"The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." — Matthew 4:16 (NKJV)
Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Bolivia
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.
So, we make friends in the largest prison in Bolivia, "Palmasola," as well as a youth prison. These dear friends often have no visitors and very little hope. They usually have food to eat, but very little else. We demonstrate love practically with food, clothes, friendship and other basic needs. Most importantly we invite them to encounter Holy Spirit and begin their own relationship with Jesus. We also come alongside their families and help them find work, start businesses, provide housing and other general support, while we invite them into knowing Jesus and pursuing Him as their only hope. A huge element of Iris Gran Familia is uniting broken families and bringing support to these fragile relationships, so that they can step into God's calling for their lives. We are in the process of locating a large property, with plenty of room, to live in community together with some of our new friends and begin being family together. Our heart is to see many go out from our family to share the Gospel, the power of the Holy Spirit and make disciples and bring hope to countless others.
So, our team is starting to have more testimonies of God working through them even while we aren’t around. The quarantine here in Bolivia really prevents us from leaving our home, but hasn’t stopped people from coming to us. Here is a testimony from our sweet friend Paola. I’ll give the translation first...
We live near the big prison on the edge of Santa Cruz Bolivia where we focus our discipleship efforts towards prisoners and their families. It’s a poor country where about half of the people try to sell or do something on a daily basis to have enough to live on. We are on total quarantine because we sim...
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