Juvenal and Maria Gonzalez have been church planting missionaries in Tijuana, Baja California since 2006. Before moving to Tijuana, they pastored the First Baptist Hispanic Church of Lumberton, North Carolina for 15 years. They felt God‘s call to the mission field and after attending a WMU MissionFest in Tijuana in 2005, they decided to obey the Lord and move with their three kids, Sarai, Neftali and Ismael. Since their arrival to Tijuana, 45 churches have been planted in various neighborhoods of the city with the partnership of the San Diego Southern Baptist Association and other Baptist Churches on both the US and Mexico side. For the past 3 years the Gonzalez’ have been working with Baptist churches in Tijuana to shelter migrants arriving in Tijuana and other border cities such as Ciudad Juarez and Laredo. They share what started out as a plan to house them for a couple weeks became something much greater than they expected. Hundreds of migrants who have come through the city of Tijuana have been tended to with food, shelter, and the Gospel since October 2016.
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Centro Shalom, as a church, exists to glorify God by sharing the good news of the gospel to those who are ignored and marginalized. We strive to embody God’s grace and love while pointing people to the true peace and plentitude that only God can give. At Centro Shalom, we have a very special calling to children and teens, while understanding that a strong church is made of strong families. We know that God has put us strategically in neighborhoods with enormous economic need, yet with a more profound spiritual need. We embrace this calling as an honor and a privilege. We prepare our hearts to diligently study the word of God, to practice the word of God and to teach the word of God (Ezra 7:10) so that God can cause an immediate and permanent impact on lives that will radiate in our communities through changed individuals and families.
Pastor Salvador Chava Suazo
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Find Your Place on Mission. The Church is God’s plan—you are God’s plan—to reach North America and the nations with the hope of the gospel, and the North American Mission Board is here to help.
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IMB partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are evangelizing, discipling, planting, and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.
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