Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina! I am here for a few days attending a church planting training conference. It has been wonderful to learn more as well as to get to know other South American church leaders. From here I will be heading to Dallas, TX for Mission to the World’s ‘Global Missions Conference.’ If you’re planning to be there, please let me know – I’d love to connect with you! I will be at the Chile display booth as well as giving a seminary presentation Saturday morning.
Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement! God is at work, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to be here and to serve. We’d like to encourage you with some of what the Lord is doing:
Church Planting: Our team has more opportunities to partner with Chilean church leaders in new church planting projects, both in Santiago as well as here on the coast. We also continue to serve MTW missionaries throughout the region who are engaged in church planting. There have been twelve new professions of faith in the ‘Fuente de Gracia’ (Fountain of Grace) church plant in Cusco, Perú this year! This is a church plant that started just two years ago and that is getting to see fabulous growth via new people coming to saving faith in Jesus!
Campus Ministry: Where will future pastors, church planters, and church leaders come from? In South America we are seeing more and more how crucial it is to have a presence in the many university settings. Young people find themselves at a crucial point in their growth and development – a crucial point where they can be reached with the gospel and also a point where they can be inspired to dedicate their lives to Christian service. God is opening the doors on various campuses throughout the region, and he is providing incredible opportunities. This year we have seen significant impact through the ministry of RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. And God is opening the doors to multiply RUF’s impact through a developing network of South American campus ministry workers in various countries. If you’d like to help provide funding for training these workers, donations can be made to MTW – ‘South America Campus Ministry – 90915’. We have received a matching grant on the first $7,500 we raise!
Pastoral Training: God keeps growing the network of pastors and prospective pastors with whom we have contact. Within this network two vital components are developing: 1) we are having more opportunities to coach and mentor current pastors, and 2) God is creating opportunities for formal theological training in various places. We are in discussions with various partners to see new seminaries formed both in Chile and in Colombia. And a pastoral training center has started up in Cusco, Perú – with another scheduled to begin classes in March in Arequipa, Peru.
It’s completely unheard of to get a group of guys together at 6am for discipleship, but if you’re going to do it, you’re going to get a group selfie!