Women World Changers

Women World Changers is a group of women who seek to stir up and mobilize the body of Christ by reminding them that the message of the Gospel is spread through the Great Commission, and help them to see the harvest field for what it truly is, reachable. We want to remind women of the power that Christ gave to them through His spirit to bring the Good News with boldness amongst the many peoples of this world. With one heart, our goal is to help set aflame the women of the body of Christ and stir up a passion to reach the world with the Good News…until the last one hears.

Jevas Sept-Nov Update

Hola family and friends,

These past few months have been very busy for me, but I must say I am extremely blessed! There are always new challenges and lots of growing opportunities. This September, I accepted a teaching position at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Ensenada. I taught a Tues. morning class of 18 girls ranging in age from 16 to 50+.   It is a bilingual college with students from Mexico as well as the U.S.  One girl, Mary, came all the way from Nigeria, Africa!  The class was based on the life of Ruth and focused on 10 qualities of a godly woman.  It was clearly a challenge for me, as I teach children, and this was my first time teaching at an accredited college.  It was a lot of work, but well worth it.   I enjoyed the class thoroughly and Lord willing, will teach again in the fall of next year.

Fall semester girls from CCBC Ensenada

We enjoyed a visit from Calvary Chapel Mid Valley in October.  It was their first time visiting, and we were all so blessed by them. They did some painting, a mini V.B.S. with the kids here,  prepared a marvelous Italian dinner for our Servant’s dinner, and served in the Children’s Ministry at both churches on Sunday for all of our teachers so they could have a break.  Pastor Dave Cuff also gave an excellent message on serving the Lord.  We pray that they will return again soon!

Servant's dinner by the brethren at CC Mid Valley

 

Children’s worship

I was part of a first time English Bible Study in Ensenada with some good friends, Christina Abundis, Karen Coleman, and Monica Arista, who happen to be missionaries as well. We studied Esther with Beth Moore, and it was excellent! I haven’t been part of an English Bible Study in more than 15 years, so it was a real treat for me.  Monica, one of the gals, prepared a beautiful “Feast” for us all on the last night, and we called it the “Feast of Purim.”  What a blessing it was to study the Word of  God together.   God is so full of blessings!

Thanks Monica for a fabulous evening!

Our own "Feast of Purim" after studying the book of Esther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s blessings to all of you and a Merry CHRISTmas to you!  Thanks for your continued prayers for us!

 

 

 

 

                                            

 

 

Reaching The Nations…One Soul At A Time

 

 

 

A Call To Pray for North Korea

It was announced yesterday (Sunday the 18th of December) that Kim Jong-Il, the leader of North Korea, had died. Kim Jong-Il was 69 years old.

Because of the radical instability in this country and in light of Kin Jung-Il’s death, I am calling for prayer for North Korea and the suffering Christians and non-Christians who live there.

This is an important change for North Korea. Even in light of this mans death the future is largely unknown for North Korea. It is widely speculated that his youngest son Kim Jung-Un will be the next leader and probably just as wicked.

When North Korean news agencies aired the report that the Great Leader had died they clocked it in a heroic statement stating that their Great Leader had died of exhaustion from “overworking to serve the people of North Korea.”

The harsh reality is that the people of North Korea are stuck in radical poverty with the most horrific human rights violations in the world. Outside assistance is for the most part totally refused or strictly limited by the government. They hold to a strong ideology called Juche which simply means – “Self Reliance” and it is a shameful thing to receive assistance or input from the outside world. Also, it considered treasonous to worship anything or anyone other then their Great Leader (Kim Jung-Il and his father). North Korean Christians when caught are faced with torture, imprisonment in one of North Korea’s prison camps, and death. This makes it the hardest country in the world by far to reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus the call to prayer.

Please join me in praying for a miracle. Pray that the Lord would sovereignly open the boarders and the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be able to be preached freely.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike

Persecuted Countries #1 – North Korea

The country of North Korea is often shadowed in mystery and fear. This rouge nation exists completely secluded from outside influence and its boarders are seal tight. No other country on earth comes close to the fierceness of Christian persecution as North Korea does. Christians in this country must hide their faith completely from everyone. Even Christian parents can’t evangelize their children for fear that their kids would say something. They have to hold off telling their children until they are old enough to understand the dangers involved.

