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
Pastor David Cortes preaching
Every year we have premium stakes for our anniversary!
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.
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.
Pastor Miguel Reyes Blancas preaching during our graduation ceremony
Bro. Alfredo Perez
Bro. Angel Amado
Reception after the graduation 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, preaching in our church
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.
This last week I was invited to preach in a Missions Conference in Tepecuacuilco, near Iguala Guerrero, the town I grew up in Mexico. Brother Rene Arteaga is the Pastor there and he is doing a tremendous work. He is pastoring the main church in Tepecuacuilco, and at the same time he is preaching in two other towns during the week. Our church here in Puebla supports this dear family as a missionary. If you know someone from “Tepecua” maybe they can too be a blessing to this family.
Bible Institute in Puebla
Our Bible Institute classes are over. This coming Sunday we are graduating three! This is our fourth year and we continue to be excited about it. Next year we are switching our Bible Institute here in Puebla to have it in the morning. Our plan is to have the classes from Tuesday to Thursday, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. That way, those that come from out of town, can stay in Puebla for three days and then go back during the weekend to help their churches.
Popocatepetl Volcano Update
As you know the volcano here in Puebla has been a little active. Here is a picture I took (with my iPhone) on my way to Tepecuacuilco.