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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ONE OF THE LARGEST CLASSES! – Victory Training Center

ONE OF THE LARGEST CLASSES! – Victory Training Center

This year Manuel Salvador Peña and Araceli Merino Hernandez are the directors of the three-year Bible Institute (VBI) with 93 disciples.  Sergio Cruz Cruz is the director of the three-year House of Worship & Prophetic Music (CAMP) with 41 disciples, the largest group ever!  134 Total disciples in the Victory Training Center!  There are students from all over Mexico as well as the USA, Moldova, and China!

Our hope this year is to cultivate a family atmosphere of faith in our community that will allow us to be transparent in our relationships with one another while each one of us is reaching maturity in Christ and seeing the fulfillment of His purpose in our lives.

As a Training Center, we are called to be part of the formation and training of each life that God has entrusted us with this year. With much faith and pleasure, we do it once again.

Victory Training Center Opening Night2

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Listen to Sergio Cruz
EQUIPPING THIS GENERATION – Multigrade School

EQUIPPING THIS GENERATION – Multigrade School

On August 31st we started the 2022-2023 school year.  Thanks to generous donations from people like yourself, we have new facilities which enable us to receive more students and better serve our students!  This year we were able to open our doors to students from the community so that they too could receive the benefit of the school.  In years past we could only have 55 students max and this year we have 62 students!

We teach the Accelerated Christian Education materials at all levels, which allows us to adapt the content for each student according to their needs.  We also have Physical Education, Music, Art and Drawing, History and Geography of Mexico.  It is our goal that when students graduate, they will be completely bilingual Spanish and English!

This year we have help from missionary volunteers Peter Wilson, as a Sports workshop teacher, and Jacklyn Weber as an English teacher.  We are so grateful to the Lord for pouring out so much blessing to this ministry and for the way in which He has placed generous offerings in the hearts of many towards the much-needed building project.

We continue spreading the Kingdom of God through teaching and equipping this generation with the necessary tools to live lives that glorify Jesus!  Thank you!

Multigrade Staff
Multigrade Collage

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Listen to Sergio Cruz
WE’RE OPEN AGAIN! – Victory High School

WE’RE OPEN AGAIN! – Victory High School

We welcome Esperanza Martinez as the wife of David Simon and we are very excited to have the Youth Discipleship Program functioning once again! After nearly three years of operating online, the Victory High School reopened its doors to in-person classes with new directors and staff!  We currently have 21 students from various ethnic backgrounds.  This year we are offering our students the opportunity to earn their degree in at least 18 months by completing 22 competency-based modules.  This program is completely in Spanish and is accepted at all higher learning institutions.  Graduates will be given a college preparatory course to improve their chances of being accepted into college.

The weekly schedule includes 22 hours of academic learning enhanced with 4 hours of vocational training through our Trade School, 6 – 10 hours of biblical training and discipleship, times for prayer and worship as well as daily chores.  As part of the Youth Discipleship program, students take the Christian Fundamentals class with Pastor Duane Kershner, a class designed to equip students with a solid biblical foundation in their faith.

We have a team made up of youth pastors and leaders who have graduated from Victory Bible Institute in Roca Blanca. We currently have two weekday pastors, two weekend pastors, two chaplains, a youth discipleship program coordinator and the school’s director. We are expectant as to what the Lord will do in the lives of these 21 students!

Victory High School Students

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Hurricane Agatha Destruction – Corban Medical Ministry

Hurricane Agatha Destruction – Corban Medical Ministry

Dr. Enver giving Consultation

On Monday, May 30th, the Oaxacan Coast was hit by Hurricane Agatha, one of the strongest on record. On Friday, June 3rd, a team from the Church in Cacalote and the Corban Clinic went to Puerto Angel, which was directly hit by the hurricane, to take drinking water, groceries, and medicine to the people.

We arrived in the morning at Pastor Oscar Pacheco’s house, and we went to the neighborhoods on the outskirts where, due to the geography of the area, access is difficult.  The whole area looks like a war zone, with many houses destroyed, downed trees making roads difficult to travel, no electricity, no drinking water, and no telephone. Many people were looking for water to drink. We began our work in these neighborhoods to distribute food and water, in addition to giving medical consultations from the back of our van.

