Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Santa Cruz de la Sierra is the largest city in Bolivia and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is a city of 1.5 million and is nestled along the Pirai River. Santa Cruz is an economic powerhouse, possessing a global economy and serving as a major migration center. Santa Cruz enjoys a tropical savanna climate, with an average annual temperature around 73 °F. Although the weather is generally warm year round, cold winds called "surazos" can blow in occasionally from the Argentine lowlands, causing the temperature to dive. Because of Santa Cruz's important place within Bolivia and all of South America, missionaries here have a strategic opportunity to advance the gospel.
Because of the rapidly growing population in Santa Cruz, there is a tremendous opportunity for church planting and evangelism as well as strengthening existing churches through pastoral training. Practically every indigenous group in the region is represented in Santa Cruz, making it a strategic location to do indigenous outreach and ministry. There is also ample ability for missionaries to have an itinerate ministry in the towns and villages surrounding the city.
The ideal candidate will be a proven disciple of Christ who has modeled faithfulness to God’s Word by living it out, teaching it in individual and group settings in the local church, and studying how to rightly divide it in Bible college or seminary. He will be willing to travel within his area of service to pursue discipleship opportunities and be able to develop and follow processes.