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August Update from Family of God

Damos gracias a Dios por las personas que apoyan nuestro ministerio y que visitan el blog donde damos a conocer las noticias y actividades  de nuestra iglesia.

Este mes de Julio y de Agosto fue de intensa actividad y de grandes logros para nuestro ministerio.

Los día del 20 al 29 de Julio del 2015 nuestra Familia e Iglesia fue visitada por personas y amigos muy especiales que animaron a la gente de nuestra comunidad a seguir fieles en su fe a Dios y fieles a la iglesia.

De la ciudad de Matamoros Tamaulipas nos visitó el Pastor Pablo Monrreal, su esposa Olga, su hijo Pablo de 17 años y su pequeño hijo Abraham de 5 años. Pablo y Olga son pastores de la Iglesia Cristiana Pentecostés “Puerta del cielo”,  ellos son mis amigos desde la adolescencia. Él estuvo compartiendo la Palabra en nuestro servicio de domingo, y orando por las personas enfermas en nuestra reunión de estudio bíblico los días martes. Pablo su hijo participó con canciones especiales de adoración, además de fortalecer la fe de los jóvenes de la iglesia con su testimonio y su amistad. Su presencia entre nosotros afirmó y confirmó la obra de Dios en las vidas de las personas de nuestra iglesia.

Del 25 de Julio al 1 de Agosto nos visitaron Daniel y Natán ahijados míos y de mi esposa Teresita a quienes bautizamos cuando eran pequeños. Ellos son hijos del Pastor Juan Cortés y Gabriela de la “Iglesia Luterana Gloria Dei” en la Ciudad de Arteaga Coahuila. Ellos decidieron venir apoyar nuestro ministerio aquí en Zapopan, su trabajo consistió en relacionarse con nuestros jóvenes y afirmarlos en su fe a través de sus palabras de aliento y su testimonio de vida cristiana. Compartieron su talento musical y su amistad con los jóvenes y niños de nuestra iglesia y el impacto en la vida de ellos fue grandioso. Ellos apoyaron a nuestros jóvenes en la repartición de 800 invitaciones para las Escuela Bíblicas de Vacaciones en nuestra comunidad.

El sábado 1 de agosto dimos inicio a nuestra primera reunión de Jóvenes. Fue una gran reunión los jóvenes se divirtieron, comieron pizza, alabaron a Dios, escucharon la Palabra de Dios, algunos dieron su testimonio de cómo se acercaron a Dios y que significa Dios en la vida de ellos.

Los días 3 de Agosto al 7 celebramos las Escuelas Bíblicas de Vacaciones en dos lugares el mismo día. En la mañana en el área donde está ubicada nuestra iglesia, y la otra en un área rural cerca de nuestra Iglesia.

Durante los cinco días que tuvimos la Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones tuvimos una asistencia de más de 110 niños entre los dos lugares. Para nosotros cada niños que asistió vale por tres niños pues predicar el evangelio en Jalisco es más difícil que en cualquier otro lugar del país.

En la mañana tuvimos una asistencia de casi 80 niños. En la tarde ayudamos a nuestros amigos Horacio y Adriana que inician una nueva iglesia y casi 30 niños asistieron durante el curso. Les apoyamos con material sobrante de años anteriores, regalos y con nuestros jóvenes para dar clases y apoyar con otras actividades.

Hemos aprendido a depender de Dios en cada proyecto y él siempre nos sorprende haciendo milagros al suplir lo que necesitamos más allá de lo que pedimos e imaginamos para llevar a cabo cada proyecto con el fin de cumplir la tarea que Él nos encomendó. Una persona del gobierno de Zapopan a quien no conocíamos impactado por la gran obra que hacíamos entre los niños donó  más de 65  regalos de gran calidad para los niños, y 50 mochilas con útiles escolares para este nuevo regreso a su escuela. Dios suplió también para las comidas de todos los días y la gran clausura que tuvimos.

Sigan orando por la Comunidad Familia de Dios, pues para ser una iglesia nueva y pequeña Dios está haciendo grandes cosas un en lugar difícil para predicar el Evangelio. Nuestras necesidades son muchas, las más importante es recursos económicos para rentar un lugar más grande pues ya los domingos la cochera de mi casa es insuficiente. Sabemos que sus oraciones han sido hechas con fe y Dios suplirá lo que nos falta conforme a sus riquezas en gloria.

