ALMA is a missionary training school located on a beautiful, 30 acre campus in Paraguay. ALMA is working to fulfill the vision of Richard and Eloise Gwinn. The Gwinns are a missionary couple from the USA who received a vision to train and send missionaries from Latin America to the unreached parts of the world. Richard has gone to be with the Lord, but his vision is now a reality.
We would like to share with you ALMA's faith mission trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Katana Baya, the director of ALMA, travelled to Ilha Bella with the staff and students of ALMA to preach to gospel. This trip was truly a wonderful experience for the team where the powerful hand of God at work in everything.
Anthony and Cindy Holland, ALMA teachers and leaders of REAP International Ministry.
A widow living by a brook in Paraguay daily looked out over a picturesque 30-acre campus. She and her departed husband Richard Gwinn had built this campus as a missionary training center and called it ALMA (America Latina Misiones Al-Mundo; translated as Latin American Missions to the World)
In July 2013, I was somewhat frantically making plans to start the first class of Ukunda Missions School in Kenya. It seemed like there were so many missing pieces, so many things needed to come together before we could start the school at the end of August.
It seems like much of 2020 was spent trying to return to Paraguay. In February, I entered Paraguay, planning to start the ALMA missionary training school at the new campus outside of Asuncion. Katana Baya, one of our main leaders in Africa, arrived from Kenya to help shape and direct the new school.
In the few months I have been here in the school, I have been challenged in my leadership capacity, and I thank God for this, as it has helped me build my skill set. I know God is doing this for His Glory. My focus is on Somalia and Arab nations to see that they know the saving power of God.
Robert, missionary at Ukunda Missions School
I joined UMS for the 2018-2019 class. After the training, I went into the mission field, where I have been working with the Digo community. Our breakthrough came when we continued to expose the community to prayer. We held door-to-door sessions and DBS where God confirmed He was with us through the testimonies we experienced in the field.
Esther, missionary at Ukunda Missions School
I have witnessed great testimonies, and I can share two people in particular who were paralyzed. After prayers, they started walking. I have witnessed others delivered from evil spirits, which solidifies my appreciation to God for the grace He has given me and for allowing me to make a difference.
Benjamin, missionary at Ukunda Missions School
My life was utterly transformed at TMS. Teachers came from numerous countries with great teachings, such as the tribune of God, spiritual warfare, Holy Spirit filling, knowing your calling, and much more. This experience has given me the boldness to serve Christ and has also made me understand the profound power of God's saving grace.
Francis, missionary at Tanga Missions School
My faith grew through my training at UMS. While training in the school, I received my calling to take the Gospel to my Muslim people. My heart is to reach many people. I especially want to reach the Islamic leaders, because I was once an Islamic leader, and I know how they think and how much they need the Gospel.
Aryan, missionary at Ukunda Missions School
During my time in the school, my life was entirely changed by the morning prayers and worship sessions led by Pastor Katana and various other teachers. My love for Christ was significantly increased, and I was able to allow ambitions about my life to die and the will of God to prevail.
Martin, missionary at Ukunda Missions School
The UMS training was everything I had hoped for. After my graduation, I was sent to Kilifi, a Muslim-dominated area. I thank God for equipping me with such vast knowledge since the region represented a significant challenge. God helped me to establish DBS with several families, opened the doors in local churches, and to reach out to the Muslim community.
Allan, missionary at Ukunda Missions School
We experienced a powerful time in the presence of God during Altar Week. The Lord spoke to each student about different aspects of their lives which He wanted to transform. Our students eagerly listened to where God would take them in the coming years, and what their ministry would be like.
Cynthia, administrator at ALMA