Celebrating Transformation in Argentina
It was standing room only in the municipal theatre. Even the rain outside couldn’t dampen the mood! Local government officials had joined people from eight nations, Argentinians from various locations, and hundreds of local residents to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Free Methodist Church in Argentina on March 16, 2019. The atmosphere was electric! The lights were pulsing! The smoke machine was spewing! The speakers were at full throttle! And the children were energetic!
25 years prior, Pastors Ricardo and Maria Elena Guerrero and their 3 young children, immigrated from Chile to the town of Carmen de Areco. Upon arrival, a struggling pastor suggested that they move on because, as he said, “a lot of people have come and tried to plant churches here, but they have all failed.” As a result, Pastor Ricardo decided that Carmen de Areco needed a church.
“Local government officials had joined people from eight nations, Argentinians from various locations, and hundreds of local residents to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Free Methodist Church in Argentina on March 16, 2019“.
The Guerrero’s arrived with nothing but a strong call…sometimes the loaf of bread that neighbors brought was the only food their family had to eat…but God was faithful. The fruit of twenty-five years of love was on display in the theater. Young and old (including the church’s original worship team) praised God with passion and talent. Youth and children recounted the mission and story of the church through dance and drama.
Throughout their ministry, the Guerrero family has brought countless children from the streets and loved them into a personal relationship with God. Those that had been rescued came with their own children and grandchildren; the testimonies of lives and generations transformed by God’s saving grace could have extended for hours! This was a celebration of a family who followed the leading of the Holy Spirit to sacrifice the comfort of their home country and invest in others.
The town’s mayor presented the church with a small check to cover the paperwork for the construction a new center for children. It was a token of the town’s appreciation for the transformation that the Free Methodist Church has made in that local community and a vote of confidence for the future impact on children and families.
“Throughout their ministry, the Guerrero family has brought countless children from the streets and loved them into a personal relationship with God“.
Today, the Carmen de Areco church has 600+ members but the story doesn’t end there. Eight churches have been planted out of that church. Today there are approximately 1,500 Free Methodist members throughout Argentina and they support a small but growing church in Uruguay. We celebrate the faithful ministry of the Guerrero family and give God the glory.
“Today, the Carmen de Areco church has 600+ members but the story doesn’t end there. Eight churches have been planted out of that church”.
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Beth Gómez is a missionary with the Free Methodist Church and serves as the Director of Communications for the Latin America Area. In addition to being a daughter of God, she is a wife and the mother of two. She currently resides in Medellín, Colombia.
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