Roca Blanca Missions Base was started by Duane and Sue Kershner in 1990 in southern Mexico. It is now a prospering sanctuary of God’s presence, with a Medical and Dental clinic, Bible Institute, Music training school, Spanish language school, Orphanage, and Vocational school. We work with missions groups from all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico to impact the unreached people groups in the state of Oaxaca.

Below you’ll find news of God’s move among us here. We invite you to be a part!

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations (ethnos – ethnic group, tribe); and then shall the end come. Matthew 24.14
Jesus Christ

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TRADE SCHOOL – Sustainable Discipleship

TRADE SCHOOL – Sustainable Discipleship

Roca Blanca Trade School
Roca Blanca Trade School Sewing

The Roca Blanca Trade School is now in its second year of teaching students a professional trade.  We are teaching Carpentry, Sewing, Welding, and International Cooking. We have an instructor team that includes four Mexican nationals and five foreign missionaries. We love to see these young people learning a sustainable trade skill while being equipped for the battlefield through discipleship training here at the Roca Blanca Mission Base.

Please continue to pray for us here, as we serve in Southern Mexico. We will continue to pray for you.

If you have been considering a short-term mission trip to receive a Christian world view and world vision, please consider spending some time with us here at the Base. Come and be a guest instructor for a week, working with us, to give what you have gained from your experience, to help equip the next generation for Christian service. Do you love to cook, sew, build, or weld? We can use your help.

Teaching sustainable trades to disciples so they can support themselves on the mission field.

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BIBLE SCHOOL 2 – Practical Ministry Training

BIBLE SCHOOL 2 – Practical Ministry Training

Fountain of Grace Ministry

In this 2021-22 school year we have the largest class that we have ever had – 20 disciples are currently enrolled!  They have classes from Monday through Friday, and this is the second year in a row that disciples are being trained in a sustainable trade as well.

We also have a monthly discipleship program for those disciples who cannot be here fulltime.  We have four disciples enrolled in the program that meets once a month for a week.  These disciples are currently in the ministry or have jobs that don’t allow them to come fulltime. With these disciples we have 24 enrolled in Second Year Bible School.

Second year has leadership classes, Fountain of Grace where they are trained and practiced in praying for the sick, and other practical ministry classes. We praise God how He is attracting disciples to continue equipping them with the tools to work in full time ministry. 

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CASA HOGAR – A Family for 14 Children

CASA HOGAR – A Family for 14 Children

Luis from Casa Hogar

Hello.  My name is Luis, and I am 16 years old.  I have lived in the New Day Children’s Home for 6 years.  I came here with my other three sisters when my biological mother could no longer care for us.  A little over two years ago my mother passed away. 

In this Home I have had many beautiful experiences, such as being able to visit incredible places on vacation and being able to become family with the other members of the Home.  Getting to that place of family was a long process, but I don’t regret opening my heart to others.  The treatment that I have received during this time is not like that of any other child, but the treatment has been like that of a son of the leaders of the Home, and as of a brother from the other children.  We always try to respect the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you would want to be treated”. 

The New Day Home has not only helped me grow in the academic area of my life, but also spiritually.  My parents, the leaders of the Home, have been my mentors in the Word of God.  They have helped us find our identity as Children of God.  The work that they have done is honorable.

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The New Day Children’s Home provides a family atmosphere, Christian education, clothing, food and the love of the Heavenly Father to each child.  It costs us $280 dollars a month per child.  Click on the Donate Now button and help sponsor a child.

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OPEN ARMS FOR DISCIPLES

OPEN ARMS FOR DISCIPLES

On September 13, 2021, we opened our arms to receive 105 disciples from all over Mexico to study in the Victory Training Center at Roca Blanca.

CAMP, Worship with Guitar, Discipleship

Every year lives are transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit through the dorm pastors, teachers, Base staff, and YOU. Yes, YOU have a big part in what we do! It costs us $260 dollars per disciple per month. Because of the economy in Mexico, we only charge each disciple $160 dollars a month. We ask people like yourself to partner with us by sponsoring a disciple at $50 dollars a month for half sponsorship or $100 a month for full sponsorship.

When you sponsor a disciple, you receive letters from the disciple throughout the year reporting on what God is doing in and through their life. Your faith will be encouraged as you hear firsthand the transformation that the Holy Spirit does in their life and then what God does through their life. Every life they touch, you will touch as well! Currently, we need 68 new sponsors. Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring a disciple at $50 or $100 a month?  Click on the Sponsor a Disciple Button and become part of the team!

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OPERATION SAMUEL

OPERATION SAMUEL

Operation Samuel Children

July 29-31 was the time for our yearly Children’s and Adolescent camp, Operation Samuel, that we host each summer in Roca Blanca. However, due to COVID-19 cases being on the raise we felt it best to execute Operation Samuel 2021 in a virtual manner. We were in communication and preparation with pastors and teachers throughout the year. They responded and organized to carry out the camp in their local churches and even in their homes. Many activities were pre-recorded, and others were simulcast live on Facebook Live. The teachers were sent the manual with the classes already developed so that they could be implemented during the three days that OS 2021 would last.

