August 2010

Mission/Ministry:Heartland Hispana

Pastors Eli and Dee Munoz
Eliecer and Drisana Munoz currently live in Euless, Texas where they both pastor Heartland Hispana in Irving, TX.  Heartland Hispana is the Spanish Church from Heartland World Ministries Church, led by Pastors Steve and Jeri Hill.  Eliecer was born and raised in Miami, Florida with his family roots in Cuban. Drisana Munoz was born and raised in Chicago, IL; her roots are Puerto Rican. They both are bi-lingual and have a heart for the Latino Community. God called them both at a young age to ministry and both attended Bible college. While in Bible college, Eliecer and Drisana met and established a relationship. They have now been married for 9 years and have 2 wonderful children, Julissa,who is 7-years-old and Joshua, who is 2-years-old. Together as a family, they love the Lord and desire to serve Him more and more everyday; passionate about The Salvation of Souls!

Worship, Reach Out, Build Relationships, Train, Send
BSP: How did this ministry come about?

D & E Munoz: We started to network with Spanish families in our home church, Heartland World Ministries, 6 years ago.
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Editor’s Table

Jesus’ Priority: Children

Reading my Bible
Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Allow the little children, and don’t forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these.”    Matthew 19:13-14 (WEB)
Are children a priority in your church/fellowship? Are children a priority in your life? Let me first make it clear, that I know that I am not called to work primarily in children’s ministry. I will not do well if I am put in a room with 5 or more children (under the age of 10) and told to teach. When I did work with children’s musicals for a few years, I taught the music and left the organization and crowd control to those who were good at it! That said, I am also convicted that children should be the #1 priority group in our fellowships.

When the Rubber Meets the Road

Smokey Mountain Getaway, Part 1

Beautiful North Carolina
When at last the tires were turning, this author was enjoying a retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. If memory serves, the rushing sound of Dog Creek was drowning out the clicking of these keys as I hurried to meet my deadline last month. Deadline met, that day unfolded beautifully. It began with the best cup of decaf coffee I have ever had at Poppies Market in Brevard, NC. Make sure you get a muffin, any muffin, to go along with that cup o’ joe–in 3 days, I tried 3 different ones and had no complaints about any of them! What a cool store, with everything you need to stock a picnic basket or a cabin–Poppies is a delightful and appealing place.

Youth/Young Adults

Chris Lister
Chris Lister has been mentoring someone ever since he was in ministry school in 1997. Born in Pensacola, FL, Chris struggled through an adolescence of alcohol and drugs until he was truly ‘saved’ from a life that could have ended in crime and early death.  God opened the opportunity for service after ministry school when Rev. Steve Hill invited Chris and his new wife, Janet to move to the Dallas/Ft Wroth area. There Chris was able to travel with Steve to evangelistic crusades in Scotland, Finland, Spain, Wales, Brazil, and many others, as well as all over the United States. They personally saw hundreds of thousands come to Jesus and continue to do so during these crusades. In 2003, Chris and Janet were able to help Pastor Steve and his wife, Jeri in the planting of an evangelistic church in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex.  Chris took teams out into the streets, building relationships with the homeless and rejected; showing them the love of God, not condemnation.  The Heartland World Ministries Church grew to 1,500 in the first two years. Chris continues to live in the Ft. Worth area with his wife and two daughters.
BSP sat down with Chris recently to listen to him talk about a passion of his heart. Mentoring
BSP: You have ‘mentored’ many Christians over the years. What is ‘mentoring’?
Chris: It is an every day relationship with someone. It is being a friend. It is listening to their needs; not preaching at them. It is not making them feel like you are ‘holier’ than them or have all the answers.

Bible Q & A:

Each month we will pose a question to our featured ‘professor’. We welcome questions from our readers. Send in your questions!

Featured Teacher:

Pastor Eli Munoz

Pastor Eliecer Munoz lives in Euless, Texas where he and his wife, Drisana, pastor Heartland Hispana in Irving, TX.  Eliecer was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is of Cuban descent. Called to ministry at a young age, his ministry is strong in evangelism and discipleship and the family. Together with his wife and two children, they serve the Latino Community in the metroplex of Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.BSP: From Jesus clarifying who His mother and brothers truly were (Luke 8:21) to Paul writing about family in 1 Timothy 5, Ephesians 5 & 6, and Colossians 3, how do we bring God’s design for Christian family into focus for our church?
One of the most important concepts that we must understand as the Church is that God made the Church to be a family. He is the Father of this family.
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