Greetings from Mexico,
I have some exciting news to share with you about an important new ministry in the church! In March, we opened up the “El Faro” (lighthouse) halfway house/discipleship men’s home! This new ministry is run by my friend and minister partner Uriel Gonzalez and his wife Jody! (and son Jonathon too!)
Uriel came to our church straight from a US jail over 10 years ago, with a tough past and looking for hope! Over the years, Uriel has graduated from our intern program, completed a 9 month discipleship program, found a virtuous wife at the church, and even left for a season to serve as an assistant pastor of one of our new church plants! But three years ago, God called this Godly couple back home to Rosarito with a vision to start this discipleship home!
The “Lighthouse” discipleship home is a sober living house for men who have graduated from a rehab center/ mens’ home! As you can imagine, many men struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. Our church is (and always will be ) a place where anyone can come and receive free help and Godly counsel.
And on average, we place 4 men and women in rehabilitation homes. The problem is that many of these friends have much difficulty staying sober and faithful to the Lord when they leave/ graduate and attempt to move back into society!
Three years ago, Uriel came to me with his vision of opening up and leading a sober living men’s home! In this facility, the men would work full time at a job and pay rent and their own expenses, while also being disciple daily, and learn to serve in our local church! Just this past month we had our official grand opening as four men moved into this new rental home directly next door to the house of Uriel and Jody!
These men got to move in free, and have everything provided for them, as they went out each morning to search for a job! Even though our economy here is struggling, praise the Lord, all four men found full time employment WITHIN THE FRST WEEK! These men also have their personal devotions each morning followed by a discipleship breakfast with Uriel.
After work, these men return home to rest and serve in the church which is located only a few blocks away! These men are learning sober living skills that we believe are going to last them for a lifetime! Many of them are also hoping to be restored to their children and families!
We are so thankful for each one of you our precious ministry partners! It is through your love, prayers, and financial partnership that we are able to reach what Jesus called, “the least of these!” Thank you so much for partnering with us. We feel honored and blessed to serve the Lord together with you in the ripe mission fields of Mexico!
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would bless the four men that are living in our discipleship/sober living home!
#2- That God would continue to provide for the needs of our family and church in Rosarito!
#1- Praise God for our 22nd church plant that we were blessed to send out to Campeche at the end of March!
#2- Praise the Lord for the grand opening of our long prayed over men’s discipleship home, El Faro!