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.
Our team in El Salvador wanted us to stay in a country home deep in tropical woods. There’re all kinds of incredible birds here: Crowned Mot-Mots, with emerald coats and magnificent hanging tails, Bar-winged Orioles festooned in bright yellow and black, deep-green Pacific parakeets chattering incessantly. Each of them is singing high praises to the Lord. It doesn’t get any better. We made the hour-long trip to the capital for all the meetings the team had scheduled, well worth it. The INSTE program was losing steam, with this visit I believe things will pick up. This proves once again that it is indispensable that I visit our national directors on a regular basis.
So, at this stage of life, we are setting sail for the US. Tell you the truth, when I left Liberty and went to Spain in 1982, it was by faith, I had nothing set up there, nothing but a word in my heart to go serve the Lord in Madrid. Since then, our lives are all about jumping by faith into the deep. Please do pray for us. This will be the hardest thing we’ve ever done in our service for the Lord. But stepping out in faith, following His lead, is always exciting. And we feel that He is instructing us to dream big for the next stage.
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!