Garcia Family Update May 2020

Hey Family & Friends!

Here is a quick video update including how we are handling the world’s present circumstances in our family and ministry:

If you would like to donate to the SGWM COVID-19 Relief Fund, you can do so by CLICKING HERE.

Please pray for our financial needs as we live largely off of financial support just like our international missionaries, and we are praying for the Lord to provide more financially to cover some increased costs of living. Please pray that the Lord may provide for us in His will, whatever amount of support He deems sufficient (Proverbs 30:7-9). If you feel led to partner with us financially, instructions are below.

If you would like to support us financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Joel Garcia support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

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Love in Christ,
Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, Jude, and Clara Garcia

I’m Back!

Hey Friends!

After my last update, Amy and I received a ton of remarks from people concerning my comment about praying for God’s will whether He would have us move to Jordan or not. I mentioned it casually, as we are ALWAYS trying to remain open to what God has for us, but I realize that I should have been more clear that we have received no direction from the Lord about leaving the states full-time. I just know that God moves hearts on short-term trips, especially ones where we are praying specifically about a new work God is doing, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t bring any presuppositions into Jordan that would have kept me from clearly hearing God’s voice. But, for now, at least, God still has us here ministering to His church in SoCal and supporting ministry all over the world through my work with SGWM.

We had an amazing time in Israel! It was a very fast-paced trip, but because of the small size of our group there, we got just about as much done in 6 days as most groups do in 10+. I’m still digesting everything I saw and learned there, but I’m already noticing how it has affected the way I read, study, and teach Scripture.

By far the sweetest moment in Israel was out on the Sea of Galilee with this great crew

Our time in Jordan required a huge mindset switch, as our group grew in size and the pace slowed significantly. While we did do some ministry (leading worship, refugee visits, and I got to teach at a church-planting conference we put on), our real mission was to slow down and listen to what God would speak to us about the ministry He’s laid on our hearts for that country, and who He may be calling to go live there. 

The plot of land we plan to build a Bible School on

The Jordan leg of the trip took on a unique flavor, as Pastor Trent and I were given the opportunity to give our young team a taste of what it’s like to minister in a culture so foreign to our own. We could tell that there was a big adjustment for some of our team there realizing that we cannot simply bring American discipleship tactics to that area of the world; we must contextualize our methods to reach people with the Gospel in a way that they can digest it. So our “vision tour” doubled as an on-the-ground training. The Lord had amazing things in mind that we never would have imagined, and I was honored to be a part of leading it. 

Thank you all so much for your prayers over me and my family during this trip, and for all of you who brought meals and supported Amy and the kids in my absence! Please keep us in prayer as we continue day-to-day life and ministry, and as I have an upcoming trip leading youth to Nepal this Summer, and prayerfully a trip to Africa to minister to our missionaries there in the Fall.

Please pray for our financial needs as we live largely off of financial support just like our international missionaries, and we are praying for the Lord to provide more financially to cover some increased costs of living. Please pray that the Lord may provide for us in His will, whatever amount of support He deems sufficient (Proverbs 30:7-9). If you feel led to partner with us financially, instructions are below.

If you would like to support us financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Joel Garcia support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

We also would love to keep you updated on our ministry via our newsletter email updates if you are interested. You can sign up for those by clicking the button below:

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Love in Christ,
Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, Jude, and Clara Garcia

Renewed Vision, Needed Prayers – Garcia Family Update January 2020

Hello Friends and Family!

With a new year, I always find it helpful to think through where God has us and what He has us doing. I am more convinced than ever of His role for me in world missions using the pastoral gifts He’s given me of leadership, encouraging, teaching, and administration. I have been stirred early this year to “go” more; to go where our international ministries are and strengthen the disciples there (Acts 13:43; 14:21-23). And, in the case of my upcoming trip to Jordan, help establish new ones while making my life a blank check written out to Christ, open to where He may send me short-term or long-term.

Before I leave for Israel (to bolster my biblical education) and Jordan (to pray and seek vision over a potential new SGWM ministry there), I wanted to present our latest prayer needs to you all.

