Vincent Family February 2017 Missions Update

Greetings from Mexico,

The Bible teaches us in Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done!” Over the years, our church has become a hub to help the hurting in our city, and in this update, I want to tell you about a few of the mercy ministries that our church offers to our community!

Every month or so, we host a dump outreach. There are 100’s of people that live in shacks out at the Tijuana dump. These poor folks struggle with addiction and attempt to eek out a meager living by scavenging for trash which they sell to try and survive. This past Saturday our church sent a team to minister in the dump! This team brought with them 1000 sandwiches, gently used clothing, and they offered free haircuts and medical care. They also brought activities to play with the children that live there in the dump!

Most importantly, when we go to the dump (or anywhere else) we share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ! We also bring along some leaders from a local Christian rehab center to invite any of the folks living in the dump a safe place to heal if they are ready to leave and come with us! (This past weekend, one man accepted our offer, left the dump and joined the discipleship home this past weekend!)

Our church also hosts two mercy ministries at our Rosarito campus. Our first ministry is a simple food ministry that provides a large box of food staples for anyone that has a need! (no questions ask) We also have emergency financial assistance funds for those that have medical needs!

Also at our church, we continue to host our Saturday morning kids club that Sarah began over 14 years ago. In this club we pick up poor children in our community and we bring them to the church where we feed them and give them a fun and safe afternoon focused around Jesus!

Our church is also honored to support and partner with a local children’s feeding kitchen that feeds children in our community! Along those lines, one of our earliest church plants located in the poor area of Tijuana (Vista del Valle) has built 2 feeding kitchens of their own that feed a combine 60 needy children every day!

Finally, we are blessed to have two orphanages whose children call our church there home! Most of these children have gotten saved in our church, then baptized, and many of them are even serving now! And up untill 6 months ago we even had a rehabilitation center joining us for our weekly services! (Until they broke away and became one of our recent church plants!- CCLiberty Ranch)

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “inasmuch as you did this to one of the least of these, you did it unto me” It is our honor and privilege to be merciful to the poor, the orphan and the hurting here in Mexico. And as you partner with our family, you too are spreading compassion and partnering in these wonderful mercy ministries! Thank you so much!

 

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

Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel

 

Prayer Requests:

#1- Pray for that God will continue to open doors for different mercy ministries in Mexico!

#2- Pray that God will continue to provide for the financial needs of our family personally!

#3- Pray that God will help us purchase our building, as our 5 year lease runs out later this year!

Vincent Family January 2017 Missions Update

Greetings from Mexico,

In this update I wanted to tell you the story of a special young man that I have had the opportunity to mentor and grown to love. Over 5 years ago I was visiting a local discipleship home (men’s rehab center) when I met for the first time a young man named Eduardo (Lalo) Fernandez. I began to share about church planting, and this young man’s ears perked up as he heard about God’s desire to plant churches throughout Mexico!

I later found out that Lalo had been born and raised in the 2nd largest city in Mexico, Guadalajara. He eventually snuck into the USA in a search to find his fortune, but instead he found heartache and difficulty and returned to Mexico addicted to drugs! After getting saved and then disciple at a local Christian rehab center, Lalo entered Bible college where he met his future wife (Linda) and after graduating, they got married!

Lalo and I had been talking about his desire to church plant, so I invited him to join our church staff so that we could train him up and send him out! For two years, Lalo and his wife Linda served faithfully with us while also working full time at a local orphanage. After completing our church planting program, their small family (now 3) set off on a 6 month journey as missionaries to assist in a new work located in Nicaragua.

Upon his return, I asked Lalo to take our 2nd year advance church planting course which he completed with excellence. Over that time, God gave Lalo and some friends a deep calling to church plant in the city of his birth Guadalajara. (A historic city with few churches and very little Christian witness!)

Meanwhile, in Rosarito Lalo continued to grow in his gifting while serving with us in a variety of different ministries. He became an excellent Bible teacher and a wise and respected leader. A few months ago, I was blessed to be able to travel to Guadalajara (my first time) with Lalo and his family on his church planting vision tour! While there, we evangelized, sought the Lord, and searched for possible locations for this future plant. God spoke clearly to us that the time had arrived for this team to be sent out.

This past weekend, our church had the honor and privilege of sending out Lalo and his ministry team to begin this great work! This is the 15th Church planting team we have had the honor of sending out over the past 8 years! We feel so blessed that God has turned our church that started out as a small home Bible study into a sending hub that plants churches to help reach Mexico and beyond!

Lalo has three goals for his church plant that he has asked for you to pray for. #1- Please pray that they can clearly TEACH the word of God. Secondly, they want to EXALT the name of Jesus in Guadalajara! Third, they want to REACH the many non-believers in their community! Please pray that Capilla Calvario Esperanza Viva (Calvary Chapel Living Hope) can accomplish these worthy goals!

Finally, I want to remind you that this church plant and all of the future souls that are saved and discipled there ARE YOUR SPIRITUAL FRUIT! As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase!” This verse is a reminder that as you partner with us your missionaries, we get to partner together in all of these church planting adventures.

Biblically, church planting is and always has been a team effort. It takes senders (like you) and also those that are willing to go! (Lalo and his church planting team) The end result is that God does a new work as we get to partner together in the fields of the Lord! Thank you so much for your prayers and partnership and love for our family!

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

Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel

 

Prayer Requests:

#1- Pray for that God will do a mighty work through this new church plant in Guadalajara!

#2- Pray for the right apartment for Lalo’s family, and location for the church!

#3- Pray that God will continue to provide for the financial needs of our family personally!

End of the Year Update!

Vincent  Family December  2016  Ministry  Update!

Greetings from Mexico,

We hope that you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we approach the end of the year, this is a wonderful time to reflect back on God’s faithfulness and blessing. In this final update of 2016, I want to give thanks with you for the great things that God has done in this past year.

#1- We witnessed over 450 first time professions of faith this past year during our main church services.

#2-  Our daughter Grace read over 20 books and was able to catch some of her favorite bands in concert with her missionary friends!

#3- Mike and Sarah were able to get away to Northern California for some R and R!

#4-  We were able to plant four new churches. (In La Mision and Mazatlan Mexico and San Ysidro, Ca., and Punta Gorda Florida!)

#5- Our son Daniel finally gave up soccer, and followed in his dad’s footsteps and joined a team to play basketball! (He is 14 ½ and almost 6 feet tall)

#6- This summer we had over 300 children enrolled in our summer Vacation Bible School.

#7- 240  new believers publically exhibited their faith in Jesus through the waters of baptism.

#8-   Sarah continued to get the “home school mom  of the year”  award as she helped our children navigate through high school!

#9- 160 adults graduated from our Pillars adult discipleship course!

#10-  Our church was able to reach the least of these in our community, local orphanages, Haitian refugees, and the city dump through mercy and medical ministries!

We want to thank you for partnering with our family this past year. It was our most blessed and fruitful year ever, and we look forward to partnering together in 2017  and we are asking God to do even greater things!  May God bless you with a Jesus filled Christmas and a very happy New Year!

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

Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
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