IMPACTOLatino church plant El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana is encouraged by growth. Over the past month, five new families have gotten connected to El Ancla. Many of these families are already Christians but have recently arrived in Querétaro. Others hadn't made God a priority but the pandemic has drawn them back. They will be taking the "Conócenos" (Get to Know Us) course to learn more about El Ancla and its mission to reach its surrounding neighborhood, El Mirador.
This growth is leading to some new problems. The chairs that were purchased around launch time are almost all being used every Sunday. The area that they have designated for Ancla Kids needs to be reworked for the amount of children who are attending on Sunday mornings. Approximately $12 buys a chair. Would you buy a new chair or two so that someone new can hear the Gospel at El Ancla?
The building that Iglesia Cristiana La Viña has been renting for the past two years is on the second floor of a sports complex. To access it from the parking garage, you have to go down one flight of stairs and up two. Due to this there have been some families and individuals who have chosen not to attend La Viña. The leadership had been praying and researching a way to remove this barrier since before the pandemic. Due to a generous gift from a supporting church in the US, La Viña was able to build a small pedestrian bridge that goes directly from the parking garage to La Viña's space. The bridge connects to the building in the children's ministry area so the staff built a hallway from the entrance to the main auditorium. We are so grateful for this new addition that allows us to reach people who may have been previously deterred by so many steps.
We look forward to a new class of church planting residents in partnership with Mexico Christian University in August as well as an updated online course in which people from all over Mexico will learn practical church planting and leadership principles. This summer, the residency teachers have been filming new clips to be used on the platform and social media. In July and August, there is a big focus on promotion and recruitment for the program. This training has already impacted dozens of church planters and leaders and we know God will do the same this year as well.
On June 6, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña celebrated its third birthday! Year 3 was anything but ordinary. Rejoice with us in what God did this past year:
20 weeks of online Sunday celebrations
6 cell groups
40 Children's ministry classes online
120 people attending Sunday services (before virus shutdown)
86 people connecting to Sunday services (online and in person after re-opening)
It was exciting to return to one united Sunday celebration with the capacity restrictions being loosened. Though we weren't able to have a sit down lunch together, cupcakes were passed out and eaten while listening to a mariachi band. Many photos were taken as we celebrated God's faithfulness over the past three years. Thank you for your prayers and giving that has made it possible for Iglesia Cristiana La Viña to reach Querétaro with the Gospel of Christ.
IMPACTOnetwork's third class of Church Planting Residency students graduated from Mexico Christian University this month. This year's classes were all given online and the instructors did a great job adapting their material to different platform. The online training was also very successful as more than twenty people from around Mexico participated this last school year. Over the summer, the instructors will continue to develop material and also promote the online classes that will begin again in August.
We are deeply grateful for your support of IMPACTOLatino and its church planting projects in Mexico which enables us to reach more people in Mexico's major cities. "In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:4-6
April and May are full of holidays in Mexico. You may think of Cinco de Mayo which is a commemoration of the Battle of Puebla (not Mexican independence day). There are many more holidays to be celebrated over a 3 week span! April 30th is Children's Day which often includes parties and candy. May 1st is Labor Day, May 10th is Mothers Day and May 15th is Teachers Day. Most of these holidays are celebrated at IMPACTOnetwork churches with special events or some sort of recognition. We are thankful for the kids, mothers and teachers that God has placed in the churches!
At El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana, the Children's Ministry began to meet on Sunday mornings at the facility! They previously had been holding children's Sunday school classes over Zoom because of health and safety precautions due to the pandemic. The Children's Ministry inaugurated their space with a Children's Day party to celebrate. They had Bible stories, games and even a piñata. The kids were so excited to meet together. We look forward to what God will do through the Children's Ministry at El Ancla.
The women of La Viña met together for a breakfast before Mothers Day. Marisol López, IMPACTOnetwork's Director of Legal and Financial matters, taught on "Beyond the Mirror" about looking at ourselves the way God sees us. Natalia Ochoa, wife of Pastor Gerardo, did an excellent job of organizing the event. Please pray as the La Viña women follow up with the guests who were present.
