Calvary Chapel Puerto Vallarta “Great is your faithfulness, O God our Father…” September/October 2011 VOL. 1 ISSUE #3 It is hard to believe that three fourths of 2011 When we get bogged down with those things has passed so quickly! It reminds of that can trouble, distract, or plain hurt us, we Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our have to go back to the cross and ask the Lord days, that we may present to You a heart to direct our steps in His perfect and favorable of wisdom.” will no matter the circumstances. Our ways How so very important it is to make the are not His ways which are much higher and most of the time the Lord has designated for better than ours! us on earth for His glory! This brings me to reflect as I thumb through all the pictures of our activities for this year and I have to say overall the Lord has helped us to “knit our heart with His” in service to His kingdom. Every day I stand in awe of what He does when we come to end of ourselves. Coming to the end of ourselves being the key words here because when we die to “us” we will live in “Him” and He will complete His work through us. As summer has come to an end, as we welcome the fresh air of fall in the evening, I am grateful for the Lord’s faithfulness to our church and to its members. We hosted two teams who were a big blessing in the ongoing construction at the school. The first team came from Atlanta, Georgia with our friends Tom and Debra Kent and Randy and Dodie Costales CC Golden Springs in southern CA. The rains had started and the roof at the school was leaking! That meant mold! Well this wonderful group of people came and installed our upstairs floor which has now sealed it completely, saving our adobe walls and floors on the first floor! Gloria’s Suarez’ Memorial Service at Laguna del Valle Some things seem have a bittersweet side to The youth ministered to the kids in such them; it was completed at a time that we hadn’t marvelous ways as they lead them through this thought would get here so unexpectedly…We “High-Seas” adventure as their “shipmates” held a memorial service for our dear friend Gloria teaching them their memory verses, praying who passed on to eternal life when she was about for them, disciplined them, and simply loving to complete 86 ….It was a very sad time for us them. This was such a blessing for us to see because she was to all of us our faithful how they are putting in action all they are “Grandma” in church. She was a woman who learning in their Youth bible study with Miss always exerted herself to get to church every Mari on Saturdays. They are really a great service in spite of her physical disabilities, bunch of kids! because she loved the Lord and His word so much. We miss her greatly as she was such a faithful friend to all of us and always had an encouraging word for her family in Christ. The kids at the school all wrote symbolic letters to her sharing their love for her, and then tied them to balloons that we released to the heavens… It was “The youth teaching memory verses….” a beautiful time and we were blessed to be able to In August we hosted a youth team that visited have the service on our newly tiled floor upstairs from Lynn Valley Community Church in at the school. Who would have known? God is Vancouver, Canada. We were blessed to have sovereign…. these sweet kids with us that worked tirelessly In the middle of July we had our annual VBS in the morning making block (1608 to be in a two-day camp format at the school in Laguna exact), and then had arts and crafts, games and del Valle. The theme was High Seas. Thanks to bible stories in the afternoon for all the kids at our supporting churches at CCLV and Niceville the school. They made beautiful bonds with 1st Methodist we were able to utilize the materials the children and once again the kids were that they had passed on to us from their previous poured out Jesus’ love. It was fun for our year’s VBS. We were able to pull our camp youth at Calvary as they worked alongside together quite quickly as they supplied all the them during the whole week and had a chance adornments we needed! The youth prepared to do a “missions’ trip” right here in their materials for the crafts which were all hand- backyard. made. The talent and creativity of the Mexican people certainly inspire us! We were able to hold the two-day camp at the school where the smaller children and the girls were able to sleep indoors and stay dry! Thank you Lord for our generous and hard working brothers from the teams you send down to help us! The bigger boys slept up stairs and only got wet from the breeze that blew during a torrential downpour that is so typical in July! “Older Kid’s making a difference in the lives of the younger kids for Jesus!” The youth grew in their awareness in the area of how much they are really blessed in what they themselves have at home compared to the children at the mission. It definitely focused them on being “others centered”. Serving the Lord is such a privilege and it really gives you the opportunity to grow in ways you never imagined as it stretches you to do things you normally wouldn’t do. Mavi, one of our youth said to me as she helped clean up a house that we were prepping for the following teams project: “I felt wonderful inside when you had me do things I would never do on my own for someone else”. We had helped Luz, mother of 6 clean her house, sort through laundry, and bathed her kids. We were expecting a team from Niceville, Fl. to arrive the next week to work in this house. I always marvel at how the Lord strengthens us to do so much more than we thought we were ever capable of doing even when we are suffering! That really to me is the beauty of going through trials Alejandra, Manuel, Marcos, Beto, Carlitos, and Chuy and seeing Him work in spite of the trial. have a new roof, a new bathroom, a patio with drains This year we have suffered economically, and are in school! MarMa physically, sometimes emotionally, but as we continue to put our faith in the Lord to do great things. He has come through every time. The beautiful part of walking in obedience even when your physical body says, “I can’t walk one more step”, the Lord is their doing His work through us and in every circumstance we may face! We are starting school today when last week I said to the Lord, “How?” We are at a very low point economically speaking in the church. People are out of work or struggling to pay their rent so consequently the operating budget of the church is at its lowest. 