Google the most dangerous cities in the world and you’ll find a list that uses murders per capita as the basis for the rankings. You’ll also notice something rather alarming: 26 of the top 30 are located in Latin America.
Typically defined as the region from Mexico to the lower tip of Argentina, Latin America has developed a reputation for violence, drugs, revolutions, gangs…
While these problems are often publicized in the news (and are certainly genuine), what is seldom reported is how God is moving in powerful and surprising ways throughout this region.
The staff of Biblica Latin America works in many of these countries, providing God’s Word in accurate, contemporary Spanish, Portuguese, and other indigenous languages. They travel throughout the area, training pastors and church leaders to study and teach the Bible, and helping churches engage with God’s Word.
It’s difficult to measure the reach of this ministry. But the emails and letters that come to us provide a glimpse of what God is doing.
“Well… again we want to thank you for these encounters,” writes a pastor from Columbia. “You cannot imagine how the Lord has used you to give us power and strength to align with what Father God wants.”
“Thank you for your time in Puembo,” writes a woman from Ecuador, “and for your presentations and preaching which was so complete with messages that uplift and help me in my spiritual growth and personal formation. I hope you will be with us again soon.”
Part of this ministry includes serving the Latin American community residing in the United States. As of 2014, the Hispanic population in the U.S. was 55 million – 17 percent of the total population.
Recognizing this need, Biblica Latin America works in places like Miami, Houston, and New York City.
“We wish you many blessings,” writes Pastor Juan from NYC. “The reason for this message is to express our gratitude for having attended the Leaders’ Summit and for having shared from the Word of God. Your word was a great help and a great blessing for many people.”
“This is the best biblical tool that has been presented to us,” the director of a Pentecostal denomination headquartered in North Carolina writes about Biblica’s Community Bible Experience. “All the churches will have the opportunity to read the New Testament in eight weeks.”
Throughout Latin America, people are responding to the opportunity to read and study God’s Word in their language.
“We have received the donation of 20 NVI Bibles with much joy!” writes a pastor from Chile. “We wanted to thank you [for the] generous gift. We are content and happy; this beautiful contribution will help us go forward in our mission.”
The problems facing Latin America are real, complex, and challenging. But God is bigger and his works are greater.
As the Psalmist wrote, “Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.”
God is doing marvelous things, capturing hearts, and using His Word to transform lives in Latin America.