Building ETERNAL Relationships

Through Village Adoption/Church Planting

As Paradise Bound continues in our Lord’s calling upon us, we are excited to share our Village Adoption outreach with you.  Strategically incorporating; Mission Teams, Village Impact, Village Wellness, Pastoral Training, and Church Planting, each outreach builds upon and spiritually strengthens the previous program in the remote villages we target (are called to).  Mission Teams are generally the initial impact, with Village Adoption greatly multiplying that initial impact, bringing spiritual maturity and raising up national missionaries for generations to come.

With the words of Act 7:34 within our hearts; “Come now, I send you…”, PBM and the adopting US organization work together to bring each village into spiritual maturity over the course of a decade.  Ultimately, as with any adoption, seeking to raise them up and then send them out “unto the uttermost,” mature in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Village Adoption fulfills PBM’s duel calling of 100% to those being ministered to and 100% to those our Lord calls to minister alongside us.  Prospective adopting organizations should recognize that Village Adoption will likely impact their own organization as much as or more than the village being adopted.  Embracing the village as part of their own organization or family, not simply an outreach of, is paramount to each adoption…not unlike adopting a child into a family.

Sending financial resources to a village without Eternal goals is often detrimental.  “Building Eternal Relationships” is our heart, and those relationships are key within Village Adoption.  Relationships take time and effort, the goal of each; an Everlasting or Eternal Relationship that can only occur in our Lord HIMself and through HIS promises!

Villages Awaiting Adoption by a U.S. Organization

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Number of people living in the village
There are 61 families recorded living in this village.

Number of homes left to build in the village
Home construction has been completed at this time.  We may return every few years to build additional homes as couples marry and start families.

Time it takes to travel from the PBM Mission Base
2.5 – 3 hours

Unique facts about this village
They are babes in Christ but with much hunger as well.  Many have lived in/experienced “the world,” and thus, sin and generational sin abounded.  We are gaining traction in Los Lotes, but the enemy is very active as well.  There is much work to do in Los Lotes, but they are very open to the Truth that sets them free!

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Number of people living in the village

There are now 140 families living here.  (66 when we started reaching them 20 years ago).

Number of homes left to build in the village
Home construction was completed many years ago.  However, those homes are/were an older style without the added porch, a much weaker outside wall material (did not hold up well), and a thinner roof (now rusting).  Some in the village have block homes now, but others could use a newer/updated home.  Additionally, with 140 families currently in the village, there would potentially be a number of families that could use a home.

Time it takes to travel from the PBM Mission Base

2.25 – 2.75 hours

Unique facts about this village

La Bendicion is a primarily “Christian” village.  That said, some have slipped back into legalism (prevalent throughout Latin America due to their religious roots).  Unless it has recently changed, the village does not allow alcohol sales there, and limits Sunday activities, etc.  They are prime for another influx of the Gospel, with much teaching/living out what a relationship with Christ means, rather than keeping of rules and regulations.  We believe they can become a “sending” village for many years to come.

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Number of people living in the village
There are two sectors of Cambalcol, Alto (upper) and Bajo (lower); in total, there are 130 families.

Number of homes left to build in the village
There are approximately 16 more homes to build and will likely be completed in 2021.

Time it takes to travel from the PBM Mission Base

1-hour max…often 45 minutes

Unique facts about this village
Cambalcol is steeped in religion, so very law-based (generations back).  They are very open to the Gospel when presented in Christ’s love.  Discipleship and home visits are the best way to build a church in this village and are already underway.  In early 2020, the majority of young men left for the U.S. to find work.  This will affect the entire village in the years ahead as many families will come out of poverty (financially) but likely fall into greater poverty spiritually unless we urgently reach them with the true Gospel.

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Number of people living in the village
There are 45 families recorded living in this village.

Number of homes left to build in the village

This village is somewhat unique in that we will not be building homes here.  They have been blessed with housing that is adequate for their region. 

Time it takes to travel from the PBM Mission Base
2.5 – 3 hours
8 min. once an airstrip is established

Unique facts about this village

We discovered this Mayan village through a Mobile Medical Clinic/Outreach.  Their hunger for the Truth was exceptional, for a village steeped in religion.  Most did not have a relationship with Christ.  At that first clinic/outreach, almost everyone in the village fell to their knees and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Discipleship and additional clinic/outreaches followed, as did a CLEAN Water system that serves the entire village.  Water, or the lack thereof, continues to be a high priority to sustain life in this village, as is the Living Water of Christ Jesus our Lord!

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Next Steps - What My Organization Should Consider

Time Commitment

Village Adoption represents a minimum 10-year relationship between PBM, the adopting organization, and the adopted village.  Therefore, PBM requests that all potential organizations seeking to partner with us and adopt a village first engage in 30 Days of Prayer, fasting, and discernment before applying.  PBM can provide resources to assist and guide you in your 30 Days of Prayer, as “Prayer does not equip us for the greater work, it IS the greater work!”

It Takes A Team

A discernment to adopt should involve as many members of the organization as possible.  It is a process that challenges members (not just management) to engage and invest prayerfully, thus taking ownership of this “Investment in Eternity” from the very beginning. 

Building ETERNAL Relationships

“Building ETERNAL Relationships” throughout the 10 years should be understood as far more important than financial/resource investment by the organization.  Building relationships through time investment (physical, emotional, and spiritual presence) within the village is imperative.  PBM will facilitate opportunities for your organization to visit and engage in each adopted village.

Leadership

A “Leadership and Empowerment Team” should be recruited within the adopting organization on the front end of the commitment and remain engaged throughout the 10 years.  Members of this team may change.  However, consistency in leadership and holding to the overall vision is critical.

Financial Investment

The financial/resource investment (available upon request) should be viewed as a minimum.  The commitment should stretch the organization beyond what may be comfortable to a place of full dependency on our Lord to provide above and beyond, believing and living out that HE “will accomplish infinitely far more than we can ask or even imagine…” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Covenant

A “Covenant” versus a contract is provided, emphasizing the importance and value of the “relationship” and partnership between PBM, the adopted organization, and the adopted village.

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