A Letter from Yurielvys Alonso (translated from Spanish)
I’m excited to introduce myself and share with you a little bit of my story and the opportunity God has placed before me to learn more about Him and be equipped for ministry through an apprenticeship at Mission Adelante. I am a young Cuban, who like every other immigrant, came to this country seeking opportunities and better economic possibilities. My wife, Natalhy, and I left our families, our friends, and our neighbors and we miss our customs and culture very much.
When we arrived in Kansas City we had many challenges, including the cold weather, the different cultural traditions, and the English language. By God’s grace, my wife reconnected with a friend from Cuba who told us about Mission Adelante's English classes, and we decided to attend. It’s incredible how God has a plan for our lives! We went looking for English, but we found something much bigger! We found the greatest thing; The King of Kings!
In my home country I had not had the privilege of knowing Jesus personally, and as I reflect back on God’s plan, it is incredible to see how He brought us to this city, how He used our Cuban friend to take us to church, and how He touched our hearts. I have come to know Jesus the redeemer, the savior, and the teacher, and He has taught me how to enjoy each step I take with His presence in my life. Mission Adelante has offered me the opportunity to grow spiritually to the point that I have felt a strong desire to become a pastor and share with everyone the work of God in my life. As I write to you, I am preparing to begin a three-year apprenticeship that will equip me with tools to grow more in my relationship with Christ and to take the Gospel to everyone. I am excited to begin in January.
The apprenticeship at Mission Adelante is a training program that includes academic study, individual mentoring, practical ministry experience, and a place on the Mission Adelante staff. I will receive a full-time salary and benefits as a part of the program so that I can dedicate my full attention to my ministry training and responsibilities. Thank you for your friendship and for allowing me to share my story with you.
If you would like to support Mission Adelante's Community Leader Fund, please visit missionadelante.org/give and choose the "Community Leader Fund" option.