On Sunday May 19, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña will celebrate its first anniversary. We are thankful for what God has done during this year. The first four months of 2019 have seen an average of 88 people on Sunday mornings. The weekly offering has increased by over 25%. La Viña began with 3 Life Groups meeting around Querétaro. There are now five due to multiplication. Six people have surrendered their lives to Christ in baptism and more will take the same step at the anniversary celebration! Twelve people are in the final level of the "To the Victory Summit" discipleship training with a new group starting in June. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of La Viña. We look forward to what God will do in year two!
The team for "Comunidad Cristiana El Mirador" El Mirador Christian Community is meeting weekly on Fridays to work on planning and strategies for the new church plant which will launch this fall, Lord willing, They also spend time in the community meeting people, watching the dynamics, and praying. Please pray for Andrés, Joseph and Misael and their families as they pray and plan. Pray for unity, wisdom, clarity and good connections into the community. Our IMPACTO Latino team is also still working on raising funds for the new church plant. If you or church are interested in partnering with us to reach this unreached area, please contact Eric Duggins (email@example.com) or Joe Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sergio and Holly Alvarado represented IMPACTO Latino at the Exponential Español regional conference the first week of May. This was the first year the church planting regional conference was held in Spanish. While they were there they were able to make connections with a few church planters who will be planting in Mexico as well as some potential future church planters and missionaries. Please pray that these will be fruitful connections for reaching Mexico's cities with the Gospel.
Thank you for your prayers and investment in reaching Mexico's cities with the Gospel.
At the beginning of April, IMPACTOnetwork sent a group to Post Falls, Idaho to attend a DiscipleShift training. Sergio Alvarado, Director of Church Planting, Joseph Klein, Director of Training, Gerardo Dominguez, Pastor of Iglesia Cristiana La Viña and Andrés García, church planter were invited to attend a Spanish training on discipleship strategies. They returned to Querétaro excited about what they learned and looking to implement aspects in to what the churches are and will be doing.
IMPACTOnetwork had the privilege of presenting and praying for the team that will be planting the second church in Querétaro. Andrés García, lead pastor, shared about his passion for reaching the lost in an unreached neighborhood and his vision for the new church. Joseph Klein, IMPACTO Latino missionary and Iglesia #2 team member talked about his excitement for rescuing people far from Christ. Misael Sánchez, team member, spoke about being part of a team doing groundbreaking work in a new area.
The team is currently in the pre-launch phase working on such things as a name, demographic studies, outreach strategies, legal registration, and team development. Please be praying for these families as they diligently work to design and organize plans for this new church. Pray for open hearts and opportunities to connect with people in the "El Mirador" neighborhood where the church will be located. Please also pray for the funds needed for this new church.
On Sunday April 14th, new members were presented at Iglesia Cristiana La Viña. These people became Christians and were baptized in different churches and were publicly declaring their commitment to be part of La Viña. A total of 4 families and individuals took the "Meet Us" course learning about La Viña and what being a member entails. They are excited to serve and support what God is doing at La Viña.
Easter in Mexico is traditionally celebrated differently than in the United States. No bunnies, chicks, or eggs here! The main focus in on Good Friday and the crucifixion. People may go to mass or attend processionals that the Catholic church organizes. Resurrection Sunday isn't usually emphasized. Also, because schools are out and many businesses are closed over the weekend, people travel to visit family or go to the beach. Attendance on Easter Sunday is often times one of the lowest of the year. Very different than the US!
Christian churches like Iglesia Cristiana La Viña celebrate Easter Sunday because without Christ's resurrection our faith would be in vain! On Thursday evening, we are holding a Last Supper service. It will be solemn and focused on the end of Christ's life. Sunday morning we will meet early at 8am to celebrate the resurrection and they hope we have in Christ. Please pray for those in attendance at our events this weekend as we turn our hearts to Christ's sacrifice and His power over death. Pray that members will make worship a priority. Pray that visitors will be impacted by the great news of the Gospel.
The IMPACTOnetwork held its second AVANZA Church Planter Assessment event February 20-24. Holly Alvarado did a great job of coordinating and executing all the different components of the event. Three couples participated as candidates and seven observers were present. The observers presented their final recommendations to the candidates and to IMPACTOnetwork. Please be praying for the IMPACTOnetwork team and the candidates as we make decisions about church planting in the future.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña has been seeing continued growth since the beginning of the year. The combination of the arrival of Pastor Gerardo, the move to a larger, more visible facility, and God’s favor has helped with growth. Each Sunday we are receiving 2-3 families visiting La Viña for the first time. There are some new families that have been consistent attenders. Please pray for Bitia and her team that does follow up with visitors. At the end of March, we will be holding a “Get to Know Us” seminar for people who have come from other churches so they can learn more about La Viña and decide if it’s the church for them.
The first Sunday of March, three people were baptized! Another person was baptized on Friday evening. Please pray for Chuchín, Pueblito, Mayan, and Roxana as they begin their new lives in Christ.
The IMPACTOnetwork Residency program is in its 8th month. Church Planting Resident Andrés García and his wife Bitia have been taking the courses along with 6 senior year students from Universidad Cristiana de Mexico. Pastor Gerardo and his wife Naty along with another local pastor have also been attending. Everyone has had lots of positive feedback and are expanding their view of the church, ministry, and church planting. Because of the success we’ve had, Joseph Klein, the Residency Coordinator is working with our multimedia team to get the Residency classes online. At the IMPACTOnetwork offices, a small recording studio is being built to help with recording the classes. We are thankful for our partnership with Good News Productions International which is helping with funding for this project.
