Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, prayer partners as well as the supporters of the Casias Ministry who have been faithful in continuing the work.
Let me introduce myself, I am Pastor Gustavo Perales, Pastor of THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of EL CERCADO, where for for over 30 years, our dear brother John Frank Casias and his wife Wanda Casias started and pastored this Church and ultimately gave their lives here in Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for the furtherance of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In April 2012 we took the challenge to continue in the struggle, for the ministry that God had placed in our hands the Casias's had begun. As the Lord's servant I had first take the privilege to pastor the existing remnant of a church that had gone through several tests including the loss of their pastor.
Today, a year and a half since we have been given this challenge, God has been our refuge, our shield and strong support. Endlessly I thank God for the children of Pastor John Casias, who no doubt have been pending for the survival of the church. We already know that it all depends on our God, but they have been held in high esteem and support. It is also important to mention that with the growth of the ministry and the needs have grown as well. Evangelization programs have grown, church and ministry needs have increased and the need to visit and work with new believers are continuing to grow. These are just some of the needs of a ministry that we KNOW (by faith I say and believe that it will) continue GROWING.
This coming Saturday October 26th, we will be celebrating the anniversary of our church, and among other things to the level of personal church, We urgently need to raise the amount of $2000.00 in hope to have a great anniversary with some assistance from 200 to 300 people, a missionary preacher and 24 students from two Bible colleges will be participating, in addition to an average of 50-60 people from within our church will be assisting with the activities.
I am coming to you as a brother in Christ and servant asking for your support for the furtherance of spreading the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
"Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account."
Yesterday our Sister in Christ, Rosario Ramirez, passed away. She was a young lady from our church who was only 46 years old and leaves behind
two sons; one of whom is only 9 years old. Please pray for her husband, children, sisters and parents. We know that she is with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray that her family find peace in the Lord and understand that God has called Rosario Ramirez to be with him.
Pastor Gustavo Perales.
Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado
A note from The Casias Family:
This young lady was the wife of Armando Saucedo Jr. Armando Saucedo Jr's family, including his late father who had passed away a few years ago, were
dear friends of our parents, John and Wanda Casias. They were also an incredible blessing to our parents, allowing them to park travel trailers
on their properties until they could settle themselves in the community by holding services in the front yards of anyone who would let them.
The Saucedo family did this as well as many other favors while never asking for any monies in return. They never even allowed our
parents try to compensate them for anything. The late Armando Saucedo Sr, his wife Mrs Saucedo and their four children (including Armando Jr), hold a
special place in the hearts of the surviving Casias Family. They have been greatly used to allow the Casias Ministry to reach so many souls in Mexico.
We thank them for their service and we pray for peace in their hearts. We ask you to Pray for Armando Jr, who has some challenging limitations, all the
while still being able to lead a productive life. We ask you to pray that he overcomes these challenges and God continues to use him to reach souls, while
continuing to be an encouragement to others.
The Casias Ministry and Family,
~Posted on September 14, 2013
A Message from Pastor Perales
We are asking each of our brothers and sisters in Christ to pray together with us for Pastor Alfonso Galvan, who is pastor at Iglesia Bautista Sinai
las Flores de Apodaca Nuevo Leon.
He has served for 15 years under the ministry of Pastor John Casias and now pastors his own church. We have been in close touch with him and know that
his health has been declining and he has been struggling with physical problems that hinder him in his development and work of the ministry.
First, we ask that you pray for him and his family at this time.
Second, we ask for your help financially as his hospital costs and doctor fees are overwhelming.
As Pastor of the First Baptist Church of El Cercado and the Casias ministry, we are asking you to help us be a blessing and to support our pastors who
give their lives for the cause of Jesus Christ.
Pray for Pastor Alfonso Galvan, pray that all of his needs will be met and that he and his family would want for nothing. Pray to God that the Sinai
Baptist Church will stay strong in the middle of such a test.
Thanks for your attention and support for Pastor Galvan.
I wish you blessings and prosperity for you and your family.
