About This Cause
Forty years ago, God burdened the hearts of Helman and Rosalba Ocampo to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to the tribal peoples of their native country Colombia, South America. This vision was first birthed through their regular trips to the Amazon tribes, and for the next fifteen years, as Helman continued to visit these indigenous people, he prayed for God to give him a special strategy of evangelization. During that long period of time, he became frustrated because he had not been able to plant a church anywhere. Indeed, he felt as though he had wasted his time trying.
Then, as Helman relates, “One day God showed me the strategy He had given to His apostles: In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples,’ and so, I understood that I needed to make disciples.” He realized this was God’s way of training the new believers he discipled so they would, in turn, go preach the Word of God in their own indigenous dialect.
And so it was that the ministry of Crisalinco (Christ to the Unreached Tribes) opened the Bible School and Training/Teaching Ministry to encourage new leaders to return to their tribes, discipling and planting churches in their respective language groups. Following this strategy, 70 new churches were founded in 13 different languages. By 2012, the number had increased to 260 congregations in 30 dialects.
In spite of persistent persecution and opposition, the progress continues. Thank you for your partnership through ANM with these missionaries in Colombia!