2015 Update

Thanks for your interest in our work! We apologize that we have had to take a long “layoff” due to circumstances beyond our control. First, our editor, Dr. J. De Anda, changed jobs in 2014; he is still serving MCA Missions but on a volunteer-basis. Although he has been updating our Facebook page regularly, he hasn’t had the time to keep The Mission Diaries updated.

And secondly, our website services went offline; we have just gotten our websites restored.

We have great stories to share with you; however, most of our news content will be posted at our Facebook page from now on. We will use this blog to bring you more comprehensive content about our mission work. Our next post will take us back in time to the 1st Century and the Apostle Paul’s mission in Thessalonica. Dr. De Anda will share some insights about the Apostle’s mission work and how we can derive lessons for the church of the 21st Century.

Please keep us in your Bookmarks list and continue to monitor this blog!

Your family in Christ.

Mexico and Central America (MCA) Missions

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2014 Central American Conference

A great event happened during the weekend of June 12-15 this year: the Central American Conference. Titled “A sus pies” (At His Feet), the conference was hosted by the Managua (Nicaragua) Church of Christ. Hundreds of Christians from all over Central America, as well as many from the U.S. met for four days of fellowship, worship and learning. Here is a brief photo-tour, with images courtesy of the Facebook pages of the Conference and of PAI (Proyecto Alabanza Internacional.)

Miinistry leaders Rudy and Myrna Andino welcome the participants

 

Thursday evening audience

 

Folk dance by teen group of Malpaisillo Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singers leading worship time

Evangelist Jose Luis Estrada leads class for youth group

 

Ah! The morning coffee!

Lowell and Angie Hoover from the Charleston Church

Walter Kotkowski (HOPE worldwide) preparing for his class with his translator, Estuardo Vazquez (Guatemala)

Evangelists Alex Paiz (Guatemala) and Jay Minor (Los Angeles)

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Mexico City Campus Ministry: March 31, 2014, Report

We are honored to share the great news from UNAM, the Mexico City Church’s campus ministry!

The year began with a retreat of all the ministry group leaders in Mexico City, held on January 25-26. At the end of the retreat, our college group went forward to give a special thanks to all of the Mexico City church for their support of this ministry. This young campus ministry let everyone in the audience know that there is a hope for the next generation in Mexico City. Everyone in the room was inspired!

Two students were baptized in January: Karem who is an accounting major, and Liz who is a Law student.

Baptism of Liz, a law student at UNAM.

 

Ruben (center), first student baptized at the Polytechnic Institute this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February we asked church members to join our second campus mission: “Mision Zacatenco.” Around 13 students from various colleges joined the team to start a ministry at Mexico City’s second largest campus: the National Polytechnic Institute. By the end of March, two students had been baptized at the “Poli”: Ruben, a Computer Systems student, and Samuel, a Communications Engineering major.

In March we also had an evangelistic conference titled “Does God Exist?” with special guest speaker Arturo Elizarraras, an evangelist and teacher for the Mexico City Church. Over 160 people were in attendance.

We had a few more baptisms in March. Abigail, another Law student, and Zully, a Chemistry major, were baptized at UNAM.

One very inspiring conversion was that of Miguel, who is actually from the city of Torreon in northern Mexico. When he studied the Bible, he decided to take repentance seriously: he knew that he needed to apologize to his family and other people in Torreon for things he had done in the past. The campus Bible study group helped him sell candy so he could round up the money to pay for his trip to Torreon, where he was able to apologize and share his faith with his family and friends. He was baptized at the end of March.

We have had other blessings: several couples have started dating, and one of them -Rafael and Yosahandi- who were on the UNAM mission team in the beginning, got engaged!

As always, we want to express our gratitude to all of you for your generous offerings and prayers.

Now to him who is able  to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV)

Victor and Sandra Nava

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Article: Funding and Resources in MCA Missions

At times people ask us how it all works: missions donations, operations, distribution of funds. Please go to this page to read an informational article about how MCA Missions operates and how the present budget is structured.

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Mexico City Campus Ministry Update – December 2013

(Today’s post comes from Victor Nava, evangelist and campus minister for the Mexico City Church of Christ.)

Greetings from Mexico City! It is a pleasure to share the good news about what God has done in our church’s Campus Ministry.

On August 4 we had our 1st College Camp, entitled “A New Generation.” Between church members and visitors we had 44 college students who shared in an inspiring weekend of classes, sports, group dynamics, and spiritual devotionals. After a mountain hike and a time of prayer and worship, all the participants made a personal commitment (signed and thumb printed!) of giving their lives to God.

2013 Mexico City College Camp participants

God has been working powerfully in the hearts of many college students. Tatiana, a Chemistry student at UNAM (National University of Mexico), completed her Bible studies after the camp and was baptized that same month.

In September we had an evangelistic conference entitled “Believe.” Seventy-nine students came to the event, where the guest speaker was evangelist Mario Espinosa. Later that month we had a Mexican Fiesta and a Talent Show, both of which were great times for fun and family-building. Ignacio, an Engineering student, was baptized in September!

October was a month of service. We went to the Izcalli Region, the northernmost ministry of the Mexico City Church, and we organized a full Sunday service for that group. We shared our faith, passion and joy with the Izcalli disciples. Later in October, the campus ministry members also volunteered to help organize and support the Mexico Church Leaders Retreat that took place in Mexico City.

Yessenia, a Math major, was baptized in October. And we also had our first dating couple, Aldo and Angy!

“Where Are You Looking?” was the title of our final evangelistic conference of the year. We held the event in November, and our guest speaker was Reyes Ledesma, who with his wife Miriam leads the Iztapalapa Region of the Mexico City Church. We had 91 in attendance, and we saw two young men get baptized: Guillermo, a Chemistry major, and Jose Manuel,  a freshman.

We closed out the year in December with a family group leaders retreat. We are very happy because we started the year with 8 family group leaders and ended with 12! We also had a wonderful Christmas Gala celebration!

2013 Mexico City College Family Group Leaders Retreat

The campus ministry at UNAM began 2013 with 20 members. God added 6 men and 6 women. Four other Christian students transferred to UNAM, so we are starting 2014 with 36 disciples of Christ on campus! Praise God!

Thank you, brothers and sisters of the Los Angeles Church, for your spiritual and financial support. May God reward you for all you have done for us!

1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

Psalms 20:1-5 (NIV)

Victor and Sandra Nava (Mexico City)

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