Pastor Gerardo of La Viña organized the "Model Man" event at the end of April to connect with the "Defeating Giants" sermon series. Jaime Castro, Director of Mexico Christian University (UCM), taught and led small groups. Four different churches, including La Viña and El Ancla, were in attendance. It was a great time of learning and fellowship for all.
This Saturday, May 22nd is MILES FOR MISSIONS! There's still time to sign up to participate and donate. You can support church planting in Mexico with the "Mexico Miles" team or directly to the El Ancla church plant with the "Kingdom Partners" team.
Rejoice with us, El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana had its first baptism on March 28! Christian moved to Querétaro with his fiancé Marisol 2 years ago. He had attended a Christian church in Pachuca but had never made a decision. Marisol had been baptized at a women's retreat but never received any follow up. During quarantine, they starting reading the Bible on their own and the Holy Spirit convicted them to get rid of the saints and images that they had previously worshipped. He started attending El Ancla with Marisol a few months ago after seeing the signs for El Ancla while eating tacos. At El Ancla they have found not only salvation but also a community with whom to share life. Please pray for Christian and Marisol as they grow in their faith and also as a family. They are getting married soon and have a baby on the way. Thank God for how His Holy Spirit works in people's hearts as they seek Him. Pray for the El Ancla staff as they continue to reach out to their community, even with many things still closed or severely restricted.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña held a Holy Thursday communion service on April 1st. The evening was based on 1 Corinthians 5:7 which says, "Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch- as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed." We looked at how the Old Testament outlines the Passover celebration and how Christ takes the place of the lamb and takes away our sins. It was a somber yet celebratory evening. For many, it was their first time attending such an event and shared how impactful it was.
In March and April, IMPACTOnetwork held two events to encourage and connect its church planting teams. The women of Iglesia Cristiana La Viña, El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana and IMPACTOnetwork were treated to manicures and pedicures at a local spa, had lunch together and heard a teaching from Juanita Del Angel. The men traveled to Peña de Bernal where they hiked and had a ATV tour followed by a time of teaching and dreaming with Sergio Alvarado. These event have allowed church planters to have a fun break from their daily routine and enjoy a time of fellowship and sharing reminding them that they're not alone in the challenges that they face as church planters.
There's still time to sign up and participate in New International's Miles for Missions initiative! On May 22, people around the world will be logging miles with the goal of covering 25,000 miles representing the circumference of the globe. Some of our team here will be walking, biking, or rollerblading miles. One of our churches has a group going on a canoeing trip to cover the committed miles. There is also the goal of raising funds to reach more people with the Gospel. You can support church planting in Mexico through the Kingdom Partners team which is raising funds for the El Ancla church plant or the Mexico Miles team which supports IMPACTOLatino's general church planting fund. Register HERE under "Join Existing Team"!
You are transforming lives like Christian's through your support of church planting in Mexico!
IMPACTOnetwork's church planting residency program continues online. It has been a challenge to translate some very hands on modules, like Dee Duggins' children's ministry class, into an online format but the team has risen to every challenge. The students are growing in their knowledge of church planting and discipleship. Church Planting Residents Tony and Jackie Moreno are taking the course and serving at Iglesia Cristiana El Ancla in preparation for starting a church on the Yucatan peninsula in 2022. Tony says that the residency has challenged him to continue growing in all areas of his life and it has helped him realize how much he can do for the Kingdom by changing his mindset and certain habits. He has been impacted by the genuine love that the team has for the lost and how working together lightens the workload and makes a greater impact. Jackie commented that she no longer helps Tony with his ministry but that it has become her ministry as well. Please pray for Tony and Jackie as they continue preparing to plant a church.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña has remained stable and is showing signs of growth even while being restricted in meeting. The church continues with 2 Sunday celebrations allowing for more space and accommodating lower capacity gatherings. At the end of February , La Viña concluded its "Successful Families" series with a Concert of Prayer. It was a powerful time of worship and prayer where Pastor Gerardo and his wife Naty shared how God had transformed their marriage. A "Conócenos" membership class was held recently and on March 14th, 4 people were introduced as new members of La Viña. Later this month, the Life Groups will participate in a community service week to impact their neighborhoods.
