“Where Next Lord?”

A Vision tour to the ME

A team of about 20 of us from our Church went on a vision tour to ME. What is a vision tour? It is a time to seek the Lord’s calling and direction. I believe the Lord may be directing me towards the Middle East to pursue the Great Commission. This has been a blessed trip and I am excited to follow the Lord in whatever He may have for me. The Lord has given many of us the vision to move to the M.E. and so our Church is preparing many of us to be equipped to go in the coming years to share the Gospel.

Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength

-Isaiah 40:31

It is illegal to share the Gospel with Muslims in many ME countries. We are hoping and praying for the Lord to open the doors for us to move there, learn the language, make connections, and share God’s love with a dying world. Muslims are one of the hardest people groups to reach but God has a heart for these people, and we are willing to be used by Him.

Christian Woman in a Muslim World

We heard many great testimonies of God’s work, but the story that impacted me the most was of a brave woman with a secret faith. This is a story of God’s love for the Muslim people. Born in South America and then forced to live and marry a Muslim cousin in the ME a woman suffered abuse, and torment from her husband’s family. Amid her suffering, she secretly read God’s word to bring light and truth into her life. One day her Bible got ruined yet she kept the word in her heart and encouraged her children in the faith, her husband unknowing. Eventually, her children converted to Christianity. She prayed to God for Bible, and He provided… As the woman sold bread, she encountered a group also selling bread. She described them as having loving eyes. She walked up to them and asked if they were Christians. Shocked they said yes, gave her Bible, and continued a relationship her. These people helped her file for divorce and gain custody of her children. By the grace of God, she won both. This is unheard of amongst Muslims. She lives happier than ever with her children away from the abuse and free to worship God. I was privileged to hear this story from her in person. After her story, we took a picture with her, laughed with her, hugged her, and watched her place the Hijab around her head as she walked away. This is the life of a Muslim background believer, although she is free to practice amongst fellow believers, many trials still await. This is the reality of the life of a Christian in the ME. Please continue to pray for this woman and her children and all the believers suffering at the hands of persecution

What’s Next?

When I returned, I asked the Lord what was next, and He told me to wait. So, I will wait upon Him.

After this summer I will do another year of the internship here at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace. I will work during the week in the office as an assistant to the Evangelism leader. I will be in ministry, doing school, and running a house cleaning business. I am praying about the Middle East, so I will begin slowly taking Arabic classes so that I can be equipped to go. I will live in my current home, with amazing people. and continue to grow.

1 Peter 1:6-9

Praises

  • The Lord providing housing, food, clothes
  • My faith growing in the Lord
  • People receiving the Gospel in the ME

How You can be involved

We are all one in Christ, a body working for the glory of our father and bringing new believers into Salvation. You can be a part of the Great Commission and move forward God’s word and truth amongst a dying world. If you would like to partner with me through prayer or financial support, please let me know. I would also like to be a part of your lives and to share and encourage you with all that God is doing.

Prayer Requests

  • Please Pray that I hear the Lord
  • Please Pray for unity within our Church
  • Please pray for the Leaders and pastors of the Church
  • Please Pray for the Muslims in the ME and the new work going forth
  • Please Pray that I have wisdom and discernment

If you would like to partner with me in the work of the Gospel 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 “Victoria Villegas support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873.

Amphitheater in the ancient city of Jerash
Scenic of surrounding buildings of Jerash in Jordan

Lampstand

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

Our group before leaving for Watts Sunday morning

Hello Church,

What an amazing time serving and ministering this month. A team of us from CCSG drove down to San Diego and Tijuana to assist in aiding the refugees from Ukraine. Calvary Chapel San Diego transports Ukrainians from Tijuana to their Church in San Diego in order to provide them beds, food, and help in getting them to host families and airports. We cleaned, restocked food, transported, relieved volunteers and ministered to the refugees at the Church. It was amazing to see everyone working around the clock for the people. It was a great ministry opportunity to show the love of the Church to minister and aide the Ukrainians

I stayed a day later after my team returned home. I washed bed sheets and blankets at the nearest launder mat. CCSD set up a huge room with 30 or so beds for the people to sleep. We cleaned, stripped, washed, and made beds for them to rest. I was in the laundry room for many hours washing bags full of sheets, it was a lot of fun!  I met Coco there, she ran the laundry mat. A volunteer and I prayed and ministered to Coco. She was so blessed by our visits and the Churches heart to help the Ukrainians. Pray for Coco and her family. 

launder mat, washing the bed sheets

San Diego

The following day I rested. I stayed with my brother, sister in law, and my baby niece. I was ecstatic to be with my family in San Diego and spend the day with them, especially to meet my niece for the first time.

