Harris Family April 2024 Update

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:20
A picture Matt took of Murchison Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the world!

Last fall, a prominent member of our community was brought to our church, Calvary Chapel Gulu, by his son, who is a faithful member of the congregation. The man, Walter, had recently had a land dispute with his neighbor and suspected that his neighbor had put some sort of curse on him because of mysterious noises which he claimed were following him and which he had not been able to identify or expel. He came to the church as a last resort to rid himself of whatever spirit may be disturbing him. Matt was able to preach the gospel to him and prayed that if the noises were a result of something spiritual, he would look to Jesus, but if not, they would go away, and the glory would belong to Jesus. That day, a monitor lizard fell from his roof into his living quarters and was chased out. The sounds stopped. The man returned to the church looking for Matt a few weeks later, only to find he was not around. Instead, our senior pastor, Fred, met with him. Walter claimed that birds were beginning to follow him. He thought that Matt had some secret spiritual power to chase away these spirits. Pastor Fred explained that it was not Matt’s own power but that real power is found in Jesus Christ. He prayed with him, and the birds left. Walter came to church for Sunday service that week and got saved. He invited the pastors to go and preach to his household. They also turned to the Lord. Glory to God!

Walter with some of his family after a Sunday home fellowship!

We are happy to report that Walter is now a faithful member of the church and is walking with the Lord. He even hosts a fellowship every month in his home. We have even seen God bring significant improvement to the health of one of Walter’s children, who is epileptic. We are continually blessed to see God pour out His Spirit on the willing, and fill the homes where the doors are opened to Him. Please pray for Walter as he leads his family in the Word so that he will remain humble, sit in God’s presence, and grow in Christ. Pray for Walter’s family, that they would continue in the grace of the Lord, that they would be rooted in the truth of His Word, and that the Spirit would use them to reach their extended family and the community.

Our family’s bus ride to the Panel in Kampala.

In other news, in March, we were able to travel to Kampala for adoption purposes. We are still in the official fostering period. Still, we were required to sit before the National Alternative Care Panel, which reviewed our case and interviewed our family, as well as Cynthia’s biological parents. There was stress involved in the travel and the waiting period before our turn to sit before the panel, but otherwise, it was a peaceful event. Understandably, there is often pressure and tension between the adoptive family and the biological family, if present. But we have been blessed to remove a vulnerable child from a dangerous situation, to assist in raising a child whose parents had given up hope on living, and to turn a very broken situation into a hopeful one. Over the last few years, we have been able to witness to both of her parents, and as of November last year, both have repented and turned to the Lord. We can now walk in agreement regarding the future of their daughter, our daughter, Cynthia. When we went to Kampala with them, there was no fear, tension, or feelings of belittlement on either side. We pray that as their shame is covered by the love of Christ, they can stand up and lead the rest of their family in righteousness.

Our family, with two social workers conducting a report.

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

REVELATION 21:5A
Emma’s 9th birthday party!
In Christ,
Matt, Noelle, Apiyo, Emma, Madeline, Noah & Charlotte
A wedding our kids conducted at our house:)

We Have Arrived – Gause Update April 2024

We have arrived! We landed down in Iquitos, Peru on March 17th.  It has been a wild 3-week ride for us here serving in the Amazon basin.  We are very excited to see what the Lord has in store as He has already given us great opportunities to minister in Iquitos and on the Amazon river.

     Two days after we arrived in Iquitos, a Calvary Chapel from Colorado held a conference for over 200 pastors from the river communities.  Some of these pastors spent days on small boats to get to the conference, it was amazing.  The conference was a great encouragement for the pastors and we were able to share briefly about the “Rios de Refugio” ministry the Lord has given us for the river communities. We had over 150 pastors sign up from 40 different regions, asking us to come and teach the inductive Bible study method, identity in Christ, and teach through 1 Timothy.  Very overwhelming and we know to temper expectations, but praise God, it’s a start.

During the conference week, we went to a local store to do some shopping.  We ran into an American missionary who started sharing with us about his ministry and the 9 years he has been serving in Iquitos.  His ministry is feeding kids from the local river communities. After talking with him, we were invited to go with a group of Peruvian missionaries to Colombia and Brazil to teach the Word in some indigenous areas. It would be a 10-day trip and their pastor was sick with dengue fever, so they needed someone to teach. On the spot we committed and the next day at the end of the conference we were on our way with a group of strangers to some foreign countries to share God’s Word, exciting!

     On our way up river on an 18-hour ferry ride, we met Cam Anderson whose parents had recently finished translating the Ticuna Bible after 70 years. He shared it with us and we were able to share with the pastors we ministered to in the river communities. It was a great blessing because the pastors only had the complete New Testament. Talk about God’s providence. We also met a tourist from France who was atheist and Ryan was able to share the gospel with him. Praise God for opportunities to share the love of Christ! 

     Our first stop was in Brazil where we took a small boat, a “peke peke”, about an hour down a small tributary to a village that was called “Tierra de Paz.” It was a small village of indigenous people who are called the Ticunas. They have their own tribal language but some spoke Portuguese as well. After spending 2 days in that area, we went to another place called Philadelphia, this was another small town of Ticunas as well. We had a conference, were able to teach on multiple occasions, and did some programs for the kids. It was probably the toughest 10 days of our lives, everything in the jungle wants to eat you.  

