Five years ago I set out to complete a 500 mile walk across Spain called the Camino de Santiago with two of my children and with hundreds of peregrinos (pilgrims) that I had never met before. It changed my life. At many points along the way, I was certain that I would not be able to continue the journey due to fatigue, blisters and wavering confidence.
Just a few short years ago, I began another Camino that has been just as exhilarating and just as challenging; walking with brothers and sisters in Latin America that are leading ministries in fragile communities filled with children and families dealing with extreme poverty and violence on a daily basis.
When I began my journey, I had a few friends that I reached out to get advise on who to connect with in Mexico and Central America that had a heart for Jesus and a commitment to holistic ministry in poor communities. Quickly, a few names surfaced, and I began to make phone calls and to plan trips to visit these key individuals.
My first trip was to a rural community near to San Jose, Costa Rica to reconnect with pastor Roy Soto and to learn about Comunidad Cristiana Shalom that he has been leading for over 20 years. I was blown away by the impact of their church in the community!
On the Camino, you meet fellow pilgrims that impact your life. Pastor Roy has been one of those leaders on my new journey and ministry in Latin America.
In a few short years, I have met leaders throughout Latin America that have become quick friends and partners in ministry. Already, leaders like Nelson in San Salvador, Jesús in Mexico City, Alberto in Guatemala City and Sandra in León, Guanajuato MX are becoming life-long friends.
Getting to know these leaders and the work they are doing is what has motivated Camino Alliance to establish our Latin America Giving Circle to support these ministries.
I invite you to join us on the journey.