Chula Vista, California

Greetings from Chula Vista, California! After our conference of 2015, the church quickly raised enough money to send me on a mission trip in August. I had the privilege of ministering in both Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. God poured out His Spirit in both places with salvations, healings, and Holy Spirit baptisms with the evidence of speaking in tongues.  It was a wonderful opportunity for our church to make an investment in overseas ministries. 

This year we had revival services with evangelists Jerry Fussell, Julio Blanco, and James Wilkins, all of whom gave words of timely encouragement. Our revival with Julio Blanco was memorable in that one of our faithful disciples who had been seeking to be baptized in the Holy Spirit for several years was filled at last. It was definitely a time of breakthrough and rejoicing.

This year I turned the reins of the bible studies for adults and youth over to two faithful disciples. It so good to see these men rise up and take responsibility for ministry, and they are both doing a good job.

For the first time in the history of our church, we participated in a winter parade. We put together a nativity scene, and our young people passed out church flyers as we paraded down the street. Thousands were in attendance, and we definitely got our name out there. The church has a bright future with church kids coming of age and disciples rising up.

Thank you for all of your support, Tucson!

Pastor Joaquin Orosco

Las Vegas, New Mexico

God has been doing amazing things in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Out of our last conference we sent Jaime and Georgia Cruz to pioneer our first missionary church in Colón, Panamá, supported solely by the Las Vegas church and her outreach churches.

In February 2016 we sent an outreach team to Panama for a healing crusade with Evangelist George Cruz in the new church and also in our other church in Panama City. Many were saved, healed, and filled with the Holy Ghost. God has been moving since, and many more have accepted Christ during outreaches.

We are excited to see the some of our pioneer churches now planting new churches.

In 2015 we had some amazing preaching from Joe Campbell, Chuck Benson, Lee Wilson, Jimmy Peña, Herb Rubi, Richard Rubi, Ovidiu Rusu from Romania, and Juan Pablo Cardo from Argentina. We also had tremendous revivals with Mark Benavidez and Frank Escobar, and with our own evangelists, Jerry Martinez, George Cruz, and Mario Sanchez.

We have been sending outreach teams to our new churches and God is opening many doors.

During the Christmas holiday the children performed a play called How the Grinch Found Jesus. Thirteen people accepted Jesus that night.

This year we started something new. We had a Father-Daughter Dinner, with a wonderful message by Pastor Ray Rubi. Many dads and daughters were touched, and God moved and healed broken lives.

The Japan Potter’s House had a healing crusade with Ray Rubi in February, and Jesus is healing and saving people in Japan!

Please continue to pray for Las Vegas Christian Center, where Jesus is still changing lives!

Pastor Ray Rubi

 

Silver City, New Mexico

What God is doing in the Silver City church is nothing short of amazing! He is bringing soul after soul into the church. New converts are bringing friends and family to church, and we are just standing back and watching God do what only He can do.

We continue faithfully to evangelize our city in every way possible. In October we did our annual haunted house. “Horror of Horrors” was based on the crucifixion of Christ and His power to bring salvation and deliverance. Over the course of three nights, 533 people went through! What’s even better, 358 made decisions for Jesus. We have never had many people come to church from the haunted house experience, but it is still the best outreach of the whole year. There is no other event to which hundreds of people turn out, knowing they will hear a Gospel message, yet willing to pay the price of admission. People in town still talk about the haunted house experience.

The Main Street Project banned us from the Lighted Christmas Parade in 2015 because we went beyond playing Christmas music. We had the audacity to quote Scripture and play recorded commentary, prompting some unnamed person or persons to complain that they were disappointed with our presentation. It made a big stink in the city: letters to the editor were published, and Silver City citizens voiced their concern over the fact that a church could be banned from a Christmas parade for talking about Jesus. We placed a cartoon in the local paper protesting the decision. Pastor Zamora met with the officers of the Main Street Project and the decision was made to allow the church to enter the parade this year.

