Greetings from Mexico,
In this missions update, I am excited to talk to you about our upcoming church planting work outside of Mexico. As I write this report I am sitting in the San Diego Airport preparing to fly to Phoenix to visit our church plant in nearby Waddell, Arizona, Refresh Church!
Just four weeks in, this non-denominational church plant led by my good friend Pastor Donny and Coby Aldana (who completed our church planting conference) is already averaging around 100 people. Praise God!
Also in January we were able to send out one of our American interns, Jonathon Fruin. (A young man that grew up in our church) Jonathon is preparing to translate for our bilingual church plant in Las Vegas led by Pastor Fernando Serrano.
The fun thing about this church plant is that it will be the exact reverse of our church. This will be a bilingual church in the USA, where the sermon is preached in Spanish, then translated into English. Isn’t that cool!
One of the most exciting things I get to share in this update is that God is extending our church planting borders to beyond Mexico and the USA! Jesus told the early believers in Mark 16:15 to go into ALL THE WORLD and preach the Gospel! As our new church planting class prepares to begin in 2020, we are happy to announce that we have four NEW NATIONS represented in our 2020 church planting class!
#1- We have a couple taking the course who are from Sweden. (Wouldn’t it be amazing to plant a church in Europe together!) #2- We have a couple entering into the class who have an invitation to move North to Canada to church plant. #3- We have a new intern who has moved up to Rosarito from Peru, who is planning on returning to church plant in Peru after he completes our program. #4- Forth and finally, our intern Giovanni is planning on planting in Guatemala later this year after he completes our two-year church planting and internship program.
Recently Giovanni traveled to Guatemala on his church planting vision tour with two of our assistant Pastors. After our pastors returned, Giovanni stayed in Guatemala for two months to get his legal paperwork in order. While Giovanni is 100% Guatemalan (both his mother and father were born there) he was actually born in Tijuana and had never visited Guatemala or any of his family members living there.
On this trip, Giovanni got to meet his Grandma and Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts, and cousins for the very first time. Giovanni also got to share the gospel with his family and their friends and to share with them about his future church plant. (We are targeting this plant to begin in the summer of 2020!) When Giovanni held an information meeting about the future church plant in a local coffee shop, over 20 adults attended showing interest and desiring to be a part of it. Please keep this future church plant to Guatemala in your prayers!
It blesses me to share about these future church plants with you because all of this is your spiritual fruit. As the Apostle Paul wrote about his ministry in 1st Corinthians 3:6, I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase! Truly our ministry and church planting is a team effort and we are honored and blessed that you have chosen to partner with us as your missionaries. Thanks again for your love, prayers, and financial support.
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would bless our new batch of church planters that are beginning the course next week!
#2- That God would continue to provide for the needs of our family and church in Rosarito!
#1- Praise God for a great beginning to Refresh Church located in Waddell Arizona!
#2- Praise God that our church had the largest attended regular service in our history in January, with nearly 1,600 in attendance!
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