5 Strategic Reasons To Do Missions in Latin America

I started this post seated on a plane on my way to Mexico preparing to do missions in Latin America. As usual, while facing big changes in life, we tend to see things from a higher perspective and make plans for the following years.

That’s why I thought it would be great to write down this 5 strategic reasons to do missions in Latin America.

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1) Mobilizing Hispanics is strategic.

It is well known that it is much easier for Hispanics to connect with some foreign cultures like Muslim and Indian, for example. Therefore, it results strategic to train, mobilize and partner with Hispanics to reach the world. Learn more.

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2) Latin America is diverse.

You can find churches with thousands of people with no seminary trained pastors or either a lonely post-modern city
Some people say Latin America should stop receiving missionaries and start sending missionaries. That is partially true, and partially wrong from my perspective. There few places in the globe with fewer Christians than some forgotten mission fields like our beloved Uruguay, in South America.

3) There Are Still Big Needs In Latin America.

Have you seen the movie “The Truman Show”? That is what comes to my mind when I think about a church without foreign assistance. Everyone on the same page, no cultural confrontation, just one way things are done and everyone happy inside the bubble. IMG_0322American churches need the Asian perspective of discipline, or the warmth of Latin Christian fellowship. The same is true for the Latin American church, or the African believers, as well.

4) We Can All Learn From Each Other

I have to be honest. I love Latin American churches. I belong there! I was born and raised in faith in churches in Latin America. I see a huge potential in Hispanic churches when it comes to missions or theological discussions, but there are also some specific areas where the Hispanic church still needs to grow seriously. They need help. That’s one of the main reasons why we decided to invest our lives training and empowering local leaders.

5) The future of missions

The way we are doing missions is changing. Years ago, churches used to call, prepare, train, send and support missionaries in a different way. Today, it’s not weird to have a Latin American missionary, trained in Europe, supported by Canadian churches sharing the Gospel among Muslims in India . Times are changing, and the way God is doing missions is also changing.

The way God is doing missions in the 21st century is changing. We must be sensitive if we want to be a part of it. Click To Tweet

Our family is a living example (among many others) of a tangible, visible fruit of at least two multi-national church planting teams that would have never been possible without American missionaries in the field among the Hispanic speakers.

Am I saying we should only send missionaries to Latin America? Absolutely not! What I see in the scriptures, and in the way God is using His church today is that we need to send and receive workers globally. We need to be sensitive to His calling and eager to be part of what He is doing among the nations.

Augusto and Vale are missionaries in Puebla, Mexico, where they train and mobilize hispanics to the world. If you want to learn more about their ministry visit their about us. If you want to partner with them and be part of what God is doing in through their ministry, click here.

Share your experience and thoughts on multi-cultural mission efforts. How have you seen God working in missions?

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2 Comments

  1. Augusto,

    I would like to meet you next time you come to Lodi. I have been doing short term missions for years in Mexico. For the last ten years I have partnered with Fito Garcia out of Zacatecas. We visit the Huichol people in Jalisco El Alto, Nayarit ad Zacatecas. I just returned with two other individuals from our church in October. We were there for a week and visited four Huichol Rancherias, doing water purifier work and evangelization. One village was about 4 miles offf of a four wheel drive road. We rode burros.
    I think your coming to our church God willing is an amazing opportunity for growth. I would like to talk about how I could help you,
    and serve Jesus in pursuing His will for our congregation. When you are in town, my cell is 209-663-0402. I’m on Facebook under SAJordan, and if you friend me we can talk on Facebook messenger, use FBM for free phone calls etc. thanks, looking forward to meeting you and Vale. Warmly In Christ Steve.

  2. Hello Augusto & Vale: always a blessing to hear from you folks. Keep up the good work. I’d like to share my two cents’ worth, on your “Point #3”, if I may: “There are still big needs in Latin America”.
    Yes, there are—and big ones. The most pressing need, in my estimation, is the continents’ pastors’ total ignorance of historical theology. All of Latin America is, for example, SOCIALIST to the core. This alone should turn on a huge RED LIGHT on everybody, but it doesn’t. Socialism is just the tip of the iceberg: it is the first item on secular humanism’s agenda. Once a society embraces socialism, the other perversions follow in its path: abortion-on-demand, anarchistic feminism, illegal drug trafficking, sodomy, prostitution, organized crime, bestialism, pornography, etc. Therefore, the most pressing need of all of Latin America—and the nations of the world—is a return to historic theology. A most pressing second reason for returning to historical theology is: historical theology places emphasis on objective truth, whereas contemporary theology places emphasis on subjective experience. This is destroying the church’s relevance, influence and authority in modern society. We are not denying the things of the Spirit; nor “deeper life”; nor “the walk in the Spirit”. But to preach deeper life at the expense of objective theology is to doom the church! In the words of a famous theologian…
    “Pietism has reduced all of life to the realm of the heart”.
    Dr. Gary North

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