1. Pray that the Lord would use me in Jordan to help guide a few of our interns and others who are praying about moving there long-term. I’ll be praying with them, seeking vision on what God wants for that part of the world through us, leading times of worship for them, teaching some of the national leadership on the ground, and doing some ministry among refugees there.

2. Pray that the Lord would give me vision for my own family. I will specifically be praying for our team there, my own ministry with our local church, and whether the Lord wants us to continue serving from our home in California or to move to Jordan or elsewhere. My prayer is that my life would be all the more surrendered to him after these two weeks.

3. Pray for Amy and the kids while I am gone, as it is difficult for them when I go on long trips. The kids are already having experiences that we equate with demonic spiritual warfare. Pray for their protection and Amy’s strength. Jordan is relatively safe, but it is still a spiritually dark part of the world and the enemy will oppose me going.

4. Finally, please pray for our financial needs as we live largely off of financial support just like our international missionaries. Our rent has just been raised a significant amount, and with 4 kids who are growing rapidly, the cost of groceries and other household consumables is rising as well. We trust the Lord always to sustain us, but we are hoping to raise an additional $350-$400 more per month. Please pray that the Lord may provide for us in His will, whatever amount of support He deems sufficient (Proverbs 30:7-9). If you feel led to partner with us financially, please visit our missionary page under “Find A Missionary” at SGWM.com.

Love in Christ,
Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, Jude, and Clara Garcia

Ready To Go! – Joel and Amy Garcia Update Nov 2019

Hello Family and Friends!

We are so honored that you’ve taken the time to check out our latest update. The Lord has been doing lots of exciting things in our lives, and we are so thankful for those who partner with us financially, in the work of the ministry, and in prayer.

Our family is doing great! Maggie is doing a fantastic job in school, especially in her weekly literature class. Jude is taking leaps in his learning, especially after potty-training. Harrison is a ball of energy, and loves to play basketball with Joel after Joel gets home from work. And Clara has energy to match Harrison’s! She finally seems to be really close to sleeping through the night as well, much to our delight!

The Ephesians class Joel was teaching has come to an end. It was a challenging and enriching experience for him, and he is looking forward to teaching more Bible classes next year.

Amy is doing a terrific job as a mom and manager of the household, making it a welcoming environment as we host young adults, Life Groups, and plenty of other guests regularly.

Finally, Joel is ready for his next international adventure! In late January/early February, he will be headed off for a couple weeks to Israel and Jordan. Israel will be a great experience; he won’t be there for too long, but it will be amazing for him to get a feel for the location of where the majority of the Biblical narrative takes place, and will hopefully just be a precursor for a longer trip at some other point. He’s also looking forward to his time in Jordan, where he will be with a team scoping out what kind of ministry SGWM may be able to plant there, as well as doing some Bible teaching.

Please keep us in prayer with all that is going on! A trip like the one Joel is taking to the Middle East obviously comes at a cost. If the Lord so leads you, we would be so thankful if you’d like to make a financial contribution. This can be a one-time partnership, which certainly helps towards trips like that. Or, you can become a monthly financial partner, which goes a long way towards helping us maintain our ministry with SGWM and establish a budget. We appreciate your support and prayers!

If you would like to support us financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Joel Garcia support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

We also would love to keep you updated on our ministry via our newsletter email updates if you are interested. You can sign up for those by clicking the button below:

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Love in Christ,
Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, Jude, and Clara Garcia

New Life & Fresh Vision

Hello Family and Friends!

We pray you are doing well, and as always, we are so thankful that you’ve taken the time to read this update and see what the Lord is doing in and through our lives. We are so grateful for each and every one of you!

Family Camping Trip

After a lot of traveling the first half of this year, I’m holding off on any more traveling until 2020 (but there are exciting trips in the works!). That means I’m settling down for work at the home office for the rest of this year. But that doesn’t mean things aren’t exciting!

Five of the students from SGWM’s Summer School of Missions have opted to join us at Saving Grace as interns, as well as three other missions-minded individuals. They’ve made a year-long commitment to serve in the office and at our church, while working to raise support, so that they can see all that goes on behind the scenes of the church. During this year, they will learn most of the basics of what it may look like for them to plant a church in another country, and each of them will be going on at least one international trip as a “vision tour” to see if it may be a country that the Lord is leading them to move to. 