Water Distribution

When we finished, we went down to the center of town to help the people near the beach remove the mud.  We observed a man who was struggling to remove the mud from in front of his business, which was very damaged. We joined him in his work, which was a difficult job, but after almost five hours we were able to finish. The gratitude of this family was great, but the need is even greater in this entire area.  Later we went to share what food we had left with the pastor and his family.  Then we had to return, but not before praying with them and blessing them. We are still gathering more resources to return and bless the victims of this area.

Medical Consultation
Medical Consultation

Give to Hurricane Victims

Help Hurricane Agatha Victims by giving to Roca Blanca Missions through the Humanitarian Aid Fund.  RBM and Corban Clinic are committed to giving 100% of these funds to meet hurricane victim’s needs and sharing the love of Christ.

Help Hurricane Agatha Victims by giving to Roca Blanca Missions through the Humanitarian Aid Fund.  RBM and Corban Clinic are committed to giving 100% of these funds to meet hurricane victim’s needs and sharing the love of Christ.

Listen to Manuel Sarabio
(Roca Worship Leader)
Becoming a Bi-Vocational Pastor –  Trade School

Becoming a Bi-Vocational Pastor –  Trade School

TESTIMONY  BY  ALEJANDRO  RAMOS

My name is Alejandro Ramos Rosas. I am 32 years old and I’m from a small farming community just outside of the city of Puebla. This is also in the State of Puebla, which neighbors Oaxaca. I came to the Roca Blanca Mission Base 3 years ago. At the beginning of my second year of Bible School we were given the opportunity to receive 6 hours of training each week to gain a trade while attending Bible classes. One of the workshops being offered was a welding course. This is the course that I committed to take.

When I began these classes during my second year, I had no working knowledge of welding. During that year I learned everything from how to read a tape measure, drawing and designing plans, estimating project costs, basic tools of the trade and spent many hours behind a hood practicing my ARC welding techniques.

Alejandro Welding

I am currently finishing my 3rd year of Bible School. While serving in my mission church, the Lord stirred in my heart to construct metal doors and windows for this unfinished building. This has been my welding project this year through the Roca Blanca Trade School. With Trade School donations and the help of my instructor, Amado, I have been fabricating and installing these window and doors in Loma Bonita (Beautiful Hill) Church! I am continuing to work on these to see it through to completion.

I am so thankful for this opportunity to learn this skill of welding. I feel a call to Pastor a church, and most Pastors here must be bi-vocational. I can see how this trade will help me meet my own needs while being able to also serve the needs of others. Will you please pray for me and the future that God has for me, while I prepare to serve Him with my whole heart wherever He leads me.

Welding Torch

Roca Blanca Trade School is committed to training Gospel ministers with a viable trade so they can support themselves in the ministry. BECOME A TRADE SCHOOL SUPPORTER TODAY!

Listen to Manuel Sarabio
(Roca Worship Leader)
An Adventure with the Holy Spirit – VBI 3

An Adventure with the Holy Spirit – VBI 3

TESTIMONY  BY  CESAR ULISES ZURITA

Greetings to everyone! My Name is Cesar Ulises Zurita, and I am from San Juan Quiahije, Oaxaca, Mexico, a Chatino village. I’m currently studying in the Roca Blanca Mission Base, in the third year of Bible School.

Bible School has been a challenging time and an adventure with the Holy Spirit. He has taken me many different places and I’ve met many different people. It has been challenging because it was hard to leave my comfort zone and learn to trust Him and depend on Him in every aspect of life. Like the Word says, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me”. It’s not easy to follow and die from what you love to do and give it all to the Lord.  It hurts, but I don’t regret it. Like Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:12 “This is why I suffer as I do.  But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.” That is my security, that one day I’ll see face to face the one who loves me, Jesus Christ.

Cesar Cooking

As a student I’m serving in “Fountain of Grace” ministry, a healing and deliverance ministry. Level 2 and 3 disciples serve in this ministry. Bible School has helped me a lot to find out more of how God wants me to live. Now that I’m about to graduate, God has shown me that the next step is to keep doing His work wherever I go, in my local church, and in the Roca Blanca Mission Base; to keep practicing and being rooted in what I have learned during these past 3 years. I want to be part of what God is doing in this generation and help others to get to know Him.

Cesar Ulises Zurita

Student Sponsors are those that parnter with us at $50 or $100 dollars a month to help disciples study at Roca Blanca Mission Base where lives are changed every year.

