Missionary Paul Clark
I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma where my father pastored Tulsa Baptist Temple, one of the most mission minded churches in the U.S. at that time.God touched my heart for ministry at an age of 18, which motivated me to attend Pillsbury Baptist Bible College after graduating from high school. It was there that I met my wife, JoAnne, who also had a call to ministry. After marriage we had our three children: Jennifer, Emily and Jeremy. During those years we ministered to youth in Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma. While in Tulsa, Oklahoma we took our youth on mission’s trips to El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia. In 1977 the Lord called us to Colombia as missionaries. We arrived to the field in 1980 to work with youth ministries in Baptist churches in that country. Two years later God called us to start “The Bible Says…” of Colombia.
God gave us the vision, “Colombia for Christ” which speaks of establishing a model church in each of the 32 capital cities with the intention of evangelizing the entire country and forming a missionary base to get to the nations. The first church was established in Bogotá and after ten years was turned over to national leadership. That church then became a mother church giving birth to over 30 daughter works planted throughout the country. In all the works there is a strong emphasis upon the preaching of the word of God, biblical discipleship and world missions. Today there are thousand’s of baptized believers throughout Colombia who have been discipled and equipped to participate in “Colombia for Christ”. The Lord is now taking us to other nations of the world with a church being established in Caracas, Venezuela and another is to be planted in the country of Spain within the next year. Two Colombian missionary families will be separated to those countries within the next months.
By God’s grace, JoAnne and I ministered together in Colombia for 31 years. Our hearts full of joy, as “Colombia for Christ” became a reality through the dedication of our Colombian leadership and laity to this vision.
In July of 2012 God took JoAnne to be with him after battling cancer. I returned to Colombia knowing that God’s call continued in my heart. Soon after, the Lord in his watch care and goodness in my life, gave me a Colombian family as I remarried and now have two little girls.
I consider myself very privileged to have participated in one of the most amazing missionary works that God has done in the world. We praise Him for doing the supernatural in a country that has been ridden with violence and corruption! Colombia is now becoming a sending headquarters for world missions. To Him be the glory!