Taylors lastest and last update

Dear friends and family,

I want to thank each one of you for your prayers,  words of encouragement and financial support while I served with To Every Tribe.

I have shared with most of you that I am not currently involved with To Every Tribe as my husband and I are in seminary,  preparing ourselves for future missions ministry.

This will be my last post using this account, this is for security purposes as we feel led to serve with a specific people group. We will only send ministry updates to our friends in our list of contacts. If you wish to be added,  please send us a private email letting us know that you are interested to be added in our updates list.  Thank you!

In this last update, I would like to share  with you that this coming summer we are going to a mission trip to Marseilles, France and we are raising financial funds for this purposes.  If the Lord leads you to help us,  it will be a huge blessing for us.

Here is more information on our trip http://grouprev.com/taylorcampaign

Thank you very much and God bless you! Your partnership in missions has been a huge blessing to me.

In Christ,

Monica (Lopez) Taylor

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New season in life…

Dear ministry partners and family,

It is my prayer that you all are doing fine , encouraged in your faith and reminded daily of the Gospel.

I know it has been a few  of months since I updated my site and kept you posted in what has happened in my life since the last post. I apologize for the delay.   A lot has been happening and I just had a chance to sit and spend time  to write.

Below I will post just a brief recap of what has happened since my last post.

In June, I married my best friend…

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On June 22nd,  I became the wife of Daniel Taylor from Atlanta, GA.

We got married in my hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico.

We were blessed to have our family and some of our closest friends joining us in that special day.  Our prayer  was that Christ would be honored in our wedding ceremony  and that the Gospel would be preached.  We were thankful for the pastors,  and friends that were part of the ceremony that also made the ceremony Christ honoring. They all made our day so special and for that we are blessed!

Here I am in the hospital bed, before the surgery

Here I am in the hospital bed, before the surgery

Five days after our wedding,  I had a major surgery done.  It was last year that a doctor in Matamoros, Mexico, detected a huge tumor that needed to be removed from my body.   So, I took advantage of my time in my hometown to put myself in the hands of a surgeon.

After the surgery I stayed in Mexico for 4 weeks recovering, with the help of my husband, my mother and the love of my friends and family.

I praise the Lord for all the prayers from all of you that helped with my recovery.  My surgeon is  not a Christian. However, when he came to visit me while I was recovering at the hospital,  he told me that the surgery was successful and that he knew that God was watching over me and on my side as the process went smoothly,  considering the risks involved, etc.

Thank you to all of you that has kept me in your prayers and for the words of encouragement that I received during all this time.  The Lord answered our prayers and I am recovering very well.

Still swollen from the surgery but finally walking and thankful to be alive.  Here I am with my dear aunt Guille and my surgeon

Still swollen from the surgery but finally walking and thankful to be alive. Here I am with my dear aunt Guille and my surgeon

And because pictures speak more than a 1000 words… enjoy a few extra  pictures of our trip to Mexico…

I had the blessing to spend time with my family that I love and miss dearly.

I had the blessing to spend time with my family that I love and miss dearly.

One morning we were taking some pictures dressed with our traditional Oaxacan outfits and We were approached by a TV show. So we were on a Mexican TV dancing show for a few seconds :-)

One morning we were taking some pictures dressed with our traditional Oaxacan outfits and We were approached by a TV show. So we had a 5 second clip on a Mexican TV dancing show  🙂

We visited Mexico City and took a tour in one of those  double decker buses. here we stopped at the statue of the Independence

We visited Mexico City and took a tour in one of those double decker buses. here we stopped at the statue of the Independence

We explored more of Oaxaca,  here we are at the ruins of Mitla

We explored more of Oaxaca, here we are at the ruins of Mitla

What is next for us…

Our moving Truck and packed and ready to head to Louisville

Our moving Truck and packed and ready to head to Louisville

I believe that we shared our plans  with most of you all, But if we haven’t, I apologize if I forgot to keep you posted.

