We are the Hernandez family!
I am Ahmet, the leader of this crazy clan. I married up when I married my incredible wife, Rachael. We have three precious children: A.J., Sarah, and Chi Chi. Actually, it is Rachel, but “Chi Chi” is what Sarah called her as a baby and it has stuck! Rachael and I were called to be missionaries in June of 2008. He used preaching, His Word, and many missionaries! It’s a great story of God moving in each of our hearts!
We are both from Pensacola, but I served in the Navy for 5 years. We went from Charleston, SC, to Guam (10 miles long by 3 miles wide) and have called Louisiana home since 2007. The Lord used Phillip and Lori Bassham to let us know our next place to call home will be Thailand!
Each of our children has been saved. Praise the Lord! They are probably even more excited than we are to be able to serve the Lord!
I was born and raised in a Christian home, where I trusted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour before the age of 10. But as I grew older, I drifted away from my heavenly Father and wasted many years of my life on things of the world. When I left the Navy in January of 2007, I ended up in the town of Zachary, Louisiana where I began attending Grace Baptist Church. It was under the preaching and teaching of Brother Tom that my wife and I heard the Lord’s call to missions for our family in June 2008. Since then, we have been preparing for the work that God had called us to. In July 2011, God revealed to us that He wanted us to go to Thailand. Looking back at our lives, we can see how God has prepared us for the work He has called us to in Thailand!
I do not ever remember a time when I did not believe in God. When I would ride my bike, I would look up in the clouds and imagine Jesus coming back. Only, He was on surf board. (I’m from Pensacola! What can I say!) However, it wasn’t until right after we got married that I trusted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Since then, I have been tested and tried and my faith has grown and grown.</p> <p>While stationed in Guam, we attended a church started by missionaries and I used to think, “There is no way I could do that.” Well, in June of 2008, God called both my husband and me to a life beyond sitting in the pew. What a joy! He has been faithful to guide us each step of the way.
Education & Experience
I graduated from Grace Baptist Bible Institute under the teaching of Pastor Tom Schreeder.
I graduated from Baptist Bible Translator Institute (BBTI) in Bowie, Texas, under the teaching of Dr. Rex Cobb.
My family has been privileged to serve God at Grace Baptist Church Zachary for the past five years. While there, we have served in many different capacities, including: leading the bus route, children’s church, teaching different Sunday school classes, one on one personal discipleship, and many other areas. I have also spent the past two years as associate pastor and school administrator, which afforded me many opportunities to preach and teach the Word.
I also served for five years in the United States Navy. I learned many interpersonal skills during my time as as an instructor and submariner. I also was exposed to many different and high stress level situations.
We believe that the Holy Bible (the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments) was written by men who were supernaturally inspired; that it is truth without any mixture of error and therefore is, and shall remain the only complete and to the end of the age, final revelation of the will of God. We believe that God has divinely preserved His Word in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:140.
We believe the Genesis account of creation, and that what you believe about your origin will determine your philosophy of life. We believe creation was an instantaneous and miraculous act of God performed in six literal 24-hour days. We believe man was created in the image of God and all reproduction was “after his kind.” Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:21, 24-27; Colossians 1:16-17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6-9; John 1:3.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, as demonstrated by His character, His miracles, His influence, His power to forgive sins and to set people free from Satan, according to the Holy Scriptures. Jesus Christ is revealed in the Holy Scriptures, as God manifested in the flesh because He claimed to be, died making this claim, and arose victorious over death. Matthew 26:63, 64; John 1:1; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:6-8; I John 5:20; Mark 14:61, 62.
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born or can ever be born of a woman. He is both the Son of God and God the Son. Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:27-35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25.
Substitutionary Death of Christ
We believe that Jesus took the sinner’s place, bore His sins through a substitutionary death for all mankind. Jesus satisfied the law, becoming our accepted substitute. His righteousness is imputed to us by faith and so we through Him are justified before God. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Isaiah 53:5; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 3:18; I John 1:7; Isaiah 53:10-12; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:12-28.
