Temple Baptist Church in Herdnon, VA

Temple Baptist Church in Herndon, VA

This last Sunday, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Temple Baptist Church in Herndon, Virginia. We were in the Washington, DC area for few days and we found this church close to the place were we were staying. The nice thing about this church (besides the great bible preaching and friendliness) is that they start at 9:00 AM! So, Nicole and I enjoyed this because the earlier the fresher our minds are, and also we get to do some sightseeing after church. The church was packed! They had over 25 visitors! I wonder if they included us? Anyway. Sunday School was great. And I learned a lot. On of the things I learned was that in the Air Force, one of the things they teach after you pass your Freshman year is this: Every Single Freshman Can Graduate! (This is a 5 point outline!)

  1. Expectations or teaching. (We should teach our kids to have initiative)
  2. Skills or training (Teaching is more than telling… is doing)
  3. Feedback or inspect (Follow up with what you tell your kids to do)
  4. Consequences or discipline (Consequences could be good or back)
  5. Growth (This eventually bring character to your kids and they learn to mature)

Unexpected Funeral

Last Tuesday while I was out of the house visiting some members of our church, my wife got a phone call. They were calling from the States, from the Spanish Church of Fellowship Baptist Church in NC. They wanted us to visit some relatives, specially the father-in-law that was very sick and dieing. Wednesday morning, at about 5 AM, they called us back to let us know that he had already died. The good thing was that he was already saved. In fact I met him about 3 years ago when we went to the States for a short furlough. So, Wednesday morning I went to visit the family to see what we could do for them and how we could help them. At night I had the opportunity to preach to a large crowd in the little village about 30 from Puebla. I preached a clear Bible message on how to get saved. I don’t know if any got saved. No one raised their hand, but I pray that at least someone listened and made a decision. Thursday morning Bro. Alejandro Ruiz, my assistant and brother-in-law went back and preached during the burial.It’s interesting they way they do this in Mexico. Bro. Garcia died Wednesday morning and he was buried the very next day on Thursday!

Our Hospital Ministry

Last week we had 12 people saved at the General Hospital and 1,000 tracts were given out! This ministry is mainly for the ladies in our church and they Really do a good job talking to people in a very caring way and then showing them the Gospel and telling them how they can get saved. Please pray for the dear people that get saved because many times we don’t see them again. We try to get as much information as possible from them, including email address to stay in touch and email them Bible Studies. But many times the only thing we can get in their names since they don’t have a way to receive regular mail in their little communities in the mountains. We pray for them all of the time that they will find a good Bible teaching church. We have seen hundreds saved since the beginning of the year and over 20,000 tracts given just at this hospital.

3 saved on Sunday!

Thursday we had to fly out to the States for a quick trip and we came back to Puebla today (Monday). It seems that every time we are gone our church gets packed! We had on Sunday a full house with 4 first time visitors and 3 people that got saved!

Thank you for praying for Rachel as she is doing much better with her finger. (Someone threw a rock at it last week)

Nicole and the kids are doing fine. Caitlyn, our baby girl, is almost a year old on June 28. And in few day Nicole and I will be celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary!

Pray for Bro. Raul Castillo, the man that help us with the Christian Magazine El Fundamentalista, he was traveling in Torreon last week with his brother and a group of men, on a black Suburban, stopped them with large machine guns and granades, and asked them (not very politely of course) to get in the suburban. As this was happening, the police was driving by and the armed man quickly got on their car and left them unharmed. What would have happened if they got in the car with them? I think they would have killed him and his brother that was traveling with him. Please pray for them and please pray for our safety, as this happens more and more in the northern States. Puebla still a nice place to live, and we don’t want to have to go back to the States because of the crime.

Thank you and God bless you.

Arturo Munoz and Family

Jun 06th by Arturo Munoz

Puebla Christian Baptist Church

Our 14th Church Anniversary!

To all who have been praying for us for a new place for our church, thank you! We finally bought a property for our church that is a little more than three times the size of our former church! We moved last Friday and on Sunday we celebrated our 14th church anniversary in our new building! We are so thrilled and excited about our new place and to God be the glory!

Our new place has 8,600 square feet of land with an included warehouse (3,500 sq. ft.), three extra rooms, fitted with a woman’s and man’s bathroom! Near the main road and just one mile north of where we used to be. Plus, it’s right next to a bus stop, RUTA, which is the public transportation for the people of Puebla.

We had 195 people that attended our anniversary and at least two people saved! We invited Bro. Ron Goodman, missionary in Morelia, Michoacan, to come and preach during this special event. We were encouraged by the preaching and the tremendous amount of enthusiasm that the people had for this first Sunday in our new place! We also had our first baptism in this place. We are looking forward to build a baptistry, since all we have for baptisms right now is a big tub.

Please help us to pray so that we can sell our previous church as soon as possible. We gave 30% of the value of the property and we need to pay the rest within three months! We know God will provide and that we just need to take a step of faith! and faith right now is all we have. Our finances are low, but our spirits are high!

Not too long ago, missionary-par-exellence in Mexico City Kevin Wynne, said to me… “Arturo, I am mad at you. Because, I believe God can use you to run 1,000 people in your church!” Well, this place, might not help us to run one thousand in church, but is a step in the right direction. I believe that we can very well grow to 400-500 people here. And, by the way, we are not here in Puebla to “run” a big church, but to reach as many people as we can!

Eight years ago, when we bought our first building, I told our church not to get “used” to the new building, because it was only provisional — while we “finally” settle in what God has for us. Last Sunday, I told our church the same words. I believe God has something bigger than this, and we are not going to get “used” to it, but do everything we possibly can, while we can.

Thank you again for praying; now, lets win some souls!

For His Service,

Arturo Muñoz and Family

Jul 15th by Arturo Munoz

We’ve been driving through the thick fog for more than an hour through the high mountains of Hidalgo. I have been invited to preach in a small church, and Bro. Javier Gonzalez is with me, along with his young son, Pablo. My iPhone has long-time-ago lost cellphone signal, but the GPS part of it still works, and it shows that the village in the mountains is 30 minutes away. When we arrive, there is a small gathering of faithful people, waiting to be preached at. It’s about 33 degrees, with no heaters, but that doesn’t matter, they are used to this weather. Who would have imagined that there would be an Independent Baptist Church like this in the mountains, but Bro. Daniel Munoz is a man, called by God, to bring the Gospel to these dear people.

 

Church in Calnali, Hidalgo. Bro. Daniel Munoz is the Pastor.

Church in Calnali, Hidalgo. Bro. Daniel Munoz is the Pastor.

 

It’s my turn to preach, and God blesses the message. The six hours that took us to get here was all worth it. Three of those hours was driving on the mountains famously known “La Huasteca.”

