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.
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.
In our last newsletter, we told about the need to launch the INSTE Bible training program on-line. Well, that is now a reality! We have started in Honduras, Argentina, and Ecuador, and are working on the second tier: Costa Rica, Spain, Peru, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Please pray for us. We still have bunches of work before us, including getting the Portuguese version ready. That’s enough work to keep us entertained a bit! We cannot be any more excited, this is a game-changer for the INSTE ministry.
We are expecting as a result of this pandemic that the whole world will have a hunger and thirst for God’s word like few times that we have experienced. That is right down our alley! And we are getting ready for it!
This was a different kind of trip. We met with our Latin American team in January to hammer out plans for our work. Two of those guys said they needed help with their marriages. These are highly effective leaders, but at times good leaders need help to repair the home-front. I was able to make space in my schedule to come on the last week of February. The counseling sessions were spectacular.