We normally do not think about Hispanic missionaries working in Africa; but there is one country, where according to 2021 data, 67% of the 1.46 million population speaks Spanish. The name of this country is Equatorial Guinea, and it is the only Spanish-speaking country in all of Africa. Located on the west side of central Africa, this small country of 10,830 square miles is situated between Cameroon on the north and Gabon on the south. Equatorial Guinea became independent from Spain on October 12, 1968, during the “process of decolonization of Africa” via support from the United Nations. It consists of the Rio Muni mainland and five volcanic offshore islands. The capital city, Malabo, located north of Bioko Island, has Spanish colonial architecture and is a hub for the country’s prosperous oil industry.
In 2019, through God’s divine direction, a new partnership was formed between Frontier Baptist Missions Inc. and Eric Diaz, his precious wife Ayrem, and their young daughter Elizabeth to serve as missionaries from Mexico to Equatorial Guinea. Bro. Diaz is a second generation missionary and has a clear testimony of being saved at the age of 10 and called to full time Christian service at the young age of 14. After proper seminary training and ministry experience, the Diaz family was sent out by Iglesia Bautista Monte Abarim located in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Because the pandemic caused some delay, Bro Eric and his family have recently arrived in Equatorial Guinea as church planters. February and March this year have been very busy as new ministries were added to their monthly schedule. These ministries include Sunday school, regular church services, children and youth ministries, discipleship classes, baptisms, as well as Bible Institute classes via the internet. You can read about these various ministries in their February/March newsletter which is posted following this article.
If you would like more information regarding the Eric Diaz Aguilera family or have questions, you can use the contact information found at the end of their newsletter or contact Frontier Baptist Missions Inc..