The next day, we drove for one more hour, deeper in La Huasteca Hidalguense. There is a video below if you are interested to see the one-hour drive. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la1dJmLh_8g)

The name of the village is called Tlalchiyalahuica. Here we meet Pastor Geronimo Esteban. And let me tell you, he has an incredible story on how he became Independent Baptist:

He tells me that in 2008, he was very much discouraged. He drove to the next big town, Huejutla, which is about one hour away. There, on an internet cafe, he searched for something that would comfort his heart with preaching. He found our website: http://www.iglesiacristianabautista.com/predicaciones/ were we have hundreds of sermons. He downloaded them all and listened to them. He was quickly encouraged and went back to his church. He had been a Pastor of a church that belong to the Baptist Convention. He started to go soulwinning every day! They changed their standards! And they quit the Baptist Convention few months later. The church that once was running 20, now runs 200. And they have four mission-churches that they have started in the last five years, with and average of 70 in each one of them. They are starting one more mission-church this coming Thursday!

Church in Tlalchiyahualica en la Huasteca Hidalguense

Church in Tlalchiyahualica. Bro. Javier giving his testimony. Pastor Geronimo is sitting down.

I had the privilege to preach for Bro. Geronimo, in his church twice on Friday night, twice on Saturday night, twice on Sunday morning, and once on Sunday night in Huejutla, where they now have a mission-church. Huejutla is the big town where Bro. Geronimo downloaded the MP3 preaching in his phone to listen to.

Mission Church in Huejutla, HGO

Mission Church in Huejutla, HGO

On Saturday morning, I had the privilege to lead two to the Lord. His name is Andres, and his wife’s name is Sulpicia. I talked to them for about 45 minutes. They listened attentively, and at the end, the asked Jesus to come to their hearts. Pray for them, if you will. They said that they would attend the church that Bro. Geromino started there in Huejutla.

Ganando almas en Huejutla, HGO

Andres and his wife were saved!

We drove back to Puebla all day Monday. Praise the Lord we made it safe and with no complications. Praise the Lord that God is not only using us here in Puebla, but through our online ministry, where in the last four years, we have had over 1 million visitors downloading thousands of sermons in Spanish.

Thank you for your prayers!

Jan 20th by Arturo Munoz

Praise the Lord, we had an amazing 12th anniversary of our church here in Puebla! We had 149 people attending, 4 of them were first time visitors. Pastor David Cortés from Open Door Baptist Church in Tijuana, Baja California was our guest speaker. He preached for our anniversary, and also for our Family Conference that we had during the same time.

Iglesia Cristiana Bautista 12th Anniversary

Iglesia Cristiana Bautista 12th Anniversary

Pastor David Cortes preaching

Pastor David Cortes preaching

Every year we have premium stakes for our anniversary!

Every year we have premium stakes for our anniversary!

Prayer Requests:

  • For our safety next month. We are traveling to Texas to renew our van’s permit. We will be visiting some churches while we are there. (August 10th to August 30th)
  • For our youth camp this week. We are expecting to have 70 young people from churches around the area. For them to make good decisions.
  • For our vacation Bible school that we are having next week. This time we are planning to have 4 VBS at the same time in different areas of the city.
  • For a bigger place for our church. We would like to sell the building that we have and find a property that is at least twice as big.

Thank you and God bless you!

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Jul 21st by Arturo Munoz

Last night was an exciting night! We had another graduation in our Bible Institute. This time we only had one graduate. Juan. He finished the four years required and with excellent grades. He is a great help in our church directing and organizing our different Sunday School classes. Next semester he will be teaching the Sunday School class in our Bible Institute. Please pray for our Bible Institute as next semester we are praying to have over ten students.

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

Faith Baptist Institute Graduation Ceremony

May 26th by Arturo Munoz

First Time Visitors

Last week we had a good number of people visiting our church for the first time. On Sunday morning we had 9 people that came to our church for the first time and on Sunday night we had 7 people that visited our church. Most of the people that visit our church come from our church website. I would encourage every church to have a nice looking website. If you need help with this let me know. I know someone that can make you a nice looking website for about $400 usd.

People Saved

We have seen also a good number of people getting saved in church and out in the streets. Last Sunday night we had 4 people getting saved and a Sunday before we also had visitors getting saved.

Yesterday, during our time of soulwinning with our Bible Institute here in Puebla, we had a husband and wife get saved. That is just way too exciting!!! And… they even let us come into their house. First the wife got saved by the door of her house, and then she invited us inside her house to speak with her husband. Her husband Victor got saved kneeling down right in the middle of their living room. He said that he had never felt anything like it before, (and we are not pentecostal.) He assured me that he asked Jesus to come into his heart with…. all his heart. Please pray that Victor and Dolores will come to church soon. I am planning to visit them next week to follow up on their decision. Once I heard a Pastor say: Steward every lead!

Victor and Dolores. A new matrimony for Christ

Victor and Dolores. A new matrimony for Christ

Our trip to Texas

Last month we had to drive up to Texas in order to renew our car permit for another 6 months. The laws here in Mexico change all the time, and now we have to drive to the States every six months to make sure our car is legally in Mexico. We also visited some churches in Texas to take advantage of our trip. Here is a list of the churches that we visited:

We would like to thank each one of the churches that accommodated us, fed us, and even gave us a love offering. Praise the Lord, He provided for all of our needs during our trip, even for our van’s fuel pump that was $600 dollars, installed.

Before our trip to Texas, our kids kept asking if they were going to see any snow. We told them: “No. It doesn’t snow in Texas.” To our surprise, we saw snow four times! That made them very happy. Many of our kids had never seen snow.

Also, I would like to mention, that we were very excited to be with one of my favorite teacher from Bible college: Bro. Bob Ross, now Pastor of Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX. They had a Missions Conference called: “South of the Border.” Where they invited only missionaries that are in Mexico. I was glad to see many of my old friends and families from Bible College:

  • Bro. Nick Sutmaier, missionary in Cuajimalpa, Estado de Mexico, just outside Mexico City
  • Bro. Matt Johnson, missionary in Tula, Hidalgo
  • Bro. Mark Lockhart, missionary in Mexico City
  • Bro. Bill Norton, missionary in Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo.

If your church is looking to support good missionaries, I would recommend any of these missionaries. All of them have been in the mission field for more than 12 years.

Thank you for your prayers,
Sincerely,
Arturo Munoz

Visiting Crossroads Baptist Church in Gainesville, TX

Visiting Crossroads Baptist Church in Gainesville, TX

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Feb 27th by Arturo Munoz

This last week was a very busy week to say the least. We started with our First Steps Dinner, where we invite all the visitors that have attended our church for the last 3 months, and had great results. One parent, of one of our teenagers of the church, came for the first time to our church and I was able to lead him to the Lord after the dinner. I was thrilled to hear that this man was a worshiper of the “santa muerte” (holy dead), but now he has become a worshiper of the true God and Savior.

