Rod Light | July 25, 2017

Foursquare Pastor Bernie Federmann knew Life Pacific Junior Marlene Munoz had a unique gift the first time he met her. He was excited when a summer internship allowed her to share that gift with his community in Lompoc, Calif.

By: Rod Light

LPC junior Marlene Munoz inspires kids. During a summer internship in Lompoc, Calif., she served with a Vacation Bible School for neighborhood children, led worship in public services with the church’s worship team, and started a music clinic to help children learn how to use their musical gifts to honor the Lord.

Senior Pastor Bernie Federmann at Lompoc Foursquare Church was thrilled. Bernie first met Marlene in February when a team from Life Pacific ministered during one of their services. “The Lord prompted me to speak to her about investing in her life and helping her get where God wanted her to go,” Bernie says. “It was a God moment, as she was encouraged and moved. Little did we know then, that God would allow her to be with us for an entire summer.”

Marlene, who hails from Chicago, played in the United States Marine Corps Band for eight years. Bernie describes her as “humble, teachable, competent, and resourceful.”

Malisa Paz agrees. She is the children’s pastor at Lompoc Foursquare and has been Marlene’s mentor for the summer. “We believe it is the church’s responsibility to raise up the next generation of worship leaders and worship teams,” Malisa says. “Marlene is making this dream a reality for us in Lompoc.”

Schools in many parts of the U.S. have eliminated music programs and Marlene, along with the leadership of the Lompoc church, have stepped in to offer an alternative. During the summer music clinic, Marlene impacted one of the students to the point where she agreed to pray aloud for the class. Other students, following her lead, stepped forward to share what they knew about music. “Marlene has an ability to develop trust with students and they desire to do their best for her and for the Lord,” Malisa says.

“Marlene has an ability to develop trust with students and they desire to do their best for her and for the Lord,” Malisa says.

Bernie, a board member and alum of Life Pacific, is impressed with Marline’s work ethic. “She is always prepared and can work with just about any personality or music skill level,” he says. “She leads worship with our Sunday team and fits in so well.” During the summer internship, Marlene sits in with the leadership team during staff meetings and participates in community outreach events. “Marlene impressed us with her heart and skills, and we would love for her to become a permanent part of our team after graduation,” Bernie says.

“Marlene impressed us with her heart and skills, and we would love for her to become a permanent part of our team after graduation,” Bernie says.

From Marlene’s perspective, the opportunity to serve during the summer in Lompoc is a blessing. “This church feels like family to me,” she says. “I am honored to serve alongside Pastor Bernie as he leads a church that is committed to caring for others, impacting the community of Lompoc and beyond.”

“This church feels like family to me,” she says. “I am honored to serve alongside Pastor Bernie as he leads a church that is committed to caring for others, impacting the community of Lompoc and beyond.”

The Lompoc Foursquare Church regularly hosts LPC interns. The leadership team invests in the next generation of leaders to serve in the church and in the marketplace. Bernie appreciates the work of Life Pacific in training leaders beyond what a local church can accomplish alone. “We believe that LPC is a worthy investment,” Bernie says. “Imagine what it would look like if each Foursquare church in America hosted at least one student from LPC or LPC-Ignite, investing in them through prayer, financial support, and offering a place to use their gifts.”

The Lompoc church and its leadership are making a tangible investment in the life of leaders like Marlene. They are grateful to host talented and gifted students from LPC as part of the ministry in their community.

“We believe that LPC is a worthy investment,” Bernie says. “Imagine what it would look like if each Foursquare church in America hosted at least one student from LPC or LPC-Ignite, investing in them through prayer, financial support, and offering a place to use their gifts.”

After observing interns for years now, and especially in response to this summer’s internship with Marlene, Bernie hopes the blessing is mutual. “We see the hand of God on the lives of these students,” Bernie says, “and they get to experience the joy of learning while serving.”