‘Reverse Missionaries’ from Latin America

This is a press release by Latin Partners a branch of Latin Link

The recent BBC series, ‘Reverse Missionaries’, was quite a hit!

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dmzcz   Everybody’s talking about it!  Three missionaries from other cultures shipped in to see if they could get the secularised British to listen to the gospel again.  And they did … to some extent, but was that just because the TV cameras were there?  What it did show was that someone with time to make relationships in the community, relate well to young people, and show God’s love in practical ways, can get a hearing.

But this is nothing new – Latin Link has known this for a long time. Over ten years ago, Latin Link brought their first Latin American ‘reverse missionaries’ to Britain. They are serving God through the local church in some of the toughest places in our cities, especially among groups of migrants and those whom the church has found hardest to reach. And they didn’t go home after three weeks, they are still here, seeing God do extraordinary things!

More recently, Emilio from Argentina has come to work with a church in Melksham for a year. He helps run groups for local children and elderly people, who hugely appreciate him, and has encouraged the church to begin reaching out to teenagers at the local skate park.

Sayuri from Peru has just arrived to work alongside a church in Bethnal Green. She’s helping with their youth and children’s work, along with outreach to vulnerable women.

Bring a fresh approach to your church

If you think that your church could benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of a Latin American ‘reverse missionary’ then get in touch with us.

We’re currently looking for placements of 6-24 months for more individuals and families, like Carolina from Chile, who has skills in working with children with disabilities and helping them grow in faith; and the Marroquin family, experienced evangelists from Guatemala.

Does your church long to reach out more effectively to its local community? How about welcoming a Latin American to work alongside you, bringing inspiration, expertise and a fresh approach?

Contact Latin Partners, a branch of Latin Link:
email. latinpartners@latinlink.org | tel. 0118 957 7112 | web. latinlink.org.uk

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About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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