LAUNCHING THE IBERO-AMERICA ESTABLISHED REGIONAL CONFERENCE
In early November 2019, the 13th JIBACAM Missions Congress and the first gathering of the newly formed Ibero-America Established Regional Conference of The Wesleyan Church were held in Costa Rica. A few highlights were the signing of the official document for establishing the conference by representatives of almost all the 19-member countries. Two days of teaching on Muslim ministry also took place, along with the announcement of sending two people from Ibero-America for two months of training in a Muslim country.
Ibero-America Established Regional Conference — working together to reach the unreached in each of their countries, in their region, and all the world — everywhere to everywhere.
These two events represent the culmination of 23 years of dreaming and seeking God’s direction for the Ibero-America region — growing the ministry from 6 to 20 countries — and growing from no national missionaries to sending missionaries to East Timor, Mozambique, and Honduras, with plans to send people to Spain, the Muslim world, and Uruguay in the next couple of years. A two-week cross-cultural training program, a diploma in missions through our Bible school in Medellin, and a mission coordinator training program are all now available. We celebrate the 40 people who have received cross-cultural training and the 16 mission coordinators in different countries as well!
Five years ago, Ibero-America Wesleyans launched the vision of sending missionaries from their region to the Muslim world. At this point, they have sent three investigative teams. In 2020 two people will be sent for two months of training in a Muslim country, with plans to send more.
Throughout these years a church planting movement was also developed in the Ibero-America region. One of the key programs that has aided in this has been the development of missionary awakening camps. The purpose of these camps is to call people to missions, provide opportunities for ministry, and help plant churches. The movement to become a Regional Established Conference and the influence of JIBACAM, along with its programs, have encouraged this. Now all but a few countries have a plan to plant churches! Nineteen countries are now united under the banner of the Ibero-America Established Regional Conference — working together to reach the unreached in each of their countries, in their region, and all the world — everywhere to everywhere.