This was our 3rd time in Cambodia and it seems like each time it simply gets better and better! What a blessing to preach the gospel, to teach the Word, to visit orphans, to provide benevolence to the poor, to fellowship with absolutely amazing Christians, to encourage missionaries (and be encouraged), and to get “zapped” with God’s work through us, yes – but primarily in us!
You might not be called to GO as a long-term missionary, but you are called to SEND (Romans 10:13-15). And if you can’t go LONG-TERM, there’s no better way to be shaken out of your comfort zone, than leaving your time zone, find out what missions is all about, and go on a SHORT-TERM mission’s trip. Really pray about it!
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
(The 1st photo is of a group of Pastors, Teachers, Leaders, and their wives, I had the privilege of sharing with, in a remote village close to Vietnam. The 2nd photo is the Schmitz family, our dear missionaries in Cambodia – please remember them in your prayers!)
I was so blessed to have my son, Aaron, go with me to the Men’s Retreat this year! This was his first one, and even though he needed a little more than a nudge to go, I think overall, he had a good time!
I remember when he was a little boy, like most little boys, Daddy was his hero. I used to hold him, hug him, carry him and bury him with tickles and time. Now that he’s 16 he doesn’t let me hold or hug him as much, he’s a little too heavy to carry, and tickles are pretty much out of the question – but I’m just so thankful to God, I’m still able to have “time” with my son. Granted, he doesn’t let me “bury” him with time, but we do have our moments, and the moments together are beyond special to me.
I encourage all you parents to not only find the time, but take the time, and if necessary make the time to be with your kids, and point them to the Lord. Cuz’, eventually the time will come when they’re no longer “children,” but rather men and women – even all grown up.
“Lord, please have Your hand upon my son. I thank You that He belongs to You, that he’s been born from above in Your love. As he grows into that man of God You’ve called Him to be, I pray that You would grant him the grace, the strength, and the wisdom, that come only from You…His unfailing, wonderful, heavenly Father. In Jesus Name I pray for my son (sorry it’s hard to let go 🙂 Amen.”
On Sunday, September 18, I was blessed to officiate a wedding at Newport Beach for an awesome young couple – Patrick and Devon Arguello. Please remember them in your prayers! I realize this isn't the best photo, but it's all I have, and you can still see their glow, even through the haze 🙂
We finally made it to Cambodia! It took us 27 hours to get here, but man, is it worth it! It was a long journey, but the Lord had me check my heart – how difficult it is sometimes to get out of our comfort zone, sometimes we need to get out of our time zone.
Today we got to know the area a little bit, we got into the Word, spent some time in prayer and worship it was so cool. We met so many beautiful people; The weather's a little hot and humid, and completely perfect.
I thought I would post a real quick video on us getting ready for a medical outreach tomorrow…we spent some time packing medicine and things we're going to be giving to the people – we leave for the village of Prey Veng tomorrow at 6am…please keep it in prayer!
On Tuesday, January 18, I met with Gabe, Paula, Katie and Holly, as Katie prepares to leave as a missionary to Cambodia. I was so blessed to see the way the Lord is guiding this family and equally blessed to see their willingness to follow Him. Katie leaves for Cambodia on February 3, 2011. Please remember her in your prayers, as well as her parents, Gabe and Paula. Holly has been a missionary in Cambodia for the past two years, and God is doing an absolutely awesome work, touching many lives.
"Then He said to His disciples, 'The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." – Matthew 9:37-38
Last week I served at a funeral for the beautiful wife of John Arenas who went home to be with the Lord on December 19, 2010. John and his wife Mary Ellen were extremely close, they were always together, they were incredible examples of husband and wife. John took care of Mary Ellen with tangible love, to the very end, always by her side – something I will never forget. I just thought I'd post this so that you might remember him in your prayers, he really needs the Lord's strength to make it through and finish his own race with joy. Mary Ellen also left behind 8 children who could also use your prayers – the most important request, of course, being her hope that all of her children would be reconciled to God and her, one day, in heaven.
"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints." – Psalm 116:15
We're getting super blessed at the Conference here in Tuscon, Arizona. Covering the life of David. Today's teachers include Damian Kyle, Alistair Begg, James MacDonald, Pedro Garcia and Levi Lusko. Please pray that God would speak, that we would listen and as a result – we would be men after God's own heart.
Love you ~ Manny
"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood." – Acts 20:18
What a blessing it was for my wife Shelly, and I, along with our 2 dear brothers to go down and fellowship with the group at La Posada this last Thursday. La Posada is located in Rosarito, Mexico, affiliated with Calvary Chapel Montebelo, and is a wonderful missions base for ministries to go down and minister to the people of Mexico. You can find out more about La Posada by clicking here.
I am thoroughly humbled to have the privilege to go down once a month and share the Word with these beautiful people (with the help of Pastor Victor's translation – of course). If you would ever like to go down with us (it's a great experience), let us know…and we will provide all the necessary details and guidelines. Please keep this wonderful ministry in prayer along with Victor and his wife Sonia!
May our Lord continue to bless you and keep you…and may He give us his heart for missions!
The Lord really spoke to me through the final study/prayer at the 2009 Men's Conference in Anaheim. Here's the video…Pastor Raul Ries really sums up God's heart for the church today. We really need to repent and to pray for the movement and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need to cry…we need to cry out. You can order the entire DVD set by clicking here.
This video is only about 17 minutes long…a very good investment of God's time for your heart.
We were really blessed this last Monday to attend an event at Staples Center. It wasn't just a Clipper game – what blessed our family is that someone thought of us enough to sign us up for an event known as Pastor's appreciation day. And so, the Coronilla Clan headed to the Staples Center; we had never been there before, nor had any of us ever been to a professional basketball game. Prior to the game the chaplain from the Clipper's gave a message from God's Word, and Shelly even won the grand prize (they had drawings). I just "happened" to run into a Calvary Chapel Pastor, who expressed a very sincere interest in teaming up with us in the missions work in Rosarito, Mexico – all in all – we had a wonderful time! As a "ministry" family we so appreciate the love of God and His beautiful people. You can check out some more photos in the album we posted. Thank you so much for all your prayers…we really do need them. Thank you my brother, for blessing us this way.