GBS President Bob Reed and Sunmer Cuesta spent a week ministering in Santiago, Chile in early November. Pastor Cuesta is the pastor of Iglesia Bautista Fuente de Vida (Fountain of Life Baptist Church) in Rock Hill South Carolina. He also teaches a class on Personal Evangelism to our first year students. The purpose of the trip was to preach and teach in two missions conferences at sister churches in Santiago.
Both Iglesia Bautista Victoria (Victory Baptist Church) and Iglesia Bautista Renacer (New Birth Baptist Church) operate GBS study centers, so the students were well acquainted with Pastor Cuesta and eager to meet him in person! Although both men spoke at both churches, they were never together during the conference. While one was preaching in one place, the other was several miles away, preaching to the other congregation. In addition to services each night and all day Sunday, two morning sessions were held each day during the conference. These meetings were more informal, allowing for questions and discussion over various topics related to missions, ministry and stewardship.
The churches are quite different. Iglesia Bautista Victoria is primarily composed of older believers who have been in church for years, while Renacer is filled with young people, from their mid-teens to their mid-twenties. Both churches, however, evidence an eager zeal for missions. Both support many missionaries in Chile, the rest of Latin America and even in Europe and Asia. That missionary vision, of course, is largely a result of the vision of their pastor. Aldo Asto is a missionary himself. A native Peruvian, Pastor Asto came to Santiago many years ago to plant churches. That is still his vision. At the moment he is pastoring both works, but is preparing men in both places to take greater responsibility and, at the same time, preparing others to go to other communities in Santiago and beyond to plant similar works.
During the conference, other missionaries came to present their works and to seek missionary support. At the end of the week, both churches received faith promise commitments from their members, and both are looking forward to increased missionary giving as a result of the conferences. For Bob and Sunmer, it was a privilege to personally reinforce the teaching that GBS students are receiving each week, and to extend their ministries to the entire congregations at both churches.
Global Baptist Schools is an arm of the local church. It is our desire to be an effective tool in the hand of the pastor as he labors toward his goal of “the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11).
A few pictures from the week: