2017 News Feed

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Special Thank You

January 2017 - A special thanks to those of you that sent special offerings to help with the expenses of the Children’s Home.  There are 110 young men and women that are in the dormitories attending middle school and high school.

Missions Update

January 2017 - God continues to bless the missions of the Grand Vision Baptist Church. We have received updates from the following missionary families:

Kipor Baptist Mission:  Brother Bonifacio and his family visited the mission in Kipor in December.  They held a special Christmas program with good attendance.  Pray for Pastor Ramon Bustillos and for the salvation of the Pima Tribe.  Brother Bonifacio reports that God has provided land to build a church building in Cd. Obregon, the city where they live and work among the Mayo Indian tribe. Continue to pray for them and especially for Brother Bonifacio’s health.

Rock of Ages Baptist Mission: Brother Eliezer and some students of the Bible Institute are faithfully working in the Rock of Ages Baptist Mission in Natahuachi.  Attendance for their services is around 30.  During Easter vacation, the students and men from the Grand Vision Baptist Church and from the communities around Natahuachi will be working on the construction of the church building.  Pray that God will supply the funds for this construction.

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Prayers Answered

February 2017 - God supplied funds to buy two new word-burning water heaters for the dormitories.  They are installed and working!  We are also thankful for a new Bible Institute student.  Luis Homobono is from the Otomi Indian Tribe. He is a member of the Horeb Baptist Church located in Santa Maria del Monte near Toluca, Mexico.  Pray for Luis as he prepares to serve the Lord.

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Bible Institute

January 2017 - Three pastors came to teach in the Bible Institute during the week of January 16th – Brother Francisco Muñoz from Cd. Coahuila, Brother Oscar Maya from Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua., and Missionary Mario Zavala from Panalachi.  They are all graduates from the Bible Institute.  Each night we had special chapel services.  They were a blessing and encouragement to all of us.  Pray for the 14 students that are preparing for the ministry.

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Church Update

February 2017 - Special emphasis was placed on each of the four Sundays in February.  Members and friends brought 28 first-time visitors, six people were saved and eight made decisions for baptism.  We had a contest to see who could memorize the most Bible verses.  A middle school student, Reyna Orozco, memorized 316 verses and she received a beautiful Bible as a reward.  The last Sunday, was the 29th anniversary of the GVBC.  Pastor Miguel Guillen from Gethsemane Baptist Church in San Pedro, Coahuila, was the special speaker.  This is always a time of gratitude to God for all His blessings upon us.  “To God be the glory, great things He hath done.”  Around 300 people came from the town of Bocoyna, the bus routes and from two of our missions.  Brother Mario from the Panalachi Mission brought 42 people and Brother Eliezer from Rock of Ages Mission in Natahuachi brought 35.

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Church Update

March 2017 - Greetings from the Grand Vision Baptist Church in Bocoyna, Chihuahua, Mexico.  God has been working miracles.  After thirty years of witnessing to the people in the village of Bocoyna, many are responding to the Gospel.  Six were saved this month, others have made decisions to be baptized.

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Missions Update

March 2017 - God continues to bless the missions of the Grand Vision Baptist Church. We have received updates from the following missionary families:

Rock of Ages Baptist Mission: God is blessing Brother Eliezer and the mission in Natahuachi.  Three adults were baptized and three people were saved. A few Bible Institute students and members of the GVBC will be going to work on the construction of the new church building.  God has supplied the materials for the construction. The mayor and the local people donated two tons of cement. One of our supporting churches donated tin for the roof.  Thank you!

Panalachi Baptist Mission:  God continues to bless Brother Mario and his family in Panalachi. They average 35 in attendance and many new people have attended the services for the first time.  Some families walk three hours to get to the mission. Pray for Brother Mario and family as they faithfully visit other communities. Especially pray for the communities of Ocorochi and Ojeachi.  Also pray for Angelica`s health.

Eben-Ezer Baptist Mission:  A special service was held on April 2nd to celebrate their 3rd anniversary.  The choir from the GBVC in Bocoyna sang and Pastor Jose Martinez brought the message.  There were a lot of first-time visitors.  They are especially grateful for the new chairs donated by the Horeb Baptist Church of Torreon, Coahuila.

