Greetings from Mexico,
I hope this update finds you and your family healthy and blessed! This past month was a difficult month for many people, with COVID hitting hard all over the world! And this month the pandemic hit close to home with our family and church!
At the start of December, I was preaching at our church at our evening Bible study, when I was told the police were waiting outside. After the service, they entered our patio and closed the church down and threatened us with a fine! Even though a new law had unjustly targeted church’s and work out gym’s by the government, (leaving open the bars, casino’s and strip clubs) we decided to comply with the threat and close our church doors.
Our church is blessed to have a large parking lot, which enabled us to host another one of our outside “Car Church” services! Miraculously, after just 7 days the state legislature overturned this unjust law, and with government permission in hand, we were blessed to re-open our church with safety measures in place after just 7 days of closing.
On the home front, our family finally encountered what so many others have faced, and our son Daniel got sick and then tested positive for covid. Even though Sarah, Grace, and I felt fine, with dread in our hearts we traveled to get tested the following day. Thankfully, our three tests came out negative, so our son Daniel moved alone into a local friends beach house to quarantine through the holidays.
Over the past three weeks, we have been making twice daily trips (with masks) to visit Daniel and bring him food. We are able to chat with him through the screen door, and we brought him our big white puppy YUKI to live with him and keep him company! Thankfully, Daniel’s symptoms never got very serious, even though he retested after 20 days and was still testing positive. It was sad to have a separated Christmas and have to social distance from our precious son, but we understood that we were facing what millions of other’s have faced throughout this difficult past year. Please pray that Daniel’s quarantine will end soon, and he will be able to move back home.
One big blessing in the church was finishing up our year with another church plant (our forth church plant of the year). Our church family was blessed to send out our good friends and church staffers, Elmer and Crystal Cardenas to plant a church in a city called Loreto.
Loreto is located 2/3rds of the way down the beautiful Baja peninsula, and is famous for it’s fishing businesses in the gulf and it’s pristine beaches with clear water! We sent out two other couples and a staffer to join in this new work, so please keep them in your prayers!
Finally, we feel honored and blessed that you have chosen to partner with us as your missionaries in these difficult times. It’s through your prayers that God provides for our spiritual needs and through your financial support that God provides for our physical needs. THANK YOU!
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would heal our son Daniel (and the many others affected) of the Corona Virus.
#2- That God would bless our newest church plant Calvary Chapel Loreto!
#1- Praise God that we were able to send out our 26th church plant in December!
#2- Praise God for the healthy re-opening of our church after being shut down by the local police.
For our personal support, checks should be made out to Saving Grace World Missions with “Vincent support” in the memo section. For special projects, checks should also be made out to Saving Grace World Missions or SGWM, with the project name in the comments section. Use the enclosed envelope or mail directly to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873
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