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**October 28th PRAYER UPDATE**

        Friends we have been granted a meeting with the County of Los Angeles to meet with the heads of Public Health, Regional Planning, Public Works and Building and Safety, as well as the Chief of the Fire Department on October 31, 2013 at 2:00pm. Please pray for us to have a favorable outcome from this meeting, ultimately resulting in us receiving a C.U.P. (conditional use permit), so we can be in compliance with every requirement from all these agencies. We know that no matter what God’s Will, will be done for he is sovereign. We are simply being careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving letting our requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).

God Bless You and Thank For Your Prayers

Peter J. Hilst

Dear Friends,

        Our ministry in Canyon Country began when we opened our Men’s Ranch in 1979. Since then there are thousands who have come through this ministry and received Christ as Lord and Savior and had their lives both transformed and restored. After 34 years however we are facing a major dilemma which would severely impact our operation.

        Regional Planning has stipulated a Conditional Use Permit to continue operating. Several structures as well require approval from Building and Safety. We have been told that the trailers which serve as dormitories, as well as our Chapel, have to be removed before permits can be issued. The Fire Department is requiring a large water tank, sprinkler systems, fire hydrants and a bridge across the wash for emergency access. Meeting the requirements would be enormously expensive. Filing for the permits would cost $50,000.00 minimum, with no guarantee of approval. The other required improvement’s would run $100,000.00 plus. The proposed bridge has been estimated at over a million dollars.

        The situation is compounded by the fact that FEMA has determined that most of our property is the flood plan. We would therefore need permission to grade our hill and build at a higher elevation. Furthermore our primary septic system for the men’s bathroom and showers has shut down and we are not allowed to dig out new leach lines to correct the problem without approval.

        Clearly we are looking to the Lord to intervene in some way on our behalf. However, another consideration is that perhaps the time has come for our facility to relocate. Whatever God’s plan is, we will follow. Please pray for us regarding all of this. If anyone has any thoughts or questions, please feel free to contact me directly at:

(661) 993-6485. We are casting all our care on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Peter J. Hilst