Good News from Honduras!

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Good News from Honduras!

Today we bring you a testimonial from a sister in Honduras, Mary Tabora. We hope that her story inspires you to trust that God always works out situations so that we may get to know Him and serve Him…

The Moreno  FamilyMy name is Mary Tabora. I grew up in a religious household; as a child I loved reading the Bible. But I resented our family’s strict religiosity, and I developed a view of God as a punisher. My sister Alma became a Christian in Boston in 1986, but she had to return to Honduras in 1988 when her student visa expired. She shared a few Bible studies with me. But we didn’t have any discipling churches in the area like the one that Alma knew in Boston. In 1995 the San Pedro Sula church was planted. Alma had been in Honduras for 7 years, and now she had a church … 4 ½ hours away! I saw my sister travel each week to San Pedro to worship with the church. Her commitment impacted me: I renewed my Bible studies and was baptized in 1996! And I began to make the weekly trips to San Pedro with Alma and my four children, for midweek and Sunday services; we did that for four years! My husband and the rest of our family were not happy with this. I kept on praying for my family, and I kept inviting my husband to church.

In 2000 the church was planted in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Tegucigalpa is closer to Comayagua, so our weekly trips to church were shorter. God has blessed me with so many answered prayers. My husband was baptized in 2010, after fourteen years of prayers! And two years later, in 2012, the church was officially planted in my city of Comayagua, where we already had 22 disciples! Three of my children are disciples: my two daughters are involved in the worship ministry and my oldest son leads the singles ministry. I am very grateful to God, to my sister Alma, and to those who have sacrificed to help plant our three churches in Honduras!

If you would like to know more about the churches in Honduras, please go to their website. You can also follow the Comayagua Church on Facebook.

J. De Anda

Southwestern Mexico Family of Churches

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The Southwest Mexico Family of Churches

In just a few weeks, the members of the Orange County Church will be collecting the annual Special Missions Contribution. As part of this effort, $275,000 will be allocated to support our sister churches in Mexico and Central America. Today we want to share great news from one of the ministry groups that benefit from our financial and spiritual support: the Southwestern Mexico family of churches.

SW Mexico Map

The 10 churches in the Southwest Family of Churches

The Southwestern Mexico family of churches includes eight regions of the Mexico City Church plus nine other churches in the country. The congregational groups range in membership from 18 (Acapulco) to 315 (Narvarte), for a total membership of almost 2100 disciples. Some of the churches are led by full-time ministers and some are led by volunteer ministry leaders. Mario and Angelica Espinosa oversee the whole group.

The group slogan is: “A Great Family Seeking to Serve a Loving Father”

SW Mexico Leaders

Ministry Leaders of the Churches

Good News:

  • As of April of 2013, over 60 people have been baptized this year.
  • A new HOPE worldwide medical clinic was inaugurated in Mexico City.
  • The campus ministry at the National University of Mexico was launched with an evangelistic conference that brought over 100 visitors.
  • Virtual devotionals are held every month by webconferencing to encourage and help the leaders of the various ministry groups, most of whom are not financially able to travel.
  • The Singles ministry in Mexico City organized a retreat near the Teotihuacan pyramids: over 250 single disciples attended.

Challenges and Dreams:

  • Planning to have our first summer camp for teens and pre-teens of the Mexico City Church.
  • Hosting the 12th National Conference for Single Disciples.
  • Praying for a location and finances to host a Conference for all the churches in Mexico in October. It has been five years since the whole Mexico City Church (3,800 members) has been able to have a full congregational meeting.
  • Praying for explosive growth in our campus ministries.
  • Praying to be able to identify and train future elders.
  • For contact information, please visit our MCA Missions website, MCA Missions.

Brothers and sisters, let’s remember that our missions contribution helps these churches evangelize their respective cities. Let’s continue to pray for the disciples in Mexico!

