"Going into some of Latin America's large churches and seeing a mix of Catholicism with spiritism and animism and realizing that those people are not evangelized, I don"t believe that the continent is evangelized," said Kevin Jezequel, LAM's Vice President for Personnel.
"There is a great need for missionaries," he
who leave the church after a period of time, Jezequel
"The front door was so wide open that we have to pay attention to the back door.
I think that some of the emphasis on non-evangelization type of tasks is one of the reasons," he
suggested that the time had come for "some more plain old Bible studies and winning people to the Lord.
To that end, the LAM
is working to recruit additional missionaries.
"We would like to emphasize evangelization and the formation of teams to do church planting," Jezequel
To accomplish that task, the mission is looking for applicants to fill a variety of positions.
"I have an Opportunities for Service list that has everything on it from church planters in Mexico City to chaplains in Costa Rica to agricultural specialists in Honduras," Jezequel
"As long as it falls under our four program areas of evangelism, disciple-making, leadership formation and compassionate care, we can put you to work," he
Being more specific, Jezequel pointed to the need for theological educators in Costa Rica to teach counseling at LAM's 400 student ESEPA Seminary.
"In Mexico, there is a seminary where we need some help," he
"In Caracas, Venezuela the seminary would love to have some theological educators, anyone from a person with a Master of Divinity who could teach a broad range of subjects to a doctorate specialist in Old Testament."
In Honduras and Costa Rica there are openings for young couples who would be gifted in working with youth and would help to develop Christian Camping International.
"I also have a request from Honduras for people to help publish camping literature," Jezequel
The V.P. for Personnel listed other needs including church planters in Mexico City, communications specialists, administrators for the Costa Rica seminary, administrators for the Miami headquarters office and people willing to work long-term with children at risk throughout the Americas, including Miami.
While the positions may sound like traditional missionary work, Jezequel
said that new times demand new methods.
"We are looking for church planters who would be pastors for a while, but would have the know-how and desire to turn the church over to national leadership as soon as possible," he
In addition, missionaries need to be flexible; adapting to those methods which will work best in a Latin American setting.
"One of our missionaries is an administrator at the ESEPA seminary
"Young, single, married, divorced, we will look at them all," Jezequel
While seeking to recruit long-term career missionaries, he
does not rule out those who may not see the way clear to commit to decades of service.
In addition to short-term service for younger people, Jezequel
said "there is another significant movement called The Finishers where second-career people who have paid their mortgage, whose kids are through school and who may have some retirement income are wanting to serve the Lord.
"We would love to hear from Latin America," Jezequel
The mission wants to work with national sending agencies and local Christians to seek ways to help raise support and place Latin American missionaries in needy areas, he
, a native of Hackensak, New Jersey who studied at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
, has a unique perspective on the recruitment of the Lord's servants.
"What we really want to call it is mobilization," he
"The idea is to help people understand their part in God's will in mission.
We want to mobilize them and help them get were they need to go.
wants to recruit new missionaries for service with LAM
is more concerned about where the Lord wants them to be.