Disciple of Christ

FAMILIA SAN VICENTE

Hello Family and Friends,

First I want to say thank you for partnering with me in prayer. This trip has been such a blessing and encouragement to me! God has been doing a work in my heart as He is teaching me to be more of a disciple of Christ. In the books that we have been reading this week, God has been speaking to me about things that have been going through my mind and heart and revealing to me that they’re vulnerable spots in my life that I haven’t given to Him. Also, he’s been showing me that I need to give up some of my old habits that are part of my culture and focus more on being a person that is willing to adjust to different circumstances.

BUILDING A FIRM FOUNDATION

During the week we visited Calpilla Calvario Rancho Santa Cruz where we did children’s ministry, shared testimonies, and helped move bricks for the church building. As we were staring the children’s ministry, I noticed this little boy, around two years old, who wouldn’t stop crying as his dad was trying to leave. I then went up to him and started to play around with a ball and make funny faces to him. And surprisingly he started to calm down. His dad put him down as the boy began to play with the ball. After multiple times trying his dad was finally able to leave and attend the service. The boy then got sad again and went to his sister crying to her. When we were starting to sing the songs he eventually stopped crying. I was just happy that he stopped crying, but when I thought about the whole situation God was telling me something. God was telling me that when we are sad or going through a tough time He is there. You see the songs we were singing had to do with God’s overflowing love for us and during this song, the boy stopped crying. Just like that little boy, we can be sad but his love for us never ends and is overflowing.

I miss you all so much! Please continue to pray for our school of missions here in Mexico. In the landscape of this place, hearts are being transformed, including mine. We have three more weeks to glean from pastors, missionaries, and local church plants. Three more weeks to minister to those in these communities. I covet your prayers and support as I seek to become a disciple of Christ and make disciples. 

Click the link to partner financially with me. God has more in store for the coming year, and I am so thrilled to see what He will accomplish in and through my life. 

https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift2/?giftid=DA3FC4FE968E47C

Praise Report:

  • Our team was able to cross borders to reach San Vicente 
  • The group has great unity and works well together
  • We’ve had the privilege of praying for many people

Prayer Request: 

  • Pray I would be focused and receive all the teachings 
  • Pray for our outreach to the Kumiai Tribe
  • Pray for safe travels for our team
  • Pray for seeds of the gospel to be sown in the hearts of many

Blessings,

Sienna

The Love That Changes Us

Hello again,

I want to start off by thanking everyone who is partnering with me in what God is doing here in Mexico during the School of Missions. In the past two weeks, God has really been teaching me a lot through the classes and outreaches that we’ve participated in with local churches. He showed me the importance of relying on Him and giving Him our all for the purpose of spreading the gospel and giving Him the glory.

Abelardo L. Rodriquez Park

This past week we read the book Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray. It talked about how we are like branches on a vine, each one of us being a branch and God the vine. Branches, apart from the vine are worth nothing, so much so that they are simply burned. However, when they are connected to the vine they bear fruit. We need to be constantly connected to God in all that we do so that we can bear fruit. Ask yourself “What good is a branch that’s only connected to the vine for some time and then not?” Not much, because it isn’t always bearing good fruit. So we being the branches have to be constantly and continually in a relationship with Him, seeking Him in all that we do. Through this, we will bear good fruit for His glory. 

One story I want to share is from an outreach we did in Colonia San Fernando. When we were walking down the streets inviting people to come to hear the gospel, I realized how blessed we are compared to how these people are living. They live in small houses that aren’t really houses at all, they are simply a big room with random things spread around. They walk on dirt roads that have trash, broken glass, and sharp rocks scattered everywhere and of course random stray malnourished dogs. Kids came streaming out of their houses to meet us in the open yard where we were hosting the outreach. There were about twenty-five kids, some of them without parents, and around ten adults. It was clear to see that these kids were so happy that we had come even though they have such hard lives. It was amazing to see the kids interact with us as we taught them the fruits of the Spirit and shared the gospel. They played with each other as if they were having the time of their lives. It just goes to show you that when we share the love of Jesus it brings joy to people when they could be so sad, BUT because of Him, they aren’t.

