Nydia Garcia Schmidt: Investments, Experiments, and Contextualization

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Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1

“There is an urgent need for international partners and local leaders to realize the important role that each plays in the extension of the kingdom of God and to learn how to face and deal with this delicate matter of raising, allocating, and managing funds in local churches and organizations. Local leaders face the challenge of developing programs that are contextualized to fit the local norms of fundraising.

In other words, they need to develop systems that are culturally appropriate to the way the microeconomic system works in their particular area of the world and culture. Because of this, many different ‘experiments’ need to be done, and this is where short-term funding and investments may be needed from the international partner to allow multiple ways to develop and raise local resources.”

Nydia Garcia Schmidt in “The Urgent Need to Develop Fundraising Capacity and Generosity within the Latin American Missionary Movement” in Evangelical Review of Theology 37.1 (2013):75.

It’s an honor for Paula Mendoza and I to serve alongside Nydia Garcia Schmidt today at historic meetings in Guatemala City. This is especially true after last night’s dinner conversation exceeded our expectations.

Nydia, in many ways, sees this day as a dream come true based on what she wrote seven years ago in this article. I want to focus on three words she used linked to generosity.

Firstly, sometimes in the biblical narrative a people group that has been blessed gets to pay it forward to help others. That’s an investment in building up people.

I pray everyone reading this will pause and make a small investment in the Latin America region which is trying to raise $1,000 to meet a $1,000 match. Click here to give. I am praying for 30 givers.

Secondly, I want to emphasize the importance of experiments and research. Part of giving to GTP has filled my luggage with books that are hard for Nydia to get in Mexico.

I am aiding Nydia with doctoral research on generosity so that she can produce resources and training materials that work in the Latin American context.

Thirdly, the word that brings all this together is contextualization. That’s what Nydia is doing with GTP. Helping contextualize biblical teaching to multiply stewards.

And we are here because CONFIABLE Guatemala contextualized standards of faithful administration. They are so good we want their blessing to spread them across Latin America.

Pray for good health, fruitful meetings, and complete joy. Our trip verse is 2 John 12.

I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.