Restructuring and a Promotion – Thiemann Family Update September 2020

Restructuring SGWM


I have been a part of SGWM since 2004 and have been blessed to be the Director of SGWM since 2006. I have watched God take a small missions department and turn it into an international missions agency working in over 35 countries. For many years, our administrative staff consisted of just myself and maybe an assistant or two. It was overwhelming. However, after years of praying and years of growth, God has provided a fantastic support staff to help me run SGWM. However, there was a need to restructure and spread the overwhelming amount of administration and leadership needs. I found myself inundated and unable to keep up with all the needs. Over the past ten years, I have watched God birth 20 plus churches, three Bible colleges, a US-10/40 window Skype teaching program, and almost 30 national missionaries in the 10/40 window, along with nearly 65 US missionaries sent out through our organization, and a new summer school of missions and year-long internship program. It was too much for me to manage, which is a fantastic reality. Therefore, I approached the board with a plan to restructure our entire leadership and to open up three distinct departments with three individual directors overseeing them. The board was enthusiastic about this plan, to say the least. So I created a Director of International Relaships (10/40) and placed Heather Gaona as the director, a Director of the SGWM Missionary Sending Agency and placed Joel Garcia as the director, and a Director of our School of Missions and Internship (Missionary Training) and place Tim Papas as the director. As a result, the board promoted me to the Vice President of Saving Grace World Missions and commissioned me with the direct oversight of these three directors and departments. This change has brought in such a breath of fresh air to my life and ministry as these three individuals are stepping up and taking a much-needed leadership role. I truly believe that God will take SGWM to new heights and expand our reach even farther.

A New Year #done


SGWM successfully completed our second annual Calvary School of Missions (CSOM). It was touch-and-go with COVID and all of the lockdown restrictions, but the Lord opened up the door and we brought 12 students down to Mexico for a six-week intensive missionary training program. We also brought down a plethora of qualified and experienced missionaries to come and teach almost 150 hours worth of classes. They were also able to do over a dozen COVID food/supply relief outreaches to some of the most hurting and affected communities in Northern Baja. I was also able to travel down twice to teach and was even blessed to bring my whole family down.

Upon graduating from our CSOM, the students are offered one of our one-year internship openings. This internship program aims to give each student hands-on ministry experience in church planting and continue their biblical and missional education. The final goal is to launch them out to the mission field as qualified and trained full-time missionaries. In fact, one of our 2019 CSOM and last year’s internship program graduates is preparing to be sent out to the country of Jorden by next spring.

Thank You

I could go on and on with all the great things that God is doing. This only barely scratches the surface. This morning I met with our national directors in one country of the 10/40 window and the ministry there would blow your mind! We also have amazing things happing in Pakistan, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, South and Central America, and Africa. I am so thrilled that from my desk in Yorba Linda, CA, I get the privilege of impacting so many placed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you would like to connect with me or question what the Lord is doing through SGWM, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Lastly, please remember to pray for myself and my family. We have served as full-time US-based missionaries for fifteen years. In this, we do live off of missionary support. So if you are supporting us, I would like to say, “thank you” and remind you that you are a part of this ministry and all the fruit that is happening in and through my ministry here at SGWM accredited to your account in heaven. If you would like to support us, please click on the giving link below.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike

Thiemann Family Update – Our Time in Mexico

A brief Thiemann update from Mexico.Check out our latest update – http://sgwm.com/thiemannBecome a financial partner – http://sgwm.com/thiemann/ways-to-give/

Posted by Mike Thiemann on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Christian life is one of adventure. As we work together to advance the Gospel to the unreached, we will experience high-hights and low-lows. There are going to be victories and defeats along the way. There are going to be times when you want to quit and there are going to be times when you are pumped to run harder. In this season of hosting and facilitating the Calvary School of Missions and walking our twelve students through the Bible’s vision for evangelism that spreads from our hometowns to the farthest corners of the globe, it has been a season of excitement, passion, and potential. What a thrill to be used by the Lord!

Two nights ago, when Erin and I arrived in Mexico, we hosted a night of worship and a sharing time. I was able to share with the students that our time in the “sanctuary” (times of worship) are vital and essential, but do not make up the whole of the Christian life. Sadly, many Christians think that attending a church service and sitting in an afterglow is the Christian experience. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Christian life is to be lived out on the highways and byways. Our Christianity is to be put on display by loving God AND loving people (Matt. 22:35-40). In this, I was able to encourage the CSOM students, who are on their last week, to recognize that their time in the sanctuary (at the CSOM) is about to come to an end and that it is now time to put their hand to the plow and move out in Great Commission leadership.

