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‘Pray for us,’ implores Florida governor Image: Putting up ‘storm stoppers’ in Tampa Courtesy of Joey Omilla

LOS ANGELES – Senior Pastor Rev. Glenn Oyan of the Los Angeles Filipino Baptist Church is heeding the appeal from Florida Governor Rick Scott for prayers as Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10.
According to the National Weather Service, the first landfall occurred at 9 a.m. at Cudjoe Key (southwest of Miami), followed by a second landfall in Marco Island (southwest Florida), at 3:35 p.m., with damaging wind gust of 130 mph, accompanied by heavy rains and flooding. There could also be tornadoes, according to forecasters. The hurricane center warned that Irma is expected to “move near or over the west coast of the Florida Peninsula through Monday morning.”
Joey Omilla from Tampa, Fla., reported that they expect Hurricane Irma to hit Tampa, ‘between midnight and 3 a.m. Monday.’ Joey, a former Bayanihan dancer, hopes that the ‘storm stoppers’ they installed will protect their house. “To all our family and friends, who pray for us here in Florida, thank you. We need all the prayers we can get. Please continue to pray for us. Thank you and love you all!”
“Join us at our church to pray for our brothers and sisters,” Pastor Glenn invites the faithful, “if you are looking for a place to worship, join us on Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.” The church is located at 837 South Park View Street Los Angeles, CA 90057.
“We have been serving the Lord, first as a mission since 1971, and in 1975, as an organized church,” added Pastor Glenn. “Our Church is small, located in the heart of Los Angeles. Our members are mostly Filipinos but all ethnic groups are welcome to join us. We would like to embrace all people who love and want to serve the Lord Jesus and we will welcome you as part of our church’s personal family.” The church, a member of the Filipino Southern Baptist Missions, has given birth to new missions and churches, according to Pastor Glenn, in California cities such as Glendale, Carson, North Hollywood, Pasadena, Lancaster, Palmdale, Long Beach, Oxnard, Fullerton, and La Puente.
“As our church expanded, several pastors have been ordained and commissioned to new missions,” he stated. God has been good to us these last couple of years. We have dedicated babies to the Lord and baptized people who accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. We are blessed that the men and women who led this Church exemplified strong moral and spiritual standards; standards that shaped our values, minds, spirits, and hearts. Our aim is to live and maintain the preaching and passion to the next generation.”
The Los Angeles Baptist Church distributes food at Rosewood Gardens, 504 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles, CA 90004, on the first Friday of the month at 3:30 p.m. “It’s absolutely free,” announced Pastor Glenn, “it is as easy as meeting the eligible income limits. Only one food ticket per individual/family will be accepted, and picking up food for someone else is not allowed. Sign-ups begin at 1:30 p.m., so please arrive early in order to sign in and receive a food ticket.” The Baptist Church thanks the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, Feeding America, and Los Angeles Housing Partnership, celebrating its 28 years, for making the food distribution possible. For information, contact Pastor Glenn at
(213) 386-2585.

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