Every Day I’m Ministering

January was an awesome month of seeing God work and move in my life and ministry. Every day comes with its own ministry opportunities and every day I see God’s hand at work.

I serve in the youth ministry at my church and I had the privilege of seeing 6 youth get baptized, one of them receiving Christ just a few weeks prior. I had the opportunity to sit with, listen to, pray for, and counsel one of our students as she shared her burdens with me, I just started meeting with one of our high school girls for discipleship and am excited to see how God uses me in her life and how He uses her in my life, and I will begin meeting with another girl this month. It is such a privilege to walk with God and be used by Him to plant seeds in the lives of these high school and junior high students who are just beginning to seek God for themselves and make their faith their own. I love seeing God transform and restore lives! 

The six youth who got baptized this month. Photo credits to Erin Thiemann of Captured Grace Photography

We have our youth winter camp this month and I ask you to pray with us for the salvation of the youth coming who have not yet accepted Christ as Savior and Lord and for the growth of those students who have. God has provided in amazing ways through our church body so that even students who would not be able to go because of finances are able to attend with full scholarships! Thank you to all of you reading this who were a part of that, it is such a blessing to see God’s hand move on behalf of these precious kids. 

I also had the opportunity to attend a few sessions of the Calvary Chapel Missions conference at the beginning of the month and I am excited to be able to attend a Youth and Young Adults Missions conference this February in St. George, Utah. A few interns and I will be representing Calvary School of Missions at the conference and we ask for your prayers! Please pray that God would stir people’s hearts to step out in missions and be equipped for the work. 

I want to send out a special thank you to my financial supporters- your gifts are such a blessing to me personally and I am incredibly humbled to be able to serve God in this capacity thanks to your faith and faithfulness in donating. I pray that God would be glorified through every penny and that you would be abundantly blessed through seeing the fruit of this ministry which abounds to YOUR account! I wish I could quote all of Philippians 4 because I feel it is so applicable but I will summarize with Philippians 4:19 which says,

“and my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

That is what God has done in my life through you and what, I’m sure, He continues to do in your life as well. 

I love you all and treasure your prayers!

Remember, please pray for:

  • Youth Winter Camp on February 21st-23rd: salvation and growth!
  • The Just Go Missions Conference in St. George: Safe travels, sweet fellowship, productive conversations.
  • God’s continued financial provision through financial partnerships.

With love,

Hope

December Update

I have been so blessed these last few months here at Calvary Chapel Pedregales serving with so many awesome people. We are a very active church, small but united, like a family, and the cool thing is that almost everybody in the church serves in some capacity!

Here are a few events that I would like to share with you. Below is a picture of all of us who were able to attend our annual servant’s breakfast in November each year to honor all of those who serve in the church. It was a delicious meal prepared by some of the men of the church.

Servants Breakfast, pastor Federico in front with his wife, Nidia

We were affected by the recent fires in Tijuana, the picture below is my neighborhood, and the fire that you see burning damaged 5 properties, affecting in total about 45 people. The house that was completely burned to the ground, (dogs and all), was a family from our church. They are currently living here at our church and rebuilding their house with donations that have come in by many gracious people. We are also helping the other families with food and clothing and some funds as well. We are showing the love of Jesus and the people are responding positively.

I have just begun discipling these young single gals and it is wonderful. We are going through a book on being a Proverbs 31 woman. We are praying, studying, and sharing together, and I am so excited to see what God will do through this study!

This little guy is Gael, and he was our neighbor and good friend who went to be with Jesus this month. He was battling Leukemia and I was able to minister to him and his mom and see him accept Jesus in his heart before he died. 

These 12 kiddos attend our after school program. One of them is Gael’s cousin, and the Lord touched their hearts as well and through Gael’s death, they also chose to follow Jesus and accept Him in their hearts as their Lord and Savior–God truly does make beauty from ashes! 

This is our new library that we have been working on for months! Little by little the children are beginning to enjoy reading for pleasure and not just to get information for their schoolwork. We desire to grow this library to offer a variety of books to the kids. If you would like to help out, there is a button that you can press above and it will take you to our list on Amazon where you can purchase a book. 

