Help us bring the Savior of the world to the people of Querétaro, Mexico!
We celebrate that we have already raised $30,000 toward our $70,000 Christmas goal for the new church plant called THE ANCHOR, El Ancla in Spanish, with anticipated launch in March 2020.
God has called IMPACTO Latino in Mexico to build a church planting movement with healthy, self-sustaining, community focused, reproducing churches. The Anchor will be one of the flagship churches and is perfectly positioned in the middle of 30,000 people where there is no church. There are thousands of families in need of the light of the Gospel in their lives and homes. YOU CAN BE A PART!
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL AND PUT THE STAR ON TOP THIS CHRISTMAS! We are nearly to 50% of our goal of having enough funds to launch The Anchor.
Please pray and partner with us in giving to help finish decorating The Anchor Christmas Tree! A great gift this Christmas, a great end of year gift, and a great thing for your church or family to consider.
Or mail your partnership gift to:
2701 Cleveland Ave, Suite 200
Fort Myers, FL 33910
Make checks payable to "New International" and write "El Ancla Church Plant" on the memo line
Please send us a note if you'd like more information about partnering with us monthly!
During this season of Thanksgiving, we set aside time to give thanks to God for his goodness. We have seen His faithfulness over and over again. You are an example of it! Your faithful giving and prayer allow us to proclaim to Mexico's cities what He has done. You are part of proclaiming the good news of Jesus to those who are far from him in Queretaro and beyond. Thank you!
With grateful hearts,
The IMPACTO Latino Team
El Ancla, IMPACTOnetwork's second church plant which is located in the unreached El Mirador neighborhood, continues to attract new people to its Life Groups. There are currently three groups meeting during the week. Two are focused on not yet Christians and one is focused on the core group and leadership team. Lead planter, Andrés García and his family recently moved to the El Mirador neighborhood and are now in the community everyday which is allowing them to make more contacts.
Funding is still needed to be able to launch the church this Spring. Would you consider being a part of the long distance launch team? Your prayers and financial gifts will connect people with Jesus!
November 6-11 the IMPACTO Latino Board of Advisors joined us in Queretaro for the annual meeting. They had the opportunity to tour the city of Querétaro and spend time praying in the El Mirador neighborhood where the new church is being planted. We met for an extended time going over the vision and plans for church planting in the future. They spent Sunday at Iglesia Cristiana La Viña and were able to experience a Sunday service as well as a Zone meeting with Life Group facilitators. We are so grateful for the wise counsel and support that they provide to our team.
God continues to move at Iglesia Cristiana La Viña, IMPACTOnetwork's first church plant. Sunday attendance has continued to increase. This fall, we've seen a large jump in the number of people who gather together for Sunday celebrations. On October 27th, a Prayer Concert was held as the end of the "False Gods" series. 138 were in attendance to hear Kike and Adriana's testimony and spend an extended time in worship and prayer. The attendance was the highest since launch Sunday!! We watched Abraham commit his life to Christ in baptism and enjoyed a meal together after. Praise God for the growth at La Viña! Please pray that we will continue to reach those who are far from Christ.
One of IMPACTOnetwork's goals is to provide training for churches so that they can more effectively evangelize and disciple people. At the beginning of October, a group from Real Life Ministries (Post Falls, ID) and Riverside Church (Ft. Myers, FL) came to give a discipleship training. A group from Querétaro consisting of leadership from Iglesia Cristiana La Viña, Iglesia El Ancla, and IMPACTOnetwork traveled to Pachuca where the training was held. The Nueva Vida church hosted leaders from Jubileo, Puerta al Cielo, and Nueva Semilla churches. After two days of training in Pachuca, the team returned to Querétaro and spent 2 days working with each of the IMPACTOnetwork, La Viña and El Ancla teams. It was an encouraging and challenging time with lots of practical takeaways. Please pray for everyone who attended the the training and is now beginning to live out the principles that were taught.
Iglesia El Ancla continues to make connections in this unreached neighborhood. There are currently three Life Groups meeting, one on Tuesday nights led by lead planter Andrés García and two on Thursday nights. Andrés leads one and Misael Sánchez, part of the launch team, leads the second group. There are about ten families meeting in these groups along with the three church planting families. Please continue to pray for these groups as they grow and as they study the life of Jesus in the book of Mark.
IMPACTO Latino is under the guidance of a Board of Advisors that meets in person yearly. This year, board members are traveling to Querétaro to spend a week with the missionary families and see first hand what God is doing through church planting in this city. We are excited to host them and have them experience La Viña and El Ancla, as well as the IMPACTOnetwork offices and residency program. Please pray for our team and board members as we prepare for this time. Please pray for their travels as they arrive in Mexico on November 6th.
Our ministry is only possible because of generous donors like you! We thank God for your financial support and prayers for our team as we continue to reach those who are far from God.