This intern program has really breathed some fresh life into the home office and our church, and it is exciting for me that I get to be a part of discipling these young potential church-planters and missionaries! One of my roles over the next couple of months is to teach some Bible courses for them to give them some additional Biblical training (and we’ve also opened up these classes to the rest of our church, which is a huge blessing!)

Teaching a course on the Book of Ephesians

The family is doing great as well, and little Clara (5 months) is coming along just fine. Maggie (5) is doing a great job in school and a new venture for her, a literature class she goes to weekly that she loves! Harrison (4) is passionate about food, singing, basketball, and life in general. And Jude (2) is now potty-trained! As you can see in the pic above, we also had a fun little family camping trip this Summer. 

Thank you all for your prayers and support! Please continue to pray for Joel as he works with Saving Grace’s new interns to train them for ministry and missions, as well as his accounting responsibilities with SGWM and his pastoral role with CCSG. And pray for Amy as she manages the family and household in the thick of life with little ones. 

If you would like to support us financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Joel Garcia support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

We also would love to keep you updated on our ministry via our newsletter email updates if you are interested. You can sign up for those by clicking the button below:

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Love in Christ,
Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, Jude, and Clara Garcia

Summer Update: Garcia Family August 2019

Hello Friends!

We are here in the middle of Summer, and this year has seen a lot of travel for Joel. On top of the 18-day trip to Peru and Brazil back in January/February, Joel got to go back to Peru in June/July with a bunch of youth and young adults from CCSG, and he also had the opportunity to go to CCSG’s 4-day youth camp in August to teach, lead worship, and minister to our church’s youth, including many who were on the Peru trip, and the children of one our SGWM missionary families.

That means that Joel by and large won’t be traveling for the rest of the year, but is looking forward and starting to already think ahead to getting out on the field next year. For now, he’s gotten to help support SGWM’s Calvary School of Missions in Mexico (a six-week program of intensive training for students for cross-cultural missions) by holding the fort at the home base in Yorba Linda. That means continuing his duties with the financial department, preaching periodically for Pastor Trent while he is on the field, and helping support trips like the School of Missions and a long trip to South Asia that a few of SGWM’s staff and interns will be taking in a few months.

One really cool thing Joel got to do this Summer was bless one of our affiliate missionaries, the Record Family, by representing SGWM at their home church for an update they were giving on their ministry. The Records have a focus on cross-cultural apologetics. It was great to meet them in person for the first time, and to help pass along our vision for sending missionaries well to their amazing home church.

Keep our family in prayer as we prep for Maggie’s kindergarten year of homeschooling while raising our other three little ones. It is a challenge, but we are so blessed by our children and want to give our all in raising them in the ways of the Lord!

A candid moment with the kids (L-R: Maggie, Clara, Harrison, Jude)

If you would like to support us financially either on an ongoing basis or through a one-time donation, you can do so by clicking the “Become A Financial Partner” button below, OR you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Joel Garcia support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

We also would love to keep you updated on our ministry via our newsletter email updates if you are interested. You can sign up for those by clicking the button below:

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Love in Christ,
Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, Jude, and Clara Garcia

Garcia Family July 2019 Video Update: Back to Peru!

Hello Friends!

Thank you all for opening up this update so you can see what is going on in our ministry and keep us in your prayers. It really means the world to us to have people supporting us as home-base missionaries supporting international missions and missionaries. You are all an answer to our prayers!

I (Joel) just returned home from Huacho, Peru. Some of you remember that I went there a few months ago with some other pastors to scope out SGWM’s ministry there in preparation for this recent trip. We took almost 40 teenagers, young adults, and their parents to bless Pastor Craig Tippie’s church, Calvary Chapel Huacho. It was a fantastic trip full of twists and turns. Our entire team was amazing, holding to our mantra for short-term missions: “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.” Here is a short video update that I recorded in the middle of the trip explaining why I love short-term trips like these with young people. I wasn’t able to get it uploaded with spotty internet connection in Peru, but here it is!