Listen to Manuel Sarabio
(Roca Worship Leader)
A MISSIONS TESTIMONY – Disciples In Missions

A MISSIONS TESTIMONY – Disciples In Missions

Children's Ministry in Missions

Our month of missions was in Santa María Chicometepec, better known as “La Boquilla”. It is two and a half hours from Roca Blanca and 40 minutes from Pinotepa Nacional. We were sent for the purpose of sharing the gift of salvation. It is a remote community where the principalities of alcoholism, witchcraft, orphanhood, violence, and poverty abound. The inhabitants of this place are Afro-Mexicans. Years ago when the Spanish came, they had African slaves on their ships and these slaves mixed with the Mexicans.

We were sent to support the vision that God had given Sister Enedina, a sister who is an example of obedience and of constantly listening to the voice of God.  Every morning we got up to seek direction from God and to intercede for La Boquilla, then we went out to evangelize the people of the town. The people feel alone, abandoned, sad and confused. Idolatry is very common in each family, the altars to the Virgin and to death stood out in each house. During this time we saw people breaking down and recognizing their need for God. We also saw people reconciling with Christ and children coming closer to the Word.

New Disciple Reading the Bible

Sister Enedina had a home group that when we arrived was made up of two families, but in the fourth week of our arrival around 30 people attended! It was impressive to see how God was at work in the hearts of the families of La Boquilla. In the afternoons we went to the basketball court to spend time playing with the children and young people. People need a lot of love. In this town, although small, there are two witch doctors who lived there. I learned that if they took the time to do their things and move to that place, how much more should we take the time to establish ourselves in a place to share about the one who saved us, Jesus.

Mission Student Teaches from Bible

During this time of missions, I learned that there is great need in the communities, that love is scarce, and that darkness can be overcome if we as children of God stand in the gap. I learned that God, through my life, can do many things, like give a hug, listen to people, talk about his love and his work on the cross, love children, pray for people and serve them. God has started the good work in La Boquilla and although there is still a long way to go, I know that He will finish it!

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A SEASON FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING – A Day in the life of a Spanish School Student by Stephen Rich

A SEASON FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING – A Day in the life of a Spanish School Student by Stephen Rich

Spanish Class

At 6:50 am the alarm goes off and I quickly shower to wake up. As I drink my coffee and eat granola and yogurt, I’m looking over the vocab list we’ll be tested on today. I finish reading out loud Hebrews chapter 7 in Spanish for phonetics class homework. I then hop on my bicycle and zip across town to the Base for school starting at 8:00 am. It’s not my day to lead the devotion, so after Don David walks us through translating two Spanish worship songs and then leads us in singing them, I get to sit back and be encouraged and challenged by a classmate of mine. He shares on Ecclesiastes 3, there’s a season for everything, and I’m reminded how unique and transformative this intensive season of language learning is, in Spanish.

Phonetics class with Ale is first. We break words into syllables, read more scripture, annunciating vowels properly, and the constant reminder of “No gringo” in the pronunciation. Grammar is next with Paulina, who patiently reminds us of our English grammar so that we can understand the corresponding Spanish grammar in today’s lesson. Perfect preterit using past participles, not for the faint hearted but understood slowly with her examples and corrections, and hopefully implemented into conversation in the next few weeks as my mind grasps the concept of this new tense. After the one-two punch of phonetics and grammar it’s off to the dining hall for almuerzo, the mid-morning meal. A square meal today, as always, in the comedor, they never miss. Eggs in red sauce with black beans and tortillas, even some ginger tea to top it off. Back to the classroom after the hour break for vocabulary. Adán ensures we have proper pronunciation of our list and then it’s time to drill. The final 10 minutes is quiz time.  We must make sure we’re progressing. The last class of the day is laboratory, time to tie it all together and implement it in conversation. Short prompts and questions from the workbook incite a conversation guided by Irma, who walks us through the challenging process of expressing our thoughts, experiences, emotions, and opinions, all in Spanish of course. Using what we’re learning, Irma fills holes in our vocab, pauses us to correct our sentence structure, and affirms us as we little by little can convey more meaningful information. 

