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Jose Alonso: Ministering to Colombia
Jose Alonso has been ministering to the people of Colombia for 12 years, working primarily in church planting and theological education.
Known as an "indigenous missionary," Jose works to train men so they can go to other areas of the country where foreign missionaries are unable to go.
Jose came to the United States with his wife Karine and their daughters, Daniela (9), and Camila (6) to attend Baptist Bible Seminary. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree.
He plans to earn his degree by 2012 and return to Colombia to start a school for pastors.
The Alonso family is currently living at Missionary Retreat Fellowship in Lake Ariel, PA.
Read more In the Spotlights here.
What is your ministry in Colombia?
I pastored a church in Colombia for seven years. After leaving this church at the beginning of the year we got involved in a new church plant in a town called Zapaquira. It is currently doing great under the leadership of a Colombian pastor. We also got involved preaching every Sunday in two other churches that were struggling in Bogota and a town called Tenjo. It was a very busy time for us, but we were greatly blessed.
What are the needs you have seen?
Our beautiful country has been affected by terrorism and drug cartels for decades. This has created a very unsafe environment especially for foreigners. American missionaries are advised by the U.S. embassy in Bogota to avoid major areas of the country because they are high risk for kidnapping and other dangers. This leaves most of the task of evangelizing Colombia in our (nationals) hands. Currently there is no specialized and effective program geared towards training Colombian pastors and missionaries to reach their country for Christ.
How will you be able to help meet these needs?
We have been praying for months to be able to provide enough training and tools to mobilize Colombians to reach up to the ends of Colombia and other countries where Americans are not welcome anymore. Furthermore, we believe the Lord is raising the Latin American church to reach other countries, including the Muslim world. God has now given us the opportunity to be here in the U.S. getting incredible training for this task.
We are earnestly praying for God to give us the privilege and opportunity to train 200 men by the year 2020 through the school for pastors and preachers. We call our vision Colombia 2020.
What led you to BBS?
I heard about the Seminary program about four years ago at a missionary enrichment conference held by ABWE. At the time, the Seminary was an impossible dream for me, but by the grace of God several providential things came together for me to be able to come to the United States with my family to continue my theological education.
What led you to the Master of Divinity program?
Our vision requires that I obtain as much specialized education as I can. We want to start a school for pastors and preachers where we can provide other nationals enough tools so they can be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). We are not seeking to plant just a few churches in the next decade; we want to see God start a national missions movement. The excellent reputation of the program at Baptist Bible Seminary led me to pursue the program as one major step to accomplish our ministry vision.
What has been a highlight of your time at BBS?
The whole experience has been amazing. The professors are great men of God with a lot of practical experience. The program itself is incredible. Another highlight has been the class my wife is taking at BBC. It has blessed her in an incredible way. We are so blessed to be here!
Learn more about the Master of Divinity program at Baptist Bible Seminary here.
Email: Jose Alonso at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on: 12/4/2009 5:25:17 PM
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