I was able to travel down here three weeks ago with Pastor Joel Garica and I taught on the essence of the Great Commission – making disciples. Erin and Malachi were able to come down for a few days and serve alongside our staff and students. Erin was able to connect with all of our girls and lead worship. She was also able to catch up with some old friends down here in Rosarito. Side note, Erin was a part of the original team sent out by CCSG to plant Calvary Chapel Rosarito almost 19 years ago. During this trip, Erin and I were able to bring our three kids with us. They have had a blast hanging out with the students, and as I type this update, Malachi is out doing a COVID food relief distribution in a colony about 30 minutes away.

I want to say thank you for taking the time to read this brief update and hope the video was edifying. Please continue to pray for my family and me as we serve as State-side missionaries. If you would like to become a financial partner and help us spur on the Great Commission to completion, please click on the link below.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike

A Quick Video Update from Erin Thiemann

Here a little update from Mexico. Btw being in a video is not my favorite hahaha.

Posted by Erin Wood Thiemann on Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Erin and Kai on their way down to minister to/with our School of Missions students.

I was so blessed to travel down to Rosarito, Mexico this week to visit and minister with our Calvary School of Missions students and staff. Last year, SGWM launched a 6-week summer missions training program for young adults who feel called to missions. This summer marks our second year. The students and staff are having a fantastic time. I was also blessed to bring my son Malachi (13) with me. We were supposed to travel to Nepal this summer, but because of COVID, that got canceled. He has been a blessing to travel with and it has been a joy watching our male staff and students welcome him in and pour the Gospel into him.

Life and Ministry During the COVID Shutdown

To say that life has been calm over the past few months would be a full-blown lie. It has been insane! I have never been busier in life and ministry than during the COVID shutdown, and I am still playing catch-up. Missions didn’t stop during the COVID – it increased. Right at the beginning of the outbreak, I was able to organize our SGWM team and raise enough funds to host around 15 food & supply distributions all over the world (with dozens more to come). Despite the lockdown, the hope of the Gospel is still spreading locally and abroad through our ministry. It has been a privilege to serve the Lord in this capacity recently and over the past 15 years. I want to say thank you to all of my faithful prayer partners and financial supporters. Serving as a State-side missionary isn’t easy, but it is absolutely essential for all of our overseas missionaries. Below is a brief video-update. Please take a few minutes and watch it.

Malachi’s Final Update (Lord willing!)

Greetings Friends,

I wrestled a bit with writing this update, but I find it necessary and important to communicate. As you know, my son Malachi experienced what the neurologist classified as a severe traumatic brain injury. I can’t express the horror that came over me when I was sitting in the ER with my son and hearing a brain surgeon download to me the possibilities of what to expect. Praise God that Malachi didn’t take a turn for the worst and that God’s grace protected his brain! Erin and I were also overwhelmed with the hundreds of people (and that’s not an exaggeration) from all over the world who reached out to us to let us know that they were praying. I also got dozens upon dozens of messages from my pastor friends from all over the world letting me know that they are getting their congregations to pray. It was really remarkable, once Malachi was able to focus, to go over all of the text messages and phone calls with him. He was overwhelmed with the number of people that he never knew who were praying for him. It was a cool discipleship moment where I got to show him what the Body of Christ was supposed to look like.

It has now been three weeks since Malachi’s accident and he is doing well. The headaches are very mild and are becoming rarer. He can, little-by-little, start focusing on schoolwork without getting dizzy or coming down with a headache. He is still not out of the woods. He has another couple of months before the doctors release him to do any real type of physical activity. In the meantime, he still needs to be extremely cautious as even a mild head injury could be life-threatening. Also, and this is something you can pray for, he still hasn’t got his sense of smell back. Pray that this is not a permanent condition.

At Kaiser in Fontana. Kai slept for almost 3 days straight.

As parents, Erin and I are still in need of your prayer too. My anxiety level peaks each time he sneezes or if he plops down on a chair and comes close to bonking his head on a wall. Most nights, I wake up with flashbacks of seeing him lying in the middle of the street or hearing the ER doctor give me little to no hope or thinking that he was stroking out on me when he went limp in the shower. I know that on the outside, we appear normal. But on the inside, Erin and I are dealing with the uncertain realities of life. We also know that in the end, Malachi is still here and that he is doing exceptionally well. We also know and rejoice in the fact that God’s favor has been upon our family every moment.

