Muller-A New Adventure

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Dear Family, Friends, Loved Ones~

In February 2010, we set out from California to teach worship at CCBC in Siegen, Germany. God has blessed our time here these past few years (almost 5). We were able to mentor and train many students, yet so many more were unable to attend from the many churches sprinkled throughout the EU and UK. When the bible college closed in June, 2013, we received many invitations to bring our classes and training to churches.

 

We received that as a direction from the Lord, and for this last year and a half, we have had the opportunity to travel to many churches and nations, leading and teaching on worship. God has blessed us over and over again, as we have seen the fruit and response growing. A fire was definitely lit here, and the hunger for God in this young generation is increasing.

 

However, that’s not the only thing increasing. Since we have been here, God has blessed us with 6 more grandchildren! Although we see them for a week or two when we visit the States each year, we haven’t been able to really know them. God has been speaking to us, confirming in various ways, to return to the States and invest in our family. Family is important to God; He even reveals Himself as our “Father.”

 

Because we have seen fruit in the ministry God has given us here, we desire to continue in it. We plan to minister to the churches and youth in the US, as well as abroad when occasion allows. We will be stationed Stateside instead of in Germany. We still have a vision to travel to different churches and fellowships, bringing worship seminars, teachings, and mentoring. Our hope is to stay connected with the churches in the EU and UK, and periodically follow up with them and encourage them.

 

Our lives aren’t our own…we gave them to Christ years ago to accomplish His will. It has been a great adventure of faith over here, and it will be sad to leave the people we have grown to love. Yet, we are following where we know God is leading. God has encouraged us to see this as not going “back” to the States, but “forward.” We will continue to live as missionaries, but are changing our place of residence. We will still be connected with Saving Grace World missions, if you feel led to help support our continuing ministry. It would be a great encouragement and blessing.

 

We covet your prayers in this new adventure. There is so much to do in this transition, as we get ready to depart. We plan to leave towards the end of the year, sometime in November. There is also the challenge of changing cultures, and adapting to the demands of life in the US. Thank you for standing with us in your faithful love, prayers, and support. Words can’t express our gratitude.

In Christ’s love and service,

Bruce and Teresa

 

“Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

Sing the Glory of His Name

Make His praise glorious.” Ps. 66:1-2

 

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Struska September 2014 Update

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Absolutely fantastic! There aren’t many words that can do a better job at describing how great it has been to have time to spend together as a family! While there is a lot going on, and always plenty of work to do at the church, we can honestly say that family time is once again high on the priority list. With Kristy’s primary duty is to be a stay-home mom, school is once again a more enjoyable time. Brittany and William are both doing very well in their   studies, most days finishing early as well. Brittany is continuing with piano lessons and is taking a Microsoft Office course this year, while Will is focusing on Spanish and drums. Our (by which we mean mostly Ron’s) spare time right now is mostly being spent building a new pantry and installing new cabinets in our kitchen. We are thankful that our landlord was willing to buy new cabinets, which were built by our good friends Richard & Noel.

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In addition to Ron’s other roles at the church, he has also taken on Audio Coordinator. (It was

 

inevitable!) To give you an idea of how much there is to do in this area, he spent one full day repairing cables and only got about 25%of them done. Kristy has taken over coordinating worship for Celebrate Recovery at CCR (Calvary Chapel Rosarito). They meet every week and begin the program with worship. Kristy and Brittany are both singing and playing keyboard in the band, as well as helping with tech. Will is, of course, playing the drums. If you have not heard of Celebrate Recovery, it’s an amazing, Christ-centered recovery ministry that helps people overcome their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. CCR has the first bilingual program and is translating the materials into Spanish to hopefully begin bilingual or Spanish programs elsewhere.

 

Short-term Missions Teams

At the end of August we hosted our first team with CCR. This team from Costa Mesa, CA came down to minister to some local children who do not attend church. Normally, every Saturday, these children are bussed over to CCR for the afternoon. This time, however, the bus took them to the beach, which I’m told is something these kids don’t often get to do. The team provided lunch, activities, and a Bible lesson for these 6-14 year-olds. It was hard to keep their attention, as they were anxious to get into the water. However, the team did an amazing job with their illustrations and Bible memorization that helped them to be able to focus better on the message.

