The Torrison’s ministry in Uruguay has two main focuses: to support the existing FWB churches through Bible institute classes and other teaching and to team with Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster to plant a new church in our neighborhood of Montevideo. Uruguay, although located in South America, is very European in culture. Around 40% are atheist/agnostic. It is also a very expensive place to live, so they are having to think out of the box as far as what a “normal” church plant might look like. They cannot rent or buy a building and put out a sign. So they are focusing on the “body” of the church first, trusting that in time the building will come. The Torrisons want to be “out and about,” building relationships, striving to help the community and share Christ’s love. They do this in many creative ways like English conversation, craft days, local classes, and helping out at the girls’ school.
As an eight-year-old, Steve was saved during church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He rededicated his life while in the U.S. Navy, and shortly thereafter felt called to preach. During his third year at Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma, Steve specifically felt and surrendered to the call to the mission field.
Lori was saved at the age of five. After a moving sermon at church, she informed her parents “she wanted to get saved,” and knelt with them by the couch at home. Lori first felt the tug towards missions in seventh grade but did not surrender to the call to missions until a student revival during her second year at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College.
Steve and Lori Torrison were appointed as career missionaries to Panama in July 2004. Following a year of language school in San Jose, Costa Rica, they moved to Chitré, Panama, in April 2006. The Torrisons assisted Stan and Brenda Bunch with the rapidly growing new church plant in Chitré. They were also involved in area studies to determine areas with the most need for future churches.
After a year of stateside assignment, the Torrisons returned to Panama in 2010 and began work on a church plant in Penonomé, Panama, working with Osvaldo Ortega, a 2011 graduate of the Panama Free Will Baptist Seminary. Steve and Lori left the church in his care when they returned for stateside assignment in 2014, anticipating the transition from field missionaries to a partnership with the Panamanian association in January 2015. In April 2014, the Board approved a transfer from Panama to Uruguay for the Torrisons, since the Panamanian work no longer requires full-time missionary staffing. While on stateside assignment, they also served as missionaries-in-residence during the 2014-2015 academic year at Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma.
On May 31, 2015, the Torrison family departed for Montevideo, Uruguay, to begin their new ministry. They worked to foster leadership development, teach Bible classes, and spearhead discipleship training. They also began the process of building relationships as the first step toward a new church plant in the greater Montevideo area.
They have two daughters, Melanie Joyce (December 13) and Abby Elizabeth (October 14).
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Updated May 16, 2018
- We were given financial clearance to return to Uruguay on July 4!
- The Lord provided a house within walking distance from the girls’ school, and cheaper than the one we had before!
- Pray for wisdom and safety of travel for Steve and other Bible institute instructors. Pray the students would be diligent and willing to
- Pray for the people of Uruguay to see that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Only 6% of the country claim to be Christian.
- Pray the Lord would guide us to those who are searching.