Thanks for reading this newsletter and praying for me. Here are my prayer requests:

  1. Blessings and provisions for my trip to Guadalajara and surrounding cities in Mexico in February to do teacher training at the local Calvary Chapels. I will be gone for three weeks.
  2. For continued provisions for those who lost their homes in the fires.
  3. For much-needed wisdom from the Lord in every decision that I make, and that I would be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in all that I do.

God’s blessings to you all and a Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family!

BACK IN AMERICA

Greetings my dear friends and family!

I am back from Mexico! I can’t believe my six weeks at Calvary School of Missions has come to an end. The time went by incredibly fast. Although I was sad to finish the school, I’m excited to start a new season of preparing to go out as a long-term missionary. I know that the School of Missions was only the beginning of what the Lord has in store for my life! I am excited to announce that I will be interning at Saving Grace World Missions, a missions agency started by Calvary Chapel Saving Grace. As an intern, I will be taking Bible classes in order to strengthen my foundation in the Word of God. I will be learning how to prepare a Biblical message and will get to practice delivering it in front of leaders and other interns. I will also be serving in the children’s ministry! The reason for this internship is to help prepare me to serve in similar ministries when I am a part of a church plant in the near future.

Learning Surrender

My last two weeks in Mexico were filled with ministry and learning. We attended a church planting conference at Calvary Chapel Rosarito where I was able to learn from experienced church planters. While I was there, the Lord confirmed His calling on my life to be a part of a new work! Just as Paul made it his aim to preach the Gospel where Christ had not been named (Romans 15:20-21), so I know the Lord is calling me to do the same. It has been unbearably hard surrendering my plans for the future to the Lord. As many of you may know, I had been planning to move to East Africa with my best friend to serve street children and orphans. Of course, I still love the children of East Africa with all my heart and would love to be with them again, but the Lord has also been burdening my heart for the billions of people who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ (this region of the world is known as the 10/40 window). East Africa, for the most part, is saturated with the Gospel. Of course there are still so many physical and spiritual needs there, but for the most part, the Word of God is accessible to the majority of East Africa. I desire nothing more than to be in the Lord’s will for my life. I have come to a place where I am willing to go wherever the Lord leads me. If He wants to send me to a people that have never heard of Him, then by His strength I will go! But if He wants me to return to Rwanda and pour my life into the children there, then so be it! He has a perfect plan. I must trust Him wherever He leads me. The Lord has been speaking to me through these scriptures:

“For you shall go to all whom I send you.” –Jeremiah 1:7

“I have found David the son of Jesse a man after My own heart, who will do all my will.” –Acts 13:22

“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God…” –Acts 13:36

Surrender isn’t a one-time thing (though I wish it were!) Surrender is something we must do every moment of every day. I want to do all the Lord’s will and serve my generation by His will, just as King David did! This will require that I continually surrender to Him. If I’m honest, the idea of surrendering to Him used to be torturous to me. But when I stop and think of how He gave His life for our salvation, I am reminded of how He truly is worthy of my all. 

The small town of Colonet, Mexico.

An Open Door

With that being said, a door has been opened for me to go on a short vision tour to the country of Jordan in late January. For quite some time now, my heart has been stirring for Muslims. Even when I was in Rwanda, my friend Nancy and I were drawn to a Muslim neighborhood and I was able to share the Gospel with a Muslim in the market.  The Lord has put it on the hearts of the leaders at Saving Grace to plant a Bible School in Jordan in order to raise up Jordanian, Syrian and Iraqi refugees as disciples of Jesus Christ with the vision of sending them out to surrounding Muslim countries to make disciples. This vision tour will be a time to see the country and the people and meet with the pastor of a small Jordanian church who is partnering with Saving Grace to start this Bible School. I will continue to update you as the time approaches and I have more details!

