Mexico Wrap-Up

Perla and her four children received a new home last week in Reynosa, Mexico. They were so happy and grateful. As a team, we were so humbled. God used our team and volunteers working together in harmony, peace, and displaying His love toward one another.

Earlier in the week, part of our group visited with Lupita. Her family received a house we built in 2003. Lupita shared that she prays daily for each person on the team who built her house. Her belief in the power of prayer and her dedication to the Lord stands as a powerful witness to the people of Reynosa, and to our team. We also had the opportunity to pass about Bibles and food to people in the community. We then invited them to our big fiesta on Thursday. We showed an evangelical video, and it was easy to see God at work. Many were moved by the presentation and fellowship.

Our time in Reynosa taught us thankfulness. We are all thankful for God’s perfect plan. He brought a team of people together with a variety of skills and abilities. He blessed our time and ministry. One major blessing in our partnership with Faith Ministries is the chance to go back year after year and see the community change. We had the opportunity to meet a new young pastor named Carlos Santos. He worked with us to meet community members and invite them to church. Reynosa can be a difficult community to work in because of the limited resources available. Our hope is to return in a year and see Pastor Santos’ ministry thriving. We are very thankful for our SPC family. Your prayers and support for this ministry and our trip were a blessing to us and the community we served. May God continue to work in and bless Reynosa.

Andre Crouch wrote a song with words “How can I say thanks for all the things you have done for me.” The words seem so inadequate, yet all we can say is “thank you, Lord!”

Story of Hope

Please read below how your shoebox will impact children all over the world. Don’t forget our item of this week are ACCESSORIES (hair bands, kids jewelry, kids sunglasses, barrettes)

“God, I need a Bible,” prayed Terry, just six years old at the time. He lives in Arandis, Namibia, an English-speaking country in the southwest of Africa. His grandmother—his primary caregiver since he was 5 months old—taught him to love the Word.

In Namibia, Engela (center) pray with the children under her care.


“We used to play, sing, and read every day,” Terry said. As they read the Bible together, she also taught her grandson how to pray. “Close your eyes and talk to God,” she said.

But Grandma passed away July 11, 2015 due to complications with diabetes.

Terry now lives with her daughter Engela—his father’s sister—along with four other cousins whom he refers to as brothers and sisters. He misses his grandma tremendously, especially the time they spent in her Bible. He longed for one of his own to read.

“He likes God’s things,” Engela said, pointing to the fact that Terry will often pray and spend time in the Word before he does his homework.

Unaware that this might be unusual for a boy his age, Terry said, “I pray for people who are sad and very sick.”

Terry loves to spend time reading the Word of God.


But Terry, now 7, is still a very ordinary boy. When his older sister Ruth was asked to describe her brother, she immediately answered, “Terry is sometimes naughty.”

One afternoon, Terry asked his Aunt Engela if he could borrow her room.

“We’re not borrowing rooms,” Engela said. “You have your own room.”

“I want to pray,” Terry persisted.

“Then you must go and pray in your room.”

“The kids are playing in my room, and they are disturbing me,” Terry answered.

Hearing this, Engela relented: “If it is for prayer, you can go in.”

There in his aunt’s bedroom, Terry prayed for his Bible and for some toy cars.

Answers Inside a Shoebox

A week later, Terry and his cousins were invited to church to receive Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes.

Terry raced home after the event, shoebox in hand, calling for his aunt, “Sister Engela, Sister Engela, I got what I prayed for. I got my Bible!”

Along with the treasured book, he found the toy cars he requested as well as some cards, a robot, and a letter that said, “Jesus loves you.”

“I felt like Jesus was giving it to me,” Terry said.

“I felt like Jesus was giving it to me.”

“I was very excited,” Engela said. “I was happy that God really answered our prayers.”

This single parent believes her mother would be proud that Terry received the Bible he asked for in prayer. “She would be very happy because she taught him how to pray,” she said.

Engela is grateful for each person who packs a shoebox gift. She said, “I just want to say thank you. Thank you that you make a difference in our lives, that you care for us and pray for us.”

She trusts their experience of God’s provision can encourage others. “I believe that God is always there for us,” Engela said. “I have seen the wonders He can do.”



Hola! From Mexico

Praise the Lord, we have all arrived safely in Reynosa.   There are 26 of us from Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Texas, Alabama and State of Washington.  We all are excited about the week and the plans God has for us to accomplish.

img_0045During our devotion time, we read 2 Cor 9:9-15  “Each are a blessing to the ones we will help, look not only for ways we can be a blessing but ways each of us are blessed in this serving and ways other people who are serving are a blessing – Make me a servant Lord.”

Beautiful day – we were divided into smaller groups and assigned to Casa Team 1 and 2, food prep for school children, sewing group, woodworking-removing nails group and preparation of re-bar poles.

img_0080God is so good – our teams worked together and “gelled” to be the Lord’s hand and feet.   With the work, we know that we are God’s children working together to serve Christ.

Our devotions from Romans 12:1-8 reminded us we each have different gifts, actual body parts (and they are hurting today) but the body of Christ is strengthened today by each of our assigned tasks for His glory.

We as a team request your prayers to keep us safe, body parts up to “par”, healthy bodies and focused on the tasks of God’s plans while in Mexico.

img_1097We praise God for answered prayers for good weather and good fellowship with new and old friends.   Praise God for Faith Ministry and the blessings that come from God through them.

October Excitement

October is shaping up to be an exciting month for missions at SPC. We have officially launched our Operation Christmas Child collection, our Mexico mission team just left for a week serving in Reynosa with Faith Ministries, and we are collecting winter coats and sweatshirts for The Pour House to help the homeless to stay warm during the winter.

graphics_gallery2This week’s item for Operation Christmas Child is art supplies. Bring crayons, markers, stickers, notepads, pencils, and coloring books. Your donations can be placed in the bins in the gathering place. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our packing party on November 10th as well from 6:00-
8:00pm. Packing a shoe box is a family event!

A team of almost 30 people have arrived safely in Reynosa, Mexico to serve with Faith Ministries. They will be serving healthy meals to families, helpinglogo_h_taggray with Christian programs, and building homes for families in need. Please keep this team in your prayers as they serve Reynosa and the surrounding communities. SPC has been serving with Faith Ministries for decades, and we hope to continue working with them for many more years.

Lastly, we are collecting men’s XL or larger coats and sweatshirts for The Pour House to distribute to homeless in our area. These items will be necessary to survive the harsh cold weather this winter. Drop off items in the bin by the Caring Ministry office. pourhouse-logo1You have until the end of October to help with this important local ministry! You can also volunteer to help at this event on November 12th. You can sign up in the Gathering Place during the month of October.