This Sunday, October 4th, El Ancla Iglesia Cristiana (Anchor Christian Church) will hold its first public Sunday services. The team has been hard at work the last month preparing the space they are renting. They have installed the electric set up and flooring, built children's classrooms and a stage , and put up drywall among other things. Chairs have been purchased and set up. Hundreds of Bibles were provided by International Disaster Emergency Services. They are promoting on social media and through their Life Groups.
The launch team has held two preview services in their facility. These services allow them in a way to practice what a normal Sunday will be life. They are able to identify and resolve problem areas. It also builds morale and excitement for the team who have been working toward this big beginning for many, many months. On Saturday evening, they will be holding a building dedication celebration for friends and supporters in the area. It will be a time of prayer and praise in preparation for Launch Sunday.
Please pray for the final preparations this week. Pray for Andrés and his team. Pray for those in the community who have heard about the new church, that they will be moved to check it out. Pray that God's word will be presented in a clear, attractive way. Pray that this Sunday, October 4th, 2020, at 11am Central time will be the beginning of a new chapter in the community of El Mirador.
On August 9, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña met in person for the first time since mid March. The leadership team spent many hours praying and planning for our return to "large" group gatherings. Due to government social distancing and space regulations, we're only allowed to have 40 people the the room together. In order to accommodate this, the schedule changed to have two services. Chairs are spaced out, people wear masks, and lots of hand sanitizer is applied! Services are still being transmitted online for those who are unable to return in person. Please pray for the congregation as they restart meeting again. It feels a little bit like re-launching after having such a long time apart.
It's almost time! The El Ancla church plant team has been working hard even during the pandemic to reach the El Mirador neighborhood. This week they signed a contract to rent a space for weekly gatherings. The team is working hard to prepare for the launch of Sunday morning gatherings on October 4th. Please pray for the team as they have a finish (really, starting) line in view. Pray that the people they're doing studies with will join them on Sunday mornings.
The school year has began at the beginning of August for IMPACTOnetwork. The church planting residency training started its third year in partnership with Mexico Christian University (UCM). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the class is currently meeting online. We hope that we will be able to meet with the students in person soon! The 36 week program is taught by different IMPACTOnetwork staff members and church planters. IMPACTOnetwork Church Planting Residents Tony and Jackie Moreno are leading the group with their projects. Tony and Jackie are also serving with the El Ancla church plant team.
Along with the church planting residency being taught to UCM students, there is another group taking the residency online. Sergio Alvarado, Director of Church Planting is spearheading this new project. There are 27 students from different places in Mexico who are learning new church planting concepts. We thank God for the opportunity to share with people who are impacting communities all over the country.
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