Destiny of Hope, Guatemala Update:

Destiny of Hope, Guatemala Update:

A long-time Guatemalan friend of Christians in Action, spent 3 days painting a mural on one of our orphanage walls. Thanks, Fernando, LOVE it!

Analisa is such a joy and growing up so fast.  She is now potty-trained and even wakes up dry some mornings.  She is learning new words every day in both English and Spanish and is starting to use sentences.  She copies and repeats everything.  She has also started attending Sunday School. She’s bonding with her teachers, Evy and Cony, and manages to sit still and pay attention for a whole hour.

 She loves to “help” with all the chores.  Her favorite activity is playing in water, be it in the kid-sized sink, the pila (laundry sink), or the baptismal aka “the pool” and sweeping.A broom just my size

 Stefani, (Tifa) is doing really well with her new family and they allow visits on a regular basis. They even got her a new puppy which she absolutely adores.

Tifa, family and new dog

Missionary Anita Byle is still visiting a church plant up in the mountains once a month.  Some of the ladies she ministers to are joyfully growing in the Lord and it’s so good to see them sharing the love of Jesus with others in their village. 

Anita has been helping one young lady once or twice a week with her English homework.  Alejandra,18, is our nanny’s daughter and in her last year of high school.  Anita loves seeing her eyes light up when she finally understands what she is learning.

Alejandra passing on her new English skills to Sofi, at another orphanage
Alejandra using her English skills.

DOH wants to thank all of you who so faithfully support the Lord’s work in Guatemala, and for covering all the workers in prayer.  

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

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

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OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO!

OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO!

A note of thanks from the President of Christians in Action Ghana, Pastor Julius Nangai:

Dear Friends,

Good morning, I trust this letter will find you doing very great, I am writing you this letter to express our appreciation to you and your team for the help you gave in supporting us to get this new Bus.

We have no words to express our sincere gratitude to you, for the great relief to us, it’s with such a great pleasure, I am writing to you today.

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Excited school children loading up in the new bus…

We had enough funds for the Bus, including registration and Insurance. There are still some work that has to be done, including new tires, absorbers, and also adding “Christians in Action” and the name of the school on the side of the bus.

On Monday, we would be having a P.T.A executive meeting, to discuss among other things, including how much a child taking the bus will pay, in order for us to have money to buy fuel, maintenance and repairs, as we move into the future.

I want to say once again, a big thank you and all that made it possible to get this bus, it is a true blessing. With much love, God bless you all.

Pastor Nangai

Presidents Blog – February 2017

Do you want to go on a short term mission trip where the experience lasts for months if not longer?  A mission trip were you experience visually and emotionally lives being transformed. 

You can be part of such an experience by going on a 2 week medical/dental mission trip with CinA called Asian Relief Medical Services (ARMS) to the Philippines each April. 

AND…

Each year CinA has a medical mission trip for one week to Latin America.  This trip is called LARMS, Latin America Relief Medical Services. In June of 2017 the trip is to Medellin, Colombia which is a beautiful city with spring time temperatures.  

In each of these medical/dental trips we need individuals who are ready and willing to work hard every day.  You will experience individuals being spiritually transformed as they pray to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord.  In the prayer and healing room you may see individuals healed like in the New Testament times.  If you are working in the medical or dental rooms you will help individuals receive medical care that they have not been able to get before.

A mission trip is not a vacation it is an adventure were you and the individuals that come to be helped are transformed physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Join us today on one of these life changing medical/dental trips.

Contact Stephanie Anderton at stephanie@cinami.org, or call our office at (559) 370-4103.

New Baby and a New Roof

New Baby and a New Roof

Written by: CinA Missionary Gustavo Gonzalez, Philippines

On December 25, what was supposed to be a happy and joyful Christmas Day, was a devastating day for a family in Ligao City. Maria was almost die to give birth and was taken to the hospital to have her second child. That same day typhoon Nina hit the Philippines island hard. There was no electricity in the whole city. Thank God for generators. By the grace of God Maria gave birth to you a beautiful baby boy and welcomed him into their family. But there was something her husband was not sharing with her. You see, the roof of their home was severely damaged and she could not go home with the baby.

