One of the Youngest and One of the First

Jenn and I want to start out this month’s newsletter by saying that we are extremely grateful to still be here serving the Lord at Saving Grace World Missions. We posted last month in our newsletter that our support has gotten so low we had to stop payroll; we are still extremely short in our monthly income but by Gods grace and through much prayer of yours, ours, and many others God has made it evidently clear that we are to stay on the field, that we cannot leave our post. Missionaries must be cared for!! Serving as a stateside Missionary and being 100% dependent upon the Lord moving the hearts of financial partners has definitely been a challenge, but only for us, not for Him. Thank you so much to those of you who have heard the Lord’s voice and decided to partner with us to enable us to continue serving missionaries all around the world. We are still at quite a deficit to meet our monthly needs, however, I’m confident the Lord will provide.

I mentioned last month that we would tell more about the Calvary School of Missions (CSOM) and the absolutely incredible opportunity to serve that has unfolded in front of us. For the second year in a row, I (Tim) have had the opportunity to coordinate and oversee the Calvary School of Missions. This has led to a re-definition of my job description and an even deeper level of missionary care. I am officially now the Director of Missionary Equipping for Saving Grace World Missions. Part of my heart was torn because I truly still stand on the fact that Missionary care is the calling that God has upon my life, through prayer and seeking the Lord in His Word, I’ve been assured that I will still be caring for missionaries on the field as well as caring for those on their way to the field. This has taken missionary care in a direction I never even thought of but it’s just like our God to do exceedingly abundantly above what we can ask or think. Way too much is happening to write about in an update letter so I would invite you to contact me so we can sit down for a cup of coffee or have a conversation over the phone. I can’t wait to share more of all the Lord is doing.

CSOM Ministering at Indian Reservation

Students in Roof Top prayer seeking God  

One of the Youngest

 She is a 16-year-old who joined us for CSOM 2020.  Each one of the students is incredibly special in their own way but I want to highlight a few of them as I catch you all up on what has happened over the summer. This young lady came to us on her own accord with her own money saying “the Lord has called me to missions.” Before you get overly concerned she has two loving parents whom I’ve spoken to and prayed with on several occasions, they are 100% behind her and us and are confirming the clear call upon her life. So she arrives from another country to California and journeys with us to Mexico for a six week school where the fire in her eyes and conviction in her heart just grew stronger. This young lady will be completing high school at the end of this year, her parents along with her and the pastors here at Saving Grace World Missions will be seeking the Lord on how to best equip her for the work she is called to. 

One of the First

Let me tell you of one of the first, he is a young man who went to CSOM 2019. It has been my joy to be a part of his discipleship and training here in the intern program. I love being able to have a front row seat to see what the Lord is doing in this sharp young man’s life. He definitely has a clear call of pastoring and in a couple months will be going to a Middle Eastern country where he can learn language and culture in steps towards reaching the 10/40 window with the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

These are two extremely short stories of students who have come to the Calvary School of Missions and there are many more like them. Young men and women who understand the importance of the furtherance of the gospel to a lost and dying world. Men and women who are willing to be trained up, equipped, and sent. Thank you for partnering with us and helping us to stay engaged in the great commission. Together we are doing the work. John Piper once wrote “Go, Send, or Disobey.”  I love that statement because the reality is that those are our three choices. Not all of us can get on an airplane and head to faraway lands but we can all be a part of equipping and sending those who can. Thank you for partnering with us, without your support we cannot continue in this ministry. We realize we need to depend upon God, but we have yet to see him drop a bag of money out of the sky. He always uses others to financially assist. If the Lord leads you to partner with us financially or increase your already generous support you can do so by clicking here to become a financial partner or mailing your support check to
Saving Grace World Missions

17451 Bastanchury Rd., Ste.203 Yorba Linda, CA 62886


*Note Pappas support in memo

All for His Glory, 

Tim and Jenn Pappas

Greater Heights, Deeper Trust

2020 CSOM 

I found myself in a place I never thought I would be, directing the Calvary School of Missions for the second year in a row. God has a way of doing exceedingly abundantly beyond what we ask or think and He has a way of getting His will accomplished that, quite frankly, blows my mind. Year two of CSOM went incredibly well but it wasn’t without challenge, sacrifice, and hard work. Jenn and I have both realized something in life: challenges, hard work, and sacrifice are good for us and this year was no exception. 

