Luisa Spadafino Ortiz

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Luisa was appointed by Missions Door in September 2005. She works alongside Pastor Raymond Ramos, and the New York City church-planting team, helping to start churches for those in recovery, their friends and families. Luisa’s wide range of gifts, love for God, and experiences from her past have blessed many. Luisa sits down one on one with women and helps them sort through their lives and guides them in the healing process. She refers men and women to detox, rehab and housing. Her heart is for those who are struggling with addiction and those affected by those struggling with addiction. She is one of the main leaders in the Recovery House of Worship Church Planting Movement. She coordinates leadership training, and she handles the graphic work and marketing. Since Covid-19 hit the way ministry has been done has completely changed from in person to online and when this change happened in March 2020 she got right into her gift mix and started training all the pastors and leaders of Recovery House of Worship to use online platforms. Today, RHOW has 10 online bible studies that happen throughout the week and online services weekly. Recently Luisa was part of the launch of RHOW ONLINE. She is excited to see what the Lord will be doing in the years to come.

Faith Story

Ever since Luisa can remember, she had looked for something to fill the void in her life. She was born to a wonderful mother and father until drugs entered the home and ruined the family. Luisa’s father became addicted to drugs and by the time Luisa was 8 years old her parents divorced. Later she experienced destructive displays of love that made the void larger. At a young age drinking, smoking and drugs were ways Luisa coped with that void. December 22, 2001 is when she finally let Jesus’ love and forgiveness fill that void. It was a slow process of healing and finally on October 26, 2002 she fully surrendered! Ever since that day of healing, she uses her story to share the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ with everyone!

Family

Luisa is married to her wonderful husband Michael and they have a 3 year old son. Recently since the covid-19 pandemic, Michael and Luisa knew that the Lord was calling them into a new season and in 2021 they are relocating to Palm Desert, CA. They will be directly working one on one with addicts either in rehab, coming out of jail or re-entering into society again. Luisa and Michael’s love for the addict is great and they are excited to see what the Lord has for them in this season.

Current Projects

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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast

Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.

The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.

The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.

Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.

Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.

Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%

 

 

Ministry service area:
City

Ministry location:
New York, United States