Greeting from Iowa! How is it possible we have been back in the States for almost 5 months already?!?! Time has flown by and we have enjoyed our time with family and friends.
Noe recently had the chance to spend 10 days in Pennsylvania, visiting one of Paraguay's partner churches, Somerset Alliance. He came home with stories of great people and a church that has a heart for missions. Always an encouragement!
The original plan was that Noe would be Puerto Rico now on a 6 week tour of the churches there. Hurricane Maria has changed that. While we pray for those still affected by the storm, we are looking for new opportunities to share about the work God is doing in Paraguay and in the Alliance family around the world.
Please be praying for us as we seek God's direction over the next several weeks.
The Hernandez Family
A LITTLE ABOUT US
We are Noe and Keila Hernandez and we are living and serving in Paraguay along with our children Magdalena (11), Santiago (10), and Eden (6). We love good coffee, good movies and good conversation. Our daughter Magdalena (Lena) is a budding artist and can often be found drawing in her notebooks. Santiago enjoys soccer, the Green Bay Packers, and is only sitting still when it is his turn to play on the iPad! Eden is a goofy girl and loves following her big sister and brother.
A native of Mexico, Noe grew up in a Catholic home and as a teenager moved to the United States with his family. At the age of 17 Noe gave his life to the Lord and felt a call to full time ministry. Keila grew up on a farm in Iowa and gave her life to the Lord when she was 10 years old through the ministry of a Christian radio station.
Both attended Crown College and were married in 2003. From 2005-2013 they worked in church planting and Hispanic ministries in Ottumwa, IA. Missions has always been something close to their hearts and in October of 2012 they began to sense God's leading down to path towards international ministry.
NOE AND KEILA HERNANDEZ
1. Pray for our family as we are already on home assignment. Pray especially for our kids, they are excited to be in Iowa, but sad to leave friends behind. Pray also for smooth travel.
2. Praise the Lord for Luis and Olga Felipa who joined our team in January. Pray for a fruitful ministry in Paraguay. They have been a great blessing to us even in the short time they have been here so far.
3. Continue to pray for our friend "K" who began a relationship with Jesus several months ago and was just baptized this past month! Pray for her as she grows in her faith and that she would be surrounded by others who will encourage and support her. She has a hunger to grow and go deeper and also to share her new faith. Pray that she will be strong and courageous!
4. Pray for Lidia, Caro, and Zunilda. They are curious and have questions about evangelical Christian faith. Pray that God would bring people into their lives that will point them towards Jesus especially while we are away.
5. Praise God that we had a wonderful pastors' retreat in April! Continue to pray for the Mi Esperanza church, and also for the other national churches and pastors. Pray also for several Paraguayans who feel called to ministry and are pursuing training.
6. Pray for our other teammates Carlos and Lily Saavedra who are working in the Mi Esperanza church, and for Bob and Joy Brougher who will be returning from their home assignment in July.
Thank you for praying for us!!!
The Hernandez Family
Thank you so much for your prayers! If you would like to help with our ministry financially you may easily do so through this webpage: www.cmalliance.org/worker/hernandez-noe-keila. To the right you will find a few different accounts to which you can contribute. Right now our need is towards our work account. This money will be used for our ministries here in Paraguay. Thank you so much to those of you who support us in this way!
Project Cherry Tree is in full swing!
It's been a full season of ministry, forming new friendships among Spanish speakers and Germans in Berlin.
What is Project Cherry Tree? Project Cherry Tree is an an Alliance initiative to develop a Network of Intercultural Churches in the Spanish and German languages. Berlin is an intercultural city that has become home to thousands people (including immigrants and refugees) who do not know Jesus as their Savior.
Our strategy is to establish a Church-based Center for Bible Teaching and training in Evangelism, Discipleship and Leadership Development. As people come to know Jesus through evangelism and discipleship, it is our aim to develop and train leaders for future church plants.
Why Cherry Trees? Cherry Trees symbolize reconciliation and unity in Berlin. Motivated by the end of a divided Germany (the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989) and as an expression of friendship between Japan and Germany, a group of Japanese launched a campaign to raise funds in Japan for a special project in Berlin. The money collected (around 1 million EUROS) was used to plant approximately 9,000 Japanese Cherry Trees in Berlin-Brandenburg from 1990 to 2010. The future of the Cherry Trees is now in the hands of Germans, who are charged with the responsibility to care for them even as they beautify the city and change the landscape.
As we understand more of German culture and reflect on the spiritual atmosphere in the capital city, we believe God is calling us to plant seeds of reconciliation and unity between Him and the not-yet-Christian in Berlin. Berlin is a city where atheism and separation from God abounds. Project Cherry Tree responds to the gospel needs of thousands of Spanish and German speakers in Berlin that do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus. We invite you to partner with us in Project Cherry Tree! The initial goal for this project is $50,000.
Please prayerfully consider what God would have you give to Project Cherry Tree in Berlin. Your donation is the 'seed money' for this project.
You can give online here: https://secure.cmalliance.org/give/ then type Project Cherry Tree in the designation box. All donations are tax-deductible.
You can also mail checks with Project Cherry Tree-Berlin in the memo to:
The Christian and Missionary Alliance
8595 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs CO 80920
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU!! FOR YOUR SUPPORT, FOR YOUR PRAYERS, AND FOR BEING PART OF BUILDING THE KINGDOM IN BERLIN.
With much love from Berlin,
José and Melanie
Josiah and Ian
To give to our support, which is our bread and butter, daily living expenses, you can give to the GCF: Jose and Melanie Chinchilla Support.
To give to PROJECT CHERRY TREE, you can give to Jose and Melanie Chinchilla Work or designate PROJECT CHERRY TREE BERLIN on your gift.
To commit to pray for us daily over the next year, send us an email and we will gladly add you to our team of Prayer Partners.
JOSE AND MELANIE CHINCHILLA
Praise the Lord for how He is drawing CK to himself! Pray for us as we continue to follow up with him, and for José as he meets with CK to study the New Testament together. Pray for CK's salvation!
Great news for Pastor Geryes (the Syrian CMA pastor) and his family. They signed a contract on an apartment. We are overjoyed that God provided an apartment for them in just over a month of searching! This is because YOU prayed! Pray for a smooth transition for them as they settle in!
Please continue to pray for our dear friend, B, and her children. Pray for Melanie as she encourages and walks alongside of B in these difficult days. Pray that José would miraculously be able to reestablish contact with the husband, J, and that he would be open to meeting. Pray for the miracle of reconciliation in their marriage!
Pray as we continue outreaches and meetings this week with Spanish speakers and Germans! Pray for spiritual conversations.
Continue to pray for our health and strength. Pray for the boys especially as they are exposed to lots of germs at Kita (preschool).
PRAY FOR GOD'S PROVISION for Project Cherry Tree, the intercultural (Spanish-German) church plant we are initiating.
Oh the joy of anticipating Christmas, that Jesus came to earth! Such a time of light, which we are reminded of daily as we go about life in Berlin. THANK YOU for being light to us as you pray faithfully for us!
Much love from Berlin--
Josiah & Ian