With Puerto Rico's electrical grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, a trusted network of pastors on the main island will distribute as many gas-powered generators as Christian Aid Mission donors can supply to desperate residents. The U.S. territory's 3.4 million people are lacking the electricity required for critical needs such as water and refrigeration for food. "The greatest need now in Puerto Rico, and it seems it will be like that for a while, is for gas-powered generators," a Latin American representative of Christian Aid Mission said. Read more.
Indigenous ministries are rushing to aid victims of earthquakes that shook central Mexico on Sept. 19 and Oaxaca state on Sept. 7. A Christian Aid Mission representative was present in Oaxaca during the 8.1-magnitude quake that killed at least 90 people, as well as the 7.1-magnitude temblor centered in Puebla state that toppled buildings there, in Mexico City and in Morelos state, leaving more than 200 people dead. “The first one was so violent that my son thought it was the end of the world,” he said. “The second one was also very powerful. Thousands are rushing to provide help, and the church is part of that, with the added benefit of sharing the peace with God.” Read more.
While international aid agencies may help victims of Hurricane Irma in Cuba for a week or so, an indigenous ministry will continue to provide clean water, food and construction materials for weeks of recovery from the damage that the Category 5 hurricane caused. Taking the brunt of the hurricane and thus reducing its strength to levels 4 and 3 by the time it hit Florida, Cuba suffered catastrophic damage on its northern coast. Read more.
June 15, 2017 - Rushing waters destroyed homes, roads and lives in Peru this spring, but indigenous missionaries are on hand to help survivors.
April 20, 2017 - Animist villagers in southern Mexico reproached Reynaldo for abandoning the worldview of his tribal ancestors - the kind of pressure that has walled out relationship with Jesus for centuries. Read more.
March 9, 2017 - While indigenous missionaries regularly expend much time and energy to reach remote tribal people in Peru, their radio ministry overcomes geographical barriers in an instant – and brings relief to years of pain. Read more.
December 8, 2016 - Angry ghosts and harmful spirits can be terrifying to the ethnic Ashaninka of the Peruvian Andes, but indigenous missionaries are bringing them the light of the gospel. Read more.
Dr. Bob Finley, founder of Christian Aid Mission, visited South America in 1977 and then met leaders of thriving evangelical churches. Though many of them were well able to reach their own communities, they appreciated help in caring for homeless children, educating the poor, and reaching unreached tribes.
It was among these people that Osvaldo Simari began ministry work as a child. At the age of 10 he helped his father in a small church in Argentina. When he was 16, he became a Sunday school teacher.
In the late 1980s, mission conferences were being held in Brazil and almost all of the ... Unfortunately, however, this statement was not referring to Brazilian ... Read more.
Colombia is a country displaying a variety of beautiful landscapes, but the jungle areas are difficult to reach by car. Horses, motorcycles, and boats are the most efficient ways of traveling through these diverse mission fields. Read more.
Faith. Many times it was all that Carlo Perez* took with him on his walks through the jungles of Colombia. Read more.
Between 1966 and 1987, Angel Aguirre was in and out of jail for stealing and trafficking drugs. During his last incarceration, a group of visitors arrived at García Moreno. A man smiled as he handed Angel a little book, the New Testament. Angel almost laughed at the thought of reading a Bible, but boredom practically forced him to focus his eyes on the tiny words. Read more.
According to their motto, the New Life in Jesus (NLIJ) ministry’s objective is to "plant churches and transform people for Jesus in Paraguay." Founder and director Osvaldo Simari has passionately poured his life into fulfilling that mission for more than 50 years. Read more.
July 2007 marked a monumental historical event in Peru. Machu Picchu, “the Lost City of the Incas” was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Hundreds cheered and celebrated when the announcement was made worldwide from Lisbon, Portugal. Meanwhile, in remote regions of Peru and without any fanfare, indigenous missionaries are also witnessing wondrous events as they carry the gospel to unreached souls from the Andes Mountains to the jungles of the Amazon. Read more.
In 1921 Ismael Gimenez Cremasco was born, and while still an infant, he was stricken with polio.
The doctors predicted he would die, but he survived, even though his legs were hopelessly twisted and paralyzed. Fourteen years of this handicap left Ismael a hardened and embittered young man. Read more.