Acapulco is on Red Alert!

But the work must go on!

This has been a challenging month due to this new Delta Variant Hype. Acapulco officials have decided to put our city back on red alert which means businesses are closed, certain public services are canceled, and people are monitored. Even though this has hit our town we have decided to leave our doors open and continue with the work as usual. We truly feel the Lord has called us to continue, so we will.

Church Plant Update

We had our inauguration service this last month for our new church plant Calvary Chapel Zapata and the response was amazing! Many new visitors showed up and right away made it their home. It’s very apparent that people are starving for solid biblical teaching. I was honored to give the very first sermon on opening day.

We are amazed at how the Lord provided to open this new work, however, we are still in need of sponsors that could come alongside them. The rent for our little storefront is $175 dollars a month and even though that doesn’t seem like much it’s a big hit for us, especially during the pandemic.

Please continue to pray, especially because we have another family ready to step out in a new venture of faith and open another Calvary Church on the south side of Acapulco.

I am so excited to share the pictures below. Pastor Pako (CC Zapata) has his whole family serving in the church! It was such a blessing to see! His wife leads worship, his sons are video recording and playing instruments, and their niece teaches children’s ministry.

Calvary Chapel Bible College Peru

I was so blessed to give a brief study for the students at C.C. Bible College Peru via the internet. Pastor John Bonner from Calvary Chapel in Peru has done an amazing job over there and it was an honor to share with his students. The school is currently going through the Calvary Chapel Distinctives and the subject was Church Government. It was fun to explain how we as a church operate and what sets us apart from others. Not to say we (Calvary Chapel) are the best, but we are definitely special.

Our Youth

Pastor Jose and his wife Keyla have done a great job disciplining our young men and women. This past month we took them to a workshop with other youth to play some games, learn some ministry dynamics, and hear the word taught. It is always a joy to see the next generation on fire for Jesus Christ.

Wedding Bells

We have a beautiful young couple that just received the Lord and were baptized at our church. They were living together and we encouraged them to get married. They didn’t have the money for a wedding much less a reception. Our fellowship poured out their love, stepped up, and stepped in. The church came together and donated everything for the ceremony and banquet; from the wedding dress to the food (3 goats were donated…yummy) to decorations, rings, music, cake, etc. We had a blast!!! Apart from officiating the wedding Stacy and I got to serve for the rest of the evening. Fun times!

Facebook Live actually works

Facebook has its pros and cons, but in this case, a big pro. We had a sister in the Lord come to Acapulco from Mexico City just so I can baptize her. Turns out she has been following our sermons via Facebook for the past two years and even though she lives far away, she says she considers me her pastor. I obviously encouraged her to get plugged into a local church but was beyond blessed to hear her testimony.

Pastors Conference

Once again the pastor’s conference in Mexico is just around the corner. The theme is a good minister of Christ. This year we have the honor of having some great Pastors who will be teaching the main studies. P. Raul Ries, P. David Rosales, P. Juan Domingo, P. Jaime Foote, P. Chris Martinez and many more.

We love our Acapulco team and I really hope they can join us as they did last year, but for some of them, it’s financially impossible. If you would like to sponsor one of our pastors or staff workers, we would be very, very grateful! The cost of airfare is around $185 dollars a person. We have at least 6 servants that could use the help. Any donation from the smallest amount is welcomed.

Villegas Boys

Our youngest son Micah has finally flown the coupe! He moved to Ensenada to start his studies at Calvary Bible College. We are so proud of him for making the decision.

We had the privilege of watching our son Elijah graduate from basic training. They moved him up to Sheppard Texas to start Tech School. Elijah will be working on the F16 Fighter Jet. This will be a great tool for him in the future. He has been able to be a light and witness to those on his team.

Noah continues his studies at Cypress Community College and is faithful to his home church, Calvary Chapel Living Water in Garden Grove. His goal is to be a computer programmer. There is no doubt in our minds that he will succeed.

So now that we no longer have kids at home, Stacy and I are dating all over again, just like when we were teenagers. Needless to say………we are enjoying it.

PLEASE keep our kids in your prayers. May God watch over each of them, strengthen them, fill them, and use them for His Glory!

