International Ministries

Visits That Have Been a Blessing for El Salvador

June 14, 2004 Journal

Last April 2003, I had the privilege to visit the Hispanic Baptist Churches in Florida. During my visits I was able to share the work that I am doing in my ministry in El Salvador.

Through this sharing with the churches, many of the Hispanics decided to make a commitment to the work in El Salvador.

Rev. Dr. Julia BatistaRev. Dr. Julia Batista, pastor of the Iglesia Renovacion de Orlando (Church of Renewal in Orlando) and Juanita Flores from the Iglesia Bautista Central de Orlando (Central Baptist Church in Orlando) made their dreams become reality.

From April 16 to 29, 2004, they visited with us to share their gifts in the eastern region of El Salvador. Rev. Julia Batista worked in the training of pastors and preaching. Juanita Flores, Rev. Victor Mercado's sister, helped in Juanita Floresthe training for women, children's classes and training the women in the Baptist Vocational School.

The visit provided many blessings since among the experiences they dedicated two houses in Canton La Puerta constructed with the support of the Church in Springfield, Illinois. Upon this occasion one of those whose house was rebuilt accepted Christ.

They had the opportunity to install the first woman pastor at the Mision Bautista de las Malvinas. This is the Baptist Mission at Malvinas. This served as a testimony to affirm the ministry of women. Among the topics that were discussed with the Pastors of the Baptist Federation of El Salvador was the topic of Women, Gender, and Calling.

These visits are like a blessing for El Salvador. They serve as a means of strengthening the work in the community where I am serving.

Rev. Dr. Magda Aguirre