|Bob and Shirley Woodson|
In 2001, Israel Ruiz heard the gospel of grace preached by Rev. Woodson. The Lord called
flock and kindled a passion in him to share the gospel with others. Israel moved to
in 2006 to marry Marietta Lessley (an American who served in United States for six months
with Peru MTW). Still with the desire
the Lord had placed in his heart to share the gospel, the Lord opened the doors
needed to attend seminary and he was accepted at Covenant Seminary. He started
his M.Div in 2009 and graduated in 2013.
|Guillermo "Guille" MacKenzie (white shirt, front row) with the congregation of La Iglesia Nuevo Avivamiento.|
While in seminary, he met Guillermo Mackenzie from Argentina and they became good friends. Guillermo had been a pastor in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to the States to attend Covenant Seminary. He graduated with a Master of Theology in May 2010 and is about to finish a Doctor of Ministry this spring.
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and has between 10 to 13 millions people, it is the second largest city in South America and it has less reformed missionaries than other cities in the continent.
Guillermo invited Israel to work with him in Buenos Aires in a church plant that Guillermo started about two years ago. Guillermo approached a
that was planted about 30 years ago, but had never had a service in Spanish. After deciding to partner together, Guillermo
started a Spanish service which has developed into a multicultural congregation.
The service in Spanish hosts about 50 people from 10 different countries. Presbyterian Taiwanese Church
Israel has accepted this call and is now raising support to go to Buenos Aires and serve this multicultural church. The congregation and Guillermo are waiting for
and his family to have them as part of this multicultural family. Guillermo and
have the vision of fostering a multicultural community of people who worship
God, share life with fraternal love, and is committed to being a witness of God
to its neighborhood and the world. Racial reconciliation is emphasized in this
church since this is what God is calling Guillermo and Israel to do in
La Iglesia Nuevo Avivamiento
(New Awakening Church). Israel
|Israel Ruiz with his wife Marietta and child.|
If you would like Israel and Marietta to speak at your church, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-202-8804. They would love to tell you about this exciting project of urban church planting in one of
Latin America's leading
cities. Their goal is to finish support raising and move to in the fall of 2014. Buenos Aires
Mr. Israel Ruiz (MDiv ’13)