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Prayers Answered

March 2017 - We praise the Lord for supplying food for the cafeteria, Maseca for tortillas and for supplying construction materials for the mission in Natahuachi.

Church Update

April 2017 - Greetings from the Grand Vision Baptist Church in Bocoyna, Chihuahua. Five people accepted Christ and others came rededicating their lives to Christ during the month of April. Click here to see the latest pictures.

Vacation Bible School

April 2017 - We held our Vacation Bible School the week of April 17th.  The elementary school in Bocoyna loaned us their classrooms.  A total of 50 children attended and eight of them accepted Christ as their Savior.  We plan on following up with them and their families. Pray for the children and for the salvation of their parents.  Click here to see the latest pictures.

Panalachi Youth Meeting

April 2017 - Missionary Mario Zavala organized a two-day youth meeting on April 21st and 22nd.  Pastor Samuel Batres, Pastor of Luz Del Evangelio Baptist Church in San Pedro, Coahuila, brought twenty of his Bible Institute students to see the work that Brother Zavala is doing among the Tarahumara Tribe here in the mountains.  In addition, 19 young people came from the Mission in Natahuachi.  Various pastors and missionaries brought challenging messages, there was special music, testimonies and visitation in the town of Panalachi.  We had a total of 60 young people in attendance.  Three adults and three young people were saved.  Click here to see the latest pictures.

Children’s Day Programs

April 2017 - We celebrated Children’s Day on April 30th.  We had 90 children in attendance.  A lesson was given by Bible Institute students using puppets.  We had special music and handed out bags of candy.  There were 30 first-time visitors.  The mission in Natahuachi had their program on the 27th with 60 present and the Eben-Ezer Baptist Mission in La Junta had their program on the 30th with 35 in attendance.  Two people made decisions for Baptism.  Click here to see the latest pictures.

Special Prayer Request

April 2017 - Our Missionary, Brother Bonifacio Gonzalez and family, working in Obregon, Sonora with the Mayo Tribe and different ethnic groups need our prayers.  As we mentioned in previous letters, Brother Bonifacio is having serious problems with his recuperation from a fall he had two years ago.  He is still in a wheelchair and needs surgery on one of his legs that is not healing.  Pastor Martinez and church have decided for him to come here to Bocoyna for medical attention.  Pray for him and that God will provide for the expenses.

Mother’s Day

May 2017 - We celebrated Mother’s Day on May 7th with a special service.  Sixty-two mothers were present, and one was saved.  Each mother received a small gift, and after the service we had a special cake.  An additional 65 mothers attended special services held in our surrounding missions, and six were saved. Click here to see the latest pictures.

Bible Institute Graduation

May 2017 - We held our annual Bible Institute graduation banquet on May 19th.  A delicious dinner was served, the graduates shared their testimonies, special music was played, and our Missionary to Obregon, Sonora, Brother Bonifacio, brought the message titled, “Being Faithful in God’s Service.”  Click here to see the latest pictures.

Brother Bonifacio Update

May 2017 - Thank you for keeping brother Bonifacio in your prayers.  About a month ago, he and his family came to Bocoyna to get the medical attention he needed.  He saw a specialist and the doctor said he will have to have operations on both legs.  The total cost of the first operation along with the ongoing care will be approximately $5,000.  The Grand Vision Baptist Church has raised about $1,250 so far and additional offerings were sent in through Tower Road Baptist Church, our sending church. Thank you to those who contributed.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers. We are praying and trusting God that He will guide the doctors and supply the necessary funds for his treatment.  Click here to see the latest pictures.

Father’s Day

June 2017 - We celebrated Father’s Day on June 18th.  Twenty fathers were present for the special service.  Pray for the men of the church, some for salvation and others to be more faithful. Click here to see the latest pictures.

Bible Institute Graduation

June 2017 - The week of June 5th was Graduation Week for our Bible Institute.  There were special speakers Monday through Wednesday.  Thursday night, June 8th, Brother Ramon Vicente Lara, Huichol Indian Pastor from Nayarit, was the graduation speaker.  Seven young people graduated this year.  Some of them will return to study the special missions course for their 4th year.  Pray for Brother Ramon and his family, as they were in a terrible automobile accident during their trip home.  We are thankful that nobody was seriously injured. Their vehicle, however, was destroyed. Click here to see the latest pictures.

