In the late 1940s, two mission efforts—one in Bolivia and one in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean—were just beginning. In the following years, missionaries arrived, and two church movements were born.
Some 70 years later, these two churches, the Church of God (Holiness) Eastern Caribbean and Iglesia Evangelica de Dios Boliviana, are autonomous, vibrant organizations, growing and sharing the gospel. Their vision, prayerfulness, and passion for Christ are a challenge to us all.
Philip Gumbs and former missionary Paul Confer ministered together in Bolivia.
In light of this, it was a special treat to see Philip Gumbs, pastor in Anguilla, speak at a regional Minister’s Conference in Bolivia last October. “The Bolivian church resonates with the vibrancy of singing, enthusiastic worship, and intercessory prayer, and, most of all, a deep love for Christ and the souls He died to save,” Pastor Gumbs later wrote. “It was very moving to see, after a protracted meeting, pastors kneel on the lawn at night and pray for God to cleanse them as leaders and bring revival.”