Wayuu pastors and church leaders can reach their communities better than we can. As a ministry working overseas, we understand that the best way to spread the gospel is through local believers and Christian leaders. They can overcome the cultural barriers better than we can, they know and understand their culture and communities, they speak the language and have influence among their people. What many of these Christian leaders are missing is foundational biblical and practical training for their ministry. In our experience, Wayuu pastors are aware of their need for biblical training. The number one request we get from pastors in Colombia, after prayer, is for biblical and theological training.
SEMBRADORES (SEED SOWERS) BIBLE TRAINING
85% of the world’s evangelical pastors have little or no biblical training.
Well-equipped pastors are crucial to achieving our goal of reaching the Wayuu people. It has been said that global missions is a very simple endeavor: All that is needed is a man, called of God, sent to the place where God has called him, with the right tools in his hands. In La Guajira, Colombia faithful Christian leaders and pastors are willing to take the Gospel to their people, but they are greatly hindered by their lack of even the most basic resources. At Bread of Hope, we believe that an essential part of our ministry is to provide these indigenous pastors with those resources that will empower them to make and multiply disciples in their communities, plant new churches, and impact La Guajira region with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for His glory.
As a response to this need, we created the Sembradores program to equip native leaders with the biblical tools they need to, understand the gospel, preach it in their communities and effectively make disciples in their churches.
This is a two-year program, with week-long (4-5 days) training sessions, every two months. At the end of this process, the participants will have completed an average of 50 full days of training, and over 400 hours of biblical training and over 50 hours of practical lessons in the field with their disciples.
As Church planters are graduating, we will work alongside their local church empowering them to reach out to other communities planting new churches.
We do this by helping the church planter create a church leadership team or Hope Team. This team is trained and discipled by the church planter using the tools provided to teach the gospel, encouraging these believers to find their gifts and talents in God’s kingdom. This way we ensure the local church is working as a team in their efforts to reach other communities.
The purpose of our “transform” strategy, is to start a community development process through the local Wayuu church. Once the Hope teams have been equipped and empowered with the gospel and the tools they need, they are encouraged to go into their communities and identify how they can engage through different programs such as water projects, eye clinics, construction, and literacy programs. These programs will give Wayuu churches a way to connect with members of the community who would not normally walk to church on a Sunday.
Please consider donating to help support these pastors as they still continue to serve their communities
The government of Colombia has taken severe measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of these measures are deeply affecting our Wayuu brothers and sisters as they continue their mission to make disciples of Christ in their communities. 100% of the pastors we serve are bi-vocational ministers. They have a part-time job to help provide for their families. Most of them have informal jobs, such as motorcycle taxi, weaving Wayuu bags, and selling goat meat. Obviously, with the restrictions that the government has implemented these jobs have come to a halt. Please consider donating to help support these pastors as they still continue to serve their communities and share the Gospel of Jesus.
Today’s COVID-19 crisis threatens everyone’s way of life as it is spreading so rapidly around the globe. This situation reminds us of how interconnected the world is today and how important it is to respond with a Christ-like spirit.
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
Bread of Hope is monitoring the spread of the COVID – 19 virus. First and foremost, we pray that you and your families have not been impacted by the COVID 19. Each one of you is very dear to us and we consider you part of our Bread of Hope family. If you have any prayer needs please let us know how we can be praying for you. During these tough and trying times, we have the assurance of our sovereign God that He is in control. We can rest in the peace of Jesus Christ and the grace that was poured out over us on the cross.
Recently, the government of Colombia has taken severe measures to prevent an outbreak of the virus. They have closed their borders by land, sea and have restricted international flights for three weeks. These measures have greatly impacted the Wayuu people.
Please be in prayer with us as we seek God’s direction in guidance during these challenging times. We are praying that the COVID-19 virus will open doors for us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the unreached Wayuu People.
We will be monitoring the situation in the U.S. and in Colombia very closely and will be making a decision about our mission trip within the next few weeks.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Join our prayer list. We will send you weekly prayer updates so you can connect with us and what God is doing among the Wayuu people in the midst of this crisis.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done
SUPPORT A WAYUU PASTOR
The government of Colombia has taken severe measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of these measures are deeply affecting our Wayuu brothers and sisters as they continue their mission to make disciples of Christ in their communities. 100% of the pastors we serve are bi-vocational ministers. They have a part-time job to help provide for their families. Most of them have informal jobs, such as motorcycle taxis, weaving Wayuu bags, and selling goat meat. Obviously, with the restrictions that the government has implemented these jobs have come to a halt. Please consider donating to help support these pastors as they still continue to serve their communities and share the Gospel of Jesus.
As children of God, situations like these remind us that this is a lost, fallen, and imperfect world. But we have an eternal and perfect home in heaven with our Good Father who is the sovereign king in control of all things.
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come and
the mountains crumble into the sea.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD… TWO FRUITFUL WEEKS IN LA GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA!
A team of 28 people came ready to serve and share the gospel with the unreached Wayuu in La Guajira, Colombia!
Your prayers were such a blessing as the team partnered with local Wayuu churches to continue God’s work in building up His kingdom among this unreached people group.
WEEK 2 – CHRIST COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church (CCPC) has been partnering with Bread of Hope over the past couple of years!
It is inspiring to see their passion and investment as they support the cause of reaching the Wayuu with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
This year CCPC brought down a whole team to further their partnership, empowering the local Wayuu pastors and their churches to be trained and equipped to share the gospel.
BOTH TEAMS SERVED BY:
- Hosting carnivals that gave the local churches a special opportunity to connect with all the members of their community
- Providing eye-glass clinics
- Working to completion of a floor construction of a new church building for Willinton, who is one of the church planters in the pastor training program
- Assisting in La Esperanza, the new literacy group in Colombia
- Fellowshipping in an overnight stay in one of our church planters home communities
- Building and deepening relationships