Pastor Gustavo Perales.
Donations can be made to:
Pomerado Road Baptist Church or PRBC
P.O. Box 721284
San Diego CA 92172
Please write on the check memo, " Pastor Galvan"
Due to the severity of Pastor Galvan's illness, I am not at liberty to discuss the details on a public format however if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call John Casias for more details and updates at 775-315-9667.
~Posted on September 04, 2013
Why Am I Baptist?
Pastor Gustavo has been doing awesome work teaching about Jesus to the people of Mexico
during Wednesday Night Services with the current theme: "Why Am I Baptist?"
For encouragement, he asks everyone to memorize Hebrews 4:12: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
~Posted on June 05, 2013
As we all know, when good things are happening that glorify God, the Devil attacks.
Please pray that the needs for the Ministry are met as we are now faced with increased costs associated with la Primera
Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado.
Pastor Gustavo Perales just informed me that one of the ministry vans will need about $300.00 in Transmission work and there are plumbing
needs for about $200.00. Only about 1/3 of the church's ceiling fans are working where the heat in the facility reaches the 90s.
Pastor Perales doesn't use the air conditioning because of high electrical bills the Church is already strained with.
Recently, I felt the calling of God to use me further for the ministry my parents started thirty years ago.
La Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado and my parent's ministry depended on outside support that was
provided through their sending Church. The Casias Ministry and the Church only survived by the grace of God since the
murder of my parents, with only $2,000.00 received in the last 15 months. This was due to no longer having a sending church.
Since the date of my parent's deaths, the sending church at the time decided it wasn't going to continue the support of
the Casias Ministry, because they claimed they only support the actual people (the missionaries) and not the ministries they helped found. The Casias Ministry has had to temporarily
figure out how to survive without the sending church it had so much depended on for receiving donations. Now Pomerado Road Baptist Church out of Poway,
California has taken the Casias Ministry on as a sending church and is helping to get support for the needs of the multiple churches
tied to the Casias Ministry. Though the Casias Ministry is now blessed to have a sending Church once again, the past needs have
piled up. We thank God for His mercy, even throughout these times of trials. Please pray that our needs are met and
please use the information below if God touches your heart to help us meet these needs.
It has been almost 16 months since the death of John and Wanda Casias. God is clearly
working through this Ministry with the Soul Winning Programs, Discipleship Programs and Church Services. More than
1,000 people have received Christ as their Savior, with about 600 new people visiting the church and 50 people being
baptized since their death. The fruit of their labor and the continuance of the Ministry (with very little financial
support) over the last 16 months, has God's hand prints all over it.
After much prayer with my family, trips to Mexico, long hours researching the infrastructure/goals/desires that my
parents put in place, along with the assistance of our Sending Church, Pomerado Road Baptist Church in Poway CA;
I have been called to continue the work that my parents started 30 years ago and take on the responsibility as Director
of the Ministry.
I am proud of the accomplishments of my parents, yet humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Lord. We will
prayerfully continue to build and give this Ministry the support it desperately needs and deserves.
I ask for your support and prayers as we continue the work that God used John and Wanda Casias to start 30 years ago.
We will make every effort to keep you informed through this website set up by my parents, John and Wanda Casias,
however, please feel free to contact me via telephone or you are welcome to visit us in The Republic of Mexico at
Your brother in Christ,
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - James 2:26
~Posted on April 28, 2013
Letter to the Neighbors
CARTA A LOS VECINOS
Este próximo domingo 28 de Abril tendremos nuestro festejo del día del niño esperando serles de ánimo y ayuda promoviendo el bien para los niños y jóvenes de estas comunidades, especialmente a nuestros niños santiaguenses.
Es nuestro deseo extender a todos uds la cordial invitación a participar en nuestra campaña que tendrá lugar en la iglesia a las 10 de la mañana, tendremos una obra de teatro con muppets para los niños, alimentos al terminar el servicio y un par de inflables que pondremos en la parte frontal de nuestro auditorio.
