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Allyson Searway

I was born and raised in Arizona. I met my husband Brent at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and we married in 1986. We moved to Coalinga, CA, to teach school, and during our seven years there our two children were born.

Brent started to feel God’s calling to missions in Mexico. I resisted until God made it clear that’s what He wanted from us. In 1993 we moved to Mexico with our three-year-old Justin and four-month-old Emily. We began serving at Agua Viva Ministries, where we served for 21 years.

In 2012 Brent was diagnosed with brain cancer. In 2014 we resigned from Agua Viva and in 2015 we opened EPIC Ministries in Mexico.

We had some sweet years of ministry with EPIC before Brent went home with the Lord in 2018.

In early 2019 my son Justin and his wife Rosita decided to come under EPIC Ministries as well.

God is clearly giving me more and more of a counseling/mentoring ministry, which I do in all the communities in which we minister.

My relationship with the Lord is the most important of my existence. It is my great joy to share the Good News about Him with Mexico, the country that has won my heart. I am blessed to have my children near (they all live in Ensenada) and see them working out their own way with the Lord. My main goal in life is to remain faithful to Jesus and His calling to the end.

I was born in Fresno, CA to Brent and Allyson Searway, who became missionaries to México when I was 3 years old. I grew up on the mission field in Ensenada, attended Mexican schools and became fluent in Spanish and passionate about the ministry we did as a family.

I decided to go to college in the US, and was accepted to Westmont College, my parent’s alma mater. I graduated in 2013 with majors in Business & Economics and Spanish.

Out of college, I began pursuing a dream of getting into the beef production and ranching industry in the US but quickly learned that, though I loved the work, my daily routine lacked eternal significance and purpose.

In 2014 I swapped out my cowboy hat for a carryon suitcase, as I was hired at Rock Church in San Diego, CA as the personal aide to Miles McPherson, the Senior Pastor. For 2 years, I traveled with him, helping coordinate his calendar and facilitate his speaking engagements all over the world.

At the end of my tenure in that role, God began to draw my heart back to Mexico, and show me how my skillset could be effectively used there. I continued working remotely at Rock Church for several years, and began living in Ensenada full-time and re-engaging in ministry there. This often put me in the same room as Rosita, and we began dating in April of 2016 and were married 12 months later.

There came a point when my work requirements began to compete with the ministry God was leading us to, leading us to decide to go into full-time missions work in Ensenada. Through it all, God has been so faithful to lead and provide for us, and has given us a life full of purpose, joy and eternal significance.

I was born in Ensenada, Baja California, México. My parents are the pastors of Vino Nuevo, and I’ve been following Jesus my whole life. However, I would say that it wasn’t until I turned eighteen that I truly encountered Jesus and began to enjoy a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

My life with Christ has been such an adventure! In 2010, I had the privilege of attending Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX—and that experience changed my life.

Justin and I basically grew up together because, when his parents became missionaries in Ensenada, they began to attend Vino Nuevo. So I’ve known my (now) husband since we were both about three years old. We married in 2017, and it has been blessed to be able to serve God together.

We’re currently serving God full-time. We love our church, and God has allowed us to serve in several areas, such as: worship, biblical teaching, leadership and discipleship.  We love our family in Christ, and we believe that God has called us to guide our generation.

One of my passions is to bring the hope of the gospel to people who have fallen victim to human trafficking and exploitation. Through our collaboration with Reflect Ministries, we visit Tijuana’s red-light district (which is the largest in North America) every Saturday morning to share love, hope and food with the children that attend our breakfast club.

Because we believe that God can change lives through christian camping, we also put on state-wide youth and kids camps twice a year, and last year we held our first in Cuba!

Another thing that breaks my heart is seeing our youth be enslaved to sexual sin. Because we believe that God can break the chains of this addiction, we’ve partnered with Ya Basta, who not only educates parents and church leaders about “taboo” topics (like pornography, for example), but also offers counseling resources for people who have been sexually abused or are struggling with sexual sin.

Finally, it’s so sweet to be a part of EPIC and continue the legacy of our beloved Brent, my father-in-law. It’s so sweet to minister with Allyson, and add our passion to the mission of reaching Mexico for Christ.

God has placed a passion in our hearts for the message of Christ’s imminent return. We want to be like John the Baptist, preparing the way and announcing the return for our savior—not to be greeted with fear but with hope and longing.

Serving God means that we’re constantly in this process of listening to God’s voice and being guided by him. There’s so much that must be done, and we want to be faithful and obedient to his calling until he returns or calls us home.