At a Methodist Church in Havana, Cuba, worshippers raise their hands while praying. Since becoming an officially secular state in the early 1990s, Cuba has seen steady growth of its Christian community.

Mission Statement

The Methodist churches in Latin America and the Caribbean work with some of the most marginalized populations in their communities such as women and children, immigrants, indigenous communities, and those suffering from racial and gender inequality. Encounter With Christ partners with the national Methodist churches in the region by providing program funding for social justice and evangelism outreach efforts.

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Jovita Guzman, a Maya Mam woman, pulls the grain off of corn at her home in Comitancillo, Guatemala, with help from her two-year old daughter Marilisa.

Value Statement

Our relationships with our US and Latin American/Caribbean partners are guided by Christ’s mandate to love our neighbors. We understand this to mean:

  • preserving the dignity of our mission partners through open, honest communication
  • recognizing each national Church’s right to self-determine its own strategic plan for expansion and outreach
  • allowing each person involved with Encounter to discover and develop her or his gifts and talents for mission and service
  • celebrating unique cultural differences that make the body of Christ more inclusive and dynamic.

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Did you know?

Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean offers a unique opportunity to respond to the challenges and needs of evangelization, leadership development, involvement in ministries with women, youth and children, and ministries with people of Indigenous or African heritage. This program aims at providing accompaniment and financial resources to mission and ministry efforts that promote faith, life and justice in the region. Encounter also strives to nurture and sustain our Methodist connection, ecumenical relations and mission partnerships.

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