We want to thank you all for your prayers, love, emotional support, and even financial backing as we stepped out this year to join 12 students in exploring the call God has on their lives for the furtherance of the gospel around the world. We were joined by teachers, leaders, and missionaries who have served all around the world. One of the highlights was watching the lights come on and the truths of God’s word come to life for the students as the teachers taught over 150 hours worth of the lessons they learned from serving our Lord in foreign countries and the truths of God’s word that held them strong and fueled their ministries.

Church planters Mike and Sarah Vincent sharing their experience, strength, and hope

Another one of the highlights came in the form of what I call a double blessing. As I navigated putting together outreaches amidst a world pandemic we realized the focus quickly needed to shift to COVID relief. We did some street witnessing, worked at some local churches, and even helped Calvary Chapel Rosarito at their church planting conference but the main focus of the majority of outreach was food distribution. Of course as we did that we took opportunity for prayer and sharing the gospel with the communities.

The double blessing was first of all having the open door to go into communities and share the word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ, and second, meeting the physical needs through the generous donations of those who had contributed to Calvary Chapel Saving Grace’s COVID relief fund. Outreach this year was so different from last year but then again everything is during this time we are living in. One thing was the same, Jesus Christ! He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore and we have great hope in Him that we share with the rest of the world. 

So much happened in six weeks that our focus for the next few updates will be to continue sharing about this summer and the Calvary School of Missions. Of course we will also let you know what’s going on in our personal lives and ministry here at saving Grace World Missions. Speaking of that, I hate to end such a positive update on a low note but Jenn and I have a personal need that I’ve come to realize we owe it to you all to share. My (Tim’s) income here at Saving Grace World Missions is 100% supporter funded, this is a fact that I don’t share with many people. I am grateful beyond belief for those the Lord has provided to partner with Jenn and I but my financial support has dropped so low I have had to discontinue my payroll here. As much as I really don’t want to, I’ve come to understand I need to ask for help. We need help, we need financial supporters, people who are able and willing to partner with us in the work the Lord is doing through us at Saving Grace World Missions. If the Lord leads you to partner with us financially, or increase your already generous support you can do so by clicking here to become a financial partner or mailing your support check to
Saving Grace World Missions

17451 Bastanchury Rd., Ste.203 Yorba Linda, CA 62886


*Note Pappas support in memo

All for His Glory, 

Tim and Jenn Pappas

The Gospel Must Go Forth

I am so grateful that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not on lockdown. In a crazy world and crazy times we have a future and a hope. The future and that hope is based in the salvation of our souls and the reconciliation to God through the cross of Jesus Christ. Faith in his shed blood for the forgiveness of our sins is the only hope for mankind. Therefore the gospel must go forth. The gospel is not on lockdown. God won’t be masked, God won’t be muzzled, God won’t be toppled like some statue.

He wants to use us to do this. He wants to do it in His timing in His way. That is exactly why I am setting out to direct CSOM 2020. Calvary School of Missions year two.

CSOM 2019

I will admit last year, 2019, when we launched the pilot program CSOM there were many including myself at times who thought it was a crazy idea that could not be done. I will also admit I was wrong and they were wrong. The Lord had placed CSOM on the hearts of leadership here at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace and the Lord is never wrong. Last year he worked in amazing ways in all of our lives; the young students as well as leaders and teachers. On top of the “in the moment experience,” there has been much long-lasting fruit from last year’s school.

We currently have five young interns from CSOM 2019 who have been trained up in the school as well as a year-long intern program I was able to lead bringing them to the place they are today, poised and ready to go to the nations. They have locations they are going and are in the final stages of preparing to go to bring the nations the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will be working in the 10/40 window amongst the most unreached of the world and we were blown away to have had a front-row seat to see what the Lord is doing in and through them in the CSOM.