De la misma manera y de antemano les agradezco su siempre atenta participación y paciencia con nuestros visitantes, esperamos con gozo poder atenderles y recibirlos ese día, para poder disfrutar juntos los beneficios que conlleva tenernos unos a otros.
Pastor Gustavo Perales
LETTER TO THE NEIGHBORS
This coming Sunday, April 28th, we will have our Children's Day celebration at church. It will be a time of encouragement
and support by promoting the good qualities of the young people in our communities, especially our
We wish to extend a kind invitation to all our neighbors to participate in our campaign, which is to be held in the church at
10 am. At the end of the service, we will have a play with muppets for the children, food and a couple of inflatable jumpers.
We thank and joyfully welcome our visitors in advance. We look forward to being of service to you and fellowshipping with our neighbors.
Pastor Gustavo Perales
~Posted on April 04, 2013
CHILDRENS DAY--Share in the blessings!
On April 28th, Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado will again be celebrating Childrens Day
( DIA DEL NINO ) in Mexico. This is a Mexican national holiday that celebrates the Children of Mexico. Above are a few pictures of
last year's successful celebration of Childrens Day at La Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado. We brought children to church
for a special service with a message
directed to them and we also gave away toys and played fun games like the traditional Pinata. This holiday gives us the wonderful opportunity
to bring children to Church, share the Gospel with them, and also try to reach their parents and family. It is an awesome
ministry that you too can be a part of by sending toys that we can give to them. You may also donate money that can help with this event and other needs. If you are
sending toys, please send them as early as possible, so that we can arrange a pick up trip from Monterrey, Mexico to
Pharr, Texas. We will get the toys picked up and to our Churches in El Cercado, Nuevo Leon by April 28th.
Toys should be sent to:
Attn: Casias Ministry
3201 South Jackson Road
Pharr Tx 78577
You may contact us at : 775-315-9667 or 858-437-2395
If wish to donate money, you may send checks made out to our ministry's Sending Church: Pomerado Road Baptist Church
and mail to:
Pomerado Road Baptist Church
Attn: Casias Ministry
PO Box 721284 San Diego CA 92172
~Posted on March 30, 2013
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Ya han pasado 3 días de nuestros clubes bíblicos y Dios a sido bueno con nosotros a pesar de las inclemencias del clima
que en días pasados y hasta el día de hoy no ha dejado de llover y hacer frio,
nuestras asistencias de niños que nos han acompañado en los clubes son de 100 diferentes niños en cada día y 80 salvos
nos quedan 3 días más de eventos para los niños serrando el domingo con un evento especial en la iglesia. ~
Pastor Gustavo Perales
We are 3 days into our vacation bible school, and despite the weather (non-stop raining & cold), God has been good to us.
We have had over 100 different children in each of the 3 days with 80 children saved so far! The Vacation Bible school will
wrap up with a special event at church on Sunday.
~Posted on March 27, 2013
Another answer to prayer! God has touched the hearts of a U.S. based Ministry, as well as a business owner, to donate a
Van to the Casias Ministry that will be used for La Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado. Our only cost was to get it
to Mexico and paying for the import fee so it could be legalized as a Mexican Vehicle. This 2004, twelve
passenger van, is a much needed vehicle since the other two vehicles that are being used by by the church are older and
in one case can only be used for short distances. We are seeing this Church grow not only in numbers but also grow in
Christ as the church has overcome many challenges since the murders of John and Wanda Casias who founded the church
almost 30 years ago. We ask for your continued prayers for the needs of the Ministry as it continues to grow due to
your continued support.
~Posted on March 15, 2013
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR MINISTRY IN MEXICO
First of all, we want to thank all of you for your prayers and support, which have helped
the Casias Ministry flourish, despite the enemy's efforts to destroy what God is doing
in Mexico through the work founded by John and Wanda Casias almost thirty years
ago. Souls are being saved and baptized, and families are returning to their church, La
Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado. It's an incredible thing to see and we invite you
to visit the Ministry so you too can be blessed by what God is doing.
