Alf and Hilary Cooper, Chile

Alf and Hilary Cooper, Chile

Working to see churches planted and multiplied in Chile and beyond through pastoring La Trinidad de Las Condes church.

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We started planting churches in Santiago in 1975, when we were first married. The first one was in a poor section of the city. However, it became apparent that we should plant in the wealthy, upper middle class area of Santiago where there was no evangelical witness. Today more than 23 missions and churches have been planted.

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    Due to more heavy rain, river levels are again rising in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, where flooding had already taken 150 lives and displaced over 150,000 people. Please pray for the people of Brazil and particularly Rio Grande do Sul as they try to recover from this tragedy. Read more

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    We praise God with mission partners Rosie and Stu Bayford that the community market has now been running for two years! During this time, the market has been able to distribute more than 22 tonnes of surplus or donated food and serve 35 families. Give thanks that the market has also served as a place… Read more

Alf and Hilary’s story

Our mission work has provided wonderful opportunities to spread the gospel – including the period when Alf was chaplain to President Piñera (2010–2013). This role gave Alf enormous access into the world of politics, law-making and the general evangelical, Pentecostal scene within Chile. We have also developed a TV programme called Hazte Cargo and Late, in which we introduce biblical teachings regarding contemporary issues.

Hilary was brought up in a South American Missionary Society (SAMS) home (her parents Anthony and Peggy Barratt were SAMS missionaries) and she and her two brothers and two sisters toured Britain with the famous Picaflores harp and guitar group. When she came to Chile on a holiday in 1974, she met Alf. We were soon married. Alf was brought up in Chile and sent to school in England.

While studying at Bristol University, he came to Christ after investigating various alternative spiritual paths. As a result he went to All Nations Christian College and later joined SAMS as an evangelist and church planter.

Together, we developed church planting strategies alongside the SAMS mission team in Santiago and have spent more than 30 years building up the church we pastor – La Trinidad de Las Condes.

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