Projects and Missionaires in Latin America
Recent Stories from Latin America

BENSON AND CATHY VAUGHAN UPDATE

Symbolic Soup

Cultural food on the mission field is another experience missionaries must adapt. The Vaughans who are serving as missionary educators at SEMISUD in South America, feasted on a meal called “Fanesca,” which is only served during Holy Week. The rich soup contains 12 special grains with a pumpkin (zapallo) base, and includes chochos (lupines), habas (fava beans), lentils, peas, corn, and others, along with bacalao (salted cod) cooked in milk. The meal is garnished with hardboiled eggs, fried plantains, herbs, parsley, and empanadas. The twelve beans used in the meal represent the 12 apostles of Jesus, and the bacalao is symbolic of Jesus.

Called Into Ministry

In Benson’s final Pentecostalism class, five women and men responded to a first-time “call into ministry,” and the five women and men were baptized in the Holy Spirit! PTL! When the class started at the beginning of the semester, the Vaughans felt compelled to begin praying for a special visitation of the Holy Spirit, and were elated when His presence was made known. These are precious life-changing events.

The Johns Minister at SEMISUD

Dr. Jackie Johns and his wife, Cheryl, were recently on campus for a week at SEMISUD where Dr. Jackie taught in the Doctor of Ministry program. Cheryl spoke in a chapel service celebrating the women of SEMISUD.

Click here to partner in ministry with the Vaughans: Project #065-0138

 

MEDICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA

The Barreras are associate medical and psychological missionaries serving in Latin America for Church of God World Missions. Often, the Church of God constituency is not aware that missionaries rarely can serve in a foreign country just as a “missionary;” countries now require that missionaries provide services and education for their people. The Barreras are rendering medical and psychological assistance throughout Latin America, as well as preaching Christ wherever they go.

In Altos de Dolores, Uruguay, the Barreras saw first-hand the devastation of a recent F3 tornado that was responsible for many losing everything. Over 500 houses needed to be rebuilt; 6 perished; and more than 200 were injured. As is often the case, many suffer with “post-traumatic stress.” Thankfully, there were those who accepted Christ as their personal Savior due to the tragedy.

Guillermo participated as a lecturer in a Youth Congress in Montevideo, and many young people were renewed in the Holy Spirit. Several renewed their commitment to God, leaving drugs, and were filled with the Holy Spirit.

The Barreras traveled to Puerto Rico, preaching and ministering in the town of Aguas Buenas at the Rivers of Living Waters Church of God. Silvina also taught a class at the Caribbean Theological College of the Assemblies of God in Bayamón. More than 85 pastors from the entire island attended. Other trips to minister included Antofagasta, Chile, and Bolivia.

Guillermo and Silvina affirm they will continue to preach Jesus Christ in the integration of medical, psychological, social assistance, theological education, leadership training, ministerial care, evangelism, providing God’s love to needy people, and to support pastors on the missionary field.

Click here to partner with the Barreras in ministry: Project # 0635-0502

 

FILLING IN THE RUTS

Mission Mexico, headed by Lloyd and Joyce Heiney, goes into places where there are no roads and MM has many friends among the people of Mexico.

Local pastor, Pastor Gerardo, ministers in Nuevo Progreso. Recently, six truckloads of caliche (Mexican gravel), were delivered to the church yard. Four loads were spread by the Pastor and his son over the driveway where the rains made deep ruts and mud. More loads of caliche are on their way to build up the ground and prevent future flooding from rainfall.

Pastor Gerardo and Miriam, his wife, want to be a “lighthouse in the darkness”—constant and steady—always leading people in the right way. A situation happened not long ago that one would not think could happen, and many local churches and pastors were involved. A popular evangelist from the US who claimed to be a prophet gave a prophecy. Much of his utterance was that certain people would soon die and one of those was Pastor Gerardo. It was a ministry of fear! But, the Holy Spirit alerted Pastor Gerardo that much of what was being preached and proclaimed by the “prophet” did not agree with the Bible. Plus, alarmingly, a large emphasis was placed on money in the services. Pastor Gerardo quietly made it known he disagreed with that which was presented as prophetic.

“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart and tell about the wonders you have worked” (Psalm 9:1 CEV)

Click here to give online support to Mission Mexico: Project #065-0167

 

 

CODE RED: PRAYER NEEDED IN MEXICO!

Word has reached World Missions from our missionaries in Mexico, Lloyd and Joyce Heiney of Mission Mexico ministry:

“Gun battles are nearby, some roads, are blocked, and vehicles set on fire by drug cartel gangs.

“The center of the battle is about 25 miles from our church. The Mexican military is patrolling and helicopters are flying, especially along the Rio Grande river near our church. The city of Reynosa is under siege; schools and businesses are closed.

“One of Pastor Gerardo’s sons attends the university in Reynosa and they make frequent trips to that city. It’s a very dangerous time for everyone.”

Please pray for the situation. For more information, read the reports on the Heineys’ blog:

http://missionmexico1.blogspot.com

Click here to partner with Lloyd and Joyce for Mexico.

 

RESTORATION MINISTRIES: David & Vickie Byrd

Restoration Ministries reaches out to families, children, and students, by providing them with the resources for a better life.

Recently, a team of six from the U.S. went for a week to serve the people of Guatemala. While there, they installed two water tank systems, fed children in the villages of Guayabo and Pinulito, and also fed those living in the garbage dump. The team distributed flip-flops and goodie bags, as well, and an evangelistic service was held at the dump. The last act of the team was to install concrete steps at the church in Guayabo. In the village of Pinulito, the pastor was overjoyed to receive a new pulpit.

The feeding center at Guayabo provides lunch every Friday for the children that consists of a hot bowl of soup or Chow Mein—an absolute delight for the children’s stomachs. Fifty families in the village were blessed to receive four pounds of black beans.

Water tank systems were placed in the village of Pinulito, a village that has little water. The water tank systems collect rain water run-off into a 289 gallon tank!

Evangelism takes many forms, and these are just some of the ways the unfortunate can be ministered to through a relatively short time. The impact is lasting!

Give online to Restoration Ministries: Project 065-0910

Peru Receives Relief From World Missions

In recent days, Peru suffered cataclysmic devastation when, after a period of severe drought, wildfires developed that destroyed nearly 30,000 acres of land. With those conditions prevalent, when intense rains came causing flooding, 67 people were killed and thousands forced to evacuate the 115,000 homes that were damaged. Complicating the situation was the fact 100 bridges were also destroyed, making it difficult to send relief to those caught in the wake. Even in the capital city of Lima, the heavy downpour flooded outlying neighborhoods.

A woman is pulled high over flood waters in a zip line harness in Lima, Peru, Friday, March 17, 2017. Intense rains and mudslides over the past three days have wrought havoc around the Andean nation and caught residents in Lima, a desert city of 10 million where it almost never rains, by surprise. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Ever faithful to the call to provide disaster relief as much as possible, World Missions immediately sent funds and assistance to show the love of Christ.

Local pastor Evaristo Murga related that deliveries were made to a group of victims who lost everything. Their homes disappeared and they were left with only the clothes on their backs. At the distribution center, the affected individuals were given kitchen items, a gas ball, two small pots, a bucket, a tub, dishes, and a pitcher of water. The people cried with great emotion.

World Missions leadership, Dr. David Griffis (director) and Dr. Thomas Propes (assistant director) and thankful for the opportunity to bless and assist those suffering disaster. Your support, prayers, and donations make it all possible!

Together, we can give a little joy to those who’ve lost everything.

Project #765-0036 Please specify Peru Flooding 2017.