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We are so blessed to see how the Lord takes It took me awhile to really be able to write you care of His own because when we committed this update because of the difficulties we have to do Luz’s construction in her house we had been facing physically, economically, and no money in the “mission” account but I knew sometimes emotionally…but the Lord has the Lord would make a way because she reminded me that he will turn our mourning into needed the help. She cooks with wood in her dancing, our tears into rejoicing, our heartache house, has no refrigerator, and no bathroom! into worship, and the labor of our hands into Can you imagine this with 6 children? The glory for Him because it is pleasing to Him. Be Lord provided! encouraged to let Him use all things for good in 1st United Methodist from Niceville, FL your life today and wait on Him in every difficult along with other folks who have joined this circumstance to shine His grace into your life as team in the past, came for a return visit to help He uses you to bring others o Him! with this project! Juan Manuel and Luz now By the way, Luz’s husband Juan Manuel gave have drainage in their back patio, bathroom, His heart to Jesus as He saw the Lord’s love and kitchen, a shower, a place to do laundry, poured out into the lives of his wife and children. and kitchen cabinets made out of cement! It reminds me of the song by David Crowder They no longer have to bath inside their living Band that says, He is jealous for me room with lack of drainage and the back yard Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, no longer has grey water accumulating! Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy, Isn’t the Lord awesome! He also made a When all of a sudden I am unaware of these way for us to talk to the school so they would afflictions eclipsed by glory accept her children with fewer requirements in And I realize just how beautiful You are regard to transcripts. Her boys have lost 2 And how great Your affections are for me… years of school due to their extreme poverty. Praise Reports: We praise the Lord for His continued sanctifying work in the lives of the people that are coming to church and for the new Down here when you talk about a hurricane, the believers coming into the fold! people know the immensity of the force of the wind We praise the Lord for His constant provision for our church and that brings. God’s love truly is like a hurricane and the congregation. He pours out his grace and mercy in such an We praise the Lord for all the workers he has sent to the harvest incredible way that when He has your number you for the fields are ripe and their help makes it easier for us to can’t resist it! reach many for Christ. The families in the church are learning to let the Lord love them with His incredible affection and they Prayer Requests: are working on letting Him lead them into obedience. Please pray for the new believer’s that come into the fold Please continue to pray for these families and for every Sunday. That they will commit to the new believer’s God’s provision in their physical and spiritual lives as class and personal bible study. we know that we face a battle for the saving and Please pray for the “Hallelujah Party”, that many will come out maintaining of their souls. of darkness and into His light! We thank the Lord for all the help many of you Please pray for all our discipleships, New believer’s, Men’s gave through the pouring out of service to the Lord. meeting, Women’s bible study, and Youth Group. That the The teams that came in June laid the foundation for Lord’s Word would be rightly divided and penetrating to bring the next team from Lynn Valley. Lynn Valley block change. making was prep for the work on the mission school Please pray for our English Women’s bible study that we would done by 1st United Methodist Church. They laid the like to start in late November in the book of Revelation by bricks, painted the classrooms, cleaned out the storage Cheryl Broderson. room, washed uniforms which was a tremendous help Please pray for our church’s finances, that the Lord will provide before classes begin today. for our basic operating costs, for the food for the kids CCMS, The other part of the team provided all that and funds for our helps ministry to the people out at the wonderful work at Juan Manuel and Luz’s home. Mission and so that we can hire someone to help work at the Above all we thank the Lord for the continued work church during the week. that He is doing in the hearts of our congregation as Please pray for our personal finances as well as we try to they learn to love Him more and grow in the subsidize the operating costs at the church when knowledge of His Word. necessary…God is faithful and we are still here! Thank you so much for your constant love and support and encouragement by always being “mindful Please pray for those who have fallen away and have been of us in your prayers”. We love you and are so happy caught up in the world and sin as Puerto Vallarta is a very to be able to share with you all the Lord has done decadent place. Please pray that they would get tired of the through your faithfulness of prayer and support! emptiness and would come back to Jesus! Please pray for unity in the body as “body living” can be Pastor Bill, Renee’, Estie, Micah, Abby, and difficult at times when all are not spending time in the Word Your Family at Calvary Chapel Puerto Vallarta and prayer. Pray for God’s grace in the lives of His children. Please pray for our youth that they would be single -minded in their walks with the Lord and that they would maintain holiness, purity of heart, and a desire to share their faith. 5555 Street Address Please pray for our children, Estie, Micah and Abby in their City, State 55555 Ph 555.555.5555 That they homeschooling. FX 555.555.5555will be able to fulfill their goals and would not be distracted in what send need daily would like to take part in this ministry they your to If you accomplish. donation to: Global Adventures, Calvary with tax-deductible Please pray for their continued walksof Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Rd. NE 87109. If you want to make a the Lord. Pastor Bill and Litzy on the second floor contribution to the Martin’s write it in the memo of your check. of CCMS with new tile! If you want to donate to our General Ministry Fund write “Building Fund” and Global will take it from there.