2019 marks the 15th year our Executive Director has been working in Bolivia. It also is proving to be the year where NLGM is seeing encouraging expansion throughout Bolivia, as we now have work taking place in five departments of the country!
How we thank the Lord for fellow servants, gifted trainers and movement leaders like Osvi and Ale, out of La Paz, Bolivia, who are being used by God in multiple regions of Bolivia. Just over the past few months, they have trained trainers in healthy multiplication in five different zones on the western side of the country. Similarly, we are honored to work beside a great man of vision, Pastor Dario, out of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, who literally has the vision to plant multiplying churches throughout all of his country and beyond. And then there are special couples like Roger and Ximena, Renee and Fabi, who do so much in preparing the logistics for some of our short-term teams that work on the eastern side of the nation. Our partnership with Bolivians like these is resulting in healthy disciples making healthy churches across Bolivia.
As we prepare to send another team out this month to work outside of Santa Cruz (June 20-28), please pray for team leaders, Rick and Jeanne Ware, and the five other trainers of trainers from the U.S. who will be assisting faithful followers of Christ in the expansion of His Kingdom. We anticipate a fourth-generation church to be birthed that week by those they will be working beside in the harvest fields.
Also pray for a second team heading to a new area for NLGM, Tarija, Bolivia, August 29-September 6. Ryan McFarland and Gary Willett will lead this team of eight to work with a Pastor of a new church plant there. If things go as we are praying for, this new work will provide opportunities for multiplication not only in the southern part of Bolivia, but also for future work in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Amazing things are happening on the islands of Cape Verde! We are humbled and honored to get to be a part of this as we continue to labor beside some amazing followers of Christ there. The Level 1 Training that Rick and Gary led at a House Church last March is advancing the Kingdom on the small island called Sal, and plans are underway to return for Level 2 Trainings soon. We also have been invited back to assist and train the next group of Global Year students in Praia during their 2019-2020 gap year.
Working beside Pastor Emmanuel and his wife Diva, a Brazilian Missionary named Elis, an amazing follower of Christ from Benin named Serge, incredible Global Year Missionaries from the States, Derek and Lauren Nelson, and Michelle Jones, and so many dedicated Cape Verdeans, we are confident that a great work is taking place in this small region of the world off of the west coast of Africa. As you think about it, pray for these workers. Also pray that NLGM will be used by God to sincerely “encourage, equip and empower” all that we work with there to make disciples of Jesus Christ until there is NO PLACE LEFT without the gospel on all 10 islands that make up Cape Verde.
Earlier in the year, one of our missionary families (the McFarland Family) went down to the Dominican Republic to work with our partners from last year’s journey (the Santos family) to provide additional training for them and some influential leaders as well as make plans for our future work in this city. They were able to take a local pastor and some local workers into the community to model prayer walking and gospeling. We are very encouraged by the excitement and desire to multiply disciples and churches. While there, they were able to make some plans for future trainings and missionary journeys and with the Lord’s leading and provision, we are trusting that a movement of God through local disciples/churches in Santiago (the city we are working in) is on the horizon!
Ryan McFarland will be leading a team to Santiago this fall (Oct. 11-18, 2019) to partner with more local churches and provide some church leader training.
Honduras is a country which has been marked by civil unrest and extreme economic hardships in recent years. But as our team was there during the first week of March, our experience was that it was full of lovely people--people who need to know Jesus is the hope of the world--and we were honored to share that with them. As it was the first time NLGM had a team in that beautiful country, we weren’t sure what to expect—but we were humbled to see God at work there. We experienced two full days at an orphanage and we left a piece of hearts with the children there. We also invested in training and making disciples in a small community there, as we partnered with students from Global Year. We continue to pray for further open doors in Honduras, that will allow us to go back and make an impact on that country. If you think of it, pray for the people of Honduras, and especially the children in the Jeremiah 29:11 Orphanage, that Jesus would transform them into disciple-makers that will help lead their country to Christ.