Maria and her husband have been faithful Christians at Ligao Baptist Church, she prayed to the Lord, she said, “I’m your daughter, I have been faithful in my tithing”, Maria washes clothes for a living, making $10.00 a day, “please Lord help our family, help our situation with the roof.”

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Maria’s home damaged by typhoon

Soon after she prayed our CinA missionary, Gustavo came and brought some relief of food to help the families affected by typhoon Nina. Maria’s Pastor Joel also visited her in the hospital and asked if they needed more that food and she told him about the roof. By the grace of God there was enough money to do both, food for Maria’s family and 25 additional families, and repair the roof.

 

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Maria’s home with new roof.

 

A few days later Maria’s husband went to church and was approached by Pastor Joel and was given the news his roof would be repaired, he started to cry. Maria went home with her baby, to a safe and secure restored roof and praising God for his goodness and faithfulness. Glory to God!!

If you would like to support Gustavo’s ministry please contact: stephanie@cinami.org

 

Agricultural Program in Liberia, West Africa

Agricultural Program in Liberia, West Africa

Written by CinA Missionary Christian Kallon:

With the upgrade of our NGO status, the ministry took up an Agricultural Program with the Town of Tosor, a two-mile distance away from Robertsport early in January 2017 with identification of farm land, clearing of bushes and plowings.  There are presently 60 persons, mostly women in the community that have been placed into three groups of twenty in each.  The church being the fourth group uses its piece of land for demonstration purposes whereby community members are taught about good farming techniques. 

With the swampy terrain of the County, Corn (the three-month variety) would be planted for this season until April before starting the upland farming. Mostly vegetables are the program’s focus for now until April when the community will go into Cassava (liken to yucca) farming. The ministry’s strategy here is befriending and creating the occasion to reach out with the Gospel.  By this farming also, Christians in Action Mission will positively impact lives by being part of the Government’s outreach for FOOD SECURITY.

If you would like to support the Kallon’s ministry visit: cinami.org/kallon

FELIZ NAVIDAD MEXICO 2016

FELIZ NAVIDAD MEXICO 2016

As we look back on 2016 we’re so thankful to God for His faithfulness to us as a family and to the different mission locations in Colombia, Peru and Mexico that are seeing the power of God manifested in so many ways. May this new year bring even more results for the Glory of God.

Our Christmas Outreach in Baja was so amazing. We had ten on our team from the Whittier Area Community Church on December 9-11. We had twelve locations where we had special Christmas programs. Your prayers meant so much to us and many gave their hearts to the Lord.  Thanks to all of you who gave donations so that our churches could buy food and gifts for their people and those in the community. heredia-pic

Oaxaca:  This year enough donations came in that we were able to send an extra gift to our work in San Juan. Sister Blanca and others from the church bought and put together the gifts. They also extended an invitation to the community and prepared a wonderful meal for all to enjoy.christmas-gift-boy

We appreciate your prayers and monthly gifts. Coming in a few days is another update from our trip to Sonora and the trip in October to Oaxaca.

Your missionaries,

Bro. Tony and Margaret

Click here to support the Heredia’s and their ministry – www.cinami.org/heredia

Destiny of Hope Celebrates

Destiny of Hope Celebrates

We had cause to celebrate!!!  Our little princess Analisa turned 2 years old on the 23rd… We celebrated with special friends and she had a great time, complete with a pinata. What a blessing she has been to all of us and to Destiny of Hope. We are much more than an Orphanage, we are home.

