September Update

Hello everyone! Greetings from Tijuana, Mexico! I wanted to share a little bit with you about what the Lord has been doing in my life here at CC Pedregales in these last few months.

I am still overseeing the Children’s Ministry here at CCP (Calvary Chapel Pedregales). We average about 60 kids on Wed. and Sun. services. I am currently teaching the 9-11 year old class on Wed. nights as we are lacking a teacher for this class. It is a joy to be teaching again, as I’ve been out of the classroom for sometime now, focusing on teacher training.

Preschool class

jevas-1Our after school program, “Amigos del Rey” (Friends of the King), has kept me very busy. We currently feed 30 children from the neighborhood a healthy lunch three days per week, (Tues. Thurs. and Fri.).The kids come from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and they eat, wash their dishes, brush their teeth, play table games, and then do their homework. We have a small staff that runs this program, and are always in need of more help. We have some kids who are 9, 10, and 11 that don’t know how to read as they have not been in school! With our limited staff, it’s difficult to give them the one-on-one help that they need, but we are praying and know that God will send us more laborers! jevas-2

It is a joy to serve and minister to these kids. Each one of them has a story, and many of them are not good! There is lots of abuse, sexual and physical, and neglect which is common in poverty stricken places, where drugs and alcohol are prevalent. They are very much at-risk, and so we are here to show them a different way! ☺ They all need Jesus, and that’s just what we give them.

jevas-4We now have the support from the local DIF here in Tijuana (They are children’s social services). They recently came and provided tamales for all of the kids, and backpacks for school. This is a big achievement, as here in Tijuana, it’s very different than in the states, and to have their support is a big deal!

jevas-3They will also be giving us food on a weekly basis for the kids to take home, fresh fruits and vegetables…We also have a dentist friend who is Christian and is seeing every child free of charge! I see every day, how dear these children are to God’s heart, and I am honored to be a small part in what He is doing for them. I feel that this is the reason that God brought me to Mexico back in 1996, for these very children. I ask you to pray for these kids and our staff, that God would continue to bless us, giving the adults wisdom in how to best meet their needs.

We just celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16th. We had an all church party and dressed in typical Mexican clothing and ate a very delicious typical meal called “Pozole.” We also celebrate the freedom that we have in Tijuana to worship God.

jevas-5 In July, we had our 2nd annual Graduation dinner honoring all of the kids from our church who graduated from Elementary, Jr. High, High School, and College. There were a total of 14 this year! We want to honor each milestone graduation each year, as it is difficult to stay in school in Tijuana.

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These are just some of the happenings here at Calvary Chapel Pedregales in these last few months! Thanks to you all for your many years of prayers and support for me in Tijuana!

God bless you all!
Deanna Jevas
Serving in Tijuana, Mexico

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”—Galatians 2:20

Fall is here

Hello friends and family,

Well, fall is here and we are grateful for the cooler weather!  Summer was a blast here with the kids, we were able to take all 30 kids from our after school program “Amigos del Rey,” (friends of the King), to a water park near Ensenada! Only one child knew how to swim, it was crazy, but fun also. It was a day that these kids will remember for a very long time. For some, it was their first time ever in a pool.

We are back in the swing of things for the new school year. The kids need school uniforms and shoes. We are working on getting them all school shoes, God continues to bless these kids–He loves them so much and provides for all of their needs.

This Saturday our church body is giving a surprise wedding for Suzette, a young married girl who grew up in our congregation who is battling Leukemia. She was given her last chemo. treatment and has a 20% chance to live. She is married to Alex legally, but never had her dream wedding. Well, we are giving it to her and I am so blessed to see the congregation coming together to give of their time and money to make this happen.

We recently had an outreach for the local police and fire-fighters of Tijuana. We decided to bless them with a prime rib dinner as a thank you for all they do for the community. Calvary Chapel San Juan Capistrano funded this event and served at it as well. We showed the movie “Courageous,” and many hands were raised to receive Jesus after the gospel message was given. Prayerfullly, this is the beginning of something big, as the Tijuana chief of police, when asked what their biggest need is, responded with “Spiritual.” Lord willing, we would like to start a chaplain training program to help the Tijuana police and fire dept.

Mexican Independence Day was on Sept. 15th. and we had a huge party here at the church to celebrate! It was such a wonderful event with the entire church body! We ate Pozole (a delicious meal), had games for the kids, a costume contest, and we ended the night in prayer for the country of Mexico. It all ended at about 1:30 a.m.! God bless Mexico!!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

PRAISE REPORT:  God blessed me with a new car!! A 1998 Toyota Rav4. It is in excellent condition and I am thankful to my Lord for His provisions!

