Beyond the Cross

Javier and Maria Medina are on a mission to bring the Gospel to the Spanish speaking population of the Boerne area and to disciple them to maturity in Christ. It truly is a family mission as their three children partner with them in the work. Vanessa works in children’s ministry, Marco serves in video and recording communications, and Isabel staffs the sound booth. The Medinas want to bring Christ to the Hispanic community, not only through preaching and training those who attend their home Bible study and church services but seek them by visiting neighborhoods and communities of Spanish-speakers in and around their hometown of Boerne.

Although the Medinas are in their mid-forties, already they have been married 26 years and emigrated to the U.S. nearly a decade before that; Javier is from El Salvador and Maria from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They have worked hard to advance their education for the purpose of enriching their ministry skills, with Javier receiving from the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio degrees in Music and in Theology, and Maria, in Human Behavior and in Theology. Javier is enrolled in Logsdon Seminary working on his Master of Divinity degree, a three-year post-graduate professional degree. Maria is studying for her Masters in Counseling.

After 11 years on staff in the leadership team of a bilingual Spanish-English fellowship at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, with Javier leading worship, and Maria serving in production services and weekly Bible studies, they received the call with their leadership’s blessing to plant an independent church to mature disciples. Along with another couple, longtime workers with them in the Oak Hills fellowship, and together their own three children, they have begun a new church plant called Beyond the Cross. The church was named so to emphasize that salvation, receiving forgiveness through the cross, isn’t the culmination of the walk of discipleship, but it is the gateway to a path which leads to spiritual maturity.

This new church plant started meeting January 2020 in a rented church building off of I-10 Saturday evenings at 5pm where they divided by age groups; children go to Children’s Church and adults have a worship service. Monday evenings the Medinas hold a Bible study in their Boerne home where more advanced discipleship is offered. Although they plan this fellowship will turn bilingual eventually, its ministry language at this time is Spanish.

Through an introduction via Hill Country Daily Bread, Javier and Maria started visiting Currey Creek on Sunday mornings and came to love the teaching of the pastors here. Javier met with John to share about his church plant, but also the need to have a sponsoring church under his agreement with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. After several meetings which culminated with a presentation to the Currey Creek elders, Currey Creek officially became the sponsoring church of Beyond the Cross. Discussions soon began about moving church services to the Currey Creek campus to allow for Beyond the Cross to have Sunday afternoon services instead of being limited to Saturday evening, and on June 14th, this became a reality! Javier now offices in an unused portable space and the Currey Creek campus now stays busy through the afternoon hours every Sunday as the two churches find new and innovative ways to partner for the gospel here in Boerne.

We’re thankful that the Lord has allowed Currey Creek to actively participate in another Boerne area church plant. Would you commit to pray for Javier, Maria, and their family that the Lord would bless their ministry here, and that the two congregations of the Body of Christ would work together to build his Kingdom?

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Would you commit to pray for Javier, Maria, and their family that the Lord would bless their ministry here, and that the two congregations of the Body of Christ would work together to build his Kingdom?