Missions Inspiration Update: Manny and Jennifer Sanchez

You would think that starting a church in San Diego, California, in May 2013 would be enough to keep church planters Manny and Jennifer Sanchez busy. So how could they even think about planting another church 1,000 miles away in Portland, Oregon?

“We decided when we started that our church would be a disciple-making, church-planting church,” Manny Sanchez said. “Our first church plant is happening in September 2016. We trained up a young man, Anton Fero, and he is assembling a team, training them. We have big dreams for them and pray for a major harvest.”

And in San Diego, the Sanchezes are planning a community Easter egg hunt not only for children but also for adults.

“Downtown San Diego is 60% young adult singles and we want a way of engaging them,” he said.

The family continues their “adopt-a-block” neighborhood program, asking people how they can pray for and serve them. They want to include businesses, asking church members to pray for and serve a specific building. “Our hope is that in 10 years, we will have every single building adopted in downtown San Diego!” Manny Sanchez said.

After all, downtown is where his church wants to be. One goal is to find a permanent downtown space—for worship and to lease to the community.

The Sanchezes have big dreams and they ask for your prayers. “Pray that God would send us the right people, the finances, and the open doors to do all that God has put on our hearts!”

Manny and Jennifer Sanchez were featured as part of the Week of Prayer for North American Missions in the March 2016 Missions Mosaic. To subscribe to this monthly woman's magazine, visit wmustore.com.

Janice Backer is a freelance writer living in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

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