San Clemente Church

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San Clemente Worship

We are very excited to share about our first San Clemente vision worship service. Over 40 people were in attendance, several of whom had never visited the church. We had a great time singing worship songs with the help of some of our campus students. Also, Mike and Julie Payne and Nick and Sandra Johnson (San Clemente residents) welcomed everyone and led our thoughts for the Lord’s Supper. It was an honor for me personally (Dan Roditi) to be able to preach because I lived in San Clemente for years and went to High School there. Many of us had friends there and we even had someone who was driving by, saw our sign and decided to come in and worship with us. It was a great victory for God and all those who live in San Clemente, San Juan, and Dana Point. Our vision and prayer is to eventually have a service consistently meeting in that part of the county. For the coming year, we would like to have at least 3 more services in San Clemente and neighboring cities. Please pray for us that will continue to move hearts to see many more come to Christ in the southern coast of O.C.

Children’s Play

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Lost and Found!

The Orange County Church proudly presented the children’s play “Lost at Sea.” It was a fun, inspirational play put on by Michelle Voccola and Charles and Teresa Lennox. They did a fabulous job rehearsing for three months with the children who participated in the play. This production was a musical filled with a spiritual message about seeking Christ in a lost world. Children and adults alike left feeling encouraged to reach out to their friends and family and humming catchy tunes.

MCA Update

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OC Reaches Missions Goal!

Since the year 2000, the Orange County Church of Christ has partnered with churches in Latin America to ensure that people in the rest of the continent have the opportunity to receive the Word of God. The church here has donated millions of dollars toward that mission field, and this year was no exception. As announced a few weeks ago by evangelist Kevin Mains, this year the Orange County Church of Christ has raised $275,000 to support churches in Mexico and Central America!

As President of MCA Missions, which is in charge of distributing funds, I want to thank each and every member of the OC Church for your generosity. I am very aware of the sacrifices that many of you had to make this year, especially during a difficult time in our economy. You have chosen to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth (Matthew 6:19-21). Please believe with all your heart that your gift will be blessed by God. On behalf of our brothers and sisters in Mexico and Central America, thank you!

Exciting things that have happened this year

  • The brothers and sisters in Honduras welcomed the newest addition to the family: the planting of a church in the city of Comayagua!
  • The church in Guadalajara (Mexico) celebrated the appointment of Francisco and Angelica Botello as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader, respectively!
  • Led by Marcelo and Maria Gema Carcamo from San Salvador, the campus ministry in Central America is experiencing a great revival, with Bible Talks in major universities and many students being baptized and trained to impact the next generation!
  • In spite of the wave of violence that has struck fear in the hearts of citizens of many cities in Northern Mexico, the churches there continue to preach the gospel boldly and to make disciples.

We still face major challenges, but the churches in the region are praying and preparing to meet the needs. One of our greatest challenges is to build a powerful campus ministry at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). This huge campus that instructs tens of thousands of young men and women was the main mission field when the Mexico City Church was planted in 1987; however, due to lack of resources this ministry has decreased in its impact. Thanks to the missions contributions of the Orange County Church and of other ministries in the larger fellowship of the Los Angeles International Church of Christ, we hope to be able to hire a full-time ministry couple to re-launch this very important ministry at UNAM!

You can visit us at The Mission Diaries for more news and testimonials. Thanks for your partnership in the gospel of Christ!

 

Orange County Parenting Workshop

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Raising Hope

The Orange County Church of Christ is hosting our 2nd Annual Family Day and Carnival on September, 30, 2012 at 10 AM at our building on 10 Goodyear, Irvine. The theme this year is “Raising Hope”. Raising children in our world today can be a scary undertaking given the moral decay of our society. Just listening to the news each day can produce feelings of concern and fear as we think about what the future holds for our children. How can we have hope for a brighter future and hope that our families can shine like stars in this world? During the worship service, Mike and Libby Rock, our guest speakers, will answer this question by sharing God’s Word and their lives. Their story and message is not only for those who are married but also for teens, campus students and singles because every generation needs hope that they too can build an incredible family for future generations. Register for the carnival by clicking here: Orange County Family Carnival.

Mike & Libby Rock have been married 31 years and have raised two awesome boys – Jake, 25 who is married to Kelsey, and Scott, 21. The Rocks have undergone many spiritual tests that they have allowed to refine their characters, unite them as a family and bring them all closer to God. Mike and Libby have spent many years of their lives serving families in churches all over the world, so they are very aware and in tune to the needs and challenges of family life. They have served in the ministry all around the U.S. – including California, Colorado, Arizona and Florida and have been courageously involved with churches in the Middle East, and have helped to plant