September 2020 Update

Hello all! Here’s a quick update about what’s been going these past few months. 

It’s been a strange time for all of us with COVID-19, especially pressing on in ministry through social media and online platforms. Jon has done such a great job of doing all of our services online, he’s become quite the pro! We’ve had an amazing team helping him each week.

In June and July we started doing food bags for the church body and some of their family and friends. It was such a blessing to have people step in and help even with all of the fear that has come with the pandemic. This was really encouraging for me (Allison) because, being an extrovert, not seeing people was really discouraging. So to be able to see some familiar faces, even under masks, was a huge blessing.

On June 23, there was a major earthquake centered off of the coast of Oaxaca. We were driving in the mountains heading to the coast with another family when it happened. Having lived in California all of our lives, we were used to earthquakes. But never had we ever felt one while driving. The Lord protected us big time. There were rockslides all over the place, including one right in front of us when we stopped our cars to see what was going on. Praise the Lord that none of us were hurt, our cars weren’t damaged, and the damage was minimal for the people in the church.

In August we took a trip up to the States and spent some time with family celebrating my mom’s birthday. It was our first time being with almost my entire side of the family since the end of 2018. Jon was also invited to share at a break-out session at the Church Planting Conference at Calvary Chapel Rosarito. It was a blessing to hear other church planters share their stories and wisdom with so many. It was awesome to see so many of our CCR friends. We also got to spend some time at Calvary San Juan and see our amazing church family there! It was an all-around blessed trip. 

We were FINALLY able to open the church on September 6, with many regulations. Our church building has plenty of space for social distancing and we try to follow the rules as much as possible. There is still a fear of being out, so attendance has been down, but that’s something we totally understand. Many members of the church body have to take public transportation which isn’t the safest way for them to travel during this time. But let me tell you…it was so amazing being together in the church building, worshiping the Lord, hearing the Word, and having some much needed fellowship. 

We also started the Navigators course, with four men from the church leading two groups. The people really seem to be loving it, and it’s a blessing to have people that can lead these groups. 

Jon has also been going to a men’s rehab center each week and going through the Navigators course with them. He really loves being with the guys each week.

As we move forward, we aren’t sure if we’ll be able to STAY open or if we’ll have to close once again. We are back in a more restricted “color” and if we go up one more, we’ll have to shut down again. 

Jonny and Noah have started 8th grade with a new online curriculum that seems to be a great fit for us. They plug away each day to get everything done, and after chores they are able to play online with friends from all over. It’s fun to hear them talking to their friends.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Please pray that we will be able to stay open and have services in the church building. We will continue to have online options, but we know the importance of being together
  • Please pray for all of the things Jon has going on. That each one will be a blessing to those he is ministering to. 
  • Pray for the boys’ school year to go well, for us to stay focused, and for me to be able to teach them and help them with love and patience.
  • Please keep the English classes in prayer. I have recently started them again for the first time since March and I’m really praying about starting a new one for beginners. Right now it’s my intermediate class. There’s an interest in a kid’s class too. Pray for wisdom on when to start these new classes, and that they’ll be a good tool for ministry in the community.

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Praise the Lord that we’ve been able to open the church building after 5 months!
  • We just signed a new one-year lease on the church building. So grateful for the financial help we have gotten to help us monthly.
  • Praise the Lord for new opportunities in ways to do ministry in this new season of life with COVID.

Thank you to all of you who read these updates and support us in prayer, encouragement, finances, and so much more. We love you all.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Jon, Allison, Jonny, and Noah Brechtel

Calvary Oaxaca Turns One, Coronavirus Quarantine

Hey all! Hope you all are doing well despite the pandemic going on in the world. Isn’t this a crazy, strange time? We’re doing well down here in Oaxaca. Praise the Lord, the total cases and death counts haven’t reached the numbers that other places have reached. 

Quick update on what’s been going on over the last few months. We had an amazing team from Calvary Chapel Rosarito come down before the COVID-19 stuff hit. What a blessing it was to have all of them here. They did construction in the church, added new lighting, electrical, walls, and built a sound booth and welcome center booth. We had two holistic medicine outreaches, which were a huge blessing to all who came and got checked by Dr. Miles. We also did a mini VBS for the kiddos, and had a married couples dinner. All who came to these events were so blessed along with us. 

