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Hello Peacemakers,

Thank you for your support and prayers. The letter above is from a student who was touched by the impact of our work. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16

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The Streets of Our Neighbors

I was recently invited to Baltimore, Maryland by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Department Of Justice for the annual Youth Violence Prevention Communities of Practice.

On this trip a group of pastors and church leaders were invited by LT. Col. Melvin Russell, of the Baltimore police department, to the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. We went into the ground zero area where the Baltimore riots occurred over Freddie Gray, who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody.

As we walked through the streets people yelled out "the police killed Freddie Gray" and "no justice, no peace". I could physically feel the anger, pain, and hopelessness of this community. It was very emotional.

We had the opportunity to attended a small church in the very same neighborhood. We heard church leaders and some youth share about about their hopes for their community. They told us about what they are doing in their neighborhoods and how lives are being changed one person at a time. I had a heavy heart after hearing the chants from the streets of Baltimore, but in that moment, in that tiny church, I saw that there is hope.

In addition to Baltimore, there are many other neighborhoods in the United States with the same DNA: poverty, drug pollution, and violence. Communities across our nation are experiencing similar pain and loss. Sometimes these neighborhoods explode and they get national attention. Most of the time they implode and our youth and children are left to deal with the aftermath. Often they get little or no attention other than being known as "bad neighborhoods".

But l see hope for these
neighborhoods when they have a faithful body of believers that are willing to love and invest in their community and defuse the tension.

"For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14

Pastor Danny Sanchez
thecitypeaceproject.org

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Praying for Guadalajara, Mexico

I am a part of an international delegation called Lationosphere. We were recently invited to speak at a tech conference in Guadalajara, Mexico called "Epicentro Fest". Speakers from all over the world came together to share ideas on how to create, transform, and build open cities that are full of knowledge.

My talk was titled "Beyond Technology, Keeping People Connected". It was an amazing experience meeting innovators and entreprenuers, during my four days in beautiful Guadalajara.

I was so impressed with Guadalajara! The city is a modern tech hub with high rise buildings, but it also maintains its traditional culture and history.

The highlight of my trip was a helicopter ride from Guadalajara to Tequila, Mexico. It was my first time on a helicopter and I was a little nervous. As I was waiting to board the helicopter, the Lord impressed on my heart my mission for the ride; to pray for Guadalajara and ask that a revival of the gospel will spread through the area. After praying this over the city I immediately felt a peace.

I thank God for the opportunity to speak and share at the Epicentro Fest. And I thank God for all of you, your support, and your continued prayers.

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people."
Ephesians 6:18


Pastor Danny Sanchez
thecitypeaceproject.org

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October Tech Tour

Thank you, VMware, for giving students from LPS High School East San Jose a special tour on 10/30! We had a wonderful talk with Exec-VP, Sanjay Poonen, who gave us four great tips: Work Hard, Learn Forever, Mentor Others, and Have Fun. Then we were treated to lunch and a personal tour of the beautiful Palo Alto campus where we got to meet the turtles before joining staff and their families at VMware's Halloween festival.

We all had a blast and were truly inspired!

Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight."
Proverbs 4:5-7

Pastor Danny Sanchez

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Thank you Peacemakers! From The Boys and Girls Club

The City Peace Project is honored to receive this "Thank You" plaque from The Boys and Girls Club. We have spent over four years investing and encouraging children with The Boys and Girls Club; donating backpacks, gift cards, jump houses, and sharing lots of laughter and love.

The Boys and Girls Club is a non-profit organization who makes it their mission "to inspire and empower all young people… (by offering) innovative and effective after school programs for low income, high risk Santa Clara County youth." You can read more about The Boys and Girls Club at www.bgclub.org

We are so blessed to work with The Boys and Girls Club to make a great difference in our communities!

But Jesus called the children to Him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16

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Building Bridges in Times of Tension

Dear peacemaker,

Due to all that is happening nationally and locally with police/community relations, The City Peace Project is making a proactive effort to create peaceful relationships between youth and law enforcement.

