Conversation with Ray Maldonado about Leading the Puerto Rico Partnership
VM: What is your biggest challenge, opportunity, or joy in the Puerto Rico Partnership?
Ray: Our biggest challenge is to keep church members of partner churches appraised of what God is doing in Puerto Rico and how they can be involved; and recruit missions team members. Our biggest opportunity is to introduce church members to missions and ministry opportunities cross-culturally. Many people have grown in their faith after a trip to Puerto Rico. Our biggest joy is to see the growth of the churches that have been planted over the years.
VM: What has been a surprising blessing you’ve seen in the last 5 years?
Ray: Two of our church planters were people who went on a missions trip and God called them to go back home and prepare to go back to Puerto Rico as church planters.
VM: What is the Puerto Rico Partnership 10-year vision?
Ray: We will partner with several churches (currently 7) in the US mainland with the intent of partnering with La Viña in Puerto Rico in establishing a church planting movement whereby 10+ self-sustaining churches are established in Puerto Rico by 2027. We will do this by taking ministry trips to Puerto Rico, sending pastors and teachers to do weekend conferences and seminars, and provide support for local P.R. pastors and leaders to go to conferences and retreats. Most importantly, we will offer friendship and partnership with local pastors.
VM: What encourages you?
Ray: The biggest encouragement is that in our partnership, we love each other and are friends, first and foremost. This has enabled us to work well together.
VM: What are you currently reading that you can recommend?
Ray: I just read Curtiss Paul DeYoung’s book HOMECOMING: A “White” Man’s Journey through Harlem to Jerusalem. I highly recommend it to church leaders in our diverse society.
Get more info on the Puerto Rico Partnership here.