There were seven different churches that organized the children and adolescents simultaneously in their churches. Through these churches we reached nearly 1,000 children and adolescents! There were over 30,000 people that connected to Facebook Live throughout the three-day virtual event!

Operation Samuel Clown
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A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME – by Duane and Sue Kershner and Judi Tabler

A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME – by Duane and Sue Kershner and Judi Tabler

Finally published on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other major book distributers, “A People For His Name” tells the long-awaited testimony of the founder of the Roca Blanca Mission Base.  As you read, you will be enthralled in the incredible journey of how God saved Duane Kershner and called him to Mexico.

Duane's Tent

This book is a fascinating testimony that reveals the reality of the real war, the spiritual battle raging between the two kingdoms – the kingdom of this world with the powers of the occult attempting to establish the son of Satan as ruler over “The New World Order” versus the eternal King Jesus Christ and his kingdom, which will manifest at his second coming and fill the entire earth.  This is the battle, the real one that affects every person that has ever lived on this planet.

In 1967, Duane Kershner was abruptly interrupted while working his way through architectural studies.  He was drafted into the US army and sent to Vietnam.  After the war, disoriented and disillusioned, he went “south,” leaving the United States in search for truth, if there was one.  His intense search eventually led him to enroll in an international university in Mexico City.

Unknown by Duane, the university had been infiltrated by Satanists who were recruiting for the “New World Order.”  Blind to what was happening, Duane was gradually being trapped and prepared for a Black Sabbath Mass where the Satanists would attempt to bring him “across the line” and into the ranks of Satan.  He narrowly escaped from the satanic ritual, but the Satanists did not give up easily.

Duane was brought face-to-face with death.  Seconds before his soul would have passed through the eternal gates of hell, he called for the blood of Jesus.  Jesus miraculously caught his descending soul, brought it back to his body, and saved him from hell.  The power and glory of God began to fill every cell of his body.  He was healed, delivered from the grips of Satan, and called into the army of the Lord Jesus Christ.

After an intense time of training, he was commissioned by the Holy Spirit with the mission of taking the truth of Jesus Christ to the unreached indigenous tribes of Southern Mexico.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing.

Cata and Polo

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CRISTEL – A LIFE TRANSFORMED

CRISTEL – A LIFE TRANSFORMED

Diana Crystel

I would like for you to get to know Diana Cristel.  She is a young Afro-Mexican woman of 19 years old who has no parents.  She was broken hearted and battling suicide when she was brought to my wife, Eli Norton, for counseling. During that counseling session Cristel received Christ and began her journey to freedom.

She wanted to know more about Jesus and my wife suggested she come to Bible School.  She did not have the finances to pay for the tuition, but God touched several people and together they paid her tuition.  Cristel’s life was transformed by God’s Word and Presence.  She was particularly impacted when God showed himself to her as her loving Father.  The impact was so great that she wants to write a book called, “The Father’s Embrace”.  The Holy Spirit has touched her heart by healing her wounds of abandonment, taking away timidity, and giving her compassion for others, especially young woman. 

Cristel is currently studying second year Bible School and has had the opportunity to pray for the sick and has seen many peopled healed.  Out of a life that was broken and in the eyes of many useless, God has brought peace and purpose.  He is also using Cristel to bring physical and emotional healing to others.

Crystel Studying VBI 2
Crystel praying in Fountain of Grace

Help Change a Life Like Cristel

Cristel is just one example of what the power of God’s Word and Presence can do to a young disciple in Bible School.  However, for a young person to study at Roca Blanca it costs $285 dollars a month.  Because of the poverty in the region, we only charge each student $158 dollars a month.  The difference is made up by people like you who choose to invest in the life of a student by becoming a student sponsor. Become a Student Sponsor today.

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SHORT TERM MISSIONS – RADIANT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

SHORT TERM MISSIONS – RADIANT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

Radiant School of Ministry in Kalamazoo, MI, sent a group of 10 young people from March 23 – April 19 to Roca Blanca Missions Base. They were a joy and a blessing to host!

They distributed over 120 bags of food staples in conjunction with several medical outreaches and personal prayer ministry. San Martin, Loma Bonita, and El Mosco were deeply impacted by their efforts. In El Mosco alone, the clinic saw 169 patients in a day and a half of work!

Radiant School of Ministry Mission Team

Chris Sotelo from the team shared this testimony from his time: “We were going from house to house handing out food bags and praying for needs. We prayed for one lady who had a ton of pain in her knees.  After praying for her, we continued to the next house. Several houses down, we noticed the lady running toward us. She had come looking for us because her knees had been healed! ‘You have to come and pray for my mother!’, she said. It was an amazing answer to prayer. We went to her mother’s house and prayed for her mother. It was awesome to see and be a part of!”

