April, 2021 Home Going of Our Brother Neftali Gomez
Brother Neftali went home to be with the Lord on March 8, 2021 after two months in the hospital with COVID-19. He was 72 years old. He leaves behind his loving wife Julia, three children and seven grandchildren. He came to the United States from the civil war torn country of El Salvador in 1980. He was trained as an electronic repairman but in May 1994, his life changed forever as he dedicated himself to serving the Lord. He received three years of theological training.
He began service to our Lord through the association in 1998. First in evangelism at Broad Acres Flea Market, using his music to attract people to Jesus. Then in 2002, he and Julia planted their first church in Boulder City, Nevada, Refuge Baptist Church. He became a Catalytic Missionary for the Association in 2006, serving until his passing, first as a Catalytic Missionary and then as the Spanish Missionary.
In February 2008, the Southern Baptist Convention commissioned him and Julia as National Missionaries for the Southern Baptist Convention; he considered this commissioning as a great honor. In 2008, Nef began his work as a chaplain, first at Indian Springs Prison, then with University Medical Center. He served as president of the UMC Chaplains. Above all, he was a servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is already missed.
On a personal note, Nef was my friend, co-laborer in the work and He was my right hand man. He was always serving and shared Christ wherever he went. From witnessing to strangers, preaching the gospel, to maintaining the building he did whatever was necessary. I could always count of his support. I miss him.