Growing up in Colombia, Andres Aleman came to Christ when he was 15 years old. He and his mother attended a small village church, and he says his love for the church and Christ grew as he began to serve there.
“It was a joy for me to pass time with other Christians and learn more about the Word of God,” he says. “My faith grew, thanks to the community [of believers]. Although they were from humble backgrounds, there was a great spirit of love and fellowship there.”
Andres got involved in various church activities including sharing his faith with others during home visitations. “We traveled to neighboring areas and shared the Gospel with farming communities. Soon I was teaching in the church’s youth meetings and the men’s society. I was also asked to lead a family’s home group. I loved to study the Scriptures.”
It was Andres’ desire to study Scripture and feel better equipped that led him to attend the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (BSC), so he could share with others the truths he was learning. “The experience here has shown me that the Lord wanted me to come closer to Him. Each new experience, the academic challenges, my economic situation and other things have all made me more dependent on the Lord. This time has been special to fortify my relationship with God and also to share everything He has taught me.”
Andres is in his final months of study at the seminary as he will graduate at the end of the year. He wants to minister as a pastor and continue teaching Scripture, as well as continue his studies in Bible and theology.
His teaching ministry includes classes on the Gospels and Acts that he leads at Bellavista Prison, once considered one of the most violent and dangerous prisons in the world but is being transformed through ministries taking place inside. BSC has an active prison ministry there, offering biblical training to inmates whose lives are changed and will serve the Lord upon their release. Andres is also teaching at the seminary, offering training on the early prophets for leaders and lay people.
Andres shared two passages that have been fundamental for his life and growth in Christ. “These verses have assured me of God’s love and care. I trust in Him to lead me every day. I have learned His Word at the seminary, and I want to share it with others.”
“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
– Deuteronomy 8:3
“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”
– Psalm 33:20-22