At the end of February, Calvary Oaxaca turned ONE! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here for over a year now. In the first year of the church we have learned some tough lessons but we have also experienced such amazing blessings through it all. The Lord has surrounded us with people who love Him and have become our Oaxacan family. We had a fun little potluck at a park to celebrate the anniversary of the church. 

I (Allison) started a bi-weekly women’s bible study in February. This was a huge stretch for me since public speaking is not something I’ve ever “enjoyed”. But God is SO GOOD. I tried to be diligent in studying the Word and preparing, and the Lord took away all of my fears as I taught. Don’t get me wrong, I will never take teaching the word of God lightly, and I know that it was not me, but the Holy Spirit teaching through me. I just think it’s so awesome to see the Lord’s hand on taking me from literally crying at the thought of speaking in front of 5 people, to being able to share like that. Sadly, after just 2 meetings, we had to cancel for the quarantine. And my english classes have been on hold too…super sad. 

Jon has been doing so well during the quarantine. I know it’s hard on him, and all pastors, to not be able to have the people there when you teach. We are doing all of our services online for now. He is teaching through the book of Matthew on Sundays and the book of Genesis on Wednesdays. He is so great about spending time studying for each message. He has also decided to continue our Tuesday night prayer meetings online. This has been such a huge blessing for me to see, as people type in their requests and they are prayed for right then and there. This night of prayer has been such an awesome thing since the church started. 

Jonny and Noah are doing well also. Since we already homeschooled, that hasn’t changed for us. They were taking taekwondo and music classes, so that looks very different for us now. They have their taekwondo classes through Zoom, which is cool that they have that availability. Jonny was taking drum lessons, so that has been put on hold since we don’t have a drum set. Noah is taking guitar and is able to have his classes online with his teacher. We are so proud of both of them. It’s been neat to finally have that “extra” feeling of this being our home with them starting these classes. 

Before the quarantine, my mom and niece were able to visit. It was such a HUGE blessing to show them around. The highlight was having them be able to attend one Sunday church service, and see all that we’ve been telling them about. We got to show them around Oaxaca City, and just had a great time hanging out together. I’m so grateful that they were able to come. Literally right after they left, things with the coronavirus started getting bad. 

We love keeping in touch with you all through texts, calls, social media, and visits. We try to keep in touch but if you need prayer or a friend to talk to, please reach out to us. We still have our same numbers and would love to be able to pray for and with you. 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Please pray that the quarantine will end soon and that we can go back to meeting together and having that face to face contact with the church body. We really miss everyone so much.
  • Please pray for those who have been out of work and are struggling financially. 
  • Please pray that the church body would feel loved, and that we can be encouraging to them from afar. We are trying to keep in touch with them all, but there are a few whose numbers we don’t have so we can’t contact them. 
  • Please pray for our continued growth in the language. Some days it’s so hard, and other days we are amazed that we’ve come so far. I always joke and say that Jon and I together are fluent, but separate we both have different strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Please keep our son Austin, my brother Craig, and our niece Rachel in prayer as they all work the front lines during this time, along with all of the front line workers.

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Praise the Lord for ONE YEAR as a church here in Oaxaca.
  • For the lessons we’ve learned, even the really hard ones, because we know that God has been teaching us through each one.
  • That Oaxaca has become more and more our home here on earth.
  • We are so thankful for the friendships we have made here.

Thank you all for your love, support, prayers, encouragement, and all that you do for us. We are honored to call you all friends and we love you all. Like I said, please let us know how we can pray for you all. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For is they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah

Brechtel November 2019 Update

I can’t believe our last update was so long ago. Many things have happened in this time, including the blessing of having many teams and visitors over the summer. It was so amazing for us to see all of the gifts and talents that each team and individual has been given from the Lord. It’s so true that we are all parts of the body of Christ and that we all bring different things to the table to serve Him. Things that I have absolutely no talent in, someone else thrives in that area, and vice versa. Thank you to all of the people who came and served at Calvary Oaxaca this year, and those of you who were lifting up each team in prayer as they were here. We were so blown away by every part of these past few months. 

Our first team ever was our dear friends from Calvary San Juan!
Pastor Mike and Pastor Fernando and their boys from Calvary Chapel Rosarito.
Pastor Mike and Pastor Fernando sharing at a conference.
The team from Calvary Red Rock in Las Vegas!
Had an awesome time with the team from Calvary Red Rock.
Pastor Carlos and his wife Robin came to visit and to minister to the body.
Women’s event put on by the team. So much fun!
Team from Calvary Chapel Rosarito. So amazing!
An amazing night after the teachings for the Calvary Distinctives put on by the Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. The Holy Spirit showed up big time that night!
Almost all of the Calvary Santa Barbara.

