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Landlords beware, California law that Protects Tenants’ Political Signage.

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2016 is a presidential election year and the political arena is heating up rapidly just about everywhere across the country.  Demonstrations, pseudo riots, threats, destruction of property, you name and it is happening right now in Plainville, USA.  All one has to do is turn on the television and watch the nightly news to see how divided our wonderful country is right now.  I recently saw a Youtube video that showed a guy running over a political sign with his off-road Jeep simply because he disagreed with the candidate.  You can watch that video here if you like but I am not promoting that video and don’t worry, I am not going to pitch my candidate or denigrate any that are out there.  I want to protect my clients and would be clients; that is the sole purpose of this blog post pure and simple.  As a landlord or a tenant you need to know what you can and cannot legally do in regards to free speech and your property.   In California there is a law that spells this out clearly for all to know, it is SB 337, which was passed a few years ago.  I think that this particular year it may be important to be familiar with what it says and what it means.

The first question you might ask is, “this is a matter of free speech protected under the 1st Amendment”.  Well in that case you would be wrong.  1st Amendment rights are to protect you from the Government not from your tenant or landlord.  So, the aim of this Bill is to protect the tenant from landlords who would try to prevent a tenant from placing a sign.  This bill would also protect the landlord from a tenant that would put up any old sign and display it on-going without ceasing.  Since the 1st Amendment does not prohibit private enterprises from restricting freedom of expression, including landlords, California decided it needed additional legislation, SB 337.  Can’t have enough laws now can we.

California already had legislation that addressed places like Condos, Townhomes and Mobile Home Parks from prohibiting unit owners from posting non-commercial signs or posters on their individual properties subject to limitations on size and material, but there was nothing that regarding tenants/landlords.  SB 337 was introduced to specifically address the ability of tenants to display such signs.  Initially SB 337 gave the right for tenants to display non-commercial signs, then after some rewording it now only addresses “political signs”.  So, under this new law as a tenant I could post a political sign for my favorite green party candidate but not a sign encouraging the eating of vegetables over meat.  And as a landlord, I could not prohibit my tenants posting of a sign for his candidate even if I did not agree with candidate.  SB 337 does contain limitations for the sign, such as, no more than six square feet nor may it violate any law.  The sign must relate to a specific election, referendum, recall or other issue that is up for public vote and cannot be just generally political in nature.  Thus, a sign that says “Tax Reform Now” or “Free Tibet” would not be protected and the landlord may remove it.  Signs can be displayed no more than 90 days in advance and no longer than 15 days after an election or vote.

So if you are a tenant or a landlord and you don’t like a candidate that your tenant or landlord is in favor of that is protected speech under California SB 337.  That said; keep your Jeep off the grass and let’s all keep a level head this election season.  Please feel free to share this with anyone you know who is a tenant or a landlord.  It may be something that they are unaware of and could save them a major headache.

John Conca

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Non-compliant plumbing fixtures & SB 407

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Have you updated your faucets and showerheads???   Are you getting ready to sell your home???  Well guess what?  According to a new piece of legislation called SB 407, you going to need to do just that.

As you are well aware California has been suffering from a long time drought, lakes are at an all-time low and I mean low.  Did you see the pictures of exposed buildings, bridges and other things that surfaced due to low water levels in our lakes and reservoirs?  People were walking out to the middle of Folsom Lake on dry land, now that is low.  Thank goodness for Senor El Nino, matter of fact it is raining heavily at the time I am writing this and lake levels are beginning to rise but we are not out of the woods yet.  We need much more rain and more snow pack in the Sierra’s to help us out of this drought.  The water aquafers need to be filled as well, so come on rain and snow, not that I like to shovel or anything.

