January - February - March - April, 2009
Ministry Highlight - San Luis Mission Base
Bill & Fayth McConnell
San Luis Mission Base
Del & Joy Brown
In our last newsletter, we did a short announcement of our new Mission Base in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora Mexico (approximately 25 miles South of Yuma, Arizona). In this newsletter, we would like to share more about the Base. The Mission Base is located in the “Colonia Area” of San Luis. San Luis is a quiet and peaceful town in Northern Sonora. The
base is a 2,500 square foot house with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, dinning room, living room and large garage. At the rear of the house is a large, covered and fenced patio that is great for feeding teams. There are also men’s and women’s bathrooms, with showers, off the patio. We are planning to build more sleeping room above a storage area off the patio in the future. Candy Comstock
and her husband Tony are staffing the mission base and supporting several ministries in the area (See our last newsletter for Candy’s testimony). The Base is a great location for teams to come and stay while doing ministry. Some of the current ministries in San Luis include ministering at men’s and women’s rehabs and prisons, neighborhood outreaches and the construction of an Open Bible Church. Teams can also use our San Luis Mission Base as a “jumping off” point to go deeper into Mexico, especially to projects in Golfo De Santa Clara on the Sea of Cortez. The prospect for future projects in and around San Luis are numerous. We are excited for the open doors God is giving us in this area and would love to have more teams come and help in San Luis.
God Is STILL On The Move in Mexico! Dave & Toni Phillips
Contact us at: Address: God Is On The Move 1269 Norma Court Rio Rico, AZ 85648 Phone: (520) 761-8837 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexico has been experiencing a season of violence, earthquakes, financial despair and now, swine flu. Due to the reports of these problems, tourism in Mexico (especially in border towns like Nogales) is virtually non-existent. Some major universities warned “Spring Breakers” not to go to Mexico and the U.S. State
Department now advises against “non-essential” travel to Mexico. This news has caused churches to re-consider planned mission trips with us and several have cancelled. While we will miss the teams that have cancelled, we highly respect and support the important and weighty decisions that Pastors and Elders make for their congregations. Regardless of what is happening, ministry is still needed in Mexico more than ever. God continues
to call our team to work in Mexico and we travel there on a regular basis building, feeding, loving and ministering as God directs. We believe that this is a great opportunity to spread the Gospel of Hope through Jesus Christ to the people affected by these situations. At this crucial time, we ask for increased prayer for the safety of our Mexico ministries, pastors, leaders and their families. Also, please pray for our team as we continue to minister in Mexico. In addition, due to the decrease in teams and the resources they bring, we are in need of continued financial support to maintain our many ministries in Mexico.
SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS Huron Church of the Open Bible - Huron, South Dakota January 29th through February 5th 2009, we were pleased to host a four man team from Huron Church of the Open Bible. Pastor Dean and his crew worked at the Imuris Men’s Rehab on an addition to the leader’s house, framing walls and putting on a metal roof for an office and bedroom. In addition, they attended a church service in Imuris and ministered to the women in the Nogales Women’s Prison. We also had a great time of fellowship when our friends, Chuck and Venice invited the team to their house to watch the Superbowl. We would like to thank the team from Huron for all their hard work and we look forward to seeing them again soon.
The Huron Team
At Imuris Church
Ministering at the Women’s Prison
Faith Fellowship - Vermillion, South Dakota A four person team from Faith Fellowship were here from March 7th through March 14th 2009. The team, lead by Pastor Anthony, worked at the Imuris Men’s Rehab doing the sheetrock for the addition to the leaders house. This is the same room Huron worked on, so we are now calling them the “South Dakota” rooms. Pastor Anthony, who learned Spanish in Argentina, preached at the church in Imuris. Following his message, the team had a powerful time of prayer with the teens from the orphanage. Pastor Anthony also taught the Bible Study at the Nogales Women’s Prison. We really appreciated the team and look forward to seeing them again soon.
The Vermillion Team
Pulpit donated by Vermillion
Work Done by Team
Putting in the Last Piece
Calvary Open Bible - Springfield, Oregon February 21st through February 28th 2009, Calvary Open Bible tackled the construction of two block buildings at the Imuris Men’s Rehab. They also worked on plumbing and electrical on other existing buildings at the Rehab. The team had many opportunities to minister throughout the week including a Tea given by Joy and the women of the team for Lilia and the girls at the Imuris Orphanage. The week ended with an awesome service at the Men’s Rehab that included worship and testimonies from Calvary team members and men from the rehab. We would like to thank Pastor Kirk and the team from Calvary for all the work and ministry they did over this awesome week.
Calvary Team in Front of Finished Dorm
Tea for the Orphan Teen Girls at Imuris
Pastor Kirk and Team Praying for Gloria
Calvary Women with Women Prisoners
Our Mission and Purpose OUR MISSION is investing in the harvest of Mexico. OUR PURPOSE is to glorify God, bring people to Jesus Christ and to minister to the spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of the disadvantaged men, women and children of Northern Mexico.
We’re on the web www.godisonthemove.com
Nogales Women’s Prison Update God has been doing wonderful things in the Women’s Prison. Weekly, the God Is On The Move Team meets with the women for lunch, fellowship and a bible study. This time of fellowship and studying the word of God has opened many of the women’s hearts and lives to the power of the Holy Spirit. While several women have been released from prison, more have come to replace them in our group. In addition, a new dormitory has been opened at the prison that will bring even more women to the group. We continue to praise God for His presence in the lives of these women and their families.
Small groups praying
One of the women sharing her heart
Nogales “el Día del Niño” Day Camp
Current Ministry Needs •
10’ by 6’ “Wells Cargo” Type Enclosed Trailer
New Spanish Bibles and Tracts
New underwear and socks for men, women and children
Financial support for weekly women’s prison ministry (Weekly meal, study guides, fuel, etc…)
Van or truck for new rehab ministry in Culiacan (Must be a 1998 vehicle)
Continued prayer for our ministry
On Saturday, April 25th, Bill, Fayth and Gloria helped Pastor Victor Chavez’s church from Nogales, Sonora with a day camp for the church’s children to celebrate the upcoming “el Día del Niño” or “Children’s Day” in Mexico (which this year was on Thursday, April 30th). God Is On The Move provided puppet entertainment, games, prizes and a clown during the day long festivities. There were over 250 children in attendance and the camp was a great success.
Bill giving out candy to a game winner
Gloria clowning around with the kids
Boys waiting to play a game
Kids watching the puppet show