Month: December 2016
NEW WORSHIP DIRECTOR ROLE
I have lead worship at Journey Church for the past three years. However, the English speaking church closed a few months ago soon after the Pastor and his family felt called to go back to the States. Long story short, God opened the door for me to reconnect with a longtime friend, Pastor Tony Hernandez from a Hispanic church that has grown to over 250 members in the past ten years and as of December 3rd I am their new worship director. I feel honored along with Gaby to join their team and church family. This director role will be a little different from my previous one. Since the church already has about 4 or 5 worship leaders I won’t have to be leading worship every service and instead focus more on the structure and programming of the calendar and also investing and building the team of worship leaders.
YOUTH MINISTRY (MJ GUATEMALA)
The pictures above are from the third and final youth conference we had this year. About 100 people came to each of our youth conferences and we were able to successfully communicate the vision and the need to be “United and Prepared for the Great Commission”. We presented the 2017 Challenge which involves committing personally to bringing someone to Christ next year and be involved in the process of discipling them and bringing them to Church. 53 people signed the challenge!
So what does this mean for next year? The first 6 months of the year involves visiting each of our 16 churches to offer some disciple and evangelism training and to keep up with and motivate those who signed the challenge card. Along with that, we will again do three regional youth conferences involving more and more the leaders and teens from the regional churches and hoping that these conferences continue to motivate the teens towards making the youth ministry’s vision their own.
We were about $600 dollars short on our final youth conference to cover all of the costs, but without freaking out and just staying busy and faithful, someone gave us $700 towards our youth conference. Praise God!
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Colombia CMA team: November had Don in Cartagena, Colombia with a team from CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) working alongside the Christians in Action churches there. CMA provided transportation for 6 pastors there. While Cartagena sometimes brings images of glamour and fantastic beaches, the truth of the matter is that there are deep hurts in the city from years of conflict and the FARC menace and there are many needs. These pastors have a vision and are reaching into the slums, the sex trade areas and the refugee shanty towns. We are also working closely with Ps. Jose & family to start a Bible school in nearby Sincelejos after the CEMIM style of Ecuador.
Our newest Missionary, Gustavo Gonzalez gives thanks to God…
Thanksgiving is not a celebrated holiday in the Philippines, but this year 155 inmates in the Naga City Jail celebrated Thanksgiving with a tasty meal, listened to testimonies from fellow inmates and heard about our LORD Jesus Christ, about how He loves and shed His blood for them. Many were moved to tears and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. Thank God for his goodness and to everyone in the US who generously gave for these men and women to hear about the love of Jesus.
What are you thankful for?
Tony and Jim came back from Oaxaca with wonderful stories of our Indian churches up in the mountains. They are hard workers and faithful followers of our Lord. Besides teaching and preaching Tony and Jim had a wedding and a baptism. Our church continues to study the Omega church planting course and their goal is to continue reaching the surrounding villages with the Gospel. Our ladies are always making tortillas and preparing meals for special meetings.
November 14 Tony travels to Ensenada to help our churches prepare for the children’s Christmas outreach in December. God has provided donations that will help pastors in twelve locations buy gifts and food for their Christmas program. Visiting the surrounding homes in the communities with the Gospel is our main goal. We’re praying that many new people will come out for the program, celebrating Christ birth.
On November 16 Bro. Tony and Pastor Sammy will fly from Tijuana to Hermosillo. Then they will go with a team from the church there to Villa Hidalgo. We are so thankful for this church and their love for our people in Villa Hidalgo. They are planning a special program to honor Pastor Ramon Soqui who passed away this year. He was raised in this small village and he and Tony made many trips there to plant the seeds of the Gospel. A church in Alaska along with friends Dick and Judy Swanson donated money and time to build a church there.
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Bro. Tony and Margaret Heredia
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