Christian School Graduation

June 2017 - We held our Christian School graduation on June 30th.  Ten young people graduated from middle school and 12 from high school.  Pray especially for these students that God would will lead them in their future plans.  Also pray that they will be a testimony to their unsaved family and friends while home for vacation.  Click here to see the latest pictures.

Missions Update

June 2017 - The following is an update from our missionary families. Click here to see the latest pictures.

BROTHER BONIFACIO UPDATE:  Pastor Martinez and Brother Bonifacio have been visiting doctors and hospitals to inquire about the operation to fix brother Bonifacio’s legs.  They found a clinic and an orthopedic surgeon closer to Bocoyna.  This will help reduce travel expenses, and it will allow him to be closer to our facilities.  His surgery is currently scheduled for the middle of July.  A very special “THANK YOU” to all of you that have provided financial and spiritual support.  May God richly bless each of you.

NETAHUACHI MISSION:  God continues to bless the Rock of Ages Baptist Mission in Natahuachi.  This month four people made decisions to be baptized.  They continue working on the construction of the church building and are just about ready to install the roof.

PANALACHI MISSION:  Pray for spiritual growth of those that have recently been saved in the Panalachi Baptist Mission, especially for Mrs. Ines.  Pray for the salvation of her husband and their two sons.

OTHER MISSIONS:  God blessed us with 8 souls saved during the Bible Study in the village of Jahuey this month.  Pray for them as Brother Eber and wife Vicky teach the discipleship lessons.  Also pray for Ebenezer Baptist Mission in La Junta that souls will be saved.

2017 YOUTH CAMP

July 2017 - The most outstanding blessing during the month of July was our annual youth camp for which we have been praying.  God is good, His blessings were great.  There were 145 campers in attendance.  Sixteen pastors from around the country brought their young people.  The messages were centered around the theme “No Turning Back.”  Hebrews 10:9 “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”  Four were saved, three made decisions to be baptized and four surrendered their lives for full-time service.  Almost every camper, pastor and Christian worker consecrated their lives to be more faithful in serving the Lord. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE.” Click here to see the latest pictures.

Missions Update

July 2017 - The following is an update from our missionary families. Click here to see the latest pictures.

BROTHER BONIFACIO UPDATE:  We are also thankful that Missionary Bonifacio`s surgery went well.  He has follow-up appointments and we are grateful to the Lord that He has supplied the funds for his surgery and ongoing treatments.  Keep praying that he will be able to walk and soon be back in his field of service, Obregon, Sonora, taking the Gospel to the Mayo and Pima Indians.

NETAHUACHI MISSION:  Six people from the Rock of Ages Baptist Mission were baptized on July 23rd.  Brother Eliezer Martinez is in charge.  They are also in need of prayer that God will supply funding to purchase materials for the roof of their church building.

PANALACHI MISSION:  The Lord blessed Missionary Mario Zavala and his family during their annual Daily Vacation Bible School with good attendance.  Several Tarahumara children were saved.  Pray especially that God will supply materials to begin building their church building.  At present, they still have services in their home.

NEW SCHOOL YEAR

August 2017 - We are thankful to the Lord for permitting us to begin another school year in our Christian middle and high school.  This year we have a total of 125 young people enrolled.  There are a lot of new students.  Eighty-five percent of the student body are of Tarahumara descent.  Pray with us that the Lord will open their hearts to His Word and they will be saved.  Also pray for Pastor Martinez and staff. Click here to see the latest pictures.

THANK YOU!

August 2017 - The following is a letter of thanks from Missionary Bonifacio Gonzalez and his family:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you so much for your prayers and special offerings for my operation and medical attention.  The operation was a success, and I am now walking with crutches.  I will be under doctor’s care for two months, then we will return to Obregon, Sonora to continue working among the Pima and Mayo Tribes.  The mission in Kipor continues under the leadership of Pima Pastor, Ramon Bustillos.  Pray especially that God will supply the materials to begin building the church building in Obregon.  We have purchased land and want to start building upon our return.

Sincerely,

Bonifacio, Adriana, Pablo and Rocio.