The City Peace Project, in collaboration with SJPD's Captain Mata, led our first tour with a hand-selected group of freshman from Alpha Public Schools in East San Jose.

Captain Mata made a powerful connection with the students as he shared his story of growing up in Chicago and related it to their life here in San Jose. He spoke about overcoming obstacles through his faith and his journey to become a police officer. I was blessed to see the kids so enthusiastic and asking so many questions! We are looking forward to many more tours.

Pray for Our Police and Community - 1 Timothy 2:1-3 - I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and it is pleases God our Savior.

Blessing,
Danny Sanchez

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San Jose Launches New Adopt-a-Cop Program

Peacemakers,

The City Peace Project, in collaboration with Transform Our World, launched the Adopt-a-Cop program with the San Jose police department in August. Pastor Danny met with the Police Chief and was given access to share the Adopt-A-Cop program with all the patrol officers at their briefings.

Our police department is at its lowest staffing in years and the officers were grateful that people were praying for them. We had a 35% immediate response and positive feedback. Thank you for your love and support of our police department.

Attached is Dr. Ed Silvoso sharing about the program on FOX NEWS and a link to sign up for the program. Pastor Danny is in the process of reaching out to other police departments locally and nationally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcL53DgHdeE

http://www.transformourworld.org/en/adopt-a-cop

Blessings,

thecitypeaceproject.org

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Bible Teaching Church in San Jose, The City Peace Project Church

Communion, Jesus' Proposal to You

Have you seen the movie The Nativity Story? I recently watched it this Christmas season. There is a scene in the movie that depicts the betrothal ceremony between Joseph, Mary, and Mary's parents.

In ancient times, a Jewish marriage began by two separate ceremonies that took place at two separate times: the betrothal/engagement and the wedding. First the parents and the groom would come to an agreement and actually a price, because the groom would have to pay a dowry for the bride. Then the groom would propose to the bride. The parents had to decide and approve, but ultimately the bride would have to agree to marry this man.

He would offer her a cup by holding it up in his right hand and if she agreed she would drink from it. They would both drink from the cup, legally sealing the commitment. From that day forward they were husband and wife. They didn't live together yet, or come together physically but it was just as legally binding as an actual marriage and could only be broken by a divorce. That is why the Bible says when Joseph found Mary was pregnant he decided to "divorce her quietly", even though he could have had her stoned.

After they have sealed the betrothal by drinking from the cup, the groom goes to prepare a home for the bride, which was also shown in the movie. Joseph and Mary drink of the cup together and the father says "Now he is your husband in every way, except that which leads to family", because they were not yet to be together physically. At this point the bride is set apart for her groom and she is committed only to him.

This is a picture of communion and of our relationship with The Lord. Jesus paid the price for us so that He can be with us for all eternity. He paid the cost with His priceless blood. He has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven so that we can be together and our relationship can be complete. While here on this earth, we enter into the sacred covenant with Him and we are set apart for Him.

Jesus says in Luke 22:18 that He will not drink of the fruit of the vine again until is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. Someday we will be united with Him in heaven, when either He comes back for us or when we die. Just as the groom goes away to prepare the home before the bride and groom marry, Jesus has gone away to prepare a place for you. Here on earth we can be united with Him in soul and spirit but then we will be united with Him body, soul and spirit when we receive our heavenly bodies. Right now we can't see Him visibly but one day we will be with Him face to face. We will have that wedding celebration with Him in heaven. We will have that Passover feast with Him and our relationship will be complete. We will finally be united with Him face to face!

In Luke 22:20 Jesus says this is "the new covenant in my blood." The new covenant is sealed in His blood. It is permanent, forever. The old covenant was the law, rules and regulations, but the new covenant is His finished work on the cross (John 19:30). Jesus passionately desires a deep relationship with you (Luke 22:15). Do you accept His proposal?

Let the reality of His love fill your mind and heart. Let His love be personal and real to you. Let Him into the secret and hidden places of your heart. Let go of your burden and depend on His finished work on the cross and not what you do. Let everything else go and place your faith and hope in Him alone.

