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Global Missionaries Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples of all nations. Calvary Chapel is doing just that by equipping, encouraging, and serving our missionaries and the ones they reach for Christ. We are committed to serving as senders to those who would respond to the call and give their lives for the sake of the gospel. Scroll through the list of missionaries below to learn more about the work they are doing around the world. Pray about your involvement.


 

HELPING HANDS MEALS MINISTRY

This ministry helps those who are sick, have had surgery, etc. within our fellowship by providing a meal. If you desire to help in this way, see the signup at the info booth.

THE MESSENGERS STREET MINISTRY 

This is a ministry where we will be going out to various parts of the city to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to reach as many people as we can with the gospel. We go out every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 5pm. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry please contact Nathan Morales. Thank you, God bless! Romans 10:13-15 NKJV

Esther Tijerina and Pan de Vida

[From Esther’s Testimony] My original calling was to be a missionary in Mexico City. I had just finished bible school and the Lord laid on my heart to go to Mexico City. I had no idea what I was going to do when I got there.
Once there I started teaching biblical studies. Within two years those studies grew into a church of over one hundred people. After seven years the Lord enabled me to open a home for desperate people. The calling was to help people suffering from drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution and other needs of the spirit. These people needed a home that supplied not only physical needs but spiritual healing as well. Soon after that, I was called to open a home in Matamoros.

I moved to Matamoros in 1995. I served the Lord there for 3 years. We soon started looking for land instead of having to pay rent at our current location. An evangelist came by and told me about a friend of his that had recently accepted the Lord that had a big heart and some land in Sandoval, a small community to the west of Matamoros.

In July of 1998 Adventures in Missions helped to get us started by building 3 wood frame, steel roofed buildings on this property. Two of the three buildings have been replaced.

We first moved to Sandoval with 4 women and 10 children. By this time I had already been ministering to the local prison in Matamoros, but had to stop because of the move from the city. One day I received a woman whose husband was in prison serving a ten year sentence. Celeste had a son named Pepe and she asked me if she could visit her husband in the prison. I said yes, but that I would need to go with her. From there on I began prison ministry on a weekly basis.

Prison Ministry

As the prison ministry continued, the women’s shelter became well known to many parents. In Mexico, if no one will look after your children, they go to live in the prison with you. Soon I had many parents asking me to take in their children.

First Kids

The first children here were Conrado and then Berenice, Daniel, and Anita. The ministry continued to grow as more women and children arrived.

Three Years on Our Own

As the ministry continued to grow, so did our economic needs. We had no running water; we had to bathe with buckets, Wash clothes outside on a washboard, heat water outside, and use outhouses. They were very difficult conditions for the number of people living in the shelter. Although this was difficult, God never left us; we always had food, clothing and shelter. Through my salvation experience, I have always been confident that the Lord would provide for us.

Yet, I began to feel that we were not a good testimony to His glory because of the way the shelter looked and the conditions we were living in. I told the Lord I kind of felt embarrassed. From the very beginning the Lord had told me that this would be the work of the body of Christ. He explained to me how he had called Moses to build the tabernacle in the desert. Moses did not personally build the tabernacle, he was given the vision. It was Bezaleel and Aholiab, along with the offerings of the children of Israel who built the tabernacle. I knew that I did not have the knowledge or capacity to do this myself. It was not naturally possible. But God is awesome!

I ended my prayers by telling the Lord that I knew that this would happen in His timing, and in His will. One thing I have learned, through knocks on the head, is to wait upon the Lord.

Calling of a Board

Shortly after that, the Lord laid it upon my heart that it was time to pray for people to help me get things in order. I needed to pray for my Bezaleels and Aholiabs, and sure enough, here they came. When it’s of God, He brings it to the door. The Lord chose and provided a board. Thank you, Jesus!

Two Years Time

Boy, did I have a hard time adapting after being a one-man show! But God is merciful. He knew I didn’t know better. Although the changes were difficult, I knew they were for the glory of God and the welfare of the children. That eased my heart and the Lord gave me peace.

Since Then

Pan de Vida has come along way. A beautiful dormitory has been built to shelter 48 children. The municipality has placed a community water well at the end of the block. Running water is not guaranteed but it is usually available. Better electrical connections have been achieved with the purchase of an upgraded transformer and power poles and lines.

Yet hard times are taking a toll on the facilities and the ministry of Pan de Vida. When Homeland Security required passports to re-enter the United States, short term missions to
Mexico dropped by 30 percent. Then when the cartels started pushing their presence, fear dropped missions down to practically nothing. Fear of the unknown has caused much of the good work that was started in Mexico and at Pan de Vida to wear away.

