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Daniel and Ellelein Kirk - Chile

After six years in Chile we caught the vision of the diocese to move “from maintenance to mission”; we had a heart for the historic port district of Valparaíso and jumped at the opportunity to plant a church among students and young professionals where the missionaries first brought the gospel to Chile. With 12 people, we planted Iglesia Pablo Apóstol in 2013. We are now a church of 40-50 people with nine missional communities and have just employed a Chilean assistant minister.

Through Church Mission Society, we are proud to be part of a global family that has its origins in the evangelical movement which spawned the abolition of slavery and has been sharing Jesus around the world for over 200 years. Only through telling others about Jesus, by proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God and demonstrating his love to us by serving others, can lives be radically changed.

Call 

Our call to Chile is to support the Church through church planting, training lay leaders, teaching, preaching and running youth groups.

Role 

Church planting in Valparaíso, the largest port city in Chile

Read more about Daniel and Ellelein Kirk

Daniel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to missionary parents; he became a Christian at age 16 and received a mission call at the age of 19 during a university mission trip to Spain and Portugal. Ellelein, who is from Mexico, came from a nominal Catholic background and had an encounter with Jesus while doing her degree.

We first met while Daniel was working as a volunteer on a Christian social project in the slums in Mexico City. While he improved his Spanish and understanding of Latin American culture, Ellelein worked as a graphic designer and finished her degree in communications. We married in England in 1998. After several years, while Daniel worked in recruitment and placement for the mission organisation Latin Link and Ellelein worked in international investment banking, we packed our bags and went to Chile with South American Mission Society in 2005 with our nine month old boy, David. We served with the Anglican Church La Resurrección in Gómez Carreño.