(Argentina CNSAM). On June 11, 2014, volunteer missionaries Leandro and Romina Barreto left the city of Rosario, Argentina on their way to Guinea-Bissau on the west coast of Africa. Guinea-Bissau is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world. It is more than 13,900 square miles in area and has 1.5 million inhabitants.
This young couple, members of the Alberdi Church of the Nazarene in Rosario, felt God’s call several years ago to work with the descendants of Ishmael. So they began to prepare by informing themselves about and involving themselves in that culture. After various field experiences they traveled to Guinea-Bissau to work with the missionary couple Irma and Mario Martinez, also Argentinians, who had been serving there since July 20, 2013.
The Gospel came to this country 75 years ago and while there is freedom of worship, its population has put his faith in: 50% in animism, 45% in Islam and 5% in Christianity.
The Barretos plan to work there in the first phase until December of 2014. During these months they will have to adapt to the customs of the country, to the temperatures that go above 104o Fahrenheit and to understand creole, the language of the country.
However, despite the communication limitations, they tell that a neighbor lady of another faith opened her home to them. She was a contact they made through her adolescent daughters who participate along with 15 other adolescents in youth activities each week in the church from a year ago.
They conclude by saying: “We are waiting anxiously for what God will do during this time. We ask for discernment to be able to recognize where He is working, to which heart He is speaking in order to join Him in that process. Thank you for your prayers. We need them. Because the mission that we do, we do Together!
Source: Leandro Barreto.
Redaction: Susana Cabral.
Translation: Evelyn Ovando.
NOTE: If you wish to help financially, you can do so through the Banco Nación Argentina, savings account number 14025580101 in the name of Romina Miño.