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Mira Mesa Bible Baptist Church
9920 Scripps Lake Dr., Ste 101
San Diego, CA 92131


Pastor and Mrs. Willie Del

It is a great personal joy for Linda and I to be serving under the authority of Mira Mesa Bible Baptist Church and our dear friend, Pastor Willie Del.  We have had a long-term relationship with MMBBC, one of our faithful supporting churches for many years, and have our hearts knit to this good work in a very special way.  Begun as a mission work out of Filipino and American Bible Baptist Church (now Bible Baptist Church of National City, California), MMBBC has had the hand of God upon it, and this great ministry has prospered wonderfully in the Lord  over the years.  I have had the privilege and honor of preaching many times here, and have enjoyed a close working relationship with Pastor Del.  He was saved here in America after joining the United States Navy in the Philippines, is a retired reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer, and recently retired from the San Diego Police Department where he served as a forensic scientist and crime scene investigator.  Mira Mesa Bible Baptist Church is a vibrant, fundamental, independent Baptist church with a Bible balance.  We are thankful to call MMBBC our church home, as well as our sending church.  Linda and I look forward to serving under Pastor Del's leadership in the days ahead.         

The relationship between the evangelist and his church is of utmost importance. It is, in my estimation, imperative that the evangelist be sent out of a local New Testament church where both pastor and people alike have a vision for the revival ministry and the fulfilling of the Great Commission. The evangelistís number one support group is his pastor and home church. He cannot function in the field well without the knowledge that his home church is behind him with much prayer-support.

Like the missionary, the evangelist is commissioned and sent out by the local church as its representative.

"Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away." (Acts 13:1-3)

The work of the evangelist is an extension of the ministry of his local church to other local churches. His ministry is distinctively from the local church to the local church. The biblical evangelist is not a freelancer or a free agent. He is accountable to his local church for the conduct of his ministry.

Evangelist Rich Tozour has said, "An evangelist who is a member of a local independent fundamental New Testament church and who ministers under the authority of that church will have the blessings that come from being under authority. Those blessings are protection and provision."

The working relationship between the evangelist and his pastor is also of great importance. It is a partnership in ministry that can be very fruitful for the cause of Christ. The evangelist needs a pastor and needs the encouragement and fellowship of his church family as they share in the blessings of service together.  

It is a joy to serve in a church that has a burden for souls, and a vision for revival in these last days.  

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