This past summer, the Covenant Church of Mexico (known as the IEMP, it’s initials in Spanish) held its Annual National Assembly at a church here in Oaxaca called Rios de Agua Viva. The gathering included inspiring sessions led by John Wenrich, the Director of Congregational Vitality of the ECC. John and his wife, Julie, have now visited Mexico on three occasions encouraging the church in their efforts to evaluate how they are doing as a church.
The highlight of the weekend, however, was a historic election. The Assembly elected a new National Executive Committee, including Marisol Martinez as the President, making this the first time that a woman has been chosen to lead the denomination.
We are thrilled to see the Covenant in Mexico affirming the role of women in ministry at every level.
Even more importantly than the church choosing a woman to lead, however, we are excited by this election because we know that Marisol is qualified, gifted and committed to serving the Church in this new role. Her vision is to see the church grow in healthy mission and discipleship as well as in size.
We had the privilege of serving with Marisol at the Family Development Foundation in Monterrey during the first two years the team was starting the outreach ministry into the neighboring communities struggling with violence and poverty. From there she went to serve as the director of The Well, a refuge to women coming out of sex trafficking in Mexico City.
Check out this video of Marisol being interviewed by Pia Restrepo and join us in praying for her and the 46 churches in 3 districts in Mexico that she has been called to lead.
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