SERVING IN: Honduras , Central America
Johnny Cruz has been involved in missions since 1982, when immediately after graduation from Bible college, he went to Spain. He ministered there for nine years – and also met and married Ivonne, the “lovely Honduran señorita” he met in Spain. In 1992, the Cruz family returned to Honduras and are now Latin America Directors of INSTE, a TEE program (theological education by extension) . Over 8,000 students are enrolled in the program in nineteen Latin American countries.
I guess once you get started with crazy ideas, they have no way of ending. We’ve got stark, raving mad ideas. For starters, there’s churches everywhere asking for the summit to show to their members. We need to structure that to make it as effective as possible. That will have an impact beyond anything we ever dreamt of. Then, there’s the idea of making an evangelistic version of the summit for all of Latin America, get some really select speakers, careful scholars, that can do a knock-out job of it. But there’s bunches more! We have to keep from running too fast, all of this will take time. Just the summit was a crazy amount of work, though it was worth every minute of it. And we’re already working on the 2022 summit. But we feel the Lord is telling us to dream big with all of this.
We’ve got all kinds of crazy ideas about what to do once the summit is over. Amazing, off the chart possibilities. Like setting up John Lennox’s conference to evangelize in universities throughout Latin America. But there are bunches more. Hold on to your seats, folks!
We have seen God’s hand in an exceptional way this year, in spite of a world-wide crisis that has affected Latin America worse, probably, than any other part of the world. We are preparing for different times up ahead, and appreciate you making this happen. May God’s richest blessings be poured out upon you this Christmas season!
As the country of Honduras was reeling from the pandemic, hurricane Eta has just dealt a second blow. Tegucigalpa, where we live, is up in the mountains, and the damage is not extensive. But the northern plains, the country’s agricultural and industrial belts, have been decimated. Whole cities have been flooded. We have news of several of our students having lost their houses. Please do pray for Honduras.
We are gearing up for the Iberoamerican Influencers’ Summit next January. The plan is to have a videoconference every year featuring some of the world’s top Christian scholars and leaders and transmit it in all of Latin America and Spain. So far, we have three yeses, and two pretty close to yes.