Only Jesus

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. February and March were pretty busy. We hosted seven teams in the last 60 days. It was exciting but at the same time a little challenging. We had teams from CC St. George (Utah), CC Kern River Valley, CC Santa Fe Springs (our home church), CC Christan School (Las Vegas), Langley Immanuel (Canada), CC Emmett (Idaho), and CC Artesia. We appreciate having teams come down and doing outreaches and children’s ministries. Dan taught at CC Tijuana and CC Rey de Reyes (Ejido Laz. Cardenas) as well as at CC Artesia and CC SFS Spanish ministry. We seek to honor and glorify Only Jesus.

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CC Downey hosted a Pastor /Leader conference in early February and we were able to attend and host a resource table where we could promote the Calvary Training Center and the ministries we are a part of. In late February, Dan attended a Founder’s Banquet for the Alpha Gamma Omega Christian fraternity that he was in during his college days at  UCLA. It was a great time of fellowship and making new ministry contacts. There was also a great and timely message by Rob McCoy, Pastor of Godspeak church and Mayor of Thousand Oaks. The fraternity is Christ-centered and seeks to exalt only Jesus.

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We are still growing in our transition and getting used to intermittent power surges and outages and rapid weather changes and all of the after effects they have. Just like Southern California, Baja California experienced heavy and consistent rains in the first three months of the year. The results were more traffic, flooding, accidents, potholes, and extensive deterioration of streets and roads. We want to be sensitive and open to situations and opportunities that God gives us to point others to only Jesus.

Emily and Elizabeth were able to attend the CCSFS youth retreat last month and spend some time with their friends and to have a blessed time in the Word.  They are also involved in the youth group at our church in Rosarito and they are hoping to attend a mission trip to Monterrey, Mx. in September. Rachel is staying busy with school and helping Emily care for and train our puppy. Rebekah continues her online classes and is helping CTC with graphic design. Cecilia provides a lot of support at CTC with helping the cook prepare the menu, buying the food, sewing, and serving wherever she can.

We appreciate your prayers and financial support. Thank you for partnering with us in the work God is doing here through you. We are blessed to have so many of you join in this ministry. We pray that you may have a blessed Semana Santa (Holy week) that culminates with the celebration of the Risen Christ.

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Finally, we ask you to lift up some prayer requests for us to see only Jesus glorified in our lives and ministries.

  1. Emily will see a Rheumatologist in early May because of pain and fatigue she is experiencing.
  2. Dan has been having sciatic issues off and on
  3. For continued direction for our girls in their education and prospective involvement at the Training Center and at the church we attend.
  4. Recent church plants in Oaxaca, Culiacan, Chiapas, and Campeche
  5. For our upcoming Church planting class in July

Mailing Address:
555 Saturn Blvd B1148  San Diego, CA, U.S. 92154
Email: Dan@ctcmex.org
Mobile Phone: 562.201.7179
Online Donations: https://cclasvegas.org/mission/
Website: https://ctcmex.org/
Address: Las Pilas 8976, La Gloria, 22645 La Joya, B.C., Mexico
Office Phone:702.448.4725 (US) (+52-664) 636.1252 (Mex)

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Our God reigns

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:1-2)

Everyday we are reminded of God’s great Providence and Sovereignty. It never ceases to amaze us that He is truly in control, on His throne, Ruling and Reigning. It is easy to look around and get frustrated, discouraged, and disappointed, and even distracted with what is happening all around us and all around the world. It’s a matter of perspective. We have met and heard of the many who are planting and pastoring churches, those who are leaders and serving in different ministries here in Mexico after they had what I call “Divine” deportations. We truly serve an awesome God. Our God reigns.

In January, Cecilia and I attended a missions conference where we were so blessed with the teachings and messages that were shared by the various speakers. We were encouraged and exhorted by many who have already served the Lord in other countries for many years. They told stories of God’s Protection, His Provision, and His call to stay “On Mission”. It was a rich time worshipping the King of Kings, partaking of such sweet fellowship and meeting other missionaries. Our God reigns.

