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Chesapeake, Colombian Pastors Swap Mission Fields

Chesapeake Conference recently sent 10 pastors to Bogotá, Colombia, where they conducted 10 evangelistic meetings in the southern part of the large cosmopolitan capital city as part of an exchange program.

Story by Samantha Young

The outcome was positive—with some 105 people baptized and many more participating in Bible studies.

Pastors from Colombia flank Pastor Clouzet Pastors from Colombia flank Pastor Clouzet

“The pastors came back very inspired about the results God brought about,” says Eli Rojas, conference ministerial director.

Following the meetings in Colombia, 14 pastors from Bogotá came to the United States to conduct evangelistic efforts in 14 Hispanic churches in Maryland and Delaware. Orlando Rosales, conference Hispanic Ministries coordinator, reports the meetings helped lead more than 50 people to accept Christ and get baptized, with others now preparing for baptism.

“We are used to ‘going to the mission field,’ but this time the mission field [represented by these 14 pastors] came to us,” says Rojas. “The excitement of these two events was felt in Bogotá, and also here in Chesapeake. The interesting thing is that the Colombian pastors saw their trip as a mission trip.”

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