Jorge is an amazing roofer, but not the kind you think. He's accustomed to being up high. Not on a roof, but in the boardrooms of important financial institutions.
By the age of 29, Jorge was already the VP of Finance for the largest credit card company in Ecuador.
Confident. Skilled. Sharp. He made sense of dollars and cents like few could. It came naturally to him and he was proud of it.
One day, Jorge was invited to hang out with a group of young professionals connected to the Batán Church in Quito. He made many new friends there and even met his wife Maria Gloria.
Through these friendships and bible studies, God was at work. It didn't take Jorge long to realize that everything he possessed and all he accomplished was due completely to God's mercy. He stopped trusting in himself and gave his life to Jesus.
In the years that followed, his financial career and his family grew. He and Maria Gloria had three children. But due to a terminal disease, they lost their second child at 15 months.
In the midst of this sorrow, God gave Jorge an unshakeable assurance of heaven, his salvation in Christ, and that he would one day be with his daughter again. That assurance forged a deeper commitment to God's Kingdom's work.
That commitment led Jorge to become the treasurer of a new church started by El Batán, the República Church.
With his help, República Church partnered with CMI to accelerate its development. CMI donors provided two-thirds of the funding. Jorge guided República to raise the rest—no small task for an urban church in the heart of the big city.
Since then, Jorge has used his financial skills to bless many other church-building projects. He personally helped provide resources to put roofs on several, earning him the nickname "Jorge The Roofer."
From his perspective, roofs provide shelter that allows a congregation to start gathering and developing the passion that strengthens and builds the church.
But for Jorge it's not about the concrete, bricks, windows, or roofs. It goes well beyond the physical structure. He's witnessed firsthand the changed lives, restored marriages, children leaving addictions, and healed families that are reshaping the landscape of the city.
"The Lord allowed me to develop these unique financial skills. It is my privilege to share them with the Church," says Jorge. "My family and I have been beneficiaries of the church planting CMI has done in Quito. Your generosity and partnership are a gift from God."