The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has a church in Mata de Sao Joao, Brazil. It was a church started to reach Japanese speaking people in this area. The pastor is from Japan Presbytery.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has one church in Cambodia and one new church development.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has two presbyteries in Colombia. The Andes Presbytery is located in the Andes Mountain area, primarily in the area called the coffee axis. There are 10 organized Cumberland Presbyterian churches and various mission points. The Andes Presbytery has over 1,700 active members. There are two schools and one camp in the presbytery. Cauca Valley Presbytery is located on the South side of Colombia, many of our churches are in the Cali area. There are 20 churches in the presbytery and over 2,700 active members. There are various mission points in addition to the churches. The largest school in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located in Cali, the Colegio Americano. There is also a camp outside of Cali.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church administers a medical clinic in Guatemala City. We also have three Cumberland Presbyterian churches that are part of the Guatemala Cumberland Presbyterian Council of Churches. We have three missionaries and we are exploring new church plant opportunities.
Hong Kong Presbytery consists of ten churches and over 1,100 active members. The presbytery also runs and operates an elementary school and a High School.
Japan Presbytery has 14 churches and over 1,250 active members. The largest Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Japan is the Koza Cumberland Presbyterian Church, it has over 580 active members making it one of the larger churches in our denomination.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has a council of three churches, one mission, two missionaries, four pastors in Mexico. Two of the churches and the New Church Development are located in Mexico City, one church is located in Juarez.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has four churches in Iloilo, Philippines. This is an island about 45 minutes by plane from Manila.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has a council of churches in South Korea that consists of 5 churches.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has missionaries and churches in countries that have restrictions on religious expression. We have churches, outreach ministries, and evangelism efforts in three different closed countries. We do not publish the names of these countries or the people that work there.
The Step-Out evangelism emphasis approved by General Assembly sets several ambitious goals for the next ten years. One of those goals is establishing a new mission field. Missions Ministry Team will recruit a team of missionaries to move to this new mission field and start churches and institutions, thus establishing a new Cumberland Presbyterian ministry. As we look at our success in places like Colombia, Japan and Hong Kong we see these were the results of a strategic and focused effort by the entire church, sending many career and short-term Cumberland Presbyterian missionaries over a period of time to develop our church in those countries. The new mission field that we have selected is CENTRAL AMERICA.
Why Central America?
- The Cumberland Presbyterian church has lots of experience working in Central America, many Cumberland Presbyterians have visited
- The Cumberland Presbyterian church has easy access to Central America, both from the USA and from Colombia
- There is amply opportunity to develop Cumberland Presbyterian churches and institutions
- Central America geographically is about the size of Texas
- The predominate language is Spanish, a language many Cumberland Presbyterians can speak
- Countries in Central America allow the legal establishment of churches
- Because of our work in Latin American and among Latinos in the USA, we have family/friend contacts in Central America
- Central America allows missionaries to work there
Our vision for Central America is based on who we are and what we can realistically do in the world. Obviously, the world has great need for the Gospel and there are remote, challenging places that call for a witness. We do have a missionary presence in some of these difficult places. We will continue to promote and work with Cumberland Presbyterian missionaries that work in other parts of the world, in addition to this new mission field.
Pray for our new mission effort in Central America. If you would like to consider service in Central America as a Cumberland Presbyterian missionary, contact the Lynn Thomas, Director of Global Missions – email.