Amy did great back at home with the four kids, especially with the help of our family and some of our awesome supporters. But, it was great for me to get back home, and great for the family to have me back. Keep us in prayer as I will be representing SGWM for one of our affiliate missionaries this week, and in a few weeks I’ll be heading to our church’s youth retreat with Pastor Mike, where I can hopefully use that time to follow up with our youth who were impacted by their trip to Huacho.

Here are some pics from the trip. Thank you all again for your prayers and support!

Love in Christ,
Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, Jude, and Clara Garcia

Don’t Waste Your Life

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”

Matthew 28:18 – 20

Calvary Chapel Lapu

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Anand, Raju & Aaron

Thank you for praying for us while we were visiting Calvary Chapel Lapu! Our 4 day trip outside of Kathmandu started with 12 hours of driving and then a 6 hour hike straight uphill to the top of the mountain where we were able to visit Pastor Raju (one of our graduates), in Lapu village.  The scenery was beautiful and we were very excited to see Raju in his home where he has been faithfully serving.  Our team was welcomed as a part of Calvary Chapel Lapu as we attended Saturday morning service, followed by a woman’s fellowship, and a small children’s ministry during a Q&A session. The church fellowship continues to grow and the people who are attending Calvary Chapel Lapu are beginning to understand the Bible as Raju teaches verse by verse.  Raju has been helping out people in his community with their farming or fishing, as well as discipling and sharing the gospel. 

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Calvary Chapel Lapu Church Service

It has been a huge blessing to see the fruit in Raju’s life as a Bible College student to seeing him now pastoring a church and ministering to the people up in his remote village.  Being able to visit for ourselves and to see Raju pastor a Calvary church plant was so encouraging for us.  We love being able to visit where our students are from, it gives us perspective on how far they travel to come to study the Bible and what they endure to continue in their labor for the Lord.  Please pray for Pastor Raju as he continues to serve in Lapu Village, and for him to be faithful to do what God has called him to do.

Calvary Chapel Baniyatar

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Aaron with Rabi translating for our
mid-week Bible Study

We have been able to visit with Pastor Rabi and his home fellowship!  Rabi graduated from Bible College two years ago and has been fulfilling his desire to teach God’s Word.  Pastor Rabi and his wife, Mahima, are newlyweds and began their Bible study in their living room.  Their family, along with many people from their community, has been attending this growing church service at Calvary Chapel Baniyatar!  Along with his other responsibilities at the Bible College, Pastor Rabi has been faithful and committed to the start of this new Calvary church plant.  Please pray for him and Mahima as they reach out to the people in their neighborhood as well as their family.

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CC Baniyatar home fellowship

Pastor Rabi has also been serving with us at Calvary Chapel Pastor’s Training Center & School of Ministry.  He teaches twice a week through the Gospel of Luke, and has been helping a lot with translating some classes from English to Nepali.  From when Rabi was a student in Bible College, he would host Bible studies during the semester breaks, and disciple many of his friends here in Nepal and some friends who had gone to work abroad.  His calm personality turns to a bold and courageous one when it comes to preaching Jesus to anyone who would hear.  Rabi is also going to train the students in weekly evangelism through our community and help them prepare for our semester outreach.

Calvary Chapel Dumre

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Pastor Milan leading worship at CC Dumre
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Milan & Aaron enjoying some fresh fried fish from the local river in Dumre Village

Most recently, we took a trip to visit with Pastor Milan at Calvary Chapel Dumre.  We enjoyed our time spent with our brother and his family, and being able to see how the church fellowship is doing.  We brought a group of students from the Bible College who are from the same district as Milan so they could see their families as well as seeing a Calvary Chapel church plant in their hometown.  During our time in Dumre, we hosted a small youth fellowship one afternoon, attended church service at CC Dumre and Milan’s uncle’s church, and had family time at Milan’s home.  It was encouraging for us to see our brother serving wholeheartedly, and watching him be faithful to the work of the ministry.  He has been pouring into the lives that have been placed in front of him and has demonstrated a life surrendered to Christ as he has been serving in his village.  Please pray for Milan who has been sharing the gospel in his community and discipling the youth.  Please also pray for him as he has been managing the remaining construction work of the church building.