1.  continued blessings for Orphans First, the organization that funds our feeding program for the kids here.

2.  for a miraculous healing for Suzette, and for her family to stay grounded and grow stronger in their faith.

3.  for the chaplaincy program for the local police and fire-fighters of Tijuana; men to give of their time to serve here, and men to do training in this area.

4.  For Federico Acosta and his wife Nena as they embark on a new journey as Senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Pedregales. Pray that their needs as a family would be met with an increase in his salary.

4. for all of our spiritual and physical needs here to continue to be met. I am in continual awe of how God supplies for all of our needs as a church and personally.  PRAISE HIM!

Thanks for your prayers for me and the people of Tijuana and especially for the children that I serve here. It is a PRIVILEGE and and HONOR to serve the Lord

Field trip to the water park

Field trip to the water park

Suzette

Suzette

Prime rib dinner for Police officers of Tijuana

Tijuana police officers responding to the gospel

mexican independence day

Mexican Independence Day

Summer Happenings at Calvary Chapel Pedregales

Hola from beautiful Tijuana Baja CA.  It has been too long since writing my last newsletter!

Summer started with a bang here at Calvary Chapel Pedregales with our annual V.B.S. in JunCalvary Chapel Shoreline came again and supported us this summer funding the project. We averaged about 100 kids per day, for 5 days. The theme was “Agency D3”–Discover, Decide, Defend. It was a beautiful and fun way of presenting the gospel and then deciding what to do with all the evidence collected throughout the week of who Jesus was.  It was a huge success, and the bretheren from Shoreline were awesome! They helped tremendously with the kids and even had time to build 6 picnic tables for our patio, a closet in Deanna’s house, and various other projects around the church. We are blessed to call them friends and pray that they will be back again next year.

Calvary Chapel Shoreline V.B.S. team

Calvary Chapel Shoreline V.B.S. team.

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Worshiping Jesus–a highlight of each day!

ready to learn about Mission's

ready to learn about Missions

Arts n Crafts

Arts n Crafts

Our new tables

Our new tables

Rosemary and Christina are growing up!  I homeschooled them most of their lives, and they have grown into beautiful young ladies who love Jesus and serve him with all their heart. Rosemary is driving now, and has a heart for Missions. She is serving now short term in Guadalajara and will begin Bible College in Ensenada in August.

Rosemary driving for the first time on the freeway.

Rosemary driving for the first time on the freeway.

Pastor Federico and his family lives with us here, and Federico will soon be ordained as Senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Pedregales and we are excited for this and will pray for this beautiful family as they take this step of faith and serve the Lord full time.

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Pastor Federico and his wife Nena, kids Aaron and Lesly

I had a milestone birthday this year–I can’t believe that I am 50 years old! I don’t know where the time has gone, but it’s been a lovely 50 with almost 20 of them serving Jesus here in Tijuana.

Deanna's birthday bash!

Deanna’s birthday bash!

 

 

 

 

 

January update

Blessings to all who read this update!

barn animalsI am blessed as ever serving here at Calvary Chapel Pedregales and Tijuana.  We just had a two day staff meeting at Pastor Chris’ house in Cantamar to plan out the activities at both churches for the entire year!  Our minds felt a bit fried at the end, (well, at least mine did), but it felt good to get everything on paper. I am looking forward to a blessed 2013 and ready to be used by God how ever He desires to!

We ended 2012 with a bang! So many fun activities in the month of December—too many to write about, but here are a few highlights

The kids of CC Pedregales once again put on an excellent Christmas drama. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s true—every year is better than the last. They really put 100% into it; they’ve actually become quite the performers. We had practices daily for about two weeks, and they came in the rain, even some were sick but never missed a practice. This drama focused on the animals in the stable and they told the story of the birth of Jesus from their perspective.  Then of course, they all sang and danced at the end—it was fabulous!

The Lord again provided shoebox gifts for all of our kids through CC Saving Grace. About 43 brothers and sisters came out and blessed all of the kids with a gift, and we had a clown group give a great gospel message with games and lots of fun and of course the opportunity to receive Him as their Lord and Savior. A big thank you (a little late) to David Wilkinson and all of the saints from Saving Grace!!

deanna and the gift giving

All of the teachers from CC Pedregales and CC Tijuana gathered together and formed a choir for Christmas this year. It was our first ever choir and it was such a blessing to sing praises to our King during a special Christmas service. I hope to keep this tradition going as it was a time of bonding and sweet fellowship. Please pray for more teachers to be raised up. Three had to step down from ministry this month due to changes in their work schedules.

