SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO TEAM

A Spirit of Heaviness
Despite the island's stunning natural beauty and vibrant cultural identity, it’s hard to read statistics about Puerto Rico without feeling a spirit of heaviness. The illegal drug trade now makes up an estimated 20 percent of the gross domestic product. A record number of murders in 2011 resulted in a homicide rate four times that of New York City. And a recent poll states that 45 percent of islanders have considered leaving, mostly because of the economic recession and high unemployment.

A Garment of Praise
Our missionaries there see the hurting people behind these statistics. They teach Old Testament and biblical counseling in several seminaries and church-based study centers around the island. The desire is to train pastors and lay leaders so that they will in turn have a powerful effect on their churches and the culture. And many of the students are already doing that—with prisoners, the homeless, and in counseling ministries. They long to see God transform the island’s despair into “a garment of praise” (Isaiah 61:3). With your prayers and support we believe He will do just that.

MEET THE TEAM

Fitzpatrick, Joe & Beverly

Upon hearing about ministry needs in Puerto Rico, the Lord opened the way for relocation for the Fitzpatricks.

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Pray for the city of San Juan, where violent crime and drug abuse is rampant. Pray for national pastors and lay leaders as they seek to transform the culture of their city.