Pastors Conference 

This past week, Pastor Bond, Heather and Breanna have come to visit!  While they are here, we’ve invited the pastors of our students who attend the Bible College and also the Calvary Chapel pastors who have graduated and started church plants like Pastor Raju, Pastor Rabi & Pastor Milan.  During our three-day conference, we hosted 9 visiting pastors at the college campus, taught through 2 Timothy and had a time of Q&A about Calvary.

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Aaron & Tyler with all previous Bible College graduates who have now
begun Calvary church plants
(left to right: Majiya, Rabi, Milan & Raju)

It was a great time of glorifying God in the praise reports of what has been going on in each others lives. Among the attendees was Pastor Majiya, who shared an update with us about his work in the east side of Nepal of beginning Calvary Chapel Rangeli. While Majiya was a student, he sacrificed two years apart from his wife and two small kids to study God’s word. It has only been four months since he graduated and he has been traveling into Rangeli which is one hour on his bicycle to teach the bible in that area. Together with raising a family, sharing the gospel and teaching God’s word, he is working daily 12 hour shifts in an oil making factory to support his family. He makes the equivalent of seven dollars and fifty cents per day. It’s our heart to help Majiya and take away part of the financial burden so that he may focus more on his family and ministry. This will allow him to be about preaching the gospel in the midst of unreached people groups. Majiya wants to move into Rangeli so that he and his family will be missionaries in this new village.

We are beyond grateful to be a part of this work of training up future pastors and leaders!  Please continue to pray for each of these men who have listened and obeyed God’s call on their lives.

Praise Reports

  • Each visit to the three Calvary church plants has been so encouraging and a blessing to be a part of this amazing work!
  • CC Pastor’s Training Center & SOM has been going well, we are thankful for all who are on staff and serve with us.
  • We’ve been having more new people attend he CC Nakkhu fellowship after hearing Pastor Anand on the Radio Program
  • The Pastors Conference was an uplifting and inspiring time

Prayer Requests

  • For our team to be like-minded, have the same love, being of one accord, and of one mind.
  • That God would provide financially forus and for the ministry in Nepal & South Asia
  • For those divine appointments to share the Gospel with people
  • Pastor Raju’s parents who are practicing Hindus and don’t fully understand why Raju is pastoring a church.  He has been trying to be a good witness for Jesus, but can feel lonely at times when even his family isn’t the most supportive.
  • Pastor Ravi’s mom is a new born again Christian, but his father is not. Also, please pray for Ravi’s mom who has diabetes and has been struggling with her health.
  • Please pray for Pastor Majiya and the God would provide for him & his family financially.

In Christ,

Aaron & Jena Garcia

aaronjenagarcia@gmail.com

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The Kanyike Update – April 2019


Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.      Hebrews 10:25

Dear Friends and Family,

He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

We pray that you all are having a wonderful time celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This month we once again saw many things taking place here in Uganda within the church, the guest house and our family.

First off we received the sad news that a very good friend of mine who I ministered with in the Refugee camp lost his 8 year old daughter. We were able to talk with him several times on the phone but unfortunately I was undergoing tests at that same time for blood clots so we could not attend the funeral.

On a positive note one of my pastors, Rob Douglass, came for the funeral and was a great encouragement to our friends during this very difficult time. He was able to stay with us for one week. When I moved to Uganda almost 20 years ago to work with FRM in the Sudanese refugee camp, Rob was our team leader. The last time Rob was with me in Uganda was for Brian’s and my wedding. Rob walked me down the aisle. While Rob was here we spent a lot of time reminiscing and sharing all that we have seen God do and have experienced over the years. It is amazing how our faith grows when we remember all that God has already done. It gives us hope for all that God has yet to do. Since Rob was here for a Sunday he was able to share at Arise Christian Fellowship. In light of the death of our friends daughter, eternity had been on everyone’s mind. Rob taught the church a message on eternity. To help us better visualize what the message truly meant he used a long rope with about one inch on the end taped off to demonstrate how our life on earth is like the small section of rope while eternity, like the long part of the rope draped around the sanctuary, keeps on going . He challenged the church as to what they are living for. Were they living for that small one inch moment in time or were they living for those things that would matter for eternity. It was a very powerful message for everyone who was listening. The church was so blessed by the message they are still talking about it. I was so blessed to have someone I consider family to be with me and meet our church family at Arise.