 

We are told that the majority of the teams that usually come down through CCR don’t plan very much in advance. So we are very excited to have already begun planning for some teams for next summer! They will include various ministries, and so far a couple of home builds as well. It is great to have the ability to host teams of all sizes and help them to use their gifts and strengths to come alongside the church here in Mexico! We look forward to continuing this work and seeing what the Lord has in store. Please keep in mind that we’d love to host your family or team!

 

Upcoming Missions Trips/Church Plants

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We mentioned in our last update that we would be taking a team to La Paz in the south of Baja California. This trip has been rescheduled for February. We are excited to report that Calvary Chapel La Paz is doing quite well! The team moved to La Paz in the beginning of July and started holding a midweek service about a week later, which is averaging 15-20 attendees. They have spent a lot of time remodelling their church building. They recently held their first Sunday service and had about 50 people in attendance. We ask that you would keep them in your prayers as they continue their work, and also for their community after being hit by a large cyclone on the 17th. Many are without food, water, and even homes. The church is doing what they can to meet some of these needs.

 

Our next missions trip is scheduled for November 21st-23rd. We will be heading to Mexicali with a team from our church to Capilla Calvario (Calvary Chapel) Oasis. This church was planted last year by Oscar, who is a graduate and former staff member of the Bible college here at CCR. Our purpose will be to offer support and encouragement. We will give more details when the time gets closer.

 

Last But Certainly Not Least…

We’d like to thank all of you that have continued to support during this transition in ministry! After meeting and talking with almost all of you, we were incredibly encouraged to know that our support level would not only stay the same, but that some of our partners would be increasing their gift. This is vital to our ministry, as especially our living and ministry expenses have gone up significantly. If you would like to partner with us financially, or you are one of the few that still need to make the switch, just click on the blue “Become a Financial Partner” button at the top, right-hand side of this page.

Knepper September 2014 Update

In the last update that we sent out we were in the midst of our Kids outreaches/ VBS. After our first day of events in Valeni we had to postpone the other two days for about a week because of wet weather(we don’t have a building in Valeni). But when we were able to go ahead and do the other days of activities we really had a great time with the kids. Our group 8 to 10 year old’s went pretty

well. On the last day Ruth translated for me as I talked to the kids about Abraham being saved by faith and not through his works. Through this there was a great opportunity to share with them what Jesus did for them on the Cross. At the end we asked if they would like to respond to what Jesus had done for them and ask God to come into their lives and be the Lord of their life. After a few seconds of silence one of the girls shyly rose her hand and then three other girls after her. Soon we had pretty much the whole class raising their hands. So we explained a little more about what it meant to pray to God and ask Him to come into their life and Ruth lead them through a prayer in which they repeated after her. It was a blessing to see so many kids wanting to pray to receive Christ in their life. Who’s to say whether they were genuine in their prayers or not? Only God knows their hearts and that’s whats important. We just pray that God’s work would continue in their hearts and that as they get older they would desire to live a life for Him. Thank you for all your prayers for our Kids Outreaches!

This past month we as a church have switched up our children ministry curriculum. With that Ruth and I will be teaching the “older kids class” (8-11 year old’s) in Valeni most Thursdays during our mid-week church meeting. At the moment we are working to finish up the book of Acts before we start our studies in the Old Testament. Ruth and I are excited to be able to teach the kids class on a more weekly basis and through this further build our relationships with the kids here in Valeni. So we ask that you would be keeping the kids here in your prayers! And also pray for us as we teach them and disciple them.

