First of all, thank you to you all that have been praying for us during our time in furlough in the States.

We have prepared a video presentation that we are presenting to the churches that we are visiting.

If you would like to show our video in our church, I have made a special link where you can download here!

Thank you again and God bless you,

Sincerely,

Arturo Munoz and family!

Nov 17th by Arturo Munoz

We have been here in Mexico for 16 years now. We have started three mission churches here in our city. (Our goal is to start twenty.) We have two other national pastors that have started two other works outside our state. We have a Bible Institute with 19 students right now. Our church is growing. And just last week we sent out our first missionary from our own church to India! And I can’t wait to see how God is going to use them in reaching the souls in that, very needed country, with the Gospel. Please pray for Bro. Jav-ier and his family.

If your church is looking for a good missionary…

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During the time they were in our church, they constantly brought people to our church. He and his wife went soulwinning almost every day. Wherever they went, they always shared the Gospel with many, many people. And I know God is going to use them in a very special way in India.

Adjusting to our new place

We have been in our new place for eight months now, but we are still adjusting to it. We praise the Lord that He gave us this building in a miraculous way! We are working hard to make this building meet the needs of our church as much as possible. We need more classrooms and we also need to build some walls to close the warehouse-style building that we have. Please pray that God will provide all the funds that we need for that.

I love when I see the excitement of our people, specially while the church develops into a better place of worship. And I also love the fact that we are all growing in His Grace! Just before we moved, we had about 140 people in our church. Now we are running close to 170 people every Sunday! Our goals is to have 200 people in our church by the end of the year.

National Leadership Conference

Please pray for our National Leadership Conference coming up in lees than two months. We want to have our church ready for the conference as much as we can. Specially pray that the conference will be a help and a blessing for those attending it!

We are expecting close to 50 Pastors come to our conference. Our goal is to motivate every Pastor that comes to the conference to do more for God. Last year we spent close to nine thousand dollars for the conference. I don’t know how the money will come this year, but God always provides!

Fernando

At the end of last year, we had a young man named Fernando come to our church. He lives down the street from our church. During the invitation, Fernando lifted up his hand, and a man in our church led him to the Lord. Fernando had many problems. The most important problem that he had — besides him not being saved — was that he was a drug addict.

Few weeks after he got saved, he was found dead, not very far from his own house. His family were destroyed when they heard the news. We reached out to them and few days later, his mom and dad came to church. Praise the Lord they got saved that night! Fernando’s mom said to me that she wants to continue what Fernando wanted. And that is — to bring more young people to the feet our our Savior. Pray for them, as this coming Wednesday night they are starting a discipleship program here in our church.

You never know when someone else’s life will come to an end. All we need to do is reach them before it is too late. And, praise the Lord — Fernando is in a better place!

Thank you for praying for us and thank you for your support!

In Christ,

Bro. Munoz and family.

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Mar 15th by Arturo Munoz

We Found a New Property For The Church

We have been praying now for about two years for God to give us a bigger place for our church. Two weeks ago we found one property that is about 15 blocks from our church and in the same main street where we are. The place is three times as big as our current place. We have 250 sq. meters and the new property is 800 sq. meters (about 8,500 sq. ft.) It sells for a good price and we think we can come up with the money. I would like to ask you to consider us helping us to pay for this new property. We have most of the money, but we are still short 20 thousand dollars. Our church has been saving money for the last five years, and we also want to sell our current property for a good price. Please, help us to pray for this needs. And if you, in any way, are able to be a blessing to us, please call me or send me an email. We could easily fit over 500 people in the new property. Here is a video below…

Trip To Cuajinicuilapa (Say that five times!)

From April 1st to the 5th, we took a group of 16 people from our church in Puebla (including our family) to visit my sister Aglaee and her husband in Cuajinicuilapa. My brother-in-law and my sister are doing an excellent job in this town. Cuajinicuilapa is about 9 hours south from Puebla, and only three hours from Acapulco. It’s very hot and humid; about thirty minutes from the Pacific Ocean. During our time there, we went out soulwinning and our group was able to lead 30 people to the Lord, and 15 came to church on Sunday! Praise the Lord they were encouraged in their third anniversary with the church.

