JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — Daniel Tuchez remembers the day he got the call. The International Mission Board’s director of Hispanic mobilization called and said, “I need you to pray about this city in Southeast Asia, because it is going to be opening up, and maybe there are opportunities,'” recalled Tuchez, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tenn.
It was a big deal. But the call itself wasn’t a surprise. In the years before, Tuchez had accompanied IMB’s Jason Carlisle on many trips.
“The very big blessing is that Jason is not just challenging us to go to Latin America,” said Tuchez, who is originally from Guatemala. “He wants us to be cross-cultural people who reach people in the last frontier.”
So Carlisle encouraged Tuchez and offered him training through the IMB, and Tuchez started going on trips to the other side of the globe, partnering with IMB workers in different parts of Southeast Asia. Then Tuchez started encouraging other Hispanic pastors to go too — he’s taken pastors from several states with him over the years. “He has a real calling and a burden for Asia,” Carlisle said. “He’s very good at mobilizing other pastors and giving them a vision.”
Therefore, four years ago when IMB worker Edwin Feather* set out to plant churches in every part of a large city in Southeast Asia, Tuchez was there. His team wasn’t just the first Hispanic missions team to come partner with the IMB worker there — it was the first team, period. And in the years since, they have seen God do amazing things. Six pastors travel to the city each December and host a Christmas party for the children and perform outreach in the different neighborhoods.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press