Alliance missionaries arrived in Chile in 1897 and began working among the Mapuche Indians. Today, our workers in Chile have a rich and varied ministry that encompasses caring for orphans as well as impacting unreached professionals with the love of Jesus. Broken lives and families are being restored through Alliance Marriage Encounter (ALMA) weekends, and the lost are coming to Christ through Women’s, Men’s, and Youth Encounter ministries. In one amazing testimony, a couple had already signed annulment papers when a friend invited them to the marriage retreat. They went as a last-ditch effort, neither of them expecting anything to change. But their lives were radically transformed through an encounter with their Savior, and today they are sharing their story at ALMA retreats.
Alliance missionaries have made significant inroads into Chile’s professional class by cultivating meaningful relationships with society’s most influential residents. More than 400,000 of the country’s top leaders and decision makers live in the immaculately landscaped community of Peñalolén, where no evangelical church existed. The C&MA’s Church of the Vineyard was the first evangelical church in this suburb of Santiago. In Reñaca, a congregation of 100 professionals has been formed.
Vision for Chile (VFC), an Alliance sister organization, is involved in construction projects designed to improve the living conditions of homeless children and Alliance orphanages in Chile. The C&MA national church is actively involved in sending missionaries.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance of Chile: 125 organized churches, 80 unorganized groups, 100 ordained ministers, 16,538 baptized members, and 42,862 inclusive members
- Plant churches among the professional class in the Santiago metro area.
- Plant reproducing churches in the needy cities of the northern Chilean desert.
- Train lay leaders and future Chilean missionaries through FATELA’s Theological Education by Extension program.
The Alliance at Work in Chile
Bibles were one of the first supplies requested by the miners, to whom an Alliance pastor ministered during the rescue effort.read more
UPDATED: Son of Alliance board member was hiking near the volcano during the first eruption.read more
The Alliance is planting a church in the fastest-growing borough in Guadalajara.read more
At least 12 dead, thousands of homes destroyed in fires that could burn for weeks.read more
Mike and Marlene began giving to Alliance work in Chile 30 years ago, never imaging the impact their partnership would have on their own lives.read more
- Infant mortality rate—8.8/1,000
- Life expectancy—76.6
- Capital City
- Santiago (5,333,100) pop.
- Slightly smaller than twice the size of Montana, Chile (292,258 sq. mi.) fills a narrow 1,800-mile strip between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. One-third of the country is covered by the Andes. In the north is the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, and in the center is a 700-mile-long, thickly populated valley. At the southern tip is Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in the world.
- White and White-Amerindian—95%
- Per capita income—$10,700
- Literacy rate—96% (2003 est.)
- Government/Political Climate
- Republic; sound economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, have contributed to steady growth and have helped secure the country’s commitment to democratic and representative government. Chile has increasingly assumed regional and international leadership roles befitting its status as a stable, democratic nation.
- Roman Catholic—89%
- small Jewish and Muslim populations
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