Even though it looks way crazier than last year, Jenn and I are expecting CSOM 2020 to be equally incredible and fruitful. One of the main differences in our lives is that we are married and although last year she was of great support, this year she is all in. I’m so grateful she will be able to be on the trip this year and I’m so grateful for the many ways she partners with me in ministry. I will be gone for six weeks of which Jenn only gets to be with me for 10 days due to our need for her to still work. Jenn has partnered with me in so many ways preparing for this school, please pray for us as we will be apart for an extended period for the first time. She is a fantastic partner on the field and even though being apart from each other will be difficult we are totally convinced that pouring into future missionaries to send around the world is worth the hardship.

We appreciate your prayers and are so grateful for you who have already joined us in this area. If the Lord leads you to partner with us financially or increase your already generous support, you can do so by clicking here to become a financial partner or by mailing your support check to

Saving Grace World Missions

17451 Bastanchury Rd., Ste.203

Yorba Linda, CA 62886

*Note Pappas support in memo

All for His Glory,
Tim and Jenn Pappas

Expanding Horizons

Funny thing about horizons… They have a way of continuing to expand.

This year has gotten off to a great start. Jenn and I were able to attend the Calvery Chapel missions conference which is always been a great treat for me. To be able to share it with my bride and ministry partner this year was like having my cake and eating it too. Being able to see old friends and meet new ones from all around the world really helped re-solidify the calling God has upon our lives. The feedback that I’ve gotten from every missionary I’ve talked to is that the ministry God has given us is so important. Some of them with tear-filled eyes tried to express their joy and gratitude for someone to care for them in the way the Lord has led us to do. Missionaries need care, missionaries are not super-spiritual Christian all-stars. Missionaries are normal people with normal hurts, fears, and issues. To let them know they are not forgotten and minister to them in every and any way that we can is our great passion and a God-given gift to us.

Another one of the multi-faceted ways we have been able to care for missionaries so far this year was in the assembling of a team to help process year-end tax statements of donations. As we folded letters, stuffed and sealed envelopes, stamped, and delivered them to the post office, I was reminded of God’s great faithfulness and provision for His missionaries and our privilege to care for them in this way.

There was so much more that could be shared about this month. Just to mention a few, the sending of more than 15 people to the mission field, leading a trip to Mexico to deliver furniture to a special-needs orphanage there, and being able to teach Chapel three times in South Asia.

Praise Report:

Praise God that Tim now has really good health insurance for only $160 a month. We are so grateful for that, however, we are seeking assistance to help cover that cost. We are also in need of financial assistance to cover the costs of providing care for missionaries. If you would like to partner with us in this, your support through prayer and finances would be greatly appreciated. We are still in need of people who wish to partner with us. 

We are most appreciative of you who have already joined us in this area, and we are grateful that we have reached 1/2 of our monthly support needs. If the Lord leads you to join us financially, you can do so by clicking here to become a financial partner or by mailing your support check to:

Saving Grace World Missions

17451 Bastanchury Rd, Ste 203

Yorba Linda, CA 92886

*Note Pappas support in memo

All for His Glory,
Tim and Jenn Pappas

A Very Different Season

Many of you maybe wondering what has gone on since the 2019 Calvary School of Missions where I was fortunate to be able to lead the on-ground operations of the missions training school launched by Saving Grace World Missions. I do have to confess since then it has been quite an interesting season.

For a period of that time, quite frankly, I was asking myself what am I doing here?
This was the question, this has been the struggle. As I have returned to work here in the SGWM (Saving Grace World Missions) home office, fulfilling my duties as the Assistant Director as well as my role as associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace, I’ve asked myself a lot of questions. What am I doing here, why am I sitting in hours of meetings, why am I answering phones, why am I chasing emails, why am I dealing with traffic? Why, why, why? Well, a few answers became clear to me.
First of all because this is what God has called me to for this season. Even though my heart longs to be in the field and to be in the lives of missionaries, God has called me for the time being to pour into them from afar and take short visits to them.
Secondly, God has entrusted to my care several young men and women from the school who are now interning with us. The Lord has seen fit to allow me to pour into their lives, guide them, and direct them as they seek to acquire the skills and tools they will need to succeed on the mission field.

