March 28, 2012

Foreign Missions

El Salvador

Pedro Batres is a native of El Salvador and a graduate of the Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock, TX.
He and his wife, Mireya, who holds a degree in social service and is from Nicaragua, worked in Nicaragua from 1971 to 1985, in Guatemala from 1985 to 2000, when they moved to Nicaragua.  Pedro has helped establish congregations and strengthen churches throughout Central American and the US.  He currently works with the Nueva Libia congregation in Managua, teaches at the Nicaraguan Bible Institute that he helped found in 1975, and has a live radio program on Sunday mornings at 7 AM CST that can be heard on the internet at


Henry Gutierrez has preached for the congregation in Juigalpa, Nicaragua (about 70 miles east of Managua) since 1989.
He is a graduate of the Nicaraguan Bible Institute in Managua. In addition to his many ministerial duties, he teaches at the Nicaraguan Bible Institute in Managua, and has a live radio program at 7 AM CST on Sunday mornings that can be heard . He and his wife, Rosa, have been married since 1991 and have three daughters, Eunice, Aurisol & Kimberly.


Gene and Janice Luna have served as missionaries in Guatemala since 1975.
They have moved to the States where Gene is concentrating on writing Spanish-language extension classes and other works for the Western Bible Institute (WBI), established in 1993 to prepare Guatemalan men to preach and assume leadership roles in local churches. Falls Church has contributed to their support since 1998. In addition to WBI materials, Gene has compiled a topical Bible concordance in Spanish, and edits and updates a Spanish-language song book.

Western Bible Institute and Instituto Biblico de Occidente


Deanna Meredith is part of a seven-person team that is in Chile to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University holding a B.A. degree in Psychology and a M.A. degree in Missions.  She was a missionary intern in Buenos Aires, Argentina and spent a semester in Uruguay.
In January 2011, Deanna and the team moved to Santiago, Chile and have been engaged in intensive language and culture studies.  In May the team will move to Concepcion to begin their work there.  Deanna will work with people from the colleges and universities and with older people in Concepcion. Deanna and the team plan to establish small groups of people located across the city with the hope of helping the Chilean people find the deeper meaning for life that faith in Jesus Christ provides.


Omar and Tana Palafox are working in Leon, Mexico
Omar is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Tana is from Torrance, CA, and they met while working in AIM, Adventures in Missions. Both are graduates of SIBI, the Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock, TX. Omar also holds an M.S. in Ministry and Bible and a B.S. in Bible, both from Lubbock Christian University. Tana holds two B.A. degrees from Texas Tech, one in Spanish and the other in Arts Education, and is pursuing a master’s in education from the University of Phoenix. They have two children, Emma and Maicah.

The Recardo Reyes family plans to spread the Word in Curnavacas, Mexico
Starting May 23, 2010, the team has committed to a one year internship with another three family mission team currently doing work in Cuernavaca. The most senior members on this team are on their third church plant in Cuernavaca, with their first two congregations being now autonomous. During their internship year they will have the opportunity to pursue language training, work and mentor with the Cuernavaca mission team, and visit other missionaries working in Mexico. Following their internship they will decide whether to plant churches in Cuernavaca or Aguascalientes. Both Metropolitan areas are around one million in population, and have less than 150 known Christians.