Last week Jim Hines and I had the privilege of visiting with our covenant members, and now 'sent missionaries', Al and Sarah Gomez.
Last August, our church commissioned and sent Al and Sarah to the city of Estelli, Nicaragua. We traveled with Jordan Stinziano from Saturation Church Planting (SCP) who envisions, equips and empowers local, indigenous leaders for what it looks like to reach their nation with the good news of the gospel of Jesus.
The goal of this trip was to meet with some of the pastors Al has made contact with and to invite them into the process of accomplishing God’s preferred vision for both their country, and for all Central America. At Summit, we believe that vision is for every man, woman, and child to have repeated opportunities to hear, see, and respond to the gospel lived out through the lives of the church in the places they live, work, and play.
I also had the joy of training a number of worship leaders, among whom there is the heart and potential to see the culture of Nicaragua changed. Worship catalogs and gives voice to God’s current activity, but it also catalyzes and envisions the church for God’s preferred future in our lives and in our world.
As I sat in the Gomez's home with these young women and men, I couldn’t help but dream of what God desires to do through their lives in that nation and in all of Central America; the injustice that they would contend against, the spiritual strongholds that would be shaken, and the church that would be mobilized.
Be praying for Al and Sarah, be praying for the young women and men they are gathering around their table and discipling. Be praying for the church leaders in Estelli as Al and Sarah engage them with the conversation of how to see a nation transformed by the good news of King Jesus.