Melanie Otarola February 2021 Update

         It’s been almost a year since I have seen my students in person, but their need for connection and mentorship has not changed. Recently I had a call with Milly. She wanted to be a part of a Bible Study and was looking for a place to share her questions...

Melanie Otarola September 2020 Update

Hello Friend! What better time than now? Campus ministry continues without being on campus. I am ready to launch something new. The isolation seems to have increased students desire to connect with each other and seek God in this uncertain time. On September 24, I...

July 2020 Update Melanie Shepard Otarola

Hello Friend! We are married!!! Our wedding was small in attendance and lavish in close relationships. Before our special day we asked God to be in attendance as well. He came. In one picture, as Charlie and I are sitting side by side listening to his Mom share the...

April 2020 Update Melanie Shepard

Hello Friend! I have big news. I’m ENGAGED to be married!!! I thought this day would never come especially not amid a pandemic. I thought God had forgotten me. Yet despite the turmoil of our current world, I am experiencing His faithfulness in a new astounding way....

March 2020 Update Melanie Shepard

Hello Friend! She sent me five emphatic videos to my phone saying this: “I can’t get over it Melanie! All day I’ve been telling God, ‘Here I am.’ Then I got home to read my Bible and the next Psalm I am supposed to read is Psalm 40! Those were the exact words the...
Our Mission in Santa Monica 2019

Our Mission in Santa Monica 2019

Greeting Friend!“Can I go to church with you even though I am not a Christian?” Chen’s question was sweet and honest. She is still a teen and it is her first time outside of her home country. She had applied for a visa three times in order to study in the states and...