Ives Family- Chihuahua 2020 Update
I know it's a little late but Happy New Year! The reality that the Faithful One knows what's in store for the year to come, loves us enough to promise to work things out for our good and is powerful enough to ensure that His promises come true gives me lots of hope and excitement for 2020. May it be a blessed and fruitful year that sees us drawing closer to Jesus than ever before!
We've been hard at work over this Christmas/New Year season to establish and prepare things at Roca Norte. As a church, we believe that this year God is calling us to three big steps of faith. #1.) We launch our House Church meetings next month. #2.) We plan to launch in-depth Bible study classes in the fall. #3.) We are praying and planning to launch a cafe at the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021. The cafe would primarily be focused on outreach but would also double as a building for church services on Sundays. We're excited to see what God does with these three things!
As the semester at UACH begins next week, we're also preparing for an exciting opportunity that we haven't had before--namely how we can best connect the ministry happening on-campus with what God is doing at Roca Norte. The planting of Roca Norte was never meant to replace the vision of reaching the students of UACH with the Gospel. I believe that the church is the best way to reach and disciple the university students! So we are excited to launch our House Churches and are praying that God uses them powerfully to reach the lost in UACH!
Thanks for praying and we look forward to keeping you updated on how things are going both at Roca Norte and on the campus.
-Tim, Priscilla, Josiah and Hannah
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3: 20-21
P.S. We're attaching some photos below the prayer requests that show a little of the church and our family. Also, HERE'S a link for our latest vision update on our website. Enjoy!
- God is continuing to establish and grow Roca Norte!
- The Lord provided for a few big needs that we had as a church (a projector and a computer). Praise the Lord and thank you to those that He used to supply those needs!
- The Lord also provided for us to be able to have the 1st annual Roca Norte Christmas Party! The Lord used it to bring new people into the fellowship and to strengthen the bonds among the group!
- At the end of last semester, we were able to invite around 10 non-Christian students to our house where we ate together and talked about Jesus and the Gospel. The Lord was touching many of their hearts and we're praying that they accept Jesus soon!
- The kids are getting more adapted to their new school and seem to be growing!
- Hannah turned 6 in December!
-That God would continue to lead and guide Roca Norte and use us powerfully to reach Chihuahua with the Gospel.
- That God would bless the launch of our House Churches next month and also with finalizing the pre-launch discipleship and logistics. Please pray that He would use the HCs to provide deeper fellowship in the church and also to reach the lost.
- For the leaders of those two HCs (Priscilla/myself & Diego/Laura). That God would give us wisdom for how to lead our groups and also fill us afresh with the Holy Spirit in order to be used mightily by Him.
- For the ministry happening on-campus at UACH this upcoming semester. For the Lord to raise up students and leaders with hearts to evangelize and disciple students.
-For wisdom and direction regarding another building for the church and how the timing for the cafe vision comes into play with that.
- For the physical health of our family. There has been a rotation of sickness in our family that is currently making its second round. At least someone in our family has been sick for the last month and a half. Please pray especially for Hannah's health as she's been really sick the past few days.