Still in Love

Our future Missionary to the East

Lili has been one of our great and faithful servants. She leads our Amor en Accion ministry which is an outreach to our community and beyond. Her heart has always been to serve the Lord in India. She is currently connected with Saving Grace World Missions and they have been equipping her for the last year. She is currently in Rosarito with a team from Saving Grace. Please keep her in your prayers. May the Lord open a door to serve in the 10/40 window.

Prayer requests

  • Open doors for the Gospel and Salvations
  • Safety, provision, and health for our family and church family
  • For the new churches plants and their families (Calvary Chilpancingo and Calvary Zapata)
  • For our kids; Elijah, Noah, and Micah
  • For open doors for Lili

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WOW…just…WOW!

I am blown away by God’s amazing faithfulness. This last month has been amazing! After receiving support from you we were able to work on our church building. We extended the sanctuary and it is now able to sit at least another 80 adults. For the first time in 3 years, we painted the exterior of the building. To be honest, we intentionally didn’t paint our building to not stand out for safety reasons, but as time passed we have gotten to know the community and feel safer. 

Evangelism and Bible Studies

We have been more dedicated to evangelism. Our women’s Bible study took the lead by hitting the streets nearby during the day and the men did the same by night. The women just completed the book study Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets them Free. Hassan also had the privilege to baptize one of his new disciples.

Also below are pictures of the Convalescent home we visit faithfully every month, rain or shine. 

We are so thankful for the group Amor en Accion. They traveled during a tropical storm to be with the elderly, to serve them, cook for them, treat their wounds, and teach the Word to them. They do it all for the Love of Christ!

The 70

This last month Hassan concluded the first semester of his discipleship. This is a very intense course. Our aim is to equip men for the work of the ministry, raise up new pastors and teach them that ministry isn’t simply preparing a Bible study, but working hard and being faithful in all areas. The group will start again in August this time to study apologetics and evangelism.

Prayer Night

Prayer night is a staple in the church. We know there is power in prayer, so we dedicate an evening to non-stop prayer. Our petitions include our city, authorities, the lost, healings for the sick, growth, and most importantly for Jesus to be exalted in our lives and in the community.

Calvary Chapel Distinctives

One of our requirements to serve is to complete our Calvary Distinctives Course. We have so many people from different backgrounds that this class allows us all to be on the same page. This is our 4th group of graduates.

New Church Plant

We are so happy to announce that another church plant will open next month. We have an amazing family who has been with us since the beginning and the Lord has now called them to start a new work. The church will be on the east side of Acapulco. The city is called Zapata and is known to be one of the most dangerous parts, regardless, Jesus is on the throne. We just put a deposit down for a storefront on the main highway. The cost would be $200 dollars a month. If you would like to come alongside this new work please drop us a note. Keep the Flores family in your prayers. 

Calvary Chilpancingo Update

Pastor Ricardo has done an amazing job in spite of many obstacles. His wife was hit hard with Covid as well as many congregants but by the grace of God they all recovered with no problems. Pastor Ricardo started his online teachings which have helped tremendously.

Jose and Keila have done an amazing job not only with the youth and young adults. They have gone above and beyond the call. What blesses us the most is to see the authentic love they have for Jesus and people.

Pastor Wes Bentley

We had the great pleasure of having Pastor Wes Bentley from Far Reaching Ministries bless our fellowship with a very encouraging word. He flew down to our city for a few days just to visit Calvary Acapulco, what a blessing! The church was challenged by his preaching. Even though we have it hard, it could always be worse.

Villegas Family Update

These last few months have been non-stop and the next couple months coming appear the same. We will soon be empty nesters as our youngest son Micah heads to Bible College in Ensenada. He just graduated High school and is very excited to start this new chapter in life. Micah eventually wants to go to law school, but decided to get grounded in his faith before arriving to a secular school. We thought that was a great move on his behalf. Our middle son Noah is still hitting the books hard. He is living and working in California. His desire is to work in computer programming. Our eldest son Elijah graduates Basic Military Training for the U.S.A.F. at the end of this month. We are so excited to visit him in Texas and be apart of this celebration. 

Prayer Request

  • Open doors for the Gospel and Salvations
  • Safety, provision, and health for our family
  • For the new churches plants and their families
  • For Elijah in the Airforce
  • Noah and his schooling
  • Micah and his move to Bible College
  • Upcoming VBS 
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He Is On The Throne

Jesus continues to do what He does best, save souls and disciple believers. It is always a blessing to see people come to Christ. The zeal of a new believer is super contagious and lights a fire in every heart. As we go through the book of Revelation, sinners see the grave need to be saved and give their lives over to God and believers rejoice in the coming of our King. Please pray for souls as we continue our study through the book of Revelation.