Missionaries in Training

Sowing, Watering, and Harvesting

Sowing: I bet sometimes the farmer wonders, “why in the world am I digging in these hard rocks? What the heck am I doing in this dusty field?” Especially if he’s had opportunity to water, watch things grow, and even harvest as I have. So, what am I doing in this office, meeting, country? Sowing, that’s what!

The farmer doesn’t get to only water, the farmer doesn’t get to only harvest; he gets to do the hard work of sowing as well. I say that I get to do the work of sowing because I have found it to be quite a joy once I got the proper perspective, God’s perspective.

From Marriage to Mexico within Two Days

Lastly, was the reality of the most excellent reason that I am back here, that is to plan and participate in a wedding. Many of you know I’ve been dating the love of my life for a little over two years God has shown me what a wonderful ministry partner, friend and helpmate Jenn is and on November 23rd, Jenn and I were married! I am excited to see how the Lord is going to use us as a couple in ministering to missionaries. God has gifted Jenn with many talents and skills, along was being very smart and beautiful she has the rare ability to truly love people, to listen to the issues of their heart, and care for their souls. I’m looking forward to partnering with Mrs. Pappas in the care of missionaries and I’m excited to see what God is going to do in and through the two of us.

We are in need of people who wish to partner with us financially. I am most appreciative of you who have already joined me in this area, and I’m grateful that I have reached 1/2 of my monthly support needs. If the Lord leads you to join us financially, you can do so by clicking here to become a financial partner or mail your support check to:

Saving Grace World Missions
17451 Bastanchury Rd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

*Note “Pappas Support” in memo 

All for His Glory,

Tim and Jenn Pappas
Asst. Director
Saving Grace World Missions Phone 714-262-2260
Email tim@sgwm.com

An Unexpected Twist to Missionary Care

I must admit that up until January of this year I have had a very limited view of missionary care.
Having just concluded a six week trip to Mexico where I had the privilege of leading the Calvary School of Missions, I struggle to find the words to express the joy and growth brought about through this experience. It has been difficult at times as I left my fiancé, Jenn at home but both of us see the sacrifice being well worth it. I spent the last six weeks watching seven young men and women seek the Lord for His will for their lives. The Calvary school of missions was a six-week intensive Missions training School focused on education in the morning hours, teaching students the Biblical philosophy of missions, cross-cultural ministry, church planting techniques, and so much more. The afternoons were filled with various types of outreach, homework, and lessons in self-care and relationship building.

School Photo

As the title of this update reflects, the unexpected twist in missionary care is that my focus has been on caring for missionaries in the field, I still truly believe this is the call the Lord has upon my life, however, as usual, His view is so much bigger than mine. The opportunity that I’ve had to care for and train up missionaries on their way to the field was such a rich experience and has brought much joy to my heart. Don’t get me wrong, it was not without challenges but God sustained us through every one of them. The pastors and leadership of Calvary Chapel Saving Grace put a great deal of trust in me in allowing me to lead this school and for that, I’m truly grateful. The opportunities for me to utilize the skills and gifts God has given me in team leadership, outreach coordination, safety and security, caring for others, and Bible teaching was so rewarding and I believe brought great glory to my God and King. For many years I have been leading short term trips to Mexico with absolutely no clue how God was going to use those trips in this school. As I was leading this school it seemed as if each one of my many trips to Mexico over the years condensed into one fluid experience where God was able to use me and the relationships that have been built over the years to make this school successful and safe. Much thanks to all of my friends in Mexico, I love you all so much.

As I have returned to the states with a renewed vigor an expanded view of what missionary care is all about, it’s with great anticipation that I look forward to what the Lord has in store for me in my new expanded view.