I was able to surprise my mom and be with my family on Dec. 24th and 25th to celebrate Christmas with them. I haven’t done this in a long time so it was very special. We had a great time together!

I was also blessed to be able to attend this year’s Mission’s Conference at Murrieta Hot Springs in January. My mom lives about 5 minutes from the Conference Center so I was able to stay with her which was a double blessing for me. It’s always a great time to see friends and fellow missionaries serving in different places around the globe and to hear what God is doing. I look forward to this every year—it is a great way to start off the New Year. Deanna, a fellow missionary friend,  is leaving for India soon to serve there for one year.

Thanks again for all of your prayers for us here in Tijuana, and please pray for the little ones and the elderly with these cold temperatures. Praise God for the break in the recent weather change, but I’m sure that winter is not over yet, and with no insulation in the homes and no heat, it gets c-o-l-d.

Let me tell you about my friend Debbora Braddish. She has been with us at CC Tijuana for about 7 years now. She has been such a great blessing to all of us—she is an example of a Christian woman who is truly abandoned to the Lord.  While here in Tijuana, she founded an organization called “Operation Mercy.” This is a group of brothers and sisters that went out and ministered to the poorest of the poor on the streets of Tijuana, showing mercy to many people by healing their wounds, washing their feet, helping the elderly by changing their diapers….She is now being called to Calcutta India. She has a visa for 10 years, and she is going not knowing where she will live, but is just being obedient to the Lord’s calling to show mercy to the poorest of the poor in India.  She has sold everything that she owns, and has only a backpack of the necessary items for her trip, as she will be on foot much of the time.  I am telling you a little bit about her so that you could pray for her as she goes on her adventure of faith. I along with many others, will truly miss her.

  • Pictures:

  • #1: My Dear Friend Debbora

  • #2: Kids singing and dancing at the finale of the Drama

  • #3: Yareli and her Christmas gift

  • #4: Kids worshiping Jesus

  • #5: Kids clowning around

  • #6: Teacher’s Christmas choir

  • #7: My Family

  • #8: Missions Conference

My dear friend Debbora

Kids singing and dancing at the finale of the Drama

Christmas

Yareli and her Christmas gift

Kids worshiping Jesus

clowns and kids

Clowning around with the kids

Teacher’s Christmas Choir

My Beautiful Family

Mission’s Conference

AUGUST UPDATE

Summer is winding down, (although you wouldn’t know it with this heat)!  We have no a.c. here in Tijuana, so thank Jesus next time you turn your a.c. on!! 🙂

We had a fabulous Vacation Bible School this year. Our very own teachers planned the whole week, and many adults and youth from the churches helped out. Our theme this year was “Vida Salvaje” (Jungle life), and there was a different Bible verse each day that the kids memorized.   Liliana made the Bible stories come to life with all of awesome scenery and sound effects.  Once again, God provided!!  A big thanks to those who were able to give to help purchase the snacks and all the materials…for this week.

The youth of CC Pedregales did a fantastic job during this week. They did all of the decorating, assisted during the week with the kids, and cleaned up at the end of each day!  They love serving the Lord, and I thank God for them.

In June, we recognized all of the graduates–from Elementary, Jr. High, and High School.  Pastor Chris, along with others, laid hands on them praying for their spiritual life as they start new schools, and that Jesus would continue to grow them and shine his love through them to others.  My desire is to start a tradition next year with a special dinner for all the graduates, Lord willing. I had a wonderful  vacation visiting family and friends. It was a time of rest, which I thoroughly enjoyed! While on vacation, I attended the fundraiser banquet with Saving Grace. My mom and some friends joined me, and what a beautiful night! I even won a tax consult in the raffle.  It was great to see many other missionaries, and hear a little bit of what the Lord is doing.

Bible Story

 

Arts n Crafts

 

Snack Time

 

Worship Time

 

Youth cleaning up

 

 

The graduates of 2012

 

Pastor Chris and others praying for the graduates

 

Kayaking at Sunset Beach

 

Saving Grace fundraiser banquet

 

Thanks for again for your continued prayers for all of us at CC Pedregales and Tijuana!   God’s blessings to you and your families~

 

 

Calvary Chapel Tijuana July Update

Summer is in full swing at Calvary Chapel Pedregales, and the months prior have been very busy here in the Children’s Ministry, and in the church as well.

