2020 was full of surprises. I knew my husband had a calling to pastor someday but I put it on the back burner. Buried it. Way back in the crevices of my mind. We’ve had a teaching ministry since we were married. My husband, Nestor, has served in many positions as a minister of the Gospel. In the summer of 2019, he felt a strong sense to plant a church. And then again in the summer of 2020, the calling became was stronger.

Nestor has been a devoted Jesus follower for 30 years. He underwent 20 years of preparation before sensing the release from the Lord to plant a church. Now Shalom Church is born. And it feels right. Unique. Beautiful. For such a time as this in the midst of a global pandemic to bring life, light, and love to people who desire a deeper relationship with Jesus and long for His presence in a fresh new way. I’d never been so excited.

Pastoring is loving and caring for people. Once our heart is gripped with God’s vision for our life, His desire becomes our desire. You never see people the same again. You start to see them as God does. And make every effort to love them as He does too.

It’s a new journey. A new path. A new adventure for our family.

We launched Shalom Church on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in our living room. We were blessed to have Messianic Rabbi Michael Bryan and his wife Patricia bless us and set my husband as the founding, lead pastor of Shalom Church. It was encouraging to receive prophetic words spoken over us by various people present.

Following the ordination, we had a “Reconnected” event, which is about reconnecting to the Jewish roots of our faith in a practical way through reconciliation and forgiveness. It was a beautiful and impactful moment.

A day before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, we had met with Pastor Stokes Collins (pictured below), who along with a couple of members of his pastoral team prayed over us, laid hands, and encouraged us through prophetic ministry. We are grateful for the memories and friendships built at Gateway Church during our eleven and a half years serving in Groups, Equip, and Jewish ministries.

Pastor Stokes and Beth Collins (right), Pastor Kyle Fox (left), Pastor Alph Samuel (behind Nestor and Dina), our friend Judith Cruz next to Beth Collins, centered: Nestor, Dina, Nathalia, Gianna.

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