Posted on June 6, 2016 by admin

Interview with Mariano Proto

Today we publish an interview with Missionary Mariano Proto, who along with his wife Becky and son Enzo are working in Carmelo, Uruguay.

Where were you before starting your present ministry? We were working in the city of Fray Bentos, a city of 24,000 people, under a veteran missionary. In general, the city was apathetic to the gospel. God allowed us to learn the culture and the importance and need of church planting and church revitalization while we were there.

Where are you working now and when did you start there? After our furlough last year, in March 2016, we moved to our new city of Carmelo, a city of 19,000 people. We began the process of planting a new church. One thing about Carmelo is that it is a city with an open mind concerning various aspects of life including the social and spiritual aspects of life. It seems to be very different from where we were previously. This allows us to tailor our approach (contextualizing our work) while maintaining the Biblical gospel message.

Who are you working with, i.e. your team members? We are working with Pablo and Marcela DeGodos. They have 3 children (Paloma, Melanie and Lazaro). They are from Argentina, sent by a sister UCB church in Chivilcoy.

What are your short term and long term goals? Our short term goal is to get to know our community by building intentional relationships with friends and share Christ with them. To be intentional means to be purposeful in building relationships with the end on mind to share Christ, and that is what we want to do. Our long term goal is to build a core group of believer that will help us to launch a new church and establish the leadership. After that, we aim to lead the church to reproduce itself. In other words, we do not want to just plant a church, but we want to plant a church that will plant other churches. This means that we are not only going to make disciples, but we want to train disciple-making disciples in the same way Christ did and in the same way the New Testament teaches.

Are there any physical or material needs that you have in the short term? We could use Spanish Bibles, good discipleship materials, including Lifeway Small groups books (in Spanish).

How about longer-term needs? In the longer term, we are praying about the purchase of a property that will suit a church.

How can we pray for you? Pray for connections with people to be able to share Christ. Pray for wisdom as we develop a core group of believers.