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Pray For

  • development of healthy leaders, multiplication of committed disciples and continued empowerment of transformational churches
  • wisdom for Pastor Thad Roller who serves as the mission district leader
  • wisdom and grace for all the district pastors and leaders during this time of transition
  • the missionary families of Thad and Nikki Roller (Chia), Ricardo and Beth Gómez (Medellín), Shane and Katie Jewell (Bogotá), and Andrea Tinsley (Medellín)
  • a smooth transition of a new missionary family, Shane and Katie Jewell, who arrived in August 2022

PRESENT MINISTRIES

The Free Methodist Church began here over a quarter of a century ago to serve at-risk children in Colombia. Today, in addition to providing educational, nutritional and spiritual support to at-risk children in three different cities, there are now three established churches and seven church-planting projects. The district also has three leadership training centers and is very committed to planting community churches. Eight churches along the coast are also in the process of affiliation.

ORIGINS

In December of 1993 the director of the FM churches in Costa Rica, Jorge Gomez, traveled to Colombia to visit his mother-in-law. While there he met with his nephew, Libni Gasca Montenegro, who shared that God had given him a vision of raising up a denomination in Colombia. Under Libni’s direction, and with Costa Rican support, the church was started in 1994.

Country LeaderS

Thad Roller

Thad Roller

Colombia Mission District

Missionaries

Ricardo & Beth Gómez
Ricardo & Beth Gómez

Based out of Medellín, Colombia, Ricardo Gómez serves as area director for Latin America. He oversees the U.S. missionaries and national leaders in 17 countries as they implement the shared vision to participate with God in the restoration of Latin America by...

Shane & Katie Jewell
Shane & Katie Jewell

Shane Jewell was called to full-time missionary service as a young boy. He and his family are now preparing to transition to Bogotá, Colombia. They deployed to Colombia in August of 2022 and will be assisting in planting transformational churches. Shane plans to use...

John Jairo Leal & Susana Castro
John Jairo Leal & Susana Castro

John Jairo Leal and Susana Castro are ordained pastors in the Colombian Mission District and have served as pastors and church planters in Medellín. Currently, John is director of Community Church Planting with Impact Latin America. Susana is the pastor of Camino de...

Thad & Nikki Roller
Thad & Nikki Roller

The Rollers live and minister in Cajicá, just outside Bogotá, Colombia. They are passionate about seeing leaders, disciples and churches multiplied in their community and throughout Latin America. Thad’s primary role is to help train, mobilize and support pastors,...

Andrea Tinsley
Andrea Tinsley

Andrea Tinsley lives and serves in Medellín, Colombia. She is an ordained elder in the New South Conference and a veteran youth pastor. Andrea is utilizing her passion for retelling the stories of the kingdom of God in her role as the Latin America Area communications...

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COUNTRY STATISTICS

Mission District

  • Population: 46,245,297 (72% urban)
  • Evangelical Christians: 7.5%
  • FM Work Opened: 1994
  • FM Churches: 3
  • FM Church Planting Projects: 8
  • Churches in Affiliation Process: 8
  • FMC Membership: 705
  • Ordained Ministers: 4
  • Ministerial Candidates: 8
  • District Leader: Thad Roller
  • Eccleasiastical Accountability: FMWM through Latin America Area Director, Dr. Ricardo Gómez

Major Cities:

  • Bogotá (7.8 million)
  • Medellin (3 million)
  • Cali (2.8 million)
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Church Planting & Development

Funding the Colombia Church Planting and Development (CPD) will help resource the following people and strategic initiatives:

  • Pastor Daniel Gasca the interim mission district leader for Colombia
  • Leadership development and training for ministry through a virtual program being implemented in partnership with the Seminario Biblico de Colombia in Medellin
  • Church planting in the key cities of Bogotá and Medellin
  • Ministries that serve the needs of the local church communities:
  • a ministry to Bogotá’s street children through a Free Methodist girl’s home whose vision is to walk with and be in the lives of each of these children until they graduate from university
  • Medellín’s Center for Family Development, an after school program that helps get at-risk children off the streets and provides spiritual, academic and recreational support to counteract the culture of death in which they live
  • a ministry in Barrancabermeja that serves to combat the spiritual the warfare and poverty that grips the city

Extra Mile Projects

 

Bogota Strategic Initiative

Funds support key initiatives in the capital city of Bogota, including:

  • Leadership development and training for ministry, especially the youth and young adults who are at the forefront of outreach initiatives.
  • Help to financially sustain a ministry to Bogota’s street children through a Free Methodist children’s home whose vision is to walk with and be in the lives of each of these children until they graduate from university.

Goal: $10,000

FINDESIN Relocation Fund

FINDESIN roughly means “the end of without.” It is a home and support network for girls being rescued from human trafficking started by the Normandía FMC in Bogotá Colombia. In the last 10 years they have served over 50 girls in a very holistic and intensive way, about 12 at a time. Government regulations and high rent are pushing them to relocate the home. This EMP will raise funds to purchase property and renovate or construct a permanent facility.

Goal: $200,000

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