Hello and greetings from Kathleen and Bruno Soucy in Guatemala where we serve as team leaders for Latin America and the Caribbean. We are presently in San Pedro La Laguna where we are accompanying our sending church, The Journey Church from Moncton, NB as they participate in a SENT learning and serving experience. They have been invited into the lives of teachers and students, and a few of the students’ family homes, as well as the community as they serve in a school of our partner churches. These experiences enrich and expand our understanding of God and the privilege and responsibility we have as co-workers in His Kingdom both globally and locally in our own communities. It has been a blessing and encouragement to have representatives from our own Canadian church with us. They have seen firsthand the impact of their support for Children at Risk and for the churches leading these ministries.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
This year we will welcome at least 12 SENT teams in our LAC region. We believe that while our primary focus is to serve our LAC partners and their efforts to be salt and light in their context, we also have an important mandate to serve the Canadian church. We seek innovative ways to engage Canadian visitors in the work of the local church, to learn from them and awaken their own hearts and minds to see their church engage their own Canadian community. We are thankful for our staff who are committed to preparing the local community and being with visiting teams: Byron Velasquez (Guatemala & El Salvador), Kathryn Scott (Dominican Republic teams), Huttons and Patty Nacho (Bolivia).
Partner relationship and capacity building:
We signed new MOUs with Semillas in El Salvador and with IBAREDO in the Dominican Republic.
Recently, we have engaged with several of our partners in a “Partner Assessment”. This is not an evaluation of competence or ability. But rather an opportunity to explore areas where CBM and our partner can leverage each of our resources, our vision for mission and ministry, and areas for growth, to maximize the impact for the Kingdom in the communities where we work together. We have completed assessments with our Bolivian and Cuban partners and prepared new 5-year partnership agreements. Partner leaders from around the world also came to Canada and participated in a partner assessment of CBM to highlight areas where effectiveness of ministry and collaboration with our partners might be possible. We pray that God will honour these efforts to grow healthy partnerships.
This year we celebrate Kathleen’s mother, Barbara Gladman, who will be turning 100 in December. Well before the snow flies, we plan to gather family from Norway, Guatemala, and throughout Canada to be together to celebrate her life in Halifax. We thank God for her good health and for the steady presence she has been in our lives and especially for giving us all the rare opportunity to be together.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt 22:37-39
Thank you for your faithful support through financial giving and prayer. May God richly bless you.