I also took two trips with two different groups to minister to a migrant caravan tent city (El Barretal) near Tecate. The first trip we were only able to be with a small group from the caravan that came outside of the “tent City” because we did not have authorization to go in. We gave out about 500 or so sack lunches and were able to talk to individuals one on one. I met 18 year old Nestor from Guatemala and 19 year old Darwin from Honduras. Both, like many, are determined to get to the U.S. one way or the other. Two weeks later, we returned with authorization to go inside of the “tent city”. We went from tent to tent inviting them to come out to receive some encouragement. We had a time of worship, a message from the Word of God, and then a time to spend with the migrants. We also gave out bibles to many. Certainly many of us have our perspectives, opinions, and political views of what should or should not happen with these migrants. They are real people with real needs like food and encouragement. Our prayer and hope is that they see and acknowledge their greatest need – forgiveness (like all of us)so that they will put their hope in Jesus, who is the only one they really need to trust – not a government on either side of the border. Please pray for Darwin, Nestor and all the migrants as well as all of the others we get share the love and Truth of God with here in Mexico. Our God reigns.

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On the home front – we are enduring through coughs, colds, ear and sinus infections as well as allergies. Prayers appreciated. We also celebrated birthdays for Cecilia and Rebekah. Emily and Elizabeth have started taking a Spanish class and Cecilia and the girls are taking attending a 6 week series required to serve at the bilingual church we are attending – Calvary Chapel Rosarito. We recently had an addition to our family – a mixed shepherd. Yes, that means five women and two female dogs all have to deal with me. Our God reigns.

We want to thank you for your prayers. As we look at the rest of the year we can already see how the Lord has provided for Short term missions teams to partner with us at CTC. We hosted teams from CC Red Rock and CC lone mountain last month. We appreciate the ministry they did while here in La Gloria. Please feel free to call if you are interested in bringing a team to serve or if you just want to visit and see the Taco ministry up close.

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We thank you for your continued partnership with us in prayer and financially.

Dan, Cecilia, Rebekah, Rachel, Emily & Elizabeth

Mailing Address:

555 Saturn Blvd B1148

San Diego, CA, U.S. 92154

Email:Dan@ctcmex.org

Mobile Phone: 562.201.7179

Online Donations: https://cclasvegas.org/mission/

Website: https://ctcmex.org/

Address: Las Pilas 8976, La Gloria, 22645 La Joya, B.C., Mexico

Office Phone:702.448.4725 (US) (+52-664) 636.1252 (Mex)

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Grateful that God is Faithful

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 96:1)

Faithful – It is hard to imagine that we have already been here almost 6 months. When we left the U.S. in July we knew there would be many changes, a time of transition and a complete dependency upon God, Jehovah Jireh, our Provider and Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We are grateful because God has provided for us and blessed us in so many ways and through so many people. As well, we have experienced power outages, water shortages, bucket baths, wind storms, humidity, heat, and so much more. We can’t even compare those challenges with the trauma that children experience before being placed in Orphanages/Children’s homes. It doesn’t compare to the neglect and abuse that adults have suffered prior to being placed in Convalescent homes. Our inconveniences certainly don’t compare to what persecuted Christians have suffered around the world nor do they even come close to what Jesus Christ encountered and endured on the cross for each and every one of us. He died so that we might be given the opportunity to recognize and repent of our sin, ask Him for forgiveness, and experience eternal life by acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior. He is still on the throne and still in control. He is Faithful.

Fruit –In the past 5 years that the Calvary Training Center has offered the Church Planting class we have seen 83 graduates and 8 churches planted. This past summer we had 23 students graduate and this month we saw one church planted already. Within the next 12-18 months we anticipate another 6 churches to be planted. We pray for lasting fruit and healthy churches. We certainly desire to see fruit in all of our ministries at CTC. Please continue to pray for our after school and Internship programs as we invest, disciple, and seek transformed lives that are wholly surrendered to Jesus. We have seen relationships established developed with Short Term Teams and the ministries and churches where they serve as well as with our entire CTC staff. It is a blessing to see that work God does in people’s hearts over time.

Familia – Change is usually difficult at first and sometimes for longer periods of time. Our family has adjusted somewhat to all of the changes but the transition will continue as we seek God’s perfect plan for us as a family as well as for each of us individually. Rebekah and Rachel are continuing their college education by taking online course at a couple of community colleges in San Diego. Emily is in her Senior year of High School and is being home-schooled. Elizabeth is in her first year of High School and continues to be home-schooled as well. Cecilia remains busy at home and at the Training Center. She is a blessing and helps out wherever she can.

