The LaRue Family
Chile, South America
Evangelizing the Lost
Discipling the Saved
Planting Local Churches
Equipping the Saints
Chile is only 70% Roman Catholic, and many of those that claim to be Catholic are so only by tradition. Yet the large (for Latin America) percentage of “Christians” are Evangelicals, following a mish-mash of unbiblical and heretical teachings originating from a charismatic split off of the Methodist church in the early 1900s. Far from being “evangelical” in the theological sense, they teach works for salvation, don’t believe in eternal security, and most of them believe in “sign gifts” for today.
The Chilean culture is so steeped in this hodge-podge of spiritual wickedness, which is called “Christian” and marketed with the Bible as a façade, that our job finding those who sincerely want the truth is made difficult. We’re continuing on nonetheless; there’s nowhere to go but forward.
The LORD allowed me to visit Chile in 2005, when I was 17 years old. At the time it was a simple missions trip; an opportunity to use my two years of high school Spanish and experience Latin American culture, as well as visit a Bible-believing missionary and hopefully encourage him and his family. However, the LORD had much more planned. By the end of the trip, I knew that the LORD was calling me to Chile, and the rest of my teenage years and early adulthood were spent with that singular goal in mind.
We finally arrived in Chile as a family of four on the 25th of December, 2015, after slightly less than three years of deputation (part- and full-time combined). Our goals have been to get up to speed on the language and culture, and to establish residency here. Also, and even more importantly, we’re working under a veteran missionary (in Chile since 2004) and alongside established national churches, while I study in a Spanish-language, Seminary-level Bible Institute. This time has been invaluable in learning not just Spanish, but “Chilenses” (the infinite idioms used by Chileans), and most importantly, the Spanish Bible.
Our hope is that the LORD will show us the people that He has chosen for this work to affect, and that we can begin working His way as soon as we return. Otherwise, we will begin with renting a meeting place (or a house large enough in which to hold services) and start holding services and evangelistic outreaches, in addition to the continual work of distributing tracts and preaching publicly.
Since we already know the people, the culture, and since I speak Spanish (and “Chilenses”) fluently, we’ll be ready to begin the work as soon as we arrive. It is our hope that the LORD will see fit to use us in His work immediately, and we are praying even now that He would prepare the ground for our planting of the “incorruptible seed” of the word of God.
We are grateful for every one of the local churches that have determined to partner with us in the LORD's work in southern Chile. It is our desire to be faithful to the LORD in our use of His resources, and we are excited about being back home in Chile!
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