The state of California also passed some new legislation, SB 407 requires that on or before January 1, 2017, noncompliant plumbing fixtures in any single-family residential real property shall be replaced by the property owner with water-conserving plumbing fixtures.  The fixtures that the bill is targeting are the faucets, showerheads and toilets.  I guess they could have wanted the water dispenser on my refrigerator to dispense water at a slower rate as well.  Maybe that would be a good thing so water doesn’t shoot out of the glass when you go to fill it.  Now that’s a waste!

The bill goes on to say that on or before January 1, 2017 any non-compliant plumbing fixtures need to be replaced by the home owner with water conserving plumbing fixtures.  Also, by the same date a Seller or Transferor of a single family home shall disclose in writing to the potential purchaser of SB 407 and whether the property has any non-compliant plumbing fixtures.  Those doing additions or modifications to their home may also be subject to this new law.  Read SB 407 for more info on that.

Non-compliant plumbing fixtures would include toilets, if they have a flush rate of greater than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.  Faucets are non-compliant if the flow rate is more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute and showerheads are non-compliant if the flow rate is more than 2.5 gallons per minute.

So, if you are thinking of buying or selling a home this year be sure to look for these items to be corrected before you buy or sell.  If you don’t you may get stuck with a headache and a potential delay of the escrow process.  Call, text, Facebook, email, visit my website or whatever works best if you need help Buying or Selling a home or if you have questions regarding this information, I can help.

 

Thanks for listening and don’t forget to share this information to your Facebook page.

 

John Conca

Broker Associate

Century 21 Select Real Estate

Fannie Mae Has Shortened Its Waiting Period

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Fannie Mae’s Credit Policy Eased

Fannie Mae has just changed its policy-anyone whose loan origination date is August 16th, 2014 or later will now only need to wait 4 years after a short sale or foreclosure to reenter the housing market. Fannie Mae’s previous policy has people waiting 7 years until they can be eligible for a home loan. Those eligible to reenter the housing market still need to show that they have re-established credit after such negative credit events like a foreclosure, short sale, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure or bankruptcy.

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Fannie Mae buys large groups of mortgages from mortgage lenders, thus securing the loans so that the lenders have more cash to lend out to more borrowers which increases the amount of lenders in the housing market. Now there should be a few more borrowers as well. If you think you’re ready to buy a home then, please, give me a call.

You can contact me, John Conca, at 530-306-3494, if you are searching for a home anywhere in El Dorado county, or if you are ready to sell your home. I’d be happy to discuss your options with you. You can find new Placerville listings here.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signed Bill To Regulate Pumped Groundwater

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Historic Bill Met With Anxiety

On Tuesday, September 16th, Governor Jerry Brown signed 3 bills to regulate water pumped from underground in California. With the state in a historic drought and state leaders under pressure to kink hoses, this news won’t surprise many locals. The signing brings fear of the long arm of the government into the hearts of many farmers.

Smoke from the King fire over thirsty Sly Park Lake.
Smoke from the King fire over thirsty Sly Park Lake.

Contact me, John Conca; 530-306-3494, if you are searching for a home anywhere in El Dorado county, or if you are ready to sell your home. I’d be happy to discuss your options with you. You can find new Placerville listings here.

Due to the exceptional drought that California is experiencing, residents have had many restrictions placed on their irrigation. We’ve cut down on the days we can water our lawns and gardens and face higher rates if we fail to keep our usage down. Many farm groups are concerned that when the new regulations are in place they won’t be allotted enough water to produce a fruitful crop. Fines implemented for excess water usage may drive up produce prices. Damages would be far-reaching as many of California’s farms feed the world.

Some farmers agree with the bills because they see it as a way to preserve farming. Worried that when the water runs out they’ll have to shut down or move out, they welcome regulations to conserve vital resources for a sustainable farming future. This change is one that has been discussed for a long time. California has been able to use as much well water as we’ve pleased without oversight until now, but that has accounted for up to 60% of the water used during a drought. As the underground water gets lower, so does our land which has a detrimental effect on bridges and water canals.

