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Good News from Honduras!

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

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

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Missions

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

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.