Nepal Video Update #4

Pastor Trent Douglass, Pastor Brent Kaser and the other pastors have been in Nepal for about a week now assessing the needs and developing a plan on how we can best serve the Nepali people in order to bring them relief and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please watch the video and don’t forget to pray and donate!

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Nepal Video Update #3 – Pastor Trent

Pastor Trent Douglass, Pastor Brent Kaser and the other pastors have been in Nepal for about a week now assessing the needs and developing a plan on how we can best serve the Nepali people in order to bring them relief and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please watch the video and don’t forget to pray and donate!

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Nepal Video Update #2

Pastor Trent Douglass, Pastor Brent Kaser and the other pastors have been in Nepal for a few days assessing the needs and developing a plan on how we can best serve the Nepali people in order to bring them relief and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please watch the video and don’t forget to pray and donate!

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Distributing Food to those in Need

11165238_1053828497966846_1719704331757760037_nOur team is working hard to bring relief and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Nepali people in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. Here is a brief note and picture from Jena & Aaron Garcia –

Went to Jorkha Karadari village today and distributed food to those in need. Please continue to be praying for those who were affected by the earthquake.  Thank you so much for your donations through Promise Child that contributes to Nepal relief efforts.”

God Bless,
Arron & Jena

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Donation Information

Relief funds have been set up through Saving Grace World Missions and Promise Child Ministries. 100% of all donations will go directly to the relief effort in Nepal.

We have a team stateside that you can contact with any questions or for additional information.

Logistical Questions
Pastor Bond and Heather Gaona, Calvary Chapel Kathmandu, Calvary Chapel Bible College Nepal, SGWM
bond@sgwm.com

Financial Questions
Jack Fletcher,  Accountant, Saving Grace World Missions
714-993-4801
jackfletcher@calvarychapel.com

We believe that God has placed us in Nepal for such a time as this. To Him be the glory!

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Chemo is done, what is normal now?

What is normal anymore, these days? That’s the question I find myself asking lately. Cancer was the norm for awhile and then it was chemo. And now it is remission. But what does any of that mean anyways, in the grand scheme of life? Either way I still have to trust in the Lord with all of my heart, repent of trying to understand everything on my own, lay my concerns at the foot of His throne and rest in the promise that all of this will work out for our good in the end spite of what we are going through in the moment. And the thing I keep coming back to is how is that any different from the rest of the saints on planet earth?

I know that nearly every experience is different in some way from the others. But in the end isn’t the purpose still the same? Haven’t we all been called to suffer in this life as believers, to worship in adversity, trust in uncertainty and grow in the midst of our difficulty, as we are daily conformed to the image of Christ through the inward work of the Holy Spirit? So I guess what I am saying is, even though we have been blessed to pass through this particular valley is there not another one already waiting somewhere around the corner, to sanctify us a little bit more and solidify our restful dependence on the One who saved us? I think the answer you will agree is, Yes. Yes there is.

After all we were not saved to be comfortable here, but to rely upon and reflect the One who saved us & gave His life for us to bring us into deeper fellowship with the One who sent Him to restore the life of every man woman and child that would believe in His name. And what better way to do that for a sinful selfish individual than in the crucible of hardship and affliction. So while I am grateful for words like remission and transition, I am also cautious, not necessarily fearful of calamity, but weary of my propensity to avoid it at all costs.I do not want to be the person I was before our family went through this hardship. I do not want to grow stagnate in the belief that our own personal comfort and safety from illness and death is really a benefit, and the sole reason for God saving us.

I want to move forward in the reality that we are all pilgrims, as believers, called from the grave of sin and death to live lives of conformity to the will of the One who knew us and created us for Himself, when we were nothing but wretched and self-serving from the womb. And I guess I am sharing that with you so that you will join with us in sharing this same grandiose purpose. I want our journey as a Christian family to continue with or without the threat of death as a testimony to the faithfulness of God and His enduring grace. No matter what happens next, I want others to look at our lives and the sufficiency of Christ in them and say glory to the living God who was and is and is to come. Regardless of what difficulty or prosperity we may experience in the weeks and months ahead I want our lives to always only bear witness to Him and bring Him glory.

