Our mission, CAM International, is undergoing a radical structural change which highlights our collective emphasis on our foundational purpose of making disciples who in turn make disciples who make disciples.
Instead of having national fields, such as Mexico, Guatemala, etc., which in turn have regions called “Circuits” as well as a national body called “Field Council,” we are now transforming our structure into smaller, self-sufficient ministry teams that carry on a wide-range of important functions in an intimate and efficient manner.
We’re excited to be a part of a team that includes 3 other young families. Brock and Heather Hower have four children ages 4 and under. Bryan and Lori Smith have three children around ages 7 and under and Tim and Michelle O’Brien have 3 children around ages 5 and under. Tim and Michelle are about to complete a home assignment and will join us in early January.
Just as we met last Friday for prayer and much discussion over the responsibilities and plans for our new team, we’ll be meeting as a team regularly in 2009 for fellowship, business, encouragement, accountability and ministry development. Our team is allowed to include up to two more missionaries/missionary families and I think one of our first decisions was to agree that we’d like to add some older missionaries to those two slots if the opportunity should arise in the future. We have 12 children among the four of our families and adding more children to the mix will make it even more challenging to focus during our meeting times. I think we’ll be adding a baby-sitter or two to our future meeting times!
In the photo above Brock Hower is speaking on the phone with Tim and Michelle O’Brien who were in Pennsylvania. Bryan Smith will take the reins as our team leader for the first 2 years. After which we’ll likely take 2 year stints among the men in our group. We’re looking forward to discipling each other and growing in our discipleship of others we’re ministering to as well.
Pray for our new team and for the six (approximate) other teams being formed by CAMers in Mexico. It is a challenge to find the right chemistry and fit among all the missionaries in CAM and much wisdom is needed in putting these teams together. Praise God for putting our team together and may He use our strengths and weaknesses to edify each other and to glorify Him in what He accomplishes in and through us.