Heaven and Hell
We believe that Heaven and Hell are literal physical places. Heaven is a place of beauty and glory, just as Hell is a place of torment and punishment. Heaven is the final eternal dwelling place of the saved, and Hell is a place of eternal punishment of the unsaved. Matthew 6:20; Luke 10:20; John 14:2; Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; II Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:14-15; Matthew 25:41.
Man is inherently wicked, corrupt, and all are under sin. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death but also spiritual death, separation from God. Now all mankind is totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature through Adam, bent toward sinning, and is sinful in thought, word, and deed. Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 6:23; Psalm 14:3; Genesis 3:6-19; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 6:5, 8:21.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equal with God the Father and God the Son; that He was active in the creation; that He convicts, seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. Therefore these ministries of the Holy Spirit happen instantaneously to the believing sinner at salvation. We believe the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. I Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22; 14:33; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19; Romans 8; John 15:26; Hebrews 2:3-4.
Separation from the World
We believe that all the saved are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. A person, once he has truly accepted Christ as Savior, is a new creation in Christ and should live a holy, consecrated life, in obedience to the command of God. Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; I Peter 2:9; I Peter 1:14-16; II Corinthians 5:17; II Timothy 2:19.
Rapture & The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return, with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6.
Baptism & The Lord's Supper
We believe there are two ordinances of the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is total immersion in water, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, administered by the authority of a New Testament Church and is prerequisite to church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance of the local church members. The members of this local church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (grape juice), are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ. This is a local church ordinance. Non-church members do not participate. I Corinthians 11:17-34; Acts 8:38; Mark 1:9-10; Acts 2:41-42; 19:1-7; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 26:26-30; Matthew 3:16; I Peter 3:21.
We believe in the personality of Satan; that he is the god of this world, blinding “the minds of them which believe not.” We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels. Satan is the author of all false religions, of apostasy, and the ruler of the powers of darkness. However, he is destined to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to judgment of an eternal justice in Hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Matthew 4:2-11; Revelation 20:1-3; II Corinthians 4:3-4; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 25:41; Job 1:6-7; John 8:44; Revelation 12:3-12.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and that He arose bodily the third day from the tomb according to the Scriptures, and ascended bodily into Heaven. Through His resurrection a sure hope of immortality and everlasting life is given to all who have been saved by His grace. He is now seated at the right hand of God as our “Mediator, Merciful, and Faithful High Priest, and Advocate.” John 20:1-29; I Corinthians 15:12-28; Luke 24:1-7; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2; Acts 1:9-10.
We believe in the eternal security of all those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation. When a person is saved (born again) they receive everlasting life, which cannot be taken away. God’s children are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and sealed unto the day of redemption. John 10:27-30; I Peter 1:5; Ephesians 4:30; Romans 8:35-39; John 5:24; Philippians 1:6; John 6:37-40; John 3:16; I John 5:10-13; Romans 8:1-2; 14-17.
Soul Winning & Missions
We believe that the Great Commission to evangelize the world was given to the church by our risen Lord and that this evangelization is the mission of the church. The Great Commission was given to the local church that was commanded to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Christ commanded His church to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8.
We believe that sanctification is a personal separation from things that are unclean to things that are holy, clean, and sacred; that it is a progressive work begun at regeneration; that it is carried on in the hearts of the believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The sanctification of the believer will be complete at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then, and only then will we be sanctified wholly: body, soul and spirit. I Thessalonians 5:23; 4:1-10; I Corinthians 6:11; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 3:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 8:5; 12:1-2.
We believe that a scriptural church is a local visible assembly of baptized believers, covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus on earth to this present day; that this church is a self-governed independent body having Christ as the head, the Holy Spirit for its guide, and the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice. The only scriptural officers of the church are the pastor and deacons. The two ordinances of the local church are Baptism and Lord’s Supper. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, etc., the will of the local church is final. Mark 16:15; Ephesians 1:22-23; I Timothy 3; Titus 1; Acts 20:17-20; Ephesians 3:21; Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1; I Corinthians 3:9; 5:4-7; I Peter 5:1-4.