How a Long-Term Partnership in Mexico Strengthened My Church in Virginia

ChurchLeaders | 3/22/2019 | Staff
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Just a few weeks ago during the main worship service of Poquoson Baptist Church in Poquoson, Virginia, about 125 people sang in Spanish. I understand this may seem woefully insignificant. After all, who’s ever heard of Poquoson, Virginia? And why in the world would anyone care about the worship practices of a small Baptist church in a small backwater town?

God often does amazing things through underwhelming means. What happened that Sunday morning was significant because our church is nestled in an isolated fishing community that, according to the United States Census Bureau, is less than 3 percent Hispanic and Latino. But beyond the oddity of a group of small-town Christians singing in broken Spanish, what happened that Sunday morning was significant because it was evidence of how God is turning the hearts of his people to the nations.

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In the summer of 2018, the people of PBC sent thirteen members on a mission trip to Mexico City to work alongside our friends, IMB Missionaries Carlos and Lily Llambes. At the time, our goals were modest. We wanted to inject a love for the nations in the hearts of PBC members by actually experiencing evangelism and discipleship in another culture. We had no idea God would turn that simple mission trip into a partnership.

“Our partnership in Mexico City isn’t an isolated interest of the members who went on the trip; the entire congregation is invested.”

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With God’s help, our church has committed to work alongside his people in Mexico City to help strengthen local churches in the city and help plant a gospel-preaching local church in a town north of Mexico City that has little gospel presence. What began as a leap of faith for thirteen church members in 2018 has turned into two scheduled trips in 2019, an upcoming visit from our...
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