In His goodness, God has allowed us to develop a partnership with a group of about 12 churches in the Santa Cruz region of Bolivia under the care of Pastor Matias Mojicas. Already we have sent four teams to Bolivia in an effort to come alongside those churches and assist them to do the work of the ministry in their context.
The first team visited Bolivia in July 2012 to assess the needs and to seek a better understanding of how we could best partner with the churches. Although it was clear that needs are many the assessment underscored the need for repeated and ongoing training for the pastors and Christian workers, in particular, in the areas of preaching and teaching.
Therefore, our trips from 2013-2016 included a team that hosted two conferences for Pastors and Teachers that followed the Simeon Trust model.
Through God's providence, Gateway was able to send a missions team to Rivne, Ukraine in February 2016. There, more than 40 pastors and church leaders were taught the basic principles of the Simeon Trust model on expository preaching.
It is our desire to continue to develop and expand the partnerships that we have in Bolivia and Ukraine for the Glory of God. In February 2017, Gateway will be sending its pastors and other leaders to Kiev and Rivne, Ukraine to teach on the book of Mark.
Feel free to read our church blog to follow updates of the various teams from year to year. More importantly, please continue to pray for the church leaders in Ukraine as they spread the Gospel and plant churches.