Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Leaders of Christian Organizations
Education and/or Training
Josue Alanis Anaya is the regional director for MoveIn in Latin America.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up in a Christian family. When I was 11 years old, my dad had a talk with me. He told me, “Well Josue, you have heard about Jesus since you were a child. So what do you think about all this? Would you like to follow Him?” That day I repented of my sins, made a commitment to the Lord, and started following Him.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
When I was a student, I got involved in IFES Mexico. During those years I read a lot of Scripture and that changed my Christian life. At an IFES conference in 2011 I had a good talk with a retired staff from Intervarsity. He used to be on staff with IFES Mexico. He challenged my life with one phrase: “It is worthy to invest in the lives of students.” At that time God put it on my heart to become a staff member of IFES. My living in El Salvador in a poor urban neighborhood allowed me to learn how to live out my faith in a context of violence where I was able to see God working in miraculous ways.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Being part of the European Leadership Forum will benefit our ministry by helping us to learn from others and what are they doing in Europe. I would like to establish strategic ministry partnerships and relationships with key leaders in the European region and send our people (as tentmakers) to serve in Europe with the poor. I will meet other leaders and I will be able to learn from them, but I will also be able to give my point of view. At the Forum I will have the chance to meet experienced leaders who can mentor me in my role as leader in my region.
What is your ministry?
I am the regional director for MoveIn in Latin America. I am responsible for mobilizing MoveIn teams in all of Latin America while also working on consolidating a regional leadership team. In practice that means that I live in a poor neighborhood and do the work of a MoveIn, but I also travel all over Latin America to connect with churches and other ministries to form new teams and leadership in each country in the region. I am in charge of coaching new members of the leadership team and walking with them in their journey to develop the ministry in their country or region.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been a youth leader since I was 20 years old. I used to do everything alone and I didn’t have a team. But I have learned that without a team you can’t really do much. In IFES Mexico I was part of the National Student Committee for 2 years; that was an opportunity to learn how to work with people that are from different regions of the country. In El Salvador I was an IFES staff for 3 years. I had some conflict with other staff members in the beginning due to cultural differences, but we got the chance to work through our problems and we became best friends.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
As I am working to form other leaders in my region, having people around that can help me in this work will help me to maximize the impact in other leaders and in more people.