And I am sure you feel the same.

Now as for Cindy’s health:

She is currently in recovery having just recently finished her last & final round of chemo last month. This means she is finally in remission. Praise the LORD! However because she was stage IV there is still a high probability of recurrence. So her Dr. said we shouldn’t celebrate until after she has cleared the five year mark of being cancer free.

Unfortunately her body still aches a lot these days and it’s very difficult for her to get up and do “normal” things. So her Dr. has also recommended that she take it very slow for the time being. That means she won’t be able to take care of our children on her own just yet, at least not for the next few months anyway.

And in addition to this some of the side effects may also be permanent, like the bottom of her feet being numb (neuropathy), joint pain,..etc. But only time will tell. Her lungs are still continuing to heal as well.Her lung Dr. is hopeful that the damage is only short term and will subside with time. She still gets winded if she talks for long periods of time, or after going up & down the stairs (we live in a two story) or even when she tries to sing a worship song. So she needs to take it easy.

And these are only just a few of the challenges that lay before us in this season of transition.

A few basic prayer requests for our family would be:

  • For Cindy’s continual emotional physical & spiritual well-being in this new transitional period
  • For Chris & Cindy as they re-adjust to married life together (those who’ve been here understand)
  • For the children’s continued health
  • For wisdom to handle the normal challenges and changes of life in light of everything (Josiah preparing for school & Noah’s development for example)
  • For financial assistance and availability for the nanny situation (at least till may or early June)
  • And finally that God would direct us as a family in this next phase of our lives, that we would submit to Him & follow HIS leading, without getting ahead of Him.

 

Thank you, all of you, for your continued prayer and support. It goes without saying that something like what we have all just gone through (and truthfully still are) will inevitably change you. And the one thing for me that has definitely changed is my growing appreciation for a godly supportive community. You have been my family’s family through the greatest trial of its existence. And I want you to all know that we are both so thankful for you.

Lord bless each and everyone of you as you deepen in your own understanding of  the sufficiency of Christ in whatever place you find yourselves in this life.

Sincerely,

The Broniste Family

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Arista Family now partnering with SGWM

Hi, we hope you are doing well and we thank you for taking time to read our latest news! This is just a quick update on what God is doing in our lives.
It’s been about a month and a half since we arrived in Costa Rica and have been directing the Bible College here. We got here just after their rainy season ended and summer began so it’s pretty warm right now, but all the scenery is really green and beautiful! For the most part the people look and speak the same as in Mexico which makes it easy to forget at times that we’re not in Rosarito anymore. However, one of the big differences that we have noticed is the food which is tasty, but with 0% spiciness! It took us about 2 weeks of asking around until we found somewhere that sold Jalapeños.☺ Little by little we’re finding our way in this small town and getting used to some changes.
As for the Bible College, we have a really awesome group of 7 students, (6 international and 1 national). We’re almost half way through the semester and it’s crazy how fast the weeks are going by. Among other classes taught here, Chris has been teaching Hebrews, Outreach Spanish, and Sunday Evening Chapel. There is a local Calvary Chapel church plant that we attend and we have extended an invitation to the church body to come and be a part of a weekly translated class as well and Sunday night Chapels. It’s been a blessing for us to see these locals come and connect with our students here and grow alongside them. Our heart is to see more national students as well as internationals come and be equipped! The emphasis of this Bible College is missions so it’s been great to see how we can use our past experiences serving in Missions and different gifts to help teach, train, and equip the students for ministry.
As for us personally, we’re so grateful so see God’s faithfulness and attentions to every detail of our lives! Before coming here we weren’t too sure on all the details for the baby to be born in Costa Rica but we trusted that God would lead us. Since we’ve been here we’ve see Him working everything out and also filling us with His peace in every step we take. We’re both really excited and nervous at the same time as we wait for him to be born in just a month and a half!
Lastly, we wanted to update you briefly on our decision to join Saving Grace World Missions Organization. This has been something that we’ve prayed about for some time now and feel is a great benefit for us as Missionaries.
As you remember us please keep the following in prayer; Godly wisdom in decision making, Spiritual growth for the students and us, continued health for our baby and an easy delivery, monthly financial support for our family.