We could also use your prayer and support as we navigate the future. Obviously, this accident was unexpected. But we are so grateful that we live in a place where I had Malachi in an ER 15 minutes after his accident, and then 10 minutes later, he was getting a CT scan. We are grateful that we had a fantastic team of pediatric neurologists and nurses available who monitored Malachi 24/7. We are also thankful for the medical insurance Calvary Chapel Saving Grace provides for my family and for the investment CCSG makes, along with my family, into a Health Savings Account that we were able to pull from during this emergency. God’s favor is so overwhelming! We also wanted to let you know how grateful we are for you and your prayers and for all those people who brought us food and coffee.

Kai’s 13th birthday was on January 11th

Lastly, I wanted to put one more need out to you all. Our insurance covered a tremendous amount of Malachi’s medical bills (over $13K). However, we have been left with a $4,000 medical bill that is due at the beginning of February. The actual out-of-pocket expenses were $6,000, but we have already paid $2,000. We also still have some money in our HSA to cover most of the remaining bills, which will completely drain the account and we’ll still owe over $1,000. Plus, next week, he has another appointment with the neurologist and probably another CT scan, which will be an additional (estimated) $1,500 out-of-pocket.

As you know, for the past 15 years we have served as stateside missionaries and half of our income is from missionary support. It is always a humbling thing as a missionary to be exposed and vulnerable like this. But again, I know that my family and friends, and the broader Body of Christ, want to know and be equipped to pray and support. If you would like to donate, please click on the button below.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike & Family

What God did in 2019!

Greetings Everyone,

I am humbled as I reflect back on 2019. God did amazing things. If you had asked me last January if I would be where I am at today, I would not believe you. God moved in such radical ways! I covered a few of them in the video. Still, I would like to say that it was a year of miracles and recognize God for ALL of the fantastic things he did in me, through me, and in and through my family.

It was also a year where God ministered deeply to my heart that I am exactly where He wants me to be. I’ve had the privilege of leading SGWM for almost fifteen years and I am watching God explode all of our ministries all over the world. The phrase – “don’t despise the days of small beginnings” is a common echo in my mind. I think back to the days in South Asia where we were meeting with four guys in a room smaller than my office. Today, we have four Bible college campuses and dozens of church plants in that region alone. Furthermore, God has birthed a training program through SGWM that I have been praying for for years. God is on the move and is bringing His name glory among the nations and it is a thrill to be apart of His plan.

Lastly, as I mentioned in the video, I graduated last year from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. I also finished my first semester of my Master’s degree in the same field. Lord willing, I will finish this degree in about a year and a half and I am already scoping out a Ph.D. program.

It has indeed been a blessing to serve the Lord in this capacity for the past 15 years. I never thought I would be where I am at. God’s plans were radically different than my own. But I would have it no other way! I thank you for your years of faithful prayers and financial support, and I hope that you can see the radical fruit that is abounding towards your eternal reward. I would love to share with you in more detail of all the things that the Lord has done/is doing. If you would like to meet up, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me. I would be thrilled!

God Bless,
Pastor Mike

Massey Family May 2019 Update


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up.”___ Galatians 6:9

Greetings from Pakistan! We hope and pray for all of you to be fine and happy. The summer has started here, and it’s difficult time for most of the people  around us, specially the brick makers and other people who live under the poverty line, a life without basic needs. The power outage makes the life miserable in this time of the year, many diseases breakout, but we praise God that we and all people in our church are fine. Lord is opening doors for us to reach more people in different areas and in this update we want to share with you about that:

Call from Desert


81 Years Old Man visits us from desert area to seek help. We gave him an Audio Bibles.

For a few months, the Lord has been putting on our mind and heart the south part of our province. That is very poor area and the large majority lives without basic needs, mainly clean water to drink. As we started praying about that part of the province, we have been contacted by three different men so far who are serving in that area. They are mainly working among Christians and some Hindu tribes. They reached us because of the Free Literature of World Missionary Press that Calvary Chapel distributes in the country. They need Urdu Bibles; they need to be reached and taught. Because of the poverty, the children are not sent to schools. There are many health issues and and many other along with one major problem of lack of drinking water.

Right now I don’t know how we can start reaching and ministering to these people. We have Audio Bibles provided by “Faith Comes by Hearing” and we are sending some to these people in that area. We have put prayer requests for 100 Urdu Bibles on our facebook Prayer Group page. Please pray for these people; help us know if there are possibilities to help these people in other ways other than just providing them Bibles. We are praying to support some of the men working in that area to work effectively and properly. Please keep the need and these people in your prayers. Please share the need with friends and family who can co-labor with us in any possible way in this geographically and spiritually deserted area.

