The Spiritual Need in Chile
Chile is one of the most democratic and economically advanced countries in South America. Stretching along South America’s western edge, this nation sports a massive Pacific coastline and a capital city surrounded by the breathtaking Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains.
But even in this scenic setting, the spiritual climate of Chile remains troubled. Poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, and homelessness create an atmosphere of confusion and spiritual decay throughout Chilean culture. Many children lack role models for positive spiritual growth.
An estimated 68% of Chile’s population of 18 million identify as Roman Catholic, and 23% as evangelical believers, with Catholic and Protestant churches having had strong historical influence in the country. Yet even though religious freedom thrives in Chile, the role of religion in Chilean culture is decreasing, and the country has the second highest rate of non-religiously affiliated people in Latin America.
Seeing the need for vibrant, relational evangelism, local church leaders welcome missionaries with open arms. National believers are eager to work side-by-side with missionaries to find new ways to serve and spread the gospel. Chile has become a launching pad for missionaries into unreached areas and even across borders into other countries in the Americas.
Share The Gospel In Chile
ABWE began missionary work in Chile in the 1950s. Originally established in the capital of Santiago, our church-planting efforts have spread into other cities such as Puerto Varas and Iquique. Our primary goals are to partner with Chilean leaders who are committed to making disciples and planting churches, provide the young people of Chile with spiritual guidance, and reach marginalized groups who are often overlooked.
Established ABWE ministries like Baptist Bible Seminary and Santiago Christian Academy, a school for missionary kids, have had success in spiritual mentoring and multiplication of ministries and believers. Missionaries are also reaching and counseling groups that need special support, such as the hearing impaired and single mothers, helping build healthier church ministries that minister to everyone in their reach.
The groundwork has been laid and the opportunity is great. We need more people to join us to share the gospel in Chile and beyond!
We'd love to talk with you about how God is leading you.
Ministry in Chile: TBD. Please see the listing for more information regarding future trips.
Join our team and use your skills as a graphic artist, writer, content creator or administrator to serve this curriculum ministry in Chile.
We are seeking teammates for missionary and national church planting teams in each of Chile's four regions where ABWE has workers.
We have opportunities to reach marginalized groups like the deaf, single moms and vulnerable families.
Workers needed with a love for the deaf and experience in reaching the deaf for Christ in order to start deaf ministries and train churches to also start deaf ministries in Santiago and the regions of Chile.
Our medical team trips, led by an IHM team member, use a combination of medical and non-medical personnel who work alongside a national pastor and missionary in the area. Daily clinics provide medical resources, including basic medication, vitamins and reading glasses, all of which help open doors for the gospel and raise the profile of the local church to draw in unbelievers.…
Live Global partners with Julio, part of Adelphos Mission Agency in Chile, to resource and encourage national missionaries in Chile and other Caribbean countries. …
The FLORECE Prenatal & Family Counseling Center in Iquique, Chile is a gospel-centered, free-of-charge ministry of compassion for women facing unexpected pregnancies. Volunteer counselors provide maternity classes, crisis counseling, and Bible studies on a weekly basis. A beautiful "Baby Boutique" allows clients to exchange points earned for clothing and other items during their pregnancy and baby's first year.…
Global Access Partnerships (GAP) partners with the Adelphos Mission Agency in Chile to resource and encourage national missionaries. Patricio Oliva is the President of Adelphos in Chile.…
GROW Ministries has been serving dozens of churches for the past 14 years in partnership with ABWE Chile and the local church. GROW is equipping, training, mobilizing and strengthening local churches and believers through seminars and training courses with the added plus of writing and producing the needed print resources to leave in the hands of the national laborers.…