Blessings!
Chris and Rachel

2015 Missions Conference

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January 5-9, 2015

Join us for the 2015 Calvary Chapel Missions Conference in Murrieta Hot Springs, CA. We are looking forward to what the Lord will do this year and how we can grow in being a “Good & Faithful Servant.” Take a look around the website for information on speakers, schedule, the conference location, activities for you and your family in the area, and so much more. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.
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A Church Planting Vision Tour

Greetings from Mexico,

Our family hopes that you and yours had a blessed Christmas and a fun and restful New Year! Our first update of 2015 is going to focus on what I call a Church Planting Vision Tour. A church planting vision tour is a trip to a foreign city that has been identified as a possible destination for a future church plant. While visiting the city, a future church planter and the mentoring pastor (me) pray over the land, assess the spiritual condition of the city, and scout out possible locations for a future church plant. Over the years, I have had a number of opportunities to take church planting vision tours with our church planters, and I wanted to tell you about my most recent one.

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In November, I traveled with my good friend Hugo Limon to visit his hometown of Culiacan Sinaloa for a church planting vision tour. Culiacan is the largest city of the Coastal Mexican state of Sinaloa. Unfortunately, the state of Sinaloa has become best known as the home of the violent Sinaloa drug cartel, but my visit there showed me that this state is full of potential and in dire need of the Gospel .

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My friend Hugo was born and raised in the state capital of Culiacan and most of his family and friends still live there. But before I talk about our vision tour to Culiacan, I want to tell you a little bit about this amazing family.

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Hugo, and his wife Brenda (along with their young daughter Joy) had many years serving together in the ministry before they started attending our church. From the moment that I met them, I knew that this was the kind of dynamic and gifted young couple that I would love to have serving by my side here in Rosarito forever.

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But I have also learned that with this unique calling of church planting that God has given us, I often have these special people with me only for a short season. God brings them to me to train them up and then send them out to do what God has called them to do.

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After attending our church for a short time, Hugo attended one of our church planting conferences and he then approached me about his desire to plant a church in his hometown of Culiacan. After talking with him, I recommended that Hugo enroll in our 1 year church planting program which he did, and he has excelled in this class.

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Over that time, Hugo and I have become good friends, and after hearing so much about Culiacan we happily planned out a church planting vision tour together. In November, we were finally able to travel together to Culiacan to scout out the land. I enjoyed 3 amazing days there praying, seeking the Lord, (and eating J ) and getting to meet Hugo’s many family and friends that live there.

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As we traveled around this historic city, I saw God’s calling on Hugo’s life and also the favor that he enjoys with the local people. So after much prayer and counsel, we are happy to announce that Hugo and his family are planning to move to Culiacan sometime in mid to late 2015 to plant their church. Please keep this wonderful family and their future church plant in your prayers.

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Finally, I can’t finish up a letter without once again thanking you for partnering with our family. 2014 was a fruitful year for our family and ministry, and we couldn’t have done any of it without your love, prayers, and support. It is through your prayers that we are strengthened spiritually, and it is through your financial partnership that God provides for our needs. We are honored to serve as your missionaries.

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Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)

Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray that God would bless the Limon family as they prepare to move to Culiacan and plant the church in 2015
  2. Please pray that God would continue to bring us new families that are called to go out and plant churches!
  3. Please pray that God would provide for the needs of our family. (support details below)

For our personal support, checks should be made out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Vincent support” in the memo section. For special projects, checks should also be made out to Saving Grace World Missions or SGWM, with the project name in the comments section. Use the enclosed envelope or mail directly to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873

 

For your convenience, you may consider giving through electronic funds transfer or direct deposit. Simply go to our mission’s website, or insert this web address into your web browser, www.sgwm.com/wp2010/ministries/calvary-chapel-rosarito/ Next, click on the “become a financial partner” button and fill out the information. If you want your gift to go to support our family, please write “Vincent” in the “purpose of gift” section.