Youth Group

     Also in our last update I talked a bit about the teenage group here in Valenii de munte that we’ve started to meet with on a weekly basis. We have a good faithful group of about 6 teenagers each week. This past month Ruth and I started a study in the book of Ephesians which has been going great. Ephesians first focuses on all that God has done for us( those Spiritual blessings He’s poured on us) and then in light of what God has done Paul talks about our worthy response as Christians. At the moment we are taking it slow and talking about the different things God has done on our behalf. We’ve been trying to keep our studies very interactive with plenty of questions and it’s been going good so far with the conversations we’ve had. Pray for us as we head up this youth group. That God would strengthen us in the spiritual attacks. That He would give us wisdom to best serve these teenagers. And also pray for the teenagers- that they would desire to live a life in response to what God has done for them and that they would draw close to God and have a relationship with Him.

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    Along with the youth group in Valeni we also want to meet with the teenagers in Ciorani on a regular basis. Just a few weeks ago we had a van full from Ciorani come up to Valeni to be apart of our regular study and it was a great time of studying and playing capture the flag. But there is definitely a need there in Ciorani for a youth group type meeting and we just need wisdom on how that would look practically in our weekly schedule and cost. So your prayers for wisdom in this area would be good. There’s a good group of teenagers there in Ciorani and we’d like to be able help teach them and disciple them in anyway that we can.

On another note, Ruth and I have been very well. This past month we had a couple of good trips with Ruth’s family before Sharon(Ruth’s sister) went off to Bible College in York, England. We took a two night camping trip to the Black Sea and then later we had a day trip in the mountains(not too far from where we live). We had a lot fun and it was great to have times to relax after all the busyness from the Kids outreaches. It is good to take a break and spend time in God’s beautiful creation!

We are thankful for “every spiritual blessing” that the Lord has given us in Christ Jesus. It is a blessing to be here in Romania to share what God has done through His Son. It has been so amazing to see God’s provision all along the way and we are thankful for all our friends and family who are praying for us and who are behind us in the ministry here. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers often!

“(Jesus) Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness- by whose stripes you were healed.”

1 Peter 2:24

 

God Bless,

Aden and Ruth Knepper

 

Broniste Chemo Update Treatment #4

Treatment #4 & it was business as usual as far as the actual treatment is concerned, well with one minor exception. The nurse had to repeatedly flush Cindy’s port because a blood clot had formed around it preventing them from administering the chemo right away. So it took an additional hour or so to clear it out but once they did they were able to finally proceed. And then it was business as usual.

As far Cindy’s white blood cell count, it is still low but slightly higher than last time, so neupogen shots are still a must. But Cindy continues to take it all in stride. Even dealing with the increasing side effects of her chemo she is still able to smile. And that smile still lights up a room.

As for our practical needs The Lord continues to provide through different saints and we are grateful for every last one of them. More than anything they are our streams in the desert. They are the ones who point us to Christ, and as I said before we are thankful for them.

As for prayer requests:
-The effects of chemo continue to worsen. So nausea is increasingly worse.
-The boys are still having trouble adjusting to the catalog of individuals who come in & out of our home either to provide meals or care for them. So they can use prayer for their emotions, esp. Josiah.
-As an introvert I continue to grow in my new role but I am desperately in need of spiritual & emotional rest these days: sweet moments w Christ alone is what I crave the most. And that’s hard to do.
-Financial needs are always a reality (both cars need work)
-Over all please pray for Cindy’s physical health, her emotions & her resolve to see this season through

And as always we both feel so privileged to experience the love of Christ in the prayers & support of our church families. A special thank you to those of you who cart our son Noah to his therapy. Thank you! We don’t know what we would do without you.

Lord bless you and keep you as you endeavor to know him & walk with Him

-Chris & Cindy

Vincent September 2014 Update

Greetings from Mexico,

At the end of September, we were honored to send out a new church planting family and in this update I wanted to share their heartwarming story with you.

I first met Pedro Ramirez on the streets of Rosarito 7 years ago. Pedro was a drug addict that had recently been deported and had hit rock bottom. But God loved Pedro and had a plan for Pedro’s life that Pedro could have never believed.

After visiting our church and hearing the Gospel, Pedro repented of his sins, responded in faith to Jesus and was saved. Unfortunately, even though Pedro continued to attend our church, he also continued to struggle with his addictions. Eventually, Pedro came to me and asked for help and we sent him off to the men’s discipleship home that we partner with. (For those of you that don’t know, for anyone that needs help and hope, we will take them off of the streets and put them in a discipleship home {rehab center} absolutely free of charge!)

