Easter Week!

Greetings from Mexico,

At the beginning of the month, we were blessed to celebrate Easter Sunday with our believing friends all over the world. We find the message of Easter in Matthew 28:6, where an angel told the women standing around the tomb, “He is not here, He is risen” and the good news of Easter is that Jesus is alive!

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For our ministry, we celebrated the Resurrection all week long at our church beginning with a special Passover service, which was followed by a Good Friday celebration, and then of course our weekend Easter services. In this update, I wanted to report to you all of the great things that Jesus did during Easter week through His church!

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The weekend began on Friday night with our annual Easter Drama and Choir presentation. This year, we had two showings and the presentation was off the charts amazing. The program included our best choir yet which led us in anointed singing and worship! The adult choir was also joined by a children’s choir and a girls dance troupe that livened up the evening.

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After a couple of choir numbers, the drama team reenacted the triumphal entry with Jesus entering into the sanctuary surrounded by crowds of costumed actors crying joyously, “Hosanna, blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!”

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The entire drama was powerful, but the highlight was definitely the resurrection scene, where Jesus appeared to Mary in front of a full size empty tomb. We followed this scene with the presentation of the Gospel to our many first time visitors in the audience. This was a wonderful night and everyone left encouraged.

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On Saturday and Sunday we celebrated Easter Weekend at our church. The title of my Easter sermon was “JESUS IS ALIVE” and we had numerous first time visitors in attendance. The biggest blessing of all was that after I shared the Gospel at the end of the sermon, we had 18 people profess faith in Jesus for the very first time. Please keep these special folks in your prayers.

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For me personally, a special Easter blessing was our church presented me with a brand new pulpit for Easter! This pulpit is very modern looking,  it has a video screen embedded in front, and it is a whopping 48 inches wide! (Leaving plenty of room for me and my translators to share the teaching space.)

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Also on Easter Sunday, we were happy to offer a special fun filled program for our children led by the greatest clown troupe in the world,  “Evangelion and the league of faith!”  As the children gathered outside, each child was reminded that they are loved by Jesus and important to their church as they danced and laughed and praised our King.

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Each child left the celebration with a Easter balloon and a bag of candy.   To top it all off, we offered free snacks and drinks and free Easter family photos for everyone to remember this awesome weekend.

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In an effort to plug in our many new visitors to the church, the following weekend we offered our new folks bbq and desert. We hold these special “get to know you” gatherings often and for these meetings we had over 125 new folks attend. Each one of these people have less than 2 months in our church, and many of them had attended the church for the very first time during Easter week. Most importantly, each one of these individuals are loved by God and in need of a church family to love them and to equip them to do what God has called them to do. Please join us in praying that we would be able to effectively meet the needs of these many visitors and new believers that are coming to our church.

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Finally, I can’t finish up a letter without once again thanking you for partnering with our family and ministry.  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 the new believers and our visitors would get plugged into our fellowship and feel loved and welcomed!
  2. Please pray that God would provide for the needs of our family. (We have lost several supporters in the past 6 months and our support has been down)
  3. Praise God for the spiritual fruit that he is bringing in through His church!

 

 

 

 

The Little Boy

Greetings from Mexico,

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littleboy7In this update we wanted to share with you some good news about one of the strangest events that have happened to our family in our nearly 13 years of living here in Mexico! Almost 4 years ago, we saw a local advertisement asking for Americans to serve as extras in a feature film called “Little Boy” that was going to be filmed at Fox Studios in Southern Rosarito. On a whim, our family went to the auditions and to our surprise, Grace, Daniel and Sarah were all hired as movie extras! (Mike tried out too, but he didn’t have the right stuff and he was not hired.)

 

littleboy2The next 2 months were full of work and fun as our family’s homeschool schedule was turned upside down as we stepped into this great opportunity! We are happy to announce that after 3 long years of waiting, “Little Boy” will finally be coming to a theater near you with it’s grand openings set for April 24th! To best explain the plot of this faith building, family friendly film, I will leave it up to the professionals and quote the official press release that describes the film.

 

LITTLE BOY is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father haslittleboy6 for his son.

 

Set in the 1940s, LITTLE BOY is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7- year-old little boy. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde, LITTLE BOY highlights themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity.

