New Year & New ministry opportunities

Greetings family, friends, and fellow co- laborers! (If you missed the December post, check out our missionary blog at:

We have been experiencing new beginnings, new ministry opportunities, new friendships, new things to pray for and marvellous things God has and will show us as we recommit spending time in His word daily. 

We are very happy and privileged to share with you our ministry opportunities for 2024. This is your spiritual fruit as you have been with us in prayer, financially and believed in us. 

Claudia and I 
as well as a group of gifted brothers and sisters meet with folks weekly for counseling!

Bilingual Women’s Bible study

Mujeres de Valor y Propósito”- “Women of Worth and Purpose”.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”Ephesians 2:10

Our Thursday night bilingual study is based on this beautiful Bible verse!! 

Our heart is to equip and disciple ladies the Lord brings to our study on Thursday evenings, and even using Facebook Live!

How do we equip and disciple them? 

Serving with them, 

mission trips, bible study, praying for them, personal devotions, praise & worship, taking the New Believers classes then baptism and finally our Pillar class! Then possibly later…

Signing up for our Doulos school of ministry and so much more! 

Lupita Hurtado and I welcoming our ladies.

This year I am co-leading the study with a future church planting pastor wife. I have the privilege of helping my very gifted friend Lupita become even better equipped! She helps me in all that this ministry entails as she prepares for her future women’s ministry one day. Praise God!

We have, God willing, 3 mission trips on the calendar to go and encourage the pastors wives and their ladies. Churches that have been sent out from Calvary Rosarito.

Missions trips with Women of Value and Purpose (Mujeres de Valor y Propósito)

March 23 –Ensenada, day conference 

May 4 –Otay, day conference 

June 20-24 –Morelia, weekend conference 

Continuing on to discipleship. I have the privilege of discipling women one on one. It’s about a 3 month study. Called, “First Love”, it’s for all ages it may say youth but trust me it’s for all ages. I have the blessing of sitting with each lady the Lord brings to me. It doesn’t end when we finish our study but it continues, how do you ask they want to go and pour into another sister and sit with her and go through the study, that is amazing. I always say no book, or program is the end all for all to fix each issue. It’s just one more tool in your process of sanctification. I am not, the book, the program is not your savior, it’s Jesus Christ and Him alone. 

Pressing ahead with biblical counseling, it has been a blessing to sit with and speak on the phone with ladies who request biblical counseling. God’s word is faithful and proven to encourage, give hope, exhort, teach, and transform as long as you put into practice what you hear and learn. Thanks to the Lord the Holy Spirit, Paul and our Pastor Mike Vincent I have learned and continue to learn how to counsel biblically. 

Our ministry verse is  2 Timothy 3:16-17

This encapsulates the essence of this ministry that Paul is overseeing and I am blessed to help with. 

God’s Word &  God’s truth set women, men, couples, young & old FREE indeed! 

Paul has an exciting schedule every week!

Cruz and Graciela are new to the church! Claudia and I constantly meet new people in our church patio every week!

Many families move to the border area looking for work and find our great church family!
Sports and food are a great way to reach out to men and make friends!

Teaching in the School of Ministry on a Saturday and visiting our church plants

Monthly Baptisms

Family Notes:

Poiema heads back to Peru February 10th to finish her semester at CBI, Trujillo.

Natalie is praying about her future plans and direction as she finishes her first year of teaching a high school biology class in Sacramento and finishing her Masters degree.

Cristian graduates  from high school in June. He’s praying & planning to study medicine in Guadalajara. 

Ben is doing well and on his way to deciding what he would like to do this new year.

Geoff & Lydia are touring Japan in February! Pray for vision as God opens doors for ministering there

Stay Healthy!
We had many friends over for New Years Eve!

Prayer Requests:

  1. That our relationship with Jesus Christ to be our #1 priority
  2. For wisdom in accepting ministry requests,
  3. To Love all people!
  4. Biblical Counseling ministry! For God’s wisdom and understanding
  5. Assisting with Church Planting class starting Feb 12, and teaching Feb 17. (Paul)
  6. Thanksgiving to God for His Provision and the great and exciting work we get to do!

Spring 2021 SGWM Newsletter

Spring is in the air and God is bringing life and new growth to every corner of the earth despite current restrictions and opposition. Saving Grace World Missions is privileged and honored to be a part of what God is doing. SGWM continues to come alongside its partners all over the world and stand amazed at what He is accomplishing. 

National Partnerships

Partnering with National Missionaries is one of the most exciting things SGWM does. Coming alongside these brothers and sisters and giving them the love, care and encouragement they need to be successful is an honor and blessing. This last Christmas, SGWM helped provide funding, through partnering churches and supporters like you, for National workers to bring much love, joy and relief to their surrounding areas. During this very difficult time of Covid 19 and all its restrictions, many of those who work in South Asia found creative ways to bring the gospel to their people. Heather Gaona, director of International Relations, shared her thoughts about the outreaches. 

