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
Raechel Penner has joined the Avance one-year missionary internship program. She will be in Mexico, living with a Mexican family and serving in their community. She will also help teach the children of missionary families.
Justin will spend the summer immersed in Mexican culture: living with a Mexican family, taking Spanish lessons, serving the community and participating in the local church. As he moves forward in this this new and challenging cultural experience, he looks forward to seeing God at work in him and others.
Justin will serve in various countries in Latin America for a year. He will be travelling and serving along with his friend Matthew MacLeod. They will be ministering in Colombia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica in conjunction with different missionaries. Although each country and ministry will be different, they will mainly be involved in teaching English, running camp activities, doing camp maintenance, hosting groups, and working with kids in the slum areas of San Jose.
Matthew will serve in various Latin American countries for a year. He will be travelling and serving with his friend Justin Mulder. They will be ministering in Colombia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica alongside with different missionaries. Although each country and ministry will be different, they will mainly be involved in teaching English, running camp activities, doing camp maintenance, hosting groups, and working with kids in the slum areas of San Jose.
Karen will be spending five weeks in Barranquilla on the north coast of Colombia visiting with Chinese business owners to share the gospel. This is her second visit, so she is pleased to be visiting those who accepted Christ on her previous trip.
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.
Isabel has joined the LAM Canada staff as the Avance Mobilizer. She will be working with mobilization in North America, primarily for Avance, but she will also be providing guidance to those seeking for a placement in other countries in Latin America and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
David and Esther Bettney
David and Esther have been with LAM in Honduras since 2006. They serve at Comunidad Educativa Evangélica (CEE), a Christian bilingual school located in Siguatepeque.
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.
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.
Jim and Pat McInnes
Jim and Pat began missionary work in Costa Rica in 1972, Jim working in electronics and Pat in nursing. Over the years the Lord has led them toward a variety of work: youth mentorship; university age and couples’ discipleship and Bible study; short term mission projects and eventually in 1984 He led them to pastor the bilingual congregation of Union Church.
“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 and Pam Duarte have carried out a multi-faceted ministry in Costa Rica since joining 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.
Beverly and Rubén Ramirez
Rubén and Beverly Ramirez have been ministering in Colombia with LAM Canada since 1990. Initially, they were involved in student ministry in Medellin; later, they worked in Manizales mentoring pastors. In 1994, they moved to the city of Armenia to begin a church plant and have remained there since.
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.
Jacob and Leidy live and work with youth-based ministries in Armenia, Quindío - Colombia. With a population of around 250,000, Armenia is a small town, but with big needs.
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.
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.
Ruth Thomson has served in the Amazon Region for over 50 years. Together with another missionary from Unevangelized Fields Mission, they turned the Indian Kayapó language into a written one, devised an alphabet, taught the Indians to read their own language and finally came to the goal of translating the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament and the JESUS film.
When Ruth returns to Brazil at the end of this year, she hopes to begin the distribution of the audio version, check Psalms 1 – 30 which her colleague has translated, and continue work on the revision of the New Testament.
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.
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 Trinidad, Bolivia, where their work is split between Fundación Totaí and El Jireh evangelical church.
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