“There’s a mentality in many churches in the United States that Latin America is ‘reached’ and we don’t need to send missionaries there anymore. But I’m telling you—we have 200 million people in Spanish-speaking South America, 200 million people in Brazil, and 200 million people in Central America and the Caribbean. We have not saturated the continent. We need to send laborers not only into the harvest fields of Latin American and the Caribbean, but into the world’s harvest fields, and Latin Americans can be part of that. So when we send laborers into the world’s harvest fields, we’re not just talking about sending North Americans; we’re talking about sending South Americans, Central Americans, and people from the Caribbean as well.”
Since ABWE entered Latin America in 1938, we’ve seen thousands come to Christ and multiple generations of self-replicating churches be planted. But now, national believers find themselves at a critical crossroads—a time to harvest fruit that is evangelistically ripe, a time to deliver theological training and develop national church leaders, and a time to mentor national churches in sending their own cross-cultural workers.