Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February Update: Congreso in Panama

What an awesome month! As you know, I am the Director of Operations in Campus Crusade Latin America and the Caribbean. My area includes administration and finance, fund development, technology, measurements, legal and communications. With 26 national ministries all trying to serve their local staff in these areas, we saw the need to bring all of our staff and employees in Operations from all over the continent for vision, training and fellowship. Our task, very simply, is to provide the services for our ministries to be able to double and triple in size in the coming few years, reaching thousands with the Gospel of Jesus.

We met together in Panama City, a beautiful city in the very center of Latin America. We challenged our staff to dream big as they consider their ministries in the year 2020. I gave them the assignment to write a fictional news story from November 30, 2020 describing their ministry. Their dreams went way beyond mine. Here is a sample of the 2020 dreams:

The new systems have enabled Mexico since last year to send 100 missionaries per year to other countries in LAC.

From Peru: these new staff members were trained to reach 15 indigenous areas where 15 non-Spanish dialects are spoken. We are now seeing active ministries in each of these areas.

My job, together with the team God has raised up for Operations in our area, is to continue to coach and develop these national leaders so that they are able to multiply themselves in the lives of others so that we will really see growth in movements of evangelism and discipleship!

What’s next on the calendar?

February 24-26 National Leaders conference in San Jose

February 26-March 11 Back to Oregon. Jeanie has continued to suffer from back pain and we will be going back to Oregon for a complete work up there.

March 18-22 Washington, D.C. to meet a new grandson.

March 23-26 Caribbean National Leadership Conference.


VERY successful Congreso in Panama for our Operations people from throughout Latin America.

Our residence visas in Costa Rica were approved! A few more details ahead, including registering with Costa Rica Social Security. (Oh yes, we will begin paying taxes in Costa Rica)

Prayer requests:

Please pray for a definite diagnosis and treatment plan for Jeanie when we go to Oregon.

Please pray for our daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Dustin, as they expect a new baby boy in the next couple of weeks. Pray for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

Please pray for our son Andrew as he finishes his sophomore year at University of Florida and plans a summer of missions in Bolivia. Pray that God will use him in a mighty way.

In San Jose, things are moving ahead with our architect and builder for the build out of our new office space. We hope it will be complete by the end of April. Please pray for all the details of our construction project: Materials, schedule, no cost overruns, permits, etc., etc.

Please pray that God would raise up an assistant for me in Costa Rica who is particularly capable in IT.