National Leadership Conference 2016

Thank you for your prayers for our Leadership Conference. Praise the Lord, we had 16 people that surrendered their lives to serve our Lord and Savior full time! We also had an attendance of 550 people and among them, we had 44 Pastors, assistant Pastors and Missionaries attending our Conference. We had the privilege to have the following guest speakers during our conference: Pastor Kevin Wynne, from Mexico City; Pastor Luis Ramos, from San Luis Potosí; Pastor Luis Parada, from Long Beach, CA; Pastor Oscar Galvan, from Sahuarita, AZ; Pastor Gil Torres, from San Diego, CA; and Pastor Alejandro Cordova, from Celaya, GTO. All of them were used by God greatly to bring exactly what we needed!

Group that surrendered for full-time service

Group that surrendered for full-time service

Group of Pastors and Missionaries that attended our conference

Group of Pastors and Missionaries that attended our conference

20,000 Tracts – Battle of Puebla Parade

As we do every year, we were able to go early on the morning of “Cinco de Mayo” and give 20,000 tracts just before the Battle-of-Puebla-Parade started. Our family had 1,000 tracts, and we gave them out in less than 30 minutes. One young men that we sitting waiting for the parade to start, helped my oldest son Japheth, to give out some tracts to the group of people around him. I even took some pictures of this “unbeliever” helping us give away these Gospel tracts! Praise the Lord many, many people were reading these tracts, and I am sure, many got saved!

My son and an "unbeliever" giving out tracts during the parade of "5 de Mayo"

My son and an “unbeliever” giving out tracts during the parade of “5 de Mayo”

Giving 20,000 tracts during the "5 de Mayo" Parade here in Puebla

Giving 20,000 tracts during the “5 de Mayo” Parade here in Puebla

Update on New Property

I would like to thank all those who had been praying for the purchase of our new church property. The owner accepted our proposal and within 30 days we were able to come up with the first 1 million pesos! We only had 300k and God provided the rest through a series of miracles. The first one is that our church gave an extra 300k pesos within 20 days! The last miracle is that we were still short 120k pesos and a brother from another church new about our need and gave the rest of the money! We are so excited about this answer to prayer. We have been looking for a new place for our church for quite-a-while. This new place has 800 square meters of land and is a little over three times the size of our current place. Our 14th anniversary is the first week of July and we would like to have our first service in the new place by then. Pray that this will happen!

New Church Property here in Puebla

New Church Property here in Puebla

New Church Property here in Puebla

New Church Property here in Puebla

Soulwinning

Naason Joaquin Garcia

Few days ago, my wife and I were witnessing to a man named Raul Jimenez. We were in an area that is inundated with people from a sect named “Luz del Mundo” (Light of the World). This sect buys and rents houses all around their main church, and is very difficult to find people that does not attend this church. This sect is very similar to the Mormon church; it is like the Mexican version of it. They worship an “Apostle” named Naasón Joaquín García. Anyway, after I was done talking to Raul, I asked him if he wanted to pray and ask God to save him; he, without hesitation, bowed his head and started to pray by himself, a very honest prayer for God to save him. Praise the Lord for God’s grace, and for one more person going to Heaven!

Prayer Request

Please pray that we can sell our current church building at a good price and fast! so we can finish paying the new church property. The owner is giving us three months after the first down payment to pay the rest of the money for the new property. Thank you!

May 19th by Arturo Munoz

Our 2014 Leadership Conference in Puebla

What a blessing it was to host again our Annual Leadership Conference here in Puebla. We had a great number of people coming from different Churches and States, as well as Pastors. This year we had nine people surrendering for full-time-service! What a privilege to see more laborers willing to go to the fields to reach more souls for Christ!

The choir of our church singing a special during the conference

The choir of our church singing a special during the Conference

9 people surrendered for full time service

9 people surrendered for full time service

We had also great speakers coming to our conference to preach. We had Pastor Ezequiel Salazar from Ontario, CA, Pastor Luis Parada from Long Beach, CA and Pastor Alejandro Cordova from Celaya, Guanajuato. All of them were a tremendous blessing! Our church had a week of praying and fasting (different people for one day) and we sure saw God working in everybody’s hearts!