Sergio Alvarado, Director of Church Planting is working with Andres García, our Church Planting Resident on plans for Querétaro church #2. The launch date is planned for October/November. Please be praying for them as they develop strategies and plans for the new church plant. Please pray for the necessary funds for this project. If you’re interested in partnering with Querétaro church #2, please contact email@example.com
Thank you for your partnership in reaching Mexico’s cities with the Gospel. We are grateful for your prayers and support!
Last week, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña held its first Valentine's Dinner. Almost 60 people participated whether as guests, servers or musicians. Eric and Dee gave an excellent talk about the "Five Love Languages." Some couples were attending an event at a Christian church for the first time. Please pray the seeds planted will grow in all!
This week is IMPACTOnetwork's church planter assessment event, AVANZA. Our team, under the leadership of Holly Alvarado, AVANZA director, has been diligently preparing for this event for months. Observers arrive on Wednesday for training before the church planting candidates arrive on Thursday. The event lasts until Sunday. Please pray that God will give the observers discernment and wisdom. Pray that this experience will help the candidates confirm their calling and provide them with clarity and next steps. Pray for Holly and the team as we keep things running smoothly.
As a new year begins, we are reminded of Revelation 21:5 "He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” A new year brings new opportunities that we look forward to as we serve God and reach those who are far from Him. IMPACTOnetwork will be assessing and training future church planters, equipping church leaders, and preparing people for Kingdom service. Iglesia Cristiana La Viña will be evangelizing non believers, discipling new Christians, instructing and encouraging continual spiritual development. Thank you for being a part of this ministry. You are an important part of reaching Querétaro and Mexico for Christ!
At the end of the year it's common to reflect back on what has been accomplished. God has done so much through the IMPACTOnetwork church planting project this year. We are so thankful for your prayers and support that made it possible. Here's a snap shot of you helped achieve in 2018!
We focused on preparing everything for AVANZA, our assessment event. We planned and printed all month long with all of our teams focused on making this first time excellent.
The IMPACTOnetwork team spent the month working on pre-launch plans for La Viña. Development of ministry teams, lots of purchases and planning the launch service were part of what was achieved.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña held its first church picnic on September 16, Mexico's independence day. Food was eaten, soccer was played, and a great time was had by all.
The search for future church planters ended for the 2019 AVANZA assessment event. Of the candidates that were going thru the recruitment process, the team decided to invite 4 couples to AVANZA in February 2019.
The IMPACTOnetwork team is incredibly grateful that God has opened so many doors and allowed us to serve the church and impact Querétaro through church planting this year. Your participation makes it possible! Thank you for the prayers offered on our behalf and all the financial gifts that you've given. We wouldn't be able to reach Querétaro and México for Christ without you. May God abundantly bless you!
The first week in November, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña was blessed to receive its first work group. Six people from Community Christian Church near Baltimore Maryland spent a week working with La Viña and some of its partners. They worked painting and doing some light construction projects as well as attending Life Groups every night. The group was servant hearted and enthusiastic in their work. They were also able to see and pray over the new space that La Viña is going to rent starting in December. We are grateful for their sacrifice of time and money to come and serve La Viña as well as for their sustained commitment to La Viña.
Since it was launched, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña has been meeting in the IMPACTOnetwork offices. We are thankful that the growth of the congregation is making the space too small! The Management Team has been searching for new space to rent for the past few months. We had seen a few potential places but none was a good fit meeting all our criteria.
At the end of October, we received a call from the owner of a property we had previously seen offering a different place at a price within our budget. We thank God for this Godly man who wants to have a church meeting in his building. We looked at the space and as a Management Team made the decision to rent the space.
Last week, a verbal rental agreement was made for the spacious, visible, centrally located place that fits our budget. We will sign the contract when Pastor Gerardo visits at the end of the month. It has a large meeting room and classrooms. Very few modifications will need to be made for La Viña!
We are so thankful for God's leading and provision in this matter! Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for La Viña that we may grow to overflow this new space as people come to know Christ!
We are so thankful for your generosity in support of church planting in urban Mexico. You are making a difference through our team in Querétaro! May God bless you as you bless us.
During the past month, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña has had a few Sundays with over 90 people in attendance! We thank God that He is using La Viña to reach people in Querétaro. The increased attendance also increases our need to find a new meeting place! La Viña has been meeting in the IMPACTOnetwork offices which are quickly becoming to small for the Sunday celebration and children's classes. We have been searching for space and are currently in negotiations with the owner. The space must be renovated which the owner seems willing to do. The building is in an area that is being developed and there should be a lot of opportunities to reach new families. Please pray for those who are negotiating, that we will find favor with the owner who seems eager to rent to a church. Pray that this space will be beneficial to the church and God will use it to transform lives.
In October and November, Eric and Dee will be in the States visiting churches and individuals talking about the IMPACTOnetwork church planting project. During that time, they'll be at ICOM in Cincinnati November 15-18. If you'd like to hear more about church planting in Mexico, stop by the booth or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Champions seminar will be held Sunday evening for those who are finishing the To The Peak of Victory training. The group started with us at Iglesia Cristiana UCM who have been faithfully studying since January. We are excited to celebrate with them as they finish. Those who complete the course may be placed in positions of service will cell groups.
Pray for all of those participating in these training events as well as for the instructors. Praise God for those who have been faithful over the past 8 months and are finishing the courses and entering positions of service!
Thank you for your faithful support and prayers on behalf of the IMPACTO Latino team and the IMPACTOnetwork church planting project. We wouldn't be able to reach Mexico's cities without your help!
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