As a young, energetic believer in Venezuela, Annel Robayna was always first to volunteer when English/Spanish translators were needed for a partnership his national convention had with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. No matter what was happening in his own life, when there was an opportunity to serve, Annel dropped everything and signed up.
On one such mission trip, the group from Alabama challenged him to share his faith rather than simply translating their words. The week changed his life. He came home transformed and surrendered to God’s call for his life—full-time service in whatever capacity the Lord would direct.
And God did faithfully direct…first to attend the University of Mobile and later seminary and for his own family to relocate to the U.S. Many years later, Annel joined the staff of the State Board of Missions earlier this year as the first state missionary solely focused on Hispanic church planting and ministry. He is leading the effort to reach the estimated 450,000 Hispanics living in Alabama.
Annel is serving as a connector for existing Hispanic Baptist churches around the state with the State Board of Missions. He is facilitating church planting training and coaching in Spanish. And he is helping English-speaking churches with a heart for their Hispanic neighbors learn how to reach them most effectively. He is thrilled that a partnership years ago has resulted in the tangible fruit of this opportunity for him to serve Christ in Alabama.
Pray for Annel and his family as they work to encourage and equip existing Hispanic churches and ministry work in our state.
Pray for English-speaking churches to not only go on mission trips to neighboring countries, but to reach out to neighbors from those countries who live just down the street.
Pray for more people to obey the call to plant churches among this growing demographic of Alabama’s population.