Elise Gross Elise Gross

Elise Gross

Chile

Thanks to my childhood as a missionary kid on the island of Antigua, I have always had vivid imagery of heaven in my mind—where truly every nation, tribe, people, and language stand before the throne praising God, people so different and yet so incredibly similar brought together by their Redeemer and friend. I spent my college days and early teaching years digging into social sciences and culture, and truly loved spending several years in city ministry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When the opportunity arose to serve in Chile through Kingdom Workers, my husband and I jumped right in, excited to see more of God's kingdom and to serve Him in roles centered on sharing the Gospel. We now have called Linares, Chile our home for over 5 years and are thrilled to be a part of the ministry here.

Recent research and diagnostic work reveal that Kingdom Workers has an opportunity to meet spiritual and physical needs in Chile. While many community members claim to know God, many do not know His saving grace or feel the peace that He provides. Chile is also experiencing rising rates of chronic diseases. A staggering 52% of children and 75% of adults are obese causing Chile to be among the South American countries with high prevalence in diabetes. The high obesity rates also contribute to heart disease, cancer, and hypertension. While the Chilean population and government has recognized the obesity crisis, many people remain unaware of preventive care habits and testing opportunities. Additionally, fear and a lack of health knowledge deter many community members from prioritizing preventive care.

While these stats can be intimidating, they also are an open invitation to serve, compelled by Christ's love. Kingdom Workers in Chile aims to connect the community of Linares and neighboring towns to their Savior and Great Physician through offering preventive care workshops and equipping local volunteers to lead accountability groups (Wellness Circles) where knowledge is transferred into practice. In Wellness Circles, Christian volunteers (Coaches) walk along with others in their health journeys, providing guidance and accountability. Participants are exposed to a faith community where God's love is shared and deeper discussions guide them to think about habits and purpose through a spiritual lens.

As Coordinator of Kingdom Workers Chile, I personally focus on finding partners in our community and training staff and volunteers to fulfill their roles to the best of their abilities. As interest in our program grows, I am currently working with leaders in other countries who also desire to begin a Health and Wellness ministry in their hometowns. I love working hand in hand with local leaders to co-design ministry opportunities that can best serve our communities.

You might never be able to visit Chile in person but making a monthly commitment between $50-250 will allow you to be a part of the Chile mission field. Your donations empower this program to grow and impact more individuals and families. I feel incredibly privileged that God is allowing me to be a part of His work in Chile as Coordinator of the Chile Health and Wellness Support Program, and I am excited to extend an invitation to you to become a part of it, too.

By making a monthly gift you also become part of Sustain—a group of monthly givers who, together, are empowering others to carry out the Great Commission. When you join our Sustain giving community, you are not only answering the call to serve and witness to others, you are joining together with other donors who are giving families around the world things like: clean water, the joy of watching their child with disabilities grow in confidence and independence, encounters with their Savior Jesus, and more.

 

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