There are great maintenance needs; pumps need replacing, water heaters are rusted out, pressure tanks have failed, ceiling fans have worn out, wood has rotted, water tanks need cleaning, kids wear out doors and door knobs quickly, cabinets need repair, faucets have failed and barely or no longer function. 

 

Rachel’s ending thoughts :)

There will always be a need for the body of Christ to come and be the church by serving and loving on the women and children that are living at the shelter. It is such a blessing to be able to call them a part of my family now. We would love to have you come with us to love and serve these beautiful people.  

Juvenile Detention Outreach 

This outreach, “Ring of Champions”,  will be taking place at the Detention Center (Gollihar between Crosstown & Ayers), On select Saturdays. Will will post the next date on our website on our upcoming events page and on our facebook page. Next one is DECEMBER 9th. Those interested (18yrs & up) in serving can show up at 8:30 am to minister to the kids in the boot camp program as well as to their families until 11:30. If you missed this date watch for new one on our upcoming events page or in our church bulletin. We would love for you to come help the troubled youth of our community. Thank you for your support.

Kenneth & Letty Dujay - Cusco, Peru  

The Dujay Family is currently serving on the mission field in Cusco, Peru. With the vision of planting a bible-teaching church in Cusco, they are actively discipling an locals and have also focused on building relationships with those around them and ministering in various places. Every Saturday the family gathers in the neighborhood park for Bible club with local kids in hopes of getting to know them and their families as well. Sunday morning service at Calvary Chapel Cusco starts at 10:00 a.m.

Larry and Hannah Overton- "Syndeo" Ministries 

In 2006 Larry and Hannah Overton fell in love with a little boy at their church. His name was Andrew. Andrew was a foster child that the Overtons felt a great desire to provide a home for and to "become his forever family." He would be their sixth child, an addition to their five biological children. A few short months later tragedy struck and their world was turned upside down. Andrew went home to be with Jesus when he passed away from a rare medical condition called Hypernatremia. This condition caused very high, fatal levels of sodium in his body. This sorrowful tragedy was compounded when Larry and Hannah were accused and charged in Andrews death. On September 7, 2007 Hannah was convicted of capital murder and sent to a maximum security prison for life without the possibility of parole for a crime she didn't commit. This would leave Larry at home to care for their other 5 children. During Hannah's time in prison God not only held her and her family in His hands but also used this trial in mighty ways. After seven years of imprisonment, Hannah was exonerated and all charges were dropped on April 8th, 2015. During this span, many have come to the Lord and the ministry is continually growing. Although Hannah is home with her family, Hebrews 13:3 reminds her to "remember those in prison as if you were there with them." The Overton's heart is to share their story, encourage those facing times of sorrow, and to always trust that God is faithful to lead them every step of the way. They will continue to minister to those behind the gates and remind the church that this charge is not only for those who have been there like Hannah, but for all believers!

Matthew & Ivy Carver - Cajamarca, Peru 

The Carver Family will be serving at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Cajamarca, Peru beginning in January of 2014. Matthew will be one of the teachers at the Bible College and will also be involved in student discipleship and construction on the new partially-completed campus. Ivy, besides being a busy mother, will be helping the director with mission team organization. Please pray for continued fruit through the Carver Family in Peru.

Kenneth & Eileen Terroade - Galina, Jamaica 

Kenneth & Eileen are missionary doctors serving in Galina, Jamaica. They are involved with leading a Bible Club for children at risk, counseling, visiting shut ins and elderly, and providing clothes and food to poor in the community. More information on Kenneth & Eileen will be coming soon. Please check back with us to view their updated profile.

Alexandre and Lillian Silva Vaz - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Alexandre Silva Vaz is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Calvary Chapel Rio is an non denominational, evangelical church located on the southern coast of Brazil in South America. CC Rio has been formed as a fellowship of Christians under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Pastor Alex desires that the people of Rio would come to know Christ and be molded to His image through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Celso & Tatiana Nascimiento - Sao Vicente, Brazil 

Celso & Tatiana are the Senior Pastors of Calvary Chapel Sao Vicente, Brazil. Calvary Sao Vicente is an non-denominational, evangelical church located on the southern coast of Brazil in South America. Pastor Celso's desire is to see believers grow in thier relationship with God through the knowledge of His grace and truth, to grow in their relationships with each other, and to make the world know the love of God

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