Saturday, May 12, 2012



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jesus Burgers - September

The book will be available in September of 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Grace Walk

I would like to say that Grace Walk is one of my favorite books, but I have too many to use that saying so lightly. However, it's a really good book!!

Here is a quote I read from the author's blog yesterday...I could not agree more:

'God wants to bring each of His children to brokenness, a condition which exists when we have given up all confidence in our own ability to manage life. Before we can cross over into Grace Land, we must come to the end of our self-sufficiency and recognize that we will never accomplish victory by our own strength. To try is nothing more than a religious performance and God loves us enough to spoil our performance if necessary.'

Monday, May 7, 2012


God is a Father. From eternity past He has been a Father and will forever be a Father.

The family is top priority in our life.  Nothing is more important or will have more impact in life than how we steward the gifts (children) that God gives us. People come and go, get pieces of your heart and life, but nobody carries your heart like your own children. Our lives belong to God and our heart is that our kids would see that - two lives that love Him, one another, and have given their life away for the gospel and fame of Jesus in the earth.

"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children,"  (Proverb 13:22)

IVC Presents: Upper Room

IVC Presents: Upper Room | Jesus Loves IV

This is the time before Jesus Burgers...powerful time of encountering God, hearing truth, and loving one another before we go love the city of Isla Vista with Jesus Burgers!!

Yey God!

The entire $6,ooo came in for the Jesus Burgers book and we couldn't be more thankful for God's faithfulness!! If you feel led to donate we still need about $500 more to cover other random expenses ($25 or more = free book till May 15th):

Sunday, May 6, 2012

2 become 1

A week ago my friend Chris Curry flew me out to Arkansas to do his wedding (Chris came to Christ at Jesus Burgers many moons ago).
I am amazed and beyond thankful that God has let me participate in officiating marriages and witnessing a miracle of 2 becoming 1. Please pray for Chris & Christina as they begin their journey of life together.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Jake Hamilton Conference

3-day conference begins tonight at the Upper Room

4th - Upper Room & Jesus Burgers beginning @ 8pm
5th - 2 session beginning @ 11am (lunch around 1)
6th - IVC @ 4pm

* 4th @ 6686 Del Playa
* 5th @ 6737 Sueno Rd
* 6th @ 892 Camino Del Sur

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jeremy & Marissa

Here is a blog of a wonderful couple that is moving from Redding to get involved with what God is doing in Isla is a blog post from their last visit with us:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

IVC Retreat

This month, super stoked!  May 18-20 in Ojai

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Little Rock Love

Today I am in Little Rock, Arkansas for a wedding I am officiating at 3pm.  My buddy Chris, who came to Christ at Jesus Burgers, is getting married to a beautiful woman of God named Christina.  Please pray for them, super stoked for the wedding!!

Here is a video Chris did the last time he visited us in Isla Vista:

Friday, April 27, 2012

30 Healings Last Friday on Del Playa

Last Friday night we put out our new sign and saw about 30 healing or was amazing!!  Not sure if it was the new sign, the date being 4/20, or just God making His Son Jesus more famous in IV...regardless, it was amazing and we are excited for tonight! 

Please pray, as Jesus told us that one of the signs that will accompany those who believe is they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover - yey God!

And these signs will accompany those who believe: "In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues...they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."


Here is one of the reasons why we do Jesus Burgers every Friday love those who don't love themselves...this gal, like many others, found herself at the Jesus Burgers house in need of God's love through His body.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spot On...Let There Be Light Isla Vista


"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."  - Jesus

Coming & Going

One of the hardest and amazing things about being in a college town is people are always coming & going...hard b/c you love them so much and sad to see them go, amazing b/c they are taking the gospel back to their hometown or the nations!

In this picture everyone besides the one guy with the beard (Derrin) and the gal in the purple (Carly) are gone..I think this picture is from 2007 or maybe 2008. Our friend Alexa Wan took this shot, we miss her too!

God is good, always sending us some of the most genuine and incredible people that I have ever met...I must say though, things are changing in IV and people are beginning to plant deeper roots with us!!  Such an answer to years of prayer, thank you Jesus for those that have heard Your call to dwell in the land cultivating faithfulness with us!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pastoral Duties

Here is a big part of the life of a pastor = phone calls

I had one the guys in the church in all seriousness ask me a while back, "How were you a pastor before the iPhone?" - ha ha.  I do use it a lot, but hopefully I can still be a pastor without my iPhone. 

As Nacho Libre would say, I am just doing my "priestly duties."

Baby Bonita (Joanna)

One thing I absolutely love about raising our kids in IV is how exposed they are to so many one of the only families in the church with kids, and the only one in IV, our kids get tons of love when people are around...we are so thankful for this, as the saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child" or family and a church family!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Jesus Sets the Captive Free

Here is the ministry of Jesus, read it & watch it:

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to:

- Proclaim good news to the poor
- He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted
- To proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners
- To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God
- To comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion
- To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes
- T bestow on them the oil of joy instead of mourning
- To bestow on them a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."