Iglesia El Ancla launched its first Life Groups the week of September 16th. Groups will be meeting at Joseph and Patricia Klein's house on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Participants include neighbors and contacts from the unreached El Mirador neighborhood. This is a big step in the development of the church plant project. Lead planter Andrés García and the Kleins ask that we join them in praying "for open hearts and minds of our neighbors to come consistently and for a deeper understanding of God’s love and truth in their lives through this time of fellowship." Pray that the team will be encouraged as they begin to study with individuals and families. If you're interested in investing in the El Ancla church plant that is reaching the El Mirador area, please contact Eric Duggins (email@example.com) or Joseph Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
One of the goals of the IMPACTOnetwork church planting project is to train new church planters. Last year was our first class of IMPACTOnetwork church planting residents. In order to reach more people interested in leadership and church planting, we have launched the our new más IMPACTO online program. This program allows people in other parts of Mexico and Latin America to watch the IMPACTOnetwork Church Planting residency teaching and interact in online forums. The classes are available live and then archived on the site. Our team has worked diligently to set up all the different parts that make this new program possible. Please pray that we will be able to connect with and train even more church planters through this new innovative medium.
We continue to partner with UCM (Mexico Christian University) and at the beginning of August welcomed a group of 7 senior year students and 1 staff member who will be taking the Church Planting Residency program this year. Four of the students have been assigned to Iglesia Cristiana La Viña as their church of service during the school year. On Sunday, they were introduced to the congregation and were prayed over. Jean Carlos, Francisco (and wife Carolina), Monze and Eduardo will be serving at La Viña in different areas such as worship team, Life Groups, children's classes and multimedia. Please pray for these students as they start their final year at UCM.
The church planting team for Church #2 continues to diligently work to reach the El Mirador neighborhood. They have chosen the name "El Ancla" (The Anchor Church) for the new church plant. Lead planter, Andrés García says "The name was chosen because Christ is our anchor to Heaven and we are looking to see the people of El Mirador anchored to Jesus. We present to them The Anchor so they will stop wandering without direction. Also, the anchor was the first symbol used by Christians (even before the fish) to locate their meeting places. Where there's an anchor, followers of Jesus meet!"
The Klein family has gotten settled in their new home in the El Mirador neighborhood and have been meeting their neighbors. Please pray for good connections and friendships that will lead to personal Bible studies and Life Groups in this unreached neighborhood. You can be a part of reaching the people of El Mirador! If you're interested in investing in this church planting project, please contact Eric Duggins (email@example.com) or Joseph Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Iglesia Cristiana La Viña was blessed by one of its supporting churches at the end of June. Community Christian Church from Baltimore, MD which is a direct partner of La Viña, sent a team of 24 from their high school ministry for a week to serve the church. The group constructed walls to divide the children's Sunday school area, painted beautiful murals in the nursery area, prepared crafts for the 2019 Advent campaign as well as many other tasks. Each of La Viña's Life Groups had an opportunity to spend time with the CCC group providing dinner during the week. The students spent an afternoon with La Viña's students worshipping, studying and playing together. A group of La Viña's students worked alongside the CCC group painting during the week! It was exciting to see the connections that were made between the Mexican youth and U.S. group. IMPACTO Latino and La Viña thank Community Christian Church for their partnership and Kingdom investment!
The El Mirador church plant project continues to work on pre-launch preparations. The team has chosen a name for the church plant and the Klein family recently moved to a house in the El Mirador neighborhood. They are getting settled and meeting their neighbors. Please pray for them as they start to make connections and get to know the area that the church will be planted in.
Church planter Andrés García, along with Misael Sánchez traveled to northern Mexico for a few weeks in June visiting churches and individuals. They shared the El Mirador church plant project and were encouraged by an enthusiastic response. They have had 3 churches join their support team along with a handful of individuals. We rejoice with them and are encouraged seeing the response from Mexican churches and individuals investing in this church planting project.
There's a place for you too on this team! If you would like to be a part of reaching the 25,000 families in the El Mirador neighborhood, please contact Eric Duggins (email@example.com) or Joseph Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IMPACTO Latino's team met this past week for a planning and evaluation retreat in Tequisquiapan, Querétaro. We covered different topics pertinent to the team, the IMPACTOnetwork church planting project as well as the churches planted and in planning phases. Please pray with us as we continue to serve and work towards reaching Querétaro and Mexico's cities with the good news of the Gospel.
Our team also thanked summer intern Caleb Yount for the two months of service in Querétaro. Caleb helped with many different of projects for IMPACTOnetwork and Iglesia Cristiana La Viña. He returned to the US this past Monday. Please pray for him as he transitions back to life and studies in the States.
May 31st was the official end of the inaugural class of the IMPACTOnetwork Church Planting Residency program. We celebrated this big accomplishment in the office with all of the participants. We spent time getting their feedback on the program, hearing about their personal growth and praying for them. They all received certificates of completion according to their participation.
The senior year students from Mexico Christian University graduated on Saturday evening. Sergio Alvarado and Joseph Klein participated in the ceremony recognizing their completion of the program. We are so grateful for the time they spent with us in the Church Planting Residency and serving at La Viña. Please pray for them as they start this new phase of life.
Meet the planting team for IMPACTOnetwork's second church plant scheduled to launch late Fall 2019! The team made this video in the main park of the El Mirador neighborhood. This target area has 25,000 residents most of which are young families. There are no churches located in El Mirador, not even a Catholic church! Please pray for Andrés and Bitia, Joseph and Patricia, and Misael and Dennise as they work to reach this unchurched neighborhood. If you'd like to be a part of reaching El Mirador, please contact Eric Duggins (email@example.com) or Joseph Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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