Iglesia Bautista Misionera hosted their 5th annual pastor’s retreat in Queretaro, Mexico. More than 30 pastors and many of their wives gathered together for a week of encouragement, learning and networking to better carry out their calling to plant new churches across Latin America.
One of the clearest characteristics of this retreat was the partnerships that have been formed for the kingdom’s glory. Funding was provided by the North American Baptist Conference, short-term missions organizations were represented (Gateway Teams and E-3 Partners), and church planting strategy came from a variety of leaders including workshops taught by several Hispanic for Christ Field Coordinators.
New works started in the last year were celebrated, indigenous missions were presented to the Purépecha in Michoacán and children in the poor neighborhoods of Guanajuato. Plans were also made to send North American Teams to work along side Mexican churches to plant new churches in numerous cities.
The best part of the whole week was the encouragement gained around tables, discussing plans, sharing ideas and praying for each other. This is a luxury many pastors in Latin America seldom get. It will be exciting to see next year the fruit that comes from this retreat.