This Is Our 6th Year Of Our Bible Institute

On Tuesday we started our Bible Institute. This is our 6th year! We started teaching 8 different classes from Tuesday to Thursday from 8 am to noon. We also have preaching during chapel and go out soulwinning on Wednesdays with the students. Last week on Wednesday we had 8 people saved during the soulwinning time! The class before we go out soulwinning, we have the personal evangelism class with Bro. Moises Garrido, who is a graduate from Pastor’s Kevin Wynne Bible Institute and just arrived to Puebla to start a new church.

Bro. Moises Garrido led this young men to the Lord

Bro. Moises Garrido led this young men to the Lord

On Thursday, while on chapel, one dear lady of our church named Agar, started to feel sick. I ended taking her to the hospital with her son. She almost had a stroke! Now she is on medication. She and her 25-year-old son attend our Bible Institute. Agar is a retired professional nurse. Many years ago, when she received the lump sum of her retirement money, she gave it all to help to buy the church property. About $30,000 dollars. Please pray for this dear lady, she is a dedicated soulwinner and she loves the Lord.

Lady’s Meeting

On Friday night, my wife thought a great lesson during her monthly lady’s meeting. We had 32 ladies in attendance, all of them from our church. They had games and a good time of fellowship. My 9-year-old daughter Sarah made the curtains to decorate the event. She and Rachel (now 11) learned to saw while we were on furlough in a church in San Marcos, CA.

Sunday School Workshop

Last Saturday we had a two-hour workshop to teach our teachers how to teach a Sunday School Class. We had a good group from our church and from the mission church. They were amazed by all the information Nicole gave them. We also video-taped it, and we are going to put it on our Spanish website so that other churches and Sunday School teachers can downloaded. Right now we have more teachers than space to teach. We desperately are praying for the land next to us so that the owner will be willing to sell it.

Nicole teaching the Sunday School workshop

Nicole teaching a Sunday School workshop

Sunday

The street in front of our church is being totally repaired right now. It’s one of the main arteries of Puebla and we had the privilege to buy our property in this very busy street called 11 Sur. One security man, that watches over the heavy equipment, was walking in front of our church on Sunday night and I invited him to come inside and listen to God’s Word. He happily agreed, and after the service he got saved! We also had 10 visitors on Sunday!

Prayer Request

  • Please pray for Nicole, she has tendonitis and her wrists hurt very much. She is doing better.
  • Pray for the expansion of our building as we need more space to put more chairs.
  • Pray for the land next to us. (We need a bigger building.)
  • Pray for our Bible Institute.
  • For our 20.20 vision. (to plant 20 churches in Puebla in the next 20 years.)

By His Grace,

Arturo Muñoz

Sep 09th by Arturo Munoz

We praise the Lord for His goodness toward us! Since we came back to our church in Mexico from furlough, we have seen many blessings. One of them is the increase in people going out soulwinning every Saturday. This last Saturday we had 38 our our members going out and reaching the people of Puebla with the Gospel. What a blessing it is to see, not only 10% but over 25% of the church go out soulwinning. I had the blessing to lead to the Lord a young girl named Brenda. It seemed that she was going through some difficult times and we came at the right time to share with her the good news that only Jesus saves!

Soulwinning in Mexico

Soulwinning Group

That night, we had our monthly reunion for married couples. We had a really good time. We had a new couple that had been separated for a while. After the devotional, the husband thanked me for speaking to his heart (it was God who did). But he was very happy he and his wife attended.

 

Married Couples Reunion - Baptist Church

Married Couples Reunion

Please pray for us this week. Today (Monday) we have a special dinner for those that have visited our church in the last 3 months. We call it “primeros pasos” (first steps). Our goal is to enroll them in our Discipleship program that we have on Wednesday nights for 10 weeks.

On Tuesday (tomorrow) we start our Bible Institute. We will be teaching 8 different classes from Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00 am to noon. We have about 10 that have confirmed that will attend, plus two more that said that are coming from the State of Morelos and one more from the State of Guerrero. We are excited about this! This is our sixth year.

This coming Friday my wife will teach the ladies. She is encouraged and ready to teach the ladies of our church. They will have this once a month. Nicole is planning to decorate the church and have a fun time with them. Please pray that God will use her class to encourage others to serve God. I praise the Lord for a Godly wife. She is truly a blessing to my life and the ministry.

Thank you for your prayers!

~ Arturo Muñoz
Puebla, MEX

 

Sep 02nd by Arturo Munoz

18 Aug 2013

Baptist Church in Puebla, Mexico

Praise the Lord we are back in Puebla. We arrived on July 27th and the following day, on Sunday, we celebrated our 11th anniversary. We would like to thank everyone of you that prayed for us. We traveled for four days and we are very thankful that we did not encounter any problem on our way here. Our 15 passenger van was packed to the “roof”, we even had seven brand new bikes that were given to us while we were in California. We did not have to pay any taxes while crossing the border. But, since we left, the laws in Mexico have changed. Now we have to take our van out of the country every six months. If we don’t do that, we loose our $400 dollars deposit, and we do get another opportunity to bring any other car from the States to Mexico. That means that on January the 27th we have to be back in the States and get another six month permit for our van.

Christian Church in Puebla, Soulwinning Group

The following Saturday, we went soulwinning with our church. We have a good solid group of faithful people that meet every Saturday to win Puebla for Christ! That Saturday Nicole and I led two people to the Lord. One of them was Nallely, a mom of two, that was willing to come to church the following Sunday. Even though she did not come, she said that she was very interested in bringing her kids to learn during Sunday School in our church. Please pray for her that she one day will come to church.

We are just very excited to be back, with lots of ideas and plans for the church. This will be an exciting year for our church and I pray that God will give us wisdom to lead the church in the way that He wants us to go. Pray for us as we put all of our plans and ideas into action. Thank you again for your prayers. May God richly bless you.

In Christ,

Arturo Munoz and Family

Aug 18th by Arturo Munoz

Lord willing we will be heading to Mexico the last week in July. We are very excited about it and praying that God will provide for our trip.

West Coast Baptist Church in Vista, CA., is preparing a going-away Munoz Sunday on July the 21st. Our kids attended the Christian school while we were here and they are sure going to miss their new friends, but they are also ready to see their old friends back in Puebla. We sure miss our dear church and friends in Mexico. We cannot wait to go back!

On the mean time we have seen many blessing come our way. Of the them is Damien. After preaching last month at a Spanish Church in Oceanside, CA, a lady came to me and asked me to witness to her first time visitor. He only spoke English. He listened very attentively, but decided to wait. He said that he was raised Catholic, and wanted to make sure that the decision about asking Jesus to save him was to the “correct” one. Two weeks later, while I was preaching at North Hills Baptist Church in San Marcos, CA, he showed up. God moved in his heart and after the message, someone took him through the plan of salvation again and he god saved. He also brought his sister Melissa, and she was saved too!! They were just so excited to have just received Jesus as their personal Savior. Please pray for them as they grow in the Lord.