Thank you all so much for your prayers, love, and support. If you wish to get involved in what the Lord is doing in and through me first and foremost I need prayer partners, secondly please consider partnering with me financially. Checks can be made out to Saving Grace World Missions or SGWM, with my name in the memo line then mailed directly to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873

Or For your convenience, you may consider giving through electronic funds transfer or direct deposit. Simply click on the “become a financial partner” button below and fill out the information.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  1. That I would be a better communicator of what God is allowing me to be involved in around the world
  2. That I would follow through with a lifestyle change the Lord has put upon my heart long ago involving nutrition and exercise
  3. That I would courageously proclaim the Gospel at every opportunity given

~ Blessings,

Tim Pappas


It Just Keeps Getting Better

Hello everyone, we had a wonderful Mission trip to Peru where I was able to be a part of the leadership team for our high school and young adults mission trip. We spent 14 days journeying to Peru ministering there and returning. Calvary Chapel Huacho was our receiving church and ministry partners on the trip. Pastor Craig Tippie and his crew there took fantastic care of us.  

Team Unity in Huacho

 We did several outreaches, and had deep fellowship with the church body there but most importantly witnessed six people give their lives to the Lord. I rejoice in the fact that six souls were saved. Another exciting thing about this is that they will be immediately discipled and welcomed into the church to have a place to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Pastor Craig said that it was a joy to have our team there and I completely agree. I was continually impressed and humbled at the level of unity, self-sacrifice, and love the youngsters from our church consistently demonstrated. One of the brothers who is a leader in Craig’s church said that our church reminded him of their church in the way that we love and serve each other. 

I was reminded of what Jesus said to His disciples,

“…that people will know [we] are [His] disciples by our love one for another.” 

-JOHN 13:35

Another absolutely incredible opportunity on the trip was that I got to travel with my sweetheart, the love of my life and future wife. Ministering with her on a missions trip in Peru was an absolute joy, I think a missions trip should be part of any premarital counseling. We are getting married in November and I can’t tell you how grateful I am that we had the opportunity to serve in this way together.  

Upon returning from Peru I took a few days to regroup and have headed out to Mexico where I get to lead an incredible group of young men and women at the six week Calvary School of Missions. More about that in my next update!

Prayer requests: 

  1. That Jenn and I would continue to bear fruit as we walk forward in the call God has on our lives for the furtherance of the gospel around the world.
  2. Wisdom and humility as I lead the Calvary School of Missions (CSOM) for the next 6 weeks in Baja, Mexico.
  3. Strength for Jenn as she holds down the fort in California while we are separated for the next six weeks.

Thank you all so much for your love, prayers, and support. 

Blessings from Mexico

~ Tim Pappas

South for the winter

South, South, South…..

Some birds fly south for the winter, some retired folk go south for the winter and that’s exactly what I found myself doing. Granted I’m not retired nor am I vacationing or engaged in any other activities the birds might be engaged in down South, but I found myself continuing to follow the call of the Lord upon my life in the South during the season. It started with a couple of trips to Oaxaca where I was able to join SGWM missionaries who are dear friends of mine as they sought for a place to plant a brand-new church in southern Mexico 

A few months after that I was able to take a three-week trip to South America where myself and three other pastors from Calvary Chapel Saving Grace were able to visit six missionary families in Peru and Brazil. My heart and the calling I believe the Lord has upon my life has been focused on missionary care and while we were in Peru we were able to spend deep, meaningful time in fellowship, worship, and prayer with some frontline servants of the Lord. I was highly encouraged as they shared how much our visits meant and it was a real confirmation that I am walking in the Lord’s will for my life.  

One missionary who ministers deep in the Amazon jungle shared with us that nobody has come to see the work in eight years. They welcomed us into their home and I felt like family. As well as spending time in their home, we went with them eight hours by speedboat deep into the Amazon jungle to see and be a part of the work they’re doing bringing the Gospel and the love of Christ to a native tribe there.  

Since then there have been a few trips to Baja Mexico in preparation for a six week school of missions class that I get to be a part of leading. More about that in my next update letter.

Words cannot express how much I appreciate all of your prayers, encouragement, and financial support. It’s been a challenging season but if I keep my focus on the Lord, His word and those He has brought into my life I continue to find exactly what I need to stay the course. 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. Please pray for my two major trips coming up starting June 22nd I will be in Peru for two weeks and immediately afterwards in Mexico for six weeks
  2. Please pray for my fiancé Jenn as she will be joining the team in Peru for her first overseas missions trip
  3.  Please pray for the six-week School of missions in Mexico all of July and half of August. 

