Luis and Clara Meza
Luis and Clara Meza are global missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene in Colombia. They were assigned as regional missionaries in 1998 and were granted global status in February 1999.
Luis and Clara were both born in evangelical homes in two very distant cities in Peru. They met in the Nazarene Church in Lima, Peru, when Luis was 17 and Clara was 14. They were both very involved with NYI and since then have been involved in local, district, and national ministries of the church.
Luis has a B.A. in Theology, Public Accounting, and Business Administration. He also received an M.A. in Missiology, D. Min. Nazarene Theological Seminary. Clara has attended secretarial school and has taken Nazarene Theological Seminary extension courses.
Luis felt called by the Lord to bi-vocational pastoral ministry when he was 23 years of age. He and Clara were married in 1980 and continued to pastor bi-vocationally. Luis worked for 11 years as a Sales Manager in an International company. In 1984, he stopped working in the company to open the office of Compassion International in Peru. After working there for seven years, he traveled to Quito, Ecuador, where he was in charge of opening the South America Region Nazarene Compassionate Ministries office.
From 1991 through 2004, the Meza’s were in Ecuador, where Luis served as the President of the South America Nazarene Theological Seminary, South America Coordinator of Compassionate Ministries, and as the Assistant Field Director for the North Andean field in Colombia.
Since 2004 they were in Argentina and continued to lead the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for the South American Region and Luis continued to be in charge of Colombia. At that time Clara served as the Child Sponsorship Coordinator for the South American Region.
Since 2007, the Meza's have been living in Colombia and leading the ministry of the Church in this country.
The Meza’s have three children; Denisse, Luis Jr., and Daniel.
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Going Where the Church is Not Yet
Today there are over 4.3 billion people who live in areas where there is little to no gospel witness. 4.3 billion people who have not heard the message of the gospel, who have never heard the name of Jesus. We believe that everyone deserves to hear. God continues to call the Church of the Nazarene to spread the message of the gospel, to preach holiness, and to bring good news to the poor all over the world. The task is enormous; far too big for anyone to do alone, but together we can go where the church is not yet and see people, communities, and nations transformed. Reaching these people begins with one step, a step of obedience and faithfulness that says yes to God’s call. Take your first step and start your journey toward serving in missions today.