We returned to Iquitos and have made many great contacts. Pastor Manaces and Pastor Julio have been a great blessing. We are currently scheduled to start the inductive Bible study training with 2 separate groups of 15 pastors and leaders. We are starting on May 5th and are hoping by then we will have more pastors scheduled as well. We are going to be teaching at a couple churches this week and sharing on a local radio station. I don’t know how the Lord does it, but He does. We have started a website called “Rios de Refugio” (“Rivers of Refuge”).  You can check out some of the pictures and stories we will be posting in the future. It is new, so there is not much there yet, but it will be a place you can stay updated throughout the month. 

Please pray for:

  1. Future purchase of property. We would like to purchase a small piece of ground to start a base for a school of ministry and for missionaries who would come down to minister.
  2. A vehicle for ministry.  A ministry truck will probably be in our future, as well as a boat.
  3. Missionaries who would like to come down and help in the labor.
  4. For the Lord to magnify himself through the ministry and teaching of His Word.

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“So, tell me about Jesus.”

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience…”

1 Peter 3:15-16a

Imagine you had invited a Muslim man to join your group going to a site in the Middle East and he excitedly agreed. So, along the drive you all got to talking and he quickly learned you were Christians and proceeded to say, “So, tell me about Jesus.” What would you do?… What would you say?… Well, this actually happened to my friends and me! The Lord gave us an incredible opportunity to share our faith with him. (More of this story can be found below!)

My team and I with Pastor Victor (left) in Indonesia at The Purpose of the Church Conference

Hello family and friends,

I have been back in America for about two weeks now and let me tell you, I definitely hit the ground running! Before I share what I am doing in this season and what’s to come in the future, let’s take a journey back through the past couple months the Lord has blessed me with. First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to you for supporting, partnering, loving, praying, and encouraging me through the entirety of the 5-month vision tour I just completed. I left back at the end of October and I cannot believe how fast the time went. God has been so gracious to allow me to see so many different cultures, people groups, divine encounters, and even His hand at work through the hardships faced in these places. I want you to know that all of this is “fruit that abounds to your account” (Philippians 4:17) as we are all partners in the Gospel reaching towards the same goal. It is beautiful to see how the Lord has given each of us different gifts and paths to fulfill His will for this world.

Indonesia

Back in February, I went to Indonesia for a week with a team as we scouted out the land and possibility of starting a new work in this country. We spent time in East Java and Bali with ministries we have connections with. It was surreal to witness the many temples throughout Bali as its majority religion is Hinduism, while the rest of the country is mainly Muslim. This island specifically is saturated with idolatrous worship. There was an evident spiritual heaviness over this place due to the darkness and lost people. It truly broke my heart, BUT GOD!… I’m so thankful to have been there with an amazing team and to have seen the ministry going on in a country desperate for the hope and freedom found in Jesus. My friends and I have been praying for the country of Indonesia and the needs there for over a year now. I never imagined that within a year He would have opened the door for me to go on a vision tour. All glory to Him! Please keep this country in your prayers, as well as what the Lord desires to do there with Calvary Chapel!

The Philippines

After Indonesia, some of us went on to the Philippines to visit the Calvary Bible Institute as Pastor Trent taught on “The Purpose of the Church.” Pastors and leaders from around the country were also able to attend this conference and it was so exciting to see the fire being lit in these people to go out and reach the world for Christ. This country no doubt has spiritual needs, although it is much more Christianized than it’s surrounding countries within the 10/40 Window. The majority of the people there consider themselves to be Catholic, so the need for religiosity to be broken down is prevalent in light of the personal, loving relationship Jesus Christ offers. It is also known as an open country in terms of the allowance of missionary activity and the fact that the Gospel has spread throughout this place is a huge blessing. This means that the Philippines is in a strategic location to go out and reach the most unreached people in Asia! I believe the Lord has big things planned for His Filipino church and people in this regard. Please pray with me that they would continue to catch vision in training up and sending out their laborers into the field!

The Middle East

The last country I visited on my trip is in an undisclosed location within the Middle East. It was definitely a sobering way to end this season of my time overseas. Aside from the spiritual oppression and heart wrenching reality of the millions of people chained to Islam and false worship of Allah, I was so thankful for the chance to visit my friends who just moved to this place. They recently moved in hopes of starting a new work, as the Lord leads, and are currently in the process of learning Arabic. It was really sweet to spend time with them, encourage them, and learn from their experiences.

So, back to the story I started above! I never would have imagined this opportunity to share our faith would arise in a context like this. This man, let’s call him Sam, was so open to discussing the truths of Jesus and things pertaining to Christianity. During our time with him we were able to share the entire story of Jesus’ life, the Gospel, as well as answered prayers and miracles we’ve seen in our lives. He told us that he has never met Christians that actually know what they believe and are excited to talk about it, let alone, young people… wow! We had him read the beginning of Genesis and the beginning of Matthew in Arabic. He was surprised by how clear it was and said he actually understood the things we shared with him. He mentioned that he has a lot to think about and consider now, but praise God that the seeds were planted. One of the coolest parts was that he noticed we would pray for our food before eating and asked us why. We were able to explain the significance and told him that we love praying together. He asked if we could all pray together before we departed. This very well may have been the first time he has prayed an unrehearsed prayer in his life. What a blessing to be a part of and see some walls start to come down in his heart. Please keep Sam in your prayers that the Lord would bring more serious Jesus followers into his life and lead him to salvation.