Trip to Cuajinicuilapa

Trip to Cuajinicuilapa

Evangelizing Puebla

We continue with our vision to reach Puebla with the Gospel. This is our soulwinning group that went out two weeks ago to knock on doors and tell people about salvation. My wife and I were able to lead four people to the Lord. Just so you can understand why is a little more difficult to lead people to the Lord here in Puebla, I would like to give you an example. On our trip to Cuajinicuilapa, ten of us went soulwinning and 30 people got saved. Here in Puebla, over 30 people went out soulwinning, and only seven people got saved. And it was a good day! Normally we see three or four people saved, during our soulwinning time on Saturdays. Please pray for Puebla, we love the people, and we want to reach them before it is too late. That is why we are constantly praying for God to let us start 20 churches within 20 years here in the city.

Our Soulwinning Group here in Puebla!

Our Soulwinning Group here in Puebla!

 

Apr 20th 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

24 Oct 2013

We are looking for someone to come to Mexico and help us as a “teacher” for our kids.

We home school our seven kids, and the young girl that was helping us is about to get married.

If you know someone that will be willing to come and help for six months or a year, that will be a blessing for us.

It will be good for someone that would like to learn Spanish, help in the mission field, and help us with the kids.

It’s actually not that hard, since we have the A Beka curriculum, with videos and books. All she needs to do is more to supervise than to teach.

If you are interested, give us a call. 760-494-7883.

Thanks!

Oct 24th 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

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 10th Year Anniversary

Our Rondalla singing for our 10th Year Anniversary in our church in Puebla

Our Rondalla singing for our 10th Year Anniversary in our church in Puebla

Last week, on July the 8th, we celebrated our 10th year anniversary. What a privilege to serve the Lord for all these years.

Pastor Adolfo Lima -- Our guest preacher for our 10th year anniversary

Pastor Adolfo Lima -- Our guest preacher for our 10th year anniversary

Our guest preacher was Pastor Adolfo Lima from Iglesia Bautista Libertad in Tehotihuacan, Mexico (Next to where the Sun and Moon pyramids are located). We had 200 people in attendance, with many visitors.

My brother Elimelec grilling the steaks -- Carne Arrachera -- for our 10th anniversary

My brother Elimelec grilling the steaks -- Carne Arrachera -- for our 10th anniversary

After the Service we had our famous Carne Asada de Arrachera (a special cut steak that we have here in Mexico.) It was very good and juicy! My brother Elimelec and some other people from our church helped grill this steaks.

Sunday night we had 150 in attendance and two people surrendered for Full-time-service — a son and a dad! Praise the Lord!

That Sunday started a very busy week. On Monday I took our youth to a Youth Conference in Mexico City (Bro. Kevin Wynne’s church), which is about 1 hour and a half from Puebla. Then on Monday night we went to Cuautla, and took another group there to listen to Pastor Ezequiel Salazar and Pastor Gil Torres for a preaching conference at Pastors Peter Duke’s church. Both preachings were great!

That same Monday we had another group that took of to a Family Camp in the Riviera Maya (about 24 hours near Cancun).

Our church was broken into

Both, the front gate and the entrance door were forced open

Both, the front gate and the entrance door were forced open

Then on Tuesday, after a great victory (our anniversary) the devil wasn’t happy and our church was robbed at 5:50 am. Three young men came in a taxi, forced the front door open, and took: two laptops, a computer, our Sunday’s money, two drills, and old vacuum, a portable speaker, and a bike. Close to $2,000 dollars total. We gave thanks to the Lord, and kept on going. Actually, I don’t know of a church in Mexico that has not been broken into. If yours is one of them, make sure to have strong locks and hard doors. We have the video of the thieves. Hopefully the police will catch them — which I highly doubt — and have our things returned. If you would like to donate to buy any of the items that we lost, we would appreciate that very much. Already a lady of our church said that she had $500 dollars for a laptop. Praise the Lord!

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

In Christ,

Arturo Munoz and Family

Jul 15th by Arturo Munoz

Instituto Bautista FE

After 4 years of hard work and much learning, three of our students graduated from our Bible Institute. Brother Alfredo Perez and his wife started attending our Institute since we started four years ago. And Brother Angel Amado started a year ago. He is already Pastoring a church near Puebla. He transferred his credits from a Bible Institute from California. This makes a total of five that have graduated from our Institute. One of them, Bro. Alejandro, is on deputation right now in the States.