The new law requires local governments and water districts to begin managing their local wells and calls for state water agency intervention if necessary. Of course water metering and fines to monitor and enforce the restrictions are part of the package, as should be expected with any regulations.

SB1168, SB1319 and AB1739, written by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson and Senator Fran Pavley, passed despite objections from lawmakers and central valley democrats. These bills won’t help with the immediate crisis as they will require years to create and carry out management plans. Recovery of the state’s over-pumped water basins may not be seen until at least 2040.

Our own local farmers will have to plan ahead and work hard to survive the changes and continue to provide delicious food at good prices we find at such places as Boa Vista Orchards. Perhaps this is what is needed to continue as a bountiful agricultural state. Here’s hoping it doesn’t result in what many fear– a suppressed agricultural economy.

Find more information on local water regulations and how to conserve water on El Dorado Irrigation District’s website.

 

Please feel free to browse my website. Follow my blog for updates on real estate news, timely home maintenance suggestions, and tips for buyers and sellers. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

What’s An Empty Nester To Do With All That Extra Space?

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Sometimes The Best Plans Can’t Overcome The Circumstances

Flickr photo credit: Mark McGuire
Flickr photo credit: Mark McGuire

I’m finding there are a lot of empty nesters feeling stuck in their big empty homes. Many times the home was purchased at an unfortunate time and is now “underwater.” The kids have all grown up and moved out. The home can’t be sold to downsize and there are too many unused rooms to feel comfortable in the home.

If you aren’t sure where you stand and want to find out if there is anything you can do to get out of this situation or if you want to discuss buying or selling a home, please give me, John Conca, a call. Reach me at (530) 306-3494 to discuss your options. You can also search new Placerville listings here.

So, What Now?

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation and are in search of direction, I might have a few ideas for you. These might get you through until you reach a point where it makes sense again to sell your home, or it might be a forever-solution. Here are a few suggestions on how to reclaim or utilize your extra space:

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Flickr photo credit: Jeremy Levine

Add An Office

Or two. Many people find they don’t trust the stability of the stock market or social security to get them through their silver and golden years. Turning a hobby into a business to fall back on, to help pay the bills, or have a little “mad money” is often easy enough and pleasant. Often people will remodel the extra bedrooms into one or two home offices in order to avoid extra driving and to continue their livelihood from the comfort of their home.

Consider A Hobby Room

Another remodel could be a room just for your hobbies. A sewing room makes sense if that is a favorite as fabric, projects, and supplies can take up a lot of room. You could remodel a room with proper lighting, curtains, and venting for a black room if photography is your passion. Think about what gets your creative wheels turning and how that can fit into your home. The remodel might even be simple enough for you to do on your own with some inspiration from some magazines or online home websites like Better Homes & Garden. If you’re not sure if you should take on a home project on your own or hire a pro, see my post, “DIY Or Go Pro?

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Flickr photo credit: moodboard

Bring Your Folks Home

Are you in a position where it would make sense to bring your parents into your home to live with you? That might be an option to discuss with them. It would fill those empty rooms, probably help with payments, and best of all; it may bring all involved a new appreciation for each other in their final stage of life.

Another Way To Become A Multi-Generation Household

Unemployment and underemployment are serious problems in this country these days and some families are finding it very hard to make ends meet. If your children or a niece or nephew are going through this hardship, perhaps you can offer your extra rooms for a while. If this appeals to both parties, be sure everyone agrees on the clearly written out terms of your agreement; what percentage of the utilities will they pay each month, what will they pay in rent, how will food buying, cooking, chores, and privacy work out? Be sure to offer plenty of privacy for their family just as you would have needed in that stage of life.

Passive Income?

I’m not sure if you can call having someone rent an extra room in your home “passive”, but it is a way to help pay the bills. Be sure to do a background check and check all of their references first.