Pray for the work God is doing in the Middle East

What’s To Come…

It has been so sweet coming back to California and seeing family and friends. I have felt such a warm welcome and that is a big blessing in my life. I am excited for what’s to come in the future as God has been so faithful to open and close doors, leading and guiding me in His perfect will. There is still so much to share in terms of my immediate future and next steps, but that is for a later update. Please pray that the Lord would continue to put all the pieces together and work out every detail of the vision and desires He has placed in my heart. Praise God for His constant faithfulness over the course of the 5 months I was overseas. Praise Him for what He is doing globally and how He is using His children to reach even the hardest and “least of these.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this update and for joining in on the work that God has called me to! It is such a beautiful gift to realize that the Lord doesn’t need our help in fulfilling His plans, but because of His love, He wants us to take part in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth! I would greatly appreciate your continued partnership with me in prayer as the Lord is leading me to long-term, cross-cultural ministry, as well as through financial support, if you feel led to give. Any amount of a one-time or monthly donation is an absolute blessing as I prepare to be sent out long-term on the field.

It means so much to me. God bless and thank you all!

For His glory,

Macey

Vincent Family April 2024 Missions Update

Greetings from Mexico! In this update I am excited to tell you about our Resurrection services at the end of March! For the last 2000 years, Christians all over the world have gathered together on Easter Sunday to celebrate our risen Lord Jesus! And our church here in Rosarito had a wonderful Resurrection Celebration!  

The celebration began with our annual Good Friday drama and concert. This year, we had amazing actors portraying the key characters in the Passion story (Mary, Peter, Barabbas, and a Roman Centurion). After each dialogue, a gifted choir with soloists came out and sang songs that accompanied that part of the Crucifixion. As we walked together through the death and burial of Jesus, every one of the over 600 in attendance were touched!

I don’t need to tell you how the story ends. Jesus didn’t stay in that grave, but He resurrected from the dead on the third day, conquering forever the power of Satan, sin, and death. It was so powerful to join with our church family to sing together of the glorious resurrection of our risen Savior.

Unfortunately, our Easter weekend began with a large storm. We were hit with torrential downpours throughout Saturday and Sunday morning that were threatening our church services. Since many in our community live on dirt roads, my prayer was Lord, please clear up the weather for Sunday morning. And that’s exactly what the Lord miraculously did. Even though the weather report called for heavy rain throughout the entire weekend, the weather cleared up and we even got some sunshine! Thank you Lord!

We celebrated the weekend with a super fun clown show for the kids. In the Sanctuary we got to witness 15 new believers get baptized and many first time professions of faith. Our 2nd service really stood out for me. I shared the message of salvation and gave an altar call as I always do, but for over 3 minutes, no one responded. I felt the Spirit telling me to wait, (even though it was an uncomfortable time of silence) so I did. After this waiting time, one by one, I began to see hands being raised to profess faith in Jesus. At the end of the service, we saw seven first time professions of faith in that service. Praise the Lord!

My sermon was taken from the Resurrection story found in Mark 16, verses 1 through 15. As I taught verse by verse through this passage, I focused on three blessings of the Resurrection. Those three blessings are, #1 – The resurrection reminds us that there is glory and victory on the other side of the difficulties of life. Blessing #2 – Because Jesus resurrected and ascended into heaven, we will too! And blessing #3 – The Resurrection reminds us that JESUS IS ALIVE!

On another note, many of you might remember last year the thief that has been suing our church and trying to steal our south property (Which is now the Calvary Sports Center). Even though we already defeated this evil man, he is back suing me again on appeal. This is a criminal case, where he is suing me personally, and trying to get me thrown into jail.

Our church owns this property, we purchased it from the rightful owners, and we are trusting God through this new trial. But, I need your prayers. Please pray that God will give us the righteous victory here, and that the trial will not be stained by the corruption that can be prevalent here.

Finally, I want to thank you once again for partnering with us in this great missions work in Mexico. We are a team, and it’s an honor and a privilege for me and my family to serve as your missionaries.  We love you and give thanks for you!  

Con mucho amor de Mexico (with much love from Mexico),

Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel

Prayer Requests!

#1- Pray that God will give our daughter Grace a job. She is applying to several companies this month, so pray for God’s favor.   

#2-  Pray that God will bless our two church plants that we are sending out in the next few months to San Antonio Texas and the Mexican state of Michoacan.    

Praise Reports!

#1- Praise God for a wonderful missions trip to our 2nd generation church plant in Guadalajara, and the church planting conference we got to host there.  

#2- Praise God for Daniel’s new job. He is working at the Chick-Fil-A in Chula Vista, near the border.   


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SGWM APR 2024 PRAYER UPDATE

Monthly Prayer Requests
AFRICA

Brian and Jill Kanyike – Kampala, Uganda

– Pray for the Kanyike kids as they are back to school. Pray for Luke and Laylee as they are finding their new grades much harder than before. 
– Please continue to pray for the Kanyike children to get called for their citizenship interviews in the States. 
– Pray for the chaplains who have been coming to Kampala for medical treatment. 
– Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship. 

Thank you for praying for the Kanyike family and for the ministry in Uganda. 

In Him,
Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana – Email Blog
USA

Tim and Jenn Pappas – Yorba Linda, California

Prayer Requests

– Please pray for our son, Andy, he continues to refuse treatment, or any other kind of assistance to change the course of his homelessness and drug addiction.   
– Please pray for an increase in people to partner with us financially as our support has dipped down recently.   

