Making More Missionaries

Calvary School Of Missions

We enjoyed our time giving all of the School of Missions students a head start of equipping and training for the mission field.  They all finished well and new friendships have been formed during the month and a half of spending time, living, and serving with one another.  We were able to be a part of relaying the faithfulness of the Lord through our own experiences.  Throughout our time together, we shared about how God has been with us, how He has provided always, and what miraculous works we’ve seen God do while on the mission field.  It was encouraging to see how the Lord has spoken to each of them on where to go and what to do in this next season of their life. 

Our intention while at the school was to help them see and believe that it is worth taking the step of faith to follow Christ onto the mission field. During our time in Mexico, we were reminded of the verse from Matthew 9, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Everyone who attended the School of Missions has a burden for the lost and desires to be sent out into His harvest and the school is a great setup for multiplying missionaries. 

Our Antioch

During this extended time of being in the States, we have been very blessed to be getting more connected with our home church, Calvary Chapel Saving Grace.  Our time here has been filled with great fellowship and investing our lives discipling others.  Since serving at the School of Missions in Mexico, there is a group of young adults who have dedicated this next year of their life to intern at CC Saving Grace.  We will be spending time with them, helping them learn the behind-the-scenes of ministry and training them on raising their personal support for the mission field. 

A way that the Lord has opened a door to be able to invest in the lives from the church is through assisting Pastor Joel in the CC Saving Grace young adults ministry.  We will be doing discipleship with them and stirring up people who aren’t serving the Lord to begin getting involved in some way that God has gifted them to serve at the church.  Our heart with discipleship is to pour into the young adults and get them fired up about discipling others as well. Pray that a real Christ-inspired revival would happen in the hearts of these young men and women, that they would become zealous to take the gospel to their neighbors and unto the nations.

Missions Testimonies

Typically when we come back to the States, most of our time is spent visiting the partnering churches.  During this COVID season, that schedule has changed but there have still been opportunities.  We always hope to be an encouragement to the church body to engage in whatever role they have in fulfilling the great commission that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28: to share the gospel and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them in the ways of the Lord. 

Recently, Aaron was able to travel to Colorado to visit two partnering churches.  He was blessed to meet with the pastor of Legacy Church in Thornton and give a ministry update and spend some time in fellowship.  He then travelled a few hours south to share an update and teach from the Word at Living Stone Calvary Chapel in Cañon City.  We appreciate every time we get to visit because it is great to connect with the people from the church and meet those who have been personally praying for us.

Our Little Pineapple

Jena just began month 8 of pregnancy and we are counting down the weeks until November 8th!  Mama and baby are both doing well, and we experienced the beginning of Braxton hicks (contractions; false labor pains) a couple of weeks ago.  Lily is the size of a pineapple and at the stage where all of her major organs are fully developed.  She can perform her breathing skills by inhaling amniotic fluid to give her lungs some practice for her big debut in November!  Speaking of performing, her dancing skills are getting stronger; Jena’s stomach will sometimes change in shape as Lily dances to the music.  As each week goes by, and as Lily continues to grow bigger, the fact that she will be here soon is becoming so surreal and we are so excited!

In Christ,

Aaron, Jena & Lily Garcia

aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

COVID Relief Reaches the Mountains

For security purposes, name and places are being protected.  This past month, our national pastors were able to host more COVID-food relief outreaches at their churches throughout Asia.  One place in particular that we were personally able to visit before is far up the mountains in a village where Pastor R is from and has been serving.  His community already has limited amount of supplies, and now with COVID affecting the country, their supplies have been scarce.  Recently, this Calvary Chapel was able to distribute packages filled with rice, lentils, vegetable oil, and salt to the families in the village.

Pastor R was able to host the distribution at the church to pray over people and share the gospel with everyone.  We are very thankful that the Lord has provided for this little village on the mountains!  P.R recently shared with us that since the outreach they had at the church, the people have been more receptive to him hosting additional outreaches in their village! Please pray for Pastor R who has been laboring as a carpenter and helping the locals with any of their field work.  Please also pray for the safety of the people health wise and that they would have the proper shelter that they need during this current monsoon season.

