Posted in: Marriage and Family
32 Children Have Come Through Our Home -- Carlos' Story
Meet Carlos Montoya in Santa Fe.
Carlos and his wife Yvette planted Blaze Christian Fellowship in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When the highschool sweethearts got married, they settled on a plan: two kids. However, their two kids changed their minds about kids, and the Montoyas wanted more.
So it was painful and heart-breaking to be told they could have no more children. After praying about the possibility of adoption, they were led to pursue foster care. Their lives were changed forever:
"On March 20, 1996, we welcomed Jaden and Taliah into our home. This was one of those moments you never forget because they came straight from living in a tent on the mountains, with a little bag that had one shoe, a dirty little blanket, and a glove. So we went to the store and bought some clothes, and... there we discovered cigarette burns down their backs. And my heart just broke.
On top of planting a church, we've had the opportunity for our kids to really be used as instruments of God in our fellowship. God's given us a heritage that we've imparted to our church. What's been so remarkable through this is that God's grown me in ways that I don't think I would've ever grown without children... I don't think we realize how great an opportunity we have for God to use us with our children."
Download or listen to the full ten minutes here:
After he finished his story, Carlos posed questions for the audience to discuss at their tables:
- How are you showing others your children as a heritage? A reward?
- How are you living out blessedness as a father or a mother?
- Do you do the "works" of showing heritage, reward and blessedness without it being from your heart? Is it just a 'check the box' duty?
There will be many more stories from real church planters shared at the Nashville Boot Camp 2.0 next month (May 26-27), and we'd love for you to join us at Ray Ortlund Jr.'s church -- but hurry! There are less than two dozen spaces left for the full boot camp.
More listening: another Boot Camp 2.0 ten-minute story - "My Wife Got a Brain Tumor"