“I was blown away at seeing churches with 50 plus people attending where just a few years ago there was no church and only 1 believer!! Just knowing how far the guys and their wives hike to reach these unreached villages is impressive. I was also encouraged to find out that two of the local churches raised the money needed from their own fellowship to provide for a portion of the outreach (like the beanies or tracks) and that one church went house to house to visit 150 homes. Every single one of the national pastors did not allow Covid to cripple them, but instead they were creative and innovative and even reached new villages and new areas with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.”

Here are a couple of their stories.

Outreach in South Asia– Funding provided by CCSG / SGWM Covid Christmas funds

“Funding provided for two outreaches, saris and blankets for elderly and windows, and one Jesus film outreach. Thank you for your financial help that made it possible for us to do the Christmas programs. I shared the Word of God about Jesus’ birth and distributed gifts to the children in our church. We were expecting 200 in my home village to attend, but more than 350 people came and heard the Word of God and ate lunch. We cooked Christmas lunches 2 times – once at my home and once in a village 350 kilometers away.  Thanks to the Lord, everything went smoothly and great. I thank God for providing support for blankets and saris (women’s clothing) to give to widows. This made it possible for us to distribute them. Two people’s health conditions were very critical and I am thankful to God that He used me to help them and give them blankets and saris.” -Pastor R

– Outreach in South Asia – Funding provided by CCSG / SGWM Covid Christmas Funds

Pastor Ra and Pastor Andy, located in South Asia, conducted outreach in the poorest and most remote region in their part of the world. The people live primitively in the mountains and are often malnourished and uneducated. There is not currently a church there, but Pastor Ra has been making trips to this region several times a year to minister and share the Gospel. 

“At least 200 people came to our services. They were blessed by the sharing of the Word of God from Pastor Andy. We were able to feed those who came. We also distributed some winter hats/bonnets from my beautiful wife and our online fellowships/social media groups who helped with funds to purchase the hats. It was very hard for us to climb the mountain to this village area. Nothing was around to support us or hold on to while we traveled up and down the small narrow path. The people there were very poor, both spiritually and physically. We encouraged them and shared with them about joining our Bible training center for those with a heart for ministry. Pray for their lives to be rooted in the Word of God so that in the upcoming days we can take them, teach them, guide them, and disciple them.” -Pastor Ra

Missionary Equipping

Calvary School of Missions

Saving Grace is once again gearing up for its annual CSOM and the pastors are in the process of receiving applicants for this 6-week program. It’s always amazing to see how God sovereignly leads each student to the school. Because class size is limited, the SGWM staff prays very fervently that God would hand pick each student for this course and He has been faithful! This interview season has shown, once again, that God is in this. Over the last 20 years of doing cross cultural missions, the pastors and staff of SGWM realize that there are many out there who do not “GO” well and are not “SENT’ well. Missionary care was already in the DNA of Saving Grace World Missions when three years ago, Pastor Trent received clear direction from the Lord to start a school to provide care and direction for young people within the Calvary movement who want to be missionaries and see the lost saved amongst the nations, but don’t know the next steps. Please pray for this next class. After seeing 2 classes successfully complete the program, SGWM is looking forward to what God has for this next group.

Missionary Care

In February, Pastor Trent, his wife Debbie, Pastor Tim, and one of the missions interns Spencer, were able to visit with one of SGWM’s missionary families in Acapulco, Mexico and visit church planters in Mazatlán and Culiacán, Mexico. It was a very fruitful trip and God’s hand was evident at every turn. Missionary care is absolutely necessary for a successful missions program. Most missionaries never have visitors from their home church, much less from their Pastors. By visiting, Pastor Trent and the team were able to, face to face, tell the missionaries that they are loved and that the church has not forgotten them. Many times, when missionaries go out, they feel quite forgotten and alone. It’s essential to not just express our love but to show it by communication and visits when possible. Sitting with these precious saints, they were able to remind them of God’s call on their lives and the fruit that is abounding to their accounts. Their love for the lost, their passion for the people of God, and their devotion to making Jesus’ name famous amongst the nations is evidence of their commitment to God and His glory. Again, Saving Grace feels so privileged and honored to come alongside these precious saints and cheer them on as they run the race!

*names and locations changed to protect ministries and partners

Summer 2020

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and recognize and honor and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Hi everyone! I want to start off first by thanking you for your prayers for me as I serve the Lord in Tijuana, Mexico and for reading this update.

Wow! What a summer! I don’t even know where to begin! We have all been experiencing a different kind of lifestyle with these very different times that we are living in! It has been quite challenging, but my main focus is to “let my light shine before all.” I love the fact that the gospel is getting out to even more people via social media than ever before. Satan has his plans, but God has even bigger plans and always gets the glory in the end!