Andy Do

 (Andy in the white shirt)

I love this man!!  Andy Do, anyone who knows him knows their life has improved because of him.

I met Andy on the UCSB campus over 4years ago. He was in a wheel chair so I went up and asked him if I could pray for him...typical Andy, he was like, "Yeah, go for it man!"  I wish I could say he got up out of the wheel chair with his broken leg and cruised around, but he didn't. However, even a greater miracle happened as Andy started coming around and soon gave his life to Christ.

Andy lives at the Jesus Burger home now and is one of the more sincere people I know...beyond thankful and grateful for God's divine appointments in never know what God can do when you step out to love someone (love does).

Back to the Grill

We were short staff on Friday so I was asked to work the grill for about 5 minutes or so - ha ha

It was my first time back on the grill in probably four or five years...thankful to have such an awesome church family that serves with so much love & joy. I love what God said would happen once the Spirit was poured out in the last days, "Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew."  (Psalm 110:3)

Whats Your Story 2012

Check out these stories from students at UCSB:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Relationships Teach us to Love, Situations Teach us to Trust

I love this woman and I could not ask for a better wife to do life with...she is the wisest person I know, has an incredible, beautiful heart, and continually pours out the love of God over our children day in & day out. 

Relationships teach us to love, situations teach us to trust.

God has not given me a relationship or person that has taught me more about His unconditional, sacrificial love than wife is not glamorous in her love, she is simple and faithful. It is real, tangible, and has changed countless lives.

The Bible calls a wife a helpmate. Holly's faith in Jesus as been her greatest help to me. We have been through wars; a deeper bond has formed between us through the battles of leading the church together and raising kids both in the natural and spiritual. Situations are invitations into trusting God, thankful my wife, like Abraham, has never wavered in unbelief over the years in IV but has grown stronger in faith giving glory to God the whole time (Romans 4:20).

I love you Holly Meredith Lomelino! And your middle name means ‘battle lord’ or ‘lord of battle’ - ha, ha.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

24hr Prayer - AGO

The Christian fraternity did 24hr prayer last week in the prayer shed.  I get so encouraged knowing other ministries in IV are using The IV House of Prayer to lift up prayer on behalf of the city of IV.

Please pray for AGO and for God to bless these honorable men:

Jesus Burgers - Halloween 2002

This was taken on our first Halloween in crazy to think back on these days!!  No wall, a wack fence, massive grill, and no clue what we were doing...His grace is sufficient!

"And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."  (2 Cor 12:9)

Jeremiah Josiah Lomelino

I love my boy Jeremiah...such courage, adventure, and love in this boy's heart. 
He is going to do amazing things for the King of kings one day...I'm (Jason) learning from this kid every day, thankful for the gift of children.

Friday, April 20, 2012

1 Corinthians 4:20 on 4/20/12

"For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power."  (1 Cor. 4:20)

Today is 4/20 known for a celebration of marijuana and being a pothead...this sign is what we put out on Del Playa across the street from the Jesus Burger home on Friday nights. The sign has worked amazingly in drawing people over to us so that we can pray for them, prophecy into their lives, lay hands on them for healing, and pour God's love all over them...all in the name of Jesus!!

"These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues...they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." - Jesus

"Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy."  (1 Corinthians 14:1)

Jake Hamiliton Conference (May 4 - 6)

Jake Hamilton from Jesus Culture will be with Isla Vista Church for a three day conference. Come experience the glory of God together through worship, teaching, and time together.

May 4th - 6th

4th - Upper Room & Jesus Burgers beginning @ 8pm
5th - 2 session beginning @ 11am (lunch around 1)
6th - IVC @ 4pm

* 4th @ 6686 Del Playa
* 5th @ 6737 Sueno Rd
* 6th @ 892 Camino Del Sur

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mac & Braelyn

We love these two and their hearts for Jesus, His family, and the city of Isla Vista!

The First 7 Ladies to Live at the Jesus Burger House

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if
we do not grow weary" (Gal 6:9).

The early years at the Jesus Burger House were not as glorious as these recent years in terms of righteousness, peace, and joy (Rom 14:17) on the streets of Del Playa or at Jesus Burgers on Friday night. I am super thankful for these ladies who sowed many prayers for IV and the church that have helped grow what God is doing today.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Justin Huntsman

These are a few picture of Justin Huntsman. 

