In His goodness, God has allowed us to develop a partnership with a group of about 12 churches in the Santa Cruz region of Bolivia under the care of Pastor Matias Mojicas. Already we have sent four teams to Bolivia in an effort to come alongside those churches and assist them to do the work of the ministry in their context.
The first team visited Bolivia in July 2012 to assess the needs and to seek a better understanding of how we could best partner with the churches. Although it was clear that needs are many the assessment underscored the need for repeated and ongoing training for the pastors and Christian workers, in particular, in the areas of preaching and teaching.
Therefore, our trips from 2013-2019 included a team that hosted two conferences for Pastors and Teachers that followed the Simeon Trust model.
Through God's providence, Gateway was able to send a missions team to Ukraine in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. There, more than 200 pastors and church leaders were taught the basic principles of the Simeon Trust model on expository preaching.
It is our desire to continue to develop and expand the partnerships that we have in Bolivia and Ukraine for the Glory of God. In February 2020, Gateway will be sending pastor Rod and Alexey to Zhytomyr and Rivne, Ukraine to teach on the 2 Timothy and 1st Samuel.
Feel free to read our church blog to follow updates of the various teams from year to year. More importantly, please continue to pray for the church leaders in Ukraine as they spread the Gospel and plant churches.