Mission Santa Marta

Mission Santa Marta is part of a growing network of churches and leaders committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission in Colombia, and more broadly in South America. We believe that Jesus has called His church to “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that [He has] commanded.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Mission Santa Marta leaders come from many different backgrounds and experiences. The one thing they have in common is a passion to reach Colombia for Jesus Christ in this generation. They have joined together to support and encourage one another by sharing strategies, ideas, and resources; they partner on joint ministry projects to receive practical and relevant training, and to be a part of a disciple making – church planting movement in Colombia. Mission Santa Marta operates as a member The Association of Followers of Jesus Christ which is a government sanctioned legal entity. The churches of the association take the name of Aposento Alto (Upper Room) and the barrio where they meet; i.e., we are the Iglesia Cristiana Aposento Alto de Santa Marta (Upper Room Christian Church of Santa Marta). We are interdependent with the other churches under the Association. There is a board of directors of the Association made up of the leaders of each of the approximately 30 churches, as prescribed by Colombian law.

What Does Mission Santa Marta Do?

We share the gospel message whenever and wherever possible. To this end we instill in the church attendees a passion to evangelize first, the person’s family and neighbors and secondly, Santa Marta and beyond. Our goal is to Win Our World (WOW) for Christ. We accomplish this through teaching God’s word to all attendees. Sunday morning an hour before the service we teach our five basic bible courses. As an inducement to come early we service coffee and rolls. The Aposento Alto churches participate in studying God’s word through the 93 independent study courses of Emmaus Bible Institute. We have a kids ministry called Semilla de Trigo (Seed of Wheat) where we meet with a group of children 4-14 years old in a local barrio each Saturday sharing bible stories, bible activities and we encourage the kids to bring their parents to the Sunday Service. We also have a team that goes to a local hospital for an hour each week praying for the patients and sharing the gospel message. Normally there are 3-5 people who pray to receive Christ each week. 

What Does Mission Santa Marta Not Do?

It is never our intention to “rob” other churches of their members in order to build our church. Our intention is to grow new believers into mature Christian men and women, living by the commandment and teachings of the Bible.