At the end of August we found a new church building to move into. What an amazing thing to have found a place for the Lord to grow His church. We were getting a little too crowded in our garage and it was getting hot in there. We had one neighbor kind of causing a stink about us having the church there and we didn’t want any issues with our neighbors or the law, even though we were doing everything legally. Praise the Lord for our residency visas being “religious” visas. So now we are in a huge building fairly close to our house! Praise the Lord for this location since a few of our neighbors come to the church and we’re all able to walk if/when needed. And thank you to those who have financially made this move possible! 

Construction on the new building with the Calvary Chapel Rosarito team. Such a huge blessing.
Construction on the new building with the Calvary Chapel Rosarito team. Such a huge blessing. They built this stage and painted the entire church, plus built a wall in a week.
Construction on the new building with the Calvary Chapel Rosarito team. Such a huge blessing.

Jonny, Noah, and I (Allison) were able to visit Baja and California in September/early October. It was a super awesome time for us to see family and friends, and just spend some time with everyone. Austin graduated from Paramedic School and we were able to be there for that. We are so proud of him for all of his hard work, and grateful that he has an awesome wife in McKenna, who supported him during it all! 

Austin’s graduation from paramedic school! We are so proud of him.

We had our first baptism at one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen. Ten people made the decision to get baptized, and there were about 70 of us in total who went, including a team from CC Santa Barbara. 

Calvary Oaxaca’s first baptism which was done at the beautiful Hierve el aqua. About 70 people from the church and the CCSB team were there for it. It was such a neat experience.

Jon was able to fly up to Baja and California to attend the SoCal Men’s Conference in Anaheim. He was so blessed to be able to attend it, and hearing all of the amazing stories of lives saved and transformed is incredible. He was also able to teach at the Church Planting Course at Calvary Chapel Rosarito. As I’m writing this, he is still away on his trip and I’m so excited to know that he’s being filled and fed and will come home renewed and refreshed. 

We are now winding down the year and have been living in Oaxaca for almost 10 months now. We’ve had some ups and downs, and have learned some very hard lessons along the way. We have a greater understanding of things we may have never even thought we’d need to learn about, but the blessings and joy and just all around awesomeness of it all has been worth every moment. God has shown up in ways far beyond our needs and has taught us what it means to trust more and more in Him. He never fails us, does He? Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in the good and the bad times.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • This will be our first Christmas on the mission field, far away from family and friends. Each Christmas since we’ve been missionaries, we’ve been back in California for that time. Please pray for us to make it a memorable time for Jonny and Noah, and for us to not get too sad being away.
  • I (Allison) will be having our first women’s Christmas event in December. This will be my first time teaching since we’ve been down here and I am nervous, but also super excited. Please pray that I won’t cry, which is something that I’m notorious for, and that the night would be a blessing for all who come as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. 
  • Please keep Jon in prayer as he prepares and teaches each week. He is so diligent in studying the Word and preparing for the Thursday night study and Sunday morning service. 
  • We are in need of new sound equipment and instruments for worship. We’ve come across some issues with the sound and are working them out as much as we can, but please pray for a solution to this. It may be a simple fix, or something bigger that needs to happen. 
  • We also need to find a solution to the heat in the building. We are unable to put AC in because there are openings all along the top of the building, so it wouldn’t be productive. Please pray that someone with knowledge in this area would help us with figuring this all out. It can get really hot in there and we’re not even in the hot months that are heading our way. 

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Praise the Lord for the new church building and those who have made it possible to get in there, and all of the help we’ve had with construction and getting it cleaned up.
  • We are so blessed by the church body of Calvary Oaxaca. The people have a heart to serve the Lord and step in and help even before the need arises. These people have become our dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s just such a blessing to have been called by the Lord to serve with the incredible people of Oaxaca.
  • The boys have had friends hanging out and it’s so neat to have the sound of young men filling the house with laughter and joy.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and keep up with our adventures for Jesus here in Oaxaca, Mexico. We would love to hear from you and to know how we could be praying for all of you. Thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement always. 

1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.”

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah

Brechtel Family Update May 2019

Hi friends!

