The Sanctuary is proudly supporting the planting of a church in Ojai with Pastor Zack Totten and and his wife Diane, a journey that began more than 5 years ago for the Totten family.
Ojai is a small community located in the hills above Ventura with a population of 18,000 people. Historically, it is a farming community with large citrus and avocado orchards. It also has a strong artist community. Because of its proximity to Los Angeles and its quaint, beautiful location, it has developed into a weekend get-away with many fine hotels and spas.
The Foursquare church in Ojai was vibrant for decades going back to the 70’s. However, it significantly declined and was eventually closed about three years ago. For the last year and half, a small congregation, not associated with the Foursquare denomination, has rented the facilities on Sundays.
One of the issues facing church-planters is income. Will financial support come from churches and people who believe in the vision or will it come from getting a job in the community? Though the Pastor Zack has tremendous support, he has chosen to seek employment. Prior to becoming a pastor, he was a licensed electrician and has begun to work full-time for an electrical contractor in Ojai as they pursue moving from Santa Clarita to the community God has called them to.
- Diane is finishing her master¹s and is scheduled to be done in November. Pray for these next few months as she pushes to complete her schooling.
- That the difficulty of the days would not be lost in the adventure and journey and not be robbed of joy (lots of small hits coming their way).
- That the Totten’s would be strong & courageous in God and the confidence that His plan is in motion, in His timing.
- That Pastor Zack & Diane would be united: share the vision, share the journey.
- For Pastor Zack being able to become a volunteer with INSPIRE, volunteering in public schools (Christian based - much like our very own Project SCV) one day a week.
- For wisdom/discernment as they interact with others to meet them where they are…people in the community.
- Maintain the mindset of a missionary (aware that every interaction with a person has a purpose by God) as they become more familiar with Ojai.