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Campos Blancos, Cordoba, Argentina
Twenty four delegates from thirteen countries representing eleven missions agencies involved in sending Latin Americans missionaries, attended the GO Global Network consultation held at Campos Blancos in Cordoba, Argentina September 6-7.
The consultation was called to consider the barriers facing these missions agencies in increasing the flow of missionaries from this continent, particularly to the least reached peoples in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
A list of 42 specific barriers was identified and classified. Then participants considered GO Global Network’s “Pathways” proposal to see in what ways this might address these issues. The final session involved generating specific recommendations to GO Global Network. GO Global’s Pathways program is based on interdependent partnerships between sending churches in Latin America, churches in North America, and churches near the target people group.
The main classifications of the barriers in order of most problems mentioned were lack of training or field effectiveness (15), difficulties with finances (8), false perceptions by the church (7), general lack of cooperation (6), unpreventable field situations (3), and lack of vision by the churches (3).
It was clear that that GO Global’s pathways program, with its clear emphasis on pre-field training and defined training objectives along the pathway, addresses some of the principal concerns regarding field effectiveness and lack of training. With a defined collaborative pathway based on clear norms, quality control issues can be addressed.
Although the Pathways program does not directly address the financial needs or stability of Latin American missionaries, the various churches that enter into the partnership will have a concern for the missionary’s financial condition and well being. This should help create greater stability for the field worker. The other areas of concern regarding lack of vision, visible cooperation, and perceptions held by churches, need to be address generally by all the affiliates of the network.
Specific suggestions for GO Global included maintaining a database with information regarding all the parties involved in order to facilitate matching candidates with churches in North America and other continents, and opportunities for service on the field. Other suggested involvement included helping with funds transfers and insurance issues.
For more details concerning the GO Global Network and the Pathways program, please consult www.GOglobalnet.org.
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