HISTORY OF THE MINISTRY
In 1976 Lynn and I were living in Brownsville, Texas, at that time we were ministering in churches in Mexico, preaching in outdoor crusades and tent meetings as well as constructing church facilities. At that time we were also helping to raise up Church of the Good Shepherd in Brownsville, Texas working along side of Pastor Gayle Gardner. We also established a youth ministry on Padre Island during all the holidays with Christian concerts and youth witnessing teams to bring the Gospel to the youth. So we were very busy involved with many areas of the ministry. However our heart was mostly in Mexico.
During these early years of working in Mexico and living on the border, the ministry grew and it was fruitful but God spoke to our hearts and told us He had more for us to do and He wanted us to live in Mexico to accomplish His plan for our lives. We prayed and He gave us the direction of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He directed us to move there and to establish a Bible School.
we moved our family of three (Jeremy was 2) to Ciudad Victoria and we started the Palabra de Vida Bible School with just a few students in our home. At this time we were meeting with local Missionaries on Sunday mornings to have services in English for the fellowship and the Word. It was led by another Missionary and in time he hold the group that God has spoken to him to start a Spanish church and so he would be stepping down from his position of leader of the Missionary fellowship. We moved the services to our Bible School facility and we were being blessed as all of us got together to worship Him and hear His Word! Within a few short months we had 5 Mexican women walk in one Sunday morning to attend the service.
We explained to them that these services were in English and were attended by Missionary families. The women then asked us if we would be willing to have the services interpreted into Spanish because they were already there to attend the service. So we did interpret the service and next week they were back again. This continued for about 2 more months and each attendance growing weekly.
During this time it became a reality to Lynn and I that God wanted us to have a church. It was HIS PLAN and HIS IDEA!
From that small beginning of just a handful of Mexican women till today with the church running more than 2000
members. God has and is establishing HIS VISION for this ministry.
During the first 11 years of Palabra de Vida Church we pastored the church along side Pastor Steve and Janine Muse until Pastor Steve went home to be with the Lord. However through our relationship with Pastor Steve Muse we were reacquainted with Pastor Jerry and Ernie Garcia and their family.
Before long they joined our staff and serviced whit us for 19 years. We are so blessed that God through miracles has always added to us men and women full of God, of vision and integrity to help us. Our worship leader, Jorge Tenorio and his family have brought God’s glory to our worship services and are a great blessing to the ministry. This past October Jorge became associate pastor. He is a great blessing and has serviced with me for more than 25 years.
Jeremy our oldest son and family helps me to oversee the ministry and takes a great load off my shoulders. We can´t even name all the missionaries, all the staff that have stood faithfully day in and day out to hold up our hands for the battle and for the victory! Palabra de Vida Church with all the workers, leaders and members has a strong foundation in God’s Word, and many outreaches to touch this city, this state and this country with the Good News. We are a team sold out to God!
Palabra de Vida Church was established in 1982, 30 years ago in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. By Pastor Bobby Crow. Today it is a burgeoning family of over 2,500 members strong. Over the years we have been preaching the uncompromising Word of God and have seen thousands of lives changed by the Power of God as a result. Our church is home to many ministries and outreaches, some of which are: Ministry to Police Families, Home Cells Groups, Hospital Visitation, Happy Givers (Christmas Bonus for church employees), Street Evangelism, Crusades, PDV Bible Institute, PDV TV, Radio, Marriage Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Women to Women Ministry, Youth Ministry, Turn Up the Volume (youth conferences), PDV Kids, Street Kids and Children at Risk, Business School, Building Tents, Revival Now Conferences, missionary outreaches in several other countries of the World.
Many mission churches have been established in Mexico and missionaries sent out by Palabra de Vida. Bobby & Lynn have also sent pastors out to begin 3 Spanish churches in the U.S. They are all located in Texas, in the cities of Brownsville, Dallas & Houston. Palabra de Vida also faithfully supports missionaries in China, Spain, Hungary, Thailand, including the sponsorship of an orphanage with 37 children in the Philippines and others Philippines Missionaries. Each year God is opening new doors and allowing us to expand and reach more people with the Gospel than ever before.