Our South America project represents one of Catalyst’s most expansive works. This project has grown to include two main countries, Bolivia and Colombia, as well as open doors into other near cultures.
South America Project has…
10 training groups
6 churches planted by graduates
3 countries reached
BOLIVIA is a predominantly Spanish speaking country of roughly 11 million people with 39 indigenous languages. While largely Roman Catholic, Bolivia presents a diverse religious scene.
In August of 2013, Catalyst Missions began sensing God's direction to the South American country of Bolivia. Working through a missionary contact in Santa Cruz, Catalyst Missions took a vision trip in March 2015. With great interest in the leader training we offer, Catalyst went back for the first official training trip in October 2015.
Training of pastors, missionaries, and church planters is the greatest spiritual need in this area. With little access to theological formation, pastors and leaders often face an incredibly difficult task of preaching, teaching, and multiplying the gospel. Catalyst has taken further steps to develop and implement a long-term vision to plant training institutes in this country and raise indigenous leaders who will run with these biblical concepts. Needless to say, the training has multiplied rapidly. Now, with training sites in La Paz (San Pedro, Aposento Alto), Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Guayara, LlaLlagua, Tarija, Cobija, and Buen Destino we have multiple opportunities for churches wishing to partner for the expansion of the gospel through trained pastors, church planters, and leaders.
BOLIVIA IMPACT STORY
One of the 6 churches that has been planted as a result of the Catalyst training is in La Paz. This church, Aposento Alto, was birthed out of the San Pedro jail in La Paz as Catalyst graduates were trained and later released from prison. They saw the need for a church to minister to those who had been encarcerated. By God’s grace, this church has a vision to plant a network of churches in La Paz and El Alto.
COLOMBIA is a project that has just started in 2019 and as they say, the work has just begun! Through faithful leaders on the ground, Diego, Angelica, and Consuela, the Lord has opened the door for expansive multiplication of pastor training and women’s discipleship training. With a seminary that meets weekly as well as the first women’s discipleship conference, the groundwork has been laid for the central site of this project in Chia, Cudinamarca. Moving out from this site, by God’s grace, Catalyst has identified two faithful leaders to multiply the training in the Amazon region of Colombia and Peru.
COLOMBIA IMPACT STORY
For our first women’s discipleship conference, 58 women attended, representing 6 different churches. Their thirst for God’s Word has led to a commitment to extend this training to Venezuelan immigrants who have fled their country for refuge in Colombia.