A Divine Appointment

There are so many stories I could share about what the Lord did in my last two weeks in Mexico, but the one I’m choosing to share is one of my favorites. We spent one afternoon serving a woman in Puerto Nuevo by cleaning her yard and putting new steps in it. My task was to clean up the trash surrounding her home and it didn’t take long to finish. There were more than enough hands working on installing the steps, so once I had finished my task I felt pretty useless and didn’t know what to do! I prayed for the Lord to give me something to do and not too long after I met a little 8 year-old girl named Britani who happened to be in the neighborhood. I started talking to her and noticed that she was sad. She then shared with me that her mother had died of an illness 2 years ago. I asked the Lord in that moment for a word of comfort to share with the girl and He gave me Psalm 56:8: “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” I shared this verse with Britani and she began to tear up! I know that it spoke to her heart. Thankfully, one of my leaders had brought her children’s Bible along, so I borrowed it and shared with little Britani about how Jesus came to the Earth to save us from our sins. She said it was her first time hearing any story from the Bible! She was excited to hear that Jesus will give us eternal life if we put our faith in Him. Afterwards, Britani and I played together and before parting ways I wrote her a letter of love and encouragement. She left with the biggest smile on her face! I am so thankful that God used me to share His love to this young girl grieving her mother’s loss. It was no doubt a divine appointment.

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:10

Little Britani and me. 

I’m so excited to see what other divine appointments God has for me not only here in my country, but among the nations! 

I would LOVE to meet with you over coffee now that I’m back to share more about what the Lord did at School of Missions with you AND to hear about your summer! Please message me if you would like to meet!

Again, thank you for coming alongside me to support me in the Lord’s calling on my life! I appreciate your prayers and financial giving. I could not do it with out you. Together, we will bring the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to those who have not yet heard! 

Love,

Andrea Manor

A few of the School of Missions students back in the States!
Jorden, Nancy, Lacey, and me.

David and Michelle’s August

It is so amazing that Michelle and I are able to serve as fulltime Missionaries.  This couldn’t be done without the help of all your prayers and continued financial support.  Each and every one of you is part of the ministry work that we are doing. We thank you so much as we continue to give all the Glory to God!

We continued serving weekly in the neighborhoods of Tijuana, Mexico. This month, we not only did weekly baths and shampoos but also did some VBS (Vacation Bible School) with the children. It was so special to see the joy on the children’s faces. Along with the Bath and Shampoo Ministry, we went to the dump a couple of times this month. We came alongside a church from Irvine, CA. We made lunches and handed out food to the over 400 people that call the Tijuana dump their home. The word of God and the message of salvation was spread throughout the day. Please continue to pray for the men, women, and children that live in these conditions that they may find Salvation and hope in their lives in this very dark place.

Please meet Pastor Fernando and his wife Liliana.  They have been married for 10 years and Pastor Fernando has been a pastor at Calvary Chapel Rosarito for the last 9 years.  They’re being called to leave the country they love (Mexico) and plant a bilingual church where entire families can attend together.  There is a great call for a bilingual church where children that speak primarily English and parents that speak Spanish can worship and learn the entire Bible verse by verse together, in Northern Las Vegas, Nevada.  Michelle and I have been praying for direction.  Through prayer and others, the Lord has spoken that we are to go and serve this new bilingual church. In faith we will be moving for 12 months as fulltime missionaries to help in any way the Lord calls us, to reach the lost and broken in Northern Las Vegas.  

Being a missionary staff member at Calvary Chapel Rosarito Beach, Michelle and I were able to attend a medical outreach with Grace Calvary in Tijuana. After people were seen by the medical staff, we were able to pray for their needs and give them the message of Salvation. Glory to God!

Prayer request:

  1. That Michelle and I will be bold in everything we do in Christ’s Name.
  2. To give us guidance on our move to serve as Missionaries in Northern Las Vegas.

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In His Name,

 David & Michelle Mullins

TORNADO!

Do you ever feel like life hits you out of nowhere like a tornado without the tornado warning? All of a sudden, your rosy, cheery existence is interrupted by a whirlwind of upsetting change and chaos that leaves you windblown and chapped as you try to fit together the remains of what you once knew as normal?

That’s how this past month has been for me.

I have just experienced a lot of personal loss that sometimes feels debilitating. My younger sister (who is also my best friend) got engaged and went away to school in Arizona, my uncle passed away, and I said good-bye to the high school ministry at my old church as I now transition to Calvary Chapel Saving Grace. 