Again I think you so much for your partnership in the Gospel and Service to missionaries around the world.

~ Tim. 

Humility In Need

Over the last year and a half, I’ve gotten many lessons and realized more and more the lack of humility in my life. One of the biggest exposers of this issue has been need. Having stepped out of my career and ending the paycheck, I never realized how much I solved my problems by just buying what I wanted/needed. I always sought to honor God with my finances and feel I did a pretty good job but had no idea how many areas having a paycheck makes you not lean on God. There’s been no lack of lessons since I came to SGWM and they seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Last week right before the missions conference my car broke down for the final time.

The diagnosis is terminal as the car has a warped head and cracked block. It’s a 12-year-old car with 235,000 miles on it so an extremely expensive repair does not make sense. This is where the next lesson in humility comes in as I am asking for help in purchasing a replacement vehicle. I need to find something reliable with great gas mileage due to the 2-3 thousand miles I drive per month. I need your help in three ways:

1) Financially – if you are able to help please CLICK HERE.

2) Networking – if you know of an affordable vehicle that fits this description please contact me

3) Most importantly, prayer for God’s wisdom, provision and that this lesson in humility would be glorifying to Him. Thank you all so much for your love, prayers and support is a journey this road and the calling I still truly believe the Lord has on my life.

In His Service,

Tim Pappas

Not So Dark

October is a month usually associated with darkness, a month where much wickedness is celebrated. I suppose this October wasn’t different for many, but for me, it was a month of celebrating much light and the grace of God in my life. You see, in October nineteen years ago I got radically born again, I’m sure it was a coincidence but that was also the last time I did drugs, alcohol or went to jail. I rejoice in the fact that the Lord rescued me from the Orange County jail cell where I was a physical and psychological mess and chose to set this sucked up ex-con on a path for His glory. October is not only a month that I celebrate salvation, sobriety and being returned to my right mind but it’s also a month that Jenn and I celebrate one year of our relationship. So October is full of celebrations and milestone memories for me. It also kicks off three of my most favorite months where it seems like opportunities to engage people in conversations about the Lord are more abundant. I’m looking forward to and taking advantage of these opportunities every chance I get.

On the ministry front, October has been a glorious month where, thanks to the support staff here at SGWM and the incredible team that I serve with, I’ve been able to connect with several missionaries. Reaching out and connecting with missionaries is really the heartbeat of the calling God placed upon my life. It’s also been a month full of connecting with old friends and making new ones. It’s been a month where the Lord has really reminded me that people matter, relationships matter, and we are better off together. I did have the absolutely incredible opportunity to join one of our missionary families in their church planting vision tour in Oaxaca, Mexico. Thank you for everybody who prayed for me on this trip and for those who financially supported me. Both of these acts of love are vitally important and provided me the ability to do this. I’m grateful for all of you and it was an incredible trip. God has a great work in store for Calvary Chapel Oaxaca, please keep them in your prayers. 

 

  

                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, in a few sentences, I will try to explain what a joy we had during our front yard Halloween outreach parties. On a dark and wicked night where evil is glorified and most people who love the Lord turn out the lights and lock the front doors, I’m grateful to be involved in a church who steps up to the frontline and punches holes in the darkness with the light of the world and the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. We had a front yard party in the name of Jesus where we supplied tons of candy, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, water, and coffee to anyone who came by absolutely free. Oh yes, and of course a bounce house. But the best thing about this night, on a night where everyone is looking for something, we were able to share with them the gospel and the love of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you all so much for your faithful prayer support and financial partnership, both of these make it possible for me to fulfill the call that God has upon my life to encourage and strengthen missionaries, to preach the Gospel, and to love those who He loves. 

There are two ways you could partner with me in this ministry: 

  1. First, through prayer and signing up for my monthly email updates on my blog: sgwm.com/pappas
  2. Secondly, by becoming a financial partner with me in the Gospel:
    • By clicking on the “become a financial partner” button found here or on my blog
    • You can also send a check to Saving Grace World Missions 17451 Bastanchury Rd. Ste. 203 Yorba Linda, CA. Pappas support in the memo.

All for His Glory,

Tim Pappas