Iglesia Bautista de Anaheim

Iglesia Bautista de Anaheim

Yesterday we had the opportunity to visit Iglesia Bautista de Anaheim. Pastor Jorge Ayala is leading this amazing Spanish Church. They started just seven years from zero, but they already have a strong soulwinning church. They probably had close to 200 on Sunday morning. On Sunday night the Pastor gave me the opportunity to preach. It was a tremendous blessing. There are just some churches fun to preach at, and this one is one of them. We will be coming back to this church in one month during their Missions Conference. Pray that God will help this church take us on as their missionaries.

We will be going back to Mexico soon. But our plan is to continue visit churches here in the States, maybe five or six times a year, to present our ministry and burden to Mexico. We have now 6 new churches that have taken us on, but we really need 10 more. Our church in Puebla needs us, and we are going back full of excitement to see what else God will do in our midst. Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer Requests:

  • Travel money for our trip back to Mexico
  • For God to provide for the Abeka videos and books for our seven kids.
  • My mom’s visa. She would like to fly to the States and accompany us on our trip back to Mexico.

Jun 17th by Arturo Munoz

29 Mar 2013

Missions Conference in Gainesville, TX

This month we were very blessed to be in different churches and to meet different people, all of them very kind and sweet. At the beginning of the month my wife and I flew to Dallas, TX to be at the annual Missions Conference of Crossroads Baptist Church in Gainesville, TX. We sure had a good time there.  I also got the opportunity to play golf and eat some excellent Texan barbecue.

While we were in Gainesville, my wife and I were able to talk to Carlos Cruz and his wife Mercedes that Saturday night. Carlos said that he is already saved, but he stills goes to the Catholic Church. He said that he made a promise to the Virgin Mary that he was going to go the Catholic Church every Sunday for the whole year 2013 because she healed her newborn daughter. He also mentioned that six of siblings live in town as well. Please pray for him and his wife, that they will accept our invitation to the Spanish Church. They have a big family that could be rescued from a life without Christ, to serve in a good local Baptist Church in Texas.

Missions Conference in Vista, CA

When we got back to California, we attended the West Coast Baptist Church Missions Conference in Vista, CA. This is my wife’s home church. Most of the missionaries that attended this conference had lots of kids, including us! So, when it was time to eat, there were over 36 kids and only five families. Two families have 10 kids each. We have seven kids, another family with five and another two with four and two. I will have to add a video of the kids having fun during the picnic at the Missions Conference.

Youth Conference in Mexico

Our church is Mexico is doing well. Today I spoke to my Assistant Pastor, Cristian. They just got back from a Youth Conference in Cuernavaca, Morelos. 14 young people went from our church and many of them surrendered their lives to serve God!

Expanding our Auditorium

And this coming week we are expanding our small auditorium in our church in Mexico. Right now we can seat about 100 adults. And with the new expansion, we will have room for 125 adults. We have a big conference coming up in May and we really need the extra room! Help us to pray for the land next to our church. It will help tremendously if we are able to buy it. We don’t have the money but we believe that God can do anything.

Our Support Level

Thank you for your prayers regarding our support level. When we first went to Puebla, about 14 years ago, we had over 40 churches supporting us. Over the years our support level has gone down – to 17 churches only supporting us. We were “forced” to come back to the States, but God is supplying all of our needs. This month another church took us on: Calvary Baptist from Temecula, CA! And there are some more that have promised the same. We are up to 21 churches. We are praying about going back to Mexico in June or July. Again, thank you for your prayers!

In Christ,
Arturo Munoz

Mar 29th by Arturo Munoz

In the month of February my wife and I had the opportunity to visit our church in Puebla for few days. The main reason was that my assistant Pastor, Cristian, got married. The wedding was in Mexico City, and Pastor Arandai married Cristian and Cynthia. They are now happily married back in our church in Puebla, serving the Lord!

Cristian y Cynthia's wedding

On Sunday the 17th, I preached all three services in our church. What a blessing it was to see the Christians we love the most — our own church. We miss them very much and can’t wait to be back in June or July. During our time there we had five visitors in the morning and three more Sunday night. I also had the privilege to baptist seven believers. One of them, Leonardo, was studying to be a Catholic priest. About eight months ago, while soulwinning with Brother Manuel Garcia, we gave Leonardo’s mom a track and invited her to church. She got saved and came with her thirty year old son. Leonardo got saved in our church, tuned from Catholicism to God and from wanting to be a Catholic priest to serve the Lord faithfully winning souls for Him. What a blessing it was to baptize him, his mom, his sister and his nephew!

Leonardo's nephew Wife Husband Cristian (not my assistant Pastor) Loonardo's sister Leonardo - Was studying to be a Priest but got saved Leonardo's Mom

That same Sunday we sent my brother-in-law Alejandro, my sister and their three kids to start a church in Cuajinicuilapa – try to say that 5 times! Cuaji, for short, is on the south part of the country, on the coast, near Acapulco. As you might know, Acapulco was just considered the second most dangerous city in the country of Mexico. Please remember them in your prayers and if you are looking for more missionaries to take, they are worth taking. They went under-supported, and any additional giving will be big blessing to them. They have about 7 churches supporting them right now. My sister, Aglaee Munoz, graduated from Oklahoma Baptist College and my brother-in-law graduated from our Bible Institute of Puebla last year.

The following Sunday we were in a Missions Conference in Santa Ana, CA at Bethel Baptist Church. This church has been a tremendous blessing to our ministry. Their support and prayers through the years has always been there. I had the opportunity to present what God is doing with their faith promise in Puebla. We had a good time. Pastor Dan Davidson still the Pastor after all these years, serving the Lord, and always with a smile.

And Yesterday we were in two churches. In the morning service we had the blessing to be at North Hills Baptist Church of San Marcos, CA. Sunday was their Charter Sunday, were they finally became their own church with Pastor David Hetzer as the Pastor. Congratulations! We took the following picture just before the church service:

The Munoz Family

And Sunday night we were at Temple Baptist Church of Perris, CA. The Pastor of the church graduated from Oklahoma Baptist College and is doing an excellent job in this church. I believe he took over the church about three years ago with 100 people, and now they are running over 300 people. Next Sunday they are having two Sunday Morning Services to accommodate more people. Their welcome video is one of the best church videos I have ever seen. If you are planning to make one for your church, take this one for consideration, as it has an excellent outline and powerful message.

After their evening service, we stayed to present our ministry to the Spanish church. Pastor Emilio Llausás has been the Spanish Pastor of the church in Perris, CA for the last 40 years. I believe God used the message to encourage the people to continue serving the Lord. The Pastor said that they might take us on for support!

When we left our church few months ago, we only had 17 churches supporting us. Right now we have 21 and we are praying for 30, so that we can go back to Mexico and continue with the ministry that God has given us. Thank you for your prayers and God bless you.