Bendiciones y que el Dios de toda gracias nos fortalezca, establezca y afirme en sus caminos y propósito.

Pastor Juan Vazquez.

We thank God for the people who support our ministry and to visit the blog where we present the news and activities of our church.

This July and August was of intense activity and great achievements for our ministry.

The day 20 to July 29, 2015 our family and church was visited by people and very special friends who encouraged the people in our community to remain faithful in their faith to God and faithful to the church.

City of Matamoros Tamaulipas we visited Pastor Paul Monrreal, his wife Olga, his son Paul of 17 years and her young son Abraham 5 years. Paul and Olga are pastors of the Christian Pentecost “Heaven’s Gate” Church they are my friends since adolescence. He was sharing the Word in our Sunday service, and praying for the sick people in our Bible study meeting on Tuesdays. His son Paul participated with special songs of worship, and strengthen the faith of young people in the church with his testimony and friendship. His presence among us said and confirmed the work of God in the lives of people in our church.
From July 25 to August 1 we visited Daniel and Nathan godchildren mine and my wife Teresita who baptized when they were young. They are children of Pastor Juan Cortes y Gabriela of “Gloria Dei Lutheran Church” in the city of Arteaga Coahuila. They decided to come to support our ministry here in Zapopan, his job was to interact with our youth and affirm their faith through their words of encouragement and testimony of Christian life. Shared his musical talent and his friendship with the youth and children of our church and the impact on their lives was great. They supported our youth in the distribution of 800 invitations for Vacation Bible School in our community.

Saturday August 1 we began our first meeting of Youth. It was a great meeting young people had fun, ate pizza, praised God, hear the Word of God, some gave their testimony of how they came to God and that God means in their lives.
On August 3 to 7 we celebrate Vacation Bible School in two places on the same day. In the morning in the area where our church is located, and one in a rural area near our church.
During the five days we had the VBS had an attendance of more than 110 children between the two places. For us children attended each worth three children as preach the gospel in Jalisco it is harder than anywhere else in the country.
In the morning we had an attendance of nearly 80 children. In the afternoon we help our friends and Adriana Horacio starting a new church and nearly 30 children attended the course. We support them with material left over from previous years, gifts and our youth to teach and support other activities.

We have learned to depend on God in every project and he always surprises us doing miracles to supply what we need beyond what we asked and imagine to carry out each project in order to accomplish the task that He entrusted to us. A person Zapopan government did not know who struck by the great work we did among children donated more than 65 high quality gifts for children, and 50 backpacks with school supplies for the new back to school. God also supplied for meals everyday and we had great closing.

Keep praying for the Family Community of God, for to be a new small church God is doing great things up a difficult place to preach the Gospel. Our needs are many, the most important economic resources to hire a large and Sundays because the garage of my house is enough place. We know that their prayers have been made with faith and God will supply what we need according to his riches in glory.

Blessings and may the God of all grace strengthen us, establish and affirm his ways and purpose.

Pastor Juan Vazquez.

July Update from Family of God

“Buenas Nuevas del mes de Julio”
Dios derrame sus bendiciones en abundancia a todas las personas que oran y apoyan nuestra pequeña iglesia en Zapopan Jalisco.
El 14 de Julio iniciamos un nuevo grupo de estudio bíblico en la casa de una familia que asiste a nuestra iglesia. Dios nos bendijo con una asistencia de 18 adultos y jóvenes, y 6 niños. En nuestra reunión asistió una mujer de 51 años llamada Estela con cáncer en todo su cuerpo y desahuciada por los médicos, ella se mostró muy agradecida y feliz por las oraciones que hicimos por ella.
Dios ha bendecido nuestras reuniones dominicales y de entre semana cada vez con una mejor asistencia y personas nuevas.
Les rogamos de sus oraciones para que Dios siga abriéndonos puertas y conocer nuevas personas para comunicarles el Evangelio que transforma vidas y se integren a nuestra iglesia. También para que Dios los afirme en su fe y en fidelidad a Dios a su iglesia.
Saludos y un fuerte abrazo.
Pastor Juan Vazquez.

