Category: Central America

United and Prepared

United and Prepared

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)

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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!

To support Michael Buckley’s ministry click here –cinami.org/buckley

 

SACPULUP PROJECT

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The Sacpulup church is a congregation in a Central America community with meager means, but it is rich in faith and works. Thanks to donors who sensed God’s nudge, we are purchasing materials this week for the insulation. Next, the ceramic flooring to complete this work in progress.

Thank you for your vital prayers and support.

Laboring together with you,
Miguel and Linda Toledo – Central America Area Director
To support the Central America ministry click here – cinami.org/central_america_general_support

New building is almost ready

New building is almost ready

Destiny of Hope Orphanage – Destino de Esperanza

The new building is almost ready to move into!!!

Since April, we have had 3 groups of volunteers to come and help us with various projects.   What wonderful blessings they have been!
The babies are growing so fast I can hardly keep up.
Hello!  Tortilla makes a great phoneJosue’ is 28 months old now and talking in short sentences. He has a court hearing on the 12th of July and he really needs your prayers.  Please join us in asking the Lord to allow him to return to his birth mother, brothers, and sister.   His birth mom and siblings have been here to visit several times and Josue’ just loves them and vice versa.    Josue’ deserves to have his biological family, so PLEASE, pray that it will happen on the 12th.
 Playing in the pool, with same swimsuit Shanda wore 36 yrs. ago
Analisa is 17 months old and has developed into a little social butterfly.  Her darling antics capture the hearts of all who meet her   She repeats everything we say and do.  She, too, is starting to put words together, some in Spanish, some in English.  She is still not walking alone, so I took her to an orthopedic specialist that her psychologist recommended. He determined that she needs orthodics to give her more support and stability.  Please pray that this is the answer and that God will strengthen her legs and give her the confidence she  needs to walk without support.  She, has a court hearing on the 14th.  Since she has had absolutely no contact from any family members, we are hoping that the judge will free Analisa to be available for adoption.
 DavyDavy, almost 9 months, is still so cute and chubby, but the best part is that he is still so easy-going.  He can sit alone now, and loves to “talk” and squeal with delight.  He is just about crawling, so let the ” fun” begin!    Because his birth mom and family live so close, they come to visit him every week, sometimes more often.  But they are so poor that I highly doubt they will ever be able to adequately provide for him.  Davy  might be staying with us for a long time and we are plenty OK with that.
I can’t thank you enough for the many ways you’ve supported  this ministry.  May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Anita Byle—Founder, Destiny of Hope Children’s Home

To support the Destiny of Hope ministry click here –cinami.org/destiny_of_hope

To support Anita’s ministry click here – cinami.org/byle

Macedonia is calling…again!

El Salvador, a country of roughly six million people, has, according to the Government of El Salvador statistics, 70,000 known gang members from several gangs including MaraSalvatrucha (MS-13) and Eighteenth Street (M18).

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Foto: The Savior of the World monument in San Salvador

Extortion is a very common crime in El Salvador not to mention in Guatemala as well.

Crime and violence with the current murder rate in El Salvador is the highest in the world, an annual rate of 103.1 murders per 100,000 citizens for 2015. In comparison, the U.S. rate is 4.5 per 100,000.

Last year you read our letter “The Macedonia Call”, which led us to initiate the first trimester of our Christians in Action Bible training curriculum in Chalatenanago, El Salvador. Now we are taking that course to the capital of San Salvador.

We begin a three-month Bible Training course June 13- Ag 28 in San Salvador. A three-month Advanced course and finally the three month leadership course are to follow. The Advanced course is planned for Chalatenango, El Salvador in Oct-Dec of this year.

Pray for the students:

  • Classes will be held each evening Monday thru Friday.
  • Safety in their commutes from work to attend classes
  • Academic and spiritual growth
  • Confirmation of God’s call on their lives for service as workers, teachers, preachers and/or missionaries

Pray for the teachers:

  • Teachers: Miguel and Linda Toledo, Carlos Orellana, Amadeo Cruz, Cony Quenun, as well as host teachers Ricardo and Lola Escobar
  • God’s protection for the team of teachers rotating weekly from Guatemala
  • $1,500 needed to cover expenses for the instructors
  • God’s anointing as we prepare and teach

Thank you for your vital prayers and support.
Laboring together with you,
Miguel and Linda
To support the Todelo’s ministry click here – www.cinami.org/toledo

Hope in Guatemala

Hope in Guatemala

I can’t begin to express my gratitude for my nephew, Darryl, and the awesome team he brought to  Guatemala.  In just over a week, they completed the security wall around the Christians in Action campus. Even though it was their first time laying cement block, you’d think a group of professionals built it.  Everyone is very pleased with the finished product.