Since Easter, (my last update), there has been events it seems like every month! We started with “Kid’s Day” on Apr. 30. This is a huge celebration for the children here in Tijuana.  It’s similar to Mother’s and Father’s Day in the U.S., but Kid’s Day, (Dia del Nino), is a real big deal here!   Well, the kids from CC Pedregales, together with the kids from CC Tijuana, jumped on the bus–(yes, we were able to rent two buses)!!,  and headed out for a beautiful park here in Tijuana. It was a cowboy theme, and everyone had a great time!! The kids all wore different colored bandannas (according to the group they were in), and there were relay races, pinatas, cupcakes, prizes for the games, hot dogs, nachos, watermelon, a great drama, worship, all kinds of stuff!  Some friends from CC Saving Grace joined us for this very special day. It was so nice for all who were able to go, and for some, it was their very first time at this park!

Relay races–GO GREEN TEAM!!!!!!!

A huge THANK YOU  to all those who gave financially to make this event happen! Over $300 was raised which made it possible to take the kids to the park!

 

THANKS everyone–we love you!!!!

 

Next came Mother’s Day. We love our moms so much and the kids expressed their love by giving the moms a very special dessert tea. The Jr. High class served them, and it was fabulous! The kids sang to their moms and played games. It was very touching and special for them.  The only thing missing was my mom!!

Mom’s of CC Pedregales giving thanks

 

A beautiful time for some beautiful ladies

In May, we  had a special event at CC Tijuana, our “Mission’s Expo.”  Each one of our missionaries were presented to the congregation with the purpose of raising support teams for them in the areas of:  moral, logistics, financial, prayer, communication, and re-entry support as is outlined in the book “Serving as Senders”, by Neal Pirolo.  I was proud to represent our brother Pastor Alfonso and his wife, Adela from  CC Guadalajara.  We have missionaries in Chiapas, San Felipe, Guadalajara, and Tijuana.

Calvary Chapel Guadalajara

 

We cannot forget Father’s Day! We had our annual Pancake Breakfast for just the dad’s and their kids. They had fun decorating their pancakes to look like their dad’s faces.   We also presented a very special slide show for the dads.  A good friend, Pastor Gary Kusonaki and a team from CC San Juan Capistrano shared this special day with us.

CCP dads and their kids

Angel and April’s daddy

The dad pictured above is not a believer, but it is events like the Father’s Day breakfast that  brings him to church. The Word of God is sown, and the rest is up to the Lord!  We are praying for his salvation.

And finally, in June we had our annual “Fiesta de Libertad” (Festival of Liberty) Crusade on the streets in downtown Tijuana. Many churches stateside joined forces with us to make this event happen. It was an awesome, well organized day. I believe there were app. 3,000 hot dogs cooked and  served!  The gospel message went out to many that day, and  about 40 decisions were made for Christ!! Praise God!!!  Plans are underway as I write this for a Fiesta Crusade in San Felipe this October!  All are invited to come.

 

Fiesta de Libertad, 2012 Tijuana, B.C.

 

Clowning around at the Fiesta Crusade

“I long for Your salvation, O Lord, and Your law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise you.”  

Psalm 119:174-175 

The Lord bless you all and thanks for keeping in touch, for reading this update, and for your prayers!

 

April Update

 

“Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!”

I am blessed to serve the Lord with the children and people here in Tijuana. We had an absolutely wonderful, blessed Resurrection Day. We all gathered at our men’s discipleship home in Ensenada and heard the Good News of Jesus dying for our sins and being raised up the third day, then ate together and had fun fellowshipping and playing games together. The kids let lots of purple and white balloons go up, up, way up in the sky, just like Jesus went to be with his Father in heaven.

Pastor Chris giving the Word

kids getting ready to let the balloons go up in the sky

 

Our 4th youth Conference was held at CC Pedregales on Mar. 30th and Apr. 01.  Many youth from all the local Calvary Chapels gathered to learn from God’s Word and fellowship together. The theme was “Hacedores de la Palabra”, (Doers of the Word), focusing on the book of 1 John. They all compete in different areas all having to do with the theme, and as you can see in the photo, the youth from CC Pedregales won second place.

