Trusting in His Calling

Trusting in His Calling

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

When I surrendered my life to Christ back in 2009, I never would have imagined it would one day lead me to Puerto Rico.

If you walked into the room in Brooklyn, NY, you never would have pointed your finger and said, “yup, that’s the guy, send him”. There are many reasons why I shouldn’t be “that guy,” starting with the fact that I didn’t speak Spanish! But hey, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, right? Absolutely!

Having been on several missions trips to Puerto Rico, the calling became clear. To reach and serve the people in Puerto Rico affected by addiction. From the addict on the street to the person in recovery, their family, and friends. 

The gap that we must fill is vast due to the lack of resources. Just trying to get to a detox clinic if you want to get clean can be a daunting task. However, in Christ Jesus, my beautiful wife Wanda and I pledge to stand in the gap.

In addition to learning Spanish (Si es verdad, ahora puedo hablar español, pero todavía necesito aprender mucho más). We have started to connect with other ministries, detoxes, group homes, churches, Politicians, and organizations that serve people affected by addiction to better understand the needs and how we can assist.

We wish to acquire a building in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, to offer a food pantry, 12-step meetings, workshops, vocational classes, employment readiness programs, bible studies, etc. Also, we wish to acquire a van to conduct street outreach and transport those needing detox and or sober living, etc.

I have written and published a book called: “90 in 90 A 90-Day Daily Devotional for Christians in Recovery” to help raise support for the ministry.

We are currently 14% funded and praying to be fully funded soon. Please help us pray that more people decide to join us in this venture.

God bless you,

UPDATES

  • Joaquin Vargas recently had foot surgery. He is in a long healing process that will take three months, but unfortunately he fell from the knee scooter and that has slowed the process.
  • Thanks to the support of Send Network, we now have a Mission House in Phoenix for church planters who are starting Spanish-speaking churches. It is a great blessing to have a place that is affordable for them to focus on their call.
  • We closed the year now working in 16 countries and 28 leaders are trying to raise support to serve in their respective ministries.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray for Pastor Juan Hernandez, one of the church planters under Ncuentro Network who will be getting married this coming October. For his visa process and provision for his financial needs.
  • Our 2022 goal is to raise at least $42,000 this year of the projected amount of $60,000 before July 2025.

NEEDS

  • A van or pick up for the church planting ministries in Arizona.
  • Backpacks and school supplies for the ministries in Mexico and in Winkelman, Arizona.

Thank you for your faithful support and your prayers for us. On a journey together to transform communities with the Gospel of Jesus, one life at a time.