It’s been a little too long since our last email update and we apologize for that. We have been really busy but that’s no excuse for not keeping you all up to date!

Since our last update we have had two small teams come down to plan for their future trips down to do ministry in Oaxaca. We had Gregg and Vickie Seymour from Calvary Red Rock who will be bringing a team down in a couple of months. (Thank you guys for blessing us with a few things from the states!!!)

Gregg and Vickie Seymour form CC Red Rock in Las Vegas

Then we had Pastor Terry, Pastor Daniel, and Dana from Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, who will be bringing a team down in October. Both visits were filled with times of prayer and fellowship, along with scouting out lodging, sightseeing, and eating options/prices for the teams. If you’ve ever been a missionary, you know what a blessing it is to have visitors!

CC Santa Barbara Prep Team

We also had the blessing of a visit from our dear family friends and fellow missionaries, Juan and Alicia. I (Allison) have known Alicia since we were babies, and Juan since they started dating back in high school. We got to spend some time showing them around and fellowshipping with them, and they blessed us with a huge care package with many contributors. Thank you!!! 

Dinner with Juan and Alicia

The church plant has been such a huge blessing to us. I won’t lie and say it’s been easy. We’ve experienced many ups and downs but the Lord is sustaining us every step of the way. I can’t imagine doing this with anyone else by my side other than Jon. The church has very faithful attenders and we are so excited to have more and more of them beginning to serve each week. 

Church Service 5/26/19

And can I just say this: we love the people of Oaxaca. We love that God placed this calling on our lives. The people and culture here are so precious. We have amazing neighbors and friends here, and it’s such a blessing to call this home. 

Amigos y Vecinos

I have started English classes and it’s AMAZING!!! I teach young kiddos for about 30 minutes each Thursday, just vocabulary and basic greetings. And on Saturdays I have two classes for anyone age 12 and up (mostly adults) for 1 1/2 hours each. It’s so fun to teach them each week and they’re all very anxious to learn, and smart! I am having such a great time doing this and it’s really helping me practice my Spanish. 

Some of the morning English class
Some of the afternoon English class

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • We are changing our Sunday service time from the evening to the morning because of the afternoon rains. Please pray that this will be a smooth transition and that the people will be able to attend church. The rain is very loud because our garage/sanctuary has an aluminum roof, and it gets wet inside. 
  • Please pray for wisdom on getting a building for the church. We would really love to have a building in our colonia so that the neighbors can still come but as of right now there isn’t anything available near us. Also please pray for the right timing for this so we don’t get anxious to do something that may not be in His will yet. 
  • Wisdom on when to start a Wednesday night study. 
  • Please pray for our Spanish to continue to get better. And for Jonny and Noah to have a strong desire to learn it. We are hoping to start getting them lessons once a week from a Christian guy who was highly recommended to us by some friends. 

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Praise the Lord for the faithful body of Christ who want to serve Him and be a part of this church
  • We are all pretty well settled here and are so blessed that God knew that this house would be the best house for our family. After getting down here and having the original house fall through, we see God’s hand on all of it!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We thank God for all of your prayers, support, and encouragement each day/week/month! You all are blessings to us.

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

Love you all! Jon, Allison, Jonny, and Noah

Another Move A New Home in Oaxaca City

The last few months have been crazy and we are excited to say that we are here in Oaxaca City getting settled in our new home!!! 

A lot has happened since our last update. Our house was broken into in December. Unfortunately Jon’s Mexican residency visa was in the wallet, along with his driver’s license. His license has been replaced but he’s still in the process of replacing his visa. More on that in a minute…

We had an amazing sending weekend at Calvary Chapel Rosarito where Jon was able to share the Word and our calling, plans, and prayer needs for our move to Oaxaca. We were SO blessed by the outpouring of love from our brothers and sisters there. 

We also had an awesome going away party at Calvary San Juan which was so fun. It was a blessing to spend time talking to our friends while we ate together, laughed, and shared a bit of what’s next for us. Ended the night being prayed over by our California church family. 

Such a huge blessing to have these two churches support this calling on our lives and send us out to share the gospel with the people of Oaxaca. 

We also got to spend some time with Pastor Gregg and Vickie Seymour of Calvary Red Rock in Las Vegas. They are fellow church planters doing an amazing work in Las Vegas, so please keep them in your prayers. 

