Book Review: “The Adventures of Juan Domingo – The Life of a Missionary”

On Friday I received a copy of Juan Domingo’s autobiography and by sundown Saturday I finished the book. Why did I feel compelled to consume this book so quickly? And why am I recommending this book to our network?

Juan shares countless anecdotes about his experiences as a missionary and serial church planter in Mexico. He was one of the first Calvary Chapel pastors to plant internationally, and today there are over one hundred [100] Calvary Chapels in Mexico – the largest number of CC churches outside of the United States. The Calvary Chapel leaders in Mexico (and beyond) hold Juan in very high esteem. It is understandable in light of his influence and the fruit that has come from his ministry. Nevertheless, the book is void of any self-boasting and reflects Juan’s great humility and desire to give all glory to the Lord.

He was one of the first Calvary Chapel pastors to plant internationally, and today there are over one hundred [100] Calvary Chapels in Mexico – the largest number of CC churches outside of the United States.

The book in not intended to be a practical handbook on being a foreign missionary. So, it does not address issues such as writing support letters or preparing a budget for long-term missions. Instead, it provides an invaluable resource. It chronicles a life of faith – a man who sought to hear God’s voice and respond with acts of obedience and an attitude of dependence. Journey with Juan and discover God’s faithfulness. Be encouraged by the reminder that we serve a Lord who has a heart for foreign missions so that he came into a culture that was foreign and dwelt among them. As Jesus immersed himself in our world, so does Juan in various distinct communities in Mexico. Immersion in language, culture, and customs is all motivated by a burden for people and a desire to reach the lost and make disciples. This perspective is so valuable for church planters regardless of the people and culture you are called to serve.

Immersion in language, culture, and customs is all motivated by a burden for people and a desire to reach the lost and make disciples.

I also greatly appreciate Juan’s pilgrimage to various cities and communities in Mexico. Thus, not holding too tightly to the things of this world, or the apparent comfort or security of ministry success. Throughout the book you will be blessed as Juan recounts his adventure(s) with the Lord in a stream of consciousness that provides sweet water to thirsty souls. In every account I’m blessed that my friend points us to Jesus.

Juan’s book is available through Calvary Distribution and has been made available for FREE to CCPN because of Juan’s generosity (access this FREE resource here). Order copies from Calvary Distribution today and be strengthened by a fellow CC planter’s adventure, and the sober reality that each of us has only limited time to make a difference in this world that will impact eternity.

each of us has only limited time to make a difference in this world that will impact eternity.

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