Greetings from Mexico,
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
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)
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