Pastor Ezquiel Salazar teaching on Leadership to the Pastors

Pastor Ezequiel Salazar teaching on Leadership to the Pastors that attended the Conference

This year, on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th, same day our conference started) we went out to the parade that is organized in our city every year, and we gave out 20,000 tracts! What a blessing it was to see many of our church members taking charge and going out to the streets of Puebla and giving the Gospel to the people of Puebla. Our goal this year is to give out 170,000 tracts. Please pray for us so that we can permeate Puebla with the Gospel.

Giving out 20,000 tracts during the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Puebla

Giving out 20,000 tracts during the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Puebla

Our oldest kids giving out tracts before the Cinco de Mayo Parade

Our oldest kids giving out tracts before the Cinco de Mayo Parade

Thank you to many of you that sent emails and notes to us saying that you were praying for the Conference and for the 20,000 tracts. We would like to invite you next year during the Cinco de Mayo parade so you can also help us to give out more tracts.

God bless you,

In Christ,

Arturo Munoz and Family
Missionaries in Puebla, Mexico.

May 16th by Arturo Munoz

2013 Leadership Conference in Puebla, MEX.

2013 Leadership Conference in Puebla, MEX.

This last week we had our annual revival conference in our church in Mexico. We had an amazing time with 470 people attending the conference, and 27 surrendered their life for full time service! We also had 30 different pastors and missionaries that came from seven different states to attend the conference.

2013 Leadership Conference in Puebla, MEX

We had 470 people in attendance during our Conference. We had to rent a building to have our Conference there.

Our guest speakers were: Pastor Luis Ramos from San Luis Potosí, Pastor Luis Parada from Long Beach, CA, Pastor Alejandro Córdova from Celaya, Mexico and Pastor Kevin Wynne from Mexico City.

27 People Surrendered for Full Time Service!

27 People Surrendered for Full Time Service!

Sunday was Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) and we went to give out 20,000 tracts to the people that went to see the city’s parade celebrating the Battle of Puebla. We started at 8:00 am and by 8:45 am we were done! Many people come to see the parade every year and we hope that many got saved while waiting and reading one of the tracts.

We gave out 20,000 Tracts during the 5 de Mayo Parade in Puebla!

This is the tract that we gave out during the parade. I can send you the format if you want to print some.

We gave out 20,000 Tracts during the 5 de Mayo Parade in Puebla!

We gave out 20,000 Tracts during the 5 de Mayo Parade in Puebla!

We gave out 20,000 Tracts during the 5 de Mayo Parade in Puebla!

We gave out 20,000 Tracts during the 5 de Mayo Parade in Puebla!

That same Sunday, we had three people saved in our church on Sunday morning and one young girl named Karina got baptized. Praise the Lord!

Karina was baptized last Sunday

Karina was baptized last Sunday

Thank you for all of your prayers!

For the souls of Puebla,

Missionary Arturo Munoz

May 14th by Arturo Munoz

Ok. I have a lot of news, but this one is the most important right now. We are taking a short furlough to the States, and we are leaving Mexico on August the 24th.

Lord willing we will be driving through Monterrey and then to the border. Please pray for us as we drive from Monterrey to the border on the 25th since that 3 hour drive is a little scary right now. Although I have been asking around, and they say it is ok to drive during the day… and believe me, we are driving during the day.

We are taking this furlough because of finances. We are living through very exciting times here in Mexico right now. But at the same time our finances are not going well. We are going back to California for the period of four months, from September to December. Please pray that more churches will be willing to take us as their missionaries.

The kids are excited as well, we will be able to enroll them in the Christian school in Vista California during the time we are there. Grandpa and grandma are happy for our long “vacation” that we are taking. But actually, we will be very busy going to churches and presenting our work in different places. If you know of a church that is looking into taking “veteran” missionaries in Mexico, please let us know. My cellphone number while in the States is: 760-331-7691.

Bible Institute

While we go to the States, we are going to “run” a Bible Institute in Mexico. Our last semester we gave 6 hours a week of classes. This time, we are changing our Bible Institute to be in the morning time (from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm).  And three times a week. This will make a total of 12 hours a week. We are very excited about this — and a little sad too, because I won’t be here. My brother-in-law Alejandro will be taking over the church during the time we are gone. I am planning to come back to Mexico at least twice to oversee the work and make sure everything is going ok. (I am also suppose to do a wedding on December the 28th).

