Every six months I ask the Pastors of our community to share a quick update in order for you to see what is on their heart regarding our ministry and through their perspective. These pastors can receive tax-deductible contributions through Alternative Missions.
Pastor Gregorio Hernández
Lead Pastor of Centro Cristiano Cofradia
I thank God for all of you, who have been
faithfully following this ministry. We have been blessed by your faithfulness
because of how you have provided for needs as they have become known and that
have been necessary for carrying out the work of God in this place. For that
reason, we send you our gratitude, and the following updates:
After implementing the Freedom in Christ discipleship course and the Grace course, we began to see the need for a leadership training
program focused on training pastors and lay leaders in the church, equipping
them to carry out the Great Commission. Our goals for this program are:
Visit various leaders in the area
with the goal of making them aware of the program’s and providing them with
more information about it.
Begin classes May 14 and will last
Classes will be on Tuesdays from
Plant deep seed of love for God
and for others.
Six months to three years:
Graduate pastors and lay leaders
who are trained in and passionate for the work of God, to be sent out for
service in pastoral and missionary fields.
Provide an avenue of service for
them in the area the Spirit has given them a conviction.
Our original plan was to open the program next
January, but thanks be to God, we were able to begin classes on May 14 of this
year and are seeing great attendance from the students. Of course we want to thank
all who have supported this effort, both through finances and through prayer.
Thank you so much for being part of the ministry of Cofradía Cristian Center
and La Cofradía United.
We also hope, in the long-term, to establish a
more formalized school that provide further development for pastors and lay
leaders, so that they may also be trained in specific vocations in the church,
and our desire would be for this school to also contribute to the continual
improvement of the larger community.
Pastors Gregorio, Mati, and family
Pastor Luis Vazquez
Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student Ministries
Cofradia Dwellings Director
We greet you, as always,
with love, the same love that you have shown us all this time, which precedes
from the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
I greet you through
this letter and offer our deepest gratitude for your perseverance in blessing
our lives and family. Believe me when I tell you that not one ounce of the
support you have poured out for us has been in vain. Your support has made it
possible for our daughter, Carolina, to study Engineering in Tepic; truly,
without your support, it would be very difficult for her to continue her
studies in this way.
We hosted the Grace course in Arrayanes. It lasted
six weeks, and twenty-five people participated. The purpose of this course was
to equip each of them to live out God’s call on their lives. We also studied
through both the Freedom in Christ
course and the Grace course with a
husband-wife pastor team from Mazatlán who are struggling with issues of
identity and with unresolved personal and spiritual conflicts. By the end of
our time together they were experiencing positive growth results in their
relationships with God and with each other.
We continue serving
with the youth group each week. We know that we have them with us for a short
time before they will leave home for university or careers and families, so we
continue to faithfully invest in solid foundations in their lives. Recently, we
took the youth group on a trip to the town of San Diego del Naranjo to visit
the youth of that town who joined us in last year’s EL RETO for the purpose of
encouraging them to continue following God.
In February we
finally opened the first phase of our Bible school in Cofradía. This initial
training program will last six months, ending in October of this year. Our
goal is to continue equipping pastors and church leaders for both current and
future leadership roles. There are currently twenty people enrolled in our
Planning for EL RETO
2019 is underway! We will kick off this six-week event on August 31, and it
will conclude on October 5. This year’s theme is “A+ Love,” and each week we
will explore a different facet of the supreme love of God: it is total,
unique, unparalleled, perfect, and incomprehensible. Our desire is for the
students to understand that God’s love for us is beyond the love we experience
from other humans. For this purpose, our theme verse will be Micah 7:18 (NIV):
“Who is a God like you, who
pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”
● For all the youth we minister to.
● For EL RETO—that the youth who participate
will truly know the Love of God and submit themselves to His covering.
● Pray for the church and its leaders.
May the God of all
peace be with you and may He bless you with all the riches in our Lord Jesus
Pastors Luis and Mari, and family
Pastor Horacio Garzón
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Brothers and sisters! With great pleasure, I write this
letter to greet you. We hope that you are well. Thank God that we are also
well. Receive greetings from my wife, Maria, and from my children, Martín,
Alfredo, and Kenia. Kenia has completed her second year of high school. Thank
you for your financial support, which enabled us to cover the costs of her
transportation, food, and other supplies. I thank God for your generous
hearts, and I am confident it is the working out of your living faith as
believers in Christ, who sustains us and keeps us longing to know Him.
Brothers and sisters, we continue here learning more about
the precious and steady character of God. I had the privilege of attending the
Grace course; it was very beneficial
for edifying us in mercy and love. In addition, thank the Lord, we are
attending a leadership training program every Tuesday with the goal of
fulfilling the call and vision God has placed on our lives. Thank you,
brothers and sisters, for providing me the opportunity to be part of the body
of Christ as I see the faith you have in God for us. Thank you!