He has Risen!

Easter Sunday we had many new visitors as well as a guest pastor, Yoshima from Calvary Chapel Merida. The word was great and the fellowship a joyous occasion. Calvary Kids sang and did their memory verses. Last year we celebrated from home, so this year was so sweet. Uniting together was a breath of fresh air. 

Young Adults and Youth

Pastor Jose and his wife Keyla have been a great addition to the ministry. The fellowship received them with open arms. They started the young adults as well as youth ministries which were a huge need at our church.

Marriage Retreat

This year we had our second marriage retreat with over 20 couples present. It was a 3 day 2 night retreat at a local beach. The theme was Colossians 3:14. We taught from the scripture on how a marriage is to work in perfect harmony with Christ and each other.

Inductive Bible Study

The men’s discipleship just started I.B.S two weeks ago. Mexico has a very large need for Bible teaching pastors and we have taken on the challenge of equipping those men with the aim to send them out. Right now we have 14 men that have committed themselves to this course.

Loving Our Elders

As always we try to spoil our elders with every visit. We visit once a month. We always cook them a meal, sit and talk to them, play Loteria (Mexican Bingo), teach them scripture, and meet their practical needs. For most we’re the only family they have. This trip we had a nurse with us to clean wounds and we got a lamp for Alfredo to read in his room. 

Extending our sanctuary

After a year in our building we have finally come to the point of needing to expand our sanctuary not only because of the of size of our church, but to meet Covid requirements in having more space for those that attend.

The estimated cost will be $1,380 US dollars. We can definitely use any help we can get. The support of any amount goes a very long way here in Mexico.

Dr. Chavez

A brother that is near and dear to our hearts has suffered a huge hit from Covid. His recovery has been very slow and painstaking. Please keep Dr. Chavez and his family in your prayers.

Villegas Family

Thank you all for the love, prayer and support!

Life in general is very challenging and being away from our family, friends and country can add more difficulty to that challenge, however all of you have been a tremendous blessing to our family and ministry. We thank God very much for everyone of you!

Prayer Request

  1. Continued safety for our family and church
  2. Open doors to evangelize
  3. Leaders to be raised up and plant churches
  4. Resources to extend the sanctuary

Financial Support

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New Year, New Hope

As we enter a new year, we are filled with a sense of hope. I believe God is still at work even through these tough times of restriction. Many ministries have been modified, but are still thriving at 100%. Below is a picture of our prayer team.

Calvary Chapel Saving Grace

We were super blessed to have Pastor Trent and his team (Deborah, P. Tim and Spencer) here in Acapulco. It was a short visit, but the Lord did so many things that blessed us personally and our fellowship. Below are some pictures of baptisms, sharing at an elderly home, men’s and women’s discipleship, children’s ministry and teaching at Calvary Acapulco.

Serving the Comunnity

We continue to visit our elderly family (taking all precautions). Most of them have been abandoned by family, but as a church we have adopted them into our own sheepfold. Serving them with food, games, music, manicures, haircuts and best of all the Gospel is always a joy.

Men’s Discipleship

A few weeks ago P. Hassan started an intense study for the men. It teaches them how to be faithful and responsible servants. The study is based off of first Timothy chapter three. The purpose is to raise leaders, missionaries and future pastors.

Women’s Ministry

Because of Covid we can only have a certain amount of ladies present, but at least 15-20 ladies tune in via zoom.

Bible College

Our youngest son Micah is graduating high school in June. He made the decision to attend Calvary Bible College of Ensenada in the fall. As parents we couldn’t be more proud of him. This was a move he did on his own. Please pray that the LORD would speak to him and that his foundation would be firm for whatever the future holds. 

Thank you all!!

We have been so blessed by your faithfulness to the Lord and Ministry! We are forever grateful. May the good Lord bless you all above and beyond. This work has been so fruitful and we pray it goes to your account!

