In February, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña held a training for Children's Ministry teachers. Sol Cervantes, part of Iglesia Cristiana La Viña's staff, organized the event with the theme "A Seed in Good Soil." Teachers from 4 local churches participated and learned about lesson development and teaching techniques, crafts and games, and event planning. This event will help the Children's Ministries continue to be fruitful in planting the seeds of faith in the youngest members of the Church.
In Mexico, if you ask someone about their opinion of church, often times you'll hear "they always talk about money." IMPACTOLatino plants churches that are strategic in their treatment of the topic of money. Every year, each church has stewardship series as a reminder of the role that God has given us. El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana looked at stewardship during February with the focus of "God First." Church planter Andrés García challenged the congregation to be faithful managers in all areas of life, including finances and how the Kingdom is impacted through their generosity.
IMPACTOLatino has used the "Cima a La Victoria" (To the Victory Peak) discipleship curriculum for decades helping believers grow in their spiritual maturity. Thousands of people have gone through the course which is comprised of three parts. The team recently updated the material and is now offering it for other churches to use. IMPACTO is committed to developing tools to help church planters strengthen new Christians and their congregations.
At the end of January, Expansión had their second baptism. Talina started attending Expansión a few months ago because of a family crisis. She studied with Expansión leaders for a time and then made the decision to surrender her life to Christ. Please pray for her as she grows in her faith. Continue to pray for the Expansión congregation as it impacts its community on the northwestern side of Querétaro.
In January, Expansión Mérida had its evaluation and planning meeting with its Management Team. They were all able to gather in person in "The White City" as Mérida is nicknamed. The days they spent together were full of celebration of what God has been doing since the team arrived in July as well as much prayer and planning for what will happen in 2023. The church planting team, led by Tony Moreno, was able to show the Management Team around the city and pray in strategic places. Please pray for the Expansión Mérida team comprised of Tony, Jackie (and their kids Jerhay and Rayhan), along with Jaque and Deborah.
IMPACTO continues to create innovative ways to strengthen local churches and leaders. The third season of the Más IMPACTO podcast began last week. The weekly podcast has practical ministry tips and encouraging interviews with Christian leaders.
Another project in the works is Rocket Kids. This new program focuses on entrepreneurship for kids and teens. Topics include creativity, problem solving, and perseverance all from a Biblical worldview. It is designed to be hosted by churches and open to the community as a way to build relationships. Please pray for the team as they finish up all the final details and then partner with local churches to offer the course.
You can still make an IMPACT in 2022
Because of your generosity, 2 new churches were planted in Mexico this year. Expansión launched in March on the northwest side of Querétaro. The Mérida church plant team moved in July and has started their weekly gatherings. Both church plants are building relationships in their neighborhoods and seeing people introduced to the hope we have in Jesus.
Church planters and leaders are continue to be trained by IMPACTO's Church Planting Residency. There are currently 14 people enrolled in this year's program. There is also a new course, "Biblical Panorama 360" being launched in January to increase Biblical literacy and maturity. Each of the 10 classes will be 6 weeks long and will cover topics such as the Life of Christ, Old Testament survey, and books of the Bible.
These are only a few of the projects the IMPACTO team has worked on in 2022. There are more new projects beginning in 2023 that will serve to plant churches and transform lives. Your tax deductible year end gift will help these projects IMPACT even more lives in Mexico's largest cities. We are grateful for your partnership and generosity.
Feliz Navidad from the IMPACTOLatino team
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
In Luke 2, we see how the angels announced the Good News of Jesus' birth to shepherds. How did the shepherds react? After getting over their initial fear, they decided to go together and see for themselves.
In Mexico as we plant churches, we see God transforming lives. Many of these people have the same reaction of the shepherds- they invite others to go with them to meet Jesus. This happens because of your generosity! Thank you for investing in church planting and life transformation in Mexico. May you have a very Merry Christmas and meet Jesus in a new way this year.
Planting Churches and Transforming Lives
Yussef was a drug addict and in jail when he had an encounter with Christ. Upon moving to Querétaro two years ago, he started attending IMPACTOLatino church plant Iglesia Cristiana La Viña. His life has been transformed by God’s grace. He shares a bit more of his story HERE:
Your financial gift today on Giving Tuesday helps plant churches and transform lives like Yussef in Mexico’s largest cities. Thank you for partnering with IMPACTOLatino!