In early January we headed up to Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara for their missions weekend. The highlight for me (Allison) was sharing about Oaxaca with the kiddos during each service. Jon let me take the ropes and it was hilarious having the kids telling all of their stories of bugs and critters after I shared some of our stories. Plus, try getting a room full of 5-12 year olds to pronounce Oaxaca…it’s awesome! 

Fast forward and here we are living in Oaxaca City. Jonny, Noah, and I flew down 10 days before Jon and Armando arrived because Jon had to be in Tijuana to take care of his visa. Originally we were going to have a house ready for us when we got here, but that didn’t work out, so the boys and I spent time trying to find a house. Things kept falling through and it got pretty discouraging, but one night Jon found one on Facebook and set up a time for me to go see the house. The peace that I was hoping to feel in other houses, I felt in this house. It’s an amazing house, perfect for the beginning of a church plant. God is so good in showing us that He has everything under control and He was preparing this house to be our home. 

It’s amazing to have all of #teamoaxaca here now, ready to build the team up and see what the Lord has in store. We are grateful for Meg and Obed who are committed to being a part of this church plant, and for Armando who has moved down here with us and is a huge asset to our team and a great brother. 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • please pray for our visa renewals. They expire on February 7 and we are working on getting all of the paperwork turned in correctly before then. With Jon’s visa being stolen and me losing mine, there are added complications but we know God is in control.
  • pray for continued team unity and growth. We plan on starting a bible study together soon along with some team training
  • pray for opportunities for us to meet the people in our neighborhood and ways for us to minister to them and share the love of Jesus
  • PLEASE pray for our spanish to grow and for us to use it even when we are insecure. 
  • we know that with us getting settled, the reality will start to hit us that we’re not near family and friends from “home” anymore so please pray for protection of our hearts, especially the boys.

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Praise the Lord for a place to call home in our new city
  • we already have new and old friends here and nearby which has made this transition a lot smoother for all of us

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We love and miss everyone far, and are so excited for what’s to come here in this amazing city. 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen Matthew 28:19-20

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah

Vision Trip to Oaxaca City

 

Last month we took our vision trip to Oaxaca City!  We had a team of 12 people on the trip, and it was such a huge blessing.  We spent time each morning in the Word and sharing what the Lord had been showing each of us.  It was an honor to have Pastor Mike and Mario from CC Rosarito, Tim and Nikki from SGWM, Armando, and a team from CC Santa Barbara there to share in this time together.  We are so blessed to have made new, lifelong friendships with the CCSB team, and grow closer to everyone.

One of the days together, Pastor Mike suggested a time of spending time alone to hear from God and then coming back together to share what they had felt the Lord telling them.  This was a time of sweet encouragement and fellowship and it meant a lot to us to have this team pouring into us.

 

God was moving the entire time on this trip.  We had an information meeting while there, and five people from the community came!  Jon was invited to teach at Capilla Calvario Oaxaca with Armando translating, and then we were welcomed into Pastor Antonio and his wife Carmelita’s home for lunch and fellowship.

 

We also met Meg and Obed who are going to be a part of our team when we get settled down there.  One of our prayer requests has been for a worship leader, and Obed is an answer to those prayers.  And Meg is fluent in Spanish so she can help Allison with translating and working on her Spanish.

We are looking forward to getting to know them better and serving with them.

 

 

On our last couple of days there, we got to reconnect with some friends from our time in Cacalote who now live in or near the city, Toby and The Blycker family.  It was so nice to see these familiar places.  No one quite understands our time in Cacalote like people who’ve been there.  Super excited to know that we’ll be “neighbors” in a couple of months.

 

 

 

Since our trip, we have seen many doors opening for us in Oaxaca, and we’re excited to see how things come together once we are living there.  Jon will be flying down at the end of November for a few days to look for a house for us.  We are planning on moving to Oaxaca City in mid-January!  Our time in Rosarito is quickly coming to an end and it’s definitely bittersweet.  We have made many dear friends here and love serving at CC Rosarito.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please pray that Jon will be able to find a house for us on his trip at the end of the month, and for safe travels.
  • For us to make this next transition smoothly.  It’s been 2 years with lots of moving, so protection of our hearts (especially the boys)
  • Our Spanish to improve more and more
  • Please pray for our team to have unity and to always point each other to the Lord

Thank you for your continued love, prayers, support, and encouragement.  It is an honor to have you all in our lives and be a part of this calling on our lives.  We love you all so much!

