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Faith Ministries - Pursuing God's Purpose!
May 2017 Newsletter

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VBS - Surviving the Jungle

Time To Start Christmas Shopping

Prayer Changes Things

Meet Our Co-Laborers - Rivera and Serrato


Different Strokes for Different Folks

Dear Friends,

There’s an old saying that I’ve heard all my life (that’s a long time): Different strokes for different folks. We begin learning this early on in life. By the time we reach 18 months we’re already fighting with our playmate over the same toy. It seems we are born with a strong sense of protection over our individual desires and opinions. Many times, we call this selfishness. However, selfishness properly cultivated can mature into a healthy self-esteem.

After about a million and one disagreements, we finally reach adulthood, where we should be holding our opinions to ourselves, you would think by now we would have realized everyone is different and that they have a right to their own opinion and belief.

As I try to view this from God’s standpoint, I realize He doesn’t just accept each one of us as different; He actually created us to be this way. After all, everyone knows there are no two snowflakes the same. Now, if you’re able to number the snowflakes, you’ll have a good start on counting the sands by the sea and the stars in the sky.

Evidently, God really enjoys variety. In I Corinthians chapter 12, the Bible explains the workings of the spiritual gifts. From this passage, we can also learn a lesson on the benefits and challenges that come from being individuals. Let’s look at it with a slightly different sequence of verse order.

I Corinthians 12 verse 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. Verses 4-6 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  Verse 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. Verse 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.

We’re not to use this as an acceptance of the world’s misconceptions and deceptions. However, as Christians that need to be getting along a lot better than we have in the past, we have the potential here of learning how to be much more forgiving and accepting of one another’s different functions, opinions, beliefs, and consider this, varying maturity levels.

Then of course there’s the revelation of Body parts, body parts, body parts. When will we ever get it through our thick heads that we should be thankful that were not all thumbs.

Thankful for your part,

Calvin and Barbara


In the essentials: Unity

In the non-essentials: Liberty

In all things: Charity




VBS - Surviving the Jungle



Surviving The Jungle

Everyone is thrilled with their VBS material this year. The theme is Surviving the Jungle. We also bought the hand crafts that go with each lesson. Every day the children will be making a different animal.

We bought materials for 7,000 children that will be conducted by 35 teams in 79 pueblos. Hallelujah!




Time to Start Christmas Shopping



It’s time to start Christmas shopping. It takes a constant effort all year to be ready for the programs.

Thank you for helping us take the love of Jesus to so many precious children!

Christmas in Mexico


Goals for Christmas 2017
Still Need
Boy Toys
Girl Toys
Toys, Candy, Distribution




Prayer Changes Things


Recently, during our morning prayer I stated (by a word of knowledge) that there is child pornography and molestation going on in Douglas. I prayed that the light would shine on it and it would be discovered and stopped. One week later we went to the church early and there were about 30 law officers at a house across the street. They spent the entire morning working there.

We just figured it was a drug raid, but later found out that's where the child pornography was going on. The man was arrested. They said it was unexpectedly discovered. Someone working in another state, looking for a different person, found it unexpectedly and called our Douglas law enforcement.  We know when the Holy Spirit turns on His light, it’s no surprise.


Meet Our Co-Laborers


Highlighting Pastors and Their Ministries in Mexico

Faith Ministries supports other ministries through some of the following ways: VBS materials, Christmas gift bags, offerings, mission teams, and encouragement. In the coming months, we will introduce them to you in the order in which we met.

Pastor Mario Christmas 2016

In Teonadepa, Sonora, México:

Pastor Mario Rivera

As we share these history briefs on Merxican pastors, we do so in sequence as to when we met them, next is Pastor Mario Rivera (pictured above at one of our 2016 Christmas programs) and his wife, Maria Louisa of Teonadepa, Sonora who pastor Iglesia Victorioso en la Fe.

Teonadepa is just across the river west of Cumpas, a small quaint pueblo of about 200 residents.

We met Mario in the summer of 1989 on a trip to Cumpas. Our friend Roberto Sanders of Agua Prieta was with us to interpret. Mario invited us to preach in his pastorate at the Church of God. Our visit was timely, as the Lord was leading him to change from the denomination over to an independent work. He was very hungry for our message and interested in how we work as an independent organization.

Soon thereafter, a local lady donated a vacant lot, perfectly situated at the entrance of town for building a new church. Right away Mario’s faith was put to the test. City government would not issue a building permit. Not to put aside his Word from God, Mario started construction. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested and jailed for building without a permit.

When the mayor heard of this, he being Mario’s friend, had him released, issued a permit, and sent city dump trucks with all the sand and gravel he would need for construction. Many more miracles came to pass as the building went up.

Later in 1993, all independent churches in Mexico were required by law to register with the federal government. We introduced FCF International to the pastors we knew, making their process easier. Mario’s was the first of four churches in that part of Sonora to become legally registered.

Pastor Mario has a powerful reputation in his community as a man to call when miracles are needed. Many people over the years have been healed after Mario’s prayers of faith.

Pastor Mario teaching VBS.
Pastor Mario teaching Vacation Bible School a few years ago.

Iglesia Victorioso en la Fe

Iglesia Victorioso en la Fe


Serrato Family

In Douglas, AZ, USA

Pastors/Missionaries Ruben and Maria Serrato

It was late summer of 1990 when Ruben first came to FMC with our mutual friends Arturo and Elizabeth Monje. He made a magnetic first impression with his big friendly smile. Ruben had accepted Jesus as Savior some time before, but had yet to make Jesus his Lord and the main focus of his life. When he first began coming to Faith Ministries he was struggling with the temptations of the world, but his heart was obviously soft toward God. As we prayed with him, prophetic words would lift him up and speak of a beautiful future in Jesus. From the beginning, it was clear Ruben was destined to serve as a minister of the Gospel.

He went to Bible School in Cumpas for two years and grew in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. During those days, he fell in love with Maria Louisa, a lovely, godly senorita from Teonadepa. They are still making history together.

In his last year of Bible School, he would ride his bike 7 miles to the small pueblo of Jecori, preach on the street, and pray for people in their homes. Ruben and Maria’s efforts there resulted in the establishment of Jecori’s first protestant church. Monte Sinai today shines brightly for Jesus.

Ruben and Maria have two bright and beautiful children, Lucy and Ivan, now young adults who serve God in their home church and various evangelism activities in school and community.

Ruben has served Faith Ministries faithfully for 26 years as interrupter and translator here on the border and in Mexico. Within the multifaceted ministry of the Serrato family, they have added a needed service to the Douglas community by conducting Spanish services each Sunday night at Faith Ministries Church.  With Ruben’s heartthrob of an evangelist and his loving pastoral care for people, he fits right into those early prophecies that spoke of his beautiful future in Jesus. Their lives and ministry have been, and continue to be a tremendous asset to God’s work through Faith Ministries.

Serrato Family

Serratos - Summer 2005



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