Articles on Pastor Danny Sanchez:

http://www.wilcoxnlcoc.net/2012/10/30/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/04/hope-midst-violence-community-chaplains-change

http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/inbrief/2012/07/201207179201.html#axzz2AzTICnZN

http://www.operationsafecommunity.com/september2012

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fbnp/pdfs/newsroom/forumcities.pdf

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Happy New Year, Peacemakers

Pastor Danny Sanchez, The City Peace Project Church San Jose

We had a very encouraging time with friends today, this first day of 2013. This dear couple shared with us what the Lord has been showing them for the New Year. Everything they shared confirmed what the Lord had been speaking to us as well. The scripture they shared was a scripture that the Lord gave us a while ago.

It is Isaiah 61:1-3 The Year of the Lord's Favor "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion- to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus quoted these first two verses (Isaiah 61:1-2). Those verses were fulfilled in Jesus' earthly ministry.

These precious friends also shared Psalm 65:11-12 "You crown the year with your bounty, your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy." We enjoyed great fellowship and then we prayed over each other and prayed for the New Year. We are also praying for our church The City Peace Project and all of you Peacemakers.

We are so excited to see all that God is going to do this year and specifically the work He is going to do in the city of San Jose through The City Peace Project Church. Happy New Year Peacemakers! We are so blessed to serve the Lord and serve our city with you.

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Christmas Meals

Hello Peacemaker Family,

Thank you for all your prayers and funds donated for Thanksgiving. We were able to feed 86 families!

Now we would love to bless some families for Christmas. We've already received a request for 20 meals including turkey and sides. We would like to feed those families plus more!

If you feel in your heart you would like to bless a family this year we have a few options. We have several families available for "adoption." Three families have already been "adopted." This entails providing their Christmas meal and possibly buying gifts for children. The families available for adoption would be homicide victims families or families from the Santee neighborhood in San Jose.

The Santee Neighborhood, located in southeast San Jose, is in need of continuous services in order for its conditions to improve. It has been been known for it's high crime rates and poor housing conditions, but it is slowly improving with help from the city and community based organizations. Anything helps, and together we can make a difference for this community!

We are working to connect with families in this area, and we would like to bless as many as possible with meals for Christmas. Instead of adopting a family you can donate money or Safeway gift cards toward the purchase of meals. There is also a need for baby diapers or gift cards to a baby store.

Please let us know if you are interested in getting involved!

Thank you,

The City Peace Project

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Peacemaker Family

Dear Peacemaker Family, 

Thank you for your faithful prayer and support. I am so grateful. Last night, Thursday, February 20th, I had the honor to give the invocation (opening prayer) for our Mayor's final State of the City Address. 

After all the excitement of the State of the City address at the San Jose Convention Center, I came home tired but very happy. I walked through my front door to see my two youngest children, ages three and four, sleeping peacefully on the couch. Just then I received a familiar but still heart wrenching phone call. I was called to the hospital for a young man that had been shot. I walked right back out the door I had just walked in, still in my suit, but now with a heavy heart. I was there to pray and support the mother, father, and younger siblings as they received the death notification. 

Due to the circumstances of this death, the family will probably not receive any financial assistance from Victim Witness. They will have to cover the huge expense of burying their child. That is where we come in, peacemakers. 

We must continue to take an active role in our community and pray against the violence in San Jose. Despite the sad news last night we must be confident in the hope of Christ. We are still seeing great victory. 

Peacemakers, please continue to pray for the night gyms and leadership school programs where The City Peace Project works with over 100 gang members weekly! We are daily sharing God's love and the gospel of peace and we have seen dramatic results. Two of our high school seniors have been accepted to Chico State University. 

A few of our goals for 2014: 

Funeral assistance funds 

College Tuition funds, for at risk youth 

Food and outreach funds 

We will soon be sending out a more detailed plan for 2014 and information on this year's Beautiful Day Neighborhood Cleanup Project. May the Lord bless and keep you. 

In Christ, Danny Sanchez

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