Monday, November 25, 2013

Latin America Mission: A Ministry of United World Mission

We haven't said a lot about the transition involved with LAM merging into UWM, mostly because our day to day life has been affected minimally and we weren't quite sure what to expect. Last week we met with John Bernard, our new president, as well as several other staff members from the UWM sending office. They helped us hammer out details over administrative issues (if you are a financial supporter hopefully you have already received information), and also to just listen to us and hear more about our ministries.

A few things we are excited about:

1. Expansion: Not every Avance participant who comes through our doors feels called to Latin America. Now we have the opportunity to direct them towards other opportunities worldwide after their training is complete, all while staying within the same family.

2. Networking: UWM has traditionally had very few/no short-term options, but they are begining to change that. We have the opportunity to share what we have learned in this journey with other programs, as well as learn from them.

3. Servant Leadership: Our overall impression, really from the first day that we met with UWM leadership, was that they are humble, good listeners, equippers, and overall wanting to support the legacy and mission of LAM and its missionaries.

Last week was a flurry of activity and most days we did not arrive home until 10:30 or 11 pm, but we are thankful for the time that we were able to spend with the UWM staff. Please continue to pray for us all as we look to become one family rather than two seperate distinct ones, and for the immense amount of administrative work that is necessary to make this merger happen as smoothly as possible.

Thank you!

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