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah

The Brechtel Family Update September 2018

I can’t believe it’s almost fall.  Our time in Rosarito is really starting to fly by, and before we know it we’ll be planting a church in Oaxaca!

Jon completed his first quarter of teaching at the Bible College at CC Rosarito.  It was a great experience for him as he studied and prepared to teach each week in the book of Daniel.  He has 2 weeks off and will begin teaching a new class after the break.  He’s also teaching the New Believers class on Wednesday nights.  It’s neat to know that he’s teaching a class that meant so much to him when he first got saved.  I love how the Lord brings things full-circle like that.  He also teaches the 11 and 12-year-old class on Saturday nights.

Jonny and Noah have officially begun 6th grade.  We are homeschooling them again this year, and this is our 7th year of homeschool minus the few months that they attended school in Cacalote.  They are really enjoying their time in our neighborhood because they’ve become really close to one of the boys who lives across the street.  It’s going to be hard on them when we move, so let’s start praying for that one now!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am really enjoying serving in the greeting ministry!  It’s my favorite!!!  I’m also teaching the 9 and 10-year-old class each Saturday.  It’s a challenge for me to prepare each week but I think I’m finally getting a good routine down.  I have a great translator/co-teacher too.

Jon and I are back in the Church Planting Course each week.  It’s been such a blessing to see how the Lord has used this course to prepare us more and more for what He’s called us to do.

We had a great time serving at the grand opening service for Calvary Valley Center.  Please keep this church plant in your prayers as they serve the people of Valley Center.

Our vision trip to Oaxaca is just 3 weeks away!!!  We are so excited to see what the Lord reveals to us while on this trip.

 

PRAYER REQUEST:

  • Worship leader for a church plant.
  • Wisdom for what to do with our car when we go to Oaxaca.  We don’t know if we can nationalize it because of some of the rules they have.  If our vehicle isn’t nationalized then we would have to drive it out of the country every 6 months which wouldn’t really be wise financially.
  • Our trip to Oaxaca City in October, that the Lord would show us where He wants us to plant His church

Thank you for continuing to follow along as we move forward in His calling for us to serve Him in Mexico! We are so grateful for each of you who love us, pray for us, support us, call us, and everything else.  We love you all!

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah

PS…my goal is to get more pictures of Jon and the boys this month.

An Amazing, Blessed July

Hi everyone!  We’ve had a VERY eventful month of July, with many blessings.

Jon was ordained by Pastor Mike Vincent and the pastors of Calvary Chapel Rosarito. He is now serving as an assistant pastor, alongside some amazing men. We are so blessed by this! On the same night that Jon  became PBJ, aka Pastor Big Jon, he also taught on Prayer and Devotions in the main sanctuary as a part of the Pillars Series at CCR. He did a great job, and had Armando translating for him.

Our oldest son, Austin, married his beautiful bride on July 8. What a blessing to now have the daughter we never had, and one who we love SO much. We praise the Lord for their relationship that keeps Him in the center. The wedding was as close to perfect as it could have been, and it was so fun to celebrate with so many dear friends and family.

I (Allison) was invited to serve at the youth girl’s retreat with 13-17 year old girls. The theme of the retreat was “Born to Be Light”.  I got to share my testimony with the girls, and the entire time was such a huge blessing to me. I was able to get to know some of the girls, and I look forward to spending time with them some more and being there for them when they need someone to listen to and pray for them. This was one of my favorite times of ministry, although I was nervous about even going.  The Lord blessed me more than I can put into words.

Jon started teaching at the Bible College on the book of Daniel. He loves it, so please keep that in prayer as he studies each week.

Jonny and Noah are continuing to love being here in Mexico. They have been focusing on Spanish with some tutoring and Rosetta Stone. They love hanging out with their friends on the street, and their friends at church.

We are loving our time here in Rosarito as we continue to prepare for the move to Oaxaca. We have our Vision Trip in October that will be here sooner than we know. This trip will be a time of prayer for the city that we will call our home, and also to try to find a place that we would like to live in which will be our church in the beginning also. So far there are about 11 people that will be on this trip and we are SO EXCITED!

Thank you for following along on our adventure for Jesus in Mexico. We love hearing from all of you through messages and calls. Feel free to send us any prayer requests you may have.  Here are some of ours:

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Please continue to pray for a worship leader to go with us to Oaxaca
  • We will be starting the next semester of the Church Planting course on August 13 so please pray that we will grow in the areas we are taught on
  • Continued growth in the language for all of us.  We feel like we’re finally starting to remember more and more of what we learned in Cacalote, and we’re using Spanish more.