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Baby Analisa

Thanks so much for your love and support!
Anita—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

The grace of God is bigger than my…

The grace of God is bigger than my…

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Recently, my prayer time turned into a 40-hour unscheduled fast. During this time, God showed me me… versus His grace in my life. It was pretty intense and humbling as one-by-one my character flaws were brought to my attention. Yet as quickly as the Spirit of God showed me my shortfalls, I was immediately comforted with the greater reality that His grace was bigger than my failings. As my list grew, I wept, I was angry with myself, I was grateful, I was awestruck.

Permit me to be transparent. This is my list. You may identify with some, or you may have different issues. The point is you need to remind yourself constantly that “Nothing is bigger than the grace of God.”

Here goes: (Repeat this phrase as often as necessary and fill in the blank with your own words.)

“The grace of God is bigger than my _____________.”

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Let me ask you something. Is anything bigger than God’s grace? Of course not. So, as we embark upon 2017, hope and potential is in the air. At this time, God is calling Believers to be Offensive, Advance, Reclaim, and Occupy. Before you engage with the calling of God, engage with His grace. Hebrews 12:1 admonishes us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, so we can run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Recognize also that it’s not “Grace + _____” either! Because as soon as you add anything, 1) You’re required to do it, and 2) You will fail. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
As you proceed in faith in His calling, understand this. Truly, truly, any place in our life where we are repeatedly failing, is proof positive that we have not appropriated His grace in that area. “The grace of God is bigger than _____!”

“Agree with us in prayer!”

  • Praying and Making Disciples at Zebulun!
  • For the Brig/Prison ministry. Remember to pray for the guards, the inmates, and their families. Bind up spirits of shame, condemnation, and pride. And loose a spirit of salvation, discipleship, forgiveness, exposure, healing, deliverance, peace, and restoration!
  • Against demonic attacks in the Brig, the Barracks, and in homes. Pray that Believers walk in increased discernment, wisdom, maturity, and power as we bind up the works of the enemy!
  • For continued increase at ZCDC (church plant). Pray for mature families and permanent personnel to co-labor with us in the northern, remote area of Nago/Camp Schwab.
  • For our Praise & Worship Team
  • For our current Schedule, i.e. finances, resources, wisdom, strategies, & strength:
    • Sun: Share/Report Christians In Action ministries
    • Mon: “Radical & Relevant Academy” (R&RA) @7pm
    • Wed: “Brig Christian Fellowship” (BCF) @7pm
    • Thu: Publish “Think On These Things” newsletters
    • Thu: Publish YouTube video (YouTube Channel: YahwehHasASon)
    • Fri: “Sxxual Integrity & Restoration” (SIR) @9am
    • Sat: “Zebulun Christian Discipleship Center” (ZCDC) @6pm

In closing…
Pray and believe! And, believe and pray! Your prayers do make a difference.
Sandy and I remain focused on the mission at-hand – “Gathering Sheep & Converting Goats,” and “Catch, Clean, & Release!” Our desire is to share God’s love, salvation, truth, and power with all. We also strive to make disciples quickly and release them into the fields.

Grace & peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! (Eph 1:2)
In His grip,
Pastor Nick & Pastor Sandy Guerra

To support the Guerra’s ministry click here – www.cinami.org/guerra 

Macau Day Care Christmas program

Macau Day Care Christmas program

We trust you are enjoying the Christmas season!
Thank you for your prayers last Saturday for the Day Care Christmas program. We had a wonderful time with the children and families. Bee Bee Wong did very well presenting the Gospel Magic. We believe hearts were touched in all that was shared, so bless you again for praying.
We long to see these children and families come to know the Lord. So again we ask for your on gong prayers for them and also for our staff as they take care of the children each day.
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This coming Saturday, Christmas Eve, we will have our first service in the new facility. Do pray that many will come, be touched and feel God’s love that evening. Thank you so much.
In closing may we wish each one of you a wonderful and blessed Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MACAU!!
John & Suzanna
Click here to support the Hyron’s ministry – www.cinami.org/hyrons

 

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