La Paz Prison Report March 2019

La Paz Prison Team Full Report

In one sense, one could say that this was the best team ever this time in this prison -because the inmates that have come to know Christ in the prison have matured in Christ to whereas they are now reaching out to their fellow inmates.  It really was exciting to see one inmate sharing Christ with another inmate, and then to put his arms around this other inmate, and pray for him.    Thank you again for all of your prayers and financial support that really help to make these outreaches such a success. No other group is now allowed to go into these prisons to do what we do-and people’s lives are being changed as a result. They all appreciate the love and attention we give them, as we share the love of Jesus with them-and many are receiving the message of salvation.

Don & Lorraine Karsgaard

Cris McCoy September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

Hello dear ones,

Attached you will find some stories from our summer ministry in Mexico. There are always so many to tell, but only room to share a few. I pray you are blessed in these accounts of what God is doing! My heart is full of gratitude for your love, prayers, time and attention.

In His Extravagant Love, Cris(ty) McCoy

Johnson Journal August 2018

Johnson Journal August 2018

Partners in Ministry

Lynne and I had a great summer and hope you will enjoy reading a couple of the highlights in the attached newsletter.  God is do an amazing work in the lives of the Angels and other key people in San Vicente.  We are thrilled to have front row seats to the life journey of so many people as they mature in the walk with our great God

Thank you for your faithful prayers, encouragement and support.  We are truly blessed to have you as part of our team and be able to serve God in Baja.

Late news:  Dave fell off a ladder a few days ago and after a trip to San Diego we know that nothing is broken.  However, he does have limited mobility and some pain.  We ask you to pray for a full recovery and that the pain will be limited so we can complete our trip on the west coast to share about the ministry in Mexico.

God bless you and know you are valued and appreciated

“The Mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity” –Mark Stachura

Dave & Lynne Johnson

Serving With Mexican Medical Ministries
619-488-4447 (San Diego, CA)
503-931-6552 (Salem, OR)

Phone calls are forwarded to San Vicente

Trujillo’s August 2018 Prayer Letter

Prayer Letter August 2018

The Hemet Valley Baptist Church from Hemet, CA came this July. Their 25 team members came to help for a week at the
seminary (STBC) as well as work with Iglesia de La Hermosa, next to the seminary in Tecate.  The team worked hard on construction and maintenance work, including painting, demolition, ground leveling, pouring concrete, and laying brick for a patio area outside of the seminary kitchen. It was hard work in the hot sun and many of the team had never done this kind of work. Some of the ladies did a sewing class while sewing curtains for the seminary classrooms. They left two machines with La Hermosa Baptist Church for them to use as needed. The team also spent time helping La Hermosa reach out to the community around the church. Special services were planned, visits were made where testimonies were shared, and people were invited to come to the church for a special service each evening. One result from the visits was that a family of six prayed to receive Christ.

Johnson Journal – April 2018

Johnson Journal April 2018

Partner in Ministry,

We were so excited to hear the people of San Vicente share about their mission’s trip to Nayarit (central Mexico).  I, Dave, had the opportunity to accompany the church on their early mission trips and now it is awesome to see them doing the trips all on their own.  It is clear God is working in many of their lives.

I, Dave, am feeling really good and walking several mornings each week for over an hour.  It feels so good to not have any negative feeling which had been so much a part of my life the past 3 years.  We thank God for the medical team which has worked to improve my life and give me back some energy.

We have attached our latest newsletter for you to know what is happening in our ministry and assist as you pray for us and the ministry.  Thank you for your continued prayer, encouragement, and support.

“Effective ministry is not only about what you can do, it is also about how well you teach others.”  Paul Goodner

Dave & Lynne Johnson

Serving With Mexican Medical Ministries 619-488-4447 (San Diego, CA)
503-931-6552 (Salem, OR)

Phone calls are forwarded to San Vicente

 

Loreto Weekend Report – Santa Rosalía Prison May 30 – June 3, 2017

Report for Weekender Prison Team May 30 – June 3, 2017

This month we were in a prison again – this time in Santa Rosalía, where we have been going every year for the past eight years – sometimes twice in a year. It was so wonderful to be back again sharing the love of Jesus and the message of salvation with some of the staff, guards and inmates; and to see some of the fruit of our previous labors.

