Jake & Lauren Jones

Jake and Lauren Jones

Jake grew up in Colombia where his parents served with Wycliffe Bible Translators, part of the time living amongst the Eduria, an indigenous community with whom his parents worked. Jake and Lauren attended Taylor University in Upland, IN, and they share a heart for the local church, under-resourced communities, and people society tends to forget. In 2003, Jake and Lauren started a social enterprise that serves as a tool for community development and reconciliation by providing jobs and a faith community of support for those who need a second chance in life. In 2005, Jake and Lauren, along with the inner-city community they were a part of, helped plant a church in Muncie, IN, with the vision of reconciling people to God and to each other, with a specific mission for racial reconciliation (urbanlightmuncie.com).

In 2015, through a friendship with Colombia team members Jorge and Ginny Enciso, Jake, Lauren, and their (now four) children moved to Colombia. The Joneses are leaders of a house church within the Ciudad Corazón movement and are a part of the Fundación Comunidad Viva community.

In 2017 the Joneses and two other friends started a Colombian non-profit Fundación Wájaro. Wájaro is an Eduria phrase meaning “let’s go together”. The mission of Wájaro is to support and build the Indigenous church and vulnerable communities throughout Colombia (wajaro.org). The Wájaro Foundation has been working extensively among the Wayuu in the desert region of northern Colombia, but is now expanding its reach, also working alongside the Pro-Indigenous Consortium of Colombia.

The Joneses’ deepest passion is to walk in the life of Christ, to reveal this Jesus who chose to turn the systems of this world upside down, and reconciling people to God and each other while living in authentic community with others.


Ministry: Wájaro Foundation Colombia

In 2017, SAM missionaries, Jake and Lauren Jones, and two friends started a Colombian non-profit called Fundación Wájaro, or The Wájaro Foundation. The word “wájaro” comes from the Enduria people of Colombia and means “let’s go together”.

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Ministry: Fundación Comunidad Viva

Fundación Comunidad Viva is a Colombia foundation started by Jorge and Ginny Enciso, leaders of SAM Colombia’s Bogotá team. At the heart of Comunidad Viva are house churches (Casas Corazones) who collectively meet monthly as Ciudad Corazón.

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Ministry: Colombia Field, GO Fund

South America Mission’s countries of service incur costs associated with catalyzing and managing ministry initiatives. We also invest resources in the infrastructure and services necessary to shepherd a vision-driven missionary community (e.g., compliance with local government regulations, operating a field office, stewarding field finances, pastoral care, etc.).

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Ministry: Colombia Church Planting

As God’s people live authentically—infusing the world with the grace and mercy of Jesus—the local church takes on the beauty God desires for it. God’s church is a gathering of people through which he works out the purposes of redemption—in individuals, families, cities and nations.

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