Celebrating God at Work

IB Del Redentor on Mission is SenegalOscar Cerna On Mission In Senegal

Iglesia Bautista Del Redentor and its members take the Great Commission seriously. In mid-September (2017), church member Oscar Cerna will begin serving a 3-year commitment as a full-time missionary in Thies, Senegal, Africa. Supported by Iglesia Bautista Del Redentor and other sources.

The pastor of IB Del Redentor, Moises Flores (above, far right, teaching in Senegal) affirms that a part of the vision and mission of the church is to make disciples not only in the city of Houston but also wherever the Spirit of God leads them. This vision has led them to six nations outside the U.S.

Pastor Flores shares some of Oscar's discipleship journey:

Oscar Cerna came to Christ in 2007, after a very difficult time in his life. Since the beginning he has been passionate about Christ and his mission. He was discipled and became a member of our youth ministry. He soon started leading a small group and later became one of the main leaders in our youth net and worship ministry.

The number of mission trips per year has increased steadily since Pastor Flores first went to Egypt in 2008 on a trip led by Gloria Londoño. Two years later in 2010, Pastor Flores led a team to Senegal and another to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. In the years of 2011 through 2017, Iglesia Bautista Del Redentor has been to Senegal six times and to Ciudad Acuña 14 times, as well as to Jordan, Guatemala (3 times), and Spain (twice).  Pastor Flores notes that Oscar Cerna has been involved in each of those trips.

Sometimes he has been our team leader and my right hand. In our trip to Senegal, Africa in 2011, he [Cerna] felt the call to become a full time missionary. He started his training in our church and also in the Instituto Biblico Ministerial. He also graduated from our UBA leadership process Líderes Transformadores.

Iglesia Bautista Del Redentor is in the process of ordaining Oscar to the work of the ministry. The church will be supporting him spiritually but also financially by covering 50% of his living expenses in Senegal. We are seeking more partners to fully support him. Iglesia Bautista Del Redentor, along with other Hispanic churches in Houston, is also part of Desafio Mundial which is an organization promoting the missionary work in Senegal, India, Guatemala, El Salvador, Spain and Mexico.

Oscar will be part of the team at Casa Esperanza in Thies, Senegal. Primarily, he will lead and disciple 14 young students, train young leaders, and teach English classes. He will also assist in medical and evangelistic clinics in remote villages once a month.

Pray for Oscar Cerna as he begins this next step of his journey in being a Christ-follower. In 2011, Oscar graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with a BA and obtained his Masters in Education from Houston Baptist University in 2014. He completes the courses of the Instituto Biblico Ministerial this year, is scheduled for ordination by IB Del Redentor, and will begin his service in Senegal in mid-September.

Pray for Iglesia Bautista Del Redentor to continue this deep commitment to making disciples and reaching people throughout the world. Pray that Pastor Moises Flores and the congregation will enlist the additional partners needed to provide the support for Oscar.

Finally, pray for Oscar, especially, as he leaves family behind. He is a single father and leaves in the United States a daughter who will start college in the fall.

 

MISSION TRIPS BY IGLESIA BAUTISTA DEL REDENTOR

2008

Egypt, led by Gloria Londoño

Torreon, Mexico, led by pastor Moises.

2010

Senegal led by Pastor Moises

Ciudad Acuña led by pastor Moises

2011

Senegal, Africa, led by pastor Moises
 Ciudad Acuña led by pastor Moises (2)


2012

Senegal, Africa, led by Oscar Cerna
 Ciudad Acuña led by pastor Moises (2)


2013

Senegal, Africa, led by pastor Moises
 Ciudad Acuña led by pastor Moises and Oscar Cerna (2)
 Jordan-Israel, led by pastor Moises


2014

Senegal, Africa, led by pastor Moises
 Ciudad Acuña led by pastor Moises and Oscar Cerna (2)
 Guatemala, led by pastor Moises


2015

Senegal, Africa, led by pastor Moises
 Spain, led by pastor Moises
 Guatemala, led by pastor Moises
 Ciudad Acuña led by pastor Moises (2)


2016

Senegal, Africa, led by pastor Moises
 Spain, led by pastor Moises
 Ciudad Acuña led by pastor Moises, Cristian Barrera (co-pastor) and Leo Lopez (3)


2017

Guatemala, led by Cristian Barrera