The Casias family and Ministry has dealt with many challenges on both sides of the
border since the murders of John and Wanda Casias on January 31, 2012. We have
patiently waited for God's guidance towards support for the Ministry.
Although you have only been able to support the Ministry through prayer, God has
continued to meet the needs. The Ministry still has needs, however, and
through the sending Church, you can now help support it. The sending Church
is Pomerado Road Baptist Church out of San Diego, California. Our desire has been
to preserve and grow the work started by John and Wanda Casias in 1983. God has
blessed the Ministry and La Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado, pastored by Pastor
Gustavo Perales since March of 2012. Our Faith has grown and we thank god for his
We are blessed to have seen over 500 people come to know Christ in the last year,
including Ramiro Marroquin, who had been witnessed to by John Casias for 26 years.
Ramiro Marroquin passed away on February 27, 2013. The past year also brought the baptisms of 20 people through La Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado. We have celebrated five special events and the anniversary where approximately 400 people attended and participated. Fifteen different pastors and preachers from different parts of the Republic of mexico have come as guest preachers to the Church. Since January 1, 2013 we have had over 100 new people come and visit the church. We can see God's Blessings in chhurch families as they grow in Christ while the Church as a whole continues to grow in the community of El Cercado Santiago NL Mexico. We ask for your continued support through prayer and your financial support for the needs of the Ministry. We are praying that God provides a piano for La Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado, since the piano that is now being used is in irreparable condition.
Donations and support needed for the Ministry:
toys, Clothes, Bibles
~Posted on March 05, 2013
PLEASE PRAY FOR SANTIAGO, NL. MEXICO
Santiago is currently suffering one of the most fearsome fires in recent history that has destroyed hundreds of acres
of mountainous property that surrounds the tow which is home to Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado. Over 500 state
and government personnel as well as hundred of volunteers are currently fighting this fire and attempting to save
homes, livestock and property. We know that God is in control but we ask that you pray for the people of this
community as we deal with this tragedy. Here are some pictures from within out town taken last night.
~Posted on January 01, 2013
Happy New Year!
(Scroll down to read Pastor Gustavo Perales Message in english)
Felices Fiestas y un muy prospero año nuevo
Son nuestros deseos para ustedes nuestros hermanos, amigos y compañeros de oración.
Por la gracia de Dios hemos tenido un año lleno de retos, lamentables sucesos y muchas victorias.
Que podría decir de lo que sucedió al inicio del año, donde la mano del enemigo toco la familia de
nuestros hermanos Casias y que sin lugar a duda fue un golpe durísimo para nuestra iglesia, un
hecho sin precedentes pero consientes que nada sucede sin la voluntad de Dios.
Ahora a finales de éste 2012 y como ya lo he dicho antes SOLO POR LA GRACIA DE DIOS,
terminamos animados, inspirados y deseando iniciar un nuevo año con proyectos que sobrepasan
Y qué decir de los hijos de los hermanos Casias quienes han sido un BALUARTE para éste
ministerio; Constantes, fieles, animadores y además que oran por el ministerio que hoy en día a
sobresalido y ha logrado nuevas metas, sin dejar de lado el plan 2013 que están por iniciar y que
llenos de ilusiones deseamos servir a nuestro buen Dios.
Parte de nuestros planes (los cuales rogamos pongan en sus oraciones) son:
1. Una Conferencia de la Familia.
2. Un Rally de integración familiar. (Clubes bíblicos)
3. Una Conferencia Misionera.
4. El Aniversario de nuestra Iglesia.
Y parte de nuestro deseo es hacer CRECER el ministerio de Rutas, para traer a más personas a
nuestra iglesia, Nuestro Deseo es poder proveer una Van a cada diferente colonia (la meta principal
son 10 van), con una familia de CRISTIANOS comprometidos a Trabajar, visitar, ganar almas y traer
a nuevos creyentes a nuestra iglesia.