A Space For The Grandchildren

Flickr photo credit: eren {sea+prairie}
Flickr photo credit: eren {sea+prairie}

If you have grandchildren nearby you might consider turning an empty room into a playroom. Depending on their age this could mean a room with comfortable seating and space for you to be in there with them, or a place where they can have a little privacy while staying with the grandparents with a space for their belongings and whatever leisure activity they enjoy; reading, gaming, Lego building, acrobatics…

Enjoy Your Space!

Whatever it is that brings you pleasure, consider how you can change your home to make it work for you. Personally, I’d turn one room into an office, another into a sewing room and a third into a beautiful library with comfortable chairs so I can sink into all the books I’ve been wanting to read. Of course, that’s assuming I have leisure time at that stage of life. One can hope…

 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope this gave you some ideas. If you find yourself still feeling stuck after these suggestions, please give me a call and we’ll work together to find a solution to get you on your way to the home you want. Just give me, John Conca, a call at (530)-306-3494. Follow my blog for updates on local events, real estate news, timely home maintenance suggestions and tips for buyers and sellers. Have a great day.

 

All About Our Trip To An Orphanage In Baja

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Home From Our Visit To An Orphanage in Baja, Mexico

I recently returned from a trip to Baja, Mexico where my family, two teens from our church, and I spent a week helping out at an orphanage. I wrote in my last post that I’d try to write an update while I was gone, but there just wasn’t any time this trip. But, that’s ok; my wife, Jeanne, was able to write updates and instead of giving you my shortened version from a week after our return, I’ll just make all of her updates available to you here.

If you feel called to help somehow please see Foundation For His Ministry’s website for sponsorship opportunities, to make a contribution or see how you can get involved. Jeanne started out serving in China and realized she wanted more than anything to do this with our kids and me as well. Next thing we knew, this opportunity had presented itself relatively close to home and now we’re all able to serve. Check out the Foundation For His Ministry website and their various locations or give me, John Conca, a call at (530)306-3494, and I’ll help you find something that is the right fit for you.

Although this post may not reflect it so much, by day I am a realtor, so give me a call or browse my website  if you need a realtor for the El Dorado County area. With no further delay, here are the updates from Jeanne.

 

Date: Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM
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Hi all,

Thank you for all of the prayers for a safe journey.  We left the church on time this morning with a 1/2 full trailer.  We drove to Lancaster and filled the trailer to the brim.  Had a joyous time in LA traffic reminding us again how much we love El Dorado County 🙂  We made it to San Clemente by 6:30 – 12 1/2 hours after our departure.  It only took about 30 minutes to unload the trailer.  Returned the trailer, ate dinner and drove to the hotel.  Unloaded all of the suitcases in the truck into the hotel room and now getting ready for bed.  Fairly uneventful day.  Praise be to the Lord!!
Thankful for all of the Desert Christian families, Gold Country Baptist Church and other friends who donated out of their bounty to help those who don’t have as much.  Please pray tomorrow morning for safe border crossing with the rest of our donations, especially the rolling shower chair for my friend Jose.  It will be sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 tomorrow morning that we will be going over the border.
Will let you know tomorrow night that we have arrived safely at the mission.
Always fun to see how God will work out the details.  He already knows what will happen tomorrow.  We just have the fun to watch as he unfolds the details.
 