Praise Reports

Praise God with us…
– For those who have given generous one-time gifts and ongoing monthly support to help us do the work the Lord has us called to.  
– For His continued strength as we engage in missionary care.  
– For the way Jenn and I are able to work side-by-side with no problems in our day-to-day and overall relationship 

All for His Glory,
Tim and Jenn – Email Blog

Bond and Heather Gaona – USA, Asia, and Africa

– Pray for the new students at each of our campuses in Nepal and S. Asia for all of the new students to learn quickly and fall more in love with God through His Word. Pray also for the teachers for wisdom and to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 
– Pray for several teams traveling to Nepal in March to minister through medical help in the mountains. – Pray for divine appointments and for the churches to be strengthened.  Pray for our family as we plan out our travel for the year! Pray also as we handled many building projects currently in Asia. We need wisdom, clear communication, and favor from the Lord. 
– Pray for our family to stay strong in the Lord and remain healthy physically to accomplish all He has called us to as we work together to reach the nations for Jesus. 

Thank you for your prayers,   
Bond, Heather and Breanna Gaona – Email Blog

Jana Sandbulte – Indiana, USA

– Please pray for good health for our family this year. I am having problems with kidney stones; pray for wisdom and healing.
– Please continue to pray for my parents’ health.
– Please pray for the safety of all the workers in South Asia, and that God will strengthen their hearts and faith.
– Please pray that God will use us for His glory. 

Thank you so much for your prayers!  

God bless you,
Paul, Jana and Sari, Kaylee, and Rose – Email Blog

Joni Houser – Indiana, USA

– Please continue to pray for my dad’s recovery. Praise the Lord, he is doing a little better!
– Please pray for the Christians in South Asia who are going through persecution.
– Please pray for the children’s ministry I am a part of, that many children will be saved and grow in the Lord.
– Please continue to pray for my mom’s health and complete recovery. 

God bless you!
Joni – Email Blog
Mexico

Mike and Sarah Vincent – Rosarito, Mexico  

Here are the Vincent Family prayer requests!   
– Part time jobs for our children, Grace and Daniel! 
– God’s blessing on our 36 new church planting students!   Praise Reports:
– Thank you Lord for our 39th church plant, Calvary Chapel New Zeal in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Thanks for your prayers,  
Mike and Sarah Vincent – Email Blog

Ron and Kristy Struska – Rosarito, Mexico 

Praise Reports:
– Praise God for our newest full-time volunteer staff member – Yesenia Lopez! Yesi served with us last spring and summer and has committed to serving at Connections House for one year.
– We also want to give praise to the Lord for our part-time volunteer staff member, Jody Gonzales! Jody has recently taken over as Intern Coordinator at Connections House. She has also started training to take on some administrative responsibilities.    

Prayer Requests:  
– Prayer for Yesi as she begins to raise prayer and financial support. She stepped out in faith last month to come on staff full-time. She is helping in the kitchen and training to help with accounting and other areas as needed.
– Please pray for more full-time volunteer staff for Connections House. While we are blessed to have the new help the Lord has provided, it is long overdue. Over the last year, the number of teams hosted at Connections House has doubled, and with that comes a lot more work that needs to be done. We are searching for two full-time volunteer staff, or one married couple. 

Thank you so much for praying! 
Blessings!

Ron & Kristy Struska – Email Blog

Deanna Jevas – Tijuana, Mexico

– Provisions for a youth room and nursery makeover.  
– Continued good health for my mom who just turned 83 and lives alone and has Parkinson’s.  
– For the Lord to continue to use me as He so desires for his honor and glory!  

– Deanna Jevas – Email Blog
South America

Craig and Daisy Tippie – Huacho, Peru

Hola SGWM family, thank you for your faithful prayers for us on the mission field. We are having one of the hottest summers on record, pray for us, because the heat affects everything, even the chicken in the market. 
Pray for our summer outreaches, teams, and spiritual growth. We have some of our leadership going to Iquitos for the pastor’s and leader’s conference next month. Stalyn is graduating from CCBC Cajamarca in May and we are going to do a church mission trip up there the week before.

Thank you from our hearts, 
Craig and Daisy – Email Blog

Andrew Weakland – Peru

– Pray that God can equip the saints from Calvary Moyobamba to help with the responsibilities and ministries. 
– Pray for peace in my heart and sensitivity to God. I really miss my mom and grandma. 
– Praise God that we have made wonderful friendships with people at church. 
– Praise God that we have been able to minister to people in the community and share Christ.

– Andrew Weakland – Email Blog
10/40 Window

The 10/40 Window

The 10/40 Window is a rectangular geographic area stretching from North Africa through the Middle East to Asia, covering 68 countries. Two-thirds of the world’s population live within the 10/40 Window.Three out of every five people in the 10/40 Window have no access to the gospel. According to the Joshua Project, 68.6% of the 10/40 Window’s ethnic groups (5,984) are considered unreached, with a total population of 3.09 billion.(Some names and faces have been changed or omitted for security reasons.)

Worker 6 – 10/40 Window

Prayer Requests:
– Please pray for the new Sunday worship service that started in a village that has been very anti-Christian.
– Pray for those who heard the Gospel in Christmas outreaches.Please be continuously praying for us to reach the unreached places to share God’s love to His people. 

Thank you! 

God bless you,
Worker 6

Worker 9 – 10/40 Window

Prayer Requests:
– Pray that God will continue to use me for His glory.
Pray for my health, as I have a dust allergy, and we have a lot of dust in my town. As a result, I do get sick very often.
– Pray for the students, that they will be prepared to start church planting ministry.Pray for my ministry among youth and young adults, that the Lord would continue to use me to minister to them. 

Thank you so much for your prayers.