Prayer Request

  • Open doors for the Gospel and salvations
  • Safety and provision for our family
  • Raise up more leaders and plant more churches
  • Elijah and his process into the Airforce
  • Noah and his schooling
  • Micah and the his move to Bible College
  • Upcoming marriage retreat
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On The Move

Calvary Chapel Acapulco Leaders

In our last meeting, we decided to never shut down again. The pandemic had us close the doors but now more than ever the church needs to be open and serving the community. There are too many people suffering and in need of Jesus. We are convinced that fellowship is the most essential gathering above all. Our leaders are ready and motivated to move forward.

Calvary Church Plant

Calvary Chapel Chilpancingo

Pastor Ricardo has hit the ground running. The new church plant in the capital of our state, Chilpancingo, has got some momentum. This is a great reminder of how hungry people are for the word of God. We didn’t come in with any fancy programs or gimmicks; we simply teach the Bible faithfully and that has been the heart of our ministry.

Childrens Ministry

Children’s Ministry in person
Children’s ministry online classes

After a long period of time, we are finally able to open up our children’s ministry. Many were afraid to bring their children in fear of the Coronavirus. We started online classes for them. We know that there is a great importance of teaching our kids the word of God. Someone donated Bibles and we were able to gift each child with their own Bible for Christmas. 

Women’s Bible Study

The women’s Bible study just finished studying the book of Luke and have started the book of Jude. Stacy hosted a breakfast with a few of her women from the study group to encourage them during hard times. 

Prayer Night

We believe in the absolute power of prayer and that’s why once a month we dedicate the whole night for prayer and fasting. We start at 7:00 pm and close right before midnight. Apart from this powerful night, we have prayer meetings 1 hour before every service. 

Family Time

For the first time in many years, we were able to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family in the states. Our son Elijah surprised us by proposing to his girlfriend Bianca. They hope to have their wedding next year. Bianca is one of our servants here in Calvary Acapulco. She truly loves the Lord and we are so blessed to have her in our family.

Prayer Requests

Would you keep us in your prayers? We would appreciate it! 

  1. Please pray for the salvation of the people of Acapulco.
  2. Pray for wisdom to lead the Church.
  3. Pray for leaders and our church plant CCChilpo.
  4. Pray that we would grow in grace, unity, and love.
  5. Pray for the health of our family.
  6. Pray for Lilibeth who wants to be sent out to India.
  7. Please pray for our upcoming Marriage retreat.

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God bless you!! 

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Leaders’ Conference

Calvary Acapulco leadership with Pastor Juan Domingo

Before anything, we want to thank God and every one of you that made this trip possible. 

This year has been difficult for everyone, but your generous support helped us send our leaders to this refreshing conference.

We were all encouraged by every teaching and the rich fellowship that followed. Pastors Chris Martinez, Bryan Parish and Juan Domingo honored us by praying for our church plant and the new assisting pastor at CC Acapulco.

A special thanks to Connections House who did an amazing job hosting us.

P. Ricardo and P. Chuy praying with P. Juan Domingo
Teaching about faithfulness

Blessed Parents

While our team was away our son Elijah helped by leading worship. 

Elijah will be shipping off to boot camp within the next couple of months, but before doing so, he paid us a visit and stepped up to support the team.

Baptism

No virus is powerful enough to stop the Lord’s work! Hassan was honored to baptize a new believer. We don’t mind if it’s one person or 100 people, we rejoice! We believe Jesus is coming back soon! That is why we have determined to continue the work regardless of the situation.

Adding to the team

Our fellowship has some great ministries, but one that has been lacking is our youth ministry. Jose and Keyla are a young couple with an absolute love for Jesus. Both of them were Hassan’s students at Calvary Bible College Mexico.

We spoke with them at the conference and they were super excited about the possibility of serving with us here in Acapulco. We believe reaching the new generation is vital to our mission! This couple will do an amazing job. One of the key factors is finding missionary support. If the Lord puts it on your heart to help support them, please let us know. 

Prayer request

  1. Wisdom and Faith was we continue to minister in our city. May we be prudent yet faithful to serve the church and the lost.
  2. More servants to open new church plants within our state.
  3. Boldness to proclaim Jesus in every moment.
  4. Safety from corruption and danger.
  5. Open door for Jose and Keyla to serve our youth
  6. For our children- Their future, their walk, and their protection. 