Sincerely,

Arturo Munoz and Family

Mar 04th by Arturo Munoz

20 Feb 2013
Missionaries in Mexico

The Munoz Family

Arturo Munoz Bio

Bro. Arturo Munoz and his family have been missionaries in Mexico since 1999.

Bro. Munoz was born in Mexico City in 1974. God saved him at the age of eight in a Baptist church in Mexico and had the privilege to grow up in a Christian home. God called him to preach in 1992. God opened the doors for him to attend Oklahoma Baptist College under the direction of Dr. Jim Vineyard. In the summer of 1997, while in a youth camp, God put in his heart to go back to Mexico, specifically the city of Puebla, and reach his own people for Christ.

Bro. Munoz graduated from Oklahoma Baptist College in 1998. He and his wife Nicole left the US right after their wedding in 1999 and headed to Iguala, Guerrero, a town where the Mexican Flag was born, to help a church there while Nicole learned Spanish. While there, hey both helped teach in the Christian school. Bro. Munoz taught 10th grade, and his wife Nicole taught 3rd.  They also started a bus route which had an average of 30 kids in attendance.

In 2001 they moved to the city of Puebla. Puebla is the 3rd largest city in the country of Mexico with over 2 million people.

Nicole Munoz Bio

Nicole was saved at the age of 15 in a liberal Bible church in Southern California.  At age 17 by reading the Bible and praying, she felt that her church was not the church closest to the Bible and prayed and asked God to show her what church to attend.  Two weeks later someone invited her to the only IFB church in her area.  Nicole served in her home church West Coast Baptist Church in Oceanside, California with Pastor Phil Clark for one year before heading to Bible college at Fairhaven Baptist College in Chesterton, Indiana.

During her freshman year in Bible College Nicole surrendered to be a missionary to Mexico.

After graduating, Nicole headed back to her home church in California to teach in the Christian School.  After a few years she met and married Brother Arturo and joyfully followed him to the mission field.

 

The Munoz Kids

We have 7 beautiful children that God has entrusted us to train and raise up to serve Him.

Arturo Japheth was born in 2001.  He likes to read and play “sword fights” with his brother David.  Japheth also helps with the sound system in the church and teaches the object lessons during Junior Church.

Rachel Nicole was born in 2002.  Rachel often has the role of our church pianist!  She has a love for music and is a natural leader.  Rachel has run Sunday School classes when the teacher did not show up and has helped lead songs to groups of up to 80 kids in conferences and Vacation Bible Schools.

Sarah Joy was born in 2004.  Sarah loves to sing songs to the Lord and use her voice to praise God in the church.  She also is a great help in the nursery.  Although she is never in “charge” of watching the little babies, if there is a crying baby or the nursery workers need an extra set of hands, she is always willing to jump in and play with the little ones!

David and Hannah are Twins!  They joined our family in 2006 and it has never been the same since!  David is full of life and loves anything to do with sports.  Hannah is our creative and “distracted” one.  She is always in her own world and doing her own thing her own way! (In a good way!)

Ashley Elizabeth was born in 2008.  Ashley is our quiet but joyful one.  It is always a blessing to see her first thing in the morning with wide eyes and a huge smile!

Caitlyn Grace was born in 2010. Caitlyn is only three but enjoys being in the “Big Kids Class” more than with the babies!  She is our inquisitive one and already shows traits of being a “problem solver”.  She is also a reminder to us to always have faith in God.  Whenever Caitlyn might ask for some money and we tell her that we don’t have any money she will tell us: Just pray to God and He will give you some money!  Then a few hours later she will ask us: Did God give you money yet?

 

The ministry in Puebla has rapidly grown. The church in Puebla currently has 150 in attendance.  You can watch our video presentation that shows how the work has grown since 2001 here: http://www.reachingpuebla.com/missionary-update/view-our-new-video-presentation/

 

The different ministries in the church include:

 

  • Organized soul winning every Saturday
  • Hospital soul winning and visitation every Thursday
  • Street preaching, Bus preaching, and downtown preaching with students of the Bible Institute every Wednesday
  • Bible Institute (We have 5 graduates)
  • First Steps Bible Discipleship for new believers on Wednesday nights. (This is a different class besides the regular service.)
  • Sunday School classes for Primaries, Juniors, Teen Girls, and Adults
  • Church Services on Sunday Mornings, Sunday Nights, and Wednesday Nights
  • Music Ministry to teach children an adults how to play the piano, guitar, and flute.
  • Choir Ministry
  • Teen Ministry that meets on Saturdays at 3:00
  • In-Home Discipleship Ministry
  • Annual Missions Conference (We currently support 19 missionaries)
  • Annual Leadership Conference for Area Churches
  • Monthly Pastors Fellowship for Area Pastors (Co-organizer with another pastor)
  • Bi-monthly Ladies Meetings
  • Bi-monthly Men’s Meetings
  • Youth Camp
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Public School Outreaches
  • 20,000 Tracts Distributed During 5th of May Parade
  • 30,000 Tracts Distributed at the Cemeteries for Day of the Dead on November 2nd.
  • And many, many more!

The Munoz family has also started a mission church in the south part of the city that God has blessed. This mission church now has 70 faithful people growing in the Lord every Sunday.

Bro. Munoz believes in reaching the lost with the Gospel. The church has an organized soul-winning program every Saturday morning where 40-50 church members consistently go out knocking on doors. The church also has a hospital outreach where ladies of the church visit patients and family members of patients in the hospital. Dozens get saved every Thursday. The Bible institute goes out to reach the souls of “Pueblans” every Wednesday. They preach inside buses, downtown, the jail and street corners.

Bro. Munoz strongly believes that the city can be reached with the Gospel.  From the beginning of the church, members have traveled almost two hours to come to church every Sunday morning.  Due to the time it takes to travel in public transportation, and the cost for some families, God has put in his heart the “20/20 outreach”. His vision is to start 20 churches in the next 20 years in the City of Puebla.  His plan consists of:

  1. Training Nationals in the Bible college.
  2. Provide financial and other material support for the first 3 years for the salary of the pastor and the rent of the building.
  3. Send out soul-winning teams once a month from the main church in Puebla to help establish the new work.
  4. Send church members who live closer to the new work to join the new work so it has a solid base of believers to start with.
  5. Weekly accountability with the pastors of the new work through pastor’s meetings and fellowships.

It is Bro. Munoz’ vision that by dividing and multiplying, more Pueblans can be reached with the Gospel.  The more local churches that are started all in a 45 minute to 60 minute public transportation driving radius of the main church, the more souls can be reached!

Feb 20th by Arturo Munoz

Our First month in the States

Altar time after preaching in Lighthouse Baptist Church in San Diego, CA (Spanish Ministry)

Altar time after preaching at Lighthouse Baptist Church in San Diego, CA (Spanish Ministry)

God has been very good to us in our first month of furlough here in the States. Our goal is to be able to raise more support. Praise the Lord God is answering that prayer and already we have had a church taking us on (Faith Baptist Church in Canoga Park, CA, Pastor Tim Rasmussen) and some others praying about it. We praise the Lord for that.