 

PTL We got 'er done.

The team also brought many suitcases filled with toys, diapers, formula, clothes, etc. for the babies and even some things for me, including an Ipad !!!Jason & Analisa

I had no idea that my son, Jason, would be joining the team.  First time in the 4 1/2 yrs. I’ve been here that he was able to come to visit me. What a wonderful surprise and answer to prayer!!!  Analisa really enjoyed him too.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”  Romans 15:13

 

Serving Him with Hope in Guatemala,

Anita Byle—Founder, Destiny of Hope Children’s Home

To support the Destiny of Hope ministry click here –cinami.org/destiny_of_hope

To support Anita’s ministry click here – cinami.org/byle

 

Central America – RECAPPING 2015

Years ago I began dreaming about babies. At first I even thought I was pregnant…but by now well beyond childbearing age. Still, I would dream I found a baby, or someone gave me a baby, etc. etc. Strange. But I came to realize that it’s significance had to do with NEW THINGS that God was going to do.   2015 was a year full of NEW experiences, and not just for me, or the Toledo’s. Hope you enjoy the recapping of what began last year…before we go unpacking 2016 in the days ahead.
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JANUARY 
With the paper work for Destiny of Hope orphanage fully approved, the Guatemala courts have awarded us two children. Analisa was brought to us at 17 days old, having been abandoned by her birth mother in the hospital. Joshua came to us three weeks later and was 11 months old. He was rescued from an illegal guardianship situation.

FEBRUARY & MARCH
In February we did an evangelism seminar with David Holmbeck from Wisconsin, with YWAM. In March we had another shared experience with Paul and Donna Long in a three day seminar in Honduras. There were over 40 people who received the faith building teaching entitled, “God is in the Details”!

APRIL 2
My friend and fellow missionary, Norma Hunt, embarked on a three month endeavor to open the path for Latin American Christians to enter Muslim countries in North Africa.  She was accompanied by a young Honduran woman with a call to this area. They worked in a village hospital in scorching temperatures in a culture so distinct from their own.  It is a criminal offense to talk about Jesus. Your service, love and living faith is your only witness to the people.

APRIL  6 –  JUNE  29  
Answering the “Macedonian Call” in ChalatenangoEl Salvador to come and teach lay Christians to effectively serve in the local church and community was a rewarding challenge. Miguel and I, pastor Carlos and pastor Amadeo Cruz and missionary Cony Quenun were the teachers rotating on a bi-weekly basis for three months. Classes were held Monday thru Friday from 6 -9 p.m. in 95+ degree weather.

JUNE
Our son, David, was recently appointed as Christians in Action Youth coordinator for our 16 churches in Guatemala. His vision is to give training in the fulfillment of the Great Commission and attract the unsaved youth to Christ. He has also been doing online courses at Liberty University in Virginia. Not to mention a variety of activities and responsibilities with his gifts of music.

AUGUST
The first week of August it was our privilege to coordinate with our international leaders, Ron and Virginia McCabe of  Latin ARMS  (Latin America Relief and Medical Services), to reach out in three villages during four days of rural clinics. Over 1,400 patients were seen. Over 900 gave prayed to receive Jesus as Savior. Follow- up is being continued by the local pastors.
The training course in El Salvador: 10 students received certificates of participation/completion of the course. Now another group in the capital, San Salvador, are asking for the same course.

SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER
In September Linda spent some time with mom in California. Mom turns 82 in December. In October
A third baby less than two weeks old was awarded by the courts to our Destiny of  Hope Orphanage. In November Miguel, David and I attended of our bi-annual Christians in Action conference was again held in Fresno, CA. The fellowship with fellow front liners was great. And the sessions of guest speakers have impacted our lives forever.

STAY TUNED FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN BRIEF(ER) REPORTS THIS 2016!  

Miguel & Linda Toledo

To support the Todelo’s ministry click here – www.cinami.org/toledo

David’s 2015 RECAP

David’s 2015 RECAP

 

In retrospective, 2015 has been a good year. God has blessed me with family and friends, leading worship at Journey Church Guatemala, making a few worship videos for YouTube, completing a year and a half mark with my beautiful girlfriend Gabriela, and having taken my first 6 classes from Liberty University Online maintaining a 4.0 for the first time. Ever!

The desire to serve God with greater purpose has lead me to discover a simple conclusion through prayer and scripture this year:
1) Love God (Matt. 22:37)
2) Love Others (Matt. 22:39)
3) Make Disciples (Matt. 28:19-20)

It might sound simple but we could dig deep into the subject of what it means to love God with all our heart, mind and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves. What about making disciples? God is opening a unique door for me to do this next year.

