“to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:18
Dear Ministry partners,
It has been at least a couple of months since I wrote my last ministry update. Thank you so much for your prayers, words of encouragement and financial support. Your giving is a ministry of His grace to me. Thank you so much!
As I type this blog update, I praise the Lord for His strength, grace and faithfulness to me. It was a busy, busy summer… But I am grateful for the privilege of serving him and sharing the Good News of the Gospel with others.
This summer I served in Guatemala, this is the Lake Atitlan and the volcano
Here is an update for all of you about what has been happening with me lately…
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
Psalm 90:12 is one of my favorite verses… In the month of June, the Lord blessed me with another year of life.
I truly wished that I had spent my birthday with my family. But I am thankful that the Lord blessed me with his love and presence on my birthday.
It is my prayer that I make each day of my life count for the Gospel and God’s glory!
Beautiful South Carolina y’all!!!
In the month of June I spent three weeks in the beautiful state of South Carolina.
My friend Shaye Scarborough (who currently studies at the To Every Tribe ‘s Center for Pioneer Church Planting) and the elders of the church where she attends (New Covenant Christian Fellowship), invited me to visit them for 3 weeks in Greenville and to be a guest missionary for the Vacation Bible School program… called “Things hidden”.
I absolutely loved sharing with the little ones about my “missionary journeys” and about God’s heart for the nations. I was so impressed with all the kids. Each day I brought a surprise gift from Mexico as a reward for whomever answered the questions that I asked… These precious South Carolina children were so excited about the Mexican souvenirs that I gave away. Some of them even memorized Mark 16:15 in Spanish:
Y les dijo: Id por todo el mundo y predicad el evangelio a toda criatura.
VBS was so much fun!
Guatemala… always in my mind!!!
After spending 3 weeks in South Carolina, I came home, packed my luggage and left for Guatemala.
It has been almost 4 years since I visited the country and I was excited to visit my friend Antonio Moxnay and his family that live in San Pedro La Laguna. I was also excited about the missions trip that I was going to lead in the area.
My friend Mark Sisler and his group of 44 participants (youth and adult) from Western Springs Baptist Church joined me in Guatemala for a 8 day Missions trip in the Lake Atitlan Area. The Lord also added to our team, Scott England, who lead us in worship each day during our trip.
During our time in Guatemala we served at the church Vida Real located in San Pablo, La Laguna. We partnered with my friend Antonio Moxnay, who is the pastor of that church and we all had great opportunities to pray for the locals, share our faith, build meaningful friendships, we helped build a small home for a local family in need, we played sports with the kids and had a blast in VBS… Here are some pictures of our trip…
What a great looking group
My new Tzutujil friends…. Aren’t these children beautiful?
VBS was so much fun!!!
We prayer walked in the town of San Marcos
We spent a wonderful day with the kids at the Eagle’s Nest orphanage
We made new friends and showed our soccer skills.. hehe
Guatemalan kids love cameras 🙂
I visited my friend Paulina… whom I met about 6 years ago… It was good to see her again and her beautiful children
We rode each day to our ministry site, inside the back of a pickup truck
And in town, we rode the “tuck-tuck”
San Pedro (Saint Peter) himself… btw, we stayed in the town of San Pedro La Laguna
After a busy summer of travels, I came back to Los Fresnos to help my supervisor, Steve Best with all the details before the busy school year began.
The Lord has brought 22 new interns to our school and our amount of work has exceeded our capacity… Including for housing.
As the new school has begun, we have been praying and forming our ministry teams as we are training the new interns on church planting among the unreached. Part of the on the field training that we offer at To Every tribe, involves multiple trips to Mexico for our students. In this way, they have the opportunity to disciple, build relationships and Lord willing, plant a church in a village where there is non or very little evangelical presence.
This year, I will be serving alongside some of the interns in the town of ML (I can only share the initials of the town because of security purposes).
To Every Tribe has already done some ministry work in that village. However, there are very few believers there. We are praying for wisdom and ways to reach out to the locals with the Gospel and Lord willing, help to establish an indigenous led church in ML.
Our ministry team
During our visit in town, we were able to encourage and share meals with the only Christian family that we know. But for me the highlight of our trip was the encounter that we had with a man whom I will only share his first initial “M”.
During our morning of prayer and visitation, two of my team members and I stopped at a house where we saw a man in town who is an alcoholic. While we were trying to encourage this man to leave his addiction to alcohol and share scripture verses with him, one of his friends, “M”, began listening and asking us some very good spiritual questions.
This man, “M”, has had some conversations with some pentecostal and some Jehovah witnesses and he told us that he was confused and wanted to know what was the truth, which religion saves and who is the one who saves.
The Lord gave us the opportunity to share the Gospel with him, and although he didn’t make a profession of faith at the end of our conversation, he told us that he wanted to hear more about the Gospel and asked us to come back to his house in our next visit. We gave “M” a Bible and encouraged him to read the Gospel of John and seek the answers to his questions in the Scriptures. Please help us pray for ‘M’., we truly desire to go back and visit him but above all, we are praying that he finds the answers in the Bible and that the enemy doesn’t distract him and discourage him in the process.
- My trip to SC and the wonderful time that I shared with my friends from New Covenant Christian Fellowship.
- The Lord’s strength, guidance and protection during the time I was in Guatemala leading a 8 day short-term missions trip.
- For the opportunity that I had to see once again all my Guatemalan friends and for the blessing of serving alongside Pastor Antonio of the church Vida Real in San Pablo La Laguna.
- God’s faithful provision for a place to live for me and my roommate. We had to move out of the TET compounds as they needed the apartments for the growing number of interns.
- For God’s provision in my finances and for all my faithful supporters that send me generous financial gifts. I praise the Lord for their generous hearts and for their gifts that are very generous and needed . Thank you so much!
- For my first trip to ML, Mexico . For the people that the Lord has led us to, people like ” M” (initial of his name), This man has been seeking for years answers to spiritual matters. Salvation, true religion, etc. and we were able to guide him to Scripture. He is not saved but we are praying for his salvation. and I rejoice that the Lord gave us the opportunity to share Jesus with him.
- Since I moved to TX , I have been struggling with some medical issues. My eyes are much better (praise the Lord), but my doctor sent me to get an MRI and she found something abnormal. Please keep me in your prayers. For healing and discernment of the best treatment.
- For my family in Mexico. My brother lives in a town with strong presence of the Drug Cartels and they have been kidnapping citizens. Please pray for safety for my brother.
- This week I will be traveling twice to two different villages in northern Mexico in order to explore church- planting possibilities. Please pray for safety on the road… we are driving.
- For the salvation of the people of ML (the village where I will be serving at least once a month). For “M”, the man whom we shared the gospel with. We gave him a Bible. Please pray that he stays firm studying scriptures and that he is able to find an answer to the questions that he is looking for, in God’s word. Please pray that the enemy doesn’t distract him in the process.
- February-March… I will be traveling to Northern India, Lord willing. Please pray for the finances that I need for the trip and that the Lord gives me a heart for the people of that country.
Thank you so much and God bless you!
f you wish to partner with me in prayer and/or financially, please use the link below. Designating your gifts to: MONICA LOPEZ. All donations are tax-deductible and truly appreciated
This precious boy in the picture is Pablo. It is my prayer that he becomes a godly man that loves the Lord and that his love and heart for Jesus is evident in the way he serves his Savior and his community
“The secret of the missionary is–I am His, and He is carrying out His enterprises through me. Be entirely His.” Oswald Chambers