God bless you all! 
Worker 9

Worker 10

– Pray that all of the believers to whom I have preached the Gospel will grow with the Lord’s blessings in their lives.
– Pray for a brother who I preached to. He was greatly attracted to the Gospel. May God bring him to saving faith.
– Pray for me and my family. My health is not getting much better. The medicine did not help, and I had to go to another place to a doctor, and still I could not get completely well. Pray to the Lord that I will be completely healed soon.
– Pray for me, in the village where I preach God’s Word. May God give me strength and blessings so that more will be converted.
– Pray for the young believers in my village who are ill and for those who have bad financial conditions. May they be healed in the name of the Lord Jesus, and may they grow in the Gospel of the Lord and prosper in their lives. 

Thank you! 
Worker 10

Worker 11 – 10/40 Window

Prayer Requests:
– I thank God that I was able to reopen the churches which had been closed earlier due to the government, and that it went safely.
– Thank God that our institution has started again.
– Thanks to God, people are moving forward in the Lord despite physical and mental persecution.
– Thank God for keeping me and my family and parents safe.

Prayer Requests:
– Please pray continuously for our safety.
– Please pray for our CBI friends with faith, that God will protect them from the coming suffering.
– Please pray that God will provide land for a cemetery for Christ’s people.Please pray so that peace can be established between the Hindus and Muslims. There are riots during every Hindu festival, and as a result, the internet is closed for three or four days.
– There is a 22-year-old paralyzed boy in our church, whose name is R. About 60 to 70% of his body is paralyzed. May God heal him completely.My sister’s wedding is on May 16th. Please pray that God will fulfill all of our needs for the wedding. 

Thanks for your prayers, Christian love, partnership and participation in spreading the Gospel! 

God bless you all! 
Worker 11 

Worker 13 – 10/40 Window

– Continue to pray for our ministry around the villages here.
– Pray for all of our believers in the area, that they will stay with God during persecution and problems.
Yesterday, I was in a meeting, and they were talking about the main religion here, that they want it to grow. They are doing very dark things. Pray that God will help them to open their eyes so that they will see the truth.
– Pray that God will open new doors so that we can share the Gospel in this area.We have some new families who have just accepted Jesus.
– Pray that they will grow in God’s Word faithfully. 

Thank you so much everyone for praying for us! God bless you!

Worker 13

Worker 15 and Family – 10/40 Window

Please pray for…
– Pray for our health.
– Pray for our safety, as persecution has increased in our area since the new government (anti-Christian) has come in power.
– Pray for the ministry in our country.

Thanks for your prayers!

God bless,
Worker 15 

Worker 16 – 10/40 Window

Prayer Requests
– Please pray for my children to grow in the Lord’s fear and knowledge.
– Please pray that the Lord will intervene in the problems the world is facing.
– Please pray for the village ministry in our local area. May the villagers grow in Lord’s Word.Please pray for our state believers, as they are facing persecution. 

Worker 16

Rabi and Mahima – Nepal

Prayer Requests:
– Pray that God will allow the children in our area to come to our church.
– Thank you so much for supporting us, praying for us, and raising us up. May God bless every family in the Saving Grace family. 

Grace and Peace,
Rabi and Mahima – Email Blog

Darryl and Kayo Record – Cambodia

Thank you for your prayer cover!  It really makes a difference!  

– Please pray for me as I teach Apologetics/Evangelism at a Cambodian church and train the teachers at a Cambodian Christian school.
– Please pray for our health as we enter the Cambodian hot season. Kayo and Benjamin have recently had some minor health issues and fatigue and the heat makes things more challenging.
– Please pray for our ministries alongside organizations, churches, and schools here in Cambodia. We need wisdom to maximize and balance all the opportunities.
– Please pray for our upcoming trip to Japan this summer to visit senders and family there. 
– Please pray that we will be able to encourage the believers and be strong witnesses before the unbelievers.  

In Christ’s Hands, 
Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin – Email Blog

Winter 2024 SGWM Newsletter

“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.”

Romans 10:15
Japan team having some fun barefoot on a mirrored floor
It’s Finally Happening!

In 2019, after several divine confirmations, we stepped out in faith and took a team of twelve, 7 students and 5 leaders, to Rosarito, Mexico for the first ever Calvary School of Missions. Since that first year, we have trained over 60 students and have 15 graduates working full-time around the world. Five of those first seven students are now serving full-time in the 10/40 window; immersing themselves, learning language and culture, planting churches, and building relationships in order to reach unreached peoples with the gospel. In 2023 alone, we had the privilege of sending out 12 of our students to serve full-time overseas! We sent two to Peru, two to Japan, one to South Asia, and seven to the Middle East. We have also seen many go out for extended seasons of training on the field. Truly a historic and unprecedented season for us at Saving Grace World Missions (SGWM) and we are soblessed to be a part of these sent ones’ stories.

Please pray with us for each of these precious saints who have counted the cost, sold all they had here, and moved overseas to start a new life. Pray also for those currently preparing for that day when they board a plane with their scant possessions and deep faith, expecting great things of God as they attempt great things for Him. Each of them need our support and prayers as they enter into this new season of life.

Jeff and Alishia Root’s Sending Sunday and heading to Japan.

Shilo and Raquel being prayed over before heading to Peru.