“Good News of July”
God’s blessings in abundance to all people who pray and support our small church in Zapopan Jalisco.
July 14 began a new Bible study group at the home of a family that attends our church. God blessed us with an attendance of 18 adults and youth, and 6 children. At our meeting was attended by a 51 year old woman named Estela with cancer throughout her body and incurable by doctors, she was very grateful and happy for the prayers we did for her.
God has blessed our Sunday meetings and weekday more and better assistance and new people.
We ask for your prayers that God will continue opening doors for and meet new people to communicate the gospel transforms lives and integrate into our church. Also that God will affirm their faith and faithfulness to God to his church.
Greetings and a hug.
Pastor Juan Vazquez.

June Update from Family of God

Saludos amigos y hermanos que oran y apoyan nuestro ministerio en Zapopan Jalisco, que el amor y las bendiciones de Dios sean con cada uno de ustedes.

El mes de junio celebramos el día del Padre en nuestra pequeña comunidad. Fue una celebración muy maravillosa pues fue una gran oportunidad de compartir el mensaje del amor de Dios nuestro Padre Celestial con todas las personas que nos visitaron.

Tuvimos canciones especiales a los padres, alabanzas llenas de gozo a nuestro Dios, oramos por ellos, los jóvenes y niños les dieron palabras de gratitud a sus padres. Después de nuestro tiempo de adoración tuvimos una cena especial. Las personas que nos visitaron se impactaron mucho con nuestra reunión. Oramos que la semilla de la Palabra de Dios sembrada de fruto en sus corazones.

Les pedimos que oren por los padres de algunos de nuestros jóvenes que no asisten a nuestra iglesia, y también por algunos de nuestros jóvenes y niños a quienes su padre los abandonó y viven con tristeza en sus corazones, para que se sientan amados y abrazados por Dios.

Sigan orando por nuestro ministerio para que en cada  evento que hagamos Dios sea predicado, glorificado y que haya fruto.

Les bendigo en el nombre de nuestro Padre Celestial en quien toma nombre toda familia en la tierra.

Pastor Juan Vázquez.

Greetings friends and brothers who pray and support our ministry in Zapopan, Jalisco, love and blessings of God be upon each of you.  

June we celebrate Father’s Day in our small community. It was a wonderful celebration as it was a great opportunity to share the message of God’s love Heavenly Father with all the people who visited us.

Parents had special songs, full of joy praises to our God, we pray for them, young people and children gave them words of gratitude to their parents. After our worship time we had a special dinner. People who visited us was much struck with our meeting. We pray that the seed of the Word of God planted in their hearts fruit.

We ask you to pray for the parents of some of our young people who do not attend our church, and also by some of our young people and children to their father abandoned them and live with sadness in their hearts, so they feel loved and embraced by God.

Continue to pray for our ministry to make every event God is preached, and has glorified fruit.

I bless you in the name of our Heavenly Father in whom every family in the land.
Pastor Juan Vazquez.

March, April and May Update from Family of God

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Saludos amigos y hermanos en Cristo, desde Jalisco México, es mi oración y esperanza que muchas personas lean y vean las cosas que Dios está haciendo en medio de nosotros y que sean inspirados a apoyar como Dios les le ponga en su corazón.

El mes de Marzo tuvimos la visita del pastor Enrique Estrada, Director de la Misión México Internacional y Obispo de nuestras congregaciones en México y miembro del cuerpo de regentes de la LCMC. Su estancia entre nosotros duro una semana. Su visita fortaleció y animó mucho a los miembros de nuestra pequeña comunidad. Tuvimos un servicio especial de instalación pastoral, también de dedicación oficial de nuestra pequeña congregación para ser reconocida de manera oficial como una más de nuestras iglesias. Durante el servicio participamos por primera vez de la Santa Comunión. Las personas dieron su testimonio de como Dios transformó sus vidas y como llegaron a nuestra iglesia. El pastor Enrique mediante la predicación de la Palabra ministro al corazón y las necesidades de las personas y los afirmó en su fe. También tuvimos un tour en la ciudad y diferentes pueblos del Estado conociendo la cultura y las costumbres del occidente de México.

