Greetings from Mexico,
At the end of March, I had the privilege of leading a small team of 6 to join me visiting our two-year-old church plant in Loreto! Loreto is one of the main cities in the state of South Baja. (The smallest state in Mexico) Loreto is famous for its rugged desert beauty, with towering mountain ranges on one side and beautiful beaches and crystal clear water on the other. The famous Marine Diver Jacque Cousteau famously called the Sea of Cortez “the Worlds Aquarium!”
And yes, we did enjoy the white sand beaches and we got to snorkel and see the beautiful tropical fish, the focus of this trip was ministry! Two years ago we sent out a wonderful couple from our church who had graduated from our church’s 2 year church planting program. Pastor Elmer and his wife Crystal were two of my favorite people. They came from a raw and devastating background, but God saved them right there at the church. Year after year they got more involved until they took the leap of faith to join up with our staff and church planting program.
After assisting a friend to start a church in a nearby community, they were sent out in the middle of Covid 800 miles south to plant a church in Loreto. And in just two years, God has done amazing things. They not only have a healthy and growing church, in January they started their own much needed church planting program. Loreto and South Baja is filled with small fishing communities, with many of them not having a single Christian church.
The purpose of our missions trip was to encourage (and spoil) our church planters and build up their local church. We traveled south to fire up their church with the great calling of being a sending hub of missions and church planting to South Baja and beyond. On Saturday evening, our team was blessed to host a church planting conference. We were pleasantly surprised when over 40 of their congregation came out to join us. A special highlight for me was doing a Question and Answer time with this Spirit-filled group, and their questions showed me that they have caught the vision to plant chuches.
On Sunday, our team hosted worship and my brother Mitch led us in a set of Spirit-filled worship. This was a special treat for their church, as they still don’t have a faithful worship leader, so please keep that in prayer. The title of my sermon was “God’s Plan for Missions” and it was taken from Acts 13 when Paul and Barnabas were sent out from their church in Antioch on their first missionary journey. The highlight for me was after the sermon I presented the message of salvation, gave an altar call, and we got to witness two first-time professions of faith. There is nothing better than seeing God bring new spiritual life and hope to hurting and broken souls.
What I realized in this trip was how missions work is mutually beneficial to both the sending church and the receiving church. Our friends here in Loreto raved again and again about how blessed they were with our visit. But truly we were the ones most blessed. For me as the sending Pastor, to see my friends who I have poured into and raised up out on the mission field doing the work of the ministry and loving people brings me so much joy.
I am so thankful for the blessing that God has given me to pastor a church that is a sending hub of missions and church planting. I am also immensely grateful to you, our precious ministry partners. The great missions work going on here is truly a team effort. And that reminds me of the Bible verse that God gave our family as the theme of our ministry when we first moved here to Mexico nearly 21 years ago. Paul the Apostle wrote this in 1st Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, BUT GOD gave the increase!” Thank you ministry partners, and THANK YOU GOD!
With much love from Mexico,
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would bless our special Easter Resurrection services and community outreach!
#2- That God would bless my missions trip at the end of April to visit our church plants in La Paz!
#1- Praise God for the fruitful missions trip to Loreto!
#2- Praise God for His blessing and provision for our family!
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