None of these things are necessarily bad. My sister’s fiancé is wonderful and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect match for her. She is going to school for nursing and is pursuing her passion. My uncle was mentally disabled his whole life and is now in a better place. The High school ministry will proceed just fine without me and I still get to maintain relationships with the girls and leaders there. Plus, I am gaining a whole new family as I transition to Saving Grace.

So why do I feel like this?

Maybe it’s just because I’m human and change is hard for humans. I am reminded of a verse from one of my favorite Psalms, which says,

Deep call unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me.

Psalm 42:7

What is the psalmist saying? He is saying “God! Life just keeps hitting me! It’s one wave after another and I’m getting hammered over here!” And then, of course, I imagine the psalmist saying or thinking (because this is what I sometimes say and think) “aren’t You going to do anything about it?

But what I love about Psalm 42 is that the psalmist doesn’t stay there. In verse 11 he says,

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? Why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.”

So yes, sometimes life beats you up with one thing on top of another so that you feel like you just can’t take one more wave, but the cure isn’t God reaching down from heaven to stop the waves before they hit you, it’s learning to ride the wave all the way into God’s arms. Spurgeon puts it perfectly,

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”

I’m still learning that. I’m figuring out (slowly and with many failures) how to step on the bricks that are flying about in this tornado so that I can keep moving toward Him instead of standing there with bricks hitting me in the face or worse yet, turning around and running away back to the “safety” of a tornado shelter. 

It’s exciting and terrifying all at once but I can’t bunker down and hide from tornados. I have been called to step out of the tornado shelter, where everything feels comfortable and safe, and brave the unknown. Not alone. Never alone, but with Jesus as my front and rearguard. 

All that to say that I love Jesus, I love what I do, and I love serving Him even when life hurts. The good news is that life goes on and there are some pretty exciting things happening at SGWM that God has allowed me to be a part of. 

This Sunday will be my first Sunday at Saving Grace as my official church Home and I am SO EXCITED! I will start out serving in the projector ministry and in a few months start serving with the High school and Junior High ministries. We also have 5 new interns starting with us and I get to train them on some of the office responsibilities and what it looks like to send missionaries and be part of that Homefront support network. I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for them through this next year. 

ALSO, I get to go to South Asia in November! We will be attending and hosting several conferences and encouraging the believers there. My responsibilities will revolve around keeping our financial records straight and accounting for our finances on the field.

Prayer Requests

  • Peace in the midst of the personal chaos
  • A smooth transition to Saving Grace
  • Wisdom in how to prioritize my time and maintain relationships with people from both Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and Saving Grace
  • The trip in November! Safe travels, sweet fellowship, simple financial records
  • God’s continued financial provision

Thank you so much for your prayers for me. It is such a comfort to know that as we all navigate through the tornado seasons of our lives, we have each other to look to and lean on for prayer and support. Please continue to lift me up and let me know how I can pray for you! I would love to meet up for coffee or lunch or whatever fits your schedule to pray and share more of what God has done and continues to do in my life and hear more about yours.

With Love,

Hope

As a Season Passes, Another Begins

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Cleaning windows at church as part of my internship

Another season of life for me has passed and a new one begins as we finished the last week of the School of Missions and I begin my intersnship. Time and time again I’ve been amazed and left in awe at the grace of God. Our last week of outreach was probably the most encouraging, and joy- filled of them all. It’s been amazing  to watch as our team has grown so much closer and stronger than in the beginning, serving alongside one another, using the giftings that God has given to each individual was incredible. God truly blessed our time at School and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. To be able to see God work in the lives of the students, teachers and leaders during our time in Mexico was incredible. Please keep praying for all of the students and what God has planned for them now that the school is finished. They need wisdom and guidance on how they are to continue to serve the Lord and prepare to be sent out as full time missionaries. 

