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Southwestern Mexico Family of Churches

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update, Missions, Reporting

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!

2013 MLK Day of Service

Written by Ryan Weekley on . Posted in Reporting

2013 MLK Weekend of Service Update

2013 MLK GroupA huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers for this year’s MLK Weekend of Service! We had over 300 volunteers at 8 different projects throughout the weekend for the Orange County Region, and our volunteers served for a total of 636 hours last weekend! As a reminder, our projects in Orange County were part of a much bigger effort all around the Los Angeles area. From the entire LA Church of Christ, we saw over 2,570 volunteers serve for over 12,100 hours during MLK Weekend! See a great slideshow of the day.

2013 MLK Kid PaintingOur OC project locations for this year included the following : Second Harvest Food Bank, Lincoln Elementary School, Think Together – Book Doctors, Grandma’s House of Hope, Orange County Food Bank, a blood drive with the American Red Cross, and serving at two locations of the Mercy House Armory Program in Santa Ana and Fullerton.

2013 MLK Kids FieldWe know God was encouraged as His charge to serve “the least of these” was heeded in an amazing way. We are very proud of our members for giving up their time, their energy, and their hearts to serve those who are less fortunate. We want to encourage everyone involved to keep it up – continue to find ways to serve those in need through our church programs, Non-Profit projects, and by meeting simple needs you and your family notice from week to week. Thank you again for your hearts for the poor and willingness to serve, and we hope to see all of our volunteers again next year!

View the slideshow!

Our God is Greater

Written by Scott Sweeney on . Posted in Church Update

“Our God is Greater”

Vision Service for 2013

November 25, 2012

What an amazing Sunday as we got together with all the disciples in OC in order to worship God and gain faith and inspiration for 2013! The worship was electric (sometimes literally with Makoto on the guitar)! The message delivered by Kevin Mains is a “must listen to” as we focussed on Caleb and Joshua in Numbers 13 & 14. As the 12 spies scouted out the exceedingly good land, we are reminded that God has the best plan for each of our lives. Caleb had the faith to silence the nay-sayers and have the faith that “God is greater” than anything in the way of God’s people. When God makes a promise he delivers. The challenge for all of us was to be like Caleb, and have a different spirit, or to be like Joshua, who may not have silenced the people then, but he got his heart there. As we enter 2013, God has great plans for the OC Church of Christ, and we believe that when God is for us, nothing can stand against us!

We also had an extended contribution message by Jack Middlebrooks that encouraged us to give God our best, and to have the faith that God will find a way for each of us. He also briefly discussed the faith of the Israelites in the Old Testament to offer burnt offerings, where your very best was burnt up for God. His scriptures included: Leviticus 27:30, Psalm 51:16 and 1 Timothy 6:6-10. As we head into 2013, God needs desires us to be living sacrifices – for each one of us to faithfully offer our mind, body, soul, strength, and our financial resources to be offered to Him.

As we get closer to the new year we are asking every disciple to ask themselves, “Who does God want me to be in heart and action for 2013?”

We love an appreciate everyone in the OC family and the staff feels so grateful that God has put us here!

Here are some of our goals for 2012, and some good news of what God has done:

San Clemente Church

Written by Dan Roditi on . Posted in Announcements, Reporting

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

Written by Dan Roditi on . Posted in Announcements, Reporting

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

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update, Missions

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!