Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20
Rebeca and Joshua Sissons
Rebeca and Josh Sissons desire to equip and support the Church of Christ through an integration of faith and vocation. Rebeca will participate in the equipping of lay people in Portugal for the work God has called them to do in the marketplace but also in their churches. The work will be done remotely from Victoria, with occasional trips to Portugal for team support. Josh works as a Special Needs Education Assistant in Victoria, BC.
Taylor Chester will work as a teacher at Comunidad Educativa Evangelica (CEE) in Siguatepeque, Honduras.
Allan and Rhoda Holt
Allan Holt and Rhoda organize around three trips each year to Latin American destinations, from January to March. They have served in this ministry for many years.
Carolina is a native Colombian, who came to Canada with a desire to learn English and to do a Master’s degree in Chemistry. However, God had other plans for her. She is presently the Dean of a Spanish theological school in Toronto called the Instituto de Formación Ministerial (IFM).
Ken and Sue Vissers
Ken and Sue Vissers have worked with LAM Canada in Christian camping since 1996, first pouring their hearts and energy into the development of Camp La Cumbre in Costa Rica, bringing the ministry to self-sufficiency with national leadership. Following a side trip to Edinburgh in 2004 where Ken pursued a Masters in Outdoor Education, the Vissers felt called to Honduras where Ken is the national coordinator of camping ministries for Scripture Union Honduras.
Joe Nesci, a retiree, is using his gifts and passion for evangelism in a growing ministry to Spanish migrant workers in the Greater Toronto area.
Marcelo and Giulliana Viana (Sofia and Caio)
Marcelo and Giulliana Viana are a dynamic, young Brazilian couple who are excited about God’s call to minister to the Brazilian, and other immigrant communities in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Carlos and Jeannette Lopez
Carlos Milton and Jeannette Lopez are passionate about training, equipping and empowering Christian leaders through TELL and UniTell Training in Latin America. They are also involved in protecting kids, teenagers and young women from becoming victims of Human Trafficking. They have created the Integrated Strategic Plan Against Human Trafficking; an educational program to educate and protect potential victims.
Joel and Mairee Garcia
Joel and Mairee García will be serving in outreach programs to the migrant community in South Durham, Ontario.
Santiago and Diana Benavides
Santiago and Diana Benavides, have joined LAM for short term service in Canada and hope to take time to ‘regroup’, be refreshed, to expand their service to new cultural boundaries, to serve the local church and to get involved in LAM ministry in Canada
John and Tracey Pieters
John and Tracey Pieters work on the edge of Mexico City – a city of almost 30 million inhabitants – to motivate, assist and equip Mexicans to start and serve in new congregations. The Pieters work alongside the “One in Christ” congregation, a church they helped plant.
Gwen will be teaching Grade 5 at the BridgeWay North American School in Mexico City beginning September 2017.
Have you ever had an experience that you knew was going to change your life? That’s what happened in 2001 when Chris first went to Guatemala as part of a Short Term Missions team. Now with Social Work and fundraising added to her resume, Chris is back in Guatemala teaching ESL to students 10-18 years of age.
Tony and Valentina Liborio
Tony and Valentina have now returned to Canada from Guatemala where they spent two years working among the Jacalteco speaking people of the Huehuetenango mountain region. Tony hails from El Salvador and Guatemalan-born Valentina spent much of her life in the Province of Quebec, where they currently reside.
Benjamin and Isabel Martinez
Benjamin and Isabel work amongst the Miskitos in Puerto Lempira. They pastor a Moravian Church and work with leadership development and church planting in the interior of Honduras.
Kike and Belinda Vega
Kike and Belinda are a young Honduran couple who are passionate about using their gifts for the Lord.
They are pastoring a new church in "downtown" Siguatepeque and developing a sports centre for outreach and to minister to at-risk youth.
Sam and Jeyssi Lee
Sam’s main goal is to evangelize and equip children and teens in Nicaragua for he sees them as the country’s future church. He is also involved in church planting and community development.
Oscar and Ada Rivera
Oscar and Ada minister in Nicaragua to people who have addictions at a government sponsored rehab centre. They also minister through Bible studies, and counseling.
Rommel and Ana Julia Raudales
Rommel and Ana Julia Raudales have been working with Quien Soy Yo Ministires in Granada, Nicaragua, for several years. They are currently in Toronto and getting ready to return to Nicaragua at the beginning of 2019.
