World Population to Hit 8 Billion!

World Population to Hit 8 Billion!

By November 15, the United Nations predicts that the population of the world will hit 8 billion people! According to this article:

  • In 2023, India will replace China as the world most populous nation.
  • The population of the world will reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050.
  • Over half of the project increase in population up to 2050 will be concentrated in the countries of: Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.

As we consider the vast multitudes of this world, may we like Jesus:

  1. Be moved with compassion!
  2. Pray for laborers!

But when he [Jesus] saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Matthew 9:36-38
Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson, missionaries to Mexico

Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson, missionaries to Mexico

Praise the Lord for the many souls that have recently been saved in Mexico! Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson are hard at work, helping young believers write out their testimonies and going through a lesson with them about how to share their faith with others. They have a busy summer ahead with several visiting families and churches. Pray for the Andersons and for the work in Mexico!

Shawn & Emily Bateman, missionaries to Argentina

Shawn & Emily Bateman, missionaries to Argentina

Shawn and Emily Bateman recently started a new outreach project at their church in Rosario, Argentina called “Our Jerusalem.” They had 20 church members show up to help pass out the new information packets. This past week, they had their first visitors come as a result of the new visitation project–Cintia and her son, Maxi. Pray for the “Our Jerusalem” outreach project and for the Bateman family as they share the gospel in Argentina!

Do You Believe in Animals?

Do You Believe in Animals?

By Courtney Mathos, missionary to Bolivia

My language school teacher recently took me to her hometown of Patamanta, Bolivia, which is about 30 minutes outside of La Paz with a population of about 3,000. Most of the people are of Aymara descent and speak both Spanish and Aymara. Because of its location and altitude, the climate can be very harsh in Patamanta, with a strong heat but also stinging cold. While there, I wore a t-shirt, sweater, and vest during the day and a heavy jacket in the evenings. To sleep, I wore slipper socks, sweatpants, and a hoodie, under at least five heavy blankets.

Despite the cold, I learned much during my weekend of being fully immersed in Spanish and Bolivian culture. The people of Patamanta are a village and help each other out as much as possible. Young people call everyone tío (uncle) or tía (aunt) out of respect. The family I stayed with opened two small stores in their home to help the community. One store sells food, drinks, snacks, and other grocery items. The other store is a small pharmacy that also sells school supplies.

More importantly, I learned of the great need for the gospel in Patamanta. In a town of about 3,000 people, there is not one, single church or anyone preaching the gospel. As I got to know the family I was staying with, they started asking me questions and telling me about what they believed in. I was asked, “Do you believe in animals?” I don’t think I’ve ever been asked this question before! They explained that many people in Patamanta trust animals, spirits, and even demons to guide and help them through life. Romans 10:13-14 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

How will the people of Patamanta hear about a God that loves them and sent His Son to die on the cross for their sins if no one goes and tells them? Who will go? Who will tell them that animals, spirits, and demons can’t hear them and won’t help them? Pray with me for more laborers for Patamanta and Bolivia!

Expanding Their Reach

Expanding Their Reach

Drug cartels are expanding their reach into Chile; this and the public safety it threatens are some of the government’s top challenges. Though Chile has been relatively stable politically and economically with low crime rates compared to other countries in Latin America, crime is on the rise. Prosperity, the pandemic, economic slowdown, globalization, corruption–all these and more have been blamed as reasons for the growing reach of Mexican, Colombian, and Venezuelan cartels into Chile. According to a 2021 report, the poor and working-class in Latin America are easy recruits to the drug trade because of few options for survival. 

May such a report weigh on us. May it drive us to offer more than an option for survival, but the true gospel of salvation. May it move us to do more to share and serve Jesus and to teach others to do the same.

Mitch & Jacqulyn McCormack, missionaries to Peru

Mitch & Jacqulyn McCormack, missionaries to Peru

A new semester recently started at the Peru Bible College, with 22 new students in the freshman class alone. One of the young men studying to be a preacher is at the Bible college through Mitch’s influence and encouragement. Jacqulyn has also recently started a Bible study with 8 young ladies, several of whom are not saved. The Lord is using the McCormack family. Pray for them as they minister in Peru!