Serving in Kids ministry
Sharing my testimony with the Young Adults
Teaching at a senior care site

For five of us, me included, we will be working together yet again. Brian, Nancy, Andrea, Lacey and I will be starting an internship with Saving Grace. Please be praying for Aleah and Lili, two of the other students from School Of Missions. God called both of them to return home to get ready for what God has for their future.  For us interns we will be taking classes on the Bible and on principles of ministry as well as preaching. The classes will help to further strengthen our foundation in the Word of God and our understanding of who God is as well as help us minister to and teach others. In addition to this, we will all be serving in various ministries around the church. All of this is to help us be prepared to serve wherever there is a need so when we do go to be full time missionaries we will have been trained and prepared for a variety of situations. We will also be discipled by pastors, leaders, deacons and elders about ministry. For me and Brian who feel God is calling us to the pastoral ministry, we will be discipled by the pastors here specifically for pastoral ministry. The plan for now is for me to do this internship for a year or until the Lord calls me to go into full time missions. 

With that in mind I wanted to let you all know that there is an opportunity for me to go on a vision tour to the country of Jordan. What this means is that I believe God may be calling me to be a part of starting a Bible College in the country of Jordan. The plan for the Bible College is to raise up pastors and disciples of Christ that will be able to reach countries and people that I as an American never could because of my little knowledge of their culture and my passport. So at the end of January or beginning of February I will be going with a group of people who all believe God is calling them to be a part of starting this new work. There are two main reasons to go on a vision tour. One is  so we can see the country, the people and the location and spend time asking the Lord if this is where He wants us to serve Him. The second is so that we can begin to think about and plan the logistics that would be required to move to Jordan, live there and to do ministry there. Until then I will be serving as an intern at the church and raising funds both for the internship as well as the vision tour to Jordan. During my internship I will be working at the church full time as an unpaid intern. I believe God has asked me to trust in Him for all that I need and focus on serving the church and being prepared for missions. Once I am sent out I will depend on God and those who have decided to partner with me to sustain all my needs. I believe God has asked me to start living by faith now living as a missionary now so I will be prepared to go when God calls me.  So if God puts it on your heart to partner with me as I am equipped to be sent out or to help with the funds I will need to go to Jordan, please, whether financially or spiritually in prayer, join with me in the work of the gospel. Let us work together to bring glory to God and bring the good news to those who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ so that they may be saved and share in the hope of heaven. 

Prayer Requests

  • Please continue to keep me and my friends in prayer as we continue to serve the Lord and to seek His will. 
  • That I would be teachable and continue to grow and be prepared to serve the Lord.
  • That God would provide for all that I need as I simply put my faith in Him to provide.
  • That the finances will come for me to visit Jordan, and that God would make it clear if He wants me to move there in the future. 

Praise Reports

  • God has faithfully brought us through the School of Missions safely and we all have been changed for the better because of it.
  • God has answered my prayers to be discipled and prepared for pastoral ministry.
  • God has given me a group of like minded friends that love God and desire to serve Him as I do.
  • The Lord has opened a door for me to go to Jordan and find out if this is where He wants me to go.

As always I thank you for taking time to read my update. I pray that it has been a blessing for you to hear all God is doing and that you are encouraged by the ways God is using His people.

Your brother in Christ,

Jorden Skiles

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Noah’s Ark In Mexico

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my Soul! While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” (Psalm 146:1-2, NKJV)

As long as live, I will praise the LORD! He is worthy of all the praise I could ever give and so much more. All the opportunities we have had has only given me further reason to praise the Lord. This last week we had another outreach to an orphanage with an amazing group of kids. My good friend Bryan and I were able to talk with one of the older boys named Arturo. We talked about the Bible and then some personal struggles we all have which gave us the chance to pray for Arturo. Then I was able to hang out with the younger kids. And although I didn’t have any deep conversations with them like I did with Arturo, I did get to laugh with them as I showed them how I can make animal noises which they thought was hilarious.

Some of the girls decided to paint my face
Our team leading the kids in worship

One of the nights we helped teach in the kid’s ministry at a local church. Our group split up to teach the kids in different rooms. One of the School of Missions students, Lili, did an amazing job at teaching the kids and leading them in songs while Bryan and another student played guitar and sang along. One of the most enjoyable moments was when we sang a song about Noah’s Ark. We had the kids sing along and try to do the animals noises. I hid behind Bryan and made animal noises. They couldn’t figure out where the sounds were coming from until the end of the song when I jumped out and showed them it was me. They were so engaged trying to figure out where the noises came from. Who knew that all those years of practicing farm animal noises would be used for the furtherance of the gospel. We also got to spend a few hours installing brick steps for a family that allows them to walk up and down the hill without slipping. It was great to do some manual labor with the team and help create a safer path for the family.

