Today’s guest blog is by Julio Martinez. Pastor Martinez and his family were called as missionaries from Mexicali, Mexico to Manassas, Virginia, where they have established a mission church to local Hispanic people.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1-2 ESV)
The United States has experienced rapid growth of the Hispanic population over the past 20 years, growing from 9 million to 50 million according to the U.S. 2010 census. The population of the City of Manassas is around 40 thousand, of which 21.4 percent is Hispanic. Of the roughly 800 houses in the Georgetown South Community, more than 75 percent are Hispanic.
For the last several months, we have prayerfully sought God’s leading into a mission outreach in the Manassas area. Our objective is personal evangelism with everyone that we meet, focusing in particular on the Spanish speaking population. We call our outreach OASIS, as it is such for the hungry, unemployed, poorly housed, but spiritually thirsty immigrants in the greater Manassas area. OASIS is an acronym which means:
Assist the physical and spiritual needs of
Immigrants to ultimately find
Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We meet individuals and families through our food pantry deliveries and community center meetings. We now have weekly worship with more than 10 families in the Georgetown South Community Center. My wife, Ana, ministers to the women and our two 17 year-old daughters care for the children and are involved with food distribution, which now feeds 20 families each week. We invite individuals and churches to participate in our outreach efforts.
Our Mission Goals are to Win, Build, Serve and Send.
Win individuals to a personal faith in Jesus Christ, as the only Savior and Lord.
Build individuals in their faith through personal and group fellowship classes in preparation for baptism. This is done through weekly appointments, meetings, Bible study, and prayer.
Serve and Send—equip each to eventually share his/her personal testimony, the Gospel, along with food and clothing as needed, while helping others as they seek to meet in the Name of Christ.
Our Work in 2015
• We hold worship services every Thursday evening at Georgetown Community Service.
• We have established 3 small groups in Manassas to disciple members.
• During 2015, we distributed more than 600 food baskets.
• Over Thanksgiving in 2015, we distributed 175 turkeys.
• During Christmas in 2015, we provided more than 100 dinners.
2016 Mission Goals
1. We must line up local evangelical church and individuals to support us with donations and gifts so we are freed up to minister.
2. We need to expand our food pantry distribution to assist more concerned evangelical churches to channel some of their charity help to immigrants through OASIS.
3. We plan to expand our Thursday night meetings at the Community Center from 10 to 20 families.
4. We plan to do a camp for 30 kids from Georgetown South in April at Arcelay’s Farm.
5. We plan to do baptisms in May.
6. We plan to use our format of teaching leadership skills and management to these immigrants as a means of outreach as well as assisting them to assume leadership in the Hispanic Community.
7. Expand OASIS Advisory Community to include more representation of interested evangelical churches of all denominations in the area, who share or desire a Spanish ministry outreach vision.
8. Eventually plant a Spanish church with 20-25 families to serve the unchurched Spanish diaspora in this area.
9. To set up a 501c (3) non-taxable charitable organization when we are given a legal “religious visa” or “green card”.
10. Since we are required to return to our point of entry into the U.S. every six months to renew our visa, we will need 4 airline tickets to San Diego by July 15, 2016 (About $1,500).
OASIS has an advisory committee consisting of representatives of these organizations:
New Life Church, Centreville, Virginia
Iglesia Shadai, Mexicali, Mexico
Grace Life Community Church, Bristow, Virginia
Members of the U.S. Army
Greenwich Presbyterian Church, Nokesville, Virginia
After receiving Christ as our Savior and Lord, being baptized and joining Iglesia Shadai church in Mexicali, Mexico, we became involved in their evangelism ministry. Over the next 5 years, we were trained by Youth with a Mission organization for two years of Bible School (2002-2003) in Sinaloa, Mexico and then 3 years of evangelism, which included 16 months of practical mission vision and training.
This training involved 6 months in Morocco, one month in Spain (2001), 1 month in Norway (2002), 2 months in Guatemala (2002), and 6 months in Ireland (2003).
In Mexicali, we established a restaurant outreach for local evangelism through our church. I have a Business Administration degree from UABC (Universidad Autonoma de Beja California). My wife, Ana, also has a degree in Business Administration from UAN (Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit). With this educational background as well as our on-the-job experiences in business leadership management, we established out non-profit organization in Mexico called “Rescatando lo Valioso”, and we started a television program on Management and Leadership in Mexico for 9 months.
While in Mexicali, Baja in 2013 we met a visiting Christian Mexican businessman residing in Washington DC, who shared the desperate plight of 1 million immigrants in the DC metro area.0
As we prayed about this, we felt strongly called to meet this need. We have a great burden for those who don’t know our Savior and are lost.
Realizing we have a gift for evangelism and have been given practical training as well as experience, we felt the Lord compelling us to go to these lost sheep in the Washington DC area. This commitment was to prove to be challenging, as it would involve resigning our financially secure and prosperous leadership position jobs within the American company, Valutech, where I was the production manager and Ana was the human resource manager at Mexican company SerCapital. We also turned over our two owned homes to local churches to provide shelters for immigrants evicted from the U.S. with no income to be able to return home. Our home church approved and commissioned us for this mission, but is unable to finance this outreach.
We arrived in Washington DC on April 3, 2014.
How to Help?
Consider supporting OASIS and the Martinez family: financial support, with ministry support, with prayer support, or just being in contact.
Financial support: The current need is for finances of roughly $52,000 annually or $4,345 monthly, to support the family.
Ministry support: We need support from local churches to expand our ministry with gifts of food, Bibles, Christian books, and so on.
Prayer support: We covet your prayers for our family, ministry, and the Hispanic community.
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Julio and Ana Martinez
11100 Ravine Drive
Manassas, VA 20111
Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
Martinez Family Ministry: OASIS Mission in Manassas Virginia
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