Let me introduce you to Juan Carlos and Yaneth Rodriguez. They started their ministry as youth pastors and later began focusing on church planting and small-group ministry. In 2004 they planted the “Manantial de Vida” (Spring of Life) Free Methodist Church in Nogales, Mexico, where they ministered for 17 years. Juan Carlos served eight years as conference superintendent for the Pacific Conference of Mexico and was chairman of the conference missions committee for several years.
Always missions-minded, they have guided and trained short-term mission efforts and teams that served churches in Ecuador and throughout Mexico – Campeche, Mexico City and the Yucatán region. Now, after 29 years of marriage and raising two children, both now adults, they have accepted a new calling from God. In late September, they left their home in Mexico and moved to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they now serve as international missionaries.
Building upon their extensive ministry experience, Juan Carlos will help develop healthy leaders by developing and implementing a plan to train pastoral mentors throughout the region. He specifically mentors the leaders in the new mission districts of Guatemala and Bolivia, as well as the superintendent in Paraguay. Yaneth serves the area as a member of the empowering transformational churches team, advising local churches, districts and conferences wanting to start a holistic community transformation project. She will walk with churches as they consider how to design a project to impact the local community. Together, Juan Carlos and Yaneth also endeavor to develop and multiply leaders to strengthen the ministry in Bolivia.
Pastor Juan Carlos says, “It is exciting to think that we were called to missions from the very beginning of our Christian lives, but God put us in a school that lasted 25 years before sending us to serve the mission field.”
Please pray for the Rodriguezes as they make this transition and take new steps of faith. Pray for their new home country of Bolivia as it faces a series of political, economic and social challenges. Pray the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through Yaneth and Juan Carlos will bring restoration to the communities they serve.
May God be glorified through their obedient service!
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