Archive for June, 2012

Jun 19

The Well Mission to Guatemala – 10 Days Left

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Field Updates,Global,Rabinal Achi

Please continue to pray for our young adult (Well) mission team made up of Brian, Rachel, Sophia, and their fearless leader Marvin G.   Their trip wraps up June 27th, so they are on the home stretch now. Please pray for renewed energy, team unity, and servant hearts.

Here are a couple of ways to keep up with the stories from the field and how God is moving among them and the Achi on this trip.

Marvin’s blog:

Finally we were back in San Miguel Chicaj, with two intact cars and two intact drivers. And I was exhausted! When I arrived at where I was staying with my young adults, they all exuberantly told me how much they missed me and Sophia gave me a big, big hug and told me, “I missed you, grandpa.”

Sophia’s blog:

My 6:00 AM wake-up call once again comes way too soon. On the bus ride up the mountain before a grueling hour hike to the remote Latin village of Chopen I am thankful that my stomach pains have subsided. I should have had a bigger breakfast. For some reason a small bowl of yogurt and a slice of pineapple wasn’t quite enough food to make it up the mountain. I found myself in between my small prayers of “Lord, don’t let me throw up” and “Lord give me energy, don’t let me pass out”, in awe of the fields of corn, rolling clouds, and moss rocks (my dad would have wanted to take every one of them home, he loves moss rocks). My heart leapt for joy as Hector announced, “Five more minutes”. However, I should have reminded myself that five minutes in Guatemala time is more like fifteen.

If you know any of these four, or any of the 17 others that recently returned from Achi land, be sure to take them to coffee in the next couple of months and listen to their stories of God’s glory spreading broader and deeper among the Achi.

Here are some more pictures from their mission:

Church in San Jeronimo praying over The Well team


The Well Team with Byron, Irma and their two daughters and one niece


The Well Team praying over the youth group in San Jeronimo


The Well and OR4 in Santa Catarina San Jeronimo


Sophia giving testimony of God's grace at San Jeronimo




Jun 17

Redemption Church’s Grand Opening “Jesus Party” in Review

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Local,Redemption Church

Last Sunday (June 10th) was Redemption Church‘s Grand Opening “Jesus Party”.

Here is a note from Pastor Carlos on how it went:

We called our Grand Opening Service a “Jesus Party”. We did this to emphasize that the reason we are excited to be in a place of our own in Rio Rancho is solely because of Jesus. We wanted a place to worship Jesus as a family, as well as a place where people would meet and be transformed by Jesus. We also wanted a place where disciples of Jesus were made and baptized. For us, Sunday was a celebration centered on Jesus.

What a party it was! Jared and the band led us in a great time of worship through song. We welcomed numerous visitors and guests, including many from our sending church, Desert Springs. I preached a message from Mark 4, in which we looked at a cluster of parables from Jesus. Jesus used the parables to teach about the Greatness of the Kingdom, and the unlikely way through which it comes. I also set forth a bit of vision about where Redemption goes from here.

The end of the service was one of the most special moments in the history of Redemption Church, as we concluded with our first baptisms. It was really special for me for a couple of reasons: First, I was amazed at the number of baptisms we had (4). While in the core group stage, before our official launch, we as a small group prayed for 4 baptisms. This was a big prayer for a group of 40 people. To see Jesus give us 4 baptisms was a testament to His faithfulness, not ours. The second reason Sunday was so special, was because of who I baptized first (my mom). I had never done a baptism before Sunday. For my mother to be my first one made it even more memorable. Hearing the church cheer, clap, and cry with joy when my mom came out of that water still brings me to tears and fills my heart with joy and thankfulness to Jesus. All 4 people who were baptized shared amazing stories about how Jesus saves sinners, as well as marriages. All in all, it was an awesome service.

Sunday was not the end of the journey for Redemption. If anything, it was a celebration of being at the starting line.  Redemption is now starting the next chapter in our journey. This chapter, like all previous and future chapters, carries the same vision: we exist to make disciples, and plant churches. So, while Sunday was a beautiful celebration, it was just the beginning!

DSC Elder of Teaching/Preaching Ryan Kelly attended the Jesus Party and writes:

“God has been good to DSC…and to Redemption Church (DSC’s first church plant). It was such a privilege for my family and I to join our brothers and sisters at RRR last Sunday for their official kick-off Sunday in their new facilities (which, by the way, look great and seem to work really well for them). A good crowd turned out — many former DSCers, some current DSCers (there to celebrate the special day at RRR), and many new faces as well. It was a sweet, God-exalting celebration of His goodness in song, prayer, Word, baptism, and fellowship (RRR is carrying on the DSC tradition of cookies in the foyer, in case you wondered!).”

And here’s what DSC Elder over Local Missions, Tim Ragsdale, said of the day:

“It was such an encouragement to attend the Grand Opening Jesus Party at Redemption Church–our first church plant.  It was really great to also see a number of new faces.  I was particularly moved by Pastor Carlos’ first baptism (and of course Redemption’s first baptism), Los’ own mother.  What a privilege and honor it was to be a part of this service-ceremony.  Let’s  not forget to keep Redemption Church of Rio Rancho in our prayers for God to continue to spread his glory broader and deeper!”


Redemption is DSC’s first church plant, and, Lord willing, the first of many in the coming years.  In order for this, as well as global church planting to become a reality for us as a church, we need more folks within the body to come along side us in support of the $1 per day and beyond strategy.  Visit our DSC church planting page to find out more and to sign up to give.


Jun 13

Care Net Baby Bottles are Due This Sunday!

2012 | by Clint | Category: Local

Don’t forget to bring your Care Net Baby Bottles full of cash this Sunday.  This Sunday, Father’s Day, marks the end of our 2012 Baby Bottle Campaign for Care Net.  Bottles can be turned in at the Information Center in the foyer anytime Sunday morning, or the DSC office during the week.

What a joy that we can come alongside a life-saving ministry like Care Net to try, by God’s grace and His will, to save babies and families from the horror of abortion, and unto the riches of God’s saving love in Christ.

God, please bless these funds and the ministry of Care Net.