This man co-leads the Upper Room time before Jesus Burgers and is a shepherd to the IV Church family...please pray for him as he continues to pour out the love and knowledge of God to the church in Isla Vista

Monday, April 16, 2012

Samuel & Hope

"Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters." (Hebrews 13:1)

The Divine Burgers of Del Playa by Ben Roy

My friend Ben Roy wrote this about the Jesus Burger ministry. I just love how God works, even when you don't know it...check it out:

The Divine Burgers of Del Playa

Amanda begins, "It was Friday night, but the weekend had already set in a day earlier. Still, the prospect of another aimless adventure in the lawless corner of Isla Vista was enough to leave me hungering for more. Word on the street was that Jesus Burgers was the go to place for a late night fix. Sure, there was a chance that you may have to tolerate a few bible worshiping know-it-alls but it was worth it, right?

I wasn’t totally sold on the idea but my roommate, who, God bless her soul, LOVES food, had already factored this stop into our game plane for the night. Several strong drinks later I found myself waiting, rather contently, in a line that seemed to stretch forever. Still, I didn’t mind slowing down for a minute because (surprisingly) there was no cutting in line, no steroid-induced fist fights, and, for the first time all night, I had plenty of room to breath. The intoxicating smell of fresh ground beef assured me that this was right where I wanted to be. And I could tell that the smiling faces of those serving me felt the same. Gosh, I thought. This is easier than I predicted. I don’t have to engage in a theological debate to enjoy the welcome occasion of a home-cooked meal? Well if that’s the case, I'll be back next week, and Ill bring my friends with me."

By my calculations, (neither accurate nor dependable, dear reader, but included here to imply my tender consciousness is, like so many others, bound by time) this fateful evening took place in the autumn of 2005. Amanda was living in Tropicana Gardens. (If you've never paused to wonder why otherwise well-intentioned parents willingly drop their prized young pupils into a veritable lion's den of alcoholic bliss and debauchery, may I offer this perhaps obvious explanation: the dorm in which, for the next several years they'll be crawling home to on learned hands and knees and enduring hangovers of Joplinesque proportions, is named after orange juice, America's most enduring symbol of health and tranquility.) This would have placed Amanda at 6686 Del Playa, the spiritual home of Jesus Burgers, mere weeks after I had gone. But we would meet again.

Before there was ever a Jesus Burger, there was a college bible study called Reality that wanted to reach the youth from UCSB. (Note to self: You're doing good so far. Almost like a REAL historian, and also so brave. But seriously, you don't remember anything about Jesus Burgers. Why don't you act like a REAL college student, and see what Wikipedia has to say.)

The page "Jesus burgers" does not exist. You can ask for it to be created, but consider checking . . .

Bogus! Nothing on Jesus Burgers on Wikipedia? We'll see about that. I'll just Google it. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, but right now I'm only interested in why a group of otherwise broke Christians are giving away free food. Here we go. The first listing goes to IV Church.

“Jesus Burgers” is a ministry that started in 2001 when college-aged believers were bold enough to put on a worship night in Isla Vista’s Anaisq ‘Oyo Park. They served free burgers, mostly to the homeless, and began to push back the darkness in the community through on-site service, love and devoted prayer.

That's right. Who's working around here? Someone needs to port this into Wikipedia. I do remember the love and devoted prayer—that was the part I was, at one point, blessed to arrange. Imagine for a moment the mental state of the average young adult visitor at 11 p.m. on a Friday night, Pacific Standard Time. The weekend would have begun for them, most of them anyway, twenty-four hours before, on Thursday evening—the weekend's spiritual birth.

Now imagine the mental state for those of us called to serve. Our party began, on most nights, several hours before, in a small surf shed a mere seventy-five feet off the main drag. In addition to offering protection from the wind and rain, it had become for us a well-worn house of prayer. I say well-worn purposely—not to speak of any effort put forth on our part, but rather to reference the savage, unpredictable, unmistakably beautiful presence of God in which we were frequently bathed. Why the Lord came to visit us, and why He stayed, it's hard to say. I will say structure was (and is) not important. Looking back now, it's hard to imagine a time that I felt more loved. But who am I to say, simple man that I am? I only know that God was there, that we, as a family, felt loved in a miraculous, electrifying way, and that the goodness of our Father was (apparently) apparent to those we'd later see, and later serve.

I've never been much of an evangelist, but that hardly mattered. We were loved, as I keep saying, and each of us naturally fell into his or her respective role. For a few of us (hardy souls they were) that meant manning the grill. But let's get back to Amanda. What she wouldn't have known at that time, dreaming of the future and enjoying the glistening Santa Barbara sun, is that another young women, Erika El-Ansari, was also at Tropicana Gardens, serving as the Assistant Director of Student Life.