Missionaries to Pima and Mayo Tribes

II Thessalonians 3:1

PANALACHI MISSION UPDATE

August 2017 - The mission is celebrating their 6th year working among the Tarahumara Indians.  At first, they were not very well received in the community, but God has opened doors and hearts to receive the Gospel in this area where no one has been able to enter and STAY.  Many have listened to the Gospel and more than 70 have been saved.  Twelve have followed the Lord in Baptism.  Pray for Brother Mario and family, Angelica, Brisa, Esias, Manuel and Abil.  Their other daughter Ana continues as a student in the Bible Institute in Bocoyna.  Click here to see the latest pictures.

MISSIONS FOCUS

September 2017 - We praise the Lord for His blessings upon the Grand Vision Baptist Church and its missions!  Emphasis was placed on missions during the month of September.  The theme this year was “Dilo a Todo el Mundo” (“Tell all the World”) based on Mark 16:15. Sunday morning the Sunday school classes presented songs, recitations and dramas about missions.  The special speaker was Brother Carlos Madrigal.  We had a total of 19 people saved in the church and its missions. Four young ladies from the mission in Natahuachi surrendered their lives to serve the Lord and will enter the Bible Institute in January.  Seven made decisions to be baptized, and many promised to raise their faith promise mission offering for the coming year.  The Grand Vision Baptist Church now supports ten missionaries among eight different tribes here in Mexico. Click here to see the latest pictures.

NEW MISSIONARIES TO JAPAN

September 2017 - Brother Carlos Madrigal and his wife Belen graduated from our Bible Institute 16 years ago and they have worked faithfully as full-time workers in the Grand Vision Baptist Church and in our Christian Schools ever since. They surrendered their lives to go to Japan as missionaries a few months ago.  They will be on deputation for about a year and a half.  The Grand Vision Baptist Church will be their sending church.  Pray for them that God will guide them and supply their needs. Click here to see the latest pictures.

NATAHUACHI MISSION UPDATE

September 2017 - Brother Eliezer and the Rock of Ages Baptist Mission in Natahuachi had their services in their new building. They were happy to be holding services there despite the fact it is not yet finished.  Pray that God will supply tin for the roof as well as windows and doors.  This was their first Missions Conference, and the people were eager to learn about giving to missions.  The special speakers were Pastor Jose Martinez from the GVBC, Missionary Jesus Rodriguez to the Tarahumara in Guachochi and Missionary Carlos Madrigal, future missionary to Japan.  The congregation promised to raise their monthly faith promise offering and committed to add another missionary family. Click here to see the latest pictures.

PANALACHI MISSION UPDATE

September 2017 - The Panalachi Baptist Mission celebrated their sixth anniversary on the 23rd and 24th along with special services on missions.  Speakers were Pastor Jose Martinez of the GVBC, Brother Ramiro Soso, of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, and Missionary Carlos Madrigal.  There were many Tarauhmara in attendance.  One soul was saved. Click here to see the latest pictures.

LA JUNTA MISSION UPDATE

September 2017 - Brother Eber Martinez brought 19 people from the Eben-Ezer Baptist Mission in La Junta to the Missions Conference in the Grand Vision Baptist Church Sunday morning. They are now supporting three missionaries. Click here to see the latest pictures.

BIBLE INSTITUTE

September 2017 - Classes for the Bible Institute began on the 5th of September.  There are 14 students including four new ones.  We are thankful to the Lord for these that He has called to serve Him.  Pray for them and their preparation. Click here to see the latest pictures.

CHURCH UPDATE

October 2017 - We thank God that 10 people visited us for the first time at the GVBC in the month of October. Nine people received Christ as their Lord and Savior and nine followed him in baptism. We pray for their spiritual growth. Click here to see the latest pictures.

MISSIONS UPDATE

October 2017 - All of the missions of the GVBC continue to flourish and God is blessing them abundantly.  Pastor Martinez took Brother Bonifacio to the Doctor for a follow-up visit on the 12th of October.  Brother Bonifacio’s recovery is on track and he is getting around well with the use of crutches.  He and his family have returned to serve the Lord in Kipor and Villa Juarez, Sonora.

During this visit to the doctor, Pastor Jose Martinez witnessed to a lady from the nearby town of Gomes Farias and a gentleman from the city of Parral. Both of them joyfully and willingly accepted Christ as their Savior.  Please keep both of them in your prayers. That God may continue to touch their hearts and that they may be faithful to the Lord.

