Katherine and Brian have been missionaries in Colombia since 2004 overseeing a street children’s ministry as well as leading three impoverished church plants. In September 2012 they received a new call to a different part and population in Medellin. They are planting a church among the 96% nominal Roman Catholics who believe more in the power of “Maria Auxiladora” (Helping Mary) than the power of Jesus Christ. There are few Christian churches in the community reaching out to so many lost souls. And, the churches that do exist have no strategies to reach the leaders of the community nor a desire to reach out to the impoverished.
Since March 2013 their strategy and forces have sought to impact the influential people of the society so in return, they will use their influences to impact others less fortunate within their community. They started the church in prayer not to have a church filled of middle upper-class people but to have every class and age group within the city represented in their services. Many people told them that it could never be done. They said that the Latin culture would never mix the rich and poor, but Brian and Katherine felt God saying that his love passes status barriers and color of skin. His church should resemble his love.
We praise God weekly that people will come to the Lord and that they have 30% upper class, 50% middle upper class, 10% lower class and 10% extreme poverty (they don’t know when their next meal will be) attending their church. They are so blessed to watch in their children’s group young upper-class children interacting with children that are one step from ending up on the streets. It is incredible to see children ten years and under who are being used to traffic drugs and money relating to and talking about Jesus with other children whose only worry is if they can finish their homework on time.
In January 2018, Brian and Katherine started a local university in their church. They teach theology and Christian leadership helping pastors and leaders grow in their knowledge in the Lord. And their students receive their diplomas from a United States university.
In November 2019 they opened up a crisis pregnancy center that offers a secure environment for 15 girls and their babies where they receive holistic care from doctors, pastors, psychologists, social workers and job skills trainers. This facility contains computers, industrial sewing machines, a beauty salon, leather shop and flower and vegetable garden – all for training and education. Casa Esther restores women from the abandonment of the streets and teaches them a way to live after leaving the home. Additionally, they are also working in the local school system holding Bible studies to help prevent sex-tourism and are praying on how to start in the local universities to obtain the future leaders of Colombia for Christ.
Lord willing, hope and transformation will be brought to the most marginalized in the community as God directs and unleashes the resources through the new church plant.
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