Strengthening Churches, Shining a Light for Christ

July 28, 2020 • Bolivia

Check out this encouraging video as our Bolivia team visits a pastor and his new church building after COVID-19 restrictions were recently eased!

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Grace Wright, along with fellow Samaritan’s Purse staff members based in Bolivia, recently visited Pastor Sebastian Quispe Cuti at his church in the remote mountain community of Tahuapalca. They came to encourage him and see firsthand the sanctuary building that was completed around the first of this year with our help.

Watch as Grace and the team see Pastor Sebastian and the new church building for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted in that country in the video above!

Construction on the building started in 2019, with help from U.S. volunteers. Grace had last visited the construction last summer, so she was wonderfully pleased by the finished building she found this year.

Over the past several months, in light of the country’s COVID-19 stay-at-home precautions, our Bolivian ministry staff has been following up with Pastor Sebastian’s congregation remotely. Through a messaging app and phone calls, our team helped guide a group of church members through a discipleship course called “New Life in Christ” (Nueva Vida en Cristo).

Just a few weeks ago, Grace and others were able to visit the church in-person as coronavirus restrictions were eased a bit in this South American nation.The trip turned out to be a sweet reunion as they heard updates from church leaders about how God is working there. People are struggling to eke out a living, and this is one of the few evangelical churches in the area.

The sanctuary in Tahuapalca is one among more than 40 church structures we’ve built in Bolivia since 2008. Samaritan’s Purse also has a number of other church construction projects in multiple countries, helping congregations in need to build facilities where they can gather to worship the Lord Jesus Christ and lead others to faith in Him.

Pray for the congregation in Tahuapalca to be a light for Christ in their community. Pray also for our team in Bolivia as they continue to disciple many people involved with our various projects there. Most importantly, please pray this work would further the spread of the Gospel around the world!

Members of a congregation in Chuma, Bolivia, attend church services in a building constructed by Samaritan's Purse.
Build a House of Worship When Jesus asked the disciples who they believed He was, the Apostle Peter declared: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:16-18, ESV). Later, Peter preached to the diverse crowds at Pentecost, and the Gospel went around the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. More than 2,000 years later, this global body of believers continues to multiply—even though many fellowships do not have a proper place to meet. Your gift helps Samaritan’s Purse build or repair churches, so believers can meet for worship.

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