People asked us for a Baptist church to attend...
I had the privilege of being born into a Christian home and raised on the mission field. I heard the Gospel many times, but it wasn’t until I was five years old that I understood my need for a Saviour. I thank God for allowing me to be raised in Peru where I was able to witness first-hand the need for more Baptist churches. God started working in my heart to serve Him in the area of missions as a young man and it was many years of praying before God would shed more light on His will for my life.
At the age of fifteen, I surrendered my life to serve Him, and two years later I left Peru to complete Bible College in Austin, Texas. God began to confirm His calling during a missions trip in 2017 and then again during a survey trip in 2018 with three other like-minded friends. We saw the glaring need for more Independent Baptist churches in Ecuador and we experienced the sincere responses of several coming to Christ during our trip. In every city that we visited and preached, people asked us for a Baptist church to attend in their area. Sadly, we would have to constantly repeat that there was not any church that we were aware was preaching the Gospel nearby. There are a handful of churches in the entire country but many of these converts would not have the means to travel to a good church. In these moments, God confirmed in me His call to Ecuador to reach the present, and future generations of Ecuador for Christ.
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I am writing on the behalf of Mateo Sanchez. Mateo is currently serving in two different churches under my pastoral leadership – both in our English-speaking church (Capitol City Baptist Church) and our Spanish-speaking church (Iglesia Bautista Vida Abundante).
Mateo is a second-generation missionary. He grew up in the home of a missionary in Peru with all of his siblings serving in ministry. His parents have been faithful and have done a great job raising their children to serve God. He of course fits naturally in Latin culture and ministry has been his way of life from his youth. He knows how to work in almost any ministry, preach, sing and win souls. He has an evident walk with God and loves people.
We have come to rely on Mateo’s ministry experience in our latest church plant of Iglesia Bautista Vida Abundante. He fills the pulpit for me and has done an amazing job growing our music department. He has seen many converts and personally disciples regularly.
Mateo arrives early and stays late after any ministry function. He seeks counsel on decisions and keeps the utmost ethics in all his dealings.Our English and Spanish churches are both in agreement that the timing is right to send him now for a period of time while he waits on God’s timing for a mate.
The men of our churches from Capitol City Baptist Church
and Iglesia Bautista Vida Abundante and I stand behind him 100%!
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