Missionary of the Week ____________________________________________________________
Rick 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
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,
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.
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.