Greetings from Mexico,
This past month we celebrated Mexico’s Independence Day with an outreach celebration at the church. In this update I wanted to tell you about all of the wonderful things that God did on that very special day.
First off, a brief Mexico History lesson. Many American’s believe that Mexican’s celebrate their Independence Day on the Cinco de Mayo Holiday, but that is not true. Mexico actually celebrates their Independence day on September 16th. For it was on that day back in the year 1810 that a Mexican Priest named Miguel Hidalgo urged his fellow Mexicans to take up arms against the Spanish Government. This “Grito de Dolores” (Cry of pain) as it is commonly called, led to a decade long struggle that eventually ended 300 years of oppressive Colonial Rule and Independence for Mexico.
To celebrate Mexico’s Independence, our church went ALL OUT to put on a wonderful community outreach and Sunday celebration. First off, that weekend our church partnered with a local house building ministry called Baja Christian Ministries to complete a house build for a single mom in our community. While that was going on, others from our church went door to door sharing the love of Jesus and inviting our community to come out to our Church’s Independence Day celebration to be held the following day. On Sunday morning, our church was decked out head to toe with a giant Mexican flag and many colorful and festive decorations.
One of my favorite things to do each Sunday is join our Greeters at the church gates to welcome people as they get to church. I distinctly remember a visiting family that Sunday that appeared to be going through some really tough times. I introduced myself to them, and they explained to me some of the trials that they were battling through and they also mentioned that it was their first time visiting our church. At the conclusion of the service, joy welled up in my heart as I saw the father of this family raise his hand high to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. This man was one of many that made first time professions of faith on that special Independence Day Sunday.
Outside in the church patio and parking lot, we had many food booths offering the best Mexican cuisine on the planet. (I know because I sampled them all! J ) On special days like this, our church often allows people in the church to sell food and keep their profits. We do this for two reasons. First off, we allow this so that our congregants can earn some extra money in this difficult economy. But these special food sale days are also a blessing to our congregation as they get to enjoy the wide range of culinary gifting’s in our church family.
To help the celebration, our church provided a free family and friend’s photo booth for people to dress up in Traditional Mexican outfits and take fun photos together. We were happy to give out those photos free of charge the following Sunday where the pictures were received with shrieks of joy and barrels of laughter.
We finished up the celebration by hiring a traditional Mexican Dance troupe to put on a folkloric dance presentation in the sanctuary. It was wonderful to see the culture and freedom of Mexico combined with the freedom that we have as Christians in Christ.
Over the years it has been a blessing for our family to learn about the amazing culture of the Mexican people whom have embraced our family over these past 11 years. We are honored and privileged that God allows us to serve here.
Finally, I would like to once again thank you for your partnership 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 could not do this ministry without your love, prayers, and support.
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
- Please pray that God would strengthen those that professed faith at our Independence Day Celebration and at our other services.
- Please pray that God would provide for the needs of our family and church. And because we have been asked about our support, I wanted to give you the support details of how we can be supported as missionaries. (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 click on the button on the bottom of this page “Become a Financial Partner”. If you want your gift to go to support our family, please write “Vincent” in the “purpose of gift” section.