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LATIN AMERICA

“Education promotes human life, stewardship of nature and justice.” Bishop Luis Vergillo, Vice President, College of Bishops, Methodist Church in Brazil
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Welcome to the Latin America Region homepage

Learn a little about why we are in Latin America, and what God is doing there.
Your donation to support the Latin America Region would help ensure students receive access to Christian education classes and training.

Welcome to the Latin America homepage of the Methodist GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND for Leadership Development. In 2009, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Council of Methodist Institutes of Education signed a partnership agreement to provide leadership training and technical support to 120 Methodist educational institutions that enroll 95,000 students in Central and South America. Your donation to support the Latin America Region would help ensure students receive access to Christian education classes and training.

The Methodist GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND for Leadership Development Office in Latin America serves as a regional hub, providing technical assistance, exchange program, and scholarships in 10 countries in Latin America. In partnership with regional organizations such as the Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches of Latin America and the Caribbean (CIEMAL), the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and other organizations, the Latin America Regional Office has invested in the development of Christian leaders. The regional office has offered leadership development seminars for clergy and lay leaders; promoted fundraising seminars for educational leaders; and provided institutional support to schools, colleges, seminaries and universities in several countries. With your help, we will train additional Christian leaders to share the gospel in Latin America.

Background

Marked by a history of colonialism and military dictatorship, Latin America has experienced a stability and economic growth since 1985. However, many challenges related to the long history of poverty remain. Research indicates that more than a third of the regional population still lives in conditions of poverty.

Methodist educational institutions in Latin America are well organized in national associations that bring together schools, colleges and universities in each country. These associations are connected to the Latin American Association of Methodist Educational Institutions. The Methodist GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND Regional office works closely with ALAIME, especially supporting universities in this region and integrating them in projects for leadership development.

Other Projects

Browse our latest projects taking place in Latin America.

  • Brazilian partnership agreement highlights meeting

    Brazil

    A partnership agreement between Brazilian educational institutions and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry will further the Board’s ability to “engage effectively in its global work of developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world through the Methodist international connection and network,” said the Rev. Jerome King Del Pino, GBHEM general […]

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  • Nicaragua

    Latin America

    Slowly rebuilding after years of war, the Church is securing land and a facility for a Methodist center that will provide K-12 education. We need your help to make this a possibility.

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  • Distance Education

    Latin America

    We are providing support and technical assistance for a distance education project at the Methodist University in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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  • Leadership Development Seminars

    Latin America

    The Leadership Development Seminar program is a series aimed at providing training to church and educational leaders of Methodist-related institutions in Latin America.

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  • Caribbean

    Latin America

    This region is comprised of 30 countries. With your help, we can provide distance education at the graduate level for lay leadership development in this vast area.

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  • Uruguay

    Latin America

    The Methodist Church has a centenary presence in Uruguay and is recognized for its education. Help us as we prepare to offer more programs.

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  • Guatemala

    Latin America

    In a country where four languages are common, theological training is only available in Spanish. Pastors and lay leaders are all volunteers and receive no salary.

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  • Honduras

    Latin America

    The Methodist Church in Honduras is rather new and small. Pastors are trained at seminary in Costa Rica. With your help, we can develop dynamic leaders.

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  • El Salvador

    Latin America

    As the country recovers from a long period of war; education and leadership development are an extremely high priority. Please help.

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  • Argentina

    Latin America

    The Methodist Educational Institutions in Argentina offer higher education in Buenos Aires, the capitol, and Rosario, the second largest city.

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  • Mexico

    Latin America

    Methodist educational institutions maintain a great reputation. With your help, The Methodist Church in Mexico is working to develop church leaders.

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  • Costa Rica

    Latin America

    Access to higher education remains limited, however, Methodist University was established in 1993 and offers degree programs in education, law and theology. We need your help to expand opportunities.

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  • Colombia

    Latin America

    While The Methodist Church is relatively new in Colombia, two hundred clergy and lay leaders are well trained and equipped to carry out teaching ministry. Your support will help us continue growth.

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  • Panama

    Latin America

    The leading Methodist-related educational institution, the Institute of Pan America, needs your help in developing a second campus and considering the possibility of investing in higher education.

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  • Chile

    Latin America

    While The Methodist Church is recognized as a provider of high-quality education, a recent earthquake and economic crisis have affected Methodist-related institutions.

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  • Brazil

    Latin America

    Many issues of inequality remain in the world’s fifth largest country, including a great need to provide accessibility to high-quality education. Please help us expand this network.

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Ministries

Browse through additional ministries taking place in this region.

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