Zac and Julie Stutler

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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A Storm Outside and A Shower of Blessings Inside.

As we drove across the city to get to Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) Church´s Santa Anita Campus for the start of the new semester for Bible Academy, we saw the dark clouds above the mountains surrounding the city. We hoped the rain would wait. We didn’t want anything to hinder the evening´s activities.

It was the big day for which we had all been preparing and praying about for some time. Much of our time the last several weeks had been spent preparing materials, writing training manuals, organizing classes, training leaders to give classes, preparing rooms and getting supplies ready for this important night. The Bible Academy was not just starting its fall semester, it was EXPANDING AND MULTIPLYING! A new upper-level discipleship class had been added and the children´s class had been developed more. The real exciting news is the MULTIPLICATION OF THE BIBLE ACADEMY FROM ONE MAIN CAMPUS TO THREE CAMPUSES!

Yes, we said THREE!!! In addition to having a seeker class, basic discipleship and discipleship classes for youth and adults and a class for children at our Santa Anita campus, we will have Seekers classes and children´s classes in the Woodland’s campus AND in a brand-new location, San Sebastian, where the third campus will be planted.

San Sebastian is an area of Guadalajara where various families from Aliento de Vida live. These families have a great desire to reach their neighbors with the life changing message of Jesus. The Bible Academy, which will meet above a clothing shop owned by one of the members of the Aliento de Vida leadership team, is the first step in the opening of the new campus in San Sebastian. This is an exciting step of faith for the Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) church family.

Yesterday afternoon had started out like most of these days in Guadalajara, cloudy and a chance of showers. We were grateful that we had arrived early to set up for the big night. From the windows at the Santa Anita campus, we watched as the afternoon sky got dark and before long a tremendous storm let loose. Texts began pouring into our phones with pictures and videos of heavy rain, flooded streets, and even stalled cars all over the city. Various people come to Bible Academy on public transportation, so we knew this was also going to be a challenge. The Woodlawn’s campus meets in a very nice tent on the property where the church is going to be built – but it is still a tent. This was going to be the very first night for the San Sebastian campus. It was uncertain how the storm would affect this important night.

But God is at work! In spite of heavy rain, flooded streets, crowded buses, and a very wet night, people began arriving at the three different campuses. Though some people were not able to make it because of the storm, fifty-seven adults and seven children gathered with great enthusiasm to study God´s word. One person even joined via zoom since it was impossible for her to arrive by bus. It is exciting to see the growth as new people come to learn about Jesus and also to see others maturing in their walk with Christ. Leaders are also developing in wonderful ways. Last semester, all but one of the classes were led by the pastor or international workers, now various local believers are leading classes and others are in training to lead in the future. God is at work. Yesterday, while there was a storm outside, God sent showers of blessings inside the three campuses of Aliento de Vida.

These showers of blessings are part of these exciting days of growth and expansion in the SouthPointe Project here in Mexico. Planting churches and training leaders is key to taking all of Jesus to all the world. The new campus in San Sebastian is another exciting step in taking the love of Jesus to the people in Guadalajara. In the near future, the goal is also to start a campus in the community where we live. Please continue to pray for the exciting days ahead.

You are part of these great showers of blessings that the Lord is sending here in Guadalajara. God is at work through your prayers and giving. People are seeking to know Jesus and are growing in their relationship with him because you pray, and you give. Thank you so much! You are a blessing.

May God shower down blessings on you each and every day.
Together as we take All of Jesus to all of the World.
Zac and Julie Stutler

We so appreciate all your prayers and financial support! With these showers of blessings come exciting opportunities for expansion and taking the love of Jesus to more people in Guadalajara and the surrounding states. With the expansion, there are also more opportunities for giving. If the Lord would lead you to help financially with this exciting project you can go the giving page on the Alliance Website and choose the option of “A Project You Love.” You can designate in two areas for projects in Guadalajara, Mexico.

• South Pointe Church Planting – This will help specifically with outreach and other needs for planting the new campuses of Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) Church in the community where we are living and other communities.
• South Pointe Church Construction – Gifts to this will help with the church building project on our Woodlands campus.

Prayer Requests - Zac and Julie Stutler

Specific Time Sensitive Requests
We praise the Lord…
• For a wonderful three-week vacation that we got to spend with family in the US.
• For the 19 people who followed the Lord in Baptism on August 1.
• For the friendships that we are beginning to build in our community.
Please pray …
• that God would open many doors for us to be a blessing and serve the people in our community.
• that God would open doors for us to make friendships and build relationships with people in this community where we are living and plan to start the 4th campus.
o Pray that we will be able to develop good friendships with our neighbors. We have met a few people recently and are asking the Lord to help us meet many others and begin to develop deep friendships.
o Pray for a friend whom we have invited to church who has expressed a real interest. Pray that he will soon attend church with his family and that they also will find Jesus as Savior and Lord.
• that God would direct us very clearly as we develop the strategy and plan for outreach in this area of the city that is being targeted for the 4th campus the Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) church. (Scheduled to start in early 2022.)
o Pray that God would clearly lead and guide as we begin forming a team of Mexican leaders to help with this outreach.
o Pray that God would provide financially for this project.
• that God would give us wisdom and clearly lead us as we plan an activity for couples that we hope to offer in our community in mid-September.
o For a good location to have the event.
o For wisdom as we prepare and organize the event.
o For God to prepare hearts of people to attend.
• For the South Point Project – Vision 5-5-25 - Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) multisite church
o for the Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) Bible Academy
 that God would give us wisdom as we plan to add a new class at the main campus of the Bible Academy and open the Bible Academy beginning with a seeker class in two other locations for the Fall semester.
 that God would bring many more to new life in Christ through the seeker classes.
o for the construction of the “Aliento de Vida Bosques” (Breath of Life Woodlands) campus church and that God would provide for this important project.
o that the Lord would clearly lead the team to a place to rent for the third campus in the San Sabastian area of Guadalajara, which is scheduled to begin outreach in the coming weeks.
o for the two IW couples (John and Cathy Howard and Carlos and Lily Saavedra) who have moved into the state of Zacatecas to begin laying the groundwork to start a campus of Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) church.
General Requests.
Please pray…
• that God would continue to help us have a learner’s heart.
• that God would help us to quickly build relationships within the church and be a blessing to the believers here.
• for God’s hand of protection and health on the missionaries, local leaders and their families and the church people.
• for God´s blessing and protection on our families in the US and that we would be able to continue to have wonderful opportunities to communicate regularly with them.

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Updated: September 04, 2021

Children's Names
Luke
Ana
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Mexico
Address
Paseo Solares 1632 Coto Acanthia #67
Residencial Solares
Zapopan, Jalisco, 45019
MEXICO

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