We enrolled our kids in the Christian school near Oceanside, CA at West Coast Baptist Church in Vista, CA. This is the school were my wife Nicole used to be a teacher. The Pastor always reminds me that I took his “best” teacher. Our kids are happy to go to a “regular” school and have friends to play with!

David and Hannah getting saved!

One of the most exciting things about the trip so far was on Sunday night September 2nd when our twins got saved! Both of them have been insisting for a while to get saved. I always like to wait until they are six and know how to read. (They will also remember this special time better at this age). I like for them to read by themselves John 3:16 and then go through the Bible and explain how to be saved. This time we did it few weeks before they turned six. They were very happy to know that Jesus now lives in their hearts and that they are saved!

Also, we just celebrated our twins birthday on September the 29th. David and Hannah had their own cake. This is their “big” birthday! We have a “big” birthday every 3 years for our kids. (When they turn 3,6,9,etc.) That way we don’t have so many expenses when it comes time for their birthday. Normally in Mexico we have a pinata and invite the whole church family. We have a cook out in our backyard and have some inflatables. This time we just bought some “extra toys” for them and invited the family over. Their grandpa bought passes for the whole family to go to Lego Land and they were happy with that. We were too! David said to me: “This is the best birthday every!!!” Praise the Lord for that.

Our Church in Puebla

Last Sunday night I preached to our church in Puebla using Skype. Our church family misses us tremendously. What a blessing to know that they love us so much and that they can’t wait for us to return. They all paid attention to the screen while I preached about the family from Luke 19:9. They actually pay more attention when I preach from far away than when I am actually there! Many say that it is like TV 🙂 So, I might stay here in the States and preach from here every Sunday. Just kidding.

Also, last Sunday night our church got flooded with water. It rained so much in Puebla, in the area were the church is, that some blocks were 6 feet under water! (one person died near the church) Our church is on higher ground and only had about 3 inches of water inside our classrooms and the office. Only carpet and some books got wet. On the street the water rose to 1 foot.

Our Bible Institute

Our Bible Institute continues strong.This semester we moved the Bible Institute to morning classes. From Tuesday to Thursday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. We have 12 students and they are all faithful to the many classes that we have. Praise the Lord for the help we are getting from Pastors in the area and Bro. Alejandro and his brother that help in the church while we are gone. Tuesday they preached on the buses during the time of soulwinning. They had never done this before, so they were all scared, but God blessed  them and gave them boldness to preach the Gospel. Many people heard and we hope many made decisions and consider the direction of their souls.

Our Missions Conference

This November 1st we start our annual missions conference in our church in Puebla. We have 4 missionaries that are coming with their families and we can’t wait to see what God will do this year. Lord willing I am flying to Puebla to preach during the missions conference. Please pray for travel safety and that God will use me for His honor and glory. We are also planning to go the different cemeteries in Puebla to give out 25,000 tracts during the day of the dead on Nov. the 2nd. Please pray that many of this tract will be read and that many will get saved. If any of you would like to make plans and visit us this year or next year, you are welcome to come! It is amazing to see thousands of people going to the cemeteries and taking flowers and food to the dead. This is a great opportunity for a missions trip in Mexico!

Also, if your church will hold a missions conference and would like me to present our ministry in your church, please let me know. It will be a blessing and honor to present to your church what God is doing in Puebla, the fourth largest city in Mexico, with over 2 million people that need to hear the Gospel!

God bless you! And lets pray for America and the coming elections!

Oct 04th by Arturo Munoz

Family Conference in Cuautla

Pastor Luis Ramos preaching in Cuatla Morelos at a Family Conference

Pastor Luis Ramos preaching in Cuatla Morelos at a Family Conference

This week was a busy week. Monday and Tuesday we went to a Family Conference in Cuautla, Morelos. Brother Peter Duke is the Pastor of “Iglesia Bautista del Señor Jesús” in Cuautla, Morelos, which is a little over an hour south-west from Puebla. The first day we took 25 people from our church and the mission church, and the second day we took 30. The guest speakers were Brother Tommy Ashcraft from Monterrey, NL; Brother Luis Ramos from San Luis Potosi, and Brother Kevyn Wynne from Mexico City. It was a blessing and an encouragement to see this church that is about three years old holding a conference like this one.

Homeschooling Conference in Querétaro

Homeschooling Conference in Mexico

Homeschooling Conference in Queretaro with Missionary Steve Miller

Friday and Saturday we were in another conference in Querétaro. Brother Steve Miller invited me to preach in his first Homeschooling Conference at his church. Many families from different states came to the meeting. Some as far as Saltillo, Coahuila, which is 8-9 hours north of Querétaro. Brother Miller (who also graduated from Oklahoma Baptist College) is doing a tremendous work in the east part of the city of Querétaro. His vision is to help Mexican families understand the very need to homeschool their kids. We do homeschooling and that is one of the reasons he asked me to preach during the conference. Another two men from his church thought with more detail about homeschooling. I left the conference with two words in mind: Protect and persevere. We need to protect our kids from public schools and persevere in teaching them the Word of God.

Dia del Niño in Mexico

Today we celebrated ¨Día del Niño” in our church (Kid’s day.) We had a big cake, toys, a puppets show, clowns, pizza, a piñata and much candy! Our daughter Rachel invited our neighbors and they came! Dad, mom and their two kids. (It is very difficult in Puebla have neighbors come to our church because people in Puebla are very private.) So… we were very excited to see our neighbors come to church. We had 153 people in attendance, 11 first time visitors and 2 people saved!Thank you for your prayer for our ministry here in Puebla.

Our Mission Church

Our mission church in the south part of the city has been praying to have 50 people in attendance for their 6th month anniversary. Today the mission church turned 6 months and they had exactly 50 people! Yesterday they had surprisingly 24 people going our for soulwinning time! We need more churches in Puebla. Our church is full in capacity. It just makes sense to built mission churches all over the city. When we first came we did not have any kind of help from churches in the area (there were not any). But now we can start a mission church with some of our existing members that are too far to come to our church. Please pray to come to Puebla and start a church with us. We will do everything we can possibly do to help you! Please pray for our financial support. Sincerely, Arturo Muñoz & Family in Puebla, MEX

Apr 29th by Arturo Munoz

2011 Leadership Conference

2011 Leadership Conference

We are only two weeks away from our annual conference in May. We call it our Leadership Conference for Pastors and Workers. This year I have invited Pastor Ezequiel Salazar from Montecito Baptist Church in Ontorio, CA; Pastor Luis Parada from First Baptist Church in Long Beach, CA and Pastor Luis Ramos from Bible Baptist Church in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

We are expecting to have over 150 people come from five different States. Please pray for us and for the conference. Last year we spent 2,200 dollars, and we are expecting to spend about the same this year. I praise the Lord for people in our church that are willing to give for this preaching conference in Mexico. A lady in our church gave me $1,000 dollars last week and yesterday a man in our church gave $500 dollars towards the conference. Praise God! God always supplies.

