The city of Monterrey sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. It is is the third largest city in Mexico and arguably the most important industrial center of the country. It is located some 150 miles south of Laredo, Texas. The Monterrey Church was planted in 1990 by the church in Mexico City. The mission team was led by Martin and Carmen Bentley and was made up of some 25 disciples, many of whom had been disciples for less than a year.
The 570 member Monterrey church last year rejoiced with having 42 baptisms and restorations. The church is made up of over 400 married adults, 80 singles and a very active campus and teen ministry.
With a heart for missions and to teach the next generation the importance of evangelism, groups from the Monterrey Church take trips to other cities to share their faith. This year a group of college students, singles and teens went to Culiacan City, one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, and shared their faith with about 2000 people. The group sold food to raise money for their expenses, sacrificed a week of vacation and traveled 15 hours to have the privilege of sharing their faith. As a result of seeing the dedication of this group, a woman who was studying the bible for months, made the decision to be baptized.
The Monterrey Church has a rich history of being a “sending church” having planted the churches in Saltillo, Juarez and Tampico. Those three churches along with the church in Culiacan and Monterrey make up the Monterrey family of churches.
Our partnership with the Texas family of churches has allowed us to feel less isolated and given us numerous great opportunities to enjoy some rich fellowship and teaching opportunities. This summer we will be sending two campus interns, David and Caty, for a summer internship with the Southwest region of the DFW Church.
With an average salary in Monterrey being approximately $150 a month, we are very grateful to the church in Dallas for their support of the Monterrey work. Your love and support is deeply appreciated. We are especially grateful to the Mancini’s for their spiritual guidance, encouragement and inspiration with the Monterrey work.
Roberto and Sonia Uribe de Arroyo