Missions Contribution 6/10/12
Our special mission contribution for Mexico and Central America is coming up in 3 weeks on June 10th. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice of so many disciples over the years supporting world missions. Hundreds of churches have been planted and tens of thousands of souls have been saved. However, our job is just beginning. There are still millions of souls yet to be saved and many more churches yet to be planted. Mexico has a population of 112,000,000 and Central America has a population of 42,000,000. Since our first church planting in 1987 in Mexico City with 13 disciples, the work in Latin America has grown to 37 churches with 8157 disciples.
We are asking every disciple to give 10 times their normal weekly contribution on our Missions Sunday. We will take our weekly contribution out of that amount and the rest will go directly to the Mexican and Central American churches.
Recently the campus ministries are seeing a revival in Latin America. In Central America the campus ministries collectively are called “Student Action.” Recently campus ministries have started in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Managua, Nicaragua; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; San Salvador, El Salvador and Xela, Guatemala . The largest university in Mexico is in Mexico City, it is called UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). It has 260,000 students registered. Plans are in the works to start a campus ministry there this year. Much of this work depends on the success of our missions contribution.
In the last two months the church in Costa Rica hosted a Women’s Day and the 67 women disciples in that church brought 100 eager visitors to learn about God. Also the San Salvador Church hosted a Men’s Day called “Courageous.” The 54 men in the church brought 104 visitors! Wilfredo Coello from the Tegucigalpa, Honduras church was the guest speaker. Additionally, many church planting are scheduled for this new year throughout Latin America.
When Mario Espinosa and his wife visited us two months ago they expressed a desire for us to have a team of disciples from the OC church of Christ to go on an evangelistic tour of some of the churches closest to Mexico City. We are in the planning stages of this so if you would like to participate just let a staff member know. What a great way to connect us emotionally and spiritually with our brothers and sisters. It will also help people become Christians and give many OC disciples a life-changing experience.
In 1989 the disciples in Boston collected a special missions contribution so that the LA church could be planted. The church in OC came from that planting. Most of the people in the OC church would have never been saved through the gospel of Christ if it were not for the generosity of those disciples. Now it is our turn. Through our generosity in this year’s missions contribution churches will be planted, campus ministries will be started and souls will be saved in Latin America. Let’s pass along the blessing that we have received.
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