Durante el mismo mes viajaron de la ciudad de Monterrey una familia de la congregación Comunidad Luterana Espíritu de Fe, y sus presencia entre nosotros vino ayudar mucho en la vida y fe de nuestra Iglesia. Adoramos junto como hermanos en Cristo e iglesia hermanas.

El mes de abril celebramos el día del niño, y la cochera de nuestra casa donde hacemos los servicios se llenó. Tuvimos más de 25 niños y unos 20 adultos. Nuestros jóvenes compartieron el mensaje de la palabra de Dios a través de títeres. Cantaron canciones de alabanza a Dios con los niños, le dimos una comida muy rica, dulces y algunos regalos. Fue una gran fiesta y los niños se sintieron felices.

El 17 de mayo celebramos el día de las Madres, tuvimos un programa especial de canciones para ellas, palabras de gratitud por parte de sus hijos, un tiempo de alabanza a Dios, y oración por ellas. Le hicimos una comida especial, y les dimos algunos regalos. Fue una gran fiesta que impactó mucho las vidas de nuestras madres, pues nunca había visto algo igual. Una persona dijo: “en la iglesia católica nunca me celebraron  de esta manera.”

Les pedimos nos ayuden en oración para que Dios siga afirmando la fe de las personas que asisten y Dios siga confirmando su llamado a nuestras vidas. Que Dios nos abra nuevas puertas para predicar a Cristo y nos lleve a la gente que necesite una palabra de fe, esperanza, amor y salvación.

En el verano estaremos celebrando la Escuela Bíblica de vacaciones, si alguien puede apoyar con pequeños juguetes para regalar a los niños, colores, tijeras, Resistol y todos los recursos que necesitamos para este proyecto sería de mucha bendición.

Dios les bendiga más allá de su imaginación.

Pastor Juan Vazquez

Greetings friends and brothers in Christ, from Jalisco Mexico is my prayer and hope that many people read and see what God is doing in our midst and to be inspired to support them as God put in his heart.

The month of March we had the visit of Pastor Enrique Estrada, Mexico Director of the International Mission and Bishop of our congregations in Mexico and member of the board of regents of the CEQA. Stay between us lasted a week. Your visit strengthened and encouraged much to members of our little community. We had a special pastoral service facility, also official dedication of our little congregation to be officially recognized as a most of our churches. During the service for the first time we participate in the Holy Communion. People gave their testimony of how God changed their lives and how they came to our church. Henry shepherd through the preaching of the minister to the heart and the needs of people Word and stated in his faith. We also had a tour in the city and different peoples to know the culture and customs of western Mexico state.

During the same month traveled to Monterrey a family of Lutheran congregation of Faith Community Spirit, and their presence among us came to help a lot in life and faith of our Church. We worship together as brothers and sisters in Christ Church.

April celebrate Children’s Day, and the garage of our house where we filled services. We had over 25 children and 20 adults. Our young people shared the message of God’s word through puppets. They sang songs of praise to God with the children, we gave it a very rich food, sweets and some gifts. It was a great holiday and the kids were happy.

On May 17 we celebrate Mother’s Day, we had a special program of songs for them, words of gratitude from their children, a time of praise to God, and pray for them. We made a special meal, and gave them some gifts. It was a big party that struck much the lives of our mothers, I am having never seen anything like it. One person said: “In the Catholic Church never held me like this.”

We ask you to help us in prayer that God will continue to affirm the faith of the people who attend and follow God confirming His call to our lives. God opens new doors to preach Christ and bring us to the people who need a word of faith, hope, love and salvation.

In the summer we will be celebrating the Vacation Bible School, if someone can support with small toys to give to children, colors, scissors, Resistol and all the resources we need for this project would be a blessing.

God bless you beyond your imagination.

Pastor Enrique visits Family of God Lutheran Church in Zapopan, Jalisco

I had the privilege of visiting the incipient congregation in Guadalajara area. I spent 8 days among them. Pastor Juan Vazquez and his family are doing an outstanding job reaching out to people whose hearts are broken. I was able to listen to their testimonies and I was moved to tears for the great work God is doing in the hearts of those people. During my time there I was able to installed Juan Vazquez as the Pastor of that community and had an special celebration. Several people attended the gathering for such a purpose.

