SERVING IN: International
MINISTRY FOCUS: Social Justice
Catalina says: “I am a result of mission’s work”. She came to know the Lord as her Savior in one of the church plants in her home town in Quito. A year later she met her husband Jim who was serving as a missionary in Ecuador. After marriage both of them returned to Ecuador as full time missionaries.
Catalina has been working in Life Giving Ministry for the past 20 years. She is the founder of the Showers of Grace Pregnancy Resource Center, the first center of its type in Ecuador. Since 2012 she has been traveling as a volunteer with LIFE International, as an International Training Specialist. Her travels have taken her to Latin America, Africa and Asia training men and women in different topics of the Sanctity of Human Life, including Post-Abortion Recovery.
Catalina sees her ministry as a foundational piece in the church planting movement because it brings health and growth to the church of Christ.
Beginning in 2016, as a Globe International missionary, she will join LIFE International (www.lifeinternational.com) as a Coach to International Ministries. In this role she will use both on-site and online strategies to provide support to LIFE International Family members around the world, by consulting, coaching, resourcing and training.
Jim and Catalina live in Daphne, AL and have two children, Philip (20) and Eliana (17).
This summer I was delighted for the opportunity to participate at the VBS in my church. We had about 500 children that heard the Gospel. I was in one of the missions’ sites talking to the children about the work of missions. I specifically talked about Ecuador. It was fun and I think the children enjoyed it. I have a new group of friends that greet me at church and sometimes at the store too!
In mid-March I began a 5-week training with 25 people in Chile. Dorcas, my friend and the director of the pregnancy center in Bolivia, has joined me as a facilitator. We are introducing the topic of the Sanctity of Human Life and how to speak life to a person facing an unplanned pregnancy. The first session went very well. The participants were engaged and very participative.
As we enter into the Holiday season, I pray that His vision speaks louder than our challenges and difficulties. And that His humble birth renews our hope for a bright future rooted in faith, that we may experience the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Although international ministry has diminished because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have continued planting seeds among friends and contacts in Latin America. I am in an attitude of prayer asking the Lord to show me the way and to open opportunities for next year. In the quietness of my home, I have been seeking the Lord for a fresh and renewed vision for what He wants to do through me. In my last prayer letter, I mentioned working on a website. The Lord has impressed in my heart a name for the ministry: Oasis & Rivers Ministries: Rest, Restore, Renew, and Release.
Although all travel and trainings have been canceled, the digital, virtual and social platforms provide ample ways to connect and hear from our friends and partners around the world.
In October, I was part of a Deeper Still team leading an Abortion Recovery Retreat for a group of Chinese ladies. The retreat took place in Knoxville and the ladies came from different parts of the country. The Lord provided a Chinese cultural setting and the teaching was in Chinese.
During the last several months I have been working on developing new relationships in Latin America. LIFE International would like to form a stronger group of pastors and leaders in this area to nurture, equip and release leaders.