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Recently, our family was blessed to attend a pre-release movie showing located at Biola University with some of our friends from the church who also served as extras. Also attending this showing was the film’s director, producer, and the young star of the film. As our family watched the completed film for the first time, we were awestruck as we saw Grace featured prominently in some very important scenes. Daniel and Sarah also appeared in the film along with over 20 more of our missionary friends from church.

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Grace, Daniel and Sarah worked on set for many days, and they were treated as professional actors, not untrained extras! In the film, Grace appears in the class picture scene right next to the star (little boy) and also in the movie theater scene. Keep your eye out for little Daniel as he appears as one of the bullies chasing and harassing the main character (little boy) throughout the film. Finally, Sarah got to get all dressed up in fashionable clothing as she appeared as both a soldier’s mother and a townsperson.

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We are very proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of this faith building film, and we want to encourage you to attend this movie on it’s opening weekend. (April 24th, and please bring your family and friends with you.) And as you enjoy the film, keep your eye out for our family members which will be popping up on the big screen from time to tilittleboy3me!

 

Finally, I can’t finish up a letter without once again thanking you for partnering with our family and ministry. 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 this movie “Little Boy” is a success so that other family friendly films can be made here in Baja!
  2. Please pray that God would provide for the needs of our family.
  3. Please pray that God will continue to bring us those that He has called so that we can train them up and send them out!

 

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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.

 

 

 

Ministering in La Paz

Greetings from Mexico,
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This past month I had the privilege of traveling south to one of our more recent church plants located in the capital city of South Baja,  La Paz.  As I traveled south towards La Paz, I felt like I was following in the giant footsteps of the Apostle Paul.

In Paul’s later missionary journey’s , he revisited some of his previous church plants to encourage the brethren and get an update on how things are going! Later, after returning from visiting those church plants, Paul would eventually return home to his sending church and supporters and update them and encourage them with reports from the field. (And that is what I get to do for you in this update!)

For this particular trip, I had two purposes for my time in La Paz. First off, I was going to get to teach at a non-denominational Pastors and leaders conference made available free of charge to any pastors and leaders in the area. This conference was a huge blessing and for the 100+  that attended, they all left encouraged and hopeful.

But then I was also blessed to travel down with a construction team sent out by our good friends at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. This gifted team came down to work on the physical church building at our church plant and the results ended up looking  amazing!


This team transformed the church sanctuary from a drab musty building, into a beautiful modern looking sanctuary decked out with all of the most recent amenities. This team worked hard to construct a large carpeted stage and they painted the ceiling. They also had a carpenter that custom built a double wide pulpit.  (La Paz is a bilingual church,  with both a teacher and translator teaching behind the pulpit!) Two flat screen televisions were also purchased and mounted to complete the remodel!

I wish you could have witnessed the looks on their faces as this young congregation entered their sparkling new sanctuary on that following Sunday morning. There was a mixture of joy and thankfulness as they stood and looked around,  amazed at what God had done for them.

I was given the honor of leading worship that Sunday as well as preaching. My sermon  focused on having peace in these end times. (La Paz has been hit hard recently with crime and drug cartel violence) It was inspiring to see a full house of new believers worshipping God and celebrating Jesus. And my precious friends, this is all fruit to your account as we partner together to reach Mexico and the world for Jesus.

After providing the church with a free lunch, we ended up our trip by hosting the very first Bible conference at this 6-month old church plant.  This conference ended around 4pm and it seemed like everyone stayed around until the very end, as no one wanted to leave their beautiful new facility.

Throughout my week in La Paz, I felt like a proud daddy watching his little boy take his first steps. In the summer of 2014, our church sent down a team of 10 to plant this work, and with the Lord’s help, they have accomplished far more than I could have ever asked or thought.  It is so exciting to see this church plant (and our other ones too) so much farther along in their spiritual development than our church was at that same stage of ministry.

Finally, I can’t finish up a letter without once again thanking you for partnering with our family.  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.

Con mucho amor de Mexico,  (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel

Prayer Requests:
Please pray that God would continue to bless the church in La Paz!
Please pray that God would bless our new batch of church planters that we had enroll in this new class of 2015!
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.