Robert and Cheryl S Fugate

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Following pastoral ministry in State College PA, we served with The Alliance for 24 years in Santiago Chile, before accepting a call to redeploy to Guadalajara, Mexico in 2014. Since July 2014 we have been engaged in church planting and in April 2015 launched a new church, Breath of Life. In 2016 the church purchased property with the help of an ADF loan and in 2017 we crystallized the strategic vision 5/5/25 and Southpointe project. We are praying for 5 campus churches in GDL, and five church plant core groups in surrounding states by the year 2025. We returned to GDL in December 2017 after a 5 month Home Assignment. We have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.

NEW UPDATE FROM FUGATE - Project SouthPointe

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Greetings to you as many will be experiencing the freshness of Spring arriving with all of its blooms and fragrances!! I long to smell the lilacs, a flower we do not have around us here in Guadalajara, Mexico . . .thank you so much for praying for us, for wanting to know more of what the Lord is doing around HIS world through Alliance Missions, and for giving to this great cause -- to work to bring back the KING!

Since adding a second service on Sunday mornings we have been able to accommodate more people and the results were immediate. Our small church is limited to 100 seats and people were standing in the back or the hallway during services. That is fine if they are Christians...but the problem is what happens when non-Christians are standing in the hallway or the back and they like what you are doing, but they find an all too easy excuse to not return. There are some 130 -140 attending on Sunday mornings since we added the second service.

Sunday May 5 - we launched Vision 5.5.25 to the entire congregation while we celebrated our 4th anniversary. We challenged the congregation to take seriously the Great Commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations. We also showed the final construction plans for our building which we are planning on starting this fall.

Although we are a small group, we have an amazing number of people working and ministering in a variety of ways. There are 75% of our congregation working, helping, ministering, in some capacity in the church and the Circle of Care. This is practically unheard of in churches and this is a result of our challenge for people to be prepared to multiply and form our second church this fall in 2019. That means we need to duplicate everything we are doing and in this way, many more people are joining and catching the Vision 5.5.25.

Northwest and Ca Tour
We made a 10 day trip to Seattle and to CA in April. Cheryl spoke at the Great Commission Women's retreat in the Alliance Northwest District and we renewed ties and relationships with one of the most wonderful congregations we have ever had the privilege of knowing.... .Valley Church in Renton WA. Valley church gave us our start in 1983 taking us on as pastoral interns and gave us a safe place to spread our wings, test our abilities and our desire for ministry. It was through the Valley Church where Cheryl and I received needed ministry experience and loving support. Till today, they have been a solid foundation for our ministry and over the years we have maintained active contact with this incredible church.

Part of the purpose of our trip was to renew old relationships, make new ones, and confirm the eternal value of a local church helping a young missionary couple on their way to missions. Thanks Valley Church!

Bob also met in CA with district leaders and pastors to discuss future opportunities for partnerships with CA and the west coast as we have so many commonalities and as we are so close to each other.

Greetings during the month of love, February, 2019
After a wonderful Regional Retreat in beautiful city of Montevideo, Uruguay, we returned back to Guadalajara, Mexico renewed and ready to take on a new year of ministry with the Breath of Life church. As we drove back home in the taxi from the airport, we conversed with the driver about the gas crisis, and soon found out all the news -- it looks like things are back to almost normal and we are able to get gas for our cars at anytime, not looking for lines where a station might be getting gas soon or watching our chats that will give us a hint to which station will have gas at 10 pm tonight!!!
So, we are so thankful that we were able to get gas when we did, and were able to keep our ministries going in spite of many having difficulties with the lack of gas. God was very faithful to all of the people in our churches, and we are praying that this crisis might just help with the fight against corruption that was the reason for this current situation . . . every little bit helps to chip away at the hard rock of corruption that is so embedded in the society of Mexico.
Continue to pray for the Breath of Life church as we got to two services on February 24, 2019. We have been averaging about 120-130 each Sunday, and that is a wonderful problem to have, except when you only actually own 100 chairs in the sanctuary part of our building!!! So, after consulting with the congregation about times and how the Sunday School would work, we will launch two services next Sunday!! It is an exciting time, and we look forward to being able to minister to even more people as they begin to realize that we are a vital place for them to find hope and true love in Jesus!
Our youth will be having a special night that they are calling Heartbeat, which will be a special night celebrating love of friendships and the love Jesus gives us. We are excited for them and supporting them at every turn. A special music group will give a mini-concert, and all of the area churches are invited. We are very excited at the growth our youth group has had over this past year, especially as they are growing deep in the Lord and reaching out into their community of friends at school and their families.
Thanks for your interest in what is happening in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico. Continue to pray for all the workers here as we fight against the darkness to make the Light of Christ visible for all!
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Thank you for your support! Together we reveal the love of God with people in practical ways in Chile and Mexico. The link below will get you started.

Prayer

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1. Continue to pray for advances in the building project at the Breath of Life church where we are involved. Permits to build have been slow in coming because we are choosing to do things legally, but just this week we received the declaration that we were given a permanent address!! This is so important since now we can put a permanent address on different permit requests, making things that much more concrete and most of all, legal!!

2. Pray for the ministries that the Breath of Life church will be involved in this month. We have some marriage conferences to help strengthen the tools the couples received during the Marriage Encounter weekend, and now these couples will be meeting on Friday evenings to share and learn and grow in their relationships.

3. Pray as Bob and Cheryl travel to the US General Council in Orlando, FL at the end of the month. It has been 6 years since we have been to a Council, and this year is so important as they celebrate the Chilean National church and their relationship with the US Mission for nearly 122 years! We are excited to see some colleagues from Chile, some of the National church delegates and join in this wonderful celebration of the faithfulness of God over these many years.

4. Continue to pray for the Great Commission Fund, the major source of resources that the Alliance uses to minister around the world. There is a special campaign this month to give to this fund in a special way, and a donor has offered to match each donation given, all the way up to $500,000!! Please consider your part in this special offering . . . this is an amazing opportunity to increase our possibilities to minister to more people around the world. Pray that this campaign would be successful as we work to bring back the King!! Thank you!!

Thank you so much for reading all of this and praying along with us. We so appreciate your interest in what the Alliance is doing around the world . . . we could not be here in Guadalajara without your prayers, your investment in the Alliance or without God ordaining all that we do. May God bless you and your ministries as you support others.

With love, Bob and Cheryl Fugate

February, 2019
1. Pray for the Breath of Life church as we prepare to launch two Sunday services on February 24, 2019. We will be having "all hands on deck", including the Sunday School team, the worship team since we will all be working both services until we can form separate teams. Pray that many more will come through our doors now that we will have more room and seating.

2. Pray for the youth of Breath of Life church, as they will be having their Saturday night event called Heartbeat, and inviting all of the Alliance churches in the area to participate with them.

3. Pray for the women involved in the Circle of Care/Hope here in the church Breath of Life. We will be starting an English class with the help of an Envision volunteer who is here in Guadalajara for three months. We are so excited, and already have 20 women signed up to take these classes. Pray that God would be the the overriding message to all as we teach them simple English, many of times using the English Bible as a text for this class!!

4. Pray for us as International Workers and for the Alliance overall as many changes are taking place in the coming months within our organization. We are so excited as God moves our organization at His directions, and pray that we as workers can assimilate these changes and advance the Kingdom of God through all that we do around the world!!
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Many blessings, Cheryl and Bob

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Updated: May 08, 2019

Children's Names
Sarah
John
Susan
Robert
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Mexico
Address
Canadas del Tigre 7b-5
Colonia Bosques de Santa Anita
Tlajomulco
Jalisco, CP 45645
MEXICO

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