Vitacura is a suburb of Chile's capital city Santiago. It is one of the wealthiest areas of the country but is sadly one the most gospel-needy.
Iglesia Cristo Redentor launched in Vitacura in March 2019. It aims to be a healthy, generous church that is centred in Christ and reaches out to the community. Long-term they hope to create a gospel hub from which other churches can be planted and supported.
Diego Pacheco is the church's pastor but to work there full time he requires financial and prayerful support from gospel partners around the world. He trained as a ministry apprentice at a church plant in Valparaíso and then studied Theology at the Centre for Pastoral Studies in Santiago. At Iglesia Cristo Redentor, Diego leads small group and one-to-one bible studies, preaches at Sunday services and trains others to understand the Bible for themselves.
I met Martin last year. We were attempting to connect with the neighbourhood and decided to launch a series of encounters and talks. To promote it we used social media ads for the first time. One of the talks was called ‘The Bible from A to Z’. It was an introductory talk on the Bible and ended with an invitation to join a course with the same name. Martin was there. He felt overwhelmed with what he had discover that night, so he decided to take the course.
Now, Martin was the only newcomer who actually committed to the course after the initial talk. If you have ever organised an event or a course you will know that only one person after all that work can be quite discouraging. Besides, he was not particularly keen on Christianity and identified himself as a Buddhist, even after the course. It certainly didn't look like a success for me.
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