Saturday, April 8

Making a difference in Latin America -- Opportunities for Short Term Mission Trips

I thought I would share with everyone the work that one of my favorite organizations is doing in Latin America. Great Commission Latin America is a church planting, leadership development, and community outreach non-profit doing some pretty amazing things in Central America and Mexico.

If you are on your church's mission committee, Deacons or Elder board, or just a regular church member who wants to make a difference, I would encourage you to contact Carlos Garcia at 614.668.1030 for more information. They are not in it for the money, so the cost of the mission trips (per individual) are much lower than most of these "mission trip" planning companies. They have people on the ground in these countries, and a proven infrastructure to make sure you get to know the culture, while contributing to these impoverished areas.

Here is their missions information page.

Great Commission Latin America is committed to plant a growing church in every important city of Latin America. We empower believers to share the Gospel to the Hispanic world.

More than 25 years ago, our Hispanic movement of churches started in Latin America. Since the beginning God gave us the vision to be part of reaching the world with the Gospel.

God has been glorified through the testimony of many changed lives. He has used us to reach, disciple and train leaders to grow to become pastors. God also used us to bring hope to many communities after terrible disasters like Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1998, the deadly mudslides in Venezuela in 2000 and the earthquake in El Salvador in 2001.

Now we are bringing health services to the sick, education to the children and leadership training to communities. We also developed projects to help single mothers become self-sufficient and to restore health to malnourished children who are starving.

However, our greatest joy is that God is using us to bring people from eternal death to eternal life. This is the joy of bringing a taste of heaven to earth.

Please contact Carlos Garcia at 614.668.1030 for more information. Reaching the world with the Gospel becomes a team effort and together, as the body of Christ, we can cause an impact for the world our holy Savior died for.

Click here to see a list of the next Short Term Mission trips to Latin America for 2006:

Here are some of the projects they have been involved in.
PROJECTS, OPPORTUNITIES & NEEDS
Medical, construction, farming and educational projects with one thing in common, the Gospel and the local church involvement.

SALUD TOTAL
La Ceiba, Honduras
This health clinic provides services to a large region in Honduras. Medical and Construction teams are needed.

FISHERIES & SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
Camalote, Honduras
This is a poor region in Honduras where God has brought revival in the last four years. Help families build tilapia farm tanks, chicken pens, improve elementary schools and other development projects.

YOUTH SKILLS TRAINING SCHOOL
Camalote, Honduras
Education is the only tool that can break the cycle of misery and poverty. Help us set up a shop to train the youth of the region in skills such as carpentry, construction and welding.

CHILDREN MALNUTRITION RECOVERY CENTER
Choluteca, Honduras
Thousands of children die of starvation. Come and help us build a specialized center to restore the health of these children and train their parents about nutrition.

YOUTH OUTREACH CENTER
San Salvador, El Salvador
We have implemented some youth outreach programs and have seen kids receive Christ, be discipled, and then take leadership roles in the church. Help us set up this Youth Outreach Center to reach, mentor, tutor and prepare these young students for life.

OTHER
There are many other projects and places to go. Cities like Lima, Monterrey, Managua, Olanchito, Guapiles, Valencia; places like Oasis Orphanage or the Lenca Tribe in Honduras; Projects range from painting a school, setting up a workshop for teaching new recipes to women, to organizing events for the local firemen and business professionals. God wants to use you and your gifts. Join us in continuing to be equipped in living out the great commission.
Here is their statement of faith.