Rommelino Atoy has a new mission.
The native Filipino is preparing to plant a church in Pasco County, Florida, on the Gulf coast and the northern edge of the Tampa Bay metro area. In cooperation with his sending church, Grace Baptist of Clearwater, he relocated to the area with an understandable dilemma: he doesn’t have a permanent place to live and doesn’t want one until he knows where his church will be.
D&D Missionary Homes, through the financial support of many of you, was able to provide Atoy with three months of rent-free housing for his family so he can start laying the groundwork for a new church that will minister to people of various nationalities.
He moved into the Largo home with his wife and two children at the end of April. They are the first tenants in the house since it was purchased by D&D Missionary Homes and updated to be ready for use. About a half-hour drive south of Pasco County, it will be an ideal base of operations for the family and will not burden them financially.
“We are starting an international church,” said Atoy. “It will be mostly Filipinos at the start, but there will be others as well. There are a lot of [different nationalities] in the area.”
He served previously in pastoral ministry in California and Nevada before answering the Lord’s call to come to Florida, saying definitively that his call is to plant churches. He connected with Grace Baptist Church and preached there a few months ago.
One of the church’s leaders, whose late father was a missionary, told him about D&D Missionary Homes when they were discussing lodging for Atoy’s family during his initial months in the area.
With his housing needs settled until the end of July, Atoy can work in earnest to determine where he will meet with his new congregation as it comes together. Once that decision is made, he can look at the best place for his family to live in the months or years to come.
D&D Missionary Homes now has ten residences to serve people in full-time ministry. Two are in South Carolina, two are in central Florida, and six are in Largo, less than five miles from the Gulf of Mexico. All of these homes have been acquired within the past year and prepared for the benefit of their new tenants.
“It is a very great blessing,” said Atoy of the opportunity for his family to sojourn in one of the homes. “We are so grateful that the Lord used D&D to help us. We praise God for all of you.”
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