Julio and Marisol Espinoza

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Julio was appointed by Missions Door in December, 2007 to open Bible training centers in local churches in Nogales, Mexico and coordinate extension classes for evening students and students in the federal prisons, all under the supervision of the seminary Director Ramon Rodriguez. In January 2010 Julio moved to Los Mochis, Sinaloa where he is pastoring a church and starting a new church in a rural community. Also, he is working with an extension program for the Nogales Baptist Seminary (SEBANO) in Empalme, Sonora.

Faith Story

Julio was born in the rural environment of Sinaloa, Mexico, the sixth of twelve children. Julio worked hard to help support the family. He got a job in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa to pay for his schooling. By the end of 1992, a coworker invited Julio to a Bible study in a local Baptist church, and after attending he received Christ as his Savior. He quickly got involved in the work of the church. In August of 1994, Julio began his theological studies at the Baptist Seminary of Nogales, graduating in 1997. He started as a youth pastor in 1995 and served for seven years at New Jerusalem Church in Nogales. In 2003, he was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of New Life Church in Nogales, a church started by a Missions Door missionary.

Family

In December 2004 he married Marisol, who also graduated from the seminary. They presently have three children: Luis Carlos, Julio Cesar and Luis Angel.

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From ancient civilizations to modern cities, colorful traditions advance a vibrant culture

Colorful and joyful fiestas provide a staple of life in Mexico to celebrate everything from patron saints to national holidays to guitar music. Today's traditions blend Spanish influence since the 1500s with the heritage of ancient civilizations that flourished in Mexico for thousands of years prior.

Sunny beaches and turquoise waters of Baja California and Cancún bring thousands of tourists each year. And amid a combination of historic and modern architecture, Mexico City's 20 million residents make it one of the most populated urban centers in the world.

At the heart of every Mexican city lies the zócalo, or central public square, that invites community interaction. In contrast, plastered walls often surround affluent homes to provide protection and symbolize the importance of family in Mexican society.

The country has one of the world’s largest economies, driven significantly by manufacturing, and is the world’s largest producer of silver. But high rates of unemployment and crime make it hard for many households to earn enough income.

Your participation with Missions Door helps to meet strategic and spiritual needs of communities in Mexico through medical teams, leadership training, economic development, church planting and youth ministry.

Cultural Snapshot

The acclaimed Mexican painter Diego Rivera created elaborate murals that depict Mexico's history and culture.

Faith Fact

Mexico has the second largest population of Catholics in the world, approximately 96 million.

Country Profile

Population: 118 million, 46% ages 0–24

Major Religions: 83% Catholic, 6% Protestant

Languages: 93% Spanish, 6% bilingual in Spanish and indigenous languages

Literacy: 94%

Poverty: 52%

 

 

Ministry service area:
International

Ministry location:
, Mexico