Northern Beaches of Sydney , Australia
In the summer of 1998, while serving at CC Vista, God made it very clear that we were called to go to Maui to plant a church. We arrived in Maui on September 17, 1998 and started Calvary Chapel Central Maui on December 1st with two other families we’d met shortly after our arrival. Over the next eleven years the church had grown to around 200 people but in the twelfth year we experienced a significant pruning.
Calvary Chapel Entebbe, Uganda
Calvary Chapel Entebbe was planted in Nakiwogo near the shore of Lake Victoria in 2006 by Pastor Craig and his wife Loren, along with a team of Bible school students from Calvary Chapel Kampala Bible College who had a heart for ministry and a desire to be part of a new church plant.
The testimony of how all this came about is one we know you will be interested to read….
Calvary Chapel Via Rael, Costa Rica
My name is Corey Grueter, I've been serving the Lord at Calvary Chapel Villareal in the Guancaste province of Costa Rica for 4 years. I'm so thankful, because during my time here, God has given me my amazing wife, Andrea, and has blessed us with our very sweet son Jesse!
Now, for the last 5 years we have been at a purely German church south of Heidelberg called Frei Evangelische Gemeinde Wiesloch-Walldorf (FeG-WiWa). These churches came out of a revival amongst coal mine workers up in the Siegen area (the German Bible belt) and have virtually identical theology to Calvary Chapel. Being in a truly German church has taught me a lot about how to reach Germans. We are involved in children’s and gardening ministries.
Through our appreciation of how God used the ministry of Calvary Vista to restore us personally, and how we saw God sending people out from Calvary Vista to bring that kind of personal and church ministry to other parts of the USA and world, and through some personal ministry involvement through Gospel For Asia and Calvary Chapel Church Planting Mission, and through meeting an Australian family at Calvary Vista, we eventually stepped out and ventured down here to Sydney, Australia in August, 1998.
In 1990 I had an opportunity to go over to Yugoslavia with the youth group of Calvary Chapel of Vista on a short-term mission. We spent a lot of time sharing our faith with people on the streets, in night clubs, etc. I was shocked to find out that many people in Yugoslavia have never heard the Gospel before! I found it exhilarating being the first messenger to tell them things like: “God loves you,” “Christ died for your sins,” “Through Christ you can have a relationship with God (eternal life),” etc. Toward the end of that outreach I began to pray and ask the Lord if it might be his will I move to Yugoslavia. I asked him to make it clear before we go back to the States and He did!
Calvary Chapel Golgota Budapest
Originally born and raised in South Africa, Michael originally connected with Calvary Vista in the early nineties while serving with the Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton. Mike moved to Debrecen, Hungary as a CC Vista missionary to serve as a missionary with a new church plant. He met his wife Marika in Debrecen. Marika is Hungarian, but born in Romania. Both their children – James and David were born in Hungary. In 2001 the family moved to Budapest to serve the church there as worship leader and assistant pastor. Mike has since established an online Radio Station (www.golgotaradio.hu) and professional music studio (www.hiradostudio.hu) in Budapest. The music of Golgota Budapest reaches Hungarians all over the world.
Calvary Chapel Golgota Budapest
Phil Metzger is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Budapest, Hungary. He is also the director of Calvary Chapel Bible College and Conference Center Europe, which is located in Vajta, Hungary. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the college, Phil is involved in serving various churches across Eastern Europe, Ethiopia and Nigeria. He is originally from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, where he served in the youth ministry as a youth pastor. After serving stateside, Phil moved to Moscow, Russia in 1992, and worked as a missionary there for 7 months. Then in 1998, Phil moved to Hungary, and has been serving in various cities throughout Hungary ever since, beginning as an assistant pastor at a new church plant in Esztergom, Hungary, and then planting and pastoring two Calvary Chapels in Kaposvár and Sárbogárd, Hungary, and now currently in Budapest. Phil and his wife Joy have four beautiful children: Niki, Karina, Judah and Hannah.
Calvary Chapel Golgota Szeged
I didn’t grow up in a Christian family and never stepped foot into a church until I was 16. I thought I was a good person until a friend shared the Gospel with me for the first time. I was completely amazed that God loved me & sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. It was at that time I put my faith in Jesus & have been walking with Him ever since. My friend took me to church the following week and it just happened to be that he was going to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. There I got involved with the high school group and was at church as much as I could because I had such a strong desire to learn God’s Word.
Calvary Chapel Padova, Italy
Calvary Chapel Vista was our home for many, many years. We both served in different ministries in the church and had a home fellowship in our house. In February of 2001, Pastor Rob asked us to pray about moving to Baja, Hungary. Baja was the first church plant by Calvary in Hungary and they were in need of a pastor. After a short visit and much prayer, God confirmed the call and we moved in July, 2001. We ministered there for 7 years and then God blessed us and the church by raising up a wonderful Hungarian man to be the next pastor in Baja.
