Greetings from Rosarito Beach Mexico,
June was a busy month for us as I am sure it was for many of you! Personally, Sarah and I got to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary! We had a great time together and we laughed about how 19 of those years have been spent right here in Mexico! On the ministry side of things, our church had a fun Cowboy themed Father’s Day Celebration, with a Father’s Day Photo booth! (Happy Father’s day to all of you father’s out there, and thank you for the great job you do!)
This summer began with me busily preparing for our Bilingual Church Planting Conference that we host every summer as a church! In this update, I wanted to let you know what we have planned for this upcoming conference, and share a couple of prayer points with you.
7 years ago, we started our annual church planting conference, and each year we have seen it grow little by little. Last year (in the middle of the Covid19 pandemic), we had our largest conference yet. But with things slowly returning to normal, this year we are asking God for even bigger and better things!
The dates of this year’s conference are August 6th and 7th (Friday and Saturday) and the event will be held once again at our church facility! We have a fantastic theme this year of “Lessons from the Ancient Church Planters”! We are planning on looking at 7 of the early churches found in the book of Acts and Paul’s epistles, to learn unique lessons from each one of them in regards to church planting!
We have an amazing line up of teachers this year which include three of our very own church planters, Hugo Limon (Culiacan), Aaron Smith (Punta Gorda Florida), and Fernando Serrano (Las Vegas) We also have my good friend Pastor Daniel Nunez joining us, who is a local hero of mine that has planted over 40 churches in Mexico and beyond. I am blessed to have Pastor Bruce Zackary (Calvary Nexus in Camarillo) teaching who is not only one of my personal mentors but also the author of the Church planting manual that we use in our church planting school. My Pastor and friend Trent Douglass of CCSaving Grace will also be teaching.
Aside from the main teachings, we also have an amazing lineup of 15 breakout/workshop sessions taught by gifted men and women covering a wide variety of interests and specialized topics! I believe that we are going to end the conference with the biggest highlight of all! For the third year in a row, we are ending the conference by sending out a new church plant together.
My friends Mary and German Lopez joined our church 3 years ago to be trained up to church plant in their hometown state of Sonora! (One state over to the East from Baja) We are planning to send them out to the capital city of Sonora, Hermosillo which has over 1 million inhabitants! I was blessed to take a vision tour in June with this gifted couple, and it was amazing to see God’s plans for them already unfolding! Mary and German have a fire burning in them, that matched the blazing 112 degree temperatures we experienced in that desert town!
Finally, I would like to personally invite you to attend our church planting conference this year! As always, the conference is free, and is open to anyone with a heart to SEND and partner with church planters or to BE SENT to church plant in the future!
Once again, I want to thank you for partnering with us in this amazing work. We feel honored and humbled that you choose to partner with us through your prayers and finances! We love you and are thankful for you!
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would bless the preparation for our upcoming church planting conference!
#2- That God would provide for the financial needs of our family, church, and church plants!
#1- Praise God for a successful church planting vision tour to Hermosillo with German and Mary!
#2- Praise God that God continues to bring back people to our church here in Rosarito after the Pandemic! Father’s day was our largest weekend yet (post covid) with over 1100 in attendance at our 3 weekend services!
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