South America Extreme Nazarene Ministries has a vision to recruit young people who have a call to serve in cross-cultural missionary work. These individuals will serve for two weeks, 40 days, or two years.
This vision involves mobilizing 80 partners, 40 from the U.S. and 40 from South America, who will serve in the 40/40 program. The objectives are to plant 16 self-supporting churches in various metropolitan cities of South America while developing missionaries.
The proposed strategy upon arriving in the designated city is to divide the 40/40 group into teams of two (a North American and South American of the same gender). With the help of hundreds of local workers, they will work to minister to and serve the community. The teams accomplish their objective by opening 80 cells (missions) in homes throughout the city and meeting with 5-15 attendees per home during the week. Those attending each of the cells gather in the central church on the weekend.
“Four months ago the 40/40 system started in Arequipa, Peru,” said Brian Tibbs, the Extreme Nazarene Ministries coordinator for South America. “We currently have a regular attendance of 50 people and the growth continues.”
Tibbs said 11 people confessed their sins and received the Lord in their lives on Sunday, October 8, after a message from God’s Word.
“We pray for this new church in Arequipa, that as God did in the early church, He would keep adding daily to the number of those who are being saved,” Tibbs said. “We also ask that South America Extreme Nazarene Ministries would continue to meet its goal of ‘mobilizing people to build God’s kingdom.'”
—Church of the Nazarene South America Region