Next school year we are moving our Institute to the morning hours. The plan is to have school three times a week, from Tuesday to Thursday, with more hours. (From 8:00 am to 12:00 pm). Please pray for this project as we try to train more people for the Lord here in Mexico.

Graduation Ceremony in Puebla Mexico

Pastor Miguel Reyes Blancas preaching during our graduation ceremony

Pastor Miguel Reyes Blancas preaching during our graduation ceremony

Bro. Alfredo Perez

Bro. Alfredo Perez

Bro. Angel Amado

Bro. Angel Amado

Pastor Miguel Reyes from Tlaxcala preaching

Reception after the graduation ceremony

Reception after the graduation ceremony

Enjoying a delicious meal after the ceremony

Enjoying a delicious meal after the ceremony

Missionary Miguel Flores

During our Sunday morning service we had bro. Miguel Flores, who is a missionary in San José de los Cabos in Baja California Sur, here in Mexico. He has already started two churches in the last ten years and now he is on his way to start mission work number three. He was a blessing. He is a man of faith.

Missionary Miguel Flores from San Jose del Cabo, BCS

Missionary Miguel Flores from San Jose del Cabo, preaching in our church

Seven Baptisms!

Also, this Sunday morning I had the privilege to baptize seven people. Some of them you know already, like Pablo and his family. I mentioned before that Pablo’s wife searched for help in the Yellow Pages looking for a Christian church. She called our church back in January. And to make the story short, she got saved, her husband a month later and their two daughters. Also the mother-in-law (Pablo’s mom) got saved. So, today, Pablo, his wife, his daughter and his mom got baptized.

Another couple that started to come to church found us because of our sign outside our church. He, Juventino, got saved about a year ago. (He was led to the Lord by a Pastor in another town, and told him to look for a good Christian church) He gave his wife a Bible, and she started reading her Bible a year ago. Soon, she took down the images from the walls of her house. Six months ago, she asked when they were going to go to church. Finally, one day, about a month ago, she told him that she was going to go to church, with him, or without him. She had seen our church and wanted to come to visit us. So… they finally came, and are very, very excited about serving the Lord.

Below is a video of the baptisms. Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

Jun 03rd by Arturo Munoz

Ladies Conference

This last Friday and Saturday we went to Texcoco, to visit Primera Iglesia Bautista de Texcoco. We took 18 ladies from our church and Bro. Tim Aguiar took 8 ladies from his church. Bro. Aguiar helped us to take the ladies with his mini-bus.

Nicole thought two times and I had the opportunity to preach once. At the beggining I kept saying “hermanos” which means, brethren. Instead of “hermanas”, which means, sisters. If any of you are interested of the videos in Spanish, I can post them later on when I have them ready in this post. Just let me know. It might help someone you know, but remember, they are in Spanish.

In Church

We had a good church service. We had two first time visitors and also two saved! One of them came because we gave him a track a week ago when Bro. Manuel Garcia and I were soulwinning in the area of Cruz del Sur in Puebla. (This is the area we are praying about to start a new mission church this year). Praise the Lord Leo came and at the end of the preaching my heart rejoiced seeing his arm up wanting to get saved! We are already seeing God’s hand opening doors and getting people saved in this part of town. Please pray for Leo that he will continue to come. Also pray for Pablo Hernandez, a member of our church. His wife just texted me to let me know that he had been drinking again. I love this family and I pray that he will get convicted by the Holy Spirit to stop drinking.

Thank you for your prayers!

Arturo Muñoz and Family

Apr 15th by Arturo Munoz

Picnic in Puebla - Parque Ecológico

Picnic in Puebla - Parque Ecológico

Today was a very exciting day. We had 200 people in church! 140 in our own church and 60 in our mission church which is 3 miles away. Bro. Erik is in charge of our mission work and he is doing a good job there!

We also had a missionary visiting our church this morning. Brother Guillermo Acuña, missionary to Tequisquiapan, Mexico, preached in our church. He did a good job preaching and we certainly would like to take him on as one of our missionaries. Currently we have 18 missionaries that we support on a monthly basis.

We also praise God for the 15 visitors that we had this morning and 2 more visitors on our evening service. We had 9 adults getting saved and it was certainly another blessed day and victory for our church.

