Works We Support
The Kettering family is honored to help with the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ in Colombia. In addition providing partial monthly support to the men listed below, our minister, Matthew Allen makes regular trips to Colombia to assist in the work there.
Jaime Restrepo lives in Manizales, Caldas. Jaime began his work as an evangelist in 1985 and served the local church in Manizales until 2016. Since then he has traveled extensively across Colombia assisting in evangelism and edification inside various congregations. Most recently, he played a significant role in the establishment of the local church in Moccoa, Colombia, not far from the border with Ecuador. Jaime has played an important role in the translation of Bible material/writing from English into Spanish. He operates a website that assists spanish-speaking Christians with material and class presentations and his YouTube channel is accessed by many across Latin America.
Alvaro Sepulveda lives in Manizales, Caldas. was baptized into Christ in 2004. He began his service as an evangelist in 2005 serving local churches in Caldas and Risaralda (Anserma, Ríosucio, Guática). As the decade closed, Alvaro moved to Cali where he served as an evangelist in three congregations (Popular, Cortijo and Limonar). Beginning in 2013 he worked with the Cumbal Church (on the border with Ecuador) for three years. In 2016, Brother Sepulveda moved to Ecuador where he worked one of the local churches in Quito. At the beginning of 2018, Brother Sepulveda moved back to Colombia where he began work with the church in Manizales.
Carlos Julio Rameriz lives in Cali, Valle del Cauca. Besides his work with one of the churches in Cali, Brother Rameriz travels throughout western and southern Colombia working with various churches of Christ. He has helped establish congregations in Pasto, Buenaventura, Palmira, and Popayan. He began preaching fulltime in January 2013. The Kettering congregation has been supporting Bro. Rameriz since 2013.
Rafael Amaya lives in Ibagúe, Tolima. He has been preaching the gospel for 17 years. In 2005, he helped begin a new work in the neighborhood of Las Gaviotas in Ibagúe. Beginning with two families (6 individuals), the church currently numbers about 30 people. He also teaches twice a month in a village called God Wáter (Agua de Dios). There are about 12 people there. He also works with another congregation in Ibague. The Kettering congregation has been supporting Bro. Amaya since 2013.
Carlos Correa lives in Lorica, Cordoba. He has been preaching the gospel since 2005. Brother Correa works with five congregations in northern Colombia. Besides work with churches in Lorica, San Antero and Manantial, He has recently helped begin new congregations in San Jose de Palmito and Pueblo Nueva. The Kettering congregation has been supporting Bro. Correa since 2013.
Wilson Valbuena lives in Villavicencio, Meta. He has been preaching the gospel since 2008. Besides his work in Villavicencio, Brother Valbuena also works with congregations in Acacias, Castilla La Nueva, and Fuente de Oro. Around 35 Christians make up the church in Villavicencio. The Kettering congregation has been supporting Bro. Valbuena since 2015.
Andrés López Jerez lives in Bogotá, Colombia. He has a degree in Graphic Art Computer Design. Andres has been preaching the gospel full time since 2013, serving the El Rincon church of Christ in Northwest Bogota. He also assists other local churches around Bogotá in their work, including Libertador, Chia, and Soacha. In addition to this, his love for music has opened many opportunities to train local churches in four-part harmony thus enhancing their worship services. He has created a large number of Bible teaching charts that are now used throughout Colombia and provides assistance in other teaching/advertising capacities. Andres also serves as an English-Spanish translator for preachers visiting Colombia and continues in English training to grow in this work.
Julio Caesar Tellez lives in Bogotá, Colombia. Brother Tellez lives and works in the Sierra Morena area on the southside of Bogotá. This is a very poor and dangerous part of the city. Seven years ago he started a congregation there with just four members (2 of which were himself and his wife). Soon there were 11 baptism. Presently the congregation numbers around 38. Brother Tellez has conducted evangelistic efforts all over Colombia, Mexico, and Ecuador. He is fluent in English and loves the work that he does.