On the day we arrived, we were welcomed very warmly by many of the staff and guards – quite a difference from how everything began eight years ago. All of the suspicion, apprehension, and criticism we experienced back then had been replaced with embrace after embrace; and on the last day, one of the lead guards asked if we could take our health fairs to the communities around his home – and he assured us that he wanted to help us put these health fairs on…

In the meetings we had with some of the staff and guards at the beginning of each day, I explained exactly why we keep coming back – beginning by telling them why every time we come we give everyone the little booklet, “Agua Viva”- the Gospel of John.

What makes this book special is that the writer had seen and heard something so very unique, from a person he had got to know so well, that he felt compelled to share what he had come to know with as many people as possible. In the same way we too have come to know and experience some-thing we want to share – especially with the inmates (who have been discarded from society) – because everyone who comes to know and experience what this writer explains, will have their lives will be changed forever, for the good…

The writer used these words trying to describe who Jesus was: The Word, Creator, Life, Light, Grace, Truth, Son of God, Lamb of God, Forgiver… During these three morning meetings we read together John 1:1-23 and I explained in detail what each of these words meant; and then I went on to explain that John the Baptist declared himself to be preparing the way for the Messiah – the One who was coming into their world as promised, to change everything…!  In the same way I said, “We’re like John the Baptist – coming into your world to share this same wonderful news…”

After the meeting on the third day one of the office staff came to me explaining how much she really appreciated what we were doing, and had done over the years; and then went on to explain that her life had been changed as a result, and that she had been attending one of the churches in Santa Rosalia that we had held our health fairs at a few years ago…

At the meetings we had with all of the inmates at the end of our three days I again explained to them, using a modern parable, the personal value there can be of reading the Bible, believing what it tells us, and doing what it says…, over one hundred men picked up Bibles.

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Johnson Journal – April 2017

Partners in Ministry

A few days ago I was in a meeting with Alba, the leader of the Angels, and Pastor as we were planning several outreach events in partnership with our groups. Now they have taken ownership and are planning and leading all the ministry activities and we are privileged to be able to come along side and support their ministry. They are now asking us to join them. It was really exciting to see them making plans for what they wanted to happen. Mostly I was just asking how we could assist them.

What a change from a few years ago when they seemed to want us to do all the planning and they would come along only because we asked.

As one of our Partners In Ministry you are a vital part of this ministry. Without you we could not be serving in San Vicente and without any doubt without your prayers we would not have seen God work nearly so much. We want to thank you for your faithful prayers, encouragement and support. Each of you is important and we consider you to be very special.

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Loreto Weekend Report – March 30 – April 3, 2017

REPORT FOR WEEKENDER TEAM — March 30-April 3, 2017

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Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had more than 250 inmates in the La Paz State Prison ask for Bibles and New Testaments: we gave out over 100 Bibles, 150 New Testaments, and over 100 Gospels of John. We prayed with almost everyone who came to see one of our 4 doctors, our 3 dentists, or to get some glasses. We had over 25 workers with us – and there were over 50 inmates who gave their lives to the Lord – after which we sang together, ‘Hallelujah…, Hallelujah…’

On Sunday after 132 inmates had been through our 3-day Health Fair, we had a meeting with a large number of the prisoners, (with a few guards and staff also present). There had been an invitation given to the inmates to come and listen to Don explain why we had come, and to receive a gift bag from us, as well as the opportunity to receive a Bible.  (The gift bag included: a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and a wash cloth.)

We had probably 200 men and 20 women come to this meeting, as I explained that we had come because we and many our friends love them… I went on saying, “Someone has lied to you… You need to ‘trust the evidence’ – there is more evidence for ‘Creation’ than there is for ‘evolution’…” I carried on, “…God was at the beginning…; He created everything for His purposes – including each of us; therefore at the end of our lives we can expect Him to be our Judge… Are you prepared to meet your Judge?  God offers you and us a pardon for all the wrongs we have all done; and He wants to give each of us better lives…  It is all written down for us in the Bible – if you would like to have one to read for yourselves, just ask for one as you come to receive a gift bag from us…” I went on explaining, “…the gift bag is small, but our friends have put them together for us to give to you, just to prove that we do love you…” 

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