A warm hello to all of you who faithfully pray for CBM’s ministry. We are Bill and Janice Dyck. I (Bill) serve in the role of Latin America, Discipleship and Theological Education Specialist, and I (Janice) continue to support a ministry to children in the red-light district of Cochabamba, Bolivia. We are currently based out of Calgary, but our ministry focus continues to be in Latin America. So we would like to give you a bit of an update on Bolivia, Guatemala, and El Salvador as seen through our involvements.
As in Canada, restrictions related to Covid are being lifted and churches and schools are resuming in-person meetings. The Bolivian Baptist Union recently held their annual assembly meetings, in person, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. I (Bill) have been involved in helping the denomination set up discipleship and support groups for pastors. I am happy that they have now included this program in their 5-year plan. This can be a vehicle for spiritual support for pastors and even church growth.
As schools open up, children can go back to school, but many have fallen behind from where they should be, families have been disrupted, and there is the risk of youth with a lot of potential falling through the cracks as they try to transition from high school to university. Keeping track of and helping youth from the Foundation has been a real challenge for Goretty and the other Foundation staff.
Thankfully, travel is opening up. We are planning a trip to Bolivia this coming November. It will be nice to meet and encourage the rising leaders of DPP in Bolivia and the kids and staff at the Foundation. At the end of June, I (Bill) will be taking a ministry trip to Guatemala and El Salvador. Plans are underway for speaking engagements, three training events aimed at starting new DPP groups, theological education consultations with educators, and an evaluation of Marketplace Ministries’ curriculum.
Please pray for Latin America as it recovers from and continues to cope with Covid and all of the challenges that exist around health, food and income, education, and the running of organizations.
Thank you so much for your continued prayer support for Latin America and CBM. As we lift up our prayers to a God who is loving and able to do more than we can ask or imagine, we know that He will work all things for the good of His people.