Calvary Foundation Youth Fellowship

This is our group of young people; we have weekly meeting and “Discipleship Class” with them. Every Saturday we meet at my home and we are training these young ones to grow in the understanding of the Word of God. There is a “Born Blind” guy named Saqib, he comes and teaches children music. He even leads worship at our both Sunday meetings. We have people like Honey Manzoor who is willing to come and teach at some Saturdays along with me. We have some movie days with these people where we watch the movies on lives of different missionaries. Last Sunday we watched a movie on the life of William Carey.

This fellowship was stopped for a time but praise God that we are meeting again and are able to invest our time, energy and the Word of God into the lives of these young men and women to help them grow as confident Christians. We are praying for some of these to become missionaries and reach other areas with the Word of God. As Lord allows, we reach more and more young people with the Word challenging them to study it and lead their lives as witness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Another Church Planted

We have planted church at two places, one is in the town, one outside the town in a village. 

We have morning service in the city and evening service in the villages. Besides this, we have Friday Fellowship with the brick makers; we have a regular church service with them. Recently we came across a group of people in a village that was abandoned by Roman Catholic church. They have a small place for prayer and worship but were totally unreached for being very poor and not able to give much to the ministers pastors reaching them.

We have adopted these people as our brothers and sisters in Christ and after our meeting with Brick Makers in the morning of every  Friday, we are reaching this group in the afternoon of Fridays. Most of the people in this group are also brick makers. They have so many educational and health problems, we are currently able to fulfill their spiritual need only. Please pray for their other needs also and if you know people and some organizations or church projects that are interested to serve in Education and Health fields, please share with them about these precious people. 

Thank you very much for your faithful prayer support, your love and encouragement for us in so many different and wonderful ways.

We love you, God bless you and your family!

In Christ Jesus,
The Massey Family

Gause Family April 2019 Update

Ministering to the People

We think about serving the Lord, our thoughts often turn to what we can accomplish or what work needs to be done.  This is definitely a part of ministry, but it is the people that we minister to that are the objective within ministry. I was reminded of this throughout the month of March as our family was blessed to minister alongside other churches while serving those who have great need.  

We were blessed to help out at a medical brigade in early March.  We went to downtown Tijuana and ministered to the homeless while others attended to their medical needs.  My good friend Gil Garcia brought some brothers and sisters from Calvary Chapel Rosedale to serve alongside us.  The body of Christ was able to meet the needs of more than 500 people, truly a blessing.

In late March Calvary Chapel Buhl brought 20 youth and 10 adults to come and serve for a week here in Playas, Tijuana.  This was an incredible group of youth as they were bold through evangelism and effective in outreach. They performed a biblical drama at a public school, shared the Jesus film and drama in local colonias, served people at the Tijuana dump and ministered to families in tent city, did construction at a nearby church plant and ministered to our body of believers as well.  The objective to minister to the hearts of the lost as well as the saved were met, through God’s provision, for God’s glory.

Our family is doing well. The Lord is so faithful to provide, He seems to know just what we need, when we need it. Ryan has enjoyed building relationships with people at the local parks through the handball/racketball ministry and local rehabs. Karen stays busy with homeschooling the kids and being involved with women’s ministry. The kids have been able to visit Bible colleges, participate in the SoCal Harvest Crusade, and build homes for people in Tijuana and Rosarito these past few months. Jamie is excited to work at a local health food cafe in Playas. Brian is almost ready to graduate and is working at a produce store started by a couple from church, their heart is to share the love of Christ to the community in Playas. R.J is busy with basketball, and soccer. Mackenzie is a diligent student and has volunteered to do children’s ministry for the school of ministry at church. We are a blessed family to be supported by such a great group of brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much as you serve the Lord through your physical and spiritual support of the Gause family, serving the Lord in Mexico. 

Thank you for your prayers and faithful support!

Blessings from the Gause family,
Ryan, Karen, Jamie, Brian, Ryan, and Mackenzie serving Jesus in Tijuana, Mexico.

Church Planting in the Middle East & a Tour of the Holy Land

Greetings,

Almost fifteen years ago, God called me to be a leader within a church planting movement and for the past fifteen years, I have been at the helm as the Director of Saving Grace World Missions. The years have proven to be radically fruitful and the Lord has moved in ways that are beyond comprehension. The Lord has used me to be involved in facilitating church planting in Africa, Europe, Asia, South and Central America, and Australia. It has been a thrill! In fact, over the past few years, I have seen over 35 churches planted in Mexico, Africa, and Asia. However, ever since I was a teenager, my heart was burdened for the middle east and the Muslim world. It’s the part of the world that is the hardest to penetrate both practically and spiritually.