Middle East team being prayed over at missions study.
Missions Training School
After the 6-week Calvary School of Missions (CSOM), students are offered further training through our Missions Training School (MTS), a year-long program hosted at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace which prepares the students for full-time cross-cultural church planting. This year, there are 19 students in our MTS program who attend several classes during the week,including Culture 101, Book studies, School of Ministry, Chuck Tracks (and other various Calvary Pastors) and our Missions Training class. At the Missions Training class Pastor Trent teaches verse by verse through the book of Acts gleaning out mission’s principles from the New Testament church. Each student, male and female alike, participates in a Homiletics course (the art and science of teaching the Bible) wherein they prepare and teach a sermon weekly and receive critiques from the MTS staff in order to grow in this discipline. The intensive training program has been designed for thosewho are following the call to fulfill the Great Commission by going and making Jesus known to the ends of the earth.

One of the very special things about our MTS program is that we do several vision tours throughout the year to various countries. Vision tours are a sort of scouting trip to spy out the land. We have found that taking potential missionaries to countries they feel called to, or exposing students to various religious blocks of the world, helps tremendously when praying for a region. So, we go and pray and meet with various people in order to gain a clearer vision of what the country needs and where the people are spiritually. We spend hours in prayer and worship over the region asking God to show us what part we can play in that country.
Recent Vision Tours
Already this year, Pastor Trent and his wife, Debbie, were able to go on a 3-week Vision tour to 3 different countries in order to encourage missionaries, equip believers, and introduce Missions Training Students to unreached or under reached countries in the 10/40 window. They started their trip in Japan, a country that is wide open for the gospel, (but less than 2% evangelical) with a team of 11. It was a significant trip because they were able to accompany 2 School of Missions and MTS graduates, Jeff and Alishia Root, on their one-way journey to serve full-time with Calvary Chapel Abide in Osaka. Jeff and Alishia have been visiting and praying about Japan for years now and after last year’s vision tour there, they knew that God was calling them to serve beside Joseph and Amy Totsis in Osaka. They have been warmly welcomed and are excited to finally be in the country they have long prayed for and among the people they love! The rest of the team comprised of several students praying about potentially moving to this area. The team shared beautiful times of prayer over the city and over the Roots, and of encouragement over the Totsis’ who have been faithfully serving for over 16 years. We look forward to what God is going to do with this partnership and entreat you to say a prayer for this country and ask God to send many to this area of the world. The harvest truly is bountiful, but the laborers are still few.

After church fellowship at Calvary Chapel Abide in Osaka, Japan.

Trent teaching the Purpose of the church at CC Abide in Osaka.
Bali, Indonesia

An old friend from Calvary Chapel Bible College, Victor, pastors a church in Bali where Trent was able to teach “The Purpose of the Church”at a conference.
Trent and Debbie continued on from Japan with a handful of the students and joined another group of MTS students in Bali, Indonesia. Twelve individuals on the trip are seeking God’s will regarding long-term work in Southeast Asia. They met with various full-time, established workers in the area to pray over and learn about this region of the world. They learned that this area is less than 3.5% evangelical, desperate for workers, and in great need of sound biblical teaching and equipping. SGWM continues to pray with these students about pioneering a future work there, where the need is so great, and we invite you to pray for Indonesia. Bring before the Father Indonesia’s great need for Bible-based churches and ask that God wouldgrant the churches that do exist there a greater vision to risk it all and share Jesus with their Muslim and Hindu neighbors.
Tagaytay City, Philippines


For their third and final leg, Trent and Debbie took the 4-hour flight from Bali to the Philippines with 3 MTS students in tow. Pastor Tony Reyes invited Trent to share at the Calvary Bible Institute (CBI) there about the Purpose of the Church and also invited several pastors from the region to join the conference. The team was awed as God allowed the pastors and students to catch the vision of multiplying disciples through church planting and as He broadened their vision for the world. While seeking God there, Trent and Debbie realized that the Philippines are strategically placed within the 10/40 window, being one of the only reached nations in this area of the world; these islands could potentially be a hub for believers from the surrounding regions to come and get further equipped to fulfill the Great Commission. Please pray for the leadership of CSOM and SGWM as they pray about what God may want to do in partnership with the Filipino church to reach the nations with the gospel.
Embarking on these kinds of trips emphatically confirms that the need is overwhelmingly great and that the church in the 10/40 window needs more workers to preach the gospel and plant bible teaching churches. Please pray that the Lord of the harvest would send His laborers into His harvest to fulfill the Great Commission.

We strongly believe that Calvary Chapel and our movement is the answer for these countries, so we seek to strategically multiply the church planting movement in these unreached areas of the world.
Thank you for your prayers and support as we seek to see the nations won for Christ and the church abroad be equipped to GO into all the world and preach the gospel.
We ask that you would prayerfully consider becoming a financial partner with SGWM. Financial partners are crucial to help operating costs at the SGWM home base, allowing us to serve missionaries worldwide.

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To read more about the Calvary School of Missions please read the Calvary Chapel Magazine Spring 2023 edition, pages 16-22.

The Lord is My Shepherd… – Rangel Update March 2024

Hi all! I know it’s been a while since my last newsletter, but I would like to update you all on what the Lord has been doing in my life recently. Before I get started, I want to thank you all for your constant support and love. The body of Christ is important for a believer. Knowing that you guys are with me, gives me great comfort!

