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Church Plant in Antofagasta Begins

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Church Plant in Antofagasta Begins

(Chile CNSAM) The church plant team for Antofagasta, Chile, has arrived in the missionary field and has begun working.

On November 4th 2015, the Extreme Nazarene missionary team landed in Antofagasta, Chile, to begin work on a new church plant site in the city.  The missionary team is comprised of a Brazilian pastoral family, a north American family, and 8 young missionaries, called 4040s, of which 5 are from the United States, 2 are from Chile, and 1 is from Brazil.

One week after the missionary team arrived in Antofagasta, a group of 7 volunteers from the United States arrived to help the team with evangelism and construction.   From November 11 through November 24, these volunteers assisted the team with three different evangelism events which helped the missionaries meet people in the city. These events included a social media push, giving out free hugs, and a children’s event.  The volunteers also helped with the deconstruction of a house that is located on the property where the future church building will be located.  During the two weeks in Chile, the team was able to prepare the property to be demolished by professional Chilean workers.

On December 6, the church plant team held its inauguration service, which was attended by the missionary team and some of the contacts made in the first month of work.  Church services and activities will continue to occur in the living room of the missionary team house until construction is completed on the new church building.  Sometime shortly, a professional contracting company will be hired to demolish the existing building and commence construction of the new church building.  Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

The missionary team will be hosting their first spiritual retreat (Encounter) on February 20-21, 2016.  Soon after, they will be hosting Efrajon, a district- and nation-wide youth event aimed at inspiring young people and helping to plant the church in Antofagasta.

Source: Michael Wheatley

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