Connections between Resonate Global Mission missionaries across borders helped make it possible to launch a fruitful financial stewardship program in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Financial Stewardship from a Biblical Perspective
In 2016, Resonate Global Mission missionaries Ben and Amy Meyer started planting New Life Church in Guadalajara alongside Esdras and Mariana Garcia.
As the church plant continued to grow and thrive, they wanted to provide financial training for members of the congregation from a biblical perspective.
“Finances are an important part of life and discipleship that are often overlooked,” said Ben Meyer. “We deal with money in so many ways every day, how we use money is a spiritual matter.”
“Our way of spending money has to match what God wants from us,” added Israel Hidalgo, a member of New Life Church. A lawyer and small business owner, Hidalgo volunteered to teach the training.
But New Life Church had never led a financial training course before. They had interest from members of the congregation and a teacher to lead the course, but they had no idea what materials to use. Not until they got the connection they needed.
Forming Kingdom Connections
Resonate strives to connect churches and ministries throughout the world so believers can better reach people for Christ, disciple believers, and transform communities for God’s kingdom.
Resonate missionary Steve Holtrop, who serves with the Nehemiah Center in Nicaragua, usually connects ministries within the country where he’s serving. But when he learned from Meyer that New Life Church was starting a financial training course from a biblical perspective, he connected ministries across borders.
Holtrop connected Meyer and Hidalgo with Resonate missionaries Jesse and Jari Rodriguez, who work with ministry leaders, business owners, and families in Nicaragua on managing their finances through a gospel perspective.
The four ministry leaders met over a video call to discuss course material and best practices. The Rodriguez’s also provided Meyer and Hidalgo with a connection to Buen Sentido (Good Sense) for the course materials.
“We could not have started the course without Jesse and Jari,” said Meyer. “They were the key to enabling us to get the materials.”