After over 25 years of ministry at Calvary Chapel Fallbrook (CCF), with the last 7-plus as the Senior Pastor, it was time for me to retire. Not out of desire, mind you, but because the Lord in His infinite wisdom and glorious plan has allowed me to be stricken with a rather debilitating and painful medical condition known as Interstitial Cystitis (IC). What happens with IC is that portions of your bladder dry up, and when that happens it allows the collected urine to come into contact with the nerve endings, causing excruciating pain. There is hope for a recovery from a medical standpoint, but it could be several months to years in the making. Since the pain was physically and mentally overwhelming, in what I hope was in the best interests of CCF I turned the baton over to the Board of Directors without a clear successor in mind, and now I hope and pray that your search for a new Senior Pastor goes well and is blessed by God.
From the bottom of our hearts, Amparo and I thank you for the love and kindness you have shown us (did you guys know I met her at CCF back in 2001?), and it is with great sadness that we must say good-bye. There are so many great memories: beach camps, lock-ins, kitchen patrols at Forest Home, baptisms, Israel trips, Ireland trips, Cambodia trips, weddings, cook-outs, the big remodel and so many other wonderful things. And it was such a privilege that my last acts as Senior Pastor were to dedicate young Rowan and to dedicate the law enforcement career of one of our finest young men. But most of all, it was a blessing to carry out my duty of faithfully (I hope) teaching you God’s Word from start to finish. I didn’t quite make it (too slow!), but God will probably have me teaching in Eternity to make up for it…
Thank you for the love and the prayers with which you always showered my family and me, and especially in 2015 with the precarious health of Danny and Daniel. With grateful hearts we all thank you, and always will. Please know that our time at CCF was blessed, and that our hopes and wishes for CCF are all for the best.
As Al Beaubier always said, “See you there, or in the air!”
The Mahler and Lombera families
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