Manuel Lopez passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017. World Missions Ministries extends our deepest sympathy and prayers to his wife, Maxine, who serves as an IPHC missionary.
Manuel was saved in a government hospital in Mexico City, where he was told that there was no hope for his condition. He was saved and healed and, after he left the hospital, he went to Mexicali, Baja California and was baptized in 1964. In 1967, he was assigned a pastorate in the Mexicali Valley. In 1968, he planted another church in the Mexicali Valley and pastored there until he went to the mountains of Sinaloa in 1983 to plant a church there- the first church in the state of Sinaloa. After planting the church, he evangelized the villages in the mountains.
Manuel and Maxine were married in 1991 and both went to Haiti. Manuel preached to the patients in the waiting area while Maxine was working in Emmanuel clinic. In 1993, they went to Mazatlan, Sinaloa to plant a church and pastored there until 1997 when they went to Tepic, the capital city of the state of Nayarit to start another church. In January of 2003, they returned to Sinaloa to plant a church in Genaro Estrada.
“Manuel and Maxine have been involved in church planting. Together they planted six churches that were located in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexicali, Baja California, and Sinaloa. The last [church they planted] included an outreach to a smaller pueblo… located in a drug producing area controlled by a drug cartel. According to his Conference Bishop, [Manuel] was a missionary and minister who had a successful career planting churches. Manuel and Maxine had no natural children, but have many spiritual children in many areas of Mexico.” -Ron Roy, Regional Director, Mexico