We love you all so much. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support. Remember:  YOU were born to be light!  Shine the light of Jesus everywhere you go.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah

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May Update

Jon and Jorge at the top of the hike to the lighthouse in Mazatlán

Hola!  We have had a full May and beginning of June.  In May we finished our first semester of the Church Planting Course at CC Rosarito, along with the finish of this session of guitar class for Allison.  It has been such a blessing to be a part of this course, and have the opportunity to serve here at Calvary Chapel Rosarito.  Jon has been teaching in a rotation in the Pillars Class on Sunday mornings, and he will be teaching in the sanctuary on a Wednesday night at the end of June.  We will also be teaching with a translator in children’s ministry, each of us in a different class/age group.  This will be a new thing for Allison because she’s never taught with a translator.  Oh, and Allison is now a greeter…does that shock anyone?  Her dreams have come true…seriously!

We also had the honor of serving as chaplains at the Franklin Graham Decision America event in Escondido with our sending church, Calvary Chapel San Juan Capistrano.  It was an amazing night serving with them and witnessing lives turning to the Lord at the event.

At the beginning of June, Jon went with a team from CCR to Calvary Chapel Maranatha in Mazatlán.  The team worked long hours doing construction on the building, remodeling the sanctuary.  It was a blessing for him to be on this trip for many reasons.  Pastor Tony, his wife, and son opened their home to us when we drove back to California in October from Oaxaca. They didn’t even know us but our connection went back to Roca Blanca Spanish School, to a woman who also barely knew us, Nancy, who serves at the church in Mazatlán.  Just a fun story about how awesome God is!!! It was also a blessing for Jon because he really got to know the guys he was on the trip with and bonded with them.  He came home refreshed even though they had been working so hard.

Next month we will officially be gaining a daughter when Austin and McKenna get married.  We praise the Lord for their relationship and can’t wait to watch them grow as a couple in the many years to come.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • for a worship leader to be raised up to go to Oaxaca with us
  • that we would practice/use Spanish every day and grow in the language
  • for Jon to do well when he teaches in the sanctuary
  • Jon’s foot to heal or for a doctor to treat it so it’s not so painful

We are grateful for all of you who love us and check up on us, pray for and support us. Thank you all for being there for us!  We love you!

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah

Exciting News!!!

We have some exciting things going on that we’d like to share with you.  Just a little background to catch everyone up  on what we’re doing in Rosarito.  We are serving as missionary staff at Calvary Chapel Rosarito.  We are also in the church planting program and things are going really well.  We came here to not only learn, but more importantly to build a team to go to Oaxaca with us in late December.

Here’s our exciting news:  we have our first team member who will be going with us to serve as a translator and ministry partner.  We are spending time getting to know him and already love him.  Praise the Lord for Armando and his heart to serve the Lord.

Another exciting thing is that we have a church planting vision tour scheduled for October.  We will be joined by Pastor Mike Vincent, Tim Pappas from SGWM, and Armando, and possibly some others.  How exciting is all of this?  The Lord is moving on this future church plant and we are enjoying watching His hand on all of the steps, past and present.  We know He has great plans for the people of Oaxaca and we’re honored to be a tiny part of it.

Other than that, things are going really well.  We have had some scares with Jonny this past week with an allergic reaction. Thank you to all who have prayed and please continue to pray as he is still having some issues.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Compete healing of Jonny and Jon’s stomach problems
  • We are sharing an update with the church on April 25th.  Please pray that we (Jon) would share all that the Lord is doing to prepare us for Oaxaca, and if there’s someone listening that feels a stirring to go, that they would let us know.
  • Pray for a worship leader who might be called to go with us
  • That we would focus on our Spanish and practicing as much as possible
  • Financial provision

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • we are continuing to get more and more settled and building relationships
  • we have our first team member for Oaxaca
  • we’ve had more and more opportunities to push ourselves into having conversations in Spanish and have come across so many people who are patient with us and excited to teach us when we try

Thank you all for taking the time to read us and keep in touch with what’s going on in our lives.  We are so grateful for all of the prayers and support from you.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.

#teamoaxaca

Jon, Allison, Jonny, Noah