Never Stop, Never Settle

“do business till I come…”

~ Luke 19:13 ~

Jesus gave a parable about servants taking ten minas (about 30 months salary) and how their master tells them to do business, meaning to invest wisely or to complete a task.  Jesus is teaching about taking what He has given to you and using it to reach the goals of building His Kingdom here by spreading the gospel, making disciples, and building His church.  

Since being back in the States, we’ve had many asking us, ‘are you going to stop doing missions now that you’re going to have a baby?’ or ‘with COVID happening, does that mean you’re going to stop doing missions?’  As Christians, our calling is to be the light in the darkness and it is all of our responsibility to share the gospel to the world.  It is because Jesus is coming soon, that our hearts are burdened for the lost, we need to be bold witnesses to the ends of the earth and make disciples.  For us, “missions” doesn’t ever stop no matter where we are in the world.  We couldn’t have planned to have Asia’s borders be closed to us being there right now, but we praise God for the opportunities He has given us while being Stateside!

Relief Reaches the Mountains

For security purposes, name and places are being protected.  This past month, our national pastors were able to host more COVID-food relief outreaches at their churches throughout Asia.  One place in particular that we were personally able to visit before is far up the mountains in a village where Pastor R is from and has been serving.  His community already has limited amount of supplies, and now with COVID affecting the country, their supplies have been scarce.  Recently, this Calvary Chapel was able to distribute packages filled with rice, lentils, vegetable oil, and salt to the families in the village.

Pastor R was able to host the distribution at the church to pray over people and share the gospel with everyone.  We are very thankful that the Lord has provided for this little village in the mountains!  P.R. recently shared with us that since the outreach they had at the church, the people have been more receptive to him hosting additional outreaches in their village! Please pray for Pastor R who has been laboring as a carpenter and helping the locals with any of their field work.  Please also pray for the safety of the people health wise and that they would have the proper shelter that they need during this current monsoon season.

Calvary Chapel School of Missions

We have been so blessed to be here in Rosarito, Mexico!  The school is beginning its third week with an incredible group of students who are eager to learn and are excited about reaching the lost.  

The past few weeks have been filled with classes pertaining to missions such as church planting, building partnerships, the purpose of the church in Acts, laying aside our “rights” for the sake of the gospel, and the highs and lows of the mission field. We’ve also been going on outreach with the students alongside the different church plant locations that are connected with Calvary Chapel Rosarito.  With COVID regulations still continuing, there have been changes to our “outreach schedule” but evangelism and ministering to people doesn’t stop!  We’ve all visited locations to do a form of food distribution, minister to families, host small children’s programs, share personal testimonies, and most importantly, the gospel.  Many of the students are stepping out, sharing the gospel, and leading people to Christ for the first time!

BabyGarcia is a…

We are excited to announce that we are having a little girl!!  We decided to name her Lily based on Matthew 6:28, “So why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin.”  Matthew 6 has always been very special for us throughout our relationship with the Lord and together as one.  Learning to not worry about tomorrow, but trust in God instead because He cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, how much more He cares for us as His children!

Jena has entered her 6th month of pregnancy and still enjoys all of the fruit that she can get.  Her pregnant belly has popped out in the last few weeks and soon she will be able to balance her ice-cream bowl on it.  This month, Lily is the size of a grapefruit!  Our baby is going to be growing much more and doubling in her weight.  Lily has been super active, especially when there is music playing (we’re thinking we might have a tiny dancer) and we both love to feel her move around!

We are very thankful for your prayers and the constant love you have shown us.  Thank you for celebrating this new season with us as our family is growing and for cheering us on as we continue to serve the Lord.

In Christ,

Aaron, Jena, & Lily Garcia 

aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

Praise Reports:

  • The students have all been so amazing and encouraging
  • We’ve all been prayerful and careful about not getting sick
  • People have been giving their lives to the Lord and are getting connected with the local Calvary church plant
  • Our national pastors in Asia have all been safe and continuing the work of the Lord

Prayer Requests:

  • That the Lord would give us and our team in Asia wisdom and direction during this COVID season
  • For Lily’s health and growth
  • For our friends in Asia to be safe, and have access to food and water for their families
  • Divine appointments with people here in Mexico to hear the gospel

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John 14: 27

Food Relief

Bringing food to those in need.  For the past two months it’s been the priority to get relief to those who are without food.  The lockdown has run its course and there are so many that have been affected.  People have been unable to work, relying on what little they have, and many have been going on with nothing to eat.  We thank God for the amazing team we are a part of who have been working to help put together everything required for this relief work.  There has been a team effort in organizing and distributing food and bringing the love of Christ to the people of Nepal and South Asia.

