With a population of over 2.7 million people, Cali is the third largest city in the country. It was founded by a Spanish conquistador in 1536 who came to Colombia in search of the legendary “Lost City of Gold,” El Dorado. Although Cali is not the Lost City of Gold, it does have many many lost souls.
The Church of the Nazarene was officially recognized in Colombia in 1975 with the first church in Cali being officially recognized in 1980. Pastor Adalberto Herrera took over the pastorate of the Cali Church of the Nazarene in 1987. Year after year he saw little progress and finally in 1992. Pastor Herrera cried out to God for a vision on how to grow the church. God answered with a simple call to prayer. Starting in 1995, Pastor Adalberto, his wife and three other ladies from the church began to pray every Tuesday at 4am – 6am. That`s when things began to change. By 1998, the church had grown to 1000 weekly in attendance. By 2004, 3000. By 2009, 9000 and today over 12,000 people attend church in a vibrant celebration of what God is doing through their congregation in Cali, Colombia each week. In Sept 2011, they added a 6th Sunday service with the intent to fill this new service with new children of Christ. They will soon be adding a 2nd youth service on Saturdays.
The Nazarene church in Cali Colombia has partnered with Extreme in training our church planters in the Master’s Plan. Before being deployed to their service cities, church planting teams will spend three weeks learning the importance of prayer, discipleship and leadership development from these experienced pastors and church leaders.
To read more about what is going on in Cali visit Extreme Colombia’s Blog.