Greetings from Mexico,
This past month our church was blessed to host our 6th annual international church planting conference! Even though things have been crazy with the corona virus, we decided to step out in faith and have this conference live, with safe and social distancing practices in place. As we prepared for the conference, we had no idea how the attendance would be, but we were pleasantly surprised as over 350 people joined us live!
The title of this conference was, “God’s Plan for Missions,” and our main theme was to encourage those in attendance to see God’s plan to use local church plants to reach the world with the saving message of the Gospel. We had friends fly in from as far away as Florida in the USA, and Oaxaca (south Mexico)! Each person in attendance came with a heart prepared to hear from the Lord in regards to their place in church planting!
We had seven gifted speakers that shared at our main sessions. From the USA we had our church planters Aaron Smith (Punta Gorda Florida) and Donnie Aldana (Waddell Arizona) along with our church planting partners Phil Metzgar (San Diego by way of Hungary) and Danny Hodges with over 35 years of pastoring experience in Saint Petersburg Florida! From Mexico we had our planters Hugo Limon (Culiacan) and Tony Carranza (Mazatlan) and I got to share as well! Each teaching was well prepared, related to church planters, and creatively applied to the audience.
A special blessing of this conference was our breakout session workshops. We had 15 workshops with a wide variety of topics for our attenders to choose from. Many of my friends joined us with amazing workshops including Pastors David Zamora, Greg Seymour, and my own pastor Trent Douglass from our sending church, Calvary Chapel Saving Grace.
Without a doubt, the most popular breakout sessions were our three ladies workshops taught by ladies, for ladies. I snuck into the workshop my wife Sarah was teaching along with our pastor’s wife (Debbie Douglass) and they knocked it out of the park. The ladies in attendance were so encouraged and blessed and reminded of the important part that they have in church planting!
The conference ended with a bang as we attempted something that we had never done before. We sent out a church plant together with our friends and guests at the end of the conference. What a blessing it was for each person in attendance to witness a church plant being sent out!
Although all of our 24 previous church plants have been a huge blessing, this particular church plant was special. Over the years, we have been honored to plant 24 churches in Mexico and the USA, but this plant was sent out to Guatemala. We sent out two brothers (Geovanni and Jonathan Loarca) and their families to plant in the largest city in Central America, Guatemala City!
These brothers are highly skilled bible teachers and both of them completed our two year church planting program. Geovanni who will be the Senior Pastor of the church plant, served as an intern living at the church and on our full time staff for the past 2 years. I believe that this church plant is going to help us reach Central American and beyond. Please keep them in your prayers!
Finally, I want to thank each one of you who partner with us in the ministry! It is through your prayers that God meets our spiritual needs, and through your financial partnership that God meets our physical needs. Please know that we are extremely thankful for your partnership, and we pray often for you! THANK YOU!
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
#1- That God would provide for our family’s needs, and raise up 3 new financial partners to cover our friends that are no longer able to continue!
#2- That God would bless our new church planters as they move to Guatemala!
#3- That God would help our congregation safely return to the church!
#1- Praise God for our 25th church plant to Guatemala!
#2- Praise God that God has kept our family, staff, and congregation safe from the Corona Virus!
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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