We started off our summer with first ever virtual V.B.S. It was a huge success and a blessing for the children in our community. The kids, ages 4-12, did all the projects at home, took pictures and “turned them in” and received prizes for their participation.

Orus with her craft

We hosted two virtual weddings this summer (only family and a few others in attendance). Both brides are sisters and lived next door to me. I’ve known them since they were toddlers. Sara married Jesus, they both work full time and are very involved in the church and have been most of their lives–worship band and youth ministry. Alex is a missionary here with us and married Sara’s sister, Miriam. They both have a heart for missions. Both couples love the Lord and we are excited to see how He will use them in the future!

Jesus and Sarah
Alex and Miriam

We continue to serve the children in our afterschool program by giving out food each month. In August, we also gave them school supplies. They are so thankful for the help they receive, and it is so great to see them, even if for only a few seconds.

making the food baskets
Jeremy and his mom

We are also continuing to minister to the kids through an application called “Class Dojo.” They see a different video each day of the week, and participate by doing the craft, answering questions about the Bible class, and memorizing the Bible verse of the week… just as if they were attending Sunday School, and then receive prizes for their participation. I also enjoy being with them on Facebook live every Friday at 1:00. Of course I continue reading Bible stories to them Tues. through Sat. on Facebook live. We take very seriously the spiritual growth of the children here at CC Pedregales.

showing their work on a facebook live session
virtual prize room. The kids can choose their prize from the shelves

We do not say goodbye, but see you soon to two dear brothers in Christ who went home to Jesus this past month due to complications with COVID. Obed, father of three, husband, and awesome singer/songwriter, and Emanuel, 20 years old. We will miss them, but we know that they are in heaven with Jesus! Emanuel was not able to speak due to his down syndrome, but now for sure must be chatting away with Jesus!

Obed and family
Emanuel with his youngest sister, Jennifer

Prayer requests:

  • for the families of Obed and Emanuel as they mourn the passing of their loved ones. For comfort and peace from our Lord Jesus.
  • salvation for the kids and parents of our afterschool program
  • for the kids to be able to attend school soon. (there are many obstacles here with online learning, as many can’t afford a phone or laptop, and wifi; it’s all costly). When the kids go back to school, we will be able to open our afterschool program and soup kitchen.
  • for my knees–both are in bad shape. I was approved for a knee replacement for my right knee and will be scheduling it soon.

COVID Relief in Belize

Javier Gongora is a ministry partner working in Belize that we were able to bless with funds to do COVID relief in his community. With it, he was able to provide groceries to over 20 families in need. These families include parents of little babies and children who are a part of the preschool that Javier and his wife run, church members who are out of jobs due to COVID, as well as pastors in the community who have no income.

Mexico COVID Relief

It’s a privilege to serve God at Calvary School of Missions (CSOM) here in Mexico. The leaders and students, led by the Lord, got off to a wonderful start and are a little over halfway through. Hopefully, you’ve been able to read our update letters, if not please CLICK HERE  to connect with us and update yourself on all the Lord has been doing in and through our team. 

One of the unforeseen blessings during our school has been the ability to develop and serve church plants and their communities with Covid relief feeding programs. We’ve had opportunities to visit many families in need. So many people here in Mexico as well as the rest of the world have been devastated by this pandemic. God is sending out CSOM to meet both spiritual and physical needs.  

Work places have closed down here in Mexico leaving individuals unable to provide for their basic needs. Families who were already living hand to mouth, meaning weekly checks for their work go directly to essential physical needs such as buying groceries and paying rent, are now left wondering how they will provide. Warehouses, factories, and stores have been closed down which means no work for so many. Unlike in America there is no Social Security system, there is no government relief checks, and from a human standpoint that brings about a sense of hopelessness and fear. 

But God….

We’ve been able to visit, pray for, present the gospel to, and feed over 100 families by God’s grace and provision. As we move forward in the school, we have identified many more opportunities ahead of us to show the people of North Baja the God has not forgot them, He sees them, and He cares about their situation. More than anything we need your prayers as we step out in this venture of faith to be the hands and feet of Jesus. As well as, there is an opportunity to financially partner with us to meet both physical and spiritual needs of those devastated by Covid. CLICK HERE God demonstrated His love for us through the cross of Christ. He didn’t just tell us He loves us, He showed us, and we have had the opportunity to not only tell people of the love of God but to show them. 

Thank you for partnering with us however the Lord leads you.

