Additions To Our Family

“Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

— Philippians 2:2 – 4 —

We have been so blessed to be a part of this work that God has begun here in South Asia. We are humbled by the fact that the Lord brought all of us from not just different parts of Asia, but also from different parts of the world to be serving here altogether. There has been a unity that is only found in Christ that has knit students and staff close together as a family.

Student Life
This group of young men is eager to learn and have been studying very hard. It has been a month of classes from 8am to 3:30pm and the students have been so hungry for God’s Word that they’ve been asking Aaron to teach them more during their free time before and after their dinner. They are each learning the balance of studying, doing homework, and working around the campus grounds.

English Classes have been encouraging to see the students improve each week. With practicing how to read aloud and learning grammar, they are becoming more and more confident to speak English.

Taming the Jungle
Everyone has been working together to make the compound more of a home. Plants have been trimmed, and a good portion of land has been tilled for the start of a vegetable garden! Many of the students are from families that plant and harvest crops, so they became the teachers and we became the students when they showed us how to properly plant and water seeds.

 

Campus Life
While the students have been having fun in the classroom, they have also been having fun outside of the classroom. When working out in the field, a volleyball court was made and the students have been able to play during their free time. We all could get caught up in the day-to-day list of things that you want to complete, but there also needs to be a time for fellowship and a little friendly volleyball competition.

We recently celebrated Jena’s 26th birthday and we rejoiced in the Lord for another great year! The day began with opening gifts and a delicious pancake breakfast! In the evening, there was a surprise gift from the students where they sang “Happy Birthday” and brought Jena a cake. We all praised God for an awesome family in Christ that He has brought together and gave thanks for another memorable birthday.

Prayer Requests:
– For our team to be like-minded, have the same love, being of one accord, and of one mind.
– That God would provide financially for us and for the ministry in South Asia.

Praise Reports:
– We’ve had new students join the Bible College!
– One of the graduates who started a Calvary Chapel in South Asia has sent his assistant leader to be trained here for further church planting possibilities.
– Jena felt very loved on her 26th birthday!

In Christ,
Aaron & Jena Garcia
aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

Being A World Away

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”
Philippians 1: 3 – 6

So much of our life and the ministry we are a part of are spent very far away from you, yet each summer we are thankful to be able to return to the States and spend time with most of you. This past summer, the Lord allowed us to visit Northern California and the East Coast to have a very sweet, connected time of fellowship, making new friends and growing deeper in our friendships with church families who have been co-laboring with us in all parts of the world.

We have been very thankful to be given such a great opportunity to partner with and encourage you how God has been mightily glorified in bringing the good news to people who have never heard, and teaching God’s word to students who are hungry to learn and grow.

You have made a deep impression upon us with your hospitality, generosity and sacrifice. We are encouraged by you and wanted to personally thank you for loving and praying for us. Though we are a world away, we feel closer to you than ever.

A Shepherd’s Heart
We recently were able to make a quick visit to Nepal and fellowship with the pastors and leaders involved with the new Pastor’s Training Center. As the first official semester of the school was about to begin, we held a small, intimate day-conference to encourage and seek the Lord together as a team before all of the students arrived. Aaron taught from Acts 20, exhorting everyone from Paul’s heart of being a shepherd and we had a time of prayer where the men prayed together and Jena prayed with the pastor’s wives. It was a very uplifting time and the team grew closer as we opened up with one another.

Laying The Foundation
Greetings from South Asia! Returning students and new students traveling from all parts of Asia have arrived and the classes at CCBC SOUTH ASIA have officially begun. Aaron has been teaching through the Bible everyday and Jena is helping with teaching English to the students twice a week. We are excited to serve the students and live life with them. Please pray for them as they begin to study through God’s Word and that they would “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that they may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10)

In Christ,
Aaron & Jena
aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

Teach the Word, Change the World

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The Dove Is Up
Thank you so much for praying over our travels and our time here serving in South Asia. We are very excited to be a part of this team helping with the new CCBC. It has been great to see the progress of the construction on the land, as it used to be covered with overgrown plants but now it has walls, buildings, dormitories, student kitchen, library, offices and classrooms! Jena was also able to bring out her paintbrushes and add the Calvary dove to the front gates. It is our heart that this ministry would always exalt God’s Word and be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Please continue to pray for the completing of construction, as there is still more that needs to be done.

