The apostle Paul became “all things to all people, that by all means I might save some,” (1 Corinthians 9:22). Likewise, Rev. Sergio Maita’s humility and evangelistic spirit shine in that he’s been known to mingle with dozens of spandex-clad Zumba-dancers…all in the name of making community contacts.
In 2015, Maita, a native Venezuelan, accepted a call from the Venezuelan Lutheran Church as an Alliance missionary to the Dominican Republic, where he thrives as a church planter in its bustling capital, Santo Domingo. The public park across the street from Iglesia Luterana Pan de Vida, a house church in the Ozama neighborhood, hosts a faithful Zumba group; among it are some of Pan de Vida’s first confirmands. Maita’s heritage helps him reach out with compassion to Ozama’s Venezuelan immigrant community, and his deep catechetical understanding infuses Pan de Vida’s many children’s ministries – an after-school program, music classes, and neighborhood public school visits – with Gospel truth.
Maita; his wife Yoxandris, a dentist by profession; and their growing family share an 8th floor apartment overlooking a community rife with challenges, yet one where Christ is truly present.
Alliance Missionary Maita
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St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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