Texas Gift Funds New Opportunities to ‘Encounter Christ’
Wilson Boots and Rev. Richard Laster, when the
By Eleanor L. Colvin, Director of Communications
A harvest of ministry partnerships and a potential for mission is being reaped throughout Latin America and the
Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the
Even while spending the summer serving in
“Encounter monies provide support for front edge mission projects in many of the countries where Texas Conference Partners in
Strength of the Denomination
The 2008 General Conference acknowledged the fruitfulness of Encounter with Christ, and endorsed the future partnerships of American Methodists in the
A General Conference plenary session formally addressed UM mission involvement with Methodists in these regions for the first time since the 1968 General Conference. Additionally, delegates approved a petition to establish a Committee on Connectional Program, a body to be constituted by bishops of the UMC with bishops/presidents of the churches of Latin America and the Caribbean, with leadership of CIEMAL (Council of Evangelical Methodist churches of Latin America and the Caribbean) and the MCCA (Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas) as well representatives of the boards and agencies of the UMC.
“For the past two decades, the UMC has been committed to enhancing the solidarity experienced among Methodists in the Latin America and
I was raising a sum in excess of $1 million that enabled the interest revenue to be activated for mission.
“Some $300,000 has now been provided from the interest monies of the Encounter Permanent Fund for mission partnership projects with 16 national Methodist churches throughout the Latin American/Caribbean region,” Boots said. “The Texas Conference has given more than $70,000 to this fund.”
Among the most recent gifts from the TAC, was a $10,000 donation from a clergy spouse that was given at the 2008 ordination ceremony to celebrate the ordination his wife, Rev. Kelly Sullivan of La Porte UMC..
Such gifts are indicative of the strong ties Texas Conference Methodists have to mission in Latin America and the
“We have people here in the Texas Annual Conference from many – probably all – of the countries we are in ministry with within this region,” Boots said. “This all creates a flow of missional energy – a flow of missional commitment, so that we are strengthened.”
As an example of the flow of missional energy, Boots noted TAC Missionary Diane Wimberly, who serves
The following countries are engaged in ministry partnerships through Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the