Pedro spent nine months at this discipleship home (“Rancho Poeima” located in Ensenada) and upon graduating, moved back to the church and joined our staff as one of our interns. For two years Pedro worked hard and served God and the people and learned the ins and outs of ministry. Over that time, Pedro made himself so valuable to me, that I offered him a full time paid staff position upon his graduation from our two year internship program. Also during that time, Pedro met his future wife Angeles at the church and they were married in a beautiful God honoring ceremony.

During his past two years on staff at the church, Pedro has led a number of ministries and was ordained as an Assistant Pastor earlier this year. Pedro also began to share with me the burden that God had placed on his heart to return to his hometown of Leon Guanajuato to plant a church.

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The historic city of Leon is the 7th largest city in Mexico with a population of well over 2 million people. Leon is also virtually unreached with the Gospel and has very few Christian churches. Pedro knows this city well because he spent his first 18 years in Leon, and to this day Pedro’s parents and most of his family members still live there.

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To prepare, last year Pedro enrolled in our one year church planting program, and he excelled as he practiced his preaching and learned about the blessings and the challenges of church planting. Pedro and his wife also took several short term missions trips (vision tours) to visit Leon where they scouted out the land, preached the Gospel, and prayed over the city.

All of this led up to our big “Sending Sunday” where we designated an entire Sunday service to focus on missions and this call that God has laid on the lives of Pedro and Angeles. During this service, Pedro and his wife shared with our congregation, and we ended the service by laying hands on their church planting team and we sent them out to do the work that God is calling them to do. (Two single men will also be moving with them from Rosarito to assist in the work.)

We are blown away with the work that God is doing through church planting in our church and ministry. Pedro and Angeles are the third church planters that we have sent out in the past year, and we are excited to see how God is going to use them with this church plant. And as partners in our ministry, their spiritual fruit is also yours.

Finally, I can’t finish up a letter without once again thanking you for partnering with our family. It is through your prayers that we are strengthened spiritually, and it is through your financial partnership that God provides for our needs. We are honored to serve as your missionaries.

Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray that God would bless Pedro and Angeles as they move to Leon Guanajuato to plant the church!
2. Please pray that God would bless my upcoming church planting course and our new batch of church planters that are enrolled.
3. Please pray that God would provide for the needs of our family and church. (support details below)

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Record September 2014 Update

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 1:21 NLT)

 

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New House

The rented townhouse where we lived since December, 2011 was sold the end of July.  It had been on the market for 1 1/2 years.  After being informed of the sale, Darryl prayer-biked around the area of Benjamin’s school for a couple of hours looking for houses.  He found this house quickly.  On the way home, he stopped by Kone Kmeng children’s ministry.  Sampoa, our house-helper from 2007-2009 (now an administrator at Kone Kmeng) looked at the picture that Darryl took of this house that he liked best and told Darryl that she had already negotiated with the landlord when Kone Kmeng  was looking for a new location a few months earlier.  Because we were a family instead of an organization, the landlord reduced the rent by $50 a month.  Sampoa’s husband is a contractor so he could install screens, additional wiring, kitchen counters, a kitchen sink, and curtain rods to make the new house livable.  Because our former landlord sold the house during our 5 year lease, he returned double our deposit which was enough to pay for most of the needed upgrades and moving expenses.

Now, we are finally unpacked, set-up, and ready to start working.  It is great not to have the uncertainty of moving or not moving every month hanging over our head (we have a 2 year lease).  It is nice to be able to walk Benjamin 2 blocks to school instead of either having to drive him through traffic jams or put him on a school-van.  This new townhouse-group shares a gated parking lot so the security is good and it will be safe enough for Benjamin to learn to ride a bicycle.  The old house was in a more commercial area so the noise, parking, and traffic made it hard to feel at home.