For the last 10 years Tuesdays means Women’s Bible Study at my house.  It started off with just a few ladies from one church but has since evolved into a larger study with at least 4 churches represented and about as many or more nationalities.  Our group focuses on the Word of God, prayer and fellowship.  I alternate between teaching books of the Bible and relevant topical issues.  After each teaching I give a handout of discussion questions for the women to work on through out the week so they keep thinking and meditating on Gods word we have been learning.  Every Tuesday we begin by discussing the questions and sharing what the Lord has showed us through out the week.  After each study we share our prayer requests and praise reports with one another and then take time to pray over each request and for one another.  As the group leader I often feel like I am so privileged to be the one who studies and prepares the teachings because I feel I learn so much and often times that the message is for me and what is going on in my life.  I pray the ladies get as much out of what I am able to share.  Currently we are going trough a study I titled “Everything Unto the Lord”.   It is based on three scriptures the Lord used to minister to me while I was in the states very sick and mourning the loss of my mom.  It has been encouraging for me to be reminded that all we do is for the Lord and that even when times are tough they can be used to glorify God.

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Praying together

The Lord is always surprising us with how He is going to provide.  We recently were talking about how we wished we could get some sturdier chairs for the church but did not have enough money to do so.  It was really a necessity because a couple of times already the plastic chairs we have crumpled, then snapped causing the people sitting in them to fall down.   This past month just 2 weeks before Easter, we got a call from Pastor Michael from South Sudan telling us they were bringing down 50 of the chairs from their old church.  It was such a surprise and just in time for the holidays.  We are so thankful.  The whole church clapped and ulated in thanksgiving to God and Calvary Chapel Cush for blessing us.

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

In Him,

Brian, Jill,Luke, Laylee and Liana           

Prayer Requests                                               

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  • Praise the Lord for the ministry and spiritual growth of the member at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Praise the Lord for his continued provision and blessing upon Arise Christian Fellowship
  • Pray for our friends James and Jane Nyika who lost their 8 year old daughter.
  • Pray for Jill’s health to continue to improve and for the treatment of her thyroid and blood clots to be successful.
  • Please for Jill’s dad who is in the hospital with sepsis and heart failure.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with..
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they homeschool. Pray for the children to be excited about learning.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

Miracles & New Ministry – Mosley Family April 2019 Update

There comes a point in our relationship with the Lord that we must decide if we truly believe what is written in the Bible. When challenges and hard times come, they test whether or not we will stand on the word of God or not. There is not one word in the Bible that we cannot depend on. The Bible is the one thing that will always be true, right, and faithful. I mention this because it has been something that has been very real in our lives lately. I have sat with the Bible in front of me on multiple occasions and questioned myself by saying, “Either I believe what this book says, or I don’t”. I have chosen to believe what it says, though it’s been challenging, God has come through every time. Like God asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” I can hear God asking me, “Do you trust me”? “Do you trust me no matter what it looks like, no matter how big the waves are, no matter how deep the valley, no matter how mighty the enemy……. Do you trust me?”

It was a whirlwind of a decision to move to Portland, Oregon. There have been many ups and downs as we have tried to, once again, detach ourselves from one place and plug into a new one. As we began to explore housing in Portland, we quickly realized it wasn’t as inexpensive as we thought. We took a weeklong exploratory trip up to Portland during the beginning of March to talk and pray with our friends at the church that we’ll be serving at, explore the area and look for houses. We retuned back to California empty handed and feeling a little scared. Scared for a few different reasons, one of those being the cost of living. As you can imagine, Mexico isn’t as expensive to live! 

After spying out the land and returning to California, we continued to pray and ask God for a house and direction. We looked and looked for a house but, found nothing. Additionally, it was very hard to try and find a house in Oregon while we were in California. Different obstacles stood before us as we looked for a house such as needing to make 3 times the amount of the rent to rent through a property management company, providing pay check stubs, and committing to a one-year lease. More than one time we began to lose heart, wondering, questioning, praying if we were doing the right thing. We knew that we needed God to do a miracle for us. 