It is illegal to own any books or education material that is not approved by the government. Therefore, anyone found with a Bible will be put to death or sentenced to a life lived in a harsh labor camp that are equal to or worse off them the Nazi camps of WWII. There is fear and mistrust everywhere. It is against the law to worship any other god/God other then their supreme ruler Kim Jong-il. Everyone is a spy and is required to report any idolatry immediately for fear of death or labor camps themselves.

There is a great documentary put together by National Geographic called – ‘Inside North Korea.’ I would highly recommend watching this eye opening documentary.

Below is the Youtube video. You might need to sign in to Youtube to view it. Also, their might be an Advertisement that YouTube inserts into the video. SGWM has no way to control what is advertised.

However, despite the radical persecution in North Korea it is reported that the church is growing. In 2010 there is believed to be over 400,000 believers.

  • Please pray for this country and for the believers and non-believers and that the Lord would miraculously open its doors.
  • For endurance for the 50,000 and 70,000 Christians in labor camps
  • For parents who want to teach their children about Jesus
  • In December 2011, Kim Jong-Il died leaving his son, Kim Jong-Un as the leader of North Korea. Pray that the situation will change for Christians under the new leadership.

God Bless,

Pastor Mike

 

Nourished in the Words of Faith

“…nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.”  1 Timothy 4:6

 

I want to pose a question for application in light of this statement here – Are you constantly nourished in the words of faith and good doctrine? Would you  describe your life as constantly being nourished by the Word of God? Is that how you see your life? Think about that questions/statement for a minute. Think about the word “nourished.” It means simply to provide what is necessary for growth, health, and a good condition. Are you a person that is nourished constantly by the Words of God?

 

We are in a battle. There is an enemy that is looking to inflict damage upon our lives, our family and our ministries. And I am afraid that far to often we seek nourishment from things that will only produce death. We ingest poison instead of the life giving nourishment of the Word of God.

 

As believers their should be an unquenchable hunger within us for the nourishment that the Word of God provides. Do you have that hunger? Far to often we only get our nourishment during Sunday mornings message and we starve the rest of the week. Any doctor would say it is unhealthy and unwise for you to eat one meal a week. They will worn you of the realities that you will quickly deteriorate to the point where you need to be admitted into a hospital for emergency care. At which time they will pump your body full of nutrients. Everybody knows that in order to live a healthy lifestyle you need an appropriate balance of a healthy diet and exercise. Well, the same is true for the Christian. We need to draw our nourishment constantly from the Word of God and we need to exercise what we have learned. Notice the second part of Pauls statement, “which you have carefully followed.” I love how Paul chose his words. The truths of the Word of God needs to be carefully followed. We should be digesting every truth and seeking to follow it constantly in our lives.

 

Does this describe you? Are you nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine and are you carefully following them? The Word of God is the only thing we have. You cannot lead your family apart from being constantly nourished by the Word of God. You cannot raise your kids apart from being constantly nourished by the Word of God. You cannot love your wife or submit to your husband apart from being constantly nourished by the Word of God. You cannot seek to do any ministry unless you are constantly being nourished by the Word of God. You cannot be an instrument of God and you cannot grow unless you are nourished constantly by the Word of God. It is an absolute necessity!

 

My encouragement for the healthy is keep getting nourished and growing. My encouragement for the anemic is to plug that IV bag in and turn the drip on high. Read your Bible every day. Memorize scripture. Go to Bible study. Join a small group. Get accountability and discipleship. Start building muscle.

 

So I will close with this question – what kind of relationship do you have with the Word of God?

 

God Bless,

Pastor Mike

Reaching the Next Generation

I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world and visiting more churches then I can remember. In fact when I was in Bible College I joined choir and we were blessed to be able to travel every weekend to sing in a different church. I got to see and experience a LOT of different ministry styles. One thing that often stuck out to me in a lot of “older churches” we visited was the lack of young people. I would look out across the congregation as we were on the stage and I wouldn’t see any young faces. Only older believers. I started to realize that in just a few short years these churches would die off. Not because of a lack of love for the Lord but simply because everyone in them was pushing hard against heavens gates (if you will) and in just a few short years the people would die off and their would be no younger generation there to take the reigns. They failed to pass the baton. In fact, I notice that often is the reality. Churches and people get (quote) stuck in their ways and are not willing to change and adapt to reach a new and changing younger generation. Now I am not suggesting the message change (the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ) but maybe the methods by which we get that message out.

