Our role as Global Field Staff with CBM is to build and strengthen relationships with our partners in Bolivia, with a focus on helping to administrate CBM development projects.This often involves providing workshops and training activities to help mobilize churches on a variety of theological and technical themes.
Our major partners include the Bolivian Baptist Union, its development branch OBADES, and the Baptist Seminary. OBADES (Baptist Social Development Organization) projects serve vulnerable kids (those working, living in prison, and children of prostitutes), promotes local economic development, healthcare initiatives, food security, and responsible environmental practices. OBADES also strives to work through local churches to empower them to serve their own communities. Through each of their diverse programs—CBM in partnership with OBADES—is committed to generating sustainable community development and living our Integral Mission through local churches.
The two of us committed to supporting OBADES as they strengthen their current projects and explore opportunities to undertake new initiatives throughout the country. Working hands-on with these projects enables us to recognize and seize opportunities as they arise, making the work ever-changing and exciting.
We also collaborate with CBM staff in global discipleship. Here we are working to create connections between Canadian churches, Bolivian churches, and CBM projects in ways that empower and encourage everyone involved.
Libraries & Teaching
Tim also works with two seminary libraries: Baptist Teological Seminary & U.C.E. Seminary. His focus at these seminaries involves supporting school administration in their pursuit to improve their library’s organizational structure, library policies, technology, and staff training. Beyond this, he often has the opportunity to collaborate with key people to trouble shoot and innovatively solve a variety of library issues (which is why the job is so fun).
Since 2013, he has provided consulting for the library of Carachipampa Christian School (CCS), an international K-12 non-profit organization that provides a North American standard of education to both children of ministry workers and local Bolivians. The primary focus in the CCS Library is ensuring it meets accreditation standards. To this end, he’s developed a strategic vision & collection development policy which they are working to implement effectively.
Lastly, we have both been able to teach classes at the Baptist Teological Seminary. Recently, we’ve been asked to help the school provide better distance education, so we’re launching an online course on Missions & Ethics this year which we’ll be teaching while we’re back in Canada on home assignment. The hope is that this platform can be replicated and help provide broader theological education nationally.