“Here I am Lord, send me!” was Juan Carlos’ response when he was called into ministry in Nicaragua, a few days before his 33rd birthday in 2011.
After arriving in Nicaragua in 2009, Juan Carlos has dedicated his life to serve Jesus under the guidance of Rigoberto Reyes. He is currently planting churches and teaching classes in Theological Studies by Extension (ETE), as well as Bible classes for pastors and leaders; and that is how many have come to Christ and become His disciples, motivated to follow the Lord’s great commission in Matthew 28:19-20,
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
His desire is to plant churches throughout Nicaragua, equipping faithful men who will be capable of teaching others as well.
It was in 1995 in the city of La Ceiba that Juan Carlos heard about God’s love and the salvation Jesus offers us through His grace. Through the Christian youth groups from a Baptist church led by Pastor Humberto Del Arca, Juan Carlos received Christ as the Lord and Savior of his life that same year, finding the peace that he had been searching for and feeling motivated to start his biblical studies.
Juan Carlos was born in Nicaragua in 1978, but that same year the country entered a period of widespread violence that led to a civil war. This led his family to move to Honduras seeking a safer environment for them. He lived in several cities in Honduras due to his father’s line of work, which sometimes forced them to move from place to place.
In 2001, at age 23, Juan Carlos was living alone in Honduras while studying at the university, since his parents and sisters went to serve the Lord in Nicaragua. But he was sure in his heart that he had been called to serve the Lord.
In 2009 Juan Carlos decided to leave Honduras with his wife and children to live in Nicaragua, driven by the need to share the good news of salvation with those who don’t know Jesus.
“I want to dedicate my life to God, and I’m inspired by the testimony of faithful men who have left everything to follow Jesus. My father has been a great example for me,” were his words, indicating that his parents had left their home to go to Nicaragua to serve God.
Juan Carlos and Guisela married in 2002 and have two sons: Juan Carlos and Rigoberto. “We are a family who love God and want to serve Him with all of our strength, heart and soul; as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”