Zac and Julie Stutler

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Christmas eve is tomorrow. Our dining room table is filled with Christmas cookies and Banana bread to share with neighbors. But for us it has felt like Christmas for weeks. We have been very focused on the three exciting big opportunities we had to share the Christmas story. We have joked that we have been living in Bethlehem for the past several weeks with all the practices, costume preparation, -scenery fabrication, craft organization and so many other preparations for these special presentations of the story of Jesus’ birth. These have been exciting days. You have accompanied us every moment through your prayers and support and God has done amazing things! We are so grateful.

On Saturday, December 11 in our community park under a beautiful sunny sky, well over 100 people watched as a group of very enthusiastic children from our community ages 2 to 14 presented the story of Jesus birth in our community Living Nativity that we had the joy of organizing. You accompanied us through your prayers and God worked in wonderful ways. The presentation went really well. The children were adorable and were very excited to present the story of the birth of Jesus. We had talked a lot in the practices about how this is the true story of Christmas. The presentation was extremely well received by parents and others in the community. At the end of the program, the organizer of the overall activity, a leader in the community, even publicly thanked us and presented us to those in attendance as part of the neighborhood. Thank you for your prayers. This was a wonderful opportunity to share God’s word in a special way and also to make new friendships and deepen other relationships.

This past weekend was our big “Trip to Bethlehem” evangelistic event. There were many challenges in the weeks leading up to the event. We did our first practice with some of the actors attending via Zoom since two families involved were in quarantine because of COVID. One of our main actors as well as another volunteer were the ones sick with COVID. One night there were electrical problems in the church and most of the rooms were without electricity and we crammed over 30 people in the church office to practice. Major traffic jams added complications to practices and other preparations also. Even Sunday morning it began to rain a bit, and everyone told us it never rains in December. These were a few of the challenges.

BUT you were praying, and God was at work in wonderful ways. Everyone recovered from Covid, and all the rest of the actors and volunteers were all well and had lots of energy for all that was involved in this big event. God even gave us beautiful sunny weather on both afternoons of the event.

Thank you so much for accompanying us through your prayers and giving in this amazing “Trip to Bethlehem” and the Christmas Cantata. Everything went extremely well. On the first day of the event fifty-three people “took the Trip to Bethlehem” at our Woodlands campus and heard the beautiful story of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of the different characters who were part of the first Christmas. Many stayed for the beautiful concert that evening performed by people of the church. It was a wonderful day.

On Sunday, we, along with many of the volunteers, moved all the scenery for this huge production to the central plaza in the community of San Sebastian, where Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) Church is staring the third campus. This was quite a task, but the church members did everything so well and with great enthusiasm. We all prepared the seven stations and other elements for the “Trip to Bethlehem” in the public plaza Sunday afternoon.

As we were getting ready to start people begin lining up at the “check in.” We had a waiting area where they could do crafts as they were waiting for their turn to make the “trip to Bethlehem” and this area kept busy as more and more people checked in. The enthusiasm and excitement were tremendous.

It was a beautiful, amazing day. Fifteen different groups for a total of 179 people went through the Trip to Bethlehem on Sunday. Many stayed for the beautiful concert in the gazebo in the plaza that evening given by Aliento de Vida’s worship team. Each heard the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus but also heard the gospel clearly presented by one of our church members in the last station of the activity. The response was tremendous. There were comments like “beautiful, impacting, important message,” etc. One man said, “Even though I am 37 years old, I have never understood the true meaning of Christmas before today.” We truly believe that lives were impacted for eternity.
God worked in wonderful ways. Our church people worked so hard with such love, enthusiasm, and commitment. There is an excitement in the community for the new campus which will be opening in this same plaza soon. This is only the beginning of the exciting work that God has planned for the community of San Sebastian.

It was truly an amazing weekend when over 225 people in Guadalajara heard the good news of Jesus, who’s coming to earth we celebrate at Christmas. These events are part of taking all of Jesus to all the world. You are a vital part of our lives and ministry including these events through your faithful prayers and giving. Thank you so very much!

May God richly bless you as you celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ.
Zac and Julie Stutler

Prayer Requests - Zac and Julie Stutler

Specific Time Sensitive Requests
We praise the Lord…
• for the great “Five Love Languages” Couples seminar in our community on November 4.
• 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 some people 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 where we live 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 we would be able to start an outreach Bible study in our home very soon.
• 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 bring many more to new life in Christ through the seeker classes in the three campuses.
 for the three discipleship classes. Pray that people would grow in their walk with Jesus.
 for the various class facilitators in training. Pray that they would continue to grow in their skills as class leaders. Pray that God would continue to use the Bible Academy to train Mexican leaders.
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 for the Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life) Church youth camp Nov 19 – 21. Pray that this will be a time of salvation and great growth for many young people.
o for special outreaches being planned for Christmas time.
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: December 23, 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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