David and Marilyn Longworth
David and Marylin met in Costa Rica in 1980 at the Roblealto Bible Home. Since then they have worked with the Bible Society of Costa Rica and with Camp Roblealto. Their latest ministry is with the Glorious Day Foundation, a foundation Dave helped to set up with two other men who share his vision to minister to adolescents at risk in need of a loving, Christ-centred environment in which to prepare themselves for the future.
Although God called Jim home in 2019, Pat is continuing the missionary work to which she and Jim were called – both in Costa Rica and beyond. She is active in encouraging and edifying the body of Christ wherever the Lord sends her. Prayer counselling is one of the focuses of her ministry.
“You were meant for something bigger than Surrey.” These were the words that haunted Kayla almost nightly in 2009, until one night it was so strong she could not brush it off any longer. Kayla is overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness and the opportunities as she serves in the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle. She continues to work as the Short Term Coordinator for Latin Link Costa Rica (a sister organization of LAM Canada), while studying and also working in low income neighborhoods building friendships/counselling.
Nery and Pam Duarte
Nery has carried out a multi-faceted ministry in Costa Rica since he and his late wife, Pam, joined LAM Canada in the early 90s. Nery’s current ministry focus includes pastoral and chaplaincy work at a local prison. He also counsels church leaders and missionaries.
Rodolfo and Nancy Rose Umaña
Rodolfo and Nancy Rose (Longworth) Umaña joined the LAM Canada missionary family in 2006. They work with the Iglesia Bíblica Monte de Dios in Heredia. Rodolfo previously served with Camp Roblealto and ESEPA Seminary as Director of Development. Nancy Rose is the daughter of retired LAM missionaries Don and Nancy Longworth.
Alan and Eileen van der Woerd
Alan and Eileen are looking to move back to Costa Rica and serve with ESEPA seminary, where Alan has been accepted on the faculty. With a heart for training church leaders in Latin America, they sense God’s hand on their lives. Alan and Eileen ask you to partner with them in a new mission adventure.
David and Esther Bettney
Dave and Esther Bettney, along with their children, Grace and Zach, have recently moved to Medellín, Colombia. Pray for strength and grace as they transition to living in Colombia and for wisdom as they consider their next steps upon the completion of Esther’s PhD.
Hernán Bravo and Rosa Camargo Bravo
In the year 1988, God called Hernán and Rosa to serve as missionaries in their own country, founding churches in places where the gospel had not been preached. As of 2015, they have founded 3 churches and supported leaders and pastors to start 36 new churches in the Colombian Caribbean Coast and 4 in Venezuela.
Jorge and Gail Atiencia
Jorge and Gail serve in Colombia, focusing on the formation of Bible Expositors on a variety of fronts. The preaching “minischools”--where pastors as well as laymen and women receive training and mentoring over a three-year period--continue to thrive and multiply in various locations throughout Central and South America as well as in Africa and Asia.
Ale & Andrés Rincón (Violeta & Lucas)
The Rincons are involved with ZONAJ and Shalom’s Church ministries in the city of Armenia. Their main focus has been on these specific projects: 4D Leadership Development, ZONAJ (Youth in Movement), THE NEST - Pregnant Teens Center, Shalom’s Biblical School and Missions.
Jacob and Leidy Paul
Jacob and Leidy live and work in Armenia, Quindio Colombia with their son Oliver. They are involved in various projects with ZonaJ including Vida 4D, Reaxion and El Nido (a local crisis teen pregnancy centre), which they founded in 2016.
Daniel and Helen Bravo
Daniel and Helen work in community development projects and minister to vulnerable youth. Their ministry is focused on two aspects: evangelism to teens through sports and youth missionary teams.
Angela and Peter have recently returned to Brazil where Angela will be serving as a LAM missionary in Ponta Negra, Natal, RN. She is reaching out to children and families with the love of God, through teaching English (using the Bible), Spanish and after school programs such as crafts to generate extra income. The goal is to address both the spiritual and material needs of those she ministers to and bring hope in the name of Jesus Christ.
Dione and Samuel Santos Lima (Sabrina)
Dione works in scripture translation and ministry to the Kayapo people in the Amazon Region. She and her husband, Samuel, minister in Redencao, surrounding villages and at the hospital where many Kayapo and Xikrin come for treatment.
Dan and Marcia Lawrance
Dan was born and raised in Brazil to Canadian missionary parents. At an early age he gave his life over to the Lord and he started pursuing God´s will to become a missionary pilot. Marcia was also born and raised in Brazil with a professional background in physiotherapy. Dan and a few other Christian pilots are now in the process of establishing a new mission aviation program in Belém.
Craig and Amanda Cunningham (Sam)
Craig (from Scotland) and Amanda (from Canada) live and work in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
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