El Reino de Los Ninos

This past month I had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in Ensenada. This was a sweet time because this orphanage was one that I used to go to when I was in high school, so it brought back many memories! I remembered that this was where the Lord began to plant the seed of missions in my heart, so visiting while I’m now walking on the path of long-term missions, brought my heart great joy to know that the Lord does not waste anything! Spending time with the kids and getting to know them was sweet. I love these kids! Watching them laugh and have fun was the cutest thing ever! Every time the kids would line up for food, they would recite a verse by memory. I love this because in the moment they feel alone, sad, or broken, the Lord can bring these verses to memory and help them recall what they know to be true about Him. I had the best moments with a girl I met there. She is in her early teens, we will call her Nadia (for her privacy). As we were talking I asked her what her favorite thing to do was and she told me singing. I thought, “perfect! I brought my guitar!” So I pulled it out and we sang a couple of songs together. She was pretty shy to sing by herself, so I sang with her. Later in the night we were singing together again and this time, she sang by herself. My heart melted when I heard her sing. I loved the way she sang, but what got me more was realizing how the Lord gave her that. I prayed that God would make Himself so real to her and that she would use this gift to worship Him and to have intimate times in His presence. I loved sharing what I’ve learned with Nadia. I pray it sticks with her.

Overall, it was a great trip. I loved seeing everyone that I hadn’t seen in so long. God has been growing the friends I made there when I was in High School, and I was so happy for them.

I also had a great time with my cousin! This was her first mission trip! I loved our conversations and sharing with her God’s heart for the lost.

In Training!

While being here at MTS (missions training school), I’ve learned so much. From bible classes, missions classes, serving in ministry, to even being around my fellow students. One thing that I know for sure is that I want to GO! My heart is for the lost in general, but the Lord put on my heart, the unreached, the 10/40 window. While I am here, I am training for that. Of course on the field, it won’t be exactly like this, but I know that training is important. If God has called us to something, then we must steward that well and keep that calling on the forefront of our minds. I have to constantly remind myself that He is training me. God is preparing me, teaching me, shaping me. As much as I want to go, I know that He has me where I am for a reason and it’s good. It can be hard to wait and to not really know what the future looks like. There are so many decisions to make, so many things to think through, and so many things to do. As I sit and think about these things, I get overwhelmed, which makes me lose sight of God and who He is. As I was sitting with the Lord, this overwhelming feeling of “I don’t know what to do,” became “But I know He knows what to do.” The Lord is my Shepherd and He is a good Shepherd. When I feel lost or like I can’t do it, He reminds me that He can and He is with me. I tend to complicate things… but something someone told me once, comes back every time I feel this way, “Just walk with God.” It’s as simple as that, though at the time I heard it, I thought, “NO IT’S NOT”! But it is. Walk with God and He’s going to show you what step you need to take at that time. Walk with God and He’s going to lead you to where He wants you to go. God is someone you can trust, He never falls back on His word, but keeps every promise He makes.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake... 

Psalm 23
Bilingual Worship Night

I am happy to announce that this summer I will be going back to the school of missions, but this time as a leader! The Lord taught me so much as a student last year and I know this will be a great time of learning the leadership side of things this year. The great commission is a command and the Lord wants to send people into all the nations, so I ask that you would pray with me for this year’s CSOM students, that they would learn all that God wants to teach them through this school and that more people will be fired up to reach the unreached!

I ask for your prayers as I serve at CSOM (Calvary School of Missions) this summer. I know this will be a fruitful time. If you would like to partner with me financially, you can give as the Lord leads, and your prayers are always appreciated!

Thank you all for your constant support. I am grateful for each and every one of you and I am blessed to know that God has put you in my life!

In His Love,

Alani

Prayer Requests

  • For my time training with Saving Grace World Missions, that the Lord would continue to teach me and that I would walk surrendered.
  • This year’s CSOM!

Praise Reports

  • Praise God for the opportunities He’s given me to share the gospel with people!
  • For loved ones coming to me and asking questions about the Lord.

From Darkness to Light – Keeler Update March 2024

Hi! Thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read all that the Lord has done in my life. My hope with every newsletter is to give God the glory and praise through these updates. So, without further ado….

Introducing…me!

Currently I serve in a couple different ministries at my church. During the week, I work at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace as part of the administrative team, where I regularly work on things such as our bulletins, graphics, our mobile app and more.  I have been blessed to work on our SGWM side with missionary interviews and see all the Lord is doing around the world! I have a deep burden for the youth around me so I serve as a leader in our youth ministry and am heavily involved in our young adults group as well. Lastly I serve in our worship ministry where I play guitar and sing. At CCSG I am in a Missions Training Program with the goal of doing cross-cultural missions and sharing with those who may not have heard the Good News of Jesus Christ! But now let’s take a look at how the Lord brought me here.

I grew up in a non-believing home where conflict was all too common. Slowly as I grew older, I started to form my own opinions on the world and what my purpose was. And, without Christ, there wasn’t much. So I filled those empty spots with a life of sin that slowly but surely brought me lower and lower until I was at rock bottom. I lost many friends and didn’t know what to do. But, as always, God comes through. I started dating a boy who attended CCSG and I started to come because I could spend time with him. But it didn’t take long for the Lord to expose the sin in my heart and show me how desperately I needed Him. 4 months later I finally accepted that I couldn’t save myself, but I needed a Savior. This is when I decided to trust Jesus, and follow His plan for my life. Now that we are all up to date… let’s take a look at the present!

My fellow Missions Training Students

As I mentioned before, I am a part of a Missions Training Program (MTS). Now, what is the Missions Training Program? It is a program offered by CCSG where I am being equipped in the Word of God and learning what it looks like to run a church for the case that I might be a part of a new or existing church plant somewhere around the world. Typically, to begin that school I would have needed to complete a summer at the Calvary School of Missions(CSOM). But the Lord really opened a door for me to start beforehand and not waste any time to start getting equipped with the knowledge of His Word and how to walk in that calling He has placed on my life. With that though, it means I still need to attend the Calvary School of Missions!