Giving

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Equipping Leaders

Hi family!!! We are super excited! This September, Calvary Chapel Northern Mexico will be having a conference for pastors and leaders of every Calvary Church in the northern part of Mexico. Its purpose is to encourage and edify the church and its servants during this tough season. Coronavirus has hit us hard in many ways and we feel the call to uplift the fellowship and continue our call to serve Jesus!

This year Stacy and I have the privilege of teaching at the conference. I will be teaching from Acts 20 and Stacy will be sharing with the pastor’s wives.

Personally, I would love if all our leaders from Calvary Acapulco could make this conference, but for some it’s financially impossible. Would you please pray for an open door for them? Also, if you wish to sponsor a servant, any donation would be appreciated. We have estimated the cost of travel and lodging to be $200 per servant. We have at least 5 servants who could use the sponsorship. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

Health Update

Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement during our quarantine. As most of you know Stacy and I tested positive for Covid-19. Even though I am currently contagious my symptoms are practically gone. Stacy still struggles with a cough and had to be put on different meds. She says she feels better, but we could use your prayers for a complete recovery.

I do hope our time sick was somewhat of an encouragement to others knowing that Covid isn’t an automatic death sentence as the media portrays it to be. I do want to encourage everyone to be safe. If you have current health issues you might not be as fortunate.

Elijah and the Airforce

Elijah with his girlfriend, Bianca

Our oldest son, Elijah, has decided to join the U.S. Airforce. His desire is to enlist for Special Warfare as a ParaRescue. As a kid, he has always loved helping others in need. The ParaRescue motto is “That Others May Live” and that describes my son. As parents, this can make us very nervous, but we know the good Lord has him in His hands. Regardless, I ask for your prayers as he enters this new path.

Sunday Service Book of Revelation

After so many questions regarding the end times, I decided to jump ahead and tackle the subject head-on. Even though we see final judgment, the book offers insight into the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Lord God. The goal is to continually fall in love with our Lord.

Support the Villegas Family

If you wish to come alongside our ministry as a financial partner, please click the link below. Every gift, no matter the size, supports our family and ministry in a very huge way. Thanks again for your faithfulness. 

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Thank You!!!

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First and foremost, thank you all for the years of prayer and support! As we come into our 7th year serving in Acapulco, God has opened a big door for our family and ministry. We have partnered with Saving Grace World Missions, a ministry that helps and equips missionaries on and off the field.

For the last couple of years, we struggled to find a mission-minded organization to help our efforts in reaching southern Mexico. We appreciate the whole SGWM staff and are very grateful to be a part of the team.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE

For those who have supported us through PayPal or C.C. La Mirada. Please be informed that those accounts will be closing within the next month. All future partnerships will be through our new link posted on this newsletter and blog. Every donation remains tax-deductible through SGWM.

Our First Church Plant

Southern Mexico has a huge need for Bible-teaching churches. We feel the urgent call to be part of the solution. That is why our goal is to plant as many churches as possible throughout southern Mexico, mainly our state of Guerrero.

By the grace of God, we planted a new Calvary Chapel fellowship. The name of the city is called Chilpancingo and it’s the capital of our state, Guerrero. Our assistant pastor (Ricardo Solis) felt the call and the Lord confirmed. We went on a spy trip and within 2 hours the Lord provided a building and house for pastor Ricardo’s family. We were amazed by God’s provision. This past Sunday was their first service. This is only the beginning but we count on your prayers and support to make this possible. The Lord has provided some great families but we still need the resources to support the work.

Calvary Chapel Chilpancingo

Church Planting Conference

We thank God for the opportunity to learn more about planting churches by attending Calvary Chapel Rosarito’s Church Planting Conference. The conference was a great tool as we heard from church planting pastor’s. They gave us great words of encouragement and wisdom. We pray and hope to plant more Calvary Chapel churches in the near future.

Handling the Pandemic

Like most churches, we took a big hit. Acapulco suffered many serious cases of Covid-19 infections. Some of our congregants have been hospitalized due to health difficulties. The church had to close its doors for approximately 3 months. As of right now, they have allowed us to re-open with a maximum capacity of 40 people. The good news is that this season forced us to grow in creating quality videos for our sermons. We are able to have live online services for both Sunday and Wednesday studies and now verse by verse teachings are reaching many homes in Latin America. Jesus continues to honor His word regardless of the situation.