Trip to Celaya

Every three years there is a very special Bible conference in the city of Celaya, Guanajuato. Bro. Alejandro Cordova is the Pastor there. Our plan was to leave Puebla last Monday and go to the conference, but a dear lady of our church passed away and had to postpone our trip for Wednesday. The name of this dear lady is Mrs. Alicia Andrade. She was a Sunday School teacher for 60 years! (before she and her husband came to our church 7 years ago) Imagine what an impact she had in the life of little boys and girls, as they heard Mrs Andrade give out the class. She was 86 years old. Please pray for her husband and family as they go through this difficult time.

We were able to hear good preaching in Celaya, and see some good friends during the conference. There were over 3,000 people saved through the soulwinning efforts door-to-door during the conference. Also, there were over 3,000 people that attended the conference from different parts of Mexico. Some even from the US, like my friend Darrell Hurst that pastors in Williamsburg, KY. I bought all the preaching in MP3, and if you are interested, you can subscribe to my podcast in iTunes, as I will be uploading them soon there.

Vacation Bible Schools

This coming Tuesday, we are starting our vacation Bible Schools here in Puebla. This time we are going to held them at three different places. Our goal is to one day have VBS in as much as 50 places or colonias at the same time. Please pray that the kids will come and that a good presentation of the Gospel will be given out. Our VBS run from Tuesday through Saturday, so that Sunday, we can bring them to church and give them their diplomas for attending. We are encouraging moms and dads to come and see their kids receive their diplomas and at the same time present the Gospel to them in case they haven’t heard.

Our Mission Church

Iglesia Bautista en Puebla

Minutes before preaching in our Mission Church here in Puebla, Mexico

Our mission church is going well. Bro. Erik let me know that last Sunday night they had 70 in attendance, with no promotions whatsoever! And that Saturday they had 25 people that came to church to go out soulwinning! How exciting. To God be the glory. Puebla is a big city in need of the Gospel. My prayer is that we can start ten more mission churches in Puebla in the next ten years. Pray that you can too be a part of this! Thank you.

Aug 12th by Arturo Munoz

We praise the Lord for the 10 first time visitors that we had today! I don’t know yet how many of them got saved, but at least two of them.

Today we started our spring program to invite people to our church. We have a competition to see who brings the most visitors between the men and the women of our church.

We are giving a small first gift to those who bring their first visitor. After that, the next award is for those that bring 5 visitors and then a bigger gift for those that bring 10 visitors.

Each visitor counts for 200 points. And each repeat visitor during our campaign counts for 100 points. That’s it. The person that bring the most visitors we are going to give them TWO free passes to go to the Restaurante La Estancia Argentina de Puebla. (Which is a very nice restaurant were every stake is worth $35 dollars – to my taste, the best in Puebla.)

The Spring Program will last for 7 weeks. Which will end right before our Big Annual Conference in May. This year we have invited Bro. Luis Ramos from San Luis Potosí, Bro. Luis Parada from Long Beach, CA, Bro. Alejandro Córdova from Celaya, GTO, and Bro. Ezequiel Salazar from Ontario, CA. Please pray that this conference will be a blessing to the preachers, pastors and missionaries in the area, as well as the people from the different churches around Puebla.

Please Pray For More Churches in Puebla

This last Friday I receive a phone call from Bro. Manuel Garcia, a current Pastor in Guaymas, SON. He said that he has been praying to come to Puebla as a missionary. I mentioned to him that we are also praying to start our second mission church here in Puebla in the west side of our city. (About 6 month ago we had a married couples meeting in an area names Tres Cruces ‘three crosses’ and God laid in my hart to start praying for this needed area. About 500,000 people live in the area of our city still unreached. Puebla has over two million people right now!) So, I mentioned all of this to Bro. Garcia and he got all excited about coming to Puebla. He is visiting us for a survey trip next month. We would like to help him to start a church here in Puebla, but we can only help with about $30 or $40 dollars a week.

God has also laid in my heart to start one mission church a year here in the city for the following ten years. Please pray for this project. Maybe God can use you to come and start a church with us and be a blessing to the people of Puebla. My desire is to see dozens if not hundreds of churches that reach the lost here in Puebla.

If you would like to commit to help Bro. Garcia start a church here in Puebla, let me know. I know that were are going to need money to rent a building. Buy some chairs. Get a projector for him and speakers and mics. Maybe you can even pray to buy him a car. I am serious! While he was in Guymas, he said that many churches in the States donated vans for him so he could pick up people to bring to church. He said that he is not bringing any of the vans because they are needed in the church that he started 10 years ago. What a blessing.