1:00 pm comes and we’re done with school. Some students stay for tutoring, some head to the town 10 kilometers up the road to run errands, buy groceries, or pickup laundry. Everybody heads somewhere out of the sun to pass the oppressive midafternoon heat. Amidst the continuous vocab lists, grammar rules, and verb conjugations, real life is still lived. This afternoon I’ll help a bit with some of the construction projects at the Mission Base. This evening will be dinner and a game night with a few locals who have an incredible amount of patience for my language learning. Grammar homework will be completed, verbs will be conjugated, more vocabulary will be memorized, and throughout it we’ll remember and be grateful for this distinctive season at the Roca Blanca Spanish School. 

David Nelson

David Nelson

Spanish School Director

Students learning Spanish

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BECOMING A MUSICIAN FOR GOD – Jaqueline Toral 3rd year CAMP

BECOMING A MUSICIAN FOR GOD – Jaqueline Toral 3rd year CAMP

Jaqueline playing Piano

I have many memories of my childhood, particularly of me organizing concerts in my living room for my parents and my brother.  I remember pretending to play various instruments, while my desire to be a musician increased every day. My family was not Christian until I was 15 years old. When I accepted Christ that desire to make music was still inside me and the desire to serve him also began to grow in me. It was God himself who shaped my vision for his glory.

I came to CAMP in 2019 and since that year my life changed radically. CAMP is not only a school, but as its name says, it is a house where you don’t make friends, you make family; a house where you are encouraged to follow your goals and above all to be an excellent worshiper. I could divide CAMP into two sections: musical classes, and biblical classes. In the musical classes I entered knowing absolutely nothing, but with each class my abilities grew in a way that I never expected.

Jaqueline playing Violin
CAMP Student Jaqueline

The second section of biblical knowledge and how to apply it to music was something wonderful for me. Here my call was affirmed when I felt most insecure and the vision of God’s purpose in my life was even clearer. I can say that music is a beautiful gift that the Father has given to me and CAMP helped me discover it. Today I think of my past, I remember that girl who saw musicians in the streets and got excited, now I smile and say to myself: today you are a musician, a musician for God.

String Ensemble

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SPIRITUAL DIRECTION & ENGLISH PROFICIENCY – Multigrade School

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION & ENGLISH PROFICIENCY – Multigrade School

In 2020, Roca Blanca witnessed the first Multigrade High School graduation.   Two of those graduates, Grace and Abdias, give their testimony of what the Multigrade School experience has done for them.  They are both currently studying college.

Grace in Multigrade School

Hello! My name is Grace Janeth Hernandez Gonzalez. I’m a medical student from Cacalote, Mexico.

I studied at the Multigrade School and I’m part of the first generation that graduated from High School in 2020.  I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have studied at this school because one of the biggest accomplishments that I did during this time of school was to learn English, which has been a great blessing for me.

Grace studying Medicine

Since I was a child, I always wanted to be a doctor and serve God through mission trips on the medical field.  I observed and was influenced by the medical teams that came every year to the Corban Clinic.  I always wanted to serve like they do and because I learned English, I had the opportunity to go as translator for many of those teams, and I found out that I really enjoy it.  In that way, God confirmed to me the dream to become a doctor and that’s why I started this new chapter in my life. Now I’m studying in a city about 6 hours from my home, and even through it gets hard sometimes, I enjoy being prepared to serve God and people through this career.

I will always be thankful with the Mission Base and the ministries of the Multigrade School and the Corban Clinic, which I had the opportunity to be involved with.  I’m sure many other people are grateful as well.

Abdias

My name is Abdias Rodriguez.  I’m writing from the Roca Blanca Mission Base.  I hope you and your family are well, and your work is blessed.

I am a 2020 graduate of the Multigrade School in Roca Blanca.  One of the best tools that Multigrade gave me is the ability to express myself in English, which is my second language.  That, along with the spiritual training I received at Multigrade has been helping me the most in college right now.  I always wondered as a child why I needed so much spiritual guidance in school.  None of that was going to be useful for me in college, or so I thought.  But now, I am receiving a lot of teaching and knowledge from teachers and philosophers of the world, and I’m very grateful to God for preparing me for this kind of thing so that I don’t get confused.  I am certain that he is the One guiding me and that He is and will be using all the things I learned in Multigrade to help me in this moment of my life.

Right now, I’m being trained to be a teacher and I absolutely love it.  I am thankful to God for this amazing opportunity, and I will use everything I learn for His Glory.  I also have been working in Multigrade as a supervisor for the Junior High and High School levels.  The Lord is training me as well to spread His Word in the educational world – that’s my mission!

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