Vincent September 2014 Update

Greetings from Mexico,

At the end of September, we were honored to send out a new church planting family and in this update I wanted to share their heartwarming story with you.

I first met Pedro Ramirez on the streets of Rosarito 7 years ago. Pedro was a drug addict that had recently been deported and had hit rock bottom. But God loved Pedro and had a plan for Pedro’s life that Pedro could have never believed.

After visiting our church and hearing the Gospel, Pedro repented of his sins, responded in faith to Jesus and was saved. Unfortunately, even though Pedro continued to attend our church, he also continued to struggle with his addictions. Eventually, Pedro came to me and asked for help and we sent him off to the men’s discipleship home that we partner with. (For those of you that don’t know, for anyone that needs help and hope, we will take them off of the streets and put them in a discipleship home {rehab center} absolutely free of charge!)

Pedro spent nine months at this discipleship home (“Rancho Poeima” located in Ensenada) and upon graduating, moved back to the church and joined our staff as one of our interns. For two years Pedro worked hard and served God and the people and learned the ins and outs of ministry. Over that time, Pedro made himself so valuable to me, that I offered him a full time paid staff position upon his graduation from our two year internship program. Also during that time, Pedro met his future wife Angeles at the church and they were married in a beautiful God honoring ceremony.

During his past two years on staff at the church, Pedro has led a number of ministries and was ordained as an Assistant Pastor earlier this year. Pedro also began to share with me the burden that God had placed on his heart to return to his hometown of Leon Guanajuato to plant a church.

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The historic city of Leon is the 7th largest city in Mexico with a population of well over 2 million people. Leon is also virtually unreached with the Gospel and has very few Christian churches. Pedro knows this city well because he spent his first 18 years in Leon, and to this day Pedro’s parents and most of his family members still live there.

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To prepare, last year Pedro enrolled in our one year church planting program, and he excelled as he practiced his preaching and learned about the blessings and the challenges of church planting. Pedro and his wife also took several short term missions trips (vision tours) to visit Leon where they scouted out the land, preached the Gospel, and prayed over the city.

All of this led up to our big “Sending Sunday” where we designated an entire Sunday service to focus on missions and this call that God has laid on the lives of Pedro and Angeles. During this service, Pedro and his wife shared with our congregation, and we ended the service by laying hands on their church planting team and we sent them out to do the work that God is calling them to do. (Two single men will also be moving with them from Rosarito to assist in the work.)

We are blown away with the work that God is doing through church planting in our church and ministry. Pedro and Angeles are the third church planters that we have sent out in the past year, and we are excited to see how God is going to use them with this church plant. And as partners in our ministry, their spiritual fruit is also yours.

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:
1. Please pray that God would bless Pedro and Angeles as they move to Leon Guanajuato to plant the church!
2. Please pray that God would bless my upcoming church planting course and our new batch of church planters that are enrolled.
3. Please pray that God would provide for the needs of our family and church. (support details below)

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