Y poder aumentar el número de creyentes que tienen el deseo de venir pero no las posibilidades;
El Hno Shawn y su servidor hemos estado orando y trabajando en éste proyecto y vemos que cada
vez más se acerca éste sueño a nuestra iglesia, quienes sin dudar tenemos la convicción de que
éste 2013 estará lleno de victorias como las hubo en el 2012 a pesar de las tremendas pruebas que
vivieron a la vida de nuestros hermanos.
Tengo tantas cosas que contar pero dejemos que las fotografías y los eventos hablen por si solos,
les pido de sus oraciones y estaremos actualizando la pagina para que puedan ver el progreso del
ministerio y si Dios les pone en su corazón apoyarnos se los agradeceríamos.
Necesidades: Camionetas Van, Piano, Apoyo económico, Juguetes para el Rally.
Un Agradecimiento especial a los Hijos del Hno Casias por su apoyo incondicional...
"Nuestra obra en el Señor no es en Vano" Hebreos 6:10
Pastor Gustavo Perales
We hope you had a Merry Christmas and we hope you have a very prosperous New Year from
Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado Nuevo Leon Mexico.
We give thanks to God for the year full of challenges, acts and victories that this year has brought us.
No words can describe what it has meant to us regarding what happened at the beginning of this year
when the enemy attacked our brothers in Christ , the Casias Family. This has with no doubt been
very difficult for our Church. It has been unprecedented however we know that God is in control and
nothing happens that is not his WILL.
Now at the end of 2012 and ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD, we are inspired and hopeful to begin
this NEW YEAR with projects that we are faithful that God will help us accomplish.
I must mention how strong the Casias Family has been in helping the continuance of this Ministry.
They have been faithful, inspiring and prayerful for this Ministry which has not only survived but has
overcome many challenges without compromising our goals and plans for the growth of the ministry
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR PLANS FOR 2013 WE ASK YOU TO PRAY FOR
1. A Family Conference
2. A Bible Club Rally dedicated to Family Values
3. A Mission Conference for missionaries our church supports and desires to continue to support.
4. Our 27th Anniversary
We also want to grow our Bus Route. We hope to have 10 Vans or busses so we can reach 10
surrounding communities with families that have committed to witness, visit and work with the
people in these areas to bring them to Christ and Church. Currently we only have one minibus and a
suburban left that we are using to bring people to our services.
We hope God uses us to bring new people to Church who wish to come however may not have the
ability due to transportation. The Children of John and Wanda Casias as well as myself have been
praying for this Bus Ministry. Without a doubt, we have in our heart and our convictions that God will
provide in 2013 that this Ministry will be victorious just as 2012 has proven itself victorious despite the
challenges our Brothers in Christ, the Casias Family has met.
I have so many things I would like to update you with regarding this Ministry and our Church Primera
Iglesia Bautista Del Cercado however I hope our updates, photos and your possible visit will keep you
apprised of the fruits of your service through prayer here in Mexico.
I wish to thank the children of John and Wanda Casias for their continued support in helping to grow
On January 31, 2012 John
and Wanda Casias, who have lived in Mexico as missionaries since 1983, went to be with the Lord. They were victims of a home invasion
crime that took both their lives just outside of Monterrey NL, Mexico. John and Wanda's youngest son, Shawn Casias found his parents
when visiting them to pick up a trailer.
We praise the Lord for the 30 years of faithful service and blessed missionary accomplishments made by John and Wanda Casias in
Mexico. We invite you to learn more about their 30 years of service in Mexico for the Lord in the links under "J & W Casias"
Remember these faithful missionaries and most importantly that their work is not done! Prayfully, we believe this ministry
deserves to continue growing with ongoing attention, love and
efforts in reaching the lost and providing nurture to the churches established. Since the recent deaths of John and Wanda, the Casias
family will continue to help their parent's ministry by providing local know-how and infrastructure. We have made progress by
bringing in a pastor and helping grow the current church attendance. We ask you to keep the ministry and the Casias family in your prayers
as we take on this great work.
You may contact the Casias family direct at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 315-9667
Casias Ministry P.O. Box 721284
San Diego, CA 92172