Despite the heat, they also led children’s outreach.  Several of the students also had the opportunity to preach the word and share their testimony. They spent time at the New Day Children’s Home helping with homework, playing games, and catching a vision for caring for the 17 children who live there.  Direct evangelism on the beaches in Puerto Escondido was another highlight. The beaches attract people from all over the world. Prayer and sharing the Gospel have the potential to reach many nations at this location!

Radiant School of Ministry also completed a big project that had been on the wish list of Roca Blanca for many years. In four weeks, they converted a rocky field into a basketball court that will be used by the students and staff of the Mission Base. This is a huge blessing! They worked extremely hard on it, and the results speak for themselves.

Basketball Court
Radiant Team eating in village

Short Term Missions is a way to have an impact on the Kingdom of God in another culture and let God change your heart as well. If you are interested in bringing a team from your church or just coming by yourself, contact Ben & Hannah Clark at rocaguests@gmail.com

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Roca Blanca Missions (VLAO) Office Moves Back to Hutchinson, Kansas

Roca Blanca Missions (VLAO) Office Moves Back to Hutchinson, Kansas

VLAO Moves Back To Kansas!

Approximately three years ago we moved our stateside office (VLAO) from Hutchinson, Kansas to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now, it is going back to Kansas! Charles and Elizabeth (Eli) Norton, who have served faithfully with us at Roca Blanca for the past 27 years, are moving to Hutchinson, Kansas and will administrate the Roca Blanca Missions (VLAO) office from there. 

Throughout the past year we have prayed and considered this change. Charles and Elizabeth along with their daughter Becky, will be leaving Roca Blanca for Kansas on February 19th. We are extremely grateful for their years of dedication and faithful service on the field. Now we can only thank God for their calling and willingness to administer the support network and the Roca Blanca Missions (VLAO) office.  

Our new address beginning on March 15, 2021 is:

Roca Blanca Missions

2228 Dover Drive

Hutchinson, KS 67502

Duane and Sue Kershner, founders of Roca Blanca Missions Base

Gratitud and Report from Kershners

Sue and I want to express our sincere appreciation once again, to each of you, for standing with us in this calling. It was 31 years ago that we arrived here in Southern Mexico. As we reflect on all that has happened, we are amazed. We have co-labored with God and each of you have helped us stand and move forward. 

The COVID-19 situation closed the missions base for 5 months. However, our team was strengthened during those months through times of prayer and fasting. We also went online with certain times of teaching and ministry. To our amazement we began to reach thousands of people in Central and South America. Somehow, God makes all things work together for good!

The Bible School and School of Worship are both working with around 70 disciples who are back with us and living at the Missions Base. The Spanish school and our K-12 school are both back in operation. There are 75 churches in our network and most of them now have normal services.

 Blessings to each of you,

DUANE & SUE KERSHNER

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Duane and Susan Kershner Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree

Duane and Susan Kershner Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree

On Saturday, January 30, 2021 Duane and Susan Kershner, founders of the Roca Blanca Missions Base, received the Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from the University of Chiapas, a Christian University for “their laudable mission to announce the good news of salvation in 31 years of ministerial service, and founders of the Roca Blanca Missions Base on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. This has contributed to the growth of evangelical Christianity”.

Gina Gaxiola honors Kershners in ceremony of Doctor Honoris Causa
Amilcar Cruz Sarmiento, Academic Coordinator of the Theological Faculty honors Kershners

Dr. Cesar Bernardino Serrano Nucamendi, the Institutional Rector; Pastor Amilcar Cruz Sarmiento, Academic Coordinator of the Theological Faculty, and Licenciado Joel Jiménez Lang, Advisor and Liaison, each one faculty members of the University of Chiapas came to the Roca Blanca Missions Base to preside over the ceremony of honoring Duane & Susan. 

The University faculty members were also accompanied by the missionaries Laura Pratt Nelson, Georgina Gaxiola and Charles Norton in honoring the Kershners.  In addition to the ceremony, we celebrated a time of worship and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ for His faithfulness over these last 31 years. Pastor Amilcar said, “A man or woman is not from where they are born but where they are made” and the Kershners have been made by the Lord here in Mexico. 

Missionary Laura Pratt Nelson Honors Duane & Sue Kershner as they receive Doctor Honoris Causa
Charles Norton puts gloves on Sue Kershner as she receives Honorary Doctorate in Theology

One particularly important part of their trip, in addition to honoring Duane & Susan, was to confirm the relationship between our Victory Bible Institute and the University of Chiapas.  Through the University of Chiapas, students who have their high school diploma and study the three years of the Bible School at Roca Blanca will now be able to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Theology. 

Pastor Duane shared in gratitude that twelve years ago Gina had mentioned various times to Duane that we needed a university here, and now it is coming into being. Roca Blanca Staff members and pastors who have their high school diploma and have graduated from the Bible School will also be able to work towards their degree in Theology.  This is important as soon the Mexican government will be requiring that pastors have a degree in Theology to be able to work as a pastor.

We praise God for His faithfulness!

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