The response to teaching God’s Word to national leaders has been so powerful that it is as if Latin American nations were ready and just waiting for Capitol Ministries to appear and show the way, said Oscar Zamora, who was named CM’s Director for Latin America earlier this year.
Among leaders in his home country of Peru and those of neighboring nations, Zamora’s efforts to create discipleship Bible study ministries in national capitals has been met with wholehearted support.
“They said, ‘This is what we have been waiting for!'”
He is very encouraged by the response, particularly when many leaders are misusing their political powers.
“I am heartened that some of the legislators in Congress in my country, Peru, see a need in government for the biblical values and principles that will be taught in our Bible studies, especially at this time when Peru is facing corruption at all levels,” Zamora said.
“It has been such a privilege to share the Capitol Ministries vision with them and see how willing they are to be part of this mission.”
“This same enthusiasm is shared by our friends in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay, and in Paraguay where, next year, we will be starting discipleship Bible studies to members of Congress.”
With an extensive history in ministry, vast connections throughout Latin America, and a long-time passion to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to national leaders, Zamora fits perfectly with the Capitol Ministries mission.
His wife, Elizabeth Lay, ran for alderwoman for the city council of Surco, one of the districts of Lima, and worked as the executive assistant for two congressmen from Lima. Married for 29 years, Elizabeth and Oscar are the parents of Lorena, 27, Claudia, 25, and Valeria, 16. Elizabeth is the daughter of Humberto Lay, an architect and a pastor who will be running for the mayor of Lima in next year’s race.
Under Zamora’s leadership, numerous Capitol Ministries Bible studies, in addition to those already offered on the CM website, have been translated into Spanish. He arranged for Ralph Drollinger’s book, Rebuilding America, The Biblical Blueprint, to be translated into Spanish under the new title, Reconstruyendo Una Nación (Rebuilding A Nation).
Along with Perry Gauthier, CM’s North America Director, Zamora traveled this summer to Chicago for the Global Leadership Summit where the two directors shared CM’s vision with visiting leaders and pastors from Latin America and invited them to partner with the ministry. Many of the men readily accepted and will attend Capitol Ministries’ Fall Training Conference in Washington, D.C. in November.
After the 7.1 earthquake hit the capital city, Zamora traveled to Mexico to meet with national leaders.
“I encouraged them through those difficult times and at the same, time, challenged them to be part of Capitol Ministries for the blessing of the whole country,” he said.
“My wife, Elizabeth, and I are so honored to be a part of Capitol Ministries. I am certain that the Capitol Ministries’ mission is part of God’s agenda for the world today!”