The IMPACTOnetwork Residency Program has begun! On Tuesday, August 7 classes began for our residents and UCM senior year students. Each week they will be studying a different module related to church planting.
They will also be serving at Iglesia Cristiana La Viña on the weekends putting into practice their academic knowledge. Andrés and Bitia were introduced to the congregation last Sunday as they will be part of the La Viña staff. They will be serving in all different areas of ministry such as with children, worship team, multimedia, and welcome team as well as taking the discipleship courses.
Héctor Rodríguez shared the IMPACTOnetwork church planting program with the over 800 attendees of the Mexican National Christian Convention at the beginning of August. He invited people to consider their role in church planting in Mexico's cities. He also met individually with several pastors of large churches and shared with them the opportunity to invest in church planting and partner together in reaching people with the Gospel. The invitation was well received and the collaboration talks continue.
Grupos de Vida cell groups at Iglesia Cristiana La Viña started up again this week. The three groups that had been meeting in the Spring continue. One has a new host home and two have new assistant facilitators. A new group has started in a new target neighborhood where some church members live. Please pray for the Nogales, Zapata, Puerta Real and Fuerza Joven cell groups.
The weekend of August 25 & 26, Iglesia Cristiana La Viña will be full of training for its members. The Surrender Retreat will be held all day Saturday. This retreat is for people who have been baptized and are starting their walk with Christ. There are worship and teaching times focused on the idea of 2 Corinthians 5:17, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come."
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!