Central and South American Coordination Center
Central and South America is a
vast region that comprises thirty-two different countries and many small
The main languages in this region
include Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Dutch and the American Indian
languages. Spanish is widely spoken amongst most of these nations, except for
Brazil where Portuguese is spoken, French Guiana where French is spoken,
Suriname where Dutch is spoken, and Belize and the Caribbean where English is
spoken. In addition, the American Indians speak their
own dialects. There are over 1700 dialects, with Nahuatl,
Mayan, Quechua, Guarani and Aymara being the most dominant.
During the late 1970s and early
1980s, True Jesus Church (TJC) members, primarily from Taiwan, emigrated to
Central and South America. To preserve their faith, these brethren held family
services. Gradually, under the guidance of the International Assembly (IA), the
Taiwan General Assembly and U.S.
General Assembly (USGA) the gospel seed began to germinate and to grow
in more places in this vast region.
On May 9, 1992, the Central and
South American Coordination Center (CSACC) was established, with the objectives
of enhancing pastoral care in the region and strengthening communication among
the various places of worship.
The Lord continues to work, and
from a humble beginning of gathering for family services, our brethren now have
their own church buildings which can be used for evangelism, pastoral work, and
Pastoral and evangelistic work in
this region is primarily supported by the USGA. The IA also supports the work
by regularly sending preachers to pastor the flock in this region.
The situation of the churches in Central
and South America as of December 31, 2015:
The first seed of the True Jesus
Church in the Dominican Republic was a Taiwanese family who emigrated there in
1984 to start a business. They did not forget their commission and they started
proactively preaching the gospel. Initially, the service was held in an office
of their factory. By the guidance of the Holy Spirit, believers gradually
increased. In 1997, USGA officially took over the pastoral work in Dominican
Republic. In 2002, a wooden house was purchased to be a place of worship in San
Petro. In 2014, the USGA decided to dismantle the wooden building and
reconstructed a cement building, thus providing better facilities for holding
services, promoting the holy work and training. The new church building was completed
in September 2015 and will be dedicated on July 16, 2016. It is a two storey
building, with a chapel, a kitchen, and two offices on the first level and a
preacher room and RE classrooms on the second level. Currently, there are twenty-one
believers, mostly local Dominicans.
The new church building in San Petro.
Children at the San Petro church.
In 1982, the seed of the gospel
reached Brazil. By God’s grace, the first prayer house (located in São Paulo) was officially established on February 6,
São Paulo Prayer House
believers at the São Paulo prayer house are mostly local Brazilians. In the
early days when workers were lacking, one could clearly witness how our Father
in heaven guided and preserved these believers’ faith. At present, the IA sends
workers to carry out visiting and pastoral work four times a year.
Members at São Paulo Prayer House.
Foz do Iguaçu Point of Worship
The Foz do
Iguaçu point of worship, attended mostly by believers of Chinese
descent, is located at the intersecting border of Brazil, Argentina and
Foz do Iguaçu Point of Worship.
Under the guidance of God, the
Argentina church, located in the capital city of Buenos Aires, has come a long
way: from the early days in the early 1980s when a few believing families
gathered for home service once a month, to the present congregation of over five
hundred, with weekly Sabbath worship, and well-structured RE system, conducted
in a grand and majestic church building.
Over the past thirty years, one
can truly witness the gracious Lord’s support for the church in Buenos Aires.
There is at present a full-time
preacher stationed in the Chile prayer house. He also takes care of pastoral
work in neighboring Ecuador and Bolivia.
Members at Chile Prayer House.
Our brethren in Ecuador reside in
the four cities of Quito, Santo Domingo, Trucan and Guayagui. The members are cared for by the IA workers who
visit four times a year.
There is a service meeting point in
Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and to pastor these handful of believers who are mostly immigrants
from Taiwan, the IA sends workers to carry out
pastoral work four times annually.
The region of Central and South America
stretches over a vast area and is home to a multitude of cultures and
languages. At present, there are still many parts of this region where the
gospel has yet to reach, and the diversity of languages is a major challenge to
the evangelistic efforts in this region. In these end days, we pray that our Father
in heaven will continue to bestow His grace, to preserve and guide us, so that
we can establish His name in this vast continent of ours. May all glory and
praises be unto the name of the Lord forever!