May God bless you always. Receive our greetings; we
remember you always and we love you with the love of Christ who has reconciled
us to God. Thank you and God bless!
Missionary to Cora Indians
From Arrayanes, Nayarit
La Mesa del Nayar, Nayarit
brothers and sisters. I am content in all that God is doing in my life and in
pursuing all the plans He has given me to do. I want to thank God, and all of
you who have united with me in the vision He has given me through prayer and
financial support, which has been instrumental in providing for this ministry
to children that I was able to open in Arrayanes back in January. We are
teaching the Word of God to boys and girls of all preschool and elementary
grade levels. The bulk of the financial provision was used to purchase
materials needed for evangelical outreach events during which we put on
dramas, present Bible stories and songs, provide Bible-centered crafts, and
host games that teach teamwork.
Now we are praying about beginning a
youth group, since many of the boys and girls will soon be entering junior
I want to thank you also for the
motorcycle you provided for me. It has been a blessing in my life that has
allowed me to participate in and serve as part of various ministry activities.
I also want to thank you, brothers and sisters, for being trusted friends and
examples of Christ in my life. Thank you for all that you have done. I hope
you experience God’s maximum blessing and I love you with the love of Christ.
Your friend and brother,
José Martín Garzón Solís
Pastor Amado Verdin
Lead Pastor of Casa de Oración, La Hermosa
Director of Rehabilitation Center, El Faro de Esperanza
I am pleased to report we have advanced in the legal steps for
establishing the restoration center. We were required to produce two manuals.
The first is the Organizational
Manual for The Establishment of a Residential Addiction Treatment Center.
The purpose of this manual is to provide all personnel with information about
the functions and responsibilities of each area of the center and of the staff
who work in each area. It also outlines the organizational structure of the
center. This manual will be updated periodically to reflect changes in
function, structure, and personnel who work in the center.
The second is the Procedures Manual, which is designed to
explain the procedures utilized by the center and which will be available for
personnel to consulted often as a general resource for information. It
outlines the applicable standards, processes, and steps for each phase of
treatment, in addition to clearly outlining the responsibilities of each in
order to guarantee seamless operation. This manual will be updated any time
there are changes to internal statues and regulations and/or activities or
processes that are developed within the center.
Developing and digitizing the manuals
On June 25, we had a meeting with CECA (State Counsel Against Addictions), in which we were trained as a group on how standards of practice for working within the center and how to interact with the residents.
Informally, we continue to help people with different kinds of
problems, primarily people with additions, but really, anyone who requires
help. A mother approached us requesting help for her addicted son. Since we
still do not have all the necessary details in place for admitting residential
patients in our Restoration Center, he was sent to Mazatlán where there is a
Christian Restoration Center run by a friend. While he was a resident there,
his mother attended our church in order to find treatment for her own life. In
a similar manner, a married couple (both pastors) received help with their own
restoration after backsliding into old addictions. They received support and
Bible study through Freedom in Christ
over approximately four months.
We are still waiting for CECA personnel to visit and approve (based on
our fulfillment of their requirements) the rental house where the Lighthouse
of Hope Restoration Center will be established until we are able to acquire
the land we hope to build on.
In addition, we still lack the total funds needed for the purchase of
the land where we hope to build the center facilities.
Pastor Frank Uribe
Children Feeding Program Director
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
We are the Uribe-Zavala family. We are
persevering in our calling to help and serve in the town of Paramita,
specifically the children of this town. We gather with them to fellowship, and
play, hear teaching from the Word of God, which is our primary goal. We also
provide them with a light breakfast. It has not been easy to do this because
so far we have not been able to secure any kind of resource support. All that
we do is with the few resources we are able to cover with our own meager
incomes. In fact, there are times that we are not able to continue hosting the
gatherings because our own resources are so few. We currently have several
urgent needs that we are praying for God to provide:
● Craft supplies
(crayons, paints, paper, glue, and any other art/craft supplies)
● A means of
● Funds to
purchase food for the meals we provide
● Funds to put a
roof on the meeting space we have been granted use of.
We wait on God for His favorable response to
our pleas. Thank you for your prayers and support.
José Francisco Uribe Martínez and Family
Lead Pastor of Restauración y Vida Nueva
Church Plant Pastor in Mazatan, Nayarit
Las Varas, Nayarit
This year we have been working with the church leadership
in the Freedom in Christ
discipleship course. We are very pleased with what God is doing in our lives.
We have been convicted of our need to be set free and made whole in order to
serve well. We are working hard, as much in our service areas as in our
personal lives. We send you greetings and love. Thank you very much for your
prayers, and we pray blessings on your lives.
Pastors Ruben & Carla of Restoration & Life
Ministry in Las Varas, Nayarit, Mexico