After the church service in the morning we headed to the park for our first picnic of this year. The park’s name is “Parque Ecológico de Puebla”. When we first arrived in Puebla 10 years ago, this park was not very clean and had few services. Now is totally a different park. It has a man-made-lake, play grounds for the kids, areas to play basket-ball, football soccer. And different areas to have bar-b-q.

Our Bible Instituto keeps going strong. We have 9 in the Instituto and one of the highlights is that every Friday night we have a different Pastor that teaches on “How To Start a Church.”  So far we’ve had 7 pastors and we are expecting to have 8 more to come and teach. If you know someone that is a pastor or a missionary in Mexico or South America, let me know so that we can send them the material and videos that we are recording. We are also going to publish all the material and videos on our website: Instituto Bautista FE.

Please pray for our school teacher, Miss Gaby, that broke her arm last December in a car accident. Please also pray for Brother Raul Castillo, who is our sales rep with the El Fundamentalista Magazine, and has had high blood pressure.  (Our Christian magazine that we print here in Puebla every two months.)

If you would like to take a missions trip to Mexico, consider Puebla, as is one of the safest cities in the country of Mexico!

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

In Christ,

Arturo Muñoz and Family

 

Mar 18th by Arturo Munoz

Special Day - Bible Club in Puebla, Mexico

Special Day - Bible Club in Puebla, Mexico

First, I would like to thank those that were praying for our Special Day this last Saturday. As you might now, at the beginning of the year, Mrs Medel — one of our Sunday School teacher of our church — was about to quit teaching a small group of kids (about 4 or 5) but decided to be faithful and keep teaching them every Saturday evening. Yesterday we were able to see again the fruits of her labor and faithfulness, as we had 185 attending our Special Day and brought many moms and dads and kids to our meeting. We had 53 adults and 132 kids.

Erick, a young man in our church that just graduated from a Bible Institute, asked me about having this Special Day. He is already going every Wednesday to this community and teaching the Bible Basics to these dear people.  This community is right at the south-end of Puebla. Anyway, Erick is going a good job about going and teaching and bringing people to church. So, it was his idea, and he was very excited about me preaching to the adults and him preaching to the kids (almost like a vacation Bible School) and having games and prizes for them as well.

We rented a “Barney custom.” Jorge, one of our young man in our church, wore the thing for over two hours and had a lot of fun going it. We announced to the community that we were having a Special Day with Bible Stories and games. We drove up and down the dirt streets and had lots of kids saying hi to Barney… I wish we had a Jonah-and-the-whale-custom, but this was the less dangerous one. Anyway, it was fun and Erick was able to preach and teach salvation to lots of kids and I had the opportunity to teach about how to be saved to the adults. I had 32 Adults that asked Jesus to saved them! and Erick said that many, many kids also got saved! Please pray for all of them that got saved that might continue with the Bible teachings that we have on Wednesday and that many of them will grow in the Lord.

Last Day of Classes in our Bible Institute

This last Friday we had our last day in our Bible Institute. We had over 20 registering at the beginning of the year and most of them made it to the end. I thought Bible Homiletics and my wife Nicole thought Virtuous Women to the ladies on Fridays. This year we did not have anyone graduate as this is only our third year, and our program to graduate is four years.

Next school year for our Bible Institute we would like to have six different classes with six different teachers. Lord willing in one year, we would like to have a regular-morning Bible Institute. Right now our classes are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM.

Family Bible Devotions

Today was a very special day because today we finished reading the Bible as a family during our family devotions! We read all of the Bible with our kids and we were all very excited about it. Tomorrow we are starting again. What a blessing is to have family devotions every night and see how God uses that to nurture our family and help us grow spiritually. We even took a video about our last chapter reading and singing with our kids. I encourage you to have family devotions with your family as well. You can start tomorrow and maybe we can even finish up at the same time in about 1,189 days! (as this is the number of chapters that the Bible has).

Today in Church

Today we had a full house, with three first time visitors and one lady saved.

Prayer

  • Please pray for my son David as he apparently has allergies to we-don’t-know-yet what. It looks that is probably is a different detergent that we are using, and combined with his sweat, it causes the allergic reaction in his skin.
  • For Nicole and her health
  • For Rachel our daughter, as our neighbor kids smashed her finger with a rock – she is doing much better.
  • For me as I have a “pink” eye. That is what Nicole calls it. It looks that is going to my other eye now. 🙁

May 29th by Arturo Munoz

Crowd at the gym in Rincon de Romos

Crowd at the gym in Rincon de Romos

This last Saturday we went to Aguascalientes. Pastor Juan Padilla invited me to preach at his Family Conference. Pastor Danny Ortiz from Texas was also there Thursday and Friday. By the way, if you can pray for his wife… when he arrived from Mexico on Saturday, he had to take his wife to the ER and she had to have surgery. Pray that she will get better. (I don´t have the details of what happened).

