Pastor Austin Gardner and Missionary Jonathan Anderson discuss the ministry that he has started in Toluca, Mexico as well as the great need in Mexico and in Latin America as a whole.

  • Introduction
    • Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson 
    • Serving as Church-Planters in Toluca Mexico for 7 years
    • Now on Furlough 
  • How did you get saved?
    • Saved at the age of five
    • Grew up hearing the Gospel
    • Realized that I was a sinner 
    • Went to my parents bedroom at 2 am
    • I knew that I was a sinner 
    • They showed me in the Bible how I could be saved
    • I was baptized not long after that
  • How did you meet your wife?
    • My dad and I went to help an event at a Spanish church
    • I met her there
  • How did she get saved
    • She was also 5 years old 
    • She got saved during a missions conference
  • What is Toluca like?
    • It is an hour away from Mexico City which as 25 million people
    • Toluca has 2 million
    • The city is growing
    • There are lots of young people moving there 
    • It is a great opportunity to start churches
  • What would you say to someone who thinks Latin America is reached?
    • There definitely have been lots of missionaries
    • But there are 130 million people in Mexico
    • We need 40 churches in Toluca alone if we had a church for every 50,000 people
    • There is still such a huge need for Gospel preachers
  • What percentage of people have heard the Gospel and are saved?
    • Probably 9 out of 10 don’t really understand the Gospel
    • They might talk Christian and act like they know the Bible
    • But they really don’t understand the Gospel
  • How Many Gospel preachers?
    • Probably 5-6 baptist churches in the city that our doctrine would be similar too
    • After that, you get into groups that consider themselves Christian, but we don’t agree with at all
  • What percentage is not Catholic?
    • The city is 80-85% Catholic
    • So about 15-20% non-Catholic
    • Catholicism is based on works 
    • Every false religion is based on works 
    • The only way to heaven is through faith, not works
    • That is why we don’t accept Catholics
    • That’s why we don’t consider them truly saved
  • How long have you been there?
    • Since 2012 so seven years
    • I had to learn the language so we spent two years learning first
    • My wife already knew it, because her family were missionaries in Mexico
  • What has God done in Toluca?
    • We started our first church in May of 2014
    • 28 people came to our first service
    • We started by spending five weeks straight going door to door and handing out invitations
    • They were for a church service, not an English class
    • We focused on discipleship from the beginning
    • I spent 25-30 hours a week discipling people
    • After about two years, we had a good idea of who would stick
  • Churches after two years
    • Not everyone has all that after two years 
    • It is much harder in some places than others
    • We should not compare ourselves to others
    • Just work hard and stick with it
  • What happened next?
    • In 2015 we started a Bible Institute
    • Then we started a seminary
    • We just call it that to make it feel more formal
  • How did that get started?
    • Our focus was to train men
    • If you don’t have a focus, you won’t go anywhere
    • I was always trying to be around men
    • The seminary gave me an organized study time with them
    • I got to be a kind of father figure to them
  • What were the guys like?
    • Two are in their mid-twenties
    • They both are pastors at the first church
    • There is an older one and his wife who also are enrolled
    • In May we’ll have 5 graduates
  • How about your second church?
    • We wanted to start the second church out of the first
    • We rented a building, and furnished it through the first church
    • 50 people came to the first service of that one
  • Mexicans funded that church?
    • Yes they paid for everything
    • We aim for the indigenous principle
    • Self-governing
    • Self-supporting
    • Self-propagating
  • How much did it cost to start?
    • It was very affordable 
    • Only about $600-$700
    • The rent was about $150 a month
    • We could fit about 40 chairs in it
    • Sometimes missionaries think you need to go big
    • Usually cheaper is a lot better
    • We probably have as many as 30 adult men that regularly attend.
    • We even have 9 missionaries supported through the church
  • What happened with Cuba?
    • God allowed us to meet a Mexican who was burdened for Cuba 
    • I got to visit Cuba with him and see the need
    • Now we support him as he works with a Cuban to try to start a church 
    • Vision is trying to take a group of youth leaders to Cuba 
  • Make a plea for Mexico
    • Pray and ask God where He would lead you
    • Consider the need in Latin America 
    • There is so much work to be done in Mexico with millions of people 
    • It is not already evangelized 
    • America is not evangelized, yet we have more Gospel maybe than anywhere else
  • Closing Remarks 
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