If you know anyone in the area that would like to attend our conference, please let them know. We start Monday May 7th at 6:30 pm. We don’t have room in our small auditorium to put all of the people, so we are renting a place for the conference.

Six First Time Visitors

Today we had six first time visitors. Three of them came because they say the sign outside our church… (We have a new sign). And two other visitors came because of our ad that we have in the Yellow Pages. (We spent $1,500 dollars last year for this ad). The couple that came because of this ad in the Yellow Pages said that they had never been in a Christian church before. They arrived early and it seem that they were very interested in the preaching. The wife got saved! The husband said he was saved because a someone else at work led him to Christ. They are Catholic and are looking for a good Christian church to attend to. They looked us in the YP and found out that we were only blocks away from their house! They said the are coming back. We had a total of three people saved! on Sunday, and 130 people in attendance.

Our New Sign Outside our Church

Our New Sign Outside our Church

Cinco de Mayo Parade in Puebla

Every year we go to the Cinco de Mayo Parade in our city and give our thousands of tracts. This year we are giving away 20,000 tracts during the parade. Please pray for this. We would like to see people saved.

Many in the States wrongly believe that Cinco the Mayo (5th of May) is our Mexican Independence Day. But that’s not true. Our Independence Day is on September 16th. I think that is easier to say “Cinco de Mayo” than “Dieciséis de Septiembre“! Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla. We won a battle against the french, but later on we lost the war. Praise the Lord that once we are saved we are not losing any more battles nor wars because Jesus will be the winner after all. Many people here believe in the holy death. Many. They are proud of themselves saying that the holy death defeated Jesus on the cross. But they fail to recognize what Revelations 20:14 says, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” We win!

We covet you prayers,
Arturo Munoz and Family

Apr 22nd by Arturo Munoz

Missions Conference

One of the highlights of our church is our Missions Conference. This time we had Missionary Ron Goodman and Nick Sutmaier. They did a very good job, and at the end of the conference, God allowed us to double our Faith Promise for the year from $6,000 dollars to $12,000 dollars. Lord willing we will be able to take on more missionaries.
Also, next semester we are having 5 of our young people going off to Bible College. We already support 3 of them with $50 dollars a month, and this will allow us to help the other two.

Faith Baptist Institute

We are now in the second year of our Bible Institute of our church. This semester we have 12 students that are studying hard in the institute. Three of them come from one hour away three times a week from a little town. They are a very poor family but are excited to learn in our institute. The cost for each student is about $100 dollars a month per semester. If God puts in your heart to help any of these students, it will be a real blessing for them.

50K Tracks For The Next Day Of The Dead

Every year, during The Day of the Dead, we give out 20,000 to 30,000 tracks at the main city cemetery. This coming year we would like to invite churches from the States to help us give 50,000 tracks during that same day, but in different cemeteries. It will be an exciting time to see all those souls going to the cemetery to place food in the tombs of their loved ones, and be able to give them a gospel track and try to win them for the Lord. Also, if your church could help us buy the tracks, which cost about $100 dollars per 10,000 tracks we will appreciate it!

Two Services For Sunday Morning

Starting January 17, 2010, we are planning to have two services for our church, since we do not have enough space during our Sunday morning meetings. The first service will be at 8:30 am, then we will have Sunday school, and then our 2nd service will be at 11:00 am. We ask you to pray for this as we need space and money to be able to build and expand our current auditorium.

Expanding Our Current Auditorium

Our small auditorium can seat about 100 people right now. We have about 150 people that come Sunday mornings and we don’t have any room available now. We are running out of space. We would like to build an auditorium that can seat 250 people plus a second floor with 7 classrooms to teach Sunday school. We have saved $5,000 dollars and we need an extra $15,000 to expand the auditorium and build a second floor for our church. Please help us to pray for this.

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In Christ,

Arturo Munoz

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Oct 24th by Arturo Munoz

24 Oct 2011

Hi, and thank you for reading this update!

Bible Institute

Our Bible Institute is continue to grow strong. Right now we have 22 students! that come 3 times a week. We have 5 pastors teaching and we have a great spirit in each one of the classes. Next year we are graduating two more. So far we have graduated two. One will start a church here in Mexico and the other is married to a Pastor.

Next year we are planning to have a very special class on how to start a church. We are having 12 pastors that will teach a class on this on we are going to get all the material together and make it available to those that will be interested on it. It will only be available in Spanish.

Please pray for our Bible Institute. We would like to have dormitories next year and provide classes in the morning. I know this will be a great task, but as Bro. William C. said, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.”

A New Mission Church in Puebla

This happened quite fast an unexpected. First of all, to God be the Glory! At the beginning of the year, around April, a lady in our Church brought a group of kids to church with some moms and dads. Next, they wanted to have a Bible study (the parents) in a house in their neighborhood. Next, they wanted to rent a store front. And now we have a mission church here in Puebla with 30 people attending. Today was their second Sunday! and they are very excited and thrilled to have their own place to meet. (Maybe they were a little tired of the small house). Bro. Erik, who graduated from San Luis Potosi, married one of our young girls here in our church two months ago (I married them) and now the are in charge of this mission church. They are about 45 minutes south of our church on bus. (It take about two hours to cross the whole city of Puebla from side to side on a bus).

Please pray for this work that it will bring more souls to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

We need more missionaries in Puebla

A month ago we had our monthly married-couples-gathering in the house of Bro. Jose Luis. He lives about 40 minutes west from our church. As we were driving closer to his house, my heart grew “heavy” as I saw the need to start a church in this side of our city. Puebla is the 3rd largest city in the country of Mexico and we only have three Independent Baptist Churches here. Please pray for more missionaries for our city. We will continue to do our work and ask God to help us meet this need.

Our Building Fun

At the beginning of the year we only had about 5,000 dollars to build and expand our auditorium. Now we have 5 times that amount. God provided through our people that amount. We are ready to start our expansion and I would like you to help us pray for God’s direction in this. Every Sunday we have our auditorium filled to capacity and chairs in the aisles.

People saved

Last Saturday we had 26 people going out soulwinning. My wife was able to lead a lady to the Lord as she was waiting (with four of our kids on the bottom floor of an apartment building) and I had the privilege to lead Alfredo to the Lord. Two others promised that they were going to pray that night and ask God to save them. We had a total of 6 people getting saved Saturday. Today we had three first-time-visitors and one of them got saved. Her name is Adriana. She was invited by our song director about six months ago. Today she finally came and got saved!