I remember being highly involved in a church when I was younger and the ongoing SHARP debate revolved around the question: are going to allow acoustic guitar in the worship or are we going to switch from pews to chairs? It shocked me how difficult it was for the church to change for the sake of reaching out and adapting to the rapidly evolving culture around them. And the result was the youth of the church disappeared almost totally. The older generation was comfortable with their pews, piano and hymns and they demanded that the youth conform to their (the older people’s) definition of what an honoring church service should look like.

Well, times have certainly changed exponentially since then and the culture is evolving faster then ever before. And there is great opportunity for Satan to drive and even bigger wedge between the older and younger generations. The scary reality is that the younger generation today needs the godly influence of the older generation more then ever before.

I desire to send a message of encouragement to the older generation to be willing to step out and reach into the lives of the younger people around them. Learn the things that are influencing their lives. Things like Facebook and Twitter. And don’t be scare to meet them on those levels for the sake of the Gospel.

In missions we talk a lot about cross cultural evangelism and the importance of learning the culture and the language of the people you are seeking to reach so that you can present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the clearest manner possible. Well, the same principles need to apply in cross generational evangelism. Older believers need to become learners themselves for the sake of reaching the younger. Just as a missionary in Africa learns the culture of the tribal village in order to bring the Gospel to light before the people.

We need to not be afraid of change. We can’t be afraid to change the way we “do church” and conduct ministries. There is a cyber generation that is up-and-coming that we will completely lose if we don’t make a conscience effort to step out of our comfort zone and reach them now. I wanted to give you some statistics that shocked this reality even further into my mind. I am not saying that these statistics are good or bad… they are just the reality.

In the last year 17% of couples who married met on a dating site
1 in 5 singles have dated someone they met on a dating site
An estimated 50% of American’s have smartphones
There are 31 billion searches on Google every month
In 2006 it was only 2.7 billion
It’s estimated that there are over 6 billion text messages sent per-day. More then the population of the earth.
The average teen sends/receives about 3,300 text messages per-month
There are more then 800 million users on Facebook
50% of those users log on at least every day
Twitter just released that it now has over 100 million users
If Facebook and Twitter were a country… it would be the third largest population in the world
We are living in exponential times. The rapid pace of change is staggering. But the possibility for the Gospel to launch into places we could never reach in person is amazing. Let’s not miss this opportunity to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the young and meet them where they are. But let’s not stop there let’s continue with a vision to take it even further. Don’t be afraid to learn and grow and step out into new missions fields for the sake of the Gospel.
Lastly, I want to reiterate one more time – the message never needs to change. As the Apostle Paul declared, “Preach the Word!” Never shun to harold the whole Gospel. And never try to “redefine” it. Just bring that message to where it needs to be brought.
God Bless,
Pastor Mike

 

Bible Q & A – "Is Salvation Easy to Obtain?"

I was asked a very interesting question recently. Basically, I can sum it up like this – “Is salvation easy to obtain.” This is a tricky question indeed. But I hope to pack some meat on the bones so that we can have something substantial to chew on. First, I am going to highlight the side of the argument that says, “No salvation is not easy.”

Jesus said it very well when he said, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matt 7:13)” We must recognize those are some strong words given by Jesus. “The way is hard…” & “those that find it are few.” I think that sums it up nicely. But Jesus goes on many more times in the Gospels to say statements like – “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Self-denial to this level is a very rare thing. It takes real repentance that will beinstantly and permanently clear and visible in a new believers lives.

I will close this side of the argument by pointing out one more verse. Matthew 7:21-23 says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ This is an absolutely devastating verse that should cause our hearts to tremble before the Lord. The statement here given by Jesus isn’t directed at random people. This is a declaration and warning to those people who “prophesy, cast out demons, and do many mighty works…” These are people that think they are (quote) “in the faith.” But as He closes His sentence he says, “you workers of lawlessness.” Which basically means, “you who lived your lives as though there was no stander to live by.” Christianity isn’t a simple thing. Salvation isn’t a simple thing. In fact it is an impossible thing. Salvation is always a supernatural and sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. For it is impossible with man but possible with God.

