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Mark Shreves

Back to Oaxaca!

Mark Shreves and Cyndy Smith are flying off to Oaxaca tonight to serve with our ministry partner Adventures in Life.  They will be photographing AIL’s Fall Medical Mission in Eloxochitlan.  They will be taking portraits and printing photos too.  They will be back October 22nd.  Please keep them in prayer.

Don’t forget to check our FB page for updates during the week. Thanks mucho!

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Rock Baptism:: Mo’s Story

It was an overcast day at Mission Bay Park as Mo and his wife prepared for Mo’s baptism. Mo, not a Christian, had been going to church with his wife for many years at their former church in El Cajon. They decided to go one Sunday to the Rock Church, that was four years ago and the Lord used Miles to speak to Mo’s heart and soon after he put his faith and life in Jesus care as a new believer.  Four years later Mo made the decision to publicly express his love and commitment for Jesus in baptism here at Mission Bay!

Mo now ministers at the Rock in two different ministries as the Lord uses him to glorify God in his life!  I always love taking pictures at baptisms; it’s so exciting to see God’s sovereign handwork in His children’s lives!

Praise be to Jesus!

to see more photos from this baptism please visit our gallery site MISSIONfocused.smugmug.com


Rock Baptism at De Anza Cove

the rock had their 2nd baptism of the summer at de anza cove on beautiful mission bay.  the water was nice with a slight overcast and folks wanting to proclaim publicly their faith came to get baptized in front of family and friends.  i dont recall how many baptisms we have been to as a family of photographers but i think its safe to say weve been to almost every one the rock has done.

mark, raquel and i were on hand to document what God was doing…we hope to have more photos and personal stories to share from this baptism soon…

for now you can visit our facebook page to see a few more photos by going HERE

 you can view photos on the rock website www.sdrock.com or

on our MISSION focused photo gallery site www.missionfocused.smugmug.com


Mark: On a Mission…

Mission Focused Manti, Utah 2011

It was another crazy and amazing year on our mission trip to Manti, Utah for the annual Mormon Miracle Pageant.
Mormons from all over Utah and surrounding states travel to Manti to view a reenactment of Joseph Smith’s first vision and Book of
Mormon account of ancient America. This production is performed on the lawn of the Manti Temple and is produced by the local Mormon Church.  Each evening, several hours prior to the start of the pageant performance, about 100 Christians from various church groups
throughout the United States hand out tracts, sing, pray, and share their faith with Mormons as they linger on the streets before going to
the pageant. There are about 8,000 to 15,000 Mormons that attend the pageant each night; most of them are teenagers and young adults. This is an awesome trip for Christians to share their faith with Mormons, whether it is one on one or in group settings. One night I had the privilege to talk to a fundamentalist Mormon named John for over two hours. We discussed so many things, from is Jesus
death totally sufficient for us to the nature of God and Jesus! One of the last things he said to me was  “Your God is so big and mighty,
knowing all things, never sinning” Then he said that his God was just like us a man who was a sinner and progressed to becoming God as an example for us, an then we may become Gods ourselves some day! Wow! Is all I could say, besides that being total heresy.
Tami had the opportunity to talk to a polygamist family consisting of 30 kids and three wives for 5 days. Tami was selling aprons in the
food court area next to them and they had a lot to talk to her about. She prayed for them and was able to get to know them more and listen
their pain being kids in a polygamist family!
There were times of prayer and preaching and crying and sharing the true Gospel to the Mormon people.  Countless stories could be told but here are just a few pictures of our trip.


monday at ampd…

this was their first full day of fun and craziness…and the action was furious with the temperature to match!  it was hot!  thankfully nobody passed out from heat exhaustion.  take a look at some of the fun from monday

just so folks dont think its total chaos all the time…they are encouraged to spend time each morning in God’s Word…

bonding time…the trust fall!

ben taking a much deserved 5 second break

the leaders are AMPD!

ninja workout time!

time for the WORD!glow sticks=fun!

it was a long day but just the beginning of what looks to be a great week of fun, fellowship and prayerfully…stronger more committed jrhi students who AMPD for Jesus!  please continue to pray for safety and that God would be Lord over AMPD this week.

more photos from monday at our facebook site HERE


2011 AMPD Summer Camp:: Day 1

rock jr hi ministry is back up at indian hills camp for this years edition of AMPD summer camp.

mark, the brave man that he is decided to come up last nite and spend the day with over a 140 crazy jr highers…

you can see more photos on our facebook page HERE…if you like what you see…please LIKE us : )

more photos soon….


Do-ing Something in Manti, Utah

 

Well it was that time of year again, when Mormons from all over Utah and surrounding states travel to Manti, Utah to view a reenactment of Joseph Smith’s first vision and Book of Mormon account of ancient America. This production is performed on the lawn of the Manti Temple and is produced by the local Mormon Church. It runs Tuesday thru Saturday evening starting around 9:30 P.M. each night.

Each evening, several hours prior to the start of the pageant performance, about 100 Christians from various church groups throughout the United States hand out tracts, sing, pray, and share their faith with Mormons as they linger on the streets before going to the pageant. There are about 8,000 to 15,000 Mormons that attend the pageant each night; most of them are teenagers and young adults. This is an awesome trip for Christians to share their faith with Mormons, whether it is one on one or in group settings. We must remember there are spiritual forces in Manti that don’t want Christians to be there; this is a spiritual battle!

There are about 8,000 to 10,000 Mormons that attend the pageant each night; most of them are teenagers and young adults.

This year we had five of us going the Manti, two from the Rock and two from the Movement Church in San Marcos, and one from Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church.

All of us had divine appointments for sure! We prayed for Mormons or even a Wicken in my case. On Friday night my friend Keith Walker from Texas and I talked with a Mormon family for over two and a half hours! It was so cool, asking questions about the Trinity, salvation etc. We were able to clarify the differences between LDS theology and Christian theology.

We were putting stones in their shoes you might say, thus to cause them to remember our conversations and think about the True Gospel of Jesus. I had one kid I talked to for over an hour; it was so great to share the hope that we have a Christians, that we HAVE eternal life NOW!  Unlike Mormons which have no assurance at all of their eternal destiny.

There were a least three Mormons who put their trust in the REAL Jesus! If you ever want to share your faith to Mormons this is the place to go! It is such a blessing to be a part of having the honor to share the gospel! Here are a few shots along the way!

CTR Jesus! Mark-E-Mark