New International released its annual report in February and IMPACTOLatino is featured on page 9! You can read about how God used the pandemic to multiply our Life Groups HERE. Your prayers and financial gifts enable us to train church planters who are reaching their communities with God's love. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you!
IMPACTOLatino is honored to have been selected as a strategic church planting partner for the "Twenty One in '21" campaign at the International Conference on Missions to be held in Richmond, VA in November 2021. Church planting organizations in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America have been selected to plant 20 churches and one church will be planted in the Washington DC area. IMPACTOLatino has been chosen as the church planting partner for Latin America and will be receiving funds to help plant 5 new churches over the next few years. We are grateful to Waypoint Church Partners, the host for this year's ICOM, for their partnership in reaching Latin America. Because of this great honor, all of the IMPACTOLatino missionary families will be in attendance at ICOM this fall. We hope to see you there!
The video below explains more about the "Twenty One in '21" campaign.
El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana continues to meet on Sunday mornings where they have had visitors attend and and a new family became members. Their Life Groups continue to meet online during the week reaching even more people. Please continue to pray for church planter Andrés García and his team as they reach the unchurched El Mirador neighborhood.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña held its first Life Group multiplication of the year at the beginning of February. The Life Group meeting in the Piramides neighborhood was consistently over 16 people and Life Group facilitator Gerardo was preparing his assistant, Roger for multiplication. Rosy, a Life Group member, is now the hostess of the new group meeting in the Colinas del Bosque neighborhood with Gerardo as the facilitator. Please pray for both the Piramides Life Group and the new Colinas del Bosque Life Group as they begin to grow and focus again on multiplication. Pray for Gerardo and Roger as they lead their groups and disciple the members.
At the beginning of the year, the Management teams for Iglesia Cristiana La Viña and El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana held their annual Evaluation and Planning Retreat. During this 3 day retreat, the participants review stories and statistics from the prior year and set out plans for the new year. The teams set goals, calendar for discipleship courses and events, and sermon series among other things. Normally this retreat is held out of town allowing the participants to focus on the meetings as well as providing time for socializing but this year both teams held their retreat in Querétaro. Even though it was different than previous years, the time was very beneficial for preparing hearts and plans for what God has in store for His churches in 2021.
El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana continues to meet online with its Life Groups. Their Sunday celebrations are also in person and online. The staff has dealt with a few cases of Covid and isolation and has grown stronger and more united because of it. They specifically ask for your prayers for:
*El Ancla to impact the El Mirador community and that more people would come to know Jesus as Savior
*wisdom to make wise decision during the pandemic on behalf of His Kingdom
*good health to allow them to continue serving
*continued provision for all the needs of the church and staff team
Your faithful prayers and giving allows us to equip and support church planters in Mexico. God is reaching people who are far from Him through IMPACTOnetwork church planters. We are grateful for your partnership that makes it possible!
As we close out 2020, we thank God for what He's done through church planting in Mexico. Thanks to your faithful prayers and financial support:
There's still time to make a year end gift to train church planters who are reaching Mexico's cities. Your gift is ALWAYS tax deductible and will be used to plant churches and transform lives with the hope of the Gospel.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
2020 has been a year full of challenges and opportunities. We are grateful for God's grace that has gotten us through such an unprecedented year. Your financial partnership and prayers have also allowed us to plant churches and support church planters during a pandemic! Let's look back over what God has done in 2020.
AVANZA, IMPACTOnetwork's church planter assessment took place at the beginning of February 2020. This year there were five couples participating. Some were candidates for IMPACTOnetwork church plants while the others were invited by other ministries. AVANZA is meeting a large need in Mexico and Latin America as we know of no other organizations doing church planter assessments here.