International Fishers Update

Even though most of the month of August was spent on the house-move, Darryl was able to form an informal partnership with Samaritan’s Purse (Cambodia branch) to help them train their 90 Cambodian staff members across the country in Christian apologetics.  They are interested in using and distributing: Darryl’s present and future videos, audio recordings of the Anchors of Faith Radio Program,  books (Christianity: Reasons for Faith and Christianity: Discerning Essential Doctrines and Preserving Unity), and the Power-points Darryl developed for the AoG and Presbyterian Bible Schools here in Cambodia.  Darryl may also do some training of trainers for them.   These are the kinds of partnerships that will maximize International Fisher’s impact in Cambodia.  Local organizations already have the manpower and network, and relationships, they only need to be trained and equipped so that they will have confidence in the Truth of God’s Word and be prepared to give a reason for their hope with gentleness and respect.

FEBC Cambodia was also able to record the Cambodian language audio track for the video Flight: God’s Technology vs. Human Technology.  Darryl will start producing this video soon.

Kayo’s Update

Kayo spent most of August packing, unpacking, and she continues to fine-tune our new house.  She was able to join the worship team at church and host a Japanese-life group.

We are looking forward to this new season of life and ministry in Cambodia.  We trust that God will continue to open new doors for us.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

 

Muller September 2014 Update

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“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare your loving kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night.” Ps. 92:1,2 

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Praise God we are back in Siegen, after traveling for a few weeks! God kept us safe, healthy, and poured out His favor! We left for Stockholm to lead worship for the annual Scandinavian Conference at the end of July. The saints gathered from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and even America to be built up in their faith. Scandinavia is a very atheistic region, and the few Christians there have very little fellowship, if any at all. So they look forward with great anticipation for this conference. God was faithful and poured out His refreshment and encouragement.

Two days after we returned to Siegen, we were off to Kaiserslautern, Germany, to help with worship at CCKtown. We have been there many times before, and always love to encourage and support the US military stationed there. It is the largest US presence outside of America in the world. The church mainly ministers to our military personnel.

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From Ktown, we traveled down to Uzwill, Switzerland to host a worship seminar. Pastor Ted Allen booked a place high in the Alps, where we worshipped and taught Friday night and Saturday.

On Friday night before the conference, we were greeted with a brilliant rainbow; then driving home, we saw another one. It was like God was saying, “My promises never fail.” Sunday morning, we led worship with their team at their church in St. Gallen.

Sunday, we drove through a spectacular display of beauty, as we headed for the EU Missions Conference in Millstatt, Austria. We gathered with saints from all over the EU, UK, US, Russia, Serbia, and a few other places. Many pastors came from the US to teach, as well as a team from Costa Mesa to help with the many needs. There were over 300 people attending. We led two sessions on Tuesday, joined with a pastor from France who plays clarinet. What a joy we had! God really encouraged the saints that week, as many are facing very difficult trials. The suffering and persecution for Christians and Jews is exponentially increasing. One of our fellow family missionaries barely escaped Iraq before ISIS came. We pray continually for our brothers and sisters around the world who are experiencing horrendous acts of violence. We say, “Come Lord Jesus, Come.”

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Now that we are home, we have a month to pack our things and move out of our house, as the owners sold it. We will be living with a friend of ours here in Siegen, with her family.

We continually thank and praise God for you, our friends and family. You are our encouragement, and refreshment in the Lord. We are so grateful for your faithful prayers and support. We need to stand strong in this ever increasing dark world. As the world gets darker, Jesus shines brighter, as the only hope for the nations and mankind.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your work is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

 

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Sarkar August Update

Classes in Session

Processed with MoldivClasses for the Bible College have officially started! God has provided 17 students (8 students living on campus and 9 commuters) who are hungry for the Word and excited to set aside the next two years to learn. Some of our students are from villages over 5 hours away and the others live all throughout the Kathmandu Valley.

We were blessed to have Pastor Jim Sweigart from Calvary Chapel St. Marys, Ohio come and start off the school year by going through 1&2 Samuel. It was such a blessing to spend time with him and hear his heart for missions. The students loved his teaching and look forward to the possibility of him coming back again to teach in the future.