Now to balance it out a little. Salvation is and always has been a free gift of God. And for this side of the argument I will turn to the epistles because Paul declared the free gift of salvation so beautifully over and over again in his many letters. These are all the verses we are all very familiar with because they are easy to digest. These are the verses we read in the “God promises books.” But I do want to stress this point… don’t forget the first section of this article when you read these verses. There are some strong warnings given that we need to take heed to in order to grasp the whole council of God.

The Epistle of Romans is naturally the first stop on our list in addressing this topic. Paul declares, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23).” What a precious verse. We deserve death but God has given the gift of life in Christ Jesus. Notice, that that gift is free for us but it wasn’t free for Him. It cost Him a great deal. Never cheapen that.

Paul goes on to say, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph 2:8-9).” Salvation is nothing of our own doing but it is solely a gift of God that is freely given. Salvation is not something we can work towards or somehow through our own efforts obtain. It is a gift.

And to sum this side up, one of the most precious statements of all, Paul declares, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom 10:13).” It is an open-ended invitation. If you call upon His name He will hear and He will answer. But be ready. Be ready to deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Him wherever He chooses to lead you and don’t expect the road to be easy because He declared Himself that it is going to be hard (Matt 7:13). But don’t fear… with Jesus Christ our Lord as the leader we will always be blessed above all that this world can offer.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike

Partnering Opportunity

If you have been “following” us for long, you have probably heard the name Salvation Worship Ministry brought up from time-to-time. Salvation is a thriving ministry in Nepal that Pankaj and two others started in 2000. The ministry’s primary goal is to teach others not only to worship the One True God, but also to teach them HOW to worship Him musically and spiritually.

They travel to different towns and villages throughout Nepal and host Gospel Outreach Concerts that are reaching thousands of people at a time. They also have a school that helps train and equip others in the area of music. The Salvation Worship Ministry is a vital part of Pankaj and my current ministry, and will play a huge part in our future plans for the School of Worship, Kathmandu.

Starting January 2012, their monthly sponsor will no longer be able to provide financial support for their ministry. This leaves them with a $550 monthly shortfall that needs to be replaced.

If you feel lead to make a one-time or monthly donation to help Salvation Worship Ministry continue to reach the country and people of Nepal through their school and concerts, please click “Become a Financial Partner”. Please be sure to put “Salvation Worship Ministry” in the Note Section provided on the donation page. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you again for your prayer support and for considering Salvation Worship Ministry in your year end giving and in your benevolence plans for the coming year. If you know of others who may be interested in supporting this ministry in Nepal, please forward this information along to them.

For more information on Salvation Worship Ministry and their current financial situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Love,
Tonielle & Pankaj

Email: sarkar@sgwm.com
Pankaj Cell: 714-514-6470
Tonielle Cell: 714-943-7171

Vincent Dec. Update

 

The Vincent Family

Our top 11 memories of 2011

 

Grace, Sarah, and Daniel in costume at Fox Studios!

 

 

#11- Our family approached our 10th year of serving Jesus in Mexico!

 

CCR Easter Service held outside in our church parking lot!

 

 

#10- Our church hosted Mexico’s first Biblical Counseling Conference!

 

#9- Daniel won the CITY Cup with his Soccer team!

 

Daniel and his championship team celebrating with their trophy!

 

 

#8- Sarah finished leading a year long ladies Bible study-“Walking in Victory”!

 

#7- Grace joined up with a local gymnastics club!

 

Sending out a church planting family to Irapuato Guanuato!

 

 

#6- Our church sent out two new church planting families!

 

Witnessing the annual whale Migration near La Paz Mexico!

 

 

#5- Our family witnessed the whale migration in La Paz Mexico!

 

A summer baptism in the beautiful Pacific Ocean!

 

 

#4- Our church baptized over 100 new believers!

 

#3- Daniel, Grace, and Sarah “starred”as extras in the upcoming feature film “”Little Boy!

 

Grace, Sarah, and Daniel filming the movie at Fox Studios Baja!

 

 

#2-Sarah and I celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary by traveling alone to a conference!

 

14 years of marriage, praying for many more!

 

 

#1- We saw our Lord Jesus once again faithfully provide for and bless our family!

 

The Vincent Family "official" Christmas photo 2011!

 

 

We also want to thank you for your love and prayers! We are honored and blessed to have you as our partners and co-laborers in the ministry.

 

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad!

Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel