Miguel and Ana, both from Colombia, South America, faithfully served in ministry for over 20 years in several Latin American countries before coming to the United States. While planting a church in Waterloo, Iowa, Miguel and Ana realized they needed to partner with a mission agency, so in 2000 they attended Baptist Church Planters’ candidate school and became official missionaries. They faithfully built up the body of believers in Waterloo and are now presently serving at another church plant, Iglesia Bautista Hispana Starkey in Seminole, FL (meeting at Starkey Road Baptist Church.)

Miguel and Ana are continually busy discipling families and individuals in their congregation of about 80 people. Miguel also serves as the chaplain at the Pinellas county jail and has seen over 30 professions of faith. Each have received a Bible and discipleship materials. In addition, he serves in a chaplain marketing ministry in order to have more ministry contacts. Ana serves as the church secretary and the women’s ministry director.

Here are some recent events and blessings:

1) During the first week of January, they rejoiced in the wedding of their son, Jonathan and Abigail. Ana and Abigail, who is now their first daughter-in-law, worked together for a full month to complete all the details for the wedding. On February 18, the young couple left to serve as English teachers in Seoul, Korea. Thankfully, they have been safe and well during the coronavirus pandemic.

2) During the last days of February, Miguel and Ana went to Colombia, South America. They visited their families in Bogotá and were able to visit different ministries and churches in Bogotá, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta on the border with Venezuela. However, the Quintanas had to cut their visit short due to the coronavirus situation. Borders and exits from Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport were closed and the area was congested with the demand of passengers wanting to return to their homes. Thankfully, they were able to get on the last flight on March 17 and returned safely home to the United States.

3) Upon their return, the Quintanas quickly made preparations to record Miguel’s sermons for each Sunday morning, to initiate online giving, and to “virtually” continue discipling new believers, meeting with the deacons, teaching the “Evangelism Explosion” team and gathering for prayer with the church families. Ministry continues . . . just in a different format.

4) In addition, Miguel and Ana are grateful that their son, David, recently graduated from Regent University and is presently living in Virginia Beach, VA.

5) As the Quintanas continue to minister during these pandemic days, they are especially concerned for several families who have lost their jobs. However, no one in the church family has been sick. They desire to have wisdom to know how to communicate hope and encouragement during these challenging times.