Hello my name is Tim Urling, My wife Kelly and I have been serving the Lord as Missionaries to Mexico since September of 1997. We are now in our 20th year as missionaries.
When we first went to Mexico there were 5 in our family. Amanda our oldest was 11, Zach was 9, and Leah was 3 months old when we started deputation. All 3 of our children and our 2 grandchildren currently live in the El Paso area.
We are sent out of Maranatha Baptist Church of Western Oaks in Bethany, OK. Our pastor is Brother Charley O’Daniel and his wife’s name is Trela.
Our first year living in Mexico was in the city and state of Aguascalientes where we attended a language school to learn Spanish. Leah was just a little over a year old when we arrived. Our other 2 children attended a day school on the same property where we studied Spanish.
After Language school we moved to the west coast of Mexico in the state of Sinaloa. During our time there we were able to establish a church in the small town of Limon de los Ramos. This church is still going strong today and have now built their own building
We left the Culiacan area and have spent the balance of our time in northern Mexico, mostly in and around the Juarez area, which is right across the border from El Paso Texas. Juarez has between 2 and 3 million souls and a few years ago was known as the Murder Capital of the world. Most of this violence occurred between rival drug cartels. The vast majority of the people are hardworking and kind.
In spite of the Violence, the Lord has blessed the Ministry and we have been able to help establish 7 churches and 2 different Bible Institutes. We have seen hundreds profess faith in Christ through mass outreach Projects, Distributed over 1 million scripture portions and tracts and have established an evangelistic website called RespuestasBiblicas.com (BibleAnswers)
The first church in the Juarez Area and 2nd overall was the Calvary Baptist Church. This work was started in an old Army tent on the far west side of Juarez. We were able to build an adobe building. We saw many saved her including several gang members. This church was left under the National Leadership of Pastor Manuel Cabrera
The third church we helped establish was also on the west side of Juarez and is the Grace Bible Baptist Church. This church grew quickly and we had a record attendance of well over 800 people present on the 3rd anniversary. I taught for 2 years in the Bible Institute and the first 2 men we ordained came from this work. Pastor Julian Robles has continued this ministry.
One of the men who graduated helped us start the 4th church on the far southeast side of Juarez. We started going soul winning each Monday night and afterwards held a short service in the open air. We started in October and so the nights grew cold and we had to have a campfire to keep us warm. The Lord blessed and the congregation steadily grew. After about 9 months we were able to build a building and on the 3rd anniversary there were over 250 in attendance. Pastor Josue Robles is the pastor of this work
We then helped Brother Angel Luna establish a church and Bible Institute in the small town of Bermejillo, Durango. This church currently has an attendance of around 50. There have been 16 students graduate from the institute and 2 more men ordained for the ministry. One of the men who graduated from this institute – Brother Lorenzo Ballinas is now the pastor.
We spent the majority of the next 5 years working to establish the Iglesia Bautista Castillo Mio (My Fortress Baptist Church) in Southern Juarez. When we started there was no building for us to meet in so we met in small apartment, which we quickly outgrew so we met in the park for the balance of the first year. The Lord blessed us to be able to buy our own building, which is home to the Church and Institute. They’re a lot of children in this area so we have lots of activities for them. Pastor Manuel Garcia has done a good Job in pastoring this Church and they continue to grow.
My Hope Baptist Church is a daughter church of Castillo Mio. It was started in May of 2012 under the leadership of Pastor Alberto DeAnda. He is a graduate of our Bible institute and was trained and ordained by Castillo Mio. Fellow missionary Marshal Dies and his family were instrumental in helping establish this church, but the Lord has moved the Dies to start a work in El Paso. Pastor DeAnda has done a tremendous job with more than 100 Baptisms in their first 3 years.
In the spring of 2014 we felt led of the Lord to help Brother Angel Luna establish a new work about 4 miles from Castillo Mio and Esperanza Mia. These 3 churches form a triangle, and we are able to help and support each other because of our proximity. We had our first contact with the area on April 22, 2014. The way we have had success in starting new works is to gather the children in an area, play some games with them, share a Bible story and work with the children. Soon the parents come around and we can start holding Bible studies in the homes where we hope to reach the whole family.
The Lord blessed our efforts and a congregation started to form. We were able to have our first baptisms just 4 months later. We had no problem meeting in the open air but when the weather got colder some mothers with young children were reluctant to attend so we started asking the Lord to give us a place to meet.
We were able to move to an abandoned house which we cleaned up and then built a small auditorium in the front. Our Grand Opening was held on February 1, 2015 and there were 138 total in attendance. Pray for this new church – Pastor Angel Luna is heading up this new work.
Another Exciting aspect of the ministry is mass literature distribution and open air evangelism. We go to the busy intersections and downtown areas of the city and distribute either chick tracts or gospel booklets. Last fall we held a campaign and during one 3-hour period we were able to distribute over 35,000 tracts.
In the evenings we hold open air evangelistic meetings. We probably average about 100 people at these events but have had a few with over 400 people – many hearing a clear presentation of the gospel for the first time. These events help Identify prospects for the local churches as well.
If you would be interested in helping at these type events your church can schedule a short term trip to come and help us. We as well as the churches would love to have you as it gives a great shot in the arm.
Our ministry plans and goals are based on 3 Bible Verses
• Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
• Matt 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
• 2 Tim 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Our 1st Focus is Evangelizing our Jerusalem – which involves every way possible to get the Gospel out to those around us.
Our 2nd area of focus is Discipleship – We encourage new converts to get baptized and then become members in a local congregation
Our 3rd Focus is Training – we do this one on one as well in our institutes
Finally we hope these efforts will lead to the establishment more Churches!
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE URLING FAMILY – YOUR MISSIONARIES IN MEXICO!
Please see the map below to see the areas where we have served as missionaries in Mexico.