In Nepal, our dear friends at the Leprosy Colony have been affected with many of them being elderly and having the weakest immune systems.  A team of national pastors and church members went out to meet the needs of the colony.  It was a rainy day and you could see the desperation on many of their faces while over 200 families gathered in line and were given bags of groceries and hygiene essentials.  Pastor Anand preached the gospel and gave hope through God’s word to the people. Our friends at the leprosy colony are already overlooked, so when all of Nepal goes into survival mode, unfortunately, these people become even more neglected.

We Ate Our Last Rice Last Night

As we’ve shared before, our bible college students returned home, many arriving in packed villages filled with people who had returned from working in the cities and other countries.  These travelers found it safer to be in the rural, remote villages, and subtly they’ve been bringing back the Gospel.  Many of them heard about Jesus in some faraway land when they were working abroad and we’re hearing about a massive influx of Jesus!  These migrant workers returned to their homes to now see churches and small house bible studies going on.  Since there’s no work, it allows for free time where they can attend the Bible studies.  Our students are taking the opportunities that have been set before them and are beginning to see Hindus come to Christ.

In fact, one of the first villages where our leaders did food distributions at was in the village of our students Padam and Desu.  Both students were in their last semester of bible college, becoming leaders to the rest of their classmates.  Since being sent home due to lockdown, Padam teaches bible studies in his village every day, even posting them on Facebook live to expand their reach.  When our leaders arrived with bags of rice for the village they were overwhelmed with happiness.  Immediately, Desu wanted to cook for the guests that came to her village.  They noticed Desu opened the food rice bag just given to her, and when asked how much food they had remaining until now, Desu answered “We ate our last rice last night and today you have come with more.”  Needless to say, the situation is dire, and food is running out for many.  It’s been amazing to witness the courage of our friends amidst every challenge they face to still serve Christ and preach the gospel more than ever.

We thank God that funds were provided to meet these needs and hundreds more.  So far, there has been more than 12 food outreaches, and people’s needs continue as we are setting our sights to help more of the villages where our Calvary Chapel pastors are serving, including the mountain region of Lapu where Pastor Raju is living.  Please pray for the continued needs and if you are being led to give towards helping with the COVID relief, click on this link for Nepal / South Asia Relief Efforts.

Another door opens

As you know, we are staying in California until the world reopens.  It has become clear that pandemic panic has spread to Asia where they are just now making more tests available.  Every day the test numbers increase so much compared to having zero testing a few weeks ago.  It appears that the doors have temporarily been closed for us to be in Nepal today, but God always makes a way for another to be opened.  The Calvary Chapel School of Missions will be starting their summer session next month on July 6th – August 17th down in Mexico.  We three, our small family, will be joining as staff and helping to raise up the next generation of Calvary Chapel cross-cultural missionaries.  It’s an amazing opportunity to pass along the things we wish we had known 7 years ago when we first went on the field. We will be able to disciple young zealous people, and of course, have another excuse to eat great tacos daily! You can find out more by clicking this link to Calvary School of Missions.

BabyGarcia Update

Jena is 16 weeks pregnant (4 months) and BabyGarcia is the size of an avocado!  Last week was the week of the “baby pooch” where it looks like you ate just a little too much food but it’s actually our baby growing inside!  Jena’s health is great and she is enjoying the pregnancy cravings of everything bagels, ramen noodles, cheese (especially nacho or cream cheese), but not altogether of course.  This month we’ll have another doctor visit and will be finding out BabyGarcia’s gender!  Stay tuned until the end of the month for the big reveal!

In Christ,

Aaron, Jena & BabyGarcia

aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

Prayer Requests:

  • For those that are hungry in Asia
  • Our family as we go and be a part of the Calvary School of Missions
  • That God would provide financially for us and for the ministry in Nepal & South Asia
  • For those divine appointments to share the Gospel with people
  • Endurance to be faithful in the work of the ministry

For All Seasons

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.”