In April, the whole IMPACTOnetwork church planting team started creating resources to help churches and pastors during the pandemic. Videos and training were produced on different topics such as technology resources, social networking sites, government regulations, working from home, and others. We continue to make resources to help churches navigate the transition to a more digital time.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña had a non traditional anniversary celebration in May. Since we continued to meet digitally, the church encouraged people to celebrate at home. Many church members shared photos of their family watching the online Sunday service with balloons and cupcakes. Though it was a different way to observe the two year anniversary, we took time to praise God for what He has done at La Viña.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña didn't want to leave its children without Biblical instruction while they are unable to meet together. In June, IMPACTOnetwork's media department taught the children's ministry team how to film and edit videos. Over the summer El Ancla's children's ministry team was also participating in the weekly filming. The class which includes songs, a Bible story and a craft is made available on Facebook on Sunday mornings. Friends on Facebook have shared these high quality children's classes in many different places in Mexico.
The federal government implemented a reopening scale which allowed Iglesia Cristiana La Viña to begin meeting in person in July. Life Groups started gathering at La Viña's building rather than in homes following social distancing and cleaning protocols. The church was encouraged to see one another in person after many months of only seeing each other thru screens!
Life Group facilitators did a great job during the spring and early summer continuing to meet with their Life Groups, conduct discipleship studies and check on members. We credit the Life Groups for helping the church remain stable during this time.
The Moreno family was getting settled back into life in Queretaro in the month of August. They are IMPACTOnetwork's Church Planting Residents for 2020-2021 preparing to plant a church in Mérida, Yucatán. They are participating in the online church planting residency courses and serving on staff at El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana.
In September, IMPACTOnetwork started offering two different church planting residency programs. One is the traditional church planting residency program that we teach to our Residents and senior year students at Mexico Christian University. The first semester was conducted all online and our IMPACTOnetwork staff and church planters modified the curriculum to be able to hold the classes over Zoom.
The online church planting training, másIMPACTO, saw a new group of 27 participants begin in September. They are from different states around Mexico and work independently on modules during the week and then meet digitally on Saturdays to review. We are excited to see how God uses this new digital platform to train more church planters.
El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana held its first Sunday services on October 4th. This new congregation launched during a pandemic has consistently been having over 40 people on Sunday mornings. Their Life Groups multiplied from two to three and continue to meet during the week. They have had new families from the community start attending with them because of the signage.
Throughout the craziest year any of us have ever experienced, God has still moved! He has touched hearts and transformed lives though church plants and Life Groups. Your prayers and financial giving help make it possible. We are so grateful for your partnership in training and sending church planters.
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña is rejoicing once again with new believers! On December 6th, six more people were baptized! Even in the midst of a global pandemic, God is moving. Evangelism has not stopped as people have been studying with friends and family members and introducing them to God's saving grace. At the beginning of the year the leadership team set a goal of 30 baptisms and we will finish 2020 with 24! During this crazy year where the church couldn't meet in person for twenty Sundays, there have still been twenty four people who have surrendered their lives to Christ in baptism. Praise God for how He has been working!
El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana has continued to meet in the midst of the pandemic. They have dealt with various Covid related challenges during the past month. A few members on the team have the virus which has caused them to modify their plans for Sunday celebrations. There was also a Sunday where due to an event taking place at their building, they had an online service. Please pray for the leadership team as they continue to make important decisions for the safety of the congregation. Pray that all those who have the virus will recover quickly without transmitting it to their family members.
The IMPACTOnetwork church planting team planned a day long retreat for La Viña and El Ancla's staff teams at the beginning of December. Unfortunately due to possible COVID-19 exposure, the in person gathering had to be changed. We all met on Zoom for a time of instruction and encouragement. In January, Lord willing, the teams will be able to enjoy the event, this time focusing more on fellowship and refreshment.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of IMPACTOLatino's church planting ministry in Mexico. We are so grateful to have you as partners in training and sending church planters.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
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