The influence of the Cooperative Program weaves throughout Rolly and Lela Mae Delgado’s lives.
In 1965, Rolly’s mother trusted Christ in a Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) sponsored church in the Philippines. He declared his faith in Christ at age 12.
From his initial discipleship in Baptist Training Union, Rolly dedicated himself to Bible study, outreach, missions, and leadership. After earning a seminary degree, he was pastor of churches throughout the Philippines for almost 28 years and served a stint as president of the Central Philippines Convention of Southern Baptist Churches.
In 2015, at the invitation of Valley International Christian Church in Peoria, Rolly visited Arizona for a month to help start a church with a Filipino Bible study group in the East Valley.
Finally, in 2017, accompanied by wife Lela Mae and son Patrick, Rolly left family and a thriving ministry in the Philippines to become pastor and church planter of East Valley International Church in Gilbert.
“The inviting pastor suggested we connect with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention and our association for the possibility of assessment [as a church planter] through the North American Mission Board,” Rolly says. “NAMB’s pledge was overwhelming and motivated us to continue the work in Gilbert.”
Lela Mae is a valuable partner, Rolly says, “especially in our daily ministries and as a musician classically trained by missionaries. She is greatly encouraged by the Cooperative Program and the people who help us through it.
“We praise and thank God for all the people behind us. Even though we don’t see each other, we are on the same page of ministry for His glory.”
Rolly and Lela May Delgado are the CP.
Because you and your church give, You are the CP.