After months of preparation and shortly after many Evangelicals were voted into national office, Capitol Ministries launched a new ministry to Members of the bicameral National Congress of the nation of Mexico this week.
Upward of 120 people, including more than 90 Congressmen, attended the Oct. 12 launch that was held at The Bankers Club, which has been called the most beautiful auditorium in Mexico City.
The group was welcomed by CM Ministry Leader Ricardo Arizmendi, a nationally-recognized Bible teacher and evangelist who has worked in key positions with several highly-regarded international ministries; Ralph and Danielle Drollinger, founders of Capitol Ministries who represented the White House Cabinet Member Bible Study; and Oscar Zamora of Peru, CM’s Latin America Global Director who orchestrated the ministry launch.
The new Congress will be sworn in on December 1, and the weekly Bible studies will begin in January 2019.
“After visiting Mexico, I saw first-hand the open doors that God has allowed for His Word to be taken to the Asamblea Nacional, the Congress of Mexico,” said Zamora who is one of seven Capitol Ministries’ Global Directors who are charged with creating sustainable ministries to national political leaders in their respective geographic sphere of the world.
A new political climate that has seen an unprecedented number of Evangelicals elected to office helped make the ministry planting possible.
On July 1, the people of Mexico elected as their president former Mexico City mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who ran on an anti-corruption and anti-crime platform. A large number of his supporters, including many from the Evangelical Political Party (PES), were elected to Congress and now make up the majority.
“As never before, members of the Evangelical Political Party were elected,” Zamora said. “Shortly after the elections, I had the pleasure of meeting with an elected Member of the House (PES) in Mexico City and he was eager to start a Capitol Ministries Bible Study, support Ricardo Arizmendi our Ministry Leader, and connect him with other legislators.
“We are really excited about what is coming for Mexico!”
Capitol Ministries has divided the world into 10 sections and Zamora is one of seven Global Directors that CM has appointed to lead expansion in their area of the world.
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Global Directors are charged with finding and working with godly Bible-teaching evangelists and Christian Parliamentarians to create sustainable ministries inside capitol buildings for political leaders.
Arizmendi believes the weekly Bible study where God’s Word is regularly taught will fortify Mexico’s leaders, help them mature in their faith, and guide them as they legislate in keeping with God’s precepts.
“We believe that a nation influenced by God’s principles through His Word is what our country needs desperately” said Arizmendi.
Arizmendi successfully completed the Capitol Ministries Annual Fall Training that was held at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. last year.
After accepting the Global Director position in early 2017, Zamora has led the planting of ministries in Uruguay and Ecuador. Additional ministry launches are scheduled this fall in Honduras and Brazil. Most recently, Zamora and Elizabeth, his wife and ministry partner, had a very successful trip to Costa Rica last week to discuss creating a ministry to that nation’s political leaders. As a result, plans are now underway to launch a capital ministry there, too.
Under Zamora’s leadership, a number of Capitol Ministries Bible studies, in addition to those already offered on the CM website, have been translated into Spanish. Zamora also arranged for Drollinger’s book, Rebuilding America, The Biblical Blueprint, to be translated into Spanish under the new title, Reconstruyendo Una Nació n (Rebuilding A Nation).
Zamora has often said that Latin American nations are ripe for discipleship Bible studies to their leaders, and CM’s recent growth in that area of the world is proving him correct said Drollinger, President of Capitol Ministries.
“The Holy Spirit is really moving and opening tremendous doors for the Gospel in these countries!” he said. “Not only do ministries in federal capitals edify and build individual Public Servants in Christ, but they are symbolic as to the direction a country is headed in.”
“We have been praying and thinking about launching a ministry to Mexico’s leaders for many years. Having grown up in San Diego, I developed an affinity, love and respect for my Spanish-speaking neighbors during my childhood years as we often traveled, and, today, continue to travel, south of the border. This ministry launch is not only a dream-come-true, but a prayer-come-true. The time is right.”
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