Gran Familia

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners…” — Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Bolivia

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The vision of Iris Gran Familia is to be the Family of God together. We long to worship intimately as family and show love to others in a practical way, which invites them to be part of the Family. We go past the edge of our limits and invite people out of the darkness into His perfect light.

About Gran Familia

God has given us a clear word that He is calling prisoners to be pastors and missionaries to Bolivia and then across South America.
We are based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia the second largest metropolitan area in Bolivia with approximately 2 million residents. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America and many households need multiple family members working just to bring in enough income to cover the basics of water, food, and shelter.

We minister in the Palmasola prison and to the community surrounding the prison. Most of those living there are family members of an inmate.  Our ministry consists weekly prison visits, micro-financing, job training, and help people find jobs both inside and outside of prison. We also run a transitional housing & family center where we meet several times a week for dinner, worship & Bible study, and we all go out and share the Gospel together. We do everything as one big family. 

We want to help inmates who are being released from prison to set up businesses ranging from sewing shops, selling wallets, to starting a restaurant. Our plan is to start with a total of $1,000 USD and distribute small loans as seed money.

Church Building:
We have partnered with a local Bolivian pastor to share the Gospel to unreached rural communities. We are building a central community church as a place to gather new believers and hold church services.

We are starting a bakery in Santa Cruz to provide job for those coming out of prison. It is very difficult to find traditional employment for former inmates and we want to provide a safe place to get a fresh start.

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Family Center for Missions Training

What began as a vision a little over 7 years ago as we laid in the dirt in Mozambique is coming to completion.....the Lord said to go and love the lost in the prison and the darkest places and be family. We are seeing that come to pass. After 4 years in Bolivia during the height of the pandemic, the L...

Our Team

We are in our 7th year as an Iris ministry here in Santa Cruz Bolivia. We work among the poor, the forgotten and the broken, mostly in prison ministry but also in our neighborhood and beyond...and the Lord brings them into His family. The Lord birthed a ministry of Family out of our broken and desper...

Obeying the Will of God is True Worship

Since I was born again, my desire is that everyone can know Jesus and that the good news that freed me from death is heard. I recognize that I walked in my strength, trying to share the gospel with everyone I could, but unfortunately I got exhausted. I felt that I simply had to stop, because I had beli...



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