We thank you for your continued partnership with us in prayer and financially. We look forward to see what the Lord has for us as we end 2018 and as we enter 2019 and a new season of ministry opportunities at home in Rosarito and at the Training Center in La Gloria, Tijuana.

Dan, Cecilia, Rebekah, Rachel, Emily & Elizabeth

Mailing Address:

555 Saturn Blvd B1148

San Diego, CA, U.S. 92154

Email:Dan@ctcmex.org

Mobile Phone: 562.201.7179

Online Donations: https://cclasvegas.org/mission/

Website: https://ctcmex.org/

Address: Las Pilas 8976, La Gloria, 22645 La Joya, B.C., Mexico

Office Phone:702.448.4725 (US) (+52-664) 636.1252 (Mex)

The Chronicle Continues

 ” ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LordFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ ” Isaiah 55:8-9

Call & Confirmation – Thank you for joining us on this new journey! We apologize for the delay in getting our first newsletter out to you since we announced the move. Thank you for your partnership with us in prayers and financial support. Over the last 4 years, we have been praying and wondering if the Lord had something else for us. We remained open to see if one day He would call us to serve Him elsewhere. We prayed and fasted as we sought the Lord when we knew of the opportunity to serve Him in Baja California. By the end of January this year, God had confirmed in His word and in our hearts His call for us to leave our home and our country to a land that He is showing us (Genesis 12:1). He spoke clearly and consistently. He used individuals and situations to remind us and reassure us that this is His perfect plan and perfect timing for us. We had many questions and mixed emotions but we knew that He had given us a great opportunity to trust Him and to live by faith and to watch Him work in and through us. We look forward to all that He has for us here just south of the border.

Blessings & Transition – It has been exciting to see God answer our prayers along the way (past 7 months) to lead our Tribe of six as we moved into our new home. He provided so much in the way of people and resources. He raised up people to oversee the ministries and duties that Dan was over in the last 9 years while he was on staff at Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs. We have been blessed in so many ways by our friends, biological family and church family who we miss greatly. We are grateful for all your prayers and support. “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12). For now, we are living in Rosarito (10 mins from the beach) and serving at the Calvary Training Center in La Gloria, Tijuana (ctcmex.org).  It is very humid here. Tijuana is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Mexico and is the fifth-largest city in Mexico. It is estimated to have a population of 1.8 million. It is the most visited border city in the world with more than 300,00 crossing the Tijuana-San Diego border daily and 50 million crossing yearly. Rosarito (20 min south of Tijuana) has an estimated population of 70,000 but many tourists visit this beach city in masses, especially in the summer. It is also home to many missionaries, retirees, ex-pats and the Valdez family. English, Spanglish, and Spanish are spoken here. We are still unpacking and settling in to our new place and getting used to everything that comes with moving into a new home in a new country with a new culture.

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Ministry  – Summer is a super busy time at Calvary Training Center (CTC). God is moving and leading many to plant churches in Mexico and in all of Latin America. We are excited that the CTC is a resource that is available to help local churches, missionaries and prospective church planters. Currently we have 19 students staying here and attending the 8 week church planting course that will end this weekend. We have been busy hosting teams that come from the US and Canada to do ministry here. This summer we had teams from CC Las Vegas, CC Lone Mountain, CC St. George, CC Boise and CC Santa Fe Springs to name a few. Some stay for a weekend while others stay for a week. If you or your church is interested in bringing a team to do ministry here, we offer lodging and meals and assistance in planning an itinerary for your activities, outreaches, and building projects. If you want to learn more about our Niños del Rey kids program, Missions Internship programs, Short-Term Teams as well as Church Planting, please contact us at the information provided below.

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Prayer Requests: 

  • McCracken Family – returning to Las Vegas to raise support for eight month language school
  • wisdom and direction for 19 Church Planting families graduating Sept 1st
  • Interns Bonnie and Janelle – re-entry and return to Las Vegas. Continued direction
  • Valdez’s – still transitioning in new home and in responsibilities at CTC

 

P.O. Address:

555 Saturn Blvd B1148

San Diego, CA, U.S. 92154

Email: Dan@ctcmex.org

Phone: 562.201.7179

Online Donations: https://cclasvegas.org/mission/

Website: https://ctcmex.org/

Address: Las Pilas 8976, La Gloria, 22645 La Joya, B.C., Mexico

Email: info@ctcmex.org

Phone: 702.448.4725 (US) (+52-664) 636.1252 (Mex)