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At the same time I was able to celebrate my birthday with Juan’s family at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Zapopan. The whole trip was great blessing for me, our pastoral family and for the Family of God Lutheran Church. The establishment of this new group is a response to the call we have to start 1000 congregations in ten years.

Family of God Lutheran Community February Update

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Saludos amigos y hermanos en Cristo Jesús que apoyan de diferentes formas nuestro ministerio en Zapopan Jalisco. Le enviamos también un poco de información de lo que últimamente está sucediendo entre nosotros y lo que Dios está haciendo para que sigan orando por nosotros, anexamos también algunas fotos.

Con la ayuda de Dios el día 4 de febrero nos movimos a una nueva casa donde viviremos mi familia y yo, y donde tendremos nuestras reuniones para adorar a Dios y predicar la Palabra de Dios.

Hemos estado muy ocupados acondicionando la casa pues no estaba en las condiciones óptimas para habitarla, pues las personas anteriores la dejaron en muy malas condiciones.

Hemos tenido desde entonces nuestras tres primeras reuniones, y nos hemos sentido muy motivados y con más libertad de poder planear actividades para invitar personas nuevas y que no tengan ninguna restricción y problemas de acceso como en la casa anterior.

Estamos en el desarrollo de un plan para visitar a los vecinos para invitarlos a nuestra Iglesia. Queremos presentarles el mensaje de salvación a través de la fe en Cristo Jesús, y que aprendan a confiar solo en DIOS, pues la fe de muchos de las personas en el pueblo en el que vivimos esta puesta en todo tipo ídolos, santos, vírgenes y toda superstición antes que en el único Dios verdadero. Es maravilloso ver cómo la gente que asiste a nuestra iglesia compara su fe anterior con la fe basada en la Palabra y se llenan de gozo como esta fe verdadera les ha cambiado la vida y como Dios de muchas maneras se ha vuelto real, vivo y poderoso. Este evangelio transforma vidas y nos motiva a vivir un estilo de vida según Dios.

Les pedimos que oren por nosotros, para que Dios nos abra nuevas puertas para predicar su Palabra, para que Dios toque el corazón de las personas y con el poder de su Espíritu Santo derribe toda resistencia a recibir su bendita palabra. Y que el Señor añada como dice la biblia los que han de ser salvos. (Hechos 2.47). Pedimos oración por protección a nuestra integridad física al salir a las calles a predicar el evangelio. También para que Dios nos de valor y pasión para comunicar su mensaje, y que Dios manifieste su gloria y su poder ante cualquier oposición.

Les rogamos que oren por nosotros para que Dios traiga crecimiento numérico y espiritual a nuestra pequeña congregación, y que los asistan sean guardados fieles y librados de todo desánimo y tentación de parte del diablo para regresar atrás.

Les pedimos que oren para que Dios siga supliendo para la renta de la casa, por biblias pues solo tenemos 6 biblias y están ya muy usadas. Recursos para mandar imprimir publicidad de nuestra iglesia y que sea de buena calidad. Folletos apropiados para evangelizar.  Que Dios supla los recursos para poder financiar actividades para impactar con el evangelio a nuestra comunidad.

Reciban un saludo y nuestra oración y gratitud por todo su apoyo e interés por nuestro servicio y ministerio a Dios en el occidente de México.

Pastor Juan Vázquez 

Greetings friends and brothers in Christ Jesus who support our ministry in different ways in Zapopan Jalisco. We also send you some information about what is happening lately between us and what God is doing to continue praying for us, also we attach some pictures.

With the help of God on February 4 we moved to a new home where my family and I live, and where we have our meetings for worship and preaching the Word of God.

We have been busy renovating the house because he was not in the best conditions for habitation, as previous people left it in very bad condition.

We have had since our first three meetings, and we felt very motivated and more freedom to plan activities to invite new people and do not have any restrictions and access problems as in the previous house.

