Welcome to Armonía Cristiana, a small church in the town of Metepec, Morelos, Mexico. Metepec sits 8,645 feet above sea level and has a population of some 200,000. In this church, there is a dynamic intern who loves to tell others about Jesus.
Morelos is known for their Chinelos, traditional costumed dancers dating back to the Spanish conquests. The original idea behind the Chinelos was to mock the clothing, beards, arrogance, and mannerisms of their European invaders. Today, Chinelos are favorite attractions at festivals, especially Mexico's Independence Day celebrations.
One of our favorite attractions in Morelos is 22-year-old Hans Alejandro Ochoa González. This amiable and energetic young man is interning at Armonía Cristiana as he completes his seminary training. Using his own words is a great way to introduce him: "I feel like one who found a great treasure on a piece of land and sold everything to have that treasure" (Matthew 13:44).
"I grew up in a strong Christian home and we were always at church,” he says. “At age 13, I gave my life to Christ and quickly felt God’s call on my life to be a pastor. But I wanted to be an engineer. Following my own path, I walked away from the Lord. But while I walked away from Him, He never walked away from me.”
Hans Alejandro explains how he continued to feel God’s call to serve as a pastor. He got serious with the Lord and began to pray about his future. When some anonymous Christian men offered to sponsor his seminary studies, he says with a smile, “this time, I followed His path.” In May 2021, he completed his four-year seminary studies, which brings us to his current internship in Metepec.
“I know being here is a privilege," Hans Alejandro says, "and I am grateful to God for giving me this opportunity and responsibility to be a minister of His Word. I am also taking LOGOI Bible courses as I continue to prepare myself to serve Christ. The LOGOI courses are of tremendous value and I am able to share and put into practice what I am learning.”
We are thrilled to be a part of Hans Alejandro’s life and ministry and hope to continue to be part of his journey. “I want to follow where God leads,” he says, as he asks for continued prayers. Will you take a moment right now and pray for him? And while you’re at it, ask the Lord to raise up many more Hans Alejandros!
Your gifts are used to help train and equip national missionaries like Hans to help proclaim the Gospel and make disciples all over the Spanish-speaking world. Now you know a little more about one of them.