Anyway, it took us 6 hours to get there. To go to Querétaro is now very easy using the Arco Norte. (A new toll road from Puebla, to Querétaro – skipping Mexico City, and costs $255 pesos, about $22 dollars) From Puebla to Querétaro is about 3 hours. And from Querétaro to Aguascalientes another 3 hours. The church is located in Rincón de Romos, AGS, about 30 minutes north of the city of Aguascalientes.

Pastor Padilla asked the city if they could use the municipal gym, and the city major gave them permission to use it! It is very nice and big. Almost like a US basquetball gym. We arrived 10 minutes before the service started! We had a good service at the gym. Two or three other churches came to the conference. While I was preaching a saw a men holding his face and crying for what I was saying. Later that day, the Pastor said that he is the husband of a dear lady that is just starting to come to church. They have been praying for him to come to church and they were very excited that he came for the conference. Many decisions where made that night.

The following day I thought and preaching during the morning service. We ate at the church, and had some time to rest before the service for Sunday night. At 6 pm we were back and preached again about the family. I preached from 2 Kings 20.15 where the Bible says: “What have they seen in thine house?” Mainly I said that our children need to see less worldliness and more holiness – and love.

After church we went to eat some good, very good tacos. This tacos are recommended by Bro. Clark Paquette. (We were staying at their house during this time, since they are away for furlough and they have a very nice extra-rooms outside the house. I believe they are coming back to Mexico in June.)

On our way back, I decided to go a different route. We went to San Luis Potosí first, and then Querétaro. This added an extra hour to hour driving, but we were not in a hurry. 45 minutes after Querétaro, before taking the Arco Norte, we stopped at McDonald’s for one whole hour. Our 6 kids were very happy. Interestingly, it is the only McDonald’s from the border that you see in the freeway. (There are many McDonald’s in the cities, but not many on the freeways). We have another McDonald’s right when you get to Puebla. And maybe 6 or 7 more McDonald’s in the city of Puebla.

Overall, we saw people saved, make decisions for the Lord and we had a good time on our trip to Aguascalientes. Nicole is doing good and she had no complications during the trip. While we were gone, Bro. Abraham preached at 8:30 AM, Bro. Ivan thought Sunday School (about the curse of credit cards) at 10 AM and Bro. Alejandro preached at 11 AM. In the afternoon Bro. Alejandro preached again at 6 PM. You can see our live feed video on Sundays at this hours (only if there is a time difference for you – we don’t want you to miss church for us!)

Last Thursday night Bro. Tim Aguiar and I visited Cesar and Soco. They just got married in December and are now attending our church Sunday nights. Bro. Tim called me on Sunday while we were in Aguscalientes to let me know that they came for the first time on Sunday morning. They even signed up to the bowling activity that we are having for married couples in few more days.

And last Friday night Bro. Tim and I visited a family that I had visited 8 years ago when we first arrived in Puebla! The first time I visited them, they told me that they wanted to come to our church because there was a lot of gossip in their church! It turn out that the other church was a good church. I told them that the only reason to leave a good church is that if the Pastor was having an affair or was teaching heresy. At that time, we only had 5 people in our church and we really needed more people to come to our church, but we did what was right. We meed again after 8 years! They told me that they decided to stay in the other baptist church. Then after 3 years, the Pastor left and they also left the church (the new Pastor is not baptist). Then they visited many other churches and got really frustrated because they were use to a good independent Fundamental Baptist church. Finally, they found our church and started to come. When I saw them, them seemed familiar, but it wasn’t until we visited them that I knew I knew them! And they live literally 5 blocks from our church! They never say they never saw our church before because the bus that they take to work doesn’t go by our church. Anyway, they are very happy with us now. They will start a disciple ship program in about 3 more weeks. Please also pray for them. They are the Velazco family. We only had to wait 8 years for this good family to come to our church.

Mar 09th by Arturo Munoz

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