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)

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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The Bakery is Open

About two years into our prison ministry here in Bolivia we realized two things. One, that a huge help to our friends as they transitioned out of the prison would be to help provide work and a space to meet with them and encourage them in the lord. Two, that Bolivians love American cakes and desserts. Ea...

The Power of God for Salvation

This month, was in many ways very revealing for us. We are a family of the Kingdom of God that set their gaze more passionately on the prison. We have so much that we could do, because the need is incredible. Above all, when there’s so much injustice, that you can clearly see, personally I’m so moved by...

Fruit in the prison

Four years ago when we started ministering in the prison here in Santa Cruz we met a young woman. She was wanting to practice her English and I was struggling to learn Spanish. Due to my lack of language a lot of my ministry in the prison in the beginning was giving food and trying my best to love people...



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