After our October haunted house we had back-to-back revivals in November, December, January and February with evangelists Del Franklin, Mark Benavidez, David Solano and Alfredo Barron. Every one of them was an outstanding time that really helped and encouraged the congregation. In April we held our annual Harvester’s Homecoming Rally and had the Grand Opening in our new building with Pastor Ray Rubi, followed by revival with Evangelist Frank Escobar.

Memorial Day weekend we held our first church picnic/baptism at which nine converts were baptized. Another picnic/baptism is planned in mid-summer. God is really helping us in Silver City, New Mexico!

Pastor Andrew Zamora

Puyallup, Washington

Greetings from Puyallup Washington! This last year we have seen God do some tremendous things in our city and church. March 15th marked our one-year anniversary. We are amazed at all that has transpired in this last year.

In July we felt led to take our church service out to the local park. We set up chairs and believed that God would move. All the chairs began to fill up, and as we began to worship God, that simple park was filled with the presence of God. The Gospel was preached, and at the altar call, 17 people responded for salvation. After the service, a prayer line formed, and several people receiving healing and deliverance.

In August, we took it back into the same park. As we set the platform God began to move, and there were 22 decisions for Christ. The Holy Spirit has been bringing in key people who are responding to the call of God.

We had some timely revival services with Evangelists Larry Beauregard, Fred Gonzalez Sr., Mike Gomez, and Gabriel Ramirez. All of these were key in establishing souls in the Kingdom.

We are excited about all that God is doing, and anticipating all that He is going to do.

Our mother church in Tucson, Arizona has been a consistent blessing, holding the ropes for us and others as we labor for Christ. We appreciate all your prayers and support.

Pastor Fred Gonzalez, Jr.

Colton, California

Greetings from Southern California! We have experienced a year of favor and fruitfulness in the Inland Empire. 

Following the 2015 Bible Conference we took our play The Zombie Apocalypse on the road, and what an adventure that was! The story portrays the apocalyptic end of the world caused by the Lazarus Virus that turns affected humans into the living dead. Faced with overwhelming obstacles, a small group of survivors search for the cure that was created using the blood of a scientist’s only son. People in our congregation who had never acted before rose up to make the play a success and a blessing to the various churches we visited.

The fall also provides one of our biggest outreaches of the year at Halloween. Evangelist Mike Gomez has opened his home for the past four years because his neighborhood attracts hundreds of trick-or-treaters and families. We put up our biggest edition haunted house yet, and the turnout was incredible. At least 500 people were confronted with the Gospel at the end of their tour and given the opportunity to respond. This year we saw almost 100 decisions for Christ in one night. Praise God!
Tragedy struck in December as our neighbor city, San Bernardino, was shocked by a terrorist attack that caused the deaths of 14 innocent people. The city participated in a vigil commemorating the lives of those who were lost, and people lived in fear. But God still moved as people turned to prayer in order to gain some understanding.

Our city hosted its annual Christmas parade the weekend after the attack, and this provided us an opportunity to proclaim that Jesus is Lord and that He is in control of all things. We won first place.
The congregation was blessed with revivals with Kris Hart, Ralph Blanco, and Alfredo Barron. In these weeks of ministry, people received specific words challenging them to do God’s will for their lives. We are excited to see all that will come to pass from these meetings.
Recently, the local schools have turned to churches to help them minister to young people. This is a door that has always been shut, but God has opened it, and now our pastor is collaborating with school officials and speaking to students. We are very excited for these opportunities. Please help us pray that God will speak to our young generation.
One of the highlights of the year was celebrating the thirtieth year that Pastor Eric Strutz and his wife Brenda have pastored in Colton. The congregation organized a fellowship in their honor and many people testified of the impact that their ministry has had on their lives. It was a blessing to look back on pictures and videos of various events and outreaches. It was a truly emotional event and we are so thankful for the privilege of having them as our pastors.
It is amazing to look back on the year and see how God moves even when we don’t realize it. We are excited and hopeful for what this next year holds. Please pray for us as we pray for you. God bless you!

Pastor Eric Strutz