The Road to Recovery

J.D. and Andreina Fasolino

Toronto is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. And although there’s a large Hispanic population, there are few Hispanic churches. J.D. and Andreina moved from Venezuela to plant one.

The Fasolinos started with a small group Bible study. Now Emmanuel Baptist Church East involves more than 70 people worshipping together, representing Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala. They also have a ministry serving migrant workers on a local mushroom farm.

“Because of diversity, some people tend to isolate and become lonely. There is a continuous sense of mourning—the same you have when you lose a loved one—but in this case because you lost your language, your traditions, your friends, family and even your food.” says J.D.

Prayer Request

  • For boldness to proclaim Christ in a city with opposition.
  • For Emmanuel Baptist Church to create community and family for those who are lonely and isolated.

For more information about the Fasolinos and supporting North American missions, visit,The immediate threat has blown over, but Hurricane Maria left a deep impact in social, emotional and financial scars on Puerto Rico. That overwhelming need is what drew Jonathan and Yesenia back to the island from their home in New York.

Jonathan serves as the director of Send Relief Puerto Rico. He works with local churches and agencies to identify people and communities in crisis and match the needs with the volunteer relief teams arriving each week. Jonathan says that physical needs are easier to address, but it’s the emotional and spiritual issues that also must be acknowledged.

“Although very religious, because of its catholic background that connects to our Spanish heritage, Puerto Rico is mostly lost. I always tell our volunteers, the most important part of their work isn’t the roof they are replacing, it’s the people under the roof,” says Jonathan.

Prayer Request

  • For wisdom and direction for Jonathan, his family and the volunteers who serve with them.
  • That God will open doors to share the gospel.

For more information about the Santiagos and supporting North American missions, visit

Published February 28, 2020