What's Going On? May 2022

Life is All About Change

By Jose Castillo, Jr.

I love the phrase “God works”. In other words, God doesn’t stay on the sidelines watching how things happen to us. He is involved in our life. He works for our good. He has a purpose for us. For those of us that love God, nothing happens by chance. We are all part of His plan, His perfect plan. The end result of this plan is His glory and our eternal good. When it comes to transitions in life, I don’t know of a greater encouragement than that.
As far as ministry is concerned, transitions are to be expected. God reminds that, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1). Therefore, we must be willing to surrender when God calls us to serve in another ministry capacity.
In 1982, when I was just a Christian teenager, I got to meet a young missionary, Rex Morgan, who had recently arrived with his family to Miami from the mission field in Papua New Guinea. He wanted to start a ministry to the Spanish speaking community, planting churches in collaboration with a team of seasoned missionaries. But God had mind a broader ministry for him. He eventually called him to begin an outreach to the masses in Latin America producing radio and television programs. Later, Rex transitioned to produce programs in collaboration with World Christian Broadcasting and became their Senior Producer for Latin America. His vision to increase the effectiveness of the radio outreach led him to create a website and an App from which listeners of the radio program would be able to access all the programs to listen, download and use them to share the Good News of Jesus with others.
During all those years, our friendship grew stronger. We worked together organizing different Spanish speaking area-wide events, including such large events as the Spiritual Growth Workshop in Orlando, Florida (now Equip Conference) and many retreats. Simultaneously, I was transitioning from youth ministry to preaching ministry, to working in the marketplace, until Rex called me to work with him at Christian Productions International, which I did for almost 10 years. Over the course of those years, Rex expertly mentored me, helping us both get ready for the next transition.
At the end of 2021, Rex shared with me his vision of transitioning to another facet of the radio ministry, one that had to do with “expanding our digital media footprint in the world by understanding and utilizing the latest methods.” His new effort would aim at engaging our listeners on different social media platforms to share Christ with them. As he committed to learn about current methods and ways of communicating the Gospel of Christ with people where they are, and how to implement different strategies to accomplish those goals, he asked me if I was interested in being his successor as World Christian Broadcasting’s Sr. Producer for Latin America. After an interview with president Andy Baker, I accepted the challenge knowing that all this was orchestrated by the Lord through human agency.
Rex and I will continue to work together with the same goal in mind. I will be producing the radio programs; Rex will be promoting those programs in different digital platforms. Our association will only enhance our effectiveness in reaching Latin America for Christ. As we begin this new phase of our ministries, we request your prayers for a successful endeavor, one that will bring glory to God, and bring others to the knowledge of our wonderful Savior.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Christian Productions International is a non-profit 501(c)(3).

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