We are developing a plan to visit neighbors to invite them to our Church. We want to present the message of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus, and learn to trust in God, for faith of many people in the village where we live this type worn at all idols, saints, virgins and superstition rather than the one true God. It is wonderful to see how people attending our church compares his previous faith to faith based on the Word and are filled with joy as the true faith has changed their lives and how God in many ways has become real, alive and powerful . This gospel transforms lives and encourages us to live a godly life.

We ask you to pray for us, that God may open new doors to preach His Word, that God touch the hearts of the people and the power of his Holy Spirit knock down all resistance to receive his word blessed. And may the Lord add as the Bible says those who will be saved. (Acts 2:47). We ask our prayer for physical protection to take to the streets to preach the gospel integrity. Also for God to give us courage and passion to communicate your message, and God manifests his glory and power to any opposition.

We ask you to pray for us that God brings numerical and spiritual growth of our small congregation, and that the faithful attend are saved and delivered from all discouragement and temptation of the devil to return back.

We ask you to pray that God will continue supplying to the income of the house, as we have just 6 bibles bibles and are already widely used. Print advertising resources to send our church and be of good quality. Appropriate brochures to evangelize. God to supply the resources to fund activities to impact the gospel to our community.

Receive a greeting and prayer and gratitude for all your support and interest in our service and ministry to God in western Mexico.

Praying Petitions for the Ministry in Mexico

Please pray for the people of Mexico and the four congregations of Mission Mexico International…

…For peace at the border towns of Matamoros, Rio Bravo and Reynosa

…For our pastoral family in Rio Bravo that they may be safe

…For our retreat that we decided to change the location to Monterrey area because of violence in Rio Bravo

…For our church in Guadalajara now that they moved into a different location

…For the preparation for VBS during the summer and for means to get materials for VBS and shipping of the same

…For the teams that will be formed to serve during VBS

…For the youth in our congregations as they do social labor visiting people outside hospitals to feed and evangelise them, nursing homes and orphanages etc.

…For the wellbeing of our pastors and their families

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Greetings and Blessings from Family of God- Reporte de Enero 2015

Dear brothers in faith, friends, churches, ministries and all who support us in different ways and to members of the board of MMI greetings and blessings from my family and our congregation “Lutheran Community Family of God” in Zapopan Jalisco .

In this letter I share our testimonies of the move of God in our ministry here in Mexico, our needs and some of our projects.

With God’s help in early February of 2015 we will move from home.

The new house we found and in which we live is in a popular neighborhood, near a school, an elementary and high school. The fluidity of people are many. This area is where more presence of young people who are dedicated to skateboarding gangs, take drugs, drink liquor, stealing and all sorts of excesses. It is a hard place and a little dangerous. However we believe that is where it is most needed to Christ.

It is a place where they are building a new subdivision, where we now live which is very close to where we live, live more than 2800 families. These 2800 more people in the area where we will add more than 8,000 people. This means many people you talk to the message of salvation, hope and love of God.

It has been difficult to rent this new house, it is more expensive than they currently live, plus our church is very new, very small and without economic resources. The price is 3,500 pesos per month. (Like $ 300). To get this we need to rent 7000 pesos (about $ 600). 3500 pesos ($ 300) for the month of deposit and 3500 pesos ($ 300) the first month. However although difficult have seen the hand of God in this need.

God placed in the heart of the homeowner ask us 1000 pesos ($ 100) for not announcing it away so that we could stay with her, but on condition that we take the next day the money, we by faith we said figuring him 1000 pesos ($ 100), and that same day in the evening a person less imagine that might help, as their economic needs are many, spoke to me and said, “John, God put in my heart ofrendar 1000 pesos ($ 100) for your Church, God has given me a good job and I know it is because you have been praying for me. ”

For us it was a miracle, because we had told the owner that the next day would give 1,000 pesos and God honored our faith in him.

On the second day after giving the first 1,000 pesos ($ 100) Two more people, we got another 1,000 pesos ($ 100) and we rejoice in the way God was acting and took them to the owner of the house. And to keep marveling at God’s move on the third day someone gave us 600 pesos ($ 60). We believe that God will supply the missing 4400 pesos ($ 375) according to his riches in glory and through his people.

We ask for your prayers for this new place that we go to live and be our house church, that God may open new doors to preach Christ and reach many souls for His glory. God also protects and free from all religious opposition and the machinations of evil people and the devil’s schemes us. Your prayer support is very important as well as other ways to do it.