CC Pedregales youth at youth conference

 

 

 

Some brothers and sisters from Calvary Chapel Westgrove came for two days and we had a great time getting to know them and serve alongside them on the streets of Tijuana.  There were  about 25 of us altogether and we hit the streets of Tijuana on April 14th to share the love of Jesus with the people and to invite them to a special Evangelistic Service at our church in downtown Tijuana. The youth brought their guitars and beautiful voices, and played and sang and it really drew the people in. It was our first time doing this, and it was a great blessing and a joy to see the people come to the service.   There were about 15 decisions or re-dedications made to the Lord. We plan to do this every month.   Thanks to all from CC Westgrove for sharing your hearts and blessing us. I know we will see you again very soon!

Evangelizing in downtown Tijuana

 

youth from CC Westgrove and Rosemary singing on the streets of Tijuana

 

Evangelsim team from CC Westgrove and brethren from CC Tijuana and CC Pedregales

September through November Newsletter

Hola family and friends,

These past few months have been very busy for me, but I must say I am extremely blessed! There are always new challenges and lots of growing opportunities. This September, I accepted a teaching position at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Ensenada. I taught a Tues. morning class of 18 girls ranging in age from 16 to 50+.   It is a bilingual college with students from Mexico as well as the U.S.  One girl, Mary, came all the way from Nigeria, Africa!  The class was based on the life of Ruth and focused on 10 qualities of a godly woman.  It was clearly a challenge for me, as I teach children, and this was my first time teaching at an accredited college.  It was a lot of work, but well worth it.   I enjoyed the class thoroughly and Lord willing, will teach again in the fall of next year.

Fall semester girls from CCBC Ensenada

We enjoyed a visit from Calvary Chapel Mid Valley in October.  It was their first time visiting, and we were all so blessed by them. They did some painting, a mini V.B.S. with the kids here,  prepared a marvelous Italian dinner for our Servant’s dinner, and served in the Children’s Ministry at both churches on Sunday for all of our teachers so they could have a break.  Pastor Dave Cuff also gave an excellent message on serving the Lord.  We pray that they will return again soon!

Servant's dinner by the brethren at CC Mid Valley

 

Children’s worship

I was part of a first time English Bible Study in Ensenada with some good friends, Christina Abundis, Karen Coleman, and Monica Arista, who happen to be missionaries as well. We studied Esther with Beth Moore, and it was excellent! I haven’t been part of an English Bible Study in more than 15 years, so it was a real treat for me.  Monica, one of the gals, prepared a beautiful “Feast” for us all on the last night, and we called it the “Feast of Purim.”  What a blessing it was to study the Word of  God together.   God is so full of blessings!

Thanks Monica for a fabulous evening!

Our own "Feast of Purim" after studying the book of Esther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s blessings to all of you and a Merry CHRISTmas to you!  Thanks for your continued prayers for us!

Calvary Chapel Pedregales August update

We have had such a great time over these past few months with many activities in both churches, all focusing on the family!  In August we had our Vacation Bible School with over 100 kids each day. It was for three days, and was a tremendous success; and we did it all by ourselves! The teachers from both churches got together and just decided to plan it and do it! The theme verse was Colossians 3:23 “And whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord and not to men…

The Worship Team

The focus was on using our talents and gifts that the Lord has given us in our churches, schools, and homes. The worship was awesome!! These kids were raising their little hands and praising Jesus; it was a blessing to see them together with the adults worshiping Jesus.  I know that God was smiling down on us.

Kids worshiping Jesus

They had teaching from the Word, learned about silk screening, photography, and dance, and even presented a little dance on the last day. It was such a joy to see all of those kids every day, and the servants working together to bless these little guys. And we did it all on a budget of $300!! (We even fed them each day)!! We really know how to stretch those dollars!!

Jesus washing the disciple's feet

Vacation Bible School

Our women’s Bible Study has ended for this quarter, but we have decided to continue to meet bi-monthly to pray together as a church family for a filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our churches.  The men served all of us ladies a very nice breakfast, (they even cooked it). We each received a white rose, and a chocolate candy bar.

Women's breakfast

We also hosted our friends from Crossroads Church in Vancouver WA. for a week in August. They have been coming faithfully for five years now, and have really become part of our family. They shared their time with the men at the discipleship home in Ensenada, and here in Pedregales. They are always such a blessing, and hold a very special place in our hearts. We look forward to many more years with our brothers and sisters from Washington! We shared one of many meals together at the ranch—carnitas!!! A pig was roasted and enjoyed by all!

our family from Vancouver Washington

I was extremely blessed to attend this year’s Harvest Crusade in Anaheim, CA. It’s been so long since I’ve been to one and really enjoyed it.  Seeing all the decisions made for Christ that night—Wow!! It boosted my desire to go out and evangelize even more so!