Over the next week, the students will be on a normal class rotation with classes taught by Aaron Garcia (the Book of John), Pastor Bond Gaona (The Book of Daniel) and our Nepali teachers Anand Chaudhary (Book of Genesis) and Jay Singh (Basic Biblical Doctrine & Basic Spoken/Written English).

On Monday (8/18) the students will take a 3-week break from those classes to be taught by our second visiting teacher, Pastor Miles McMahon, from Calvary Chapel Sonora, California. Pastor Miles will be teaching block classes on Inductive Bible Study and the book of Revelation.

Please continue to pray for the students and teachers, and that God will pour out His blessings on these classes.

Weekly Bible Studies & Fellowships

20140806_183355After a short, two-month break, our mid-week Bible studies have started back up! Every Wednesday, Aaron will be teaching through the book of Acts. We started this Bible study specifically to allow the Bible College staff and students to learn and grow together in the Word of God. Along with our mid-week studies, we are still continuing to meet every Saturday where Pankaj is teaching through the book of John.

All of our studies are modeled after the Calvary Chapel, verse-by-verse, teaching style and are open to anyone in the Kathmandu Valley that would like to join us. It is so exciting to see God moving in both groups and we look forward to seeing these groups grow spiritually and in numbers. Please pray for these studies and for the people that attend every week.

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Due to religious and legal boundaries, we are not able to register the Bible College or School of Worship in Nepal. Despite this hindrance, God has opened the door for us to register the music school as an official business! Since all of the schools are on the same campus, once the music school is officially registered, it will act as a covering for us to continue to do business with the Bible College & School of Worship. Not only is this great news for all of the schools, it is a huge blessing for me (Tonielle) as well! By registering the school as a business, it will provide me with a guaranteed visa to stay in the country.

Please pray with us as we continue the process of registering the school and that it will go smooth and quickly.

Fundraising Needs

In our last update, we told you about our desire to come to the States over Christmas and the New Year. While this is still a strong desire for us, we are still in need of funds to be able to get there. As of this moment, we have enough saved up to purchase two airline tickets TO America, but not enough for our stay or for our return airline tickets back to Nepal.

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Some of you may also have received a personal email from us introducing our good friend and ministry partner, Jay Singh. At this point, Jay is serving at the school on a voluntary basis, but we would love to raise monthly support for him. We have been able to raise a small amount of support for him, but it is still not enough for his monthly expenses. We would like to request that you prayerfully consider supporting Jay on a monthly basis – any amount would help.

If you feel led to donate funds toward our trip to the States, please click HERE.

If you feel led to support Jay with a one-time or monthly donation, please click HERE.

Thank you for your continued love and support. Your prayers are felt and being answered on a daily basis.

In Him,
Pankaj & Tonielle Sarkar

Please visit our websites!
Personal Blog: sgwm.com/sarkar
Bible College: ccbcnepal.com
School of Worship: schoolofworshipnepal.com
Salvation Worship Ministries: salvationworshipministries.com

 

Gray August Update

Psalm 92:13-15 “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in their old age. They shall be fresh and flourishing. To declare that the Lord is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” 

Once In a while I read a verse that just resonates with my soul and gives me such great inspiration and encouragement. These verses in Psalm 92 are like that. I feel like I was planted early in the house of the Lord, thanks to my parents, their families and friends. He has shown me much grace and favor. I am so thankful for that. My 60th birthday is this month so I really am identifying here with the concept of bearing fruit in my old age. I don’t feel like I’m sixty yet and still try to stay active and busy. I am thankful for good health. I will declare that the Lord is good, holy, and He is my rock – the one I cling to, and I put my faith and trust in Him.

