Image of Incoming Mission member with womenThrough our Incoming Mission ministry, we have seen Latin Americans have a big impact in churches all across Britain and Ireland.

From small community churches in rural Northern Ireland and Scotland, to large congregations in major cities, Incoming Mission workers have been able to contribute to the building of Christian community and the outreach efforts of local churches.

Here are some stories and quotes that reflect the breadth and diversity of areas that Incoming Mission workers have been and are involved in.

‘I am helping to run the Open Church ministry, in which we are trying to develop a community centre inside the church. Most Latinos are able to develop relationships easily. We are comfortable with opening up our hearts; sometimes we have to be careful, but I am using this God-given ability to help build relationships with more people through new activities that we are developing in Open Church.’ (Flor from Peru, who worked with a church in Harrogate)

‘Whether you are a student for the first time or even an experienced one, settling into the university life can be challenging. For students coming from other countries, add to that a totally different context, a different culture and being far from home, family and friends. That makes it much harder. So sharing God’s love with them is what we as Christians need to do. This is especially important as some of them come from places and peoples that have never heard about Jesus.’ (Pamela Sikahall, from Guatemala, who worked with international students through a church in Norwich)

Imag eof Incoming Mission member with vulnerable women‘We support these vulnerable women. We can’t change their lives but we encourage and walk alongside them while Jesus heals and transforms them.’ (Sayuri, from Peru, who worked with a ministry working with vulnerable women in East London)

‘The church runs several different activities there, seeking to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood and sharing the gospel. This is the sort of place that had always been on my heart. I put my music teaching skills to use by starting up a music club. Children from the area come to play, sing and eat together, and I have recently introduced a time to share Bible stories with them.’ (Mariane, from Argentina, who worked in a suburb of Glasgow)

‘A Muslim came to me and said, ‘I had a dream about Jesus who told me that you have a message.’ A few days later I was discipling him and two others. We opened our home to them and others, having lunch together, and also visited their homes. A couple of them started a Christianity Explored course and received Jesus before returning to the Middle East.’ (Luis, from Peru, who worked with a city church in north-west England)

Image of Incoming Mission member with students‘During my placement I helped the youth worker of Shanklin United Reformed Church. My work was varied – lunchtime Bible bites, working at the college Christian Union, attending a house group and helping in activities for the young people. I also volunteered at a school for children with special needs.’ (Carolina, from Chile, who worked with a church in Northern Ireland)

‘Being a young family has helped to break down barriers and make new friends. We know mums and families (both inside and outside the church) – friendships that started from our mums-and-toddlers group or being invited to someone’s house.(Lelmer and Renata, from Brazil, working in Weymouth)

‘Lelmer makes a useful contribution to all areas he is involved in.’ (David Peach, Ebenezer Evangelical Church, Weymouth)

‘In the church where I am placed one of the things I do is help to run a weekly Bible study for the international community. This led to an opportunity to be trained by and work with Friends International for two weeks in Edinburgh, inviting anyone who looked foreign on the streets to our café where we put on different events every day. We had many opportunities to share with different nationalities, encouraging them along to a Bible study every night.’ (Victor, from Chile, who worked with a church in Aberdeen)