Fruit of the Spirit 

This has been such a blessing in so many ways, and I can’t believe that it has only been 2 weeks! Thank you again to everyone who is partnering with God in what He is doing through me as I reach those that need Jesus. 

Click the link below to partner financially for tuition and future mission trips.

https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift2/?giftid=DA3FC4FE968E47C

Prayer Request:

  • For God to continue to do a work in the lives of people here in Mexico 
  • For all the students to retain the information from teachings and readings
  • For me as God is doing a work within my life 

Blessings, 

Sienna Sedillos

Joy in Obedience

“We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5:32

Hola friends and family, 

A week ago today our team arrived in Mexico to attend the School of Missions! Throughout the six weeks, we will be visiting different cities where we will get to serve with church plants. Pastor Trent and Pastor Aaron have been teaching us classes in the morning and evenings on surrendering to God’s will, prayer and intercession, what it means to be a missionary, how to be a missionary, and so much more. During the week, we have participated in multiple outreaches from park outreach and street witnessing to children’s ministry at the local church. But that’s not all! As busy as it may sound, every morning we are able to have an hour of quiet time with the Lord as well as devotionals taught by one of the leaders. 

One of the outreaches we did this week was street witnessing with Calvary Chapel La Gloria. At first, most people didn’t want to do street witnessing because of the fact that we’re uncomfortable when it comes to talking to strangers. It’s especially difficult when they speak a different language! Which is why I love it so much. Yes, I still get that initial nervous awkward feeling and those thoughts of “what if I don’t know what to say” or “what if they don’t want to listen,” but it is what it feels like after that which makes it worth it. Because in reality those feelings are put there to distract us from the real reason we are there, for making disciples of all nations and sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth. Those exact feelings I get every time, and every time God gets rid of them. It doesn’t always go away right when you ask or expect it to, but it does happen in His timing for a certain reason.

When we were street witnessing that day with Carlos and La Gloria, I was pushed and I was stretched. After Carlos talked us through what we would be doing, we got put in our groups and left the parking lot to begin our walk through the streets. Right away we saw a guy at the exit and I thought that Aaron, who was with me and two other girl students, would go up and talk to him. But instead, being the leader, he suggested that I go up to the man while he translated for me. At first, I was shocked and hesitated, but before I could stop myself, Aaron and I were walking toward the guy. I put on a smile and acted normal and continued walking to him while on the inside I was praying to God to help me get over the fear that was inside of me because at that moment I was extremely terrified about the whole situation as thoughts were just racing through my head. As soon as he looked up and said a simple “hola”, I immediately had the overwhelming peace and joy wash over me as if a second ago I wasn’t internally freaking out. After we talked and prayed over him my mind was recalling what just went down in the past ten minutes. The more I thought about it the more I realized what it was. It was the Holy Spirit! That overwhelming peace and joy were the Holy Spirit filling me so that God could use me for His work.  After that, I felt so overjoyed and bold as excitement just filled me and made me want to go up to every person and tell them the good news of Jesus Christ. It was such a once in a lifetime experience that just made me so in awe of what God can do in any of us. I don’t have to be a special person for God to use me to do His mighty work. We just have to obey. Obeying is so key to doing ministry because when we obey Him we are saying, “Here I am God, I surrender and am willing to do anything You have for me.” In Acts 5:32 (NIV) it says,“…and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” It is said so simply and is so easy to understand, just obey. God has used this small word to do many things in my heart that help me better understand what it means to not only be a missionary but a young girl after God’s own heart. It just goes to show us that God can use such simple small things to do wonderful radical things in our lives!

Rosarito Beach Park Outreach

Thank you for partnering with and praying for me as I serve in Mexico and learn at Calvary School of Missions. I am still raising funds for my tuition which is 1,640.00. If you’d like to partner with me financially click the link below. 

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Prayer Requests: 

  • For the nationals that accepted Christ
  • For the team that we stay safe
  • For me to take in all that God is teaching me

Blessings,

Sienna