IMG_7236If I want to see what we have been doing lately I just look on Pilar’s camera. She never downloads or deletes IMG_0088the pictures – I usually do that for her – so there’s a good chance there will be a pretty good record of what we’ve been up to. Her camera has pictures from this summer. When I looked here’s what I saw. There have been a lot of teams visiting and helping us this summer. We had to change our plans for finishing a team house that was started because a bridge for a highway is going right over the top of it. The Government will be buying the right of way for a highway that crosses the back end of the school property.  So instead of continuing to build there, only to have to tear it down later, we started on a new dormitory. We have the concrete poured and we are ready to start framing the walls. It has been nothing short of amazing to see God provide the funds and the labor for that building. We still need about $80.000 to finish it and I look forward to seeing how that all happens. When it’s completed we will have at least thirty two more beds for students, some office space, and an additional large classroom. In the future it will be eight apartments, four one bedroom and four with two bedrooms for married staff and students.

The women’s study that Pilar leads is taking a summer break but there are pictures of her last meeting. They were praying IMG_7208for one of the ladies who was returning to the U.S. From the pictures you can tell they have a really good time of fellowship and spending time in God’s word together. I can also verify that they eat really good snacks too because sometimes there are leftovers.

We have combined our Thursday night Bible studies and are studying Revelation. I’m glad I sat in on that class two semesters ago. It would have been tough without that class. I guess the Lord knows what’s next before we do. I think that’s the whole point of Revelation – He knows even when we don’t.

IMG_7254Pictures from surf school this summer are exciting too. There is a whole new group of people showing up on Saturday morning for Bible study and a surf session. We miss a lot of the old crew but many have moved away or have taken up new interests. They do come by some Saturdays and say hi so that’s an encouragement to us.

If you’d like to know how to pray for us we do have a couple of requests this month. Pray for our family as we are having to deal with some tough situations with our boys. We know God is in control and will work everything out for His glory but the process of getting there is sometimes hard for us to bear. It has also been a hard year financially for us. Mexico just enacted a 16% tax on everything so prices are going up and as our vehicles age they need more costly maintenance and repairs. We don’t complain but trust Him to provide and He has always been faithful. We also have some medical and dental needs that we have been putting off for lack of funds.

IMG_0081The latest pictures on Pilar’s camera have been of a new friend she has adopted. His name is Diego and he and three of his sisters were dropped off at Casa Horizonte – the special needs home for kids that is on the Bible College property. I was giving a tour of the home for a youth group and he followed us back to the college. We brought him home with us and I was able to find homes for his three sisters. They are some kind of lab mix dogs. Now that he’s all cleaned up he looks like a picture from an LL Bean catalog. This is our first dog since moving to Mexico so we are having to make some adjustments. He’s only two months old and likes to chew on everything.

Now you have a picture of what’s going on with us.  Keep in touch send us a note with pictures once in a while and we hope to see you soon.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support. It is such an honor and a blessing to be here serving in Mexico. Drop us a note or email some time, we would love to hear from you. Email addresses: Pilar@ccbcmexico.com or Leo@ ccbcmexico.com

You can write us at:

Leo and Pilar Gray

3621 Vista Campana South Unit 75

Oceanside, CA 92057.

If you would like to support us financially you can send a tax deductible gift by check to:

Saving Grace World Missions    

17451 Bastanchury Road  Suite 203 

Yorba Linda, CA 92886

write Leo and Pilar Gray on the memo line or click the Become a Financial Partner button on our web page for credit card or bank transfer at www.SGWM.com/gray.

Check out the College website at CCBCMexico.com 

 

Knepper July Update

Our update is late but we have been quite busy these last few weeks! It’s good to be able to get the time to write and tell you of all the great things that have been going on!

    In our last update we told you of our move to Valeni. It has been so great to have a place of our own! We are very thankful for it! Throughout this past month we’ve been back and forth to Ciorani quite a bit. In the end of June the team of us here were working hard to get a three day kids event planned so we would be ready to start the outreaches by early/mid July. So far we’ve done the event in Ciorani and partially in Valeni(due to rainy weather).The kids outreach in Ciorani went great. The day before the event a group of us took handfuls of little flyers and walked around Ciorani and invited kids who were out playing in the streets. We told them to invite their friends and it was so great to see the excitement in their faces and to see their eagerness to go and invite their friends. We would give them 5 or so invitations and they would be off running or riding their bikes to tell their friends. It was a very effective way of getting the word out!

