A Cry for Help - Community Health Evangelism

A Cry for Help

Friends and Family of Global CHE Enterprises,

Jacqui, Brent & Jace
Brent (Board member), Jacqui (Short Term Teams Coordinator) and son Jace

Hi! My name is Brent Strange, I’m a GCE Board member and have held the title of Marketing & Communications Director for a few years now. My wife, Jacqui, has been the Short Term Teams Coordinator for about year now. Usually I’m here writing about the wonderful achievements and stories that are occurring in the fields of Mesoamerica. But today it’s been placed upon my heart to share a few things about the consistent struggles I see happening with GCE. Hold onto your seats because I’m going to be very transparent and vulnerable and trust that you will appreciate that.

Competing with bigger ministries

As most of you know, we a small non-profit organization competing with other non-profits for your prayers and donations. We are fully aware of the things that these other ministries are doing, because they do a great job sharing details with their donor base. They have expensive catalogs, quarterly updates, fund-raisers and beautiful annual reports. But we have been different, we have simply not been able to produce those kinds of marketing materials because we are committed to using the limited resources God has entrusted to us to use primarily on the field in Mesoamerica. As our website states, 94% of the money you give goes to our work on the ground. Because of this, in some ways we feel stuck – unable to provide the level of communication that we would like to for those who pray for and support us. 

Where our income comes from

We rely on two sources of income in GCE: donations and short-term mission trips.  Dr. Gomez and his son Hugo Jr. love to host teams from North America and desire to give those teams a truly “hands on” and safe experience that enables them to join what God is doing through GCE in a meaningful way.  But, because of how taxing these trips are on Dr. Hugo and our GCE staff, they can only host about 12 teams a year. Hosting a larger number of teams is simply too much strain on Dr. Gomez and his family. This puts a heavier reliance on the need for donations, which continues to shrink.

Driving prayer and funding with stories

From a marketing perspective it has been a huge desire to convey stories from the field to our donors/potential donors. These stories help people to see the great work being done in Mesoamerica, which can translate into prayer and donations. But it’s super hard doing that from America and relying on the Gomez family, missionaries, and volunteers to convey the info after their extra-long days doing the work. For example, imagine trying to write compelling stories with the following hurdles:

  • Limited access to the internet from the Mesoamerica field. Leaving only nights to gather info to send to me.
  • Weeks, sometimes months of turn-around time to get story or photo clarifications.
  • Photos taken from flip phones, blurry with little to no context.
  • Stories with no value explained, no associated pictures.
  • Writings or words that aren’t centered around the new “cool and trendy” topics (e.g. water, sex trafficking, etc).
  • Double translation gaps such as: Mam (one of the local indigenous languages) to Spanish to English.
  • Short term missionaries rarely being able to express the overwhelming feelings that come with serving alongside GCE.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg my friends. So again, from a marketing and communications perspective, these challenges have limited GCE in sharing fantastic information about how God is moving in people’s lives throughout Mesoamerica.

A cry for help

As mentioned before, I’m being transparent and felt it right to share a few of the struggles behind the scenes. Those things we put a lot of time, thought and prayer into – without a lot of success. Continuing with that transparency, I want to share our needs – a cry for help. I care deeply for this organization and I see it fit that we need to continue Dr. Hugo’s vision for Mesoamerica. So, I’m personally asking for the following things.

  1. Consider setting up a recurring or a one time donation to help with our financial needs.
  2. Prayers for our Board of Directors meeting January 25-26, 2020.  We have some very experienced people on this board – men and women with a heart for God and for the ministry of GCE and listening for God’s direction.
    1. We need clear guidance from God and wisdom for direction and how to move forward.
    2. Prayers to provide a writer, photographer intern who may be able to help us gather the stories in Guatemala.
    3. Prayers for a skilled fund-raiser who would join GCE.

Thank you for you time, consideration and prayers. May God bless and walk with you in 2020!

-Brent Strange