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By: Voltaire Cacal on: June 20, 2014
Story Type: Story    

Growing Partnerships in Mobilizing Latin-Americans

On June 11-14, the 9th General Assembly of FAM International took place in Placencia, Belize. Leaders from Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, and the U.S. gathered with Gustavo Soto (President of FAM International) and guests to discuss current work worldwide and opportunities for Spanish speakers serving in mission.  David Ruiz (VP of Global Ministries for Camino Global) was the guest lecturer this year as he talked about current global realities and the role of the Latin American church in mobilizing and caring for workers in mission.

Strategic partnerships continued to be an important element in the discussions as guests from ELIC (English Language Institute of China), Christar, and Camino Global discussed opportunities for service and processes for work together worldwide. Since its inception, FAM International has always served closely with Camino in global mobilization. But, as Soto had addressed, FAM and Camino had always served each other in “verbal agreements” more so than through formal parameters set forth by MOU’s (Memorandums of Understanding). But, in this next era of partnership and expansion, the Global Ministries team of Camino was able to share the streamlined process of Dual Membership for Latin Americans from different countries to become members of both FAM International and Camino Global in order to more effectively “reach the world” together.

Related to Strategic Initiatives and Global Mobilization, I was given the opportunity to address the research and development of work in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and specifically shared the Philippines Project. Three of the leaders who joined me in 2013 on an initial trip to the Philippines were present to share their experiences and insights on how a multi-national team from the Americas can work together with Filipinos to reach the unreached in the Philippines. A short video, handouts, and a PowerPoint presentation was made available to all participants as they expressed the desire to present this wonderful opportunity to the churches in their respective countries.

Overall, this was a groundbreaking meeting for FAM International, as a realization and motivation of global opportunities was evident in the discussions that took place over these 3.5 days. Important steps forward in Camino’s move to provide better services and improve on its processes to serve with FAM International in the days and years to come took place, and I look forward to seeing what more our Lord will reveal in the near future.

To fuel Latin mobilization to the Philippines, go here.

Voltaire D. Cacal is a first-generation Filipino-American and serves as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for Camino Global.

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