Greetings from Mexico,
This past month of August was BUSY and full of church planting activities for us here south of the Border! I know that I talk a lot about church planting in these updates, but I want you to know that this is your spiritual fruit, and we are thankful for your partnership!
August began with our 4th annual church planting conference! We were blessed to have nearly 500 attendee’s this year that flew in from the USA, different parts of Mexico, and even from Peru in South America. I may be biased, but I believe that this was our best conference ever! For me personally, these conferences are like a big family reunion, where I get to see so many of my church planting friends return to the sending hub (home base) in Rosarito!
The topic of the conference this year was “Lessons from the ancient church plants”, and we heard timely teachings based off the early church plants in Jerusalem, Antioch, and from the churches that Paul planted on his missionary journeys. We also had (a record) 18 breakout workshop sessions with a variety of topics for the attendee’s to choose from. As always, the most popular workshops are the ladies workshops, and my beautiful bride Sarah hosted a fantastic one with her friends (and Pastor’s wives) Beni and Eli!
The highlight for this conference was definitely found at the end as we all came together to send out our newest church planting team to Hermosillo! 3 years ago, we made the decision to send out a church plant at the end of every conference, so our guests can see what that looks like and be encouraged to do it in their own churches! Keep our latest church plant to Hermosillo (#30) in your prayers!
I am also blessed to reveal for the first time our new church planting partnership program! After 13 years of hosting our church planting school in our local church, we got all of our class materials together along with our church plantings teachings and we now offer it free to any churches that want to partner with us and start their own church planting school!
Starting in August, we have two new church planting partners, and I got to visit with both of those schools this month! Our first partnering church is Calvary Chapel Bear Creek located in Wildomar! (Southern California) My good friend Pastor Steve Price has partnered with us for 5 years in church planting, and he planned to start his church planting school this August. Unfortunately, God called Pastor Steve home to heaven earlier this year, but his Assistant Pastors are continuing that vision and started their school. I was blessed to teach their first class up in California along with my church planting assistant, Super Mario Medrano!
We also have a new church planting partner in the South American country of Peru! My friend Pastor Cory Kilgus, brought a couple of his students up to our conference, and after talking together he has agreed to use our curriculum to raise up church planters in Peru! Just last night I was blessed to teach their class via ZOOM, and it was so encouraging to share with his 20 students that all have a passion to plant churches throughout South America!
When our family first moved to Mexico way back in 2002, God gave me 1st Corinthians 3:6 as our missions verse. The Apostle Paul writes there, “I planted, Apolos watered, but God gave the increase!” God was reminding me that to do a great missions work, I would need faithful ministry partners to join us through their financial giving and prayers! Our family is so thankful for your love, partnership, and prayers over the years!
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would bless the church planting schools of our new partners, in Wildomar (Ca), and in Peru!
#2- That God would provide for the financial needs of our family, church, and church plants, and keep us safe in these dangerous times!
#1- Praise God for a wonderful church planting conference, with many getting encouraged!
#2- Praise God for our new church planting evening course, that has 21 first-time students attending! (Along with 30 in our afternoon course)
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