"I first met Erika when, like many other freshman girls, I encountered roommate trouble. With as much exposure as I had to rebellion and the random acts of undirected youth, my first college roommate had new lessons in store. She was already enjoying her fifteen-minutes-of-fame on a hit reality MTV show, and I sensed she was accustomed to being center stage. On move-in day she took to rolling a joint in our bathroom, in plain view of my already-suspicious mother, no less. This was very likely not going to work. After a week of tiptoeing around her need to RAGE twenty-four-seven, I sat down with Erika to discuss my options.

Within minutes, her kindness turned my defensive shell into a puddle of tears and for a few minutes she hugged me with a familiarity that reminded me of home. That wouldn’t be the last time we found ourselves together, finding a way forward.

Months later, with a new roommate in tow, I was well accustomed to dorm life. There were important rules that were not to be broken: no jumping in the pool from the second story balcony, no sneaking into the kitchen for a midnight snack after closing hours, and absolutely no candles. There were others of course (that we chose to ignore), one being a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol. This was unfortunate, because under-age drinking was what did I best. To prove it my household I had constructed an eight-foot beer pong table that had, upon it's saturated top, a colorful mural of our previous outings. Upon this table were held countless tournaments; weekly testaments to noteworthy that the staff at Tropicana was forced to attend to our beloved treasure, and without hesitation they asked us to dispose of it.

My personal punishment for housing this paraphernalia was to meet with Erika and discuss my propensity for testing boundaries. Even under these less-than-ideal circumstances, she me met with the same enthusiasm as before, and within minutes had be sharing more than I had planned. There were going to be consequences, she explained, but beyond that she wanted me to know that I was a welcomed member of the community, and as such, I was cared for. What I couldn't have known at that time is that Erika had been paying attention to me for a whole different set of reasons, and praying regularly for me—in fact, each time she passed my door. Years later, when, by chance our paths crossed again, it became clear that own path to Christ was in many ways (how many ways we'll never know) an answer to her prayers.

She admitted to participating in intense spiritual preparation before each freshman class stepped foot into Tropicana. She, and others, had anointed the door handles of each room, and prayed over each new semester's roster of names. With such a transient population, I feel I have a rare privilege in seeing the fruit of her work. But there it was, evident in me.

The intimate friendship that we now share began long ago, when she loved me with an unconditional love. I am often thankful for her, and grateful that she can now see the before and after—the glory in which I now reside and the place where I was delivered from."

So who is this Amanda? In short, one of my dearest friends. To say that we're all children of God is not to say that we act that way, but Amanda Rose O'Hara unfailingly tells the story of her Father's love from one day to the next. She tells it to the homeless, the transgender population, the patients with AIDS that she works with in San Francisco's notorious Tenderloin district. She has told it to an orphanage full of parentless children living on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was apparent the first time I met her, and it shines ever brighter as the days roll past.

I include her story here, instead of my own, for the simple reason that she saw our community from the outside. Anyone who knows me knows I prefer an outsider's opinion; at one time it was my own. It has a certain validity that can't be prearranged, unless of course you love someone from before the time they were born—unless that opinion began to be shaped for them within their mother's womb. I would call that a permissible arrangement, some might call it destiny.

I also include it because Amanda's simple and unguarded relationship with her heavenly Father continues to display for me His infinite and unbroken kindness. She has taught me He can only love. It has a purity which I rarely see, and an appreciation that can only be found in someone who knows what it's like to have the murderous deceiver so close outside your door. Of her coming to Christ, she once told me, "It felt like God reached inside my chest and held my heart in His hands and said, 'I made this. I made you. And it's time to come home.'"

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pastor Christian Schalesky - "Freedom to Love: When Rights are Wrong"

Check out this sermon from Christian Schalesky, it mentions the Jesus Burger ministry (begin at 21:30 min)...Holly and his wife are becoming good friends, plus Samuel and their son Caleb are good buddies:

Heather is Healed, God is Good!

Our friend Heather, who lives at the Jesus Burgers House, was healed Friday night at Jesus Burgers!!! She got in a bad bike accident and had minimal mobility in her arm. As a result of the accident she has had multiple surgeries. She said this morning that she was 70% healed...this instant healing is an absolute miracle!!

God is so good, Jesus is alive!

"You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38)

" He is, so also are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Jesus Burgers Tonight

Here is a picture from last Friday night...please pray for us and for great weather!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Max = New Creation

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Max entered the watery grave last Sunday after our Sunrise Service and rose out of the grave as a brand new man in Christ was so powerful being in the waters with him and experiencing God's presence and pleasure over his life...ah, God is so good!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sunrise Service & Breakfast

Easter Sunday is my favorite Sunday of the year as we get to wake up early and celebrate Jesus together as a church are a few pics from the morning.

After the sunrise service we baptized our new brother Max and then everyone headed over to our home for breakfast - such an epic day and so thankful that as Christ was raised from the dead we too have been raised to walk in the newness of life.

"Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4)