IMPACT Lives with IMPACTOLatino
Juan and his daughter Holda started attending ALPHA evangelistic studies with the Mérida Church Plant team this fall. He hadn't thought about participating in anything related to church but he accepted an invitation to join the study. He said that doing so "has changed my way of seeing life and faith in Jesus." He shared with IMPACTOLatino church planter Tony Moreno, "God has spoken to our lives since the first day." Juan has especially been impacted by sharing this experience with his daughter, "As a father, I am proud to see her her grow in relationship with Jesus for the first time. I am convinced that these are just the first steps of many we'll take together."
Your financial gift tomorrow on Giving Tuesday helps church planters like Tony impact people like Juan and Holda. You can help IMPACTOLatino plant churches and transform lives in Mexico's largest cities.
Thankful for You!
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Your partnership allows the IMPACTOLatino team to tell of God’s wonderful deeds throughout Mexico’s largest cities. Churches are being planted, congregations are being strengthened, and lives are being transformed because of your investment and prayers. We are so thankful for you!
November Church Planting Update
Mexico is a spiritually dark place more than normal during the late fall with Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations. IMPACTOnetwork church plants are being light in this season with "Festival of Light" activities. All three Querétaro church plants, La Viña, El Ancla, and Expansión, held a "Festival of Light" celebration where people dressed up as community helpers, fairy tale characters, and super heroes. There were games, a performance, and most importantly, the message that Jesus is the Light in darkness.
The congregations are also all focused on stewardship in the month of November. Members will be challenged to make a financial commitment for 2023 with which the Management Team (functioning as Elders) will create a ministry budget for next year. Please pray that the teaching during this time will convict people to be active and generous givers in their churches.
The Mérida church plant team has been making contacts in their new city since arriving in July. They have started having Alpha evangelistic studies with people they have met. Please pray for Tony, Jackie, Montse, and Deborah as they make new friends in Mérida with whom they can share the Gospel.
Change Lives, One Step at a Time
Margarita struggled with alcoholism and the damaged it caused her family. Now, Christ is restoring her relationships.
Alicia says that after many years of not attending church, connecting to God through Expansión has been a turning point.
Gerardo had problems with marijuana. Now he is clean and leading a Life Group at La Viña with his wife.
Fanny says that Expansión has become her family and helped her in her walk with God.
These lives, and many more, have been transformed by the ministry of IMPACTOLatino. You can change even more lives by participating in the Miles for Missions event TOMORROW, Saturday May 28!
● Register the miles you're committed to covering in the way you choose (walk, bike, run, dance, swim, etc)
● Pray for IMPACTOLatino's missionaries and church planters
● Give a financial gift to support IMPACTOLatino's church plants in Mexico's largest cities
Your participation helps us reach even more people like Margarita, Alicia, Gerardo, and Fanny who are still far from Christ. ¡Gracias!
The new Expansión church plant officially launched on April 24th. There were 31 people in attendance at the launch. The two online Life Groups have 21 people participating. On April 30th, the team held a mini carnival for Children's Day in the Community Pastor's neighborhood. They connected with non Christian families to start building relationships in order to share the love of Christ. Please be praying for the Expansión team as they continue to find creative ways to connect people to Jesus online and in person.
El Ancla celebrated three baptisms in April! Daniela, Leova, and Rayhan all committed their lives to Christ in baptism. They also held a "Surrender Retreat" with thirteen participants who will start the Discipleship 2 course later this month. Their AnclaKIDS team organized a big party for their students on May 1st to celebrate Children's Day. Please pray for church planter, Andrés García and his leadership team as they continue to develop new ways to reach the unchurched El Mirador neighborhood.
It's been a great month at La Viña! There were 6 more baptisms on April 17th, for a total of 14 so far this year. Praise God with us for these new believers. On May 1st, they celebrated Children's Day with a huge party for the Children's Ministry areas. There were games, pizza, and lots of prizes. The congregation did a great job donating toys so that all the kids could go home with new, fun items.
IMPACTOLatino is excited to again participate in New International's Miles for Missions initiative. On Saturday May 28th, people around the globe will cover miles and pray for global missions. Our goal as a team is to cross Mexico (figuratively) from Tijuana on the Pacific Ocean to Mérida on the Caribbean Sea for a total of 2954 miles. You can join our Mexico Miles team here. Another way to participate is with a financial donation of $295.40 ($0.10 per mile), $147.70 ($0.05 per mile), $29.54 ($0.01 per mile) or any other amount that will go to church planting in Mexico's largest cities.
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