Mexico COVID Outreach

The Calvary School of Missions traveled to the outskirts of Rosarito and descended upon the church grounds at Calvary Chapel in Primotapia last week. The church has been closed for 4 months, so we gathered the church and community members outdoors for an afternoon together. The isolation and lack of work has been tough on the local community and the emotions were thick, but every person was open and attentively listening as several students shared their testimonies and a message from John 15. 

The ladies immediately began greeting each other and the need for Jesus became apparent. There were 4 people that responded to the Gospel and put their faith in Christ and many were prayed over by the team. There were so many physical needs, but it was amazing to watch as people were desperate for a spiritual touch from the living God. 

The kids in the community came for crafts, face painting, games, and a bible story. The ladies were ministered to through nail painting as they shared their stories and were cared for. From singing to preaching to loving on kids to prayer to sharing the Gospel…every base and station was covered and God was greatly glorified. It was as if people in the community have not had any contact with the outside world in months and the love of Christ flooded that place and the physical relief meant there was food for the coming weeks. Each family that attended the outreach was given a bag of food items, a bag of hygiene items and a bag of cleaning products including 2 gallons of bleach. It was almost more than they could have hoped for as some thought it was too much to carry and it was. But God does exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think! Each of the students walked with those who came to help carry the groceries to trailers, shacks and small homes where the hope of the Gospel has now reached. We are thankful for the opportunity to help widows like Carmenita with essentials in the midst of suffering and pray for Jose and Sonya for healing and strength. This is only possible because you have generously given, blessed, and enabled us to put food in the hands of those who need it most. On behalf of Saving Grace World Missions and every person who attended the outreach….thank you! 

(In total 30 food bags, 30 hygiene bags and 30 cleaning product bags were given out in the community)

Assessing the Damage

Our ministry partners are out assessing the damage and the areas of most need to begin assisting and meeting immediate needs. Our first responders are arriving today with much needed supplies and relief funds. Thank you for your prayers and support during this devastating time for many of our close friends in Nepal who have been greatly effect. (photo credit Pankaj Sarkar)

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Nepal Team Heading Out

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(photo credit @jenagarcia_)

During the aftermath of the earthquakes in Nepal, our co-workers have gone through a trying time but the Lord has strengthened them. Bond and I see how being stateside during the past few days has enabled us to assist in sending a team of pastors and emergency responders into the devastated areas. The team leaves for Nepal with supplies and funds over the next few days. The goal is to meet immediate needs, assisting in the recovery efforts, minister comfort and the Gospel and put plans in place for the future efforts of recovery for the months / years to come.

The Khokana area is 3 miles away from our campus in Nepal. The man is searching through the remains of his home for whatever he can still use. He and his family survived the earthquake but have now lost everything. Many of our students are in similar situations as their families and villages have been greatly effected by this tragedy.

Please be praying for the team, that the areas of greatest need would be identified and that the love of Christ would shine brightly to the people of Nepal who are hurting and in great need both physically and spiritually. You can also get involved by providing funds for supplies at www.sgwm.com or www.promisechild.org.

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My Dad (Bud) is in Heaven

In July 2014, my dad (Bud) was diagnosed with Leukemia. Doctors shared that it was a fast moving cancer, but they seemed optimistic early on about getting his cancer into remission and we knew that with God all things are possible! Over the course of the past 8 months, Bud spent 150+ days in the hospital and went through 5 rounds of intense chemo. As long as doctors gave him treatment options, he took the opportunity and fought hard. During this time, we had many heart to heart conversations, went on walks, spent much time praying together, shared with him that we were pregnant and had many celebratory dinners when he was be released from the hospital.

While in Nepal, I received the call that my dad was being sent home from the hospital on hospice as the results showed the 5th round of chemo was unsuccessful and he had several infections. There was nothing more doctors could do. He requested that I come quickly, which I did. I was able to share several sweet days with him and talk about the good things the Lord has done and pray together with him before his health started to fail.

Bud fought the good fight until the very end and was comfortable in his bed at home with my brother, uncle and I at his side until he took his last breath here on earth and he entered heaven on Thursday, February 26th. He followed my mom eight months after to the most glorious place where they are worshipping, dancing, and enjoying the presence of Jesus where there is no more cancer, no more chemo, no more sickness and no more pain.

Mexico Outreach on April 25, 2009

With My Dad at Mexico Outreach on April 25, 2009

Reflecting on his testimony, the day we will treasure the most is April 25, 2009 when he committed his heart to Christ and his life was forever changed. My dad often said after being diagnosed with cancer, “If I am healed…I win. If I go to heaven…I win”. He was overwhelmed and truly blessed by so many of you…our family and friends who may or may not ever have met him, but you prayed, sent cards, care packages, called, visited and loved more than he ever imagined was possible.

We will be having a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, March 7th at 2 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Ramona in San Diego in honor of my dad (Bud “Buddy” Clavell). If you are in the area and would like to attend, please reply to this email and we will send you directions and additional information.

Bond arrived today from Nepal to attend and share at the Celebration Service and we plan for him to return to Nepal to resume ministry and teaching later this month.

Thank you for your love, support and prayers for our family during this time.

Heather and Bond Gaona

My Dad in the Hospital on Christmas Getting a Special Gift

With Dad in the Hospital on Christmas 2014 Giving Him A Special Gift!