Curacao/Netherlands

Curacao is  an island off the coast of Venezuela and is part of the Netherlands Antilles  made up of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, which are an integral part of the  Kingdom of Netherlands with domestic autonomy for each island and a parliamentary  democratic government. These islands cover 800 sq. km. with a population of  over 225,000. Willemstad is the capital city of Curacao. Dutch is the official  language but the common language is Papiamento.

In the early  1950s Cliff and Betty Lee started the ministries in Curacao where a strong  church was established and is today being carried on under the leadership of  Pastor Michael Look. With the retirement of the Lees in the 1990s and the  installation of Pastor Carlos Brunk as the first national pastor after his  graduation from Grace Bible College in 1991, GMI no longer has a full-time  missionary presence on the island but continues to work with the national  church especially in providing Papiamento literature. Carlos pastored the Grace  church in Curacao for nine years and after training other men for the ministry  felt the Lord leading him to establish other Grace churches in the Netherlands where  they founded another grace church in 2001 of primarily Papiamento-speaking  people who relocated to Holland from the Dutch Antilles. In 2012 a second  church was planted on the island of Curacao, Grace Connection.

Here is a link to   Gemeente De Bijbel, the church Carlos Brunk pastored in the Netherlands: gemeentedebijbel.

 

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