teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
About a year ago, I sat down with Carlos Peralta, Jr. during his brief visit to PA. Carlos founded Encuentro Ministries which provides pastors and Christian leaders with training, encouragement, and care. They are impacting Hispanic Christian leaders in MULTIPLE countries. I listened closely as he spoke with anticipation and excitement. He was tell me of the new opportunities God has been giving him–and I was blown away. He recently returned from a week in CUBA and he’s there again this week by invitation to a leadership conference. When I think of Carlos, I think of the verse above. His faith and love for Jesus shines through his passion to follow God wherever He leads. He lives, speaks, and prays with a sense of urgency for the sake of the Gospel that spurs others on to live for the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll keep my thoughts brief and share with you a portion of a recent letter Carlos sent us last week. Please keep this dear ministry partner and brother in Christ, his family, and Encuentro Ministries in your prayers.
“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed!”
-J. Hudson Taylor
“As I am writing you, Carlos V., one of our trainers, is in Paraguay with the purpose of providing key leadership training to thousands of brothers and sisters in that country. Right now, Gene H., one of our board members, is preparing Bible studies in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship for our Hispanic brothers and sisters in all of Latin America to download and share with their own disciples. Sunday school classes, cell groups, small groups, prison ministries, church planters and evangelists use these resources in their ministries and the demand is increasing. I am pastoring several pastors, coaching church planters, training leaders, writing articles and devotionals, and preparing new training sessions and sermons for a very intense season of ministry during 2016. God is using YOU and Encuentro Ministries to provide pastoral care, training, and resources to thousands of Latinos.
…God willing, I will be traveling to Cuba. Hundreds of leaders are meeting for a Leadership Conference and they invited us to train them; several have already requested personal face-to-face- time of pastoral care, coaching, and counseling; we plan to train 1,000 Cuban leaders. (Just to mention) this is God’s miracle! Until recently they were not even allowed to put a sign outside of buildings saying’Chris loves you’ or ‘Cuba for Christ’. Times are changing; now is a new time and we are being sent by the Lord and you to reach them, train them, care for them, and send them to plant new churches, reach thousands, and disciple them in obedience to Christ’s commission.”
For you prayer warriors:
- Pray for Carlos as he ministers. Pray for wisdom, health, strength, and perseverance. Pray for his family, marriage, parenting, and his own parents.
- Pray for their trip to Cuba. Pray for the conference, the leaders, and the seeds of the Gospel that have been planted–that they would bring abundant fruit for God’s glory.
- Pray that God would continue to give Carlos grace before the people and authorities.