God keeps working among our Hispanic leaders to create a unified vision of multiplying churches— disciples that make disciples. A common idea is that we are not alone,” says Sergio Guardia, SBC of Virginia Hispanic consultant and pastor of Nuevo Amanecer Lynchburg. “Many of our brothers and sisters have been doing God’s work alone. As a result of the SBC of Virginia’s first church planter training in Spanish (December 9-10), leaders expressed that they do not feel alone anymore. They now recognize that they belong to a network of churches that cares for them.”
Lay church planter Caleb Godoy was one of 28 registered participants for the Basic Training journey. Caleb is planting churches in Hyattsville, MD and Leesburg, VA. Caleb shares, “The activity of praying for and with a brother [was] excellent [and] made us connect with those we do not see regularly.”
Caleb said that the training enabled him to see a step-by-step process through which he will now be able to help others understand the meaning of church planting, the biblical basis for it, and why it is necessary. He will now be able to teach others as they are developing in their church planting journey.
One of the units of instruction was about the importance of understanding your context. Caleb says that he will go back and assess his communities to better understand their needs. The needs are the points of engagement to reach the lost—find a need, meet a need, and share Christ.
For many, the training helped them know where to start. Part of the training also helped leaders hear from others and learn from their life experiences. “I love to hear the testimonies of those who serve in different churches [and] listen to the experiences of pastors,” says Caleb. “God works in different ways.” The purpose of the training was to help leaders be better equipped servants and help them know they are not alone.
Today more than ever, God has guided me to prepare for local and international missions.
– Claudia Mendoza, Member, Iglesia Bíblica Bautista Emanuel
The first training for church planting in Spanish was a great blessing for my life. Apart from the information and guidance received, we worked in ministerial unity, which we presented to the Christian Latino community.
– Raúl Santamaría, Pastor, Iglesia Bíblica Bautista Emanuel
This last year has been hard for them in the church plant. But listening today about vision and how vision drives us encouraged me to keep going. God wants a church that cares for people and that lives out grace and has a biblical foundation.
– Marlon Martinez
God keeps working among our Hispanic leaders to create a unified vision of multiplying churches, disciples that make disciples. A common idea is that we are not alone.
– Sergio Guardia, Pastor, Nuevo Amanecer Lynchburg
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