We need your help

As you know, we have a big family and many responsibilities in the mission field. The church is growing and we need more help in the ministry too. Our piano player has left (my sister Aglaee, who used to play in church, and her husband are now on deputation to star a church in Southern Mexico) and we need one too. So, if you know someone that knows how to play the piano, interested to learn Spanish, willing to help teaching kids, and have a great opportunity in the mission field, let us know. (We are willing to pay for airplane tickets.) Many will have a concern about safety. Puebla is a safe place in Mexico, contrary to the rest of the country. And the area where we minister is nice and fun. So… let us know if you know someone that will be willing to come to Puebla and help us in the ministry!

 

Oct 24th by Arturo Munoz

Our 9th Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 9th Church’s Anniversary here in Puebla, Mexico. Bro. Matt Johnson, missionary in Tula, Hidalgo,  preached for us for that special day. He did an excellent job. Bro. Matt and I attended the same Bible Institute (Oklahoma Baptist College). He was a Senior when I arrived in Bible college in 1992. Hard to believe that is almost 20 years ago!!!

We had 185 people in attendance. The highest attendance for our anniversary. We try not to promote our anniversaries or conferences in our church since we don’t fit in our small auditorium anymore! In one of the pictures below, you can see that there are actually 30 people sitting outside the auditorium trying to listen to the preaching. We had at least one young man saved that morning! Praise the Lord.

Every year we have our famous and almost “World Wide Known Carne Asada.” Ok. At least known in our World Wide little community. For nine years in a row we have had a special barbecue — Arrachera Steak. We ask people in our church to bring rice, beans (mexican beans), guacamole, salsa (very hot), pico de gallo, tortillas, etc. This time, about six ladies in our church brought their special hot, hot salsas to my table for me to eat. They just want to give their pastor their best salsa, and also their most spicy hot! So, every time I had a steak taco I told the sister that made the salsa: “ok, I am having your salsa right now.” And, wow, their salsas were super hot. I was sweating. I wish my wife took a picture to show you how red my face was. Nicole had some special aprins made with the name of our church and gave them away to those that helped in the event. Thank you for all your prayers and support many of you have shown towards our ministry.

(If you don’t support our ministry yet as your missionaries, and would like to do so, you can call me at: 760-494-7883, and I gladly can let you know how you or your church can have that opportunity)

4th of July

Last week on Monday, we celebrated 4th of July inviting all of the people of our church. Every year seems that more people come! I guess they really enjoy the hamburgers. We had a good time. People here in Mexico appreciate what the United States have done, specially when refers to missionaries. They know that missionaries have sacrificed their lives to bring the Gospel to Mexico and now, there is a fire for Mexico to send too missionaries to other parts of the World.

Bro. Frank Caseres

This last Wednesday we also had the blessing to hear Bro. Frank Caseres, from Atlanta, Georgia, preach in our church. He was visiting Bro. Tim Aguiar here in Puebla for a conference that he had. Bro. Caseres was a tremendous blessing. He preached a great message regarding a growing church. There is a picture of him preaching below in the gallery… check it out!

Thank you so much for your prayers.

 

Jul 11th by Arturo Munoz

Visiting Bro. Mike Patterson in Arlington, Texas

Visiting Bro. Mike Patterson in Arlington, Texas

This last Monday and Tuesday we had the opportunity to go to the State Fair to give out Gospel tracts. And although we did not give out as many tracts as we were hope for, we had the opportunity to talk to people and invite them to church.

On Tuesday I was able to give tracts to about 200 Catholics at once! They all came down from 5 buses that parked right were I was standing. Each bus had 3 or 4 nuns that were in charge of their groups. I thought for sure that they were going to get mad because I was giving the tracts to their people, but also, I think they probably thought that I was welcoming them to the fair with the tracts. They all came from Oaxaca to the Puebla Fair and all took the tracts and many were reading them! One man specially was sitting down on the side walk behind one of the buses and apparently ready all the tract. Then I sat down with them and asked him what he thought about it. We talked for a while, and although he did not make any decision to accept Christ, he was very open to hear what I had to say. Please pray for this tracts and for this man that they will soon get saved.

On Wednesday, my wife, baby Caitlyn and I had the opportunity to go Dallas, TX for a quick visit. We attended the Family Conference held by the Spanish Church at Trinity Baptist Church, in Arlington, TX. Bro. Ricky Gonzalez is the pastor of this church and he is doing a tremendous work. Bro. Ezequiel Salazar preached two times on Wednesday night. The first preaching was to all the church and the second preaching was a class for the man and husbands. To say the least, it was an awesome class! He said that the reason our wives are not submissive to their husbands is because we are not the spiritual leaders that we ought to be. He also said that our wives need to know that we love them. Anyway, this is an update, not a sermon, right?

The conference ended at 11:oo pm! I was tired, but I enjoyed seeing and hearing Bro. Salazar. His wife Miriam was also there. She thought a class for the ladies, and my wife said it was very good. She is already practicing some of the things she heard! — Gracias Hna. Miriam!

Saturday night we had the privilege to see my good friend, Bro. Mike Patterson. I believe I met Bro. Patterson for the first time when I was 14 years old. He pastored Mount Abarim Baptist Church in Cuernavaca, Morelos for 12 years. During his time in Mexico, Christians in Mexico learned to love him. He left, I believe, in 1996 to take over the ministry in Arlington of Mount Abarim Baptist Mission International. Anyway, I surrendered to preach on July 24, 1992, under the preaching of Bro. Mike Patterson. I love him and miss him… so, we visited him and his dear wife. We had a good time at one of our favorite restaurants, Cracker Barrel. The following morning we visited his home church which is Worth Baptist Church of Arlington, TX. We had a good time and the sermon by Pastor Weaver was encouraging and challenging!

During the time we were gone, Bro. Abraham preached a good sermon in our church. Our church was packed here in Puebla. They say that they had 8 extra chairs outside the auditorium! Praise the Lord.

Please pray for this Saturday, as we are having an special meeting at one of our new missions. I shall explain why is a new mission: Two weeks ago we celebrated our “Dia del Niño” which is a big day celebration for all the children in Mexico. A lady in our church brought 27 kids and 11 adults… from a far away suburb south of Puebla. They all wanted someone to go and teach them more about the Bible on Wednesday nights! So, I asked Erick, a graduate from Bro. Luis Ramos Bible Institute in San Luis Potosi, to help and teach them and preach to them. They are all excited about this new mission and we are going to have a big day this Saturday. We are expecting over 100 people to come from this poor area of the city. Please pray that I might preach the Simple Plan of Salvation to them and see many of them get saved.

On other good news: As we were gone, not only we had a good attendance in our church, but a man in our church called me to let me know that he wanted to give $2,500 dollars towards the church building expansion! Praise the Lord for this also! We only have room in our church auditorium for 120 adults, and we need more room. We are praying to expand our auditorium this year. If you are willing to help in any way towards this purpose, please let me know. Thank you and God bless you!

May 23rd by Arturo Munoz

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