Without the cross-cultural partnership with the Venezuelan churches and their heart for loving Jesus and people, CrossLink and our planted churches would not exist. In 1999, Pastor Cesar Luzardo came to Yakima, WA with 25 pastors and members from churches in Trujillo, Venezuela. The Venezuelans assisted many Yakima area churches with cross-cultural and multi-ethnic ministry within their own communities. Missions became about more than going abroad, but also included reaching out locally within our own communities.
One outcome from that short-term mission trip in 1999 was the planting of New Life Bible Church – a bilingual church in Yakima. The creation of New Life Hispanic Ministries now known as CrossLink was another outcome of that mission trip.