Date: Sat, May 31, 2014 at 9:42 PM
Subject: Safe arrival

Hi all,

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We arrived safely to the mission with very little difficulty.  God is good…all the time…all the time…God is good!!!  If you know that worship song, you can hum along with me 🙂
The border crossing was again a joyous occasion.  We heard from Steve at the FFHM warehouse that the Tecate border crossing was the best.  Thought we would start there and then try others if we had to.  We arrived at the border, praying the whole time.  One car pulled out of a parking spot, leaving space for us to pull in.  No border guards looked at us, no guards flagged us over so we just kept driving :-).  Did not even have to stop.  We got across with all of the clothes (not supposed to bring used clothes into Mexico…we had about 7 suitcases full), medical equipment, computer equipment, backpacks and our own stuff.  So thankful for His provision.
10338487_10204059264867495_543329470380420127_oYummy lunch in Enseneda, a little shopping in Walmart and made it to the mission by 4:30.  Had a chance to see our sponsor child Jackie then head to dinner for Quesa Tacos at Papa Reuben’s!!10329719_10204059264107476_5410090536131237359_o
All organized and settled in for the night.  Tomorrow, we are going to help Paulino with the dump (basura) ministry in the morning, meet with the staff from the day care about our VBS in the afternoon.  We might squeeze in a trip to the beach with some kids before church tomorrow night.
We are all so glad to have arrived safely.  There will only be one other group here this week with a total of 26 visitors.  We tend to like it when there are fewer visitors than really large groups.
Thank you so much for the prayers.  We are grateful to have made it here safely and be reunited with many friends.  Kendra and Ben are a real joy and wonderful addition to our team.  Looking forward to the fun beginning tomorrow now that we have officially arrived.

Date: Sun, Jun 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM
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Hello all,

We were blessed and overwhelmed today.  This morning we had an opportunity to visit with our friends Christina, Paulino and Jose.  We were able to meet their 6 day old baby girl.  What a beautiful and healthy baby.  After a very a challenging pregnancy, at the age of 44, Christina was blessed with her first baby.  So exciting to see the blessing that little girl will be to her family.
Paulino took John, Kendra and Ben to serve in the trash dump today.  Caleb Akers, friend of both Kendra and Ben had tried to prepare them both with a few details of what they could expect on their trip.  We tried to prepare them.  There really is no way to prepare someone to see how those who have nothing live.  Ben thought that he understood what poor is.  His definition has now been changed. One brief experience into how most of the world lives will change you forever.  Also, another life changing experience…To witness true sacrifice in the life of full-time missionaries.  Those who appear to have so little (from our American perspective) have so much compared to those living around them.  Paulino and Christina are blessed with a house, running water, a refrigerator and food.  Much more than their neighbors around them have.  All of what they have is given to them by the grace of God.  They rely solely on their provision from Him.  They minister to those around them day in and day out.  Kids show up at their front door at 4:00 a.m. because their parents are heading out to the fields to work all day and Christina and Paulino have Jesus to share… Now that Christina has been to the hospital (several times with her pregnancy), she now sees another ministry.  Everywhere around them, there is a ministry.  Hurting people without the love of Christ.  They see the need and try to fill it to the best of their ability.  Thank you Lord for their example of sacrificial love.
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This afternoon we had a meeting with the staff of the day care to plan out the VBS program.  Pray for that event.  Daily from 9:00-11:30, we will be helping the full-time staff to put on this program that we brought.  None of us have run this program before.  Pray that the kids will be blessed and leave a little more excited about the Coming of the King!!
Later in the afternoon, we had a beach excursion.  Windy, beyond windy.  Had my swim suit on under my clothes and was thankful I had left my jacket in the truck.  No swimming for me but Antonio and Annemarie had a blast running in the waves and riding the boogie boards a few times.  Not quite the same as in July when you welcome the cool water.  We will try it again at the end of the week.  Hopefully it will be a little less cold and we can have some fun with some of the girls in Casa 5 at the beach as well.
Went to the big church for worship this evening.  Much different worship that what we are used to at home.  So funny when you know the song they are singing but can’t quite remember the English words.  John was wishing they would just sing it once in English so he could finally remember!!  Blessed with the message of needing to spend time alone with God in order to truly hear his voice.
Tomorrow will be busy.  We have breakfast at 7:00, Sala (daily devotion time) at 8:00, VBS at 9:00, afternoon work assignments (??), helping set up and clean at dinner, house sitting in the evening.  Back to back activities.  Everyone will be pretty well tired out from an amazing day, I am sure.
Thank you for your continued prayers.  I pray you will be blessed as you pray for us during our week.  Health, energy, words to speak to those around us…It would be really cool if Annemarie and I made through one trip down here and didn’t get sick…We shall see 🙂
Buenos Noches y Dios te Bendiga (Good night and may God Bless you).
Date: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