Calvary School of Missions Newsletter 1

Calvary School of Missions class of 2020 Rosarito, Mexico  

Interceding for the nations

The school is well on it’s way, and already we’re seeing God birth new and deep truths into the students hearts and minds. One of the main focusses of the first 2 weeks is laying a biblical foundation in missions. This section of teaching is titled, “The Purpose of the Church”. Pastor Trent is walking the students through the Bible and unfolding the truth about why the church exists and what our role is in fulfilling that purpose on earth. 

Pastor Trent teaching a class on the purpose of the church

We’ve enjoyed, not only great teachings, but also sweet times of prayer and worship, COVID outreach to suffering people groups in communities surrounding the work here in Rosarito, and fellowship with one another as we become unified as one body. In the words of one of the students, it’s  been “RADICAL”. Students are sharing the gospel, stepping out of their comfort zones, and leading people to Christ for the first time. Several times a week, we open up a time of debrief. Students have the opportunity to share what God is doing in their hearts, how they’re being stretched, overcoming personal struggles, and what they’re experiencing through both teachings and outreaches. 

Please continue to pray for the  students as their minds are being shaped to think biblically about world evangelization and the Great Commission while learning to completely surrender any of their personal plans that may not be what God has for them and their future. Some  are asking for prayer for confirmation of calling, whether that’s to Go themselves to the field or stay here send others well. Other students need prayer for direction of where He would want them to minister cross-culturally. 

Praying with a local pastor, after an outreach, for a fruitful ministry

These kids love Jesus with all their hearts! The leadership is fired up and excited to see what God has for them individually. Our heart is to help facilitate discussions and deep prayer time that bring about a clear vision of God’s plan from the beginning of time and help them find out what their part is in fulfilling the great commission in their lives. Please pray for the leadership to have wisdom and anointing to lead well and teach well. Pray for protection over the school against illness or injuries. We are taking every precaution possible to keep germs out, but would also ask for God’s divine protection so we can finish the school with all students healthy and strong. Thank you all! We’re abundantly blessed to link arms with you all as we seek to  partner with these students and get them to where God has called them successfully. 

One of the students engaging a group of kids at an outreach

Gunderson’s May Newsletter

Hello Friends and Family,

We wanted to give you an update of what has been going on here in Banos Del Inca in May. We will send a new one in the next few weeks showing the month of June and July.

  • Belen Ministry: Along with our every other week visits we also did a few events with the Belen Orphanage.In May with the help of our church members and a good friend of ours from Lima we were able to throw a children’s festival for the girls.





  • Women’s Ministry:

For Mother’s Day we had our first annual ladies tea party. It was a very blessed time for the women of our church and some friends from other local churches. All the women had never experienced a tea party before, so it was fun to see the big smiles on their faces. Natalia taught the story of Mary and Martha.  How to put our priorities in order. Before anything, serving Jesus comes first. Natalia did a great job teaching to over 50 women.






We are thrilled to announce that we have officially started Awanas in Cajamarca. This is the first Awanas program here in this northern part of Peru. Natalia and I are now official Awanas international members as both missionaries and as a church. This will allow for us to start other Awanas Programs here in Peru. At our inauguration of Awanas we had 25 kids. It was a lot of fun! The staff loves Awanas just as much as the kids do. Most importantly it is so awesome to see the kids growing in Faith.



  • Church news: Because of difficult circumstances among the leadership of the church, for the past month we have been placed in charge of the Refugio Community Church here in Banos del Inca. I am now preaching every Sunday.  Natalia continues to be in charge of the women’s ministry and helping in the worship.


  • Mission teams:

We had a youth group visit us from Baltimore. They came in May and we had the opportunity to go inside the public school to do evangelism.  We shared the gospel to over 500 children and many of the school teachers. Praise the Lord, many of the children and a few of the teachers made a decision to follow Jesus!






  • Other Announcements: We have hosted many missionaries and friends of missionaries in our home over the past couple Months. I don’t even know when was the last time we were only the 4 of us, lol.  We had a baptism and a baby dedication! This was our first!
  • Family news: Natalia continues dealing with her medical problems, but she is doing a good job of eating healthy, in fact all of us at the house are eating super healthy now! Emily continues growing into a beautiful little girl! She is so sweet and well mannered! Alejandro loves having people coming over to the house all the time! He is so friendly! John is being challenged to study more and more the word of God and keeps taking care of our different ministries along with the preaching on Sundays.


  • Prayer Requests:
1. Health for the four of us.
2. Spiritual protection in all the areas of our family.
3.Wisdom in leading the Church according to God’s will and being able to deal with problems that may arise within the church.
4.Spiritual growth for the four of us and also for the Church.
5. Peace and unity between brothers and sisters in Christ here in the area of Cajamarca.
6.Be able to show God’s love and being a good testimony for the city we live in.
7.The mission team that will be working with us from July 27th-August 8th.
8. For the kids that will be involved in our VBS, Sports camp and English Camp programs during the week that our mission team is here from Purpose Church Pomona:)