We have moved to Louisville, Kentucky as Daniel got accepted as a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I am very grateful for the support that I have received from my To Every Tribe family. they have been very supportive of all our plans.  It was not an easy decision to move in this direction, but we sensed the Lord’s calling us to this place.  I am going to continue serving remotely for To Every Tribe from here, while Daniel completes his seminary studies.  Our future plan and prayer is  is to serve the Lord in Missions Ministry.

We are currently praying that the Lord leads us to a church where we can serve and also for opportunities to reach out and disciple others.  We heard about the great number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East that have moved to this area and  are still waiting to hear the Gospel.  Our prayer is to be used by the Lord to serve and share the Gospels with the ones that the Lord has prepared their hearts to be His. Please pray with us.

SBTS preview day with Dr. Albert Mohler and Mrs. Mohler

SBTS preview day with Dr. Albert Mohler and Mrs. Mohler

Praises

  • For my husband.  He is truly a humble, godly man. I can honestly say that it was worth it to wait.  I am blessed
  • For God’s care, love and protection while I was in the operating room and for His help with my recovery
  • Because I am recovering well, I am alive and blessed.
  • For His protection and safe travels  to Louisville
  • Because God provided a home for us  and all that we need.
  • For my  prayer and financial partners.  Thank you so much for having my back and believing in me.

Prayers

  • For our marriage. That we will grow in love for God and our relationship as we seek to honor Him
  • For a church that we can call “home” and ministry opportunities
  • Please pray that the Lord brings new, godly friendships into our lives
  • For Daniel’s studies at  Southern.
  • For opportunities to share our faith with our neighbors and refugees in the area

Thank you so much and God bless you!us

If you wish to partner with me in prayer and/or financially, please use the link below.

Designating your gifts to:  MONICA LOPEZ-TAYLOR

All donations are tax-deductible and truly appreciated

TO EVERY TRIBE DONATIONS PAGE

Monica Taylor

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Spring 2013 update

The January 2013 ML, team members

Dear friends and family,

Happy New year to all of you!

I have so many things to share with you that it will take more than  a couple of pages to be able to share.   First of all,  I want to thank you for your faithful partnership in the Gospel.  For a whole year,  I saw the Lord answering our prayers and I am so blessed to have you as part of my ministry team. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

In the beginning of the year, after I returned from my vacations to Mexico,  I went back to the village of ML.

Before going into this last trip,  I prayed that the Lord will give me an opportunity to share the truth of the Gospel with somebody, and He did.  While visiting my friend Minerva,  Ruben, who is also one of the men who we visit and read scripture to frequently,  came over and we began talking  with him about the virgin Mary and the Roman Catholic beliefs on her deity and worship.  Ruben had several questions and Minerva and I showed him what Scripture says  about Mary. That  she was also a human in the need of a Savior and Christ was the only one that was truly 100% God and man and the only one that resurrected.   After the conversation I prayed that the relationship  with him would not be destroyed and for his salvation. Ruben is a good friend of us and I wanted to continue building that relationship with him and his wife.  I know the truth sometimes offends,  and I just prayed that God will open Ruben’s eyes to His truth. Praise God the next day when we had Bible study,  Ruben came back and I had the opportunity to say hi and show him that I cared for his soul.

I thank the Lord for this last trip because I was able to interact and connect with the locals in a special way, and even though I love translating for my team members, in this trip,  I was able to spend more time just talking in Spanish with my local friends.  Sharing stories, trying to comfort them with the Word and just being what I am… A Mexican among Mexicans 🙂

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With my friend Minerva, she is a follower of Christ and an excellent cook. Here I am trying to help in the kitchen

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Oscar, Minerva, Arianna, and Stitch (their dog)… my ML Family 🙂

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It was good to see my friend Enrique, the man whom I have been praying for his salvation

And a little update on my personal life 🙂

Engagement

Daniel  and I  in front of the Cathedral in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico

I also wanted to give you an update on my personal life and a blessing. Two years ago I met a wonderful, godly man,  his name is Daniel Taylor.   Daniel and I began dating last year and  praise the Lord on December 27th, while he came to visit me in Mexico, Daniel asked my mother for her blessing to marry me.  So we are now getting married on June 22nd. In my hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico

I will continue serving with To Every Tribe and we will both serve God in cross-cultural ministry.   We are excited and thankful that the Lord brought us together and to serve Him as  He leads us.  Please keep us in your prayers as we have so much to get done before our wedding in June. Plus I will be moving temporarily to Arkansas,  where I will be serving with To Every Tribe remotely .  If you have any questions about this transition,  please feel free to contact me. I also pray that I continue with your prayer and financial partnership.  Thank you!