God be with each of you and pour abundant blessings to their families, their work and their ministries.

Pastor Juan Vazquez.

Greetings from Family of God

 

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The blessing of God be upon all those who support and want to support in prayer and in other ways our church in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. Our ministry is in the city of Zapopan of the metropolitan area of Guadalajara.

Having arrived in Guadalajara on March 26, 2013 of the City of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, on Sunday February 23, 2014 we started our first Sunday service with an attendance of 12 people between adults and youth. Today we meet between 15-20 people on average.

During this time we have been dedicated to bringing the message of Jesus to people who do not know and strengthen the faith of the people attending our little church through the preaching of the Word of God through Bible study, through prayer, worship and continuous coexistence.

From the beginning when we decided the name of our church, we thought of planting a new church where people can feel not only a church, but in a family with the warmth of a spiritual home. So our church family called on Him, and He has supported this desire and this vision because our house is always visited by people who are part of our church and those who need Christ seeking counseling, prayer and sincere friendship. They find refuge in our home, feel loved with the unconditional love of God and accepted.

The people God has brought into our lives are people with lives and families destroyed, as have faced suicide in the family, young people who were involved in gangs and drugs, broken marriages, financial problems, troubled youth identity, unwilling study or work.  We not only advise them about their problems they face, or share the message of the Word of God or pray for them, but sometimes they also share our food, we invite them for lunch and dinner as the economic condition of some people is very poor and often have nothing to eat.

Young people like to spend much time in our home and most of them have taught music. Some have learned to play guitar, bass, violin, and guitar a Mexican instrument.  We have all kinds of instruments to enhance our praise making it more beautiful, while keeping youth busy and away from all kinds of worldly distractions, such as gangs, drugs and negative and sinful habits. Our need in this regard is of instruments such as electric guitar, electro-acoustic, one bass, drums, keyboards, microphones, amplifiers and bass guitar amplifiers for vocals, horns.  Anything that has to do with music.

This year we have developed some activities to encourage the strengthening of the spiritual life of the people, such as encouraging them to participate in the ministry of the church.

At Easter we had our first service of Resurrection. During the week a family in our church we established earlier in Monterrey traveled to Guadalajara and was with us for a week.  His visit strengthened the faith of the new people in our small congregation. They established friendships with people and confirmed our ministry as a calling from God to serve in Guadalajara. They were filled with joy to see the progress of the church, because last year they had traveled and still there was not a single person.

In May is we celebrated Mother’s Day.  We  made a special meal in honor of them, we bought them some gifts, there was special music by our young and had a wonderful time.

In the coming months we were dedicated to planning Vacation Bible School. My wife Teresita coordinated the whole program. Being small and incipient our church does not have the financial resources to fund activities or events of this type. But the willingness of people from our church despite not having money was great. We gathered some clothes and used things, plus some things I that did not know who gave them.  We sold the items in the weekly street market. Used items sold on the street for weeks. The money was used to buy colors, Resistol, scissors, food for children, refreshments and some small gifts.  In the spiritual aspect of our youth and adult, classes were prepared to study the Bible, praying, learning songs for children.  We also handed out 500 invitations in every home, in parks, sports parks and streets of our community.   For Vacation Bible School  they let us use, for free for four days, a place for parties that event costs $ 150.00!  We rejoice to see God touch the hearts of those who manage the place to do Vacation Bible School, and one of them attends our church. We had between forty and fifty children, a large amount amount for us because many where we are developing our ministry people are very closed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Last year we had 25 children despite the opposition of the Catholic Church. To see we had more kids this year was a great success. It was wonderful to see them praise God, learn Bible verses and listen to Bible stories and also teach them to pray. The last day we paid for two removable pools for the children and enjoyed themselves to the fullest.  During that week the same family that traveled at Easter to Monterrey and Guadalajara, came to support the work in VBS. His work and his help was great. They marveled at God’s answer to our prayers and children. They traveled last year also to support the same project and saw this year compared to last year was higher.  The VBS was a success and impacted our community. We are the only and first Christian Church, Lutheran to do something like that in such a Catholic community, so close and sometimes so aggressive to the preaching of the Gospel. In some villages in Jalisco Catholic priests promote persecution of Christian evangelical people, but God gave us favor with the people of this place. The hand, the grace and provision of God is expressed very clearly.  As with so little resources our VBS was on par with our other sister churches already organized. Many children and adults heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, praised God and the Word of God was planted in their hearts.  Our prayer is that the fruit is in abundance.

