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Summer Bible Study Program (Update)

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Summer Bible Study Program (Update)

The Orange County Church of Christ invites members and guests to our Summer Bible Study Program. Our goal is to provide insights and resources to help participants in making their personal Bible study more meaningful.

This summer we will study the Book of John (New Testament) and the Book of Daniel (Old Testament.) Our main teacher will be Dr. Jaime De Anda, with a special session led by Dr. John Oakes of the San Diego Church of Christ.

CALENDAR UPDATE: Classes will begin on Sunday June 23 (not on June 16 as previously announced!) from 7:00-8:00 PM, and will meet every Sunday until August 11. All sessions will be at 10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92604.

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

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Mexico City Church: University City Mission

UNAM Aerial

Note: This is a report from Victor Nava, campus ministry leader in Mexico City

We are grateful that this year the Mexico City Church restarted the campus ministry at the National University (UNAM.) We believe that God has great plans for the youth of our nation (Ecclesiastes 12:1), because many people forge their beliefs, convictions, life philosophy, etc., during their college years

We are grateful to the Los Angeles Church of Christ for helping us financially and spiritually to rebuild this campus ministry. UNAM is the largest university in Latin America, with around 250, 000 students.

We started this mission with 20 church members in December of 2012, holding two morning and two afternoon Bible study groups on campus. This year we’ve had four major events:

  • A leadership training retreat in January.
  • An evangelistic campaign in February, titled “Valiente” (Bold), with 60 visitors.
  • A friendship-building Student Mini- Olympics in April
  • A car-wash in May to help fund-raising for our church’s Special Contribution.
  • Four baptisms: Edgar, Itzel, Dalia and Tania!

We are inspired by the the testimonials of the young people who have been baptized. Edgar Cortes had visited the church a year ago when his sister got baptized. She eventually decided to leave the church, but Edgar, who was initially very apathetic about Christianity, later on started to search on his own. He showed up at church one Sunday, met some of the college disciples, began to study the Bible, and he was baptized a month later!

Tania is an education major. One of her high school friends, who had become a disciple of Jesus, ran into her at the university and invited her to church. Tania wanted to be right with God, but she was afraid of the commitment of discipleship. But as she studied the Bible, she gained more faith. She had to break up with a boyfriend, but in May she got baptized. And, very soon, her parents will also get baptized!

Bible Talk at UNAM

Bible Talk at UNAM

Our new brother Edgar Cortes

Our new brother Edgar Cortes

Tania getting baptized

Tania getting baptized

Please keep us in your prayers as we try to bring glory to God and honor him with much spiritual fruit…

Victor Nava, UNAM Mission Leader (Mexico City)

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!

Church in Fullerton

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New Worship in Fullerton on Easter Sunday

New Beginnings

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18,19)

Announcing a new worship service in Fullerton on Easter Sunday at 10 AM!

Ladera VistaLadera Vista Junior High School
1700 E. Wilshire Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831

Fresh Start, Clean Slate, Do-Over, No Worries, New Man, Turn Around, New Beginnings…These words describe the good news and the hope of change that Jesus brought into our world! Everywhere he went there were lives that were changed and touched both spiritually and physically. As a church we have the same vision to bring this good news to all of Orange County and to the world!

We are excited to begin a new church in Fullerton on Easter Sunday of 2013! What an appropriate day to start as we focus on the glory of the resurrected Jesus and the life and vision that he brought to the church that he established. God has arranged a large team of about 300 disciples for this mission northward – from the marrieds, EDGE, campus and teen ministries. He is calling us higher and sending us out with faith into his harvest field.

Over two years ago, we prayed and fasted that God would give us a dream and vision for Orange County. We believe he answered this prayer by showing us the physical and spiritual needs in the over 3 million people here in the OC. Our prayer and vision, as the leadership team of the Orange County Church of Christ, is to have at least 7 worship services throughout Orange County and a church of over 2,500 disciples by the year 2020! They will consist of 4 English speaking services and 3 services in our International Ministry – in Spanish, Korean & Vietnamese.

Please be praying for our new Fullerton worship Center and our future worship centers by the year 2020. Our current target areas are: Costa Mesa/Newport Beach, San Clemente, and Anaheim, as well in our International Ministry – Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese!

Special Note: Starting on March 31st at our services will begin at the new time of 10 a.m. also!

Location of our new service:

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