Praises:

  • First for all of you, for your love, prayers and partnership in the Gospel
  • For God’s protection over the last year, as we traveled in and out of Mexico
  • For the great relationships and friendships we have developed in ML
  • For God’s faithfulness and provision in all my needs
  • For answered prayers

 Prayers:

  • For my health.  I am in a need of surgery. I am praying that if the Lord wills, that I will be healed
  • For all the wedding preparations and transition in to AR. I will be moving March 1st.
  • For the village of ML, for the salvation of souls.
  • For Daniel and I as we desire to honor the Lord in our marriage
Daniel and I

Daniel and I in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, at the Christ of the Ozarks statue

Thank you so much and God bless you!

If 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 🙂

To Every Tribe Donations page

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

The last one of 2012

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.                                                    

Galatians 4:4-5

This picture shows the Mexico-Texas border towns. We cross it each month as we travel towards ML, the village where we do ministry

This picture shows the Mexico-Texas border towns. We cross it each month as we travel towards ML, the village where we do ministry

Dear friends and family…

Christmas  is that time of the year that brings us to a renewed sense of awe and appreciation for the great redemptive work that God brought about in the birth of His son, Jesus Christ.  It is also a time that we spend with our love ones.  Merry Christmas to all of you! I also pray that  the upcoming year we all strive to love and serve our God in a deeper way.

The year is almost over and I am just amazed of God’s love and faithfulness and for the privilege that He has given me to serve Him alongside you all. Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel.  Your prayers, encouragement, friendship and financial support have made it possible for me to complete my first year of missionary service with To Every Tribe. May the Lord bless your generous hearts!

This is my last newsletter of the year.  And I just wanted to give you a quick update of what is happening in my end.

Next week, I will be returning to the village of ML with my ministry team. I am grateful for all the blessings and answered prayers from the last months that we have served there.

The Lord has opened doors for us and we are beginning to build relationships with the locals, we had spent time and discipled the only Christian family that we know in the village, had Bible studies with people  and next week, we will be able to share meals with some of the families in the village.  On Wednesday evening, we will have dinner with the homosexual man in town.  Please pray for the opportunity to share the Gospel with this man. Please pray for his salvation.

I am thankful that the Lord has allowed me to be bilingual and that He has used my language skills for His glory. I am the only translator in my team. And I rejoice that I can serve them in that capacity.

I pray the Lord continues using my language skills for His glory and for the service of my team members.  I feel truly honored and humble before the Lord for the blessing of communicating His message in Español.

As we left for our trip to ML, our friends from To Every Tribe wave good bye at us

As we left for our trip to ML, our friends from To Every Tribe wave good bye at us

Us, the team members, walking the streets for ML

Us, the team members, walking the streets for ML

The Peace Child…

We truly had a great time, learning from Don Richardson himself

We truly had a great time, learning from Don Richardson himself

It was about 15 years ago that I read a book that  inspired me in my desire to serve the Lord as a missionary.  The title of the book is Peace Child , written by Don Richardson. Mr. Richardson and his family  served as missionaries among the Sawi  people group of Irian Jaya for 15 years.   Through the use of what he calls “Redemptive analogies” (traditions and hidden practices in tribal cultures that can be used to illustrate the Gospel), Mr. Richardson was able to lead many Sawi people to Christ.

At To Every Tribe we were honored to have Mr. Richardson as one of our guest teachers.  For a whole week,  he taugh us about ways to use the Redemptive analogies,  his experiences as a missionary, author, Bible Translator, and information from his studies on Islam.

