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Women work together in Guatemalan highlands
Women walk together in San Luis, a small Mam-speaking Maya village in Comitancillo, Guatemala. Women in the community have organized to work together on several agricultural and animal raising projects, with help from the Maya Mam Association for Investigation and Development (AMMID). Photo by Paul Jeffrey

In 1991, leaders of The United Methodist Church, the Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches in Latin America (CIEMAL), The British Methodist Church, and members of The Methodist Church of the Caribbean and Americas (MCCA) met in Guatemala to discuss ways to collaborate in the mission and ministry of Latin America and the Caribbean. A major result of that meeting was the establishment of Encounter With Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean (EWC) as a permanent mission fund, housed within the General Board of Global Ministries. The board of directors of Global Ministries voted to approve the permanent fund at their Spring meeting in 1992.

The EWC permanent fund (#025100 for United Methodists) has been receiving contributions since 1992. In 2015 the fund reached the $2 million mark. The return on these invested funds is used to support mission projects in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

In 2008, the General Conference of the United Methodist church reaffirmed the Encounter With Christ permanent fund as a major vehicle to work with autonomous churches of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since inception of the fund over $1,000,000 in interest has funded projects.

For a deeper dive into the backstory of Encounter With Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean, go to Musings from the Mission Interpreter.

To make a tax-deductible gift to Encounter With Christ’s permanent fund, please send your check to:

General Board of Global Ministries

458 Ponce De Leon Ave., NE

Atlanta, GA  30308.

Please designate your gift with the number #025100.

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