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

 

CMA working alongside CinA

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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.

 

THANKSGIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES?

THANKSGIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES?

Our newest Missionary, Gustavo Gonzalez gives thanks to God…

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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.

From Oaxaca to Ensenada to Hermosillo

What are you thankful for?

oaxca-fall-2016Tony 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 theyhermosillo-church 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.

To donate to the Christmas Program in Mexico – www.cinami.org

Your missionaries,
Bro. Tony and Margaret Heredia

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

 

It All Started in 1973

It All Started in 1973

SPOTLIGHT on MACAU, CHINA – by Tom Hodges.

Macau is a small peninsula off southern China and is the most densely populated area on hodges-hyronsearth with over 636,000 people crammed into only 12 square miles. You’ll find refugees and visitors from all over Asia. Thousands of gamblers also flock to Macau, since it’s the      ‘Las Vegas’ of the Far East with 33 casinos! The need for evangelism is greater now since godless communism rule began in 1999. Historically, the national religion is Buddhism and ancestor worship. Less than 1% know Christ. The authorities have extended religious liberty so far, probably because Macau is such an important gambling center. That could change overnight so that’s why missionaries, John and Susanna Hyrons have such an important task before them. After 14 years, we, Tom & Irene Hodges recently had some wonderful fellowship with them on their travels in the U.S.

Meet John and Suzanna Hyrons

Suzanna was one of my delightful missionary students in the ’70s while we were on the staff of the CinA European HQ in England. After graduating and raising her support, this picture was taken just before her flight to literally the other side of the world to minister to her own people in Macau. Several years later, she would marry John, joining his ministry. It’s hard to grasp she’s been on the field nearly 40 years.

The Hyron’s ministries

John had come to Macau in 1975 and lived next to the Macau prison. With some others, he began a prison ministry, then a ministry to care for neglected children of prisoners. This developed into a full-time children’s day care with wonderful opportunities to teach Christ.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For over 20 years the Hyrons have dreamed of ministering to the poor, helpless, often disabled and depressed senior citizens of Macau. There are an estimated 44,000 seniors but only 1,300 beds available in elder care homes. Soon the Hyron’s dream of opening an elder care home is about to become a reality! The government of Macau promised to build and staff the building if the Hyrons’ could buy the land. PTL, the Lord made this possible by supplying the $4.5 million dollars needed, only a third of its true value if it had been sold to build a hotel! The 14 months of fund raising included a great opportunity on Macau TV. At left is Galloway House on the elder care property. It will house the church and also accommodate itinerant missionaries. The elder care center will be built across from this building. One more hurdle. The Macau government now requires them to raise a large ‘reserve fund’ for which we ask your prayers.

Click here to support the Hyron’s ministry – www.cinami.org/hyrons

 

 

 

Top student in the country was one of ours.

Top student in the country was one of ours.

It feels good to connect with you again, as we share what our Lord is doing in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  We hope you and your family are doing great by God’s grace.  You have been in our prayers, and we know you are praying for us too.The rainy season, which has brought us some relief from the heat and the dust is over, and the heat is back with a bang. Nonetheless we are hanging in there.

Soul Winning Seminar

Our churches have not held a Soul Winning Seminar for over a decade now, and we were so happy to be able to do so at this point in time.  A lot of our school and college church members were involved, as they were on school break.  Daphne and I traveled to one of the provincial towns to teach one of the classes.

Witnessing for Christ is one of two things Christians in Action is well known for in Sierra Leone, so it was a real joy to be able to revive this.  With the exception of the Kono church which rescheduled for January next year, we had a total of 942 souls who accepted Jesus Christ as their Personal Savior and Lord.  Reports and testimonies received, are very encouraging, there is an urgency and excitement on the part of some church members who have not evangelized in a long time, and have now made it a regular weekly activity.  There is also a corresponding increase in church growth.  These new converts will be discipled, and by God’s grace become remaining and reproducing fruit in the body of Christ.  We thank God for the great and amazing work He is doing in Sierra Leone!!

Christmas camp

December is the time of year when we organize Christmas camp for our children, during the Christmas break.  This year, we are planning for 300 kids, which will give them the opportunity to get to know kids from the other churches, make friends and enjoy a wonderful time together.  Please help us make this happen by giving financially and praying for everyone involved.

Mission schools

CinASL has five (5) schools in the country, and I spent some time visiting them.  The situation is dire as these school are facing a lot of challenges: – teachers are not adequately paid, because there are not enough kids enrolled in our schools, as parents can’t afford to send their kids to our schools.  These parents want the best of education for their offspring, but sadly cannot get it.  The Government run schools are overcrowded with some unqualified teachers, and not much learning. There is a need for school materials: – textbooks, notebooks, writing kits, etc., furniture, as desks and chairs are broken after years of much use. Since the post Ebola period, things have changed considerably for the worse, and the government subsidy on fees will end soon.

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The story is not all a bleak one, as the majority of these kids are eager to learn and are appreciative of any knowledge that is imparted to them, even though their environment is not conducive to learning.  In the last year exam to enter middle school, the top student in the whole country was one of ours.

One or two schools are in need of an administrator to set things in order.  We also need professionals to help do refresher courses for our teachers.

 Please pray for: 

  • the momentum for evangelism that it will continue
  • the Christmas camp for kids & the organizers
  • our schools – more students to enroll, supplies needed
  • the cost of living in Sierra Leone; the government will soon be introducing austerity measures that will be harder on the average person, which will result in greater suffering

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Together with Him,
Issa & Daphne Kargbo

Click here to support the Kargo’s ministry – www.cinami.org/kargbo

 

In the waters of baptism

In the waters of baptism

Our dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings in our precious savior’s matchless name!

We had a baptism service conducted last Saturday trusting in our Lord, where 3 boys from the Home, as well as a believer who worships the Lord with us here obeyed the Lord. It was indeed a blessed occasion as we could once again witness our Lord’s goodness and rejoice in the fact that the young boys as well as the adults could taste His love.  He was merciful to them that they were moved to obey His commandments in the waters of baptism. One of them was an elderly lady, who had first come to our Home to have her grandson dropped off to stay with us. We are glad that she is now a child of God who is very keen in growing in Him as well.

Although I was not particularly in good health (my back does gives me trouble at times), and it was not too comfortable having to stoop for the immersion, God gave me His grace to do the service for His name’s glory alone. We had the privilege of being graced by the presence of a few local Pastors as well, who prayed for them before they went into the water. It was conducted at our own baptism pool, which we were able to construct with the prayers and support of love received from many of our supporters like you – praise God.
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Please pray for  the boys who got baptized and the elderly lady so that they will live a life that brings glory to our Savior’s great name, and that they will be witnesses for His love.

God bless you!