I feel privileged that I was able to sit in class with the rest of the CPCP interns and  one morning I even enjoyed  having breakfast with Mr. Richardson. What a blessing is to have these great speakers teaching us from their missionary experiences.

I was truly honored to meet one of my missionary heroes. Take one, Mr. Richardson not looking at the camera :-)

I was truly honored to meet one of my missionary heroes. Take one, Mr. Richardson not looking at the camera 🙂

Take two... We both looking at the camera :-)

Take two… We both looking at the camera 🙂

To learn more about Mr. Don Richardson and the Peace child story,  Please watch this beautiful and powerful video.  It brought tears to my eyes…  

Praise:

  • For my first year serving as missionary with To Every Tribe. God’s grace has been sufficient.
  •  For the blessing of serving the Lord among the people of ML and the doors that He has opened.
  • For God’s provision in all my needs.
  • I will be home (Oaxaca) for Christmas.  It is my first time in 3 years that I am able to spend the holidays with my family.
  • A big and wonderful change (yes, more change) has happened in my life…. I will give an update soon 🙂

Prayers:

  •  For the salvation of the people in ML.
  •  My trip to India in February-March.  Please pray that the Lord prepares me physically, emotionally and spiritually for this trip and that I give all the honor and glory to the Lord as I serve Him among the people in that country.
  • For traveling mercies as we will be going to our last trip to ML. In one of the most dangerous states in Mexico…This is the US Department of State report on Travel warnings in Mexico… http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5815.html

Please pray that Christ name is glorified in our lives or death.  Worthy is the lamb!

  • Thank you to all that have asked and prayed for my health.  Please continue praying for me.  I am hoping to have an update soon.
  • For more ministry partners.

    I am blessed to be part of a wonderful Ekklesia team. We read the Word, meditate on it, pray for each other and share meals.  Here I am with some of the kids from our Ekklesia group. I love children, their smiles and love bring joy to my heart

    I am blessed to be part of a wonderful Ekklesia team. We read the Word, meditate on it, pray for each other and share meals. Here I am with some of the kids from our Ekklesia group. I love children, their smiles and love bring joy to my heart

A quick support update…

I am still in the need to raise 50% of my financial support.  Please pray that I raise the remaining needed.

If you wish to partner with me in prayer and/or financially, please use this  link …

https://www.toeverytribe.com/donations/donate.aspx

Designating your gifts to:  Monica Lopez

Your prayers and financial support are truly a blessing to my life.  I am accountable to God and you all for your support and I pray that I am a wise steward of the support entrusted to me. Please pray with me for the best way to use it, to bring the most glory to the Lord.

Thank you so much and God bless you!

Monica Lopez

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24  (ESV)

Fall update

“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…

 

June

“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!

July

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

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

August-September

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.

Praises

  • 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.

Prayers

  • 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!

 
 
Monica Lopez

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

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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

About To Every Tribe

Hello friends,
Some of you have asked me to share more details about To Every Tribe, the ministry that I am currently serving with

In this video you can learn more about to Every Tribe.

Thank you so much and God bless you!

Monica Lopez
“Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan” –John Bunyan

VIVA MEXICO!!

With my mom in Coyoacan, Mexico

As I am typing this newsletter update,  I am thinking about how grateful I am for all of you that are part of my life and that have encouraged me this whole time.

Thank you so much for your prayers, words of encouragement and love.  I praise the Lord for all of you. Thank you for rejoicing  with me when I was able to get  my R-1 visa status.  God has been more than good to me.

This time I would like to give you a short recap of my trip to the mother land… I am talking about  my beloved country… Mexico!!!.

And because a picture speaks a 1000 words… here is a recap of my trip to my home town, my trip to Media Luna Mexico with the To Every Tribe CPCP students and an update of what is happening on our end!!!

The Mexican adventures begin…

This is my Mexico

In the month of April ,I traveled to Mexico City. That was the first stop of my Mexico trip.