Over the past few years, as I have been praying for the Muslim world, I have seen the Lord start to move some people into my sphere that feel the call to go to and preach the Gospel in the Middle East. After a lot of prayer and planning with these individuals, the Lord has lead us to take a vision tour to the Middle East (I am being intentionally vague on the location due to the sensitive nature of the area).

What is a vision tour? Well, it is similar to when Moses sent the spies to scout out the Promised Land. It is a reconnaissance mission where we focus on gathering information, meeting with key individuals, and spending a lot of time in prayer. The information gleaned from this trip will help us develop a plan of action for both the SGWM home office and the individuals that feel called to go and serve in this land. I will be traveling over with the rest of the team at the end of this month (March).

Next, I am overjoyed that I get to be a part of a joint Israel tour with a few different Calvary Chapels. After we finish the vision tour, I will head over to Israel to join the Israel tour. This will be my first time in Israel! I have been serving in full-time pastoral ministry for fifteen years and teach the Bible multiple times a week. This tour will prove to be invaluable in my pursuit of biblical education. It will make me a better Bible teacher. It is also positioned in the middle of finishing my BA in Biblical and Theological studies and the start of my MDiv program beginning in the Fall. Needless to say, I am incredibly excited about this trip.

Like all travel, these trips cost a lot of money. I want to ask that you prayerfully consider posting a one-time donation to help cover the cost of these trips. All missionary support is tax deductible, and you can access my missionary giving link through my missionary blog on SGWM.com or clicking the link below. Lastly, like our missionaries serving overseas and living off of support, I am a missionary serving here State side and living off of support. If you value the vision I have put forth in leading the charge in church planting all over the world, would you consider becoming a monthly financial partner? You can do that by clicking on the same link below.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike

God is on the Move in the Jungle​s of Brazil

Our time in Brazil has come to an end. In just a few hours we will head out to the airport to begin our long journey home. We are all very eager to get back and see our families after this 18-day trip. Brazil is an amazing and multifaceted country with enormous diversity and a range of hurdles when it comes to Church planting. In the midst of this monumental task, the Miller’s have been called to a church planting ministry amongst the Apurinã people who reside deep in the interior of the Amazon Jungle.

We arrived in Manaus on Tuesday, February 5th. After spending a day in the city getting organized and prepared for our week in the jungle, we headed out on a two-hour bus ride followed by a 10-11 hour speed boat ride up the river and into the heart of the Amazon jungle. This is my second time in the Amazon. Twenty years ago, on a senior mission trip, I was in the jungles of Equador. It was there that God confirmed my calling to full-time ministry and missions. Over the past twenty years, I have never looked back nor have I regretted stepping out in faith and obedience to God’s call on my life. Being back in the jungle twenty years later was a thrill. Words cannot describe, nor do pictures tell the full story of how breathtaking and incredibly beautiful it is. Also, as I sat on the end of our boat in the middle of a seven-mile-wide river, with impenetrable jungle on either side, I was taken back by the immensity of this land. People say that when you see the Grand Canyon, it doesn’t disappoint. I imagine that is the same when you see the vastness of this place.

After we arrived in the Apurinã village and unpacked, we headed house to house to great each of the 50 (ish) families in the village. They are such a beautiful and precious people. However, they live in the middle of an extremely difficult and hostile place. The jungle is oppressive on many levels. The heat and humidity alone are enough to drive anyone to their breaking point. Pile on the millions of bugs that want a drink of your blood, the poisonous snakes and spiders, and the cultural and language gulf that lies between the American missionary and the Apurinã people, the task becomes unmanageable. However, the Miller’s have counted the cost, learned the language, and have made the village their home away from home. It was a privilege seeing their family adapt right into the village life and to see their deep love for the people and the people’s love for them. God is truly using them to further the Gospel amongst these people.

In the main Apurinã village, there is a church plant already established and a solid leadership getting raised up. God has even raised up a few Apurinã missionaries that they will be sending out to establish Bible teaching churches in other Apurinã villages. During our time in the village, we were able to hose nightly Bible studies where most of the village showed up hungry for the Word of God. It is clear that God is doing some radical things amongst these people and has a vast ministry call on their lives to reach farther into the jungle.

I could go on and on with all kinds of incredible stories, but I will end it here. I want to thank you all for your prayers and faithful support over the years which has set me free in my calling to minister to missionaries, to help lead the charge, and to facilitate church planting all over the world. As I head home from this trip, I am overwhelmed at all that the Lord has allowed me to be involved in and I am looking forward to heading to the Middle East in two months on a church planting vision tour amongst the Muslim world. Stay tuned!

If you are a current financial partner, I would like to say thank you! If you would like to get behind the ministry that God has called me to, please click the link below.

God Bless,
Pastor Mike