For this first semester, the students and team have been working construction jobs on the campus during the morning and evening. In the daytime, Aaron has been teaching Bible classes through a translator. There has been a great bond serving with the students and studying God’s Word together. We’ve gotten to know their personal testimonies and how they’ve overcome serious persecution but have continued to stand firm in their faith. Many of the students have traveled up to a four-days train ride to come and study the Word. They’re so eager to learn and it has been an amazing time of great encouragement for these courageous men of God.

Church Planting
A few years ago, our dear friend Pastor J.E studied at the Bible College we served at in Nepal. He went back to his home state in South Asia to start a Bible study that has turned into a beautiful Calvary Chapel fellowship. Recently, we went and visited Pastor J.E to celebrate 3 years of their church plant. Pastor J.E had been led to a community of railway workers and has been given much favor to have a place among them to teach and disciple. During our visit, we were so blessed by their beautiful worship, filled with much joy for the Lord. Please pray for them as they are growing in their knowledge of God’s Word and that they would be faithful witnesses. Seeing Pastor J.E be used so mightily for the Lord and being able to watch him grow while he was studying God’s Word at Bible College, showed us more than ever that by simply teaching through His Word will change the world.

Bringing Updates
Our intent in coming to visit this campus in South Asia was to discover in what ways we would have opportunities here to serve. We have learned so much during our time and are excited to Lord willing return for the Fall semester. We are going back to the States on May 10th to visit and update the church on the new work in South Asia.

Hope to see you!

In Christ,
Aaron & Jena Garcia

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Footmen for the Gospel

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When Paul the apostle said, “I must see Rome,” (Acts 19:21) my candid reaction to his statement is: this guy is crazy! With all that he had already accomplished, it would have been easier for Paul to get complacent with where he was. You really want to leave and start all over again? But when I understand a bit more of his heart for the gospel, it is absolutely beautiful. Paul is coming from a place of understanding the desperate need for the gospel in Rome. May God give us that same fiery consistent love to be footmen for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said it best here in Acts 20:24, “if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

Going to our “Rome”
About two years ago, we started to pray for the timing of God of when we were supposed to go to South Asia to serve at the Calvary Chapel Bible College. We not only prayed, but we got our visas as well. Each year we waited as Gods timing wouldn’t allow for us to go, and now on April 12 we will go to our long awaited South Asia! It seems to be just an amazing opportunity to bring the word of God to this Asian giant. Our heart is to work alongside the team of Asian nationals and bring the word of God in hopes that CCBC South Asia will become a central training center to equip the future pioneering pastors and teachers to reach all of Asia. Please pray that the Lord would bless and strengthen the team currently serving there as they have been working very hard.

Vision for Nepal
We are grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to help launch and establish CCBC Nepal. Recently, the Lord has moved us on and is now directing us to invest our time focusing on the existing Calvary church plants, pastoral training, and coming alongside our ministry workers in their own villages in Nepal.  The Lord has been sending out his people to plant new churches, and He has allowed us to have very close relationships with them, so our heart is to invest our time in these new works being a source of encouragement for the pastors and their churches. It is really exciting to see the fruit of what God’s Word has done in Nepal to make these special men and women equipped for every good work.

Thank you for your love, it means very much that you pray for us.

Partners in the Gospel
We want to inform you in the change in our administrative oversight from CC WestGrove to Saving Grace World Missions. We are still missionaries sent out of CCWG but we are coming under SGWM for their administrative support. SGWM is a Calvary Chapel based missions organization that provides administrative oversight for missionaries in over 25 countries, they are a missions organization with the focus to help us and CCWG with tools to be successful in answering the great commission.

Therefore, we ask you to please send all future support for us to SGWM.  Here’s a link where you can give to us through Saving Grace World Missions:

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Or by mail:
Saving Grace World Missions
17451 Bastanchury Rd. Suite 203 Yorba Linda CA 92886
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Grace & Peace,
The Garcias