Calvary Chapel York, Bible College UK
Loren and Jeanna have been missionaries with CC for several years. Jeanna grew up attending Calvary Chapel Vista and had the privilege to be sent out as a missionary to Subotica, Yugoslavia in 1991. They met on the mission-field in Hungary in 1996 and were married the same year. They continued to minister in Hungary until 1998 when they relocated to minister at the bible college in Spittal, Austria. In 2000 the Lord directed them to assist CC York, UK and help establish a bible college there. From 2002-2014 they pioneered and pastored a church on England’s east coast. In summer of 2014 they returned to assist the church and bible college ministries at CC York. They are blessed with three children.
Calvary Chapel Paris Texas
I came on staff at CC Vista in July of 2000 after getting out of the Marines. It was at CC Vista where I met and married my wife, Rebecca, while serving as a youth pastor. In the same year, 2002, we began to take our College Ministry group on short-term mission trips to Costa Rica, helping out a church plant in progress. On the last trip that we led, God really challenged me to be open about coming to Costa Rica to plant a church here. As Rebecca and I began to pray and seek God for direction, He spoke through the Holy Spirit to our conscience very clearly. After sharing what we had heard with Pastor Rob, he encouraged us to go for it and was very supportive. Calvary Vista sent us out in March of 2006.
Virginia, CC Newport News
Born in the steel town of Gary, Indiana, Tony, along with his older brother and sister, was raised by loving parents who instilled the ethics of hard work and moral character. As a youngster, he dutifully attended weekly church services, yet had no understanding of what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He went to church on Sundays, but lived life “his own way” Monday through Saturday.Growing up, not only was Tony an exceptional athlete but he also excelled academically. Because of his God-given ability, after graduation, Tony was offered an academic scholarship to Indiana State University and a baseball scholarship to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With both of these great opportunities available, Tony contemplated which scholarship he would choose. He chose the academic route and attended Indiana State. Though he didn’t know it at the time, Tony’s decision would change the course of his life forever!
Fountain Valle, Worship Generation
Before Worship Generation became a church in Orange County, it was a young adult outreach at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. In the summer of 2005, Joey was led to start a new church in Fountain Valley, and it was a natural fit to continue to use the name Worship Generation. Worship Generation is the third Senior Pastorate for Joey Buran and is the continuation of over 20 years of ministry for Joey.
His pastoral calling began back in 1988 when he became an intern pastor at Calvary Chapel Vista in San Diego County.
Wisconson, Calvary Racine
"It is inspiring how God worked everything out," said Nettles, who also served as assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Milwaukee before coming to Racine. "The way things unfolded was really incredible."
Compared to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, which today boasts about 30,000 followers, Calvary Chapel Racine is a small fellowship of about 40 people, plus children, "on a good Sunday," according to Nettles.
"We are not a large church, but we are strong and growing stronger," he said. "Our emphasis is not on the building we are in or on a certain program, but on teaching God's word and seeing people grow in God's grace."
Calvary Chapel of Montrose, Colorado
Ben Garate is Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel of Montrose. He gave his life to Jesus at the age of 13, and rededicated his life and began his walk with the Lord in January 1982 at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA. He was ordained in 1993 at Calvary Chapel of Vista, CA
CC Lynchburg, Virginia
‘We were at CC Vista from March 1990 to August 1994. Troy was on staff at Vista as a Youth Pastor and Missions Pastor during that time. We were sent out in August 1994 to Lynchburg, Virginia and have been here ever since! What we remember most about our time at Vista is the warm fellowship with like minded brothers and sisters, and the focus on Missions. We still treasure the dear friendships we made while there.’
BACK TO THE USA
Hey there, Mike and Kristen here in New Zealand. We hope and pray that you are doing well and are enjoying the presence of the Lord in your life! We wanted to write and update you with what’s happening with us.
I first met Mark and Gwyn when their children were even younger than this old picture shows at the Castle in Austria. And recently, on our mission trip to New Zealand, a number of us met Mark and Gwyn and their now grown up children. Here is a little background and some more recent goings on in this life of this delightful, God fearing and Jesus following family.
We have had a long HOT dry season, mainly focusing on getting the school ready! a report on progress in this time.
What we did and what we learned on our trip to new zealand.
A Picture Is Worth...
a thousand words! I think that if we tried to adequately update you this time around our newsletter would have a few thousand words. So we thought a photo update with some prayer requests at the end would be a good alternative. Hope you enjoy the photos and will join us in prayer for our work here in Cambodia.
Two updates, one from Caitlin Winterstrom in Mexico and one from Jim and Margy in Italy!
Greetings from Down Under!
We hope and pray that all is going well for you in this new year! i can’t believe that is almost March. The rst two months of 2016 have been quite a blur for us down here. Most people slow down around Christmas until sometime in the middle of February as it is summer holidays in the southern Hemisphere. That has not been the case
for us as we have been pushing through to get the church ready to move to our new location and we have been interacting with the government in our application for permanent residency. There has been lots to do and at times we were overwhelemed!