Pastor Israel Passes

It is with a heavy heart I report that Pastor Israel went to be with our Lord this morning after a brief illness. He is the Galeana pastor Tonyia and I have know the longest, and he was a great friend of our ministry. He was Pastor of the Assembly of God Church here and the leader of a prominent local Christian Pastor’s association. Pastor Israel was a tremendous servant for Jesus and His Kingdom. He will be greatly missed! It was an honor to know and serve with him and his wife, Lesvia. We have know the couple for several years and they were some of the first people to welcome us to ministry in the Galeana area (see Ministry House Dinner with Pastor Israel).

He once told us that he had great respect for missionaries because it was a missionary who brought him to Jesus when he was a young man. He and his church supported missionaries both here and in other countries. He leaves behind his wife, a college age son and an adult daughter. I understand services will be held tomorrow in Linares, NL, MX.

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 2 Corinthians 5:1

Pastor Israel and wife were the first people we had over for dinner at our ministry house in May of 2016.

Pastor Israel and Lesvia were the first couple we had over for dinner at our ministry house in May of 2016.