Brother Carlos Madrigal and his wife, Belen, are very excited about their decision to go to Japan. They are currently visiting churches with the purpose of raising support for their missionary work. We pray that God touch the hearts of the churches so that they can raise the necessary support for their calling.

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HEALTH UPDATE

October 2017 - Some of you are aware that I was diagnosed with skin cancer over the summer months.  I had an emergency surgery in Mexico in September and I came out to the United States in October to have further surgery. I am happy to inform you that the doctors report that all the cancer cells have been removed and that I’m free to resume my life in the mission field. No further treatment is required.  I look forward to serving God for years to come.

Despite the fact I have Medicare insurance, there are quite a few incremental travel, doctor and medicine costs as a result of my treatment.  Please pray that God will provide the funds necessary to address these costs.

CHURCH UPDATE

November 2017 - We are extremely grateful to the Lord for His blessings upon the Grand Vision Baptist Church and its missions; for His protection, for supplying for our needs, for the souls that have been saved, and Christians growing in the Lord.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Five people accepted Christ as their personal savior in November, and two made decisions for baptism. The average attendance (not including the student body) was 125. Click here to see the latest pictures.

MISSIONS UPDATE

November 2017 - Our missions continue to grow and souls are being saved on a regular basis. The following are updates from our missionaries.

Natahuachi Mission – The mission celebrated its second anniversary on November 16th.  They held a special service to celebrate the occasion, and they invited pastors from our other churches and missions to preach a special message.  There were 65 people in attendance.  They continue working on the construction of their church building.  The roof is on, but they are still lacking materials to finish the floor, a door, six windows, and plaster for the walls. Pray that God will supply the necessary funds for these needs.

Panalachi Mission – Brother Mario and his family are serving the Lord faithfully in this mission.  In November, two young men were saved, and one came to re-dedicate his life to the Lord.  He is now attending services regularly. Pray for Aron, Aldo and Gregorio that the Lord will guide them, protect them and give them spiritual strength. Also, pray for the construction of their church building, that God will supply the funds to purchase construction materials.  The men from the Bible Institute will be going to help dig the foundation for the church building.  Church services are currently being held in their home.

Kipor and Villa Juarez, Sonora Missions – Brother Bonifacio and his family have moved back to Villa Juarez, Sonora to continue working with the Mayo and Pima Tribes.  He will be returning to Bocoyna the last of January for the second operation on his left foot and leg.  Pray that the surgery will be a success and that they can return to their place of service soon.

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CHURCH UPDATE

December 2017 - “HAPPY NEW YEAR” to all!  We are grateful to the Lord for all of His blessings upon the Grand Vision Baptist Church and its ministries in 2017.  We deeply appreciate your faithful prayers and offerings that make these blessings possible.

Five souls were saved and several are awaiting baptism during the month of December.  The theme of the four Sundays was “The Need for Salvation”.  We praise the Lord for those that were saved during this campaign. Click here to see the latest pictures.

PASTOR’S DAY

December 2017 - December 3rd was “Pastor’s Day” at the GVBC.  Brother Jose Martinez celebrated nine years as pastor of the church.  The members presented him with gifts and a cake.  Pray for Pastor Martinez, that God will give him wisdom to continue leading the church and its ministries.  Our goals for 2018 as a church are:

- That families will grow close to the Lord.

- That souls will be saved.

- That we will be able to establish more missions and churches here in the mountain area among the Tarahumara and Mexican people.

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

December 2017 - We held our annual Christmas dinner for the students of our Christian School, Bible Institute and for our staff members on December 15th.   We are grateful for our Christian friends that donated food and gifts for this special occasion.

Our annual church Christmas program was held on December 24th.  Our program included special music, a drama, and each Sunday school class presented a music number.  There was good attendance for the event.  A lady that brought her children to the program was saved.  She was very happy.

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YEAR-END CELEBRATIONS

December 2017 - Like many of you, we welcomed in the New Year on December 31st with a special dinner.  Each family brought special dishes, tamales, buñuelos and various traditional foods.  Afterwards, we had a time of prayer and everyone purposed in their heart to do more for the Lord in 2018.

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