Ana Estevez grew up in El Salvador. When she was 19 years old, she began her first ministry—to poor children living in rural villages that wanted to be Boy Scouts, but could not. They had no money for uniforms. Ana collected hand-me-down Cub Scout uniforms and raised money for new ones. A troop of 25 Scouts was born and continued for four years.
Ana emigrated from El Salvador to Miami, Florida as a university student, married her husband, Marco, also from El Salvador, and remained in Florida. Together the couple has raised four children.
Though residing in the United States, Ana’s heart never left the rural poor. She runs aCross Missions, the parent corporation of several missions.
Beautiful Are the Feet provides worldwide missions trips to those who want to go abroad sharing the Gospel. Many of those who go with Ana on these trips return and some dedicate their lives to full-time missionary work.
Ana’s second mission, Altagracias or High Grace, is in the Dominican Republic. Within a community a church has been planted and school supplies are provided to children. Without these mandatory school supplies, the children will not receive an education. A seven-year-old mission, Ana has seen some of the children graduate and go on to university. The economy of the community has also improved.
The third mission, El Buen Samaritano or Good Samaritan, is a feeding program in Apopa, El Salvador. Each day 200 children are fed. It has operated for ten years. A former child from the program grew up in the streets and knows what it is to be hungry. Today, she is the one who receives the food and prepares it. 100 children arrive before school to eat and another 100 arrive after school. The children sit at tables in a little home. Through Good Samaritan, the children also receive shoes and clothing sent as donations. Each year the mission brings a medical clinic to Apopa. American doctors and nurses participate as well as those native to El Salvador. Without the clinics, there would be no medical care for these children in Apopa. Ana has partnered with Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas to help support Good Samaritan.
A fourth mission is in Miami. Ana and her husband, Marco, have opened up their former family home in Pinecrest to missionaries with No Place Left. Ana and Marco are as Lydia was to Apostle Paul; she opened the door of Europe to the Gospel by providing a place for Paul to stay. Last December, No Place Left leader Steve Carswell led a mission team sharing the Gospel in the city; they used the home as their base of operations.
Miami is a global city known for its leadership in finance, commerce, culture and trade. Each year it hosts more than 13 million visitors. It is quite diverse—80 various cultures thrive in the Miami-Dade area. Approximately 51% of its residents are foreign born, more than any other city in the USA.
Miami-Dade itself is huge, the fourth largest urban area in the United States, with a population around 6.2 million (2015 census). To cross the city takes time and planning, because it is actually 19 cities, six towns, and nine villages.
It is also the third biggest immigration port in the country after New York City and Los Angeles. Miami is a key city, affecting not just Florida, but the world. What is happening there is carried to other parts of the state, country and globe.
There is also spiritual poverty: The lack of hope; the lack of Jesus.
Darkness. American missionary Steve Carswell has stated that, “Miami is a region in darkness.”
Barna Group calls Miami a Post-Christian City, ranking high at number 36 out of the top 100 Post-Christian Cities.
The Biblical city of Ephesus was “an urban hub of travel, trade and culture. A whole region could be influenced by changes in a major city.”
Apostle Paul spoke of Ephesus “a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Cor 16:8-9). This is modern-day Miami.
I asked Ana about the charity of her own home in Miami. She stated, “Nobody is coming to Miami, yet it is one of the most unreached places in the United States. People need to come here and walk the streets. As Miami grows, there is more lostness. A new generation has grown and they are totally lost; they don’t even know who Jesus is. The most important thing is to bring the Gospel to Miami.”
Ana and Marco have recently begun preparing a fifth ministry called The Lampstand in El Salvador where they own another home. Nearby is an orphanage with many children who have been abandoned or abused. They have received a quality education and therapy, but are now aging out at 18-years-old. Without a residence they will end up on the streets and more than likely in the sex-trafficking trade. The Estevez home already has a Christian couple residing on the property; a plan has been made to renovate the upper floors for ten teens. Ana is currently raising $11,000 for the renovations.
Ana has also worked in West Bengal, India, helping young women get off drugs and out of the sex trafficking trade. The same program was brought to Miami where Ana helped streetwalkers get off drugs and out of darkness.
A translator, Ana translated the 4 Fields method of evangelism and other tools, effectively used by No Place Left, into Spanish for use in Miami where Steve Carswell’s team is training church members to go out across the city with the Gospel.
I asked Ana what her dream is. She answered, “It’s already here. I want to continue supporting the ministries and continue leading teams. I’ve never been someone who wants to hold on to things—I want to give it away.”
Ana believes her best ability is the training of people. Through her life’s work, leading by example, she has been able to go where others cannot or will not go. With God, she has effectively changed the lives of thousands of children around the globe for the better. She is a mother of missions.
Ana Estevez has taken what she has and used it for God. Most of these charities are supported by Ana’s grant writing work and Marco’s salary. Ana has also served as the Global Director of Missions, a volunteer position, at Christ Fellowship Church of Miami for five years.
Would you like to do what Ana has done?
Ana says this, “Take a chance with God and see where He leads you. He will show you what to do; He gives you all that you’ll need.”
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