Heading Back to Mexico!

Proverbs 16:9…A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Over the last few weeks, more and more people we know have quoted this verse for things going on in their lives.  Maybe we’ve heard this verse often but didn’t really pay attention like we have recently.  That’s because the Lord was preparing us for HIS steps.

As it turns out, the road to Oaxaca is not a straight road for us.  At the end of January we took a vision trip with SGWM to Capilla Calvario Rosarito.  We met with Pastor Mike Vincent and the more time we spent with him, it became more evident that God’s hand was in this meeting.  We weren’t prepared for that.  Haha!  CCRosarito has planted 19 churches in Mexico already and they have invited us to spend a short season with them to help us raise up a team for our church plant in Oaxaca.  Raising a team is going to be a vital part of planting a church so that it won’t be just us, alone.  While we are raising up a team, they have invited us to be missionary staff, where we will serve in various ministries.  Some of the ministries are the dump ministry and helping at orphanages.  We will also be attending their church planting class that is once a week.

We are excited for the Lord’s plans in our lives as we continue to prepare for our return to Oaxaca.  We will be having a Missions Night Potluck and Calvary Chapel San Juan Capistrano on February 18th at 5:30.  We will be sharing more about all that’s going on and answering questions anyone might have.  We would love to see you all there.

We will be moving to Rosarito as soon as we can find a safe place to live and are able to raise enough monthly support.  Please pray that this will be a smooth transition for Jonny and Noah (and us).  We’ve been so blessed to be in California with family and friends for a few months.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we follow the Lord’s guidance and calling on our lives.  We love you all and are so grateful for each of you.

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah Brechtel

Brechtel Family December 2017 Update

We wanted to give you an update about what is next for us in Oaxaca. As some of you already know we were attending a language school in Cacalotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico for the past 8 months. The Lord had placed it on our hearts to spend some time learning Spanish as a first step. Our time there was definitely very trying at times, especially in the beginning. We were watching the calendar for our time to be finished there. Yet as time progressed the Lord began to put people into our lives. We began to love the people. At the same time we saw the deep need in the surrounding areas in the state of Oaxaca. By the end of our time there God had made it clear to us that Oaxaca was where He was calling us to minister. There are multitudes of unreached people groups in the state of Oaxaca, especially in the mountainous areas. A lot of these groups’ primary language is not even Spanish. There are many different Indian tribes that descend from ancient times. Some of those groups are Mixtec, Zapotec, Mazateco, Chinanteca, and many more. There are many different dialects, which has made it very difficult to reach these groups.

The vision that God has laid upon our heart is to plant a Calvary Chapel in the state of Oaxaca. We know that it is very hard ground, especially with all of the different dialects. So we feel that it would be in our best interest to start a church in a major city in hope that we will raise up nationals that will take the gospel back to their villages. As time progresses we would like to try to establish a Bible college to train up leaders.

At this time we are here in the U.S. preparing for living in Oaxaca long term. Please be praying for us as we prepare our family, and for God’s wisdom and financial partners. Thank you all for your friendship, prayer and support.

The Brechtel Family


A Note From the Director


My name is Pastor Mike Thiemann and I have the privilege of leading Saving Grace World Missions and working directly with our missionaries all over the world.

You are receiving this e-mail because Jon & Allison Brechtel have added you to their personal e-mail list. Also, If you wish to sign up to receive monthly prayer requests from the Brechtels and the rest of our Missionaries, you can do so by CLICKING HERE and filling out the e-mail sign up form.

If you desire to partner with Jon & Allison Brechtel financially you can do so in a couple of different ways –

1. Electronically (Check or Card) – Either click the button below that says, “Become a Financial Partner” or visit their website at sgwm.com/brechtel. That will take you to our donation page where you will find a couple of different options. The main two I would like to highlight are the “single gift” option and the “monthly gift “option. The single gift option is there for you if you desire to give a one-time gift and the “monthly gift” option is there if you desire to give on an ongoing basis. If you click that it will ask you what date you would like your gift to be processed (on the 3rd or the 18th). I would highly encourage you to consider the monthly gift option simply because it helps the Brechtels manage their budget and know how much is coming in and on what day.

2. Check or Cash – You are welcome to send in a check or cash to – 17451 Bastanchury Rd. Suite 203 Yorba Linda CA, 92886. If you send a check please make it payable to Saving Grace World Missions and in the Memo Line write – “Brechtel”.

All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a donation receipt once a year.
Another very practical way you can help SGWM better support the Brechtels, as well as all of our missionaries is to “Like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. It is extremely helpful in getting the word out about all the amazing things the Lord is doing around the world if you share our pages with your friends as well as Like and Comment on our posts. You can access our Facebook page by clicking on the links below.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read this note and again if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 714-993-4801.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike Thiemann
Saving Grace World Missions

Terminamos La Escuela de Español!!! We finished!

Hi family and friends! We did it!!! We graduated from Roca Blanca Spanish School on October 20. What a crazy ride that was…filled with ups and downs, good and bad, trials and triumphs. But what an experience for us to learn to lean more on the Lord through all of those times. Even more so, what a PRIVILEGE to be called by the Lord to serve Him. Machaela finished strong in Level 1, and Jon and I really got into a great routine as we finished Level 4.