2 Timothy 4:2a

Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for us while in Nepal and especially during the time of our lockdown.  In the middle of March, Nepal had closed their borders and cancelled any domestic flights that were flying in and out of Nepal.  As many of you know, we boarded an emergency evacuation flight that was put together by the US embassy to fly back to the States just a few weeks ago. We hope that you are well and we are praying for you.  

Aaron filtering out drinking water while shops were all closed down

We pray that you are entering into God’s peace and that you are abiding in Him for strength.  We know that you have been affected in one way or another, but trust God with your health and trust Him with your finances because this too shall pass.  If you are worried and stressed out, turn off the news and go for a walk instead, or listen to worship, spend time with your family, read your Bible and pray.  It is important to remember that not just your world has shut down, but the entire world has shut down.

Lockdown in South Asia

Throughout Asia, people are restricted from leaving their neighborhoods or even beyond the boundaries of their villages.  They are being monitored by policemen with giant sticks waiting to physically beat anyone.  Many families who earn their living through daily wages, are unable to pay for food for themselves.  This is why faith is necessary in a time of peace but especially during a time of trial.  It is ultimately your faith and trust in God that will hold you and keep you through this time of uncertainty.  The strength of God and His power will be manifest in even greater ways for us who believe and who continue to believe.

Faith-filled

We are amazed at the mercy of God and the wisdom that He grants in response to crisis.  We had heard of Covid-19 and began seeing the borders and businesses shutting down in Kathmandu.  Then we later found out that all schools had shut down officially.  There was a weeklong window where we prayed as a staff on what to do with the school.  It was encouraging for us to know that our team wasn’t fearful, but faith-filled and we trusted God with whatever He had planned for us and the school.  With places being shut down throughout Nepal, it became evident of the necessity to close down the Bible school and send the students back home to their villages.

Classes in Nepal

Within the short time frame that we had with the students, we commissioned them to preach the Word, to be ready in season and out because this is a season where God ordained for them to go back and preach the gospel to their family, friends and neighbors.  The students have been trained and sent according to God’s timing, although it wasn’t the normal send off that we’re used to, it was still His timing.  To our amazement, many of the students have gone out and began meeting house to house in their villages.  Nepali people have been restricted to staying only in their villages and are unable to leave for any reason, so our students have gotten creative with the media and are doing online teachings to continue to reach out to those they can’t physically be with.

Are YOU ready?

Back in 2015, we lived through the largest earthquake in Nepal.  They said that the previous one was 70 years before.  We feared for our lives and slept in an open field, unwilling to sleep indoors for many nights due to the large aftershocks.  It was difficult to bathe, eat, or sleep.  Our lives were never the same but then a moment came when we saw and heard about others who had much less and had it much harder than us.  Entire villages were cut off due to mountain slides and people were left near to death, homeless and hopeless.  That moment was the beginning of the greatest outreach adventures ever.  God opened up so many doors to preach the gospel and reach villages that had never heard the name of Jesus.  It all came down to whether or not we were going to just survive or seek to serve others. 

We understand in times like these, it is hard to see past our own selves but consider that there are others that have much less and have it much harder.  Let’s not waste our lockdown.  Let’s reach out, call someone to check on them, reconcile with loved ones, or deliver a meal to an elderly neighbor.  Share the gospel with those that are willing to hear because people really are seeking help and hope in this crisis.  Let us pray for those who are hungry, unable to work and are surviving on little.  Pray for the gospel to spread like wildfire in the world right now.

Are WE ready…to be parents?!

We are so happy to announce that we are going to have a baby!  Jena is feeling well and is finishing her first trimester.  We were able to tell our parents that they are grandparents as soon as we reached US soil.  We are so thankful to the Lord for His perfect timing!  Baby Garcia will be coming this November!

In Christ,

Aaron, Jena & Baby Garcia!

aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

Breaking the Mold

We began the Spring 2020 semester with one of our largest group of students ever!  Beyond blessed to be pouring into 30 students through the teaching of God’s Word.  Many of them come from different backgrounds and have experienced many things, and all have one thing in common: their love for Jesus and their desire to become more like Him.