    In Ciorani we had a great turn out of about 40 kids each day. We had a lot of fun with songs, skits, object lessons, crafts, and games. The kids were split into 3 groups and Ruth and I had the 8-10 age group. During the three days we covered Creation and the fall of man, Noah and the grace of God, and Abraham- Salvation through Faith. During each of the days we would have small group discussions and Ruth and I had some really good opportunities to share the gospel with our group of 13 or so kids. It was really amazing to see a change in a lot of the kids after talking with them. One girl was very quiet and shy the first day but after sharing the gospel and talking about the love of God she always had this big smile on her face; she was always coming up to Ruth and I and giving us hugs and wanting to hold our hands. I believe that God was speaking to her heart and it was a blessing to see her again at church the following Sunday. It was great to get to know those kids and its cool that now when we go to Ciorani there are always kids that come up to you to say “hi” or to give you a hug!

    This past week we started the kids outreach in Valeni but were only able to get through the first day. The rest of the week it rained! Still it was a good time. There were a lot of kids that came out(probably a bit bigger than the Ciorani group). Pray for them. May they see the love and goodness of God and may that lead them to repentance! We are looking forward to getting back up there and finishing the last two days. It was a bummer that we couldn’t do it all at one time but I think God had it that way to give us all a bit of a rest. We had been so busy planning and doing the event that we were all getting pretty tired.

    Another thing that was positive about postponing the kids’ event is that it gave
Ruth and I the time we needed to get our paperwork figured out for our year long visa. We spent a whole day walking around Ploiesti(a near by city) to get all the things we needed. Through it all we really felt that God was with us; from getting transportation right on time to finding people that were very helpful with figuring things out. It felt so good to finally have it all done and turned in! Now we are just waiting to get our visa card with all our immigration information. Praise God that it’s all done! We have the green light to stay here!

    In other news Ruth and I have started a Friday evening Bible study with the teenagers here in Valeni. This past Friday we had to cancel due to thunderstorms(we meet outside) but the Friday before we met and it was a great time! We are really excited about starting this and we ask for your much needed prayers! Pray for us as we lead and pray also for the teenagers we are ministering to. We are praying that God would pull at their hearts and that they would desire to turn and follow Him. We also pray that they would have a desire for God’s word and to know Him! Soon we will be starting a study through the book of Ephesians which I am really excited about! So again please keep this in your prayers!

     One thing I almost forgot to mention. An older lady recently prayed to receive Christ at Church one Sunday and afterwards came up to Steve and asked if she
could be baptised. So last Sunday Ruth and I went to Ciorani so we could be there for her baptism. When Ruth told her that we weren’t planning on coming to Ciorani that Sunday she was disappointed and said “What? You aren’t going to see me as a bride!” She was refering to her baptism and Ruth had previously forgotten! So we went to be there for her Baptism! It is so amazing to see the Lord draw the heart of an 80 year old woman like He did with her. She is always talking about the Lord and her love for Him and it is obvious from the things she says that the Holy Spirit has taught her much in the few weeks as a Christian. So it was so amazing to see her Baptism. She was so excited to be a bride for Christ and wore a white gown. So awesome!

    Also following her baptism Elina(one of the Romanian girls that are a part of
Ruth’s family) decided that she wanted to take that step and be baptised. In the past Elina didn’t want God apart of her life and wanted to do what she wanted and it had been extremely difficult for Ruth’s family. But just the night before her baptism she opened her heart up to Steve and Alice and prayed to receive Christ. Before she was baptised she said(in rough translation), “I want to take off these dirty cloths of sin and put on the clean white garment that Jesus has given me.” As she spoke with tears in her eyes and with all honesty my heart was filled with so much joy. We have been praying for her for a long time! Praise and glory be to God!

     In Closing. Through all the busyness Ruth and I are doing well. The Lord continues to draw us closer to Him and to one another and we are very thankful for all His blessings in our lives. We want to thank all of you so much for your love, support, and prayers! Without you guys we wouldn’t be able to be here and do the things we do!

God Bless you all!

-Aden and Ruth Knepper

Visit our blog to check out the pictures from the kids outreach in Ciorani