HCJB Global's Wayne Pederson Available to Comment on Exciting New Global Evangelism Initiative
Unique Mentoring Program Equips Latin Missionaries to Reach World
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 12 /Christian Newswire
/ -- – HCJB Global (www.HCJBGlobal.org
) has just announced a unique ministry to provide targeted training for the exploding Latin American missionary movement to fulfill its Great Commission calling. Veteran broadcaster Wayne Pederson, HCJB Global's president, is available to explain the significance of the program, called "Corrientes" (or "Currents"), and how Christians in North America can assist their brothers and sisters from the Southern Hemisphere take the Gospel to regions of the world where Westerners are not welcome.
"The launch of Corrientes is really an expansion to the world of HCJB Global's success in Latin America, using media and healthcare to bring people to Jesus," Pederson said. "The next phase of the Corrientes project is to work collaboratively with other agencies and denominations across Latin America to mobilize the church for bi-vocational, cross-cultural ministry in countries traditionally closed to Westerners."
The Latin missionary movement -- with 12,000 missionaries serving worldwide, 40 percent of them in unreached areas – has been characterized as long on enthusiasm, but short on staying power. Corrientes equips missionaries with HCJB's long-established expertise in healthcare, radio and community development.
The three- to six-month mentoring will take place at HCJB Global's facilities in Quito, Shell and elsewhere in Ecuador. Trainees will come from throughout Latin America and will already have the support and encouragement of Latin churches and missions agencies. In Corrientes, they will learn specific skills to help them succeed.
For example, the first missionary couple accepted into Corrientes asked for an internship in obstetrics for the wife, who is a doctor. From her previous short-term experience, she knew it would be important to be able to deliver babies and help expectant mothers.
Corrientes – a partnership of missionaries and church leaders from Latin America Mission, IMB, SIM, Paraclete Mission Group, the International Christian Mentoring Network and numerous Ecuadorian churches and agencies – provides Latin missionaries with the bi-vocational and personal skills they need to serve more effectively.
Pederson expects the results to be significant: "Our priority in Latin America is to recruit and develop a new generation of missionaries from Latin America who will reach new generations around the globe. By God's power, Corrientes will bring the church together in a practical, collaborative effort to reach more people for Jesus."