Brian and me preparing to install steps

God has blessed us every single day of our school. In our classes we have deepened our understanding of the Word of God and been further prepared to be full time missionaries. In the outreaches and events we have been able to use the giftings God has given us in order to serve the Lord and minister to people with the love of Christ. Then in our own times of prayer, fellowship and worship together our team has been able to encourage one another and stir one another up to serve the Lord. It truly has been one of the best times of my life knowing that I am in the will of God as I seek Him, serve Him and continue to draw near to Him. I once again want to thank you all! I thank you for taking the time to read this update, for your support, and most importantly your prayers. Without the family of God and all those who are partnering with me in the work of the gospel, I wouldn’t be here. Nor would I be able to do an internship with Saving Grace following the school or go into fulltime missions when the time comes. All who partner with me are equal partners in the work of the gospel. God has just chosen that I be among the many that are to be sent out while some are told to stay. So whether you support me in reading these updates, or financially, or if you intercede for me in prayer, I thank you and I thank God for you. I make it my aim to keep you continuously in prayer and I would greatly appreciate it if you would be praying for me as well. Thank you so much for all your love and your prayers. God bless.

Prayer Requests

  • For the Lord to reveal to my friends here at the school what He has for them next immediately following the school.
  • That I would be ready to start my internship following the school and be further prepared to serve the Lord and be further sanctified. 
  • Further guidance on where God wants me after my internship and provision during that time as well as when I go out as a missionary.

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In Christ, 

Jorden Skiles

David and Michelle’s July

Michelle and I are truly blessed by the wonderful things the Lord has allowed us to experience in his name here in Mexico.  We are often asked what’s it like being full-time Missionaries.  We reply very simply it is a better life, a harder life but a much better life serving Jesus than serving man. 

In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:6

This month we were able to continue serving weekly in the neighborhoods of Tijuana, Mexico. We average about 120 children’s shampoos and feet washings weekly. There are activities for the children to do along with Bible teachings. Also, an entire truckload of produce is given out to the parents who otherwise wouldn’t have enough food to make it through the week.  Additionally, they hear the message of salvation. It is so amazing to serve our Lord and Savior in this way every week. We are the ones who are truly blessed to be part of it.

Being a missionary staff member at Calvary Chapel Rosarito Beach and part of the Church planting, I was able to give the Corporate communion to our 1,200 members congregation.  This was such a blessing.

Prayer requests!

  • That God uses Michelle and me in a way that is always honoring to Him.
  • To give us clear direction on where to go with church planting.

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In His Name 

David & Michelle Mullins

Can you say “Summer Camp”?

This past month has been a whirlwind and God’s faithfulness is so evident. 

I had the privilege of serving as a counselor at two summer camps this year which happened to be back to back. Basically I left on July 24th for the first camp, got back in the afternoon on the 28th, and left the next morning for another four days!

The theme of the first camp was Created and we talked about science and the Bible and why we can trust the Bible to affirm true science. It was a radical week as we saw students’ questions answered and lives changed. Two of the girls in my cabin accepted Christ and were baptized! I was one proud leader.

All the students from my room.

Usually I am EXHAUSTED after just one camp, so knowing that I had a whole other camp ahead of me after this one was a bit intimidating, but I chose to remember that God is my strength and through Him I can do all things. (I also asked a ton of people to pray for me). It was kind of surreal to go throughout the week and realize that I had plenty of energy when I would usually be wiped out and by the time camp #2 rolled around I felt pretty good. 

This is absolutely a brag on our God and His faithfulness to give us all that we need for what He has called us to. He continues to amaze me by how involved He is and how much He cares about the “little things.” I was so blessed to be able to serve at the second camp whose theme was Assured: How to know you’re saved when you don’t feel like it. 

I had junior high girls and got to serve alongside my sister, Anna, who volunteered to be a leader for the week. We had so much fun with the students, both junior high and high school, and we were immensely blessed by the teachings. 

