Misael Gonzalez is a 23-year-old single bilingual Hispanic man who lives in Owasso.

“God has called me to do ministry in English and Spanish,” Gonzalez said.

He has recently planted a bilingual church in Tulsa named The Mission Church/LaMison Iglesia that is an extension of Owasso, First.

Gonzalez said he feels very strongly that there should be bilingual churches.

“If every aspect of peoples’ lives and community is bilingual, except the church, we have a problem,” he said. “Therefore, we seek to love all people to Christ no matter what language they speak.”

He emphasized that the new church plant is not a Hispanic or Anglo ministry, but a bilingual family of faith seeking reconciliation and restoration.

“God has answered so many prayers recently,” Gonzalez said. “He has brought a bilingual worship leader to us. He has orchestrated gospel encounters, which put us in positions to see families put their faith and trust in Jesus, and He has been so kind to bring mature believers who have a passion to reach English and Spanish speakers.”

In addition, Gonzalez said God has answered countless prayers about how to build trust in the community and connect with Gospel-driven community leaders, Christ-centered non-profits and Bible-believing organizations.

Gonzalez admitted that there is still a lot of work to do in establishing the new church.

“We continue to pray that the Lord would give us favor in connecting with the entire community we serve, and that He would bring strong bilingual believers to us who have the ability to lead and disciple others,” Gonzales emphasized. “We also pray the Lord would revive a Gospel presence in Northeast Tulsa in English and Spanish.”

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Misael Gonzalez is featured in the 2022 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. To see more information, visit oklahomabaptists.org/cp.