 

John, Jackie, Antonio, and Annemarie
John, Jackie, Antonio, and Annemarie
First day of VBS…went very well.  The teachers in the Daycare are wonderful.  They were amazed that the kids sat down for the whole time of teaching the lesson.  So much fun!!  One thing I would have done differently is actually get the songs to the teachers earlier so that kids and they could have learned them before we arrived.  Meant to…but didn’t.  Pulled out the balloons at the end.  Kids had a blast.  You can always count on balloons to be very entertaining for 3-4 year olds 🙂
God’s plan is always best…I woke up this morning very groggy from a deep sleep (that happens when I am really tired).  Just wiping sleep out of my eyes, Robert, staff member in guest relations asked if I could leave on the Learning Center bus in 15 minutes to pick up the special needs kids in the neighborhood.   That is why I take a shower at night here.  You never know what you will need to do at 6:30 in the morning.  Kendra and I jump on and were very blessed.  Able to see where each of the kids live in the neighborhood. Kendra had a great time seeing where they live and just experiencing the neighborhood a bit.  Nick, the driver, just happened to be trying to do some Physical Therapy activities with some of the kids.  He has no training, just a willing heart.  He happens to work with them from 11:30-1:00 (VBS was done at 11:30).  Thank you Lord for allowing me an opportunity to train him with some ideas for how to work with a couple of kids with CP, MD and Autism.
On to the craziness of house sitting this evening with Casa 5.  Our sponsor child Jackie is in that house.  Always fun to play with a about 6 little 4 year old girls and play cards with some older girls.  Will be a blessed evening.  Here is a picture of John, Antonio, Annemarie and Jackie.  Hoping to go out to the beach with her on Friday 🙂

Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:47 PM
Subject: Day 2 of VBS

Fun continues…We had a wonderful time with house sitting last night. Kendra, Antonio, Annemarie and I were able to go spend time with the girls in Casa 5. John, Ben and Trenton were blessed with some crazy time in Casa 4!! Lots of soccer for the boys. Swings, chalk and blocks for the girls. So much fun!!

 

Day two of VBS was great fun!  We make cross necklaces.  Kids are doing great sitting and enjoying the messages!!

Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 PM
Subject: Crowns and bubbles

Another wonderful day of VBS, working with Special Needs kids, and Child Evangelism in the afternoon.  The Coming of the King is the theme for our VBS!!  Such a joy to watch the kids listening to the stories.  Hoping for fruit of the gospel message to be brought home to their parents.
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We were blessed with a wonderful chicken dinner put on by the Bible Institute students tonight to help them raise money for their mission trip to Oaxaca.  So crazy the way the Lord’s plan works.  We come here on a mission trip and help support them to go on a mission trip.  Love the way He works.
So blessed by our time here.  Very tired at the end of each day…Good tired.  We all worked hard to the Glory of God.  Going to practice tomorrow for our time of leading worship on Friday.  Hoping for that to go well.
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Please pray for our friends Christina and Paulino.  Their 8 day old baby is challenged with jaundice.  Her numbers have been steadily climbing over the last few days.  They took her to the hospital today.  She has an IV going and I am hoping they find the UV lights to put her on.  Her numbers were 22 and should be 0.  She is very lethargic and therefore not nursing as much as she should be.  I am hoping with a little fluid to flush out her system and getting some lights on her, she should be fine.  It is a very easy issue to take care of but it needs to be taken care of.  Thanks for your prayers.

Date: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Subject: Day 4, completed already?

