincerely believe that people who profess to be Ambassadors or Living Epistles will have an opportunity to 'Put Up or Shut Up'. [Luke 21:13]

Scathing scrutiny has challenged the deepest and most entrenched bastions of western-styled faith. Some of the strangest & most illogical belief structures have become widely accepted and even promoted as being 'better' than traditional Judeo-Christian faith affirming ancient writers' [Paul to Timothy 4:3] strongly held belief that if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

The knee-jerk reaction of most then is... 'Well who says you're right!?' .... you know that's a good question.
I observed for many years in developing young leaders that the Screaming Question: "Are you the True God?" was often looked at as doubt, when it was primarily a vital question!! I have always said that the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. Asking questions is a good way to get answers. It is not a sign of weakness. Western marketers try to dumb us down with statements like, 'Why ask why?' TO GET AN ANSWER!.. THAT'S WHY! When you have a committment from the Author of Truth to get an answer to your questions... Why not ask!? When I spoke recently to a group of young emerging leaders in Houston, I reflected on the Plan for Our Life. Ultimately, and I concluded with this, it's not about us! It's about OTHERS!

A stated life purpose of one of my good friends is 'TO KNOW TRUTH!' Sometimes you just gotta ask! and you know what? That's when you usually get an answer. [Hebrews 11:6] The caveat... Our hurried lifestyle often will preclude our ability to get answers... simply because we don't want to wait. I NEED TO LEARN TO WAIT.

So this year, as I wait, I want to find direction for my life that will yield the greatest impact. I'm not real good at treading water, and as many times as I have found myself in the surf in that predicament, I often just get tired and let the current take me... not always a good thing! I need to strike out in definite directions, establishing milestones & road markers for those who may choose (at their own risk) to follow. Warning of obvious and hidden dangers, as well as marking the breathtaking vistas of Creation that demand to be noticed and appreciated.

I am confident in my faith. I am confident in my future. I want to work more efficiently and with direct purpose. I will do that by giving as much of what I have to as many as will ask.

You may have heard me voice my MISSION STATEMENT IN LIFE:
I want to work myself out of a job... so I can do another job.

There is a lot to do, a short time to do it, and not as many people to do it as you would probably want to have to do the job. That means the job will either not get done, or will only get done under miraculous circumstances.

If I want to go fast, I travel ALONE. If I want to go far... I travel TOGETHER... I WANT TO GO FAR! I NEED TO GO FAR!!

January 1, 2007. A New Year's Day like many others, but in MANY ways... very different!