While in Mexico City,  I took care of the last step in my visa process.  I praise the Lord for granting me the approval of   my R-1 (religious worker) status. While it was a long process,  the Lord gave me favor before the eyes of the immigration officers and my status was approved.   Now I am able to travel back and forth between Mexico and the US without any problems.  Praise the Lord!

I visited my nephew Daniel,  who lives in Mexico, City

 

 

After my time in Mexico city,  I was able to visit my hometown of Oaxaca. This trip was a blessing as I spent time  with family and friends I’ve not seen for 3 years.

 

I got to spend time with my mom

We eat “chapulines” grasshoppers in Oaxaca

There are many catholic churches in Oaxaca.  Santo Domingo church  is very impressive for its architecture

More Mexico…

After my time visiting Oaxaca, I returned to Texas and went on my first missions trip to Media Luna.  In the state of Matamoros (in Mexico).  I went with a group of students from the CPCP (center for Pioneer Church Planting).  We were in Media Luna for 3 days and we visited the few believers in the area (sadly there is only 1 Christian family in this town).  I stayed with a  local family,  that embraced me and treated me like a daughter.  I purposely  talked to the people, and was able to meet some locals.  I prayed that God would help me build relationships and I believe that the Lord granted me that blessing.

I also translated for the CPCP students as each day we ate meals with the Christian family that are in much need of discipleship.  Each day we all studied the Bible and we shared our faith with the locals.  I truly loved my time there.  Doing ministry is where I find great joy and going back to Mexico was an additional blessing.  However,  Media Luna is a town with years and years of missions and ministry.  But I cannot understand and my heart breaks for the people in this town that are not ready or willing (I truly don’t know what it is) to give their lives to the Savior.

Here with Oscar, Minerva and Ariana.  They were my family in Media Luna

Media Luna is a fishing village located in the Mezquital area of northern Mexico.

While we were there we found out that the locals are struggling financially as there is not anymore enough fish for them to be able to survive

And in Texas…

This semester I have had the opportunity to help Mrs. Mary Moses with her ESL class.

Mrs. Moses has faithfully taught ESL to Hispanics Immigrants in the local Methodist Church in Los Fresnos.  I am some sort of her “assistant” teacher.

I truly enjoy this opportunity to meet local people and serve the community.  and I am praying that the Lord gives me opportunities to build closer relationships with the ESL students so that I can share my faith with them.  Here I am with the class.  It is truly  a blessing  to serve the community where God has placed us and use that opportunity to share the Good News of the Gospel.

PRAISES:

  • My time in Mexico.  It has been  3 years since I last saw my family and just being able to go to my home country and visit my family and friends was a blessing in itself.
  • I cannot stop giving thanks to the Lord that my visa was granted.
  • For the provision of all my needs.
  • For  the friends and fellowship that I have with my To Every Tribe family.

PRAYER:

  • The people of Media Luna,  for their salvation.  As I will continue visiting and building relationships in the town.  Please pray that God will use me as His hands and feet in this place.
  • The few Christians in Media Luna. For their walk with the Lord.  That they will continue growing in grace and truth.
  • My financial support please continue praying that I raise it fully.  Recently I have received some generous one-time donations.  One time gifts are a HUGE blessing, however, t will be great to have more monthly  prayer and financial partners .
  • I have been having a bad eye infection for over 2 months.  Please pray for complete healing.
  • In July, I will be leading a missions trip  to Guatemala.  Please pray for guidance and that God’s name is glorified during my time serving Him among the beautiful Guatemalan people

If 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

Every Tribe Donations page

 

Thank you so much and God bless you!

Monica Lopez

 

 

Here I am holding a Tarantula that we found at the To Every Tribe headquarters

Did you know that…

  • Oaxaca, is  the most ethnically complex of Mexico’s 31 states.
  • Oaxaca has the largest concentration of unreached people groups in the Western Hemisphere .
  • More than 130 different languages are spoken in the State of  Oaxaca.
  • There are 320+ distinct people groups indigenous to Mexico of which about 25+ have no cross cultural missionaries or churches. [COMIMEX 2011]
  • American Christians spend 95% of their offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already-reached people groups, and only 0.5% to reach the unreached.