Today the kids drew pictures of themselves in VBS.  There is nothing better than a 3 or 4 year old picture of themselves!!  We had a wonderful time again…Day 4 completed. The kids had a wonderful time with the playdough that TNT AWANA girls made for them.  Messy but easy clean up!!  Many of the group went to child evangelism this afternoon and then we went to an adult outreach this evening.  Great fun!!  Tomorrow morning we will be doing the worship in Sala.  Several others will be sharing about their experiences this week.  Hard to believe tomorrow is our last day.  Must already plan the next trip.  Dates potentially on the calendar…
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June 7th Facebook update:

Made it back over the border around 5:00. Heading to Irvine to our hotel. Amazingly blessed with our border ministry. Gave water, gospel tracts, and peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter on a spoon to around 175 people!!10397827_10204096189990600_4451517865562381485_n Praying the gospel tracts impact the hearts of those that received them. Thank you for all of your prayers this week. We were all humbled by our trip.

 

Date: Sun, Jun 8, 2014 at 3:21 PM
Subject: Almost home…

Hi all,

Almost home…In Elk Grove and we are excited to be almost there.  Thank you for all of the prayers for our trip.  God was glorified with our time in Mexico and Kendra and Ben Riepe had many firsts…first time eating cactus, first time out of the country without their family, first time seeing what true poverty is – people living in the trash dump…first time meeting people who have chosen to give up all means to earn a living in order to serve God full-time by ministering to those living in the orphanage, living at the trash dump and in the communities surrounding the orphanage…first time falling in love with a little 5 year old girl in Mexico and wanting to bring her home…first time giving a cup of milk and a spoonful of peanut butter to a bunch of kids and experiencing the gratitude from them….and on and on and on.  Thank you Lord for the privilege to travel safely to Mexico and back home and minister to Your people.  Thank you that they were willing to get out of their comfort zone, work hard and sell precious items to earn the money to go, and go…1519566_10204109722968916_6055971523853422_o
In Him,

Jeanne M. Conca, MPT
Shining Star Children’s Therapy, Inc.
(530) 306-3469

On Our Way To An Orphanage In Mexico

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It’s one of the times each year I look forward to for a long time– I will be gone to serve at an orphanage in Vicente Guerrero, which is about 120 miles south of Tijuana on the Baja peninsula in Mexico. Our truck and trailer were loaded yesterday while the sun was still up! (That’s a first.)

It's about time to upgrade to a bigger truck.
It’s about time to upgrade to a bigger truck.

Here’s our team! This time, along with my wife and our two kids we are bringing two teens who have served in the children’s ministries in our church. We are all ready and able for the tasks ahead. First hurdle: the long long drive.

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My kids are looking forward to seeing their friends and going to the beach. I can’t pinpoint one specific thing I’m looking forward to most, though. The whole experience is just good for the soul and, at times, heartbreaking. It’s a bringing together of individuals in God’s name to help these orphans. There’s nothing else like it.

We normally go to this orphanage twice a year. Our last trip was over Christmas and New Year. Our truck and trailer are loaded with many donated items ranging from diapers, a bed, and homemade play-dough to bikes, a refrigerator, and medical equipment. This will be our first time leading VBS (Vacation Bible School) for the little ones so we have some supplies for that as well.

This video might help illustrate why these trips are so important to us.

 

If you feel a calling to help somehow please see Foundation For His Ministry’s website for sponsorship opportunities, to make a contribution or see how you can get involved. My wife started out serving in China and realized she wanted more than anything to do this with her whole family. Then this opportunity presented itself relatively close to home and now we’re all able to serve. Check out the website and their various locations or give me a call and we’ll find something that is the right fit for you.

I’ll be gone from today, May 30th, through June 9th. I intend to share more of this journey next week, so follow my blog (up at the top of the page) for updates.

Should you need assistance during my absence please contact Margaret Phillips at 530-295-2902. Feel free to browse my website and when I return you may contact me, John Conca, on my cell at 530-306-3494. Enjoy the excellent weather El Dorado county is getting this week! Prayers for a safe and productive trip are always appreciated.