I returned home from San Diego and the following day helped with the spring-cleaning event at our Church. We cleaned the Church, washed windows, scrubbed tables, chairs, power washed.

My baby niece, Eislee and I

Hope Central Watts

We went to Watts to help relieve the Church there. We came as a Church Body to serve the Hope central in order to relieve the volunteers. It was such a huge blessing for them because they work so hard within the community. It was a great representation of brothers and sisters in the faith coming alongside each other.

Complex Outreach

Debbie, our pastor’s wife began a complex ministry. Every Holiday we send out a little gift and invite, this year was Easter baskets filled with candy and invites to our Easter service. Every other Sunday our Church throws a BBQ after Service within our courtyard. We take leftovers to open businesses of our Complex. People are so blessed with this; we hope they come to our BBQs on their own. Pray for these business owners. We are called to be lights to those around, and it starts with our inner circles of influence. As a Church body we want to reach our neighbors by showing the love of Jesus. My close friend Maribel made personal relationships with people from our Complex due to our outreaches. This means open doors to share Jesus

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all [who are] in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)

On the day to day, I work as an assistant to Nick Ramos, head of evangelism and church coordinator for outreaches. I come to the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am learning so much about what goes into running a Church.

Continue to pray for our team as we raise money for the Jordan trip on April 28th to May 10th. I have recently spoken with our accountant and I am more behind then realized due to unforeseen circumstances. I still need about $1800 as of now. I am trusting the Lord and I believe and know that if its His will then its His bill.

Thank you everyone for all of your partnership with me. Thank you to my communities and my family. I love you all and please keep in contact with me, I would love to hear from you. Send your prayer requests, I would love to pray with you. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

I work for the Church full time on support, so if you would like to support me financially, monthly or a one-time payments then please click on the button below. This will also go towards my Jordan trip.

Praises

Our prayer ministry

Time with Family

Ukrainians transported connected to families in the states

Prayer requests

Safe travels in Jordan trip

Finances

That I would be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit

A Blessed Covid Year

Intern Girls playing a game

Happy New Year Everyone!

As I look upon this past year much has happened… Starting in July I attended the Rosarito School of Missions for 6 weeks, returned home and found myself moving to Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda to be an intern with Calvary Chapel Saving Grace. I currently live in the house of Denise Blair. I room with Aleah and live with Denise, Maria, Cheena, Gabrielle, Rachel and baby Colson.

To be honest, this year has been stretching and challenging. By the grace of God I stepped out in faith and thus thrown into the furnace to be shaped and molded. This is life in ministry. Tossed and turned, dying to one’s self to live new and transformed daily. Although there are struggle there is no place in the world I would rather be in for this season of my life, despite being pruned, my roots have grown stronger and deeper as I drink from the living waters.

Interns with Calvary Chapel Women of Wisdom

“… casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

I live in a community that is beyond supportive, a leadership that cares and nurtures our gifts loving and challenging us, to study the Word, love the Word, and apply the Word. It is the greatest honor to be where I am at and to live for Christ. When I remember the Lord and His promising words all of my troubles melt away. I am not loved for the works, I am loved because God said I was worth loving to die on the cross for.

Some highlights of the season were our Women’s Christmas event, and our Caroling outreach. For Christmas I spent time with the Sedillo family that welcomed me and other interns into their home Christmas day. I served the church in Yorba Linda for our Christmas Eve Candle light Service and that following Sunday. That Monday I went home for the holidays for a whole week and I am so grateful for that time I spent back home with my family.

At our Women’s Christmas Event Debbie, the pastor’s wife, invited many Muslim women to come and many others who didn’t know Jesus. They all heard the gospel message at the event and we pray that it stayed with them. It was such a blessing to be a part of and to see God’s work at hand. He is reaching out to His children. Let’s pray that these events were fruitful, and that God would continue to touch the hearts of the people from these events.

Women’s Christmas Event

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support I love you all, and care for you deeply. God bless you all and thank you for your continued prayers and support. I really miss home sometimes but praise God He sustains me in all I do. I could really use some prayers about going to two trips. I am planning so far to go to Mexico Mazatlán and Culiacan to do outreach from February 28th to March 14th. Also there will be a vision tour to Jordan soon, so prayers about attending this trip.

Prayer Requests:

Financial and Prayer support

Discernment and wisdom on going to Jordan and Mexico for vision tour

Praises

My Families health

The church evangelism ministry growing

Interns in good health

If you would like to partner with me please click “Become A Financial Partner” or you can mail a check written out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Tori Villegas Support” in the memo section to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, Ca 92886- 1873 God bless you all and thank you for your continued prayers and support.