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Their Ministry Focus
Alejandro and Carmen are passionate about planting churches and building the kingdom of God. They are leading the Church of God back into Spain. Together with the Three Worlds team, they have a vision to plant a network of healthy, self-sustaining, self-replicating congregations across Spain, which has recently been launched with a church plant on the south side of Madrid and one near Barcelona. Along the way, they will be raising up and training leaders for these congregations. This network of churches will be fully integrated into the fellowship of the Church of God across the region. De Franciscos also serve in the Europe and Middle East region as the Three Worlds team’s consultants for healthy church plants.
It’s only in hindsight that we realize how perfectly God has been shaping us for his mission.
Alejandro was born in Cuba, growing up as an atheist under the communist regime. Carmen, born into a devout Jehovah’s Witness family, grew up as a Sandinista in Nicaragua. Their paths crossed in the 1980s when both received university scholarships to study in the Soviet Union, he for a degree in physics and mathematics and she for a degree in Russian language and literature. The couple eventually sought political asylum in Spain, where Alejandro’s father was living, later immigrating to the United States in 1991.
Their personal lives were falling apart, the marriage foundering. Within weeks of arriving in Miami, on their first visit to a tiny Hispanic Church of God congregation, they both experienced the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit. Alejandro and Carmen will both tell you, “My faith in Christ has changed who I am in so many ways, in my marriage, my family, my dreams. I was accepted in his kingdom and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now I am a child of God, serving him with all my life.”
For the next ten years they served in that church as lay leaders, growing in faith. Alejandro found enormous success as the art director of the Latin American edition of PC Magazine and later PC World. But in 2001, God brought a new calling, one that caused them to leave everything behind to plant a Hispanic church in Tampa alongside Oak Grove Church of God. And so Alejandro and Carmen stepped out in faith into what has now been fifteen years of planting Hispanic churches throughout Florida.
Alejandro and Carmen are excited to see a God-given dream coming to fulfillment. They have been uniquely shaped for ministry in Spain, and now they are connecting their passion for church planting with the mission of Global Strategy and the work of the Three Worlds team in Europe and the Middle East.
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