I would like to briefly share with you the goals I have mapped out for 2016 and ask that you would consider praying for God’s wisdom and favor over these plans and that He would truly be glorified.

2016 GOALS
* Record and English worship album with Journey Church Guatemala
* Record my first full-length Spanish worship album LIVE
* Launch MJ Guatemala (Ministerio Juvenil Guatemala) which is a ministry dedicated to the youth of the 16 churches under Christians in Actions Missions International in Guatemala and carrying out the vision, “united and prepared for the Great Commission”
* Take steps towards reaching ministry support goals
* Continue to advance in theology classes at Liberty University
* Prayerfully consider next steps in relationship goals 😉

Friends, without God’s divine intervention these plans for 2016 will not happen. These are no simple tasks and they require lots of planning, investment, dedication and ultimately the hand of God. I am believing and stepping out in faith that God will meet me on the battle front as I face the giants.

May God bless you and encourage you to live the new year with kingdom purpose, to be salt and light wherever He has placed you, and to love Him with all your heart, mind, and soul.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To support the David Toledo’s ministry click here –www.cinami.org/toledo-d

thankful for the Lord’s faithful provision

thankful for the Lord’s faithful provision

I am so thankful for the Lord’s faithful provision.  Just today one of our Guatemalan board members unexpectedly came with his American boss for a visit to Destiny of Hope.  He gave us a donation and it was exactly the amount we needed to pay our Nannies wages this month.   Some of you have been faithful to give to our ministry as well, and I am so grateful.

Josue’ is 22  months old and has been busy learning new words and  skills. Paula Holmbeck and her girls sold a litter of kittens and sent the money so Josue’ could have a  motorcycle that he can ride.  One of my missionary friends is a powerful prayer warrior and intercessor.  She prayed over Josue’ and the difference in his attitude is amazing!  Please pray that he’ll continue learning to receive the love of Jesus into his heart.  She also prayed over me and I have more freedom and joy in Jesus.  I  have less pain in my body as the Lord continues to heal me from the effects of Chikugunya.
Analisa is 10 months old and “running” all over in her walker and she loves the Johnny Jump Up that the Holmbecks also donated.  She has been battling a bad cold, cough, strep throat, and a urinary tract infection, but is doing better now.  She just loves Josue’ and they are becoming good friends.  Not a single member of her birth family showed up at her last court hearing.  Please pray that Analisa will become available for adoption very soon.
Davy is almost 2 months old and is growing amazingly fast!  He is still such a good baby and finally gave his first real smile.  His birth mom and grandmother are faithful to visit him regularly.  At his court hearing the judge needed to cancel our meeting and it could not be rescheduled until April.
A friend of mine treated me and 2 other missionaries to 3 days of rest and relaxation at a resort near the Pacific Ocean.  While there, we experienced a 5.7 earthquake. The epicenter was even closer to home. Thank God no damage at our campus.
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I finally found a vehicle big enough to transport my “family” and then some.  It’s a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero in excellent condition and low miles.  My mechanic has known the former owner his whole life and has been maintaining for the last 10 yrs. and so he knows this car very well. He was able to lower the price and recommended I buy it. When we went to exchange the title, I was surprised to see them using a regular typewriter instead of a computer.  We encountered the same at the lawyers office.
Every afternoon at 5:00 pm a herd of cows adds to the already crowded main street of San Jose’ nearby my house. 008
Thanks so much for your love and support!
Anita—Founder Destiny of Hope children’s home
To support the Destiny of Hope children’s home click here – cinami.org/destiny_of_hope
Pray for David

Pray for David

November 5th 2015

Yesterday was a long day of traveling with my folks but thankful that we arrived in California without any complications. We will be in a missions conference in Fresno all of next week for Christians in Action Biennial Conference and I will have the privilege next Thursday of playing at the missions banquet. On November 13th we will be heading to Seattle, Washington to spend some time with my sister and her family. I am very excited as I will be meeting my second (5 months old) niece for the first.
Have you ever had an overload of stress trying to handle way too many activities in one week? Well that happened to me last week but the Lord is good and many of the projects were done in time. Expect some worship videos to be coming out soon! I will share them here but they will be on Facebook and YouTube and I pray they may be a blessing and an inspiration.
Please keep us in Your prayers as we continue to travel in the states these next few weeks and that God may be glorified through everything we do. Blessings to You.

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Coming out this Sunday evening. We will be spreading the link via the website and all social media, help us by sharing it too!

With an excellent and very talented video crew we did a video recording for one of the songs from the EP. The session was recorded at the historical train station in downtown Guatemala City. It was an amazing place. Can’t wait for this video to come out….

NEW Extended EP album version coming out soon! This version will include a new cd album cover design and two extras, including one song in English.

David Toledo

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