Even with the discouragement we continued to feel that the Lord was pushing us to go forward and head up to Portland even though we didn’t have a house. Were we going to trust the Lord that He called us to Oregon, even if it meant sleeping in a tent? We decided we would and trusted the Lord to provide. Once again we packed up the van with all of our earthly possessions and April 3rd, (Penelope’s birthday) we left not knowing where we were going. That night we stayed with Jackie’s family in Shady Cove, Oregon. The same night we received a text message asking if we were still interested in seeing a house. When I saw the picture of the house, I didn’t remember the house or sending a message inquiring about it. I showed Jackie the picture and asked if she remembered sending a message about the house and she told me she had not. Nonetheless we arranged to see the house the next day.

We left Shady Cove the morning of April 4thwith no house, no hotel secured, nowhere set up to stay that very night. During the drive the six of us took turns praying. The kids asked God for a house that very day, which seemed impossible as many of you can understand, especially knowing the process of renting a house. We arrived in the Milwaukie (Southeast area of Portland) and met with the owner of the house on Angel Ln! As I prepared to see the house I questioned if I should even look at it due to the cost and not wanting to get my hopes up. I was actually going to cancel the meeting but Jackie suggested I at least meet with him and see the house, so I did. The house was more than I would have ever expected or hoped for. As I began talking to the owner, I observed very quickly he was a very gentle, easy going, and friendly guy. As we walked through the house he randomly mentioned he would be fine with a month to month rental agreement, which is something both Jackie and I hoped for as we are still seeking God’s direction on how long we will be here in Portland. Long story short, he ended up letting us move in that very night with a 3-month “lease”. We were in awe of God’s goodness and how He answered our prayers! It was pretty awesome because Isaiah made the comment on his own that God had answered his prayer for a house the same day! 

After settling in for a few days, I jumped in and started working at the Faith on Hill Church. It has been nice to get familiarized with the operation of the church and start doing some needed projects around the building. I was able to install my first deadbolt lock. I had to cut the holes out and everything. For many of you that is probably no big deal but for me that was pretty huge! I did get a bit excited with the chisel and had to use a fancy wood marker to cover up my excitement! I was also able to sit in on a Pastor’s meeting that was very informative and gave me some good tools about sharing the Gospel! The focus on the meeting was evangelizing both inside and outside the church. Our goal over the next few weeks is to really start building relationships with folks at the church and in the community. 

During our time in Napa, my friend, John and I started a First Responders group that seeks to strengthen, support, and love the believers within that community. There is a lot interest and excitement in a Christ Centered group where we can gather together and sharpen one another. I believe God is looking for Christian leaders within the First Responder agencies. Leaders who will stand for God first, not compromise, and shine brightly for God’s glory. We have committed to meet once a month and I will be flying down to California to meet with this group. John and I have begun recording weekly videos encouraging the Napa First Responder group in their relationship with the Lord. The videos are intended to prepare everyone for the coming monthly meeting. I do not have space to write about everything that is going on with this but I am really excited about it. 

I have begun trying to reach out to First Responders in the Portland area as well. I have also been speaking with the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Agency in this area in hopes of building a relationship with more First Responders. They invited me to their monthly Chaplin meetings as well as meeting one on one with them. My hope and prayer to start another First Responder group here in Portland! After talking to other Brothers and Sisters in the Law Enforcement community, I have discovered that there is a hunger to meet together with other Christians working in this industry. The job our First Responders do on a daily basis is so crucial and important. They see things, hear things, and experience things on a daily basis that many would not be able to handle mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. This environment can also be a stumbling block in one’s relationship with God which is why it’s important to be meeting together and encouraging each other in Christ. 

We always appreciate your prayers and here are a few things we are asking you to join us in prayer about this month: 

  • Please pray that doors would be opened for ministry to the First Responder community here in Portland. 
  • Pray that God would provide us many opportunities to serve in this area and share his love in new, bold, and creative ways.
  • Pray also that God would help us know the best way to serve Faith on Hill and Pastor Adam and his family.  

As always we want to thank you for your support and prayers for us. It is exciting to see new ministries starting to sprout. We are looking forward to what God will do in the coming months! 

With love, 

The Mosleys