Our Missionary Friend

Bethany's Birthday

Bethany's Birthday

Last Saturday we were invited by Bro. Tim Aguiar –our friend here in Puebla — we need more friends like him 🙂 –for his daughter’s birthday. We also met Bro. Dale Aguiar for the second time. He is preaching in Bro. Tim’s church this Monday and Tuesday. We are taking our church over to hear Bro. Dale preach and I know it will be a blessing. It was a blessing to hear him preach in our church about a year and a half ago before his son started his own church in the East side of Puebla.

Our Church Expansion

Last week we also had two architects come and see our church to give us an estimate to know how much will take us to expand our church auditorium. Right now we can only fit 90 people and every Sunday we had to put chairs in the aisles and outside the auditorium. Please keep us in your prayers as we wait and see how God direct us in doing this. We are expecting two more architects this week to come and give us estimates also. We have saved some money, but we still don’t know if it will be enough.

Bibles

If you know of anyone in the States that ships Bibles to Mexico let me know. Lately, we have had many people in our church asking us for Bibles. We need about 50 Bibles right now to give away. People want Bibles but for many of them they are too expensive. If you can donate some Bibles to us, that will be a blessing.

Here in the address where you can ship them, if that is what God puts in your heart:

Iglesia Cristiana Bautista
11 Sur #7904, Col. Mayorazgo
Puebla, PUE 72450

Thank you and God bless you!

In Christ,

Arturo Muñoz and Family

Mar 26th by Arturo Munoz

Arturo Muñoz, Pastor Luis Parada and Pastor Luis Ramos

Arturo Muñoz, Pastor Luis Parada and Pastor Luis Ramos

This last Monday we started our Biggest Conference of the Year which is our “Conferencia de los Fundamentos.” This year we invited Pastor Luis Ramos from San Luis Potosí, Pastor Luis Parada from Long Beach, CA, and Pastor Alejandro Córdova from Celaya, Guanajusto. It was a great Bible conference to say the least. God blessed in a tremendous way and we had many testimonies from people that came from afar and also people from our own church that the conference was a big blessing for their lifes. We started our conference Monday afternoon with two preachings and continued with five sessions on Tuesday morning and two more preachings on Tuesday night. We had the same schedule for Wednesday. We spent over $25,000 pesos but it was well worth it. At the beginning of the conference we only had like $500 pesos and God provided exactly what we needed for the whole conference. I don’t know the exact number that we had every night, but it was probably close to 250 people. We were hoping to have over 350, but still God moved in a marvelous way. I would like to thank all of you that knew about our conference and that were praying for us.

Now that the conference is over, we are getting ready to start our building plan. We have over $13,000 dollars to do this and we are excited about expanding our auditorium. We know that it is going to be a challenge and we ask you to pray for this as well. If you would like in any way to help with this, please let me know. Every dollar counts! As well as every prayer! We will be updating you with our progress and we hope to finish this as soon as possible. Today we had over 160 people in church and there was no room to seat everybody in our small auditorium.

Mother’s Day

Baptist Church Mother's Day

In Mexico, Mother’s day is celebrated on May 10th. Every year we invite all the mothers to come and spend a special day in our church. Today we had 46 mothers! Many of them were brought to church by Mrs. Medel, the lady that I spoke of on our last update. And every year we have two or three special gifts that we randomly give away to them. Two year ago we had a huge big nice microwave! This year we had over $100 dollars worth of gifts. Some small gifts include a nice 6×8 picture with a beautiful background and a Bible verse. We also give them one rose to each one of them. And then the three special gifts: A nice mirror with a light, a set of pans, and a set of pirex glass bowls, which we bought at Costco here in Puebla. Well… One of the special gifts went to Mrs. Medel — the lady I told you about last week — I believe God rewarded her efforts and faithfulness. Another special gift went to Mrs. Tere, which help Mrs. Medel with the Bible club that they teach every Saturday. (God also rewarded her sacrifice and love for the kids.) And the last gist went to a lady that has been faithful to our church for over a year now. She told me, Pastor, can I take the mirror home. I just like it! I said, if your ticket gets picked, you can take it! … and guess what happened? She won the mirror that she wanted, and she was very excited and happy!

Today we had two first time visitors and one man saved!

Please pray for me, as this Saturday and Sunday I am going to Mexico City to preach a missions conference with Bro. Clint Rardin.

May 08th by Arturo Munoz

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