FAM exists for the purpose of glorifying God through urging and assisting the Caribbean church to become more involved in World Evangelisation.
FAM was founded in Barbados in 1994 by a group of short term missionaries who, as a result of a missions trip were led by God to set up an organisation whose objectives are:
GETTING INVOLVED IN MOBILISATION
There are several ways in which one can get involved: become a prayer partner; host a visit to ones church; join the mobilisation team (must have hands-on experience of missions)
Membership in FAM is open to "born again" believers and it is free of cost
PROFILE OF THE DIRECTOR
Maureen Earle has been a Christian for the last 34 years. In the area of world evangelisation, she has taken several short-term outreaches to the interior of Guyana, Grenada and The Gambia, West Africa. She has been the director of the FAM since its formation in 1994.
This has provided her the opportunity to speak in churches throughout the island of Barbados, as well as attend regional missions' conferences not only as a delegate but also as a conference speaker.
She holds a postgraduate degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing from the University of Stirling, Scotland and a bachelor of education from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. Maureen is a trained teacher who has solid experience in working with small, medium and large organisations in a variety of sectors locally and regionally in the areas of training and research. Her business Professional Training Services provides funding for the ministry of FAM and allows her the flexibility of ministering not only in "the marketplace" but also at churches and among the youth.
Maureen has been a member of the Abundant Life Assembly since 1982 where she has taught Sunday School to various age groups; sat on the Missions board and teaches in the School of Global Missions.
- To sensitise Christians of the need to be more involved in World Evangelisation
- To inform Christians of the need for financial support of missionaries
- To mobilise churches to become a powerful force in spreading the gospel to those who need to hear this message.
- When necessary to train and equip believers with the knowledge and skills needed to evangelise the nations
In order to achieve these objectives the following activities are necessary:
- Conduct seminars, workshops, conferences and youth day camps that provide the needed knowledge and skills on evangelisation
- Visits to churches, schools and other Christian organisations urging them to get more involved in missions as well as assist in the development of their missions programme
- Producing literature that seeks to inform and educate believers about how to get more involved in missions
- Development of a resource centre to house information on missions which can be disseminated among believers
- Networking with other agencies and ministries who seek to educate and mobilise the church for greater missionary involvement