Something wonderful is growing in the Northeast, but you may not know about it yet! God has been quietly reaping a harvest among the Quechua people who have settled in our region, through the ministry of Missions Door and the work of men like Antonio DeLazerda, Aurelio Cruz and Mark Marchak.
The Quechua are Indians who hail from the Andes Mountains in South America. They are the largest remaining American Indian group in the world. They primarily live in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. Within the larger Quechua affinity are multiple Quechua people groups that speak their own unique dialects.
God has given Antonio DeLazerda a special ministry to the Quechua people. Without fanfare and with few resources, Antonio has successfully planted churches in multiple locations throughout New England and New York.
I was recently privileged to be a part of the opening ceremony of a new Quechua congregation in Spring Valley, New York. I joined Antonio and Mark as the Iglesia Evangelica Jesus El Buen Pastor was inaugurated. It was a beautiful, colorful, Spirit-filled ceremony that combined traditional Quechua customs and pageantry with a powerful evangelical message.
Missions Door has appointed Aurelio Cruz to be the New Church Networker for the new Quechua churches that God continues to plant in our region. Aurelio has a deep respect for our Conservative Baptist values, and will immerse the pastors and their congregations in CB history and practice. Aurelio will work in coordination with the Mission Northeast board liaison to ensconce the churches in the CB family. These churches will benefit from the networking and resources that Mission Northeast is establishing.
The Quechua church movement provides a unique opportunity for our member churches to invest in a powerful movement taking place in God’s kingdom. If you are interested in supporting the Quechua church planting movement, you can contact Mark Marchak at Missions Door or contact me.
Rev. Dr. Gershwin Grant: Rev.Grant@me.com
Mark Marchak’s contact information : MarkMarchak@netzero.com