In October, Jon was able to go to the Pastors and Leaders Conference at Calvary Chapel Tijuana. He had a time of being refreshed and spending time with two of our pastors, along with old and new friends who serve all over Mexico. While he was away, the Spanish school went on a one day mission trip to San Martin. Machaela, Jonny, Noah, and I were able to go and it was such a blessing to be a small part of that day, while the clinic offered free medical consultations and medicine for those in need in that town.

During our final weeks in Cacalote, we were able to spend time with the friends we had made while living there. The Lord really blessed us with some amazing friendships that really grew. I love looking back to when we first arrived to when we left, and seeing the Lord’s hand on our relationships. I could go on and on about all of them so I’ll stop before I get going. 🙂

Now we are in California. We drove up here the day after school got out. It took us quite a while to drive up, but it was a great trip. Our first stop was Oaxaca City where we met up with Toby and Lydia, two girls who did Level 1 and Level 2 with us who now serve in Oaxaca City. So awesome that they came and went sight seeing with us at Monte Albán. The following night we ended in Mazatlán. Another friend, Nancy, (who we met on our trip last December to check out Roca Blanca) lives and serves at Calvary Chapel Maranatha Mazatlán, and she arranged for us to stay with Pastor Tony and his wife Angela for two nights. What a huge blessing that was because it gave us a day of rest after the LONG drive to get there. A couple of days later we finally made it to southern California, our final destination for this trip.


  • We will be working on getting our temporary residency visas while we’re here, so please pray that that all goes well
  • That we would practice listening and speaking Spanish
  • Financial provision to be able to go back
  • God would continue to prepare our hearts for full time ministry in Mexico


  • one of our biggest struggles while in school was that our kids were having such a hard time. The Lord COMPLETELY turned things around and the last two months were filled with laughter and joy and a house filled with those sounds from Jonny and Noah and their friends. Praise the Lord for that!!!
  • Jon and I also were able to build some amazing relationships with people and it was really tough to say “see you later”. We thank the Lord that He gave us those friendships that I know will last a lifetime.


Thank you for praying for us and following our journey as we took this first step of our great adventure for JESUS! We are so excited to follow His leading into the next step.

Romans 10:14 “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Level 4, Here We Come!!!


We have now been living in Cacalote, Oaxaca, Mexico for just over 6 months. Today (September 4), Jon and I began LEVEL 4 of Spanish School. This will be our final level of school and we will be finishing October 20! Wow, time has flown by!!!

It’s been a while since our last update and we are really sorry about not being better about it. Our week-long trip to California in June was a huge blessing. We got to see our beautiful niece marry her amazing husband, and spend time with family and friends. Jonny and Noah came back to Mexico with renewed spirits after going through some trials down here. Praise the Lord for that! Since our return from California, Jonny and Noah finished 4th grade, and Jon and I finished Level 3.

We had 3 weeks off after Level 3 and it was a time of many exciting things. I was invited to the women’s bible study at the local church and have been enjoying going each Friday afternoon. I have had to really put what I’ve learned into practice in order to understand and somewhat communicate with the ladies. It’s a total bonus that I’m building friendships with a few of the women. God knows our hearts, our needs, and our desires!

We also had some special visitors for a few days. Our oldest son, Austin, and his girlfriend, McKenna, flew down to spend some time with us. It was such a great time of being together and showing them how and where we live, along with doing a little bit of exploring with them. (Jon even got the opportunity to witness to a homeless man with our friend Joe.) Their visit was short but it was an answer to prayer that they were able to come see us.

And a week ago we got another visitor…our niece Machaela. She will be living with us for the rest of our time here and attending the Spanish School. She has a calling to serve in a deaf ministry in Guatemala, so this was the perfect option for her to do Level 1 and get some great education in learning the language. She’s a neat addition to our house and we are so excited to be on this journey together for the next 7 weeks…taking this step in learning the language so we can serve our Lord where He has called each of us.


*Please pray for direction for our next steps following language school…location, financial provisions, what it is that the Lord would have us do here in Mexico to serve Him

*That we would do well in school, both Jon and I, the boys, and Machaela

*That we would stay healthy for the rest of our time here. We had a lot of health things go on during the last level of school and it was tough to play catch up after sick days, but the Lord TOTALLY got us through!


*We’ve been healthy for the last few weeks

*That we’ve been able to start using our Spanish more often during these 3 weeks of down time from school. (Pray that we continue to do so as often as possible)

*All of us had a GREAT first day of school today! Starting on an upbeat note, covered in prayer is the best feeling!!!


Thank you for taking the time to read this! We really appreciate all of your prayers and support. Little texts, emails, or Facebook messages come just when our hearts need a little encouragement. We thank the Lord for those. God is so good! And as always, if you have any specific prayer requests that you would like for us to pray, send us an email or text.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you WHEREVER you go.”


Jon, Allison, Jonny and Noah