Greetings from Mexico,
I hope this update finds you and your family healthy and blessed! This past month, our church was blessed to host the national Pastors and leaders conference for Mexico. We had 100’s of friends fly in from all over Mexico along with the local ministries and churches and the conference was amazing!
The title of the conference was “The Message from Paul to the Ephesian Elders.” The Biblical text was taken from Paul’s message to the Ephesian elders found in the 2nd half of Acts chapter 20. Each one of the main sessions covered one major theme from Paul’s farewell address.
I was blessed to teach on the Importance of Preaching Repentance to Both Believers and Unbelievers. My Bible text was Acts 20:21, “testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” In this teaching, I reminded the attenders of the importance of believers repenting and confessing their sins so their hearts and minds can be cleansed.
I also challenged each church in attendance to continually give a clear Gospel invitation at each service so the unbelieving guests in their church can respond in repentance and faith to the message of Jesus and receive the gift of salvation! Our church has given an invitation at every service from the very beginning in 2002, and we have seen God bless that immensely!
Personally, I was blessed by the other teachings in the conference which included my local friends, Pastors Chris Martinez of Tijuana and Juan Domingo of Horizonte Ensenada. Pastor Juan is my unofficial mentor, as he was the first gringo Missionary from the Calvary Chapel movement to move to Mexico to church plant over 40 years ago. Since Pastor Juan lives just south of us in Ensenada, he has continually offered me encouragement and counseling, especially in regards to our church planting endeavors.
One of the blessings of having a large and beautiful church campus is it allows us to freely share our facility with our friends around Mexico and beyond by hosting large national conferences. These free conferences offer both child care and meals, and are always a great blessing to everyone in attendance. It’s also fun for me to see how our church staff serves willingly and with a smile. I also want to thank you, our generous supporters who have partnered with our family and ministry so that now together we can be a blessing beyond our local borders.
On the church side of things, we did have a coronavirus scare with several of our friends contracting the virus. (Thankfully, no one in our family contracted it) Unfortunately, we had to do a temporary re-shut down of the church to keep everyone safe. During that time, we installed a large AIR SCRUBBING machine for our church’s AC/heating system! Thankfully in the past month since we re-opened, we haven’t had any new cases of the virus in our church or on our staff, and little by little people continue to return to the church!
On a more positive church note, we were able to bring back baptisms in October for the first time since the pandemic! We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised as 13 new believers made the decision to publically identify with Jesus Christ through the waters of baptism. Each one of these baby believers are so precious to our Lord Jesus, and it was fantastic to see our church family spontaneously break out into applause as each one exited the baptismal waters!
Finally, we feel honored and blessed that you have chosen to partner with us as your missionaries in these difficult times. It’s through your financial support that God provides for our physical needs, and through your prayers that God provides our spiritual needs. THANK YOU!
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would keep our family, church, and city from this horrible Corona Virus.
#2- That God would bless our upcoming Holiday and Christmas outreach events!
#1- Praise God that we were able to host the national pastors and leader’s conference.
#2- Praise God for the healthy re-opening of our church after a minor corona virus scare!
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