A junior high girl getting into the Word during the 2 hour quiet time

For this camp we tried something we had never done before, a two hour quiet time in which the students had to get alone with God and spend time in prayer, in the Word, or simply in silence for an entire two hours. For many of them this seemed outrageous but I was blessed to hear the feedback afterwards. One girl heard from God as her Good Father for the first time. One girl was led through the Scriptures to Biblical answers for a Jehovah’s Witness friend. Many of the students found that they were stretched but blessed by the extended time. Some fell asleep (I fell asleep when I did this as a seventh grader for 3 hours at a summer camp, so I feel them). 

During the camp several students were saved, others came to repentance and rededicated their lives to the Lord. Overall, it was an incredible experience and my heart is so full. 

Amazingly enough, at the end of the second camp I was feeling rested rather than wiped out! I am so excited to get back into the office this week and back into the swing of things as we plan some pastoral mission trips to Asia. 

Also, major praise report! I received my first donation as a missionary! Thank you so much for your prayers for me and for the ministry I am doing. I am so incredibly blessed to have a job that allows me to pour into high school and junior high students for nine days straight as well as missionaries from all over the world! 

What a good God we serve! Please continue to lift me up to Him in prayer.

Prayer Requests:

  • Continued financial provision 
  • God’s grace and wisdom in handling interpersonal relationships
  • That the students would continue to seek Him and that they would grow in their faith
  • That I would be diligent to seek and serve Him and be fully obedient in every area of my life
  • That God would reveal some “Next Steps” as I prayerfully consider going back to school for my teaching credential

Again, thank you so much for your prayers and support. I am so grateful for each one of you. 

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May God bless and keep you as you follow Him and love Him with your life!

Love,

Hope

Calvary School of Missions- Week 1: The Faithfulness of God

After only four days of the Calvary School of Missions, the Lord has been faithful to answer many of my prayers leading up to it. Before coming out to Mexico, I had known that going on outreaches was a part of what we would be doing down here, so I began to pray that the Lord would prepare the hearts of the people here in Mexico, as well as preparing the hearts of the School of Missions students, by allowing us to be bold enough to share Jesus. Let me say that today, Thursday, July 11th, God has answered those prayers and has added to the church a special lady! I came down here seeking to hear from God, and He has spoken. The Lord has allowed us to harvest, which is what I had asked Him for before coming. Seeing God answer this prayer gives me hope and confidence that He will continue answering my other prayers, which includes God showing me where He’s calling me to serve Him.

Today, our outreach was in the Rosarito dump. We prepared sandwiches in the morning so we could both physically and spiritually feed the people who work and live there. Those who work in the dump spend all day sorting through what the garbage trucks drop off, in order to collect things that they can sell, so that they may eat. As I was talking to the director of the ministry that we partnered with, I told him that I was surprised to find out that these weren’t government workers. I expressed to him that I guess that I still had an American mindset, and it was hard for me to believe that people actually go to the dump to “work.” His answer hit me with reality. He said, “Down here, if people don’t work, they don’t eat.” So we were given the privilege to go and be with these people, sharing God’s word with them, serving them food and eating with them, just like Jesus did when He came to earth to live with us. We got to be the hands and feet of Jesus! And through this outreach, we were able to see this special lady, who lives in the dump, profess faith in Jesus Christ, and accept Him as her Lord and Savior. What an awesome privilege it was for me to be there to celebrate with her, and to also be able to interpret the message that was taught, which helped her heart open up to Jesus. This was only the fourth day of my six weeks down here in Mexico! Praise be to God! Would you be willing to partner with me in furthering God’s kingdom? If so, pray for me, and consider joining me in this call that God has placed on my life of cross cultural missions.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for God to reveal where He wants me to go.

Pray that God would allow me to continue to grow in my knowledge of His word.

Pray that God would continue to provide the funds that I still need to raise.

Pray that He would continue to embolden our team to share the gospel and that we may continue to harvest wherever we go.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

For His glory,

Bryan

Interpreting for pastor Tim, while he shared the word with those who live in the dump.
This is when I was asking the director of the dump ministry questions, as we made our way to invite people over.
Some of the kids, who we served at the feeding kitchen, as our first day of outreach.

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