So…

I will be a part of 2024’s CSOM this upcoming summer! The Calvary School of Missions is a 6-week program in Mexico where you simply seek the Lord, get educated on the unreached, and be submerged in a setting where there is more missions training than you might notice. So those will be my next steps in this exciting new focus of my life. For now I am focused on MTS until I get to CSOM, and then we will see how God directs.

I’m beyond grateful and excited to have you come alongside me in this fight. It’s not a physical fight, it’s a spiritual fight. And so I need prayer. We see in Ephesians 6 how much we need the armor of God. And not only that, but that WITH prayer.

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

– Ephesians 6:18-20 NKJV

Please pray for me. Above anything else you think I may need, always begin and stay praying. I know these next steps are only possible with God and so I will be praying continually for His wisdom in every step I take. And I want to invite you to come alongside me in this work. We have an enemy. He is real. But, our God is greater. And life gets busy, but just as you have taken the time to read this newsletter, I ask you take time to pray for:

– Staying focused on the Missions Training Program.

– For the Lord to continue to break my heart for His people around the world.

– For the finances needed to attend the Calvary School of Missions.

– For the salvation of my family and that I may be a bold ambassador for Jesus.

Like I mentioned in my prayer requests, there are the financial needs too. If you feel led to financially support my CSOM tuition, the cost of the program is $2,700 and so any kind of contribution would be a huge blessing! You can find the financial support button at the bottom of this page.

I am so excited to see all the Lord is going to do! 

And again, thank you for all the love and support! Please let me know how I could be praying for you as well! 

With all joy,

     Serena Keeler

Joyful in Jesus – Pastor 7* Update April 2024

Dear Team and Family in Christ,

It is my joy to share with you all the great things that our God has been doing in this part of the 10/40 window and in my life. 1 Timothy 2:4 says that God our Savior “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”. Knowing the heart of God, when you ask Him to open doors to reach those in darkness, we will begin to see Him move.

There is a group of villages that I have wanted to visit and share the Good News of Jesus to. As I approach them, I can see that they are in deep idolatry and completely devoted to Hinduism. In these villages, the people have few resources. Many of them do not know how to read. The greatest tragedy is that they do not know Jesus. I knew I had an opportunity during the Christmas season. Here in my nation, people are more open to join in Christmas celebrations. As I planned Christmas outreaches, I decided to visit these villages. God opened the door for me to visit 5 new villages. The people were open and interested to hear as I shared about the true meaning of Christmas. 

Since the outreaches, I have been welcomed back to revisit families in 2 of those villages. The people have not surrendered their lives to the Lord yet, but the seeds have been planted. I know the watering must continue. When I go into these villages, I am surrounded by many children who are so curious about what I have to say. My heart is broken for the people because of the darkness they are in. It is hard for us, as humans, to reach so many people, but it is not hard for the Holy Spirit to reach them. My prayer is that these souls would be convicted by the Holy Spirit and turn their lives from their idols to the Living God. Please join me in praying for their salvation.

As I have tried to reach as many as I can, I have found that there is a great need to raise up men and women that will reach the unreached people. I am in lack of men that will go with me. I understand that it is my responsibility to raise them up within my ministry. Just as Paul raised up Timothy, I am seeking those Timothy’s. I am asking God to bring them. Please pray for the Lord to raise up many disciples among my people. Men and women that will have a heart for God and to reach our nation. The work that is happening now should not stop when I leave this world. It should last for generations, for God’s glory.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4

For the past few years I have been praying for a godly woman in my life. I am happy to share with you that the Lord has brought her to me. Over 1 year ago, I met her. As our hearts have grown from friendship to love, the Lord has made it clear that He is calling us to marriage. She is being sent out as a worker with SGWM. She loves the Lord and shares the same Kingdom vision and dreams as I do. God has blessed us with great pastors and leaders that have been walking with us, encouraging us, and discipling us in this season, with so much love. Please pray for us as we begin preparations for our marriage and life together. There are many things involved. We are trusting God every step of the way and for every thing.

My friends, thank you for your faithful prayers and your partnership in this work of God. Everything that we are doing is for the glory of God and the fruit of your faithfulness.

God bless,

Pastor 7*

*Names and faces have been changed or omitted for security reasons.

By God’s Grace – Pastor 16 Update March 2024

Praise the Lord!

Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you, dear supporters and prayer partners, for your prayers and financial support. We are praying for your family and your country. By the grace of God, my family and I are doing well. God has kept us safe.

I got the chance to lead a Sunday service in a village last month (above). I also had fellowship with them with the Word of God. I am teaching them from the book of Ephesians.

Last month, three new families asked us to have house fellowships with them. We had fellowship with each of them them (above).

Last month, I also had the privilege to lead the praise and worship at a meeting organized by the pastor fellowship. About 300 to 400 people came. It was a blessed time.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for my children to grow in Lord’s fear and knowledge. Please also pray for their final exams.
  • Please pray that the Lord will intervene in the problems the world is facing.
  • Please pray for our village ministry in our local area. May the people there grow in Lord’s Word.
  • Please pray for the new family to grow in Lord.
  • Please pray for our state. Pray that God will work and change the heart of the people.

Blessings,

Pastor 16* and Family

* Names have been changed or omitted for security reasons.