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armstrong_2010Rick Armstrong is from northern Ohio and Shirley from northern California. They were saved as children--Rick in a Christian camp and Shirley during revival meetings at her church. After they graduated from Bob Jones University in 1975, Rick continued for a year of graduate work, and Shirley taught preschool at church schools.  

In 1976, after the death of dictator, General Franco, Spain became more open to missions. That same year Rick and Shirley were accepted by GFA as missionary candidates to Spain. While they were studying the language in Madrid, they helped a military church and visited Spanish churches. Then they worked as interns in a mission church in Jativa, Valencia. Later they established Bible studies nearby and planted a church in Rota.

 Nathan, their firstborn, was born in Cadiz, Spain. He was followed by Jason (6/1982), Seth (8/1985), Lydia (3/1988), all born in Jerez, Spain, and Philip (born in California, 12/1990).

After their furlough in 1989, the Armstrongs began working with Dr. John Mincy to reach Hispanics in California. The Iglesia Biblica Bautista de Antioquia grew from one family in 1989 to about 70 believers in 1994. The Antioch Bible Institute was established as part of the church. The Lord provided a church building and enabled the church to pay for it in two years. Mission outreaches have been started in several locations, and churches are now established with Hispanic pastors in Sacramento, Pinole, and Watsonville.

About 30 young people from Iglesia Biblica Bautista de Antioquia have studied at the Puerto Rico Baptist College, Bob Jones University, or at the University of Monterrey. Some teach in Christian Schools in Colorado, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  One is planting church in California, and another plans to be a missionary back in his home country of Peru, while others serve in various local churches.

A number of the believers study at the Bible institute at the Antioch church, and Rick also provides a Ministerial Bible Institute to better train local Hispanic pastors and raise up other Hispanic churches.  He also teaches Master of Ministry courses in Mexico, Peru, and other Spanish-speaking countries, while representing GFA as their coordinator of Hispanic ministries to help churches reach the Hispanics in the USA, and establish other Hispanic churches.


 

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