The work in Venezuela originated from the mission efforts of the Dominican Brethren, led by Ariel Rosario Abreu, pastor of Los Guaricanos Church of the Brethren in Santo Domingo. Meetings in March and November 2017 focused on moving the nascent movement toward legal registration, leadership selection, and administrative design.

Venezuela is a promising country for a Brethren presence. Many interested in the movement come from independent charismatic and evangelical backgrounds and are hungry for a more holistic understanding of the gospel, inspired by Anabaptist-Pietist theology. In addition, since Venezuela’s economy is a shambles, the movement is inspired by the Brethren to be engaged in churches that reach out to suffering neighbors with whatever support they can provide.

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