PHIL AND JENNY LETIZIA, CITY CHURCH, WILTON MANORS, FT. LAUDERDALE FL
Jenny and Phil Litizia & Oliver
Phil is the organizing pastor of City Church Wilton Manors, a congregation in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area that began public worship in January. The church has a passion to see people come to know God through understanding and embracing the gospel of Jesus Christ. They want to be the very presence of Christ in Wilton Manors by cultivating a community that is marked by faith, hope, and love. They want to see Christ bring social, cultural and spiritual renewal to the city of Wilton Manors as they live out the gospel of Jesus.
We’re so glad to be partnering with City Church Wilton Manors and for God’s work among them. Phil shared this with us: ”We recently concluded our first course of ‘Christianity Explored.’ Six people went through the course, all either brand new to faith, or unchurched and questioning faith, including two new friends that are gay and from the Wilton Manors community. We have oftener celebrated the fact that people are encountering the gospel and the claims of Jesus for the first time in Wilton Manors. We’re hoping that some, if not all, will come to faith in the coming weeks.”
Phil told us that Jenny is 21 weeks pregnant with a little girl. There may be an issue/problem with the baby’s lungs. Please pray that God would resolve this problem, and that it would be obvious that He has done so through what they see in the baby’s ultrasounds. There were no new updates as of 5/7/13, but hopefully within the next week there will be.
Phil shared: “On top of that, we’ve been having to run some medical tests on our 15-month-old son, Oliver. His weight is a bit low, and though tests have ruled out an infection, the doctor has ordered a kidney ultrasound on him this week. It could be unrelated, but my mother has had two kidney transplants, and there’s history in my family. But, we’ve been told to not worry too much. For some reason, our little family is having to walk through some health uncertainties. Thank you for praying for the pregnancy.”
Psalm 4 and 5 have been a focus: “Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord. Many, Lord, are asking, ‘Who will bring us prosperity? Let the light of your face shine on us. Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Pray for our church, that we would continue to see our church excited about the mission. We’re entering into that “second season” of our first year, and I know early zeal can wain. I’m praying our volunteers and core folks will stay excited.
Pray that God would continue to give us wisdom and grace as we learn how to best articulate the gospel in the second highest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in the country. We have seen some God work, but it is a minefield right now in our culture, and we’re trying to listen well and speak with grace and wisdom. We know this will take us years to learn how to decipher well.
And pray that we would see people come to faith and into the life of our church, particularly from our Christianity Explored course.