Harvest Crusade, 2011

We are currently busy preparing to celebrate the Independence of Mexico which is Sept. 16th. Our theme will be the freedom that we have in Christ, and we are inviting friends and neighbors that don’t know Jesus.  All the different ministries will come together and sell different foods that are typical Mexican dishes, (yummy)!, and we will have games for the kids. There will also be a costume contest. Of course there will be music—we will all worship the Lord together!  All of the proceeds from this event will go toward our ministries.  You are more than welcome to attend if you are in the area. We will have the celebration on Thurs. Sept. 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Tijuana.  Thanks to all for your continued support and prayers for us. We love you!!!

Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16th

CALVARY CHAPEL PEDREGLAES November / December Update

Hello All!
I praise God for all of his marvelous works; He is truly amazing and worthy of all our praise.

I have so much to share with you that I don’t even know where to start! It’s been awhile since I’ve written, and so, there is much to share, but I will give you a few of the highlights of these past few months.

men from the ranch opening Christmas gifts

Thanksgiving and Christmas were beautiful, as we had the honor of spending them both with the 30+ men at the men’s discipleship home that we have near Ensenada, “Rancho Poeima.” I see just how much the Lord Jesus loves these men—He truly is full of blessings! We had turkey with all the trimmings, (the Lord provided), played sports, and then worshipped the Lord together. It was an awesome time, and the men were blessed and touched by our presence there.  Each one, in fact, got up and shared why they were thankful, many with tears of joy just thinking where they were last Christmas and where they are today, it was overwhelming for some of them.
They were also blessed with many Christmas gifts, including work boots, brand new jackets, socks, toiletry items, beanies, gloves… as Jesus said, it truly is better to give than to receive! Thanks to CC Beachside, CC Pacific Hills, and CC La Mirada for all
of their love and service to these men. 

Teacher's Christmas Dinner

December brought many “posadas”, or Christmas parties. It seems like each ministry had a party, with so much good food!!! I oversee the children’s ministry, and I really wanted to bless the teachers as they are such servants, with many teaching for years without a break. I didn’t have money to buy a nice ham to cook, so I prayed that God would provide, and the next day, I received a blessing of $30, which I knew was for the ham. So we feasted and fellowshipped together, and it was very nice.

3 - 6 year olds open the play with a song

The big event was the annual Children’s Christmas play. This year, we combined drama, with dancing and singing, and it was truly anointed! The kids started working on this at the beginning of October with weekly practices. They never tire and can go on for hours rehearsing. During all these practices, I saw how much the kids enjoy singing. I’ve always wanted to start a children’s choir but have limited music ability, but the Lord showed me that I need to just do it and He will show me what to do and guide me along the way. So, Lord willing, we will start a children’s choir soon.

Our Littlest Angel

We, (the kids and I), were praying that the relatives of these kids would come to the play, and many did, and were touched by the Holy Spirit. The seeds have been planted in their hearts and now God will cultivate them and bring them to salvation one day.

Play, "The Best Gift of All"

Next, we had a very special event on January 9th. We, as a church, adopted an orphanage called “El Faro” Each person from our two churches sponsored a child from the orphanage with buying them a Christmas gift. The children made out wish lists of things they wanted and sent it to us weeks beforehand. It was a great experience for all of us! We ate tamales together with them, played and talked with them, and then gave them their gift. It was a nice change to see the Mexican families from our churches giving to others; ALL were blessed. My child was Denise. She is 9 years old and just a sweetheart. The kids of our church were able to put into practice what they’ve learned in Sunday School regarding sharing and giving. This was such a success, that I’m sure it will become an annual event.

Christmas at the orphanage, "El Faro"

These are just a few of the highlights that closed out 2010. Now we look to 2011 with JOY knowing not what God has in store for us, but asking only that his will be done. Our pastor’s heart for 2011 is to focus on the family. We will be zeroing in on the needs of every aspect of the family: marriage, singles, children and godly discipline…I would like to thank each and every one of you for your prayers and support—you are all appreciated beyond words! I love you all~

Please pray for:

1.  Blessings for 2011 with the vision of Pastor Chris to strengthen the families.

2.  Blessing and annointing as I begin to teach the single women starting Jan. 22nd.

3.  Good health for Pastor Chris

4.  for the Lord to continue raising up quality teachers who are called to serve.

5.  open doors to start teaching English, (time and available days)!

6.  provisions for all of our bills and personal needs