Revolving Door

There have been many teams and guests who have come to visit the Bible College, form relationships with the students, and serve alongside us while doing ministry in places like the slums, leprosy colony, or traveling to the village to visit CC church plants and help the pastors with outreach and/or any projects they would be blessed by.  Our home has become a revolving door for those we have been able to host personally, or even having our friends over for fellowship and worship times.  

Construction at CC Dumre
Fellowship with our college students

This month we were able to host a team from CC Monrovia who came to spend time at the campus as well as visit Pastor Milan at CC Dumre.  We travelled outside of the valley and were able to introduce the team to our brother who has been laboring for Christ and ministering to his people.  The team was prepared to help with some construction on CC Dumre’s building project and helped further the work that was being done.  It was really great to see the relationship being formed between the team members and Milan while we all served alongside one another.

Visiting friends at Leprosy Colony
Ladies Worship Session

Two of our friends, Gerry & Nicole Kizitaff, who were representing CC South Jersey came to spend time with us for a week.  Gerry taught a block class through Titus, and Nicole was able to teach the girl students how to bake everything from scratch.  We went to visit our friends at the leprosy colony that we usually see throughout the month.  The students prepared worship songs, dramas, dances, and someone to share their testimony.  Gerry had been there many times, and it was a sweet moment as Nicole was able to meet many of the people that we’ve shared about.  The leprosy colony was gifted more hygiene packages to help them with some basic necessities to get through the month, since many of them have no source of income nor a way to do personal shopping themselves.

Double Jeopardy

Aaron teaching at CC Nakkhu

We Garcias have taken over Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for our classes we’ve been able to teach.  Aaron taught through Leviticus and then Hebrews to the students.  Every semester, we’ve noticed the students test grades continue to get higher and higher and show their apparent hunger for God’s Word and their understanding of it.  

Jena teaching English class

Jena has been teaching two levels of English classes and has thought of creative and helpful ways to get the students to learn more easily.  Recently, to help review everything that has been taught, both English classes joined together in a game of Jeopardy, which showed the students’ eagerness to learn as well as to win!  It was a fun and encouraging way for the students to see how much they have retained in just two months.

Breaking the Mold

Recently, one of our students mentioned something that we’ve unfortunately heard before, that they only knew pastors or church leaders that don’t do any work or even teach through the Scriptures and don’t allow younger men/women to interact with the pastors or leaders.  This is something that we are very aware of and are intentional to lead by example by breaking the mold of what the students have experienced traditionally.  Throughout our time, we serve and do outreach together even if that means just simply walking with the students to get them out of their comfort zone and sharing the gospel in the streets.

Men’s Prayer
Preparing Hygiene packages for the Leprosy Colony

With our relationships that have continued at the leprosy colony, some of the college students have seen the opportunity go on a weekly basis to have a Bible study with those who want to learn more of God’s Word.  Some college students that have been attending CC Nakkhu at the college approached us saying they had some friends who also wanted to learn more about the Bible but

Friday Night College Group

couldn’t attend the college due to their other school schedule, so the Lord opened a door for the start of the our Friday night college group!  It was amazing to see more and more college students coming to learn, worship, and fellowship with our students.

Many graduates, go back to their homes and start Bible studies that later grow into church plants.  This past semester, some of our 3rd semester guys, who have had a heart for their people, have already been doing Bible studies on their own during the semester holiday.  In the past few weeks, those same students have been given the opportunity to continue those studies in their hometowns by going back home during the weekend to revisit with the fellowships and then return back here for classes.  This is a way for them to gain practical experience that they will need when they graduate to start a church.

Spring 2020 Semester Students

In Christ,

Aaron & Jena Garcia

aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

Prayer Requests:

  • For the students, that they would keep following Jesus and grow in His grace and knowledge of the Lord.
  • That we as a staff would continue to love and serve the Lord faithfully.
  • Pray that we would love each other in our homes, in the churches, and on the field. 
  • That God would provide financially for us and for the ministry in Nepal & South Asia.
  • For those divine appointments to share the Gospel with people.
  • Endurance to be faithful in the work of the ministry.