In July, Jeff was invited to roll out HORIZONTES (Horizons Spanish) to the Latin American world at the first gathering of young Baptists from countries across Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
JUBLA (the Baptist Youth Organization of Latin America) had issued the invitation to present Horizons and for Jeff to conduct seminars to the 800 delegates in the host city of Cancun, Mexico. He was warmly welcomed and since he has had a relationship for the past five years with most of the planning committee, and through his work with the Baptist World Alliance Youth Department, it was a date he was not allowed to miss!
Since the conference there has been a major interest from Mexico which is now training several mentors led by Horizons mentors Sergio Martin (Spain) and Cynthia Bollatti (Argentina). With over 30 now in training, the goal of Julio Cesar Hernandez ,the director of Youth Leaders Training in Mexico is to reach the three major regions of Mexico and to look at translating into three of the indigenous languages in their country.
Prayer and Praise
- Praise God for the training of new leaders in Bucharest Romania in February who are taking the Horizons program in their language and using it to train others.
- Pray for Benjamin and Barbara Bascó as they finish this month the translation of the Hungarian version of Horizons and as we prepare for the summer with the Basco’s for the world gathering of Hungarian Baptists where Jeff be the daily morning speaker for the youth at the conference, as well as releasing the Hungarian version of Horizons and leadership training.
- Please pray for the continuing translation of German and Slovak versions of Horizons and for the capable (and often overburdened) leaders who are working in these unions.
- Praise God for the recent amazing Youth and Children’s conference in Vienna, Austria, where 75 leaders from around Europe gathered for focus on mission and youth. It was our largest conference yet. Pray for the Executive Leaders, Bob Morris, Filip Grujic, Yanita Georgieva, Ronald van den Oever and Dimitar Georgiev (currently suffering from pneumonia) and myself as we plan for the next conference and other endeavours.
- Pray for Horizons Live training conferences in Torino Italy, Cairo, Egypt, and for Jeff’s Spring Course with Acadia and EBF youth leaders coming to the Czech Republic the end of May.
- Pray for Deann who is in a battle with her health, as she is trying to live a healthy fit lifestyle despite pain and other health complications that have arisen as of late. Pray for Zachary that as he winds up his second year at Crandall that God will give him direction for his future, pray for Matthew (and us) as he enters his teen years and all that this entails!
About Jeff & Deann Carter
Jeff and Deann serve with CBM in Europe, based in the Czech Republic where Jeff is Youth Ministry Training Coordinator and Advisor for the European Baptist Federation (EBF), an organization comprised of Baptist federations and unions from across 51 countries. He is also a faculty lecturer at the International Baptist Theological Seminary. Deann has served in several pastoral roles, was Chaplain at Mount Allison University, pastor of visitation/youth at Moncton First Baptist Church, Pastoral Care Director at Spencers nursing home and part-time chaplain at two hospitals prior to joining Jeff in international missions work.