A week later, three women also of our former church in Guadalajara and Monterrey traveled to visit.  They were a blessing to the people of our church because they were encouraged to remain faithful to God and His Word. They had traveled in December last year with their families, a total of ten people and met the first family who had evangelized, and filled with joy to see how God had sent new people.   Two weeks later a young couple and their little baby, from our former church in Monterrey, traveled to Guadalajara to be with my family on vacation while living with people in the church. They gave new shoes to a child in our church because their parents did not have any money to buy him shoes.  They also motivated people to continue walking with God.

It is wonderful that each person traveling to Guadalajara not only comes on holiday but with a missionary spirit. They, like people who have traveled to Guadalajara, have been surprised by the movement of God among us, because out of nothing God is raising up a church.

In October I made a three week journey with Pastors Enrique Estrada and Victor Barbosa to America to attend the annual convention of the LCMC and the board of MMI. During that time, I was not with my wife and my three children.   Theresa Stephany, Kevin and Kalev were in the care of the church. They participated in the preaching of the Word of God on Sunday, and midweek Bible studies, music and counseling. During my time in U.S.  the assistance and loyalty of the people to the church and God remained strong. It shows their love for God and their sense of belonging to our Christian community, which they consider their real family.

On October 31, we celebrated the day of the Lutheran Reformation.  We saw a video of the story of Martin Luther, and had dinner together. People were very surprised and amazed at the history of the Lutheran Church, and the work of Martin Luther, for Jalisco is the most Catholic state in Mexico and had never heard of her story and how God used him.

We are also involved in activities in the community to make known our presence as a church and our interest in their other needs.  We also helped clean up the streets and parks of our community.

Since we began our first worship service venue had been the living room of my house.  About two months ago we began meeting in the office of Social Center Community Events for free.  The reason to have our meetings there, and not in our house is that some neighbors, over matters of religious discrimination, sought ways to allow us to have our meetings. His religious zeal led them to rise slander, tell lies about us and influence other neighbors. It is noteworthy that not all neighbors agreed, because they have a lot of respect and sympathy towards us by our witness and Christian behavior. However we choose to be at peace with all as the Bible says, and we decided to find a new place to meet.   We believe that through this circumstance God is leading us to seek a larger and unique way to have our meetings more comfortably and in in a freer place. The office where we met is very small, and we are only renting it until January and February, then the people who manage and are our friends finish their shekel as administrators.  Our greatest and urgent need is to find the financial resources to rent a place to meet, and the minimum price for a place are between $400.00-500.00 per month. We ask for one month’s rent and a deposit for the same amount at the beginning of the rental month. So the initial payment will be  $800.00 or $1000.00 dollars, money we do not have, but faith itself.  We believe that through faith and generosity of God through his children and his church anywhere in the world will supply our need.

Our goals for the coming year are to reach more people for Jesus Christ. Reaching the sufferer, who feels hopeless, who feel lonely and those who need Christ. We plan to have more activities and events where we can invite. We will be doing evangelism in homes, on the streets and in the squares by the distribution of tracts, New Testaments or Bibles, outdoor events, either through music or film screenings for youth and children. We want to take any circumstance and opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and King of Jalisco, to spread His kingdom around Guadalajara and its metropolitan area and that lives are transformed and attain salvation through faith in Christ and the grace of God.  To achieve this we need the help of people who want to support us financially to pay rent for a place to worship God and preach His word, are people who want to donate instruments and sound equipment, Bibles and evangelistic booklets. Also people who want help with material for summer Bible School, toys and things for gifts at Christmas and Children’s Day. We also welcome missionary groups who want to visit and support the ministry and be a part of the wonderful things God is doing among us.

But most important are your prayers for our church and my family as Pastor.

Yours in Christ, Pastor John P. Manuel Vazquez