Rigoberto was appointed for ministry in Nicaragua in 2001 and immediately left for the field, depending solely on Claudia’s income until their support could be raised. Since their appointment many have come to know the Lord, leaders have been developed, and cell groups, children’s and prison ministries have been started.
Rigoberto is planting chains of new churches using the extension principles of II Timothy 2:2: “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men who will, in turn, be able to teach others also.”
He was named the Central America Ministry Director in August 2011 and in February 2017, the Caribbean was added to his area of responsibility.
Rigoberto was born to an atheist father, a builder, who much later in life became a Christian.
Outside circumstances led to Rigoberto’s moving to Nicaragua with his father and older siblings, while his mother remained in Honduras with the younger siblings.
In 1995, after a career in agriculture and management, he and his wife Claudia, while living in La Ceiba, Honduras, were invited by Missions Door missionary Humberto Del Arca to attend a marriage enrichment encounter. There he learned of God’s grace, “just what he had been looking for in the wrong places for a long time.” He accepted Christ as his Savior and began studying the Bible under Humberto Del Arca.
In 1998 Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras, leaving over 900,000 people homeless. Rigoberto was recruited to join the Mission’s relief and reconstruction program, where he served in planning and as a liaison with local communities.
During that time he met Missions Door missionary Darryl Davis, who had returned to Honduras to help with the relief program in early 1999.
Rigoberto’s involvement with the Honduras North Coast ministry and the Extension Bible Institute gave him a real desire to move into ministry. After completing his Bible training while working on the relief projects, he felt the Lord’s leading to move to Nicaragua and develop the church-planting-by-extension program there. This was an answer to prayer for Humberto Del Arca, who had had a burden for Nicaragua for many years.
Rigoberto and Claudia were married in 1978 and have three children: Juan, Claudia and Lilian.