The mission of Camino Global is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, serving among and with Spanish-speakers globally.
On November 14, 1890, C.I. Scofield, with the support of three Christian businessmen friends who closely shared the vision, took a step of faith and officially formed the Central American Mission.
On May 6, 1896, Mrs. and Mrs. A.E. Bishop and famly set sail for Honduras, even before officially applying to CAM. They were sure of their call.
From the inaugural issue of The Central American Bulletin, published for the mission's first anniversary in November, 14, 1891:
Mrs. Bishop was adversely affected by the climate in Honduras, so the Bishops moved to Guatemala in 1899 to begin CAM's permanent work there. One of their first converts was a Quiche Indian woman who exclaimed, "I have come out of darkness into light. I am the slave of my blessed Lord until the day of my death."
As the work in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala continued to strengthen and grow, El Salvador was established as CAM's next field, led by Robert and Belle Bender.
The work in Nicaragua was started by Clarence Wilbur, who died from yellow fever only 16 months after he entered the field. Mr. A.B. De Roos, who initially labored in Costa Rica, relocated to Nicaragua in 1900 to continue the work Wilbur Started. The first church was planted there in 1901.
By the end of the first decade, five missionaries who had come eagerly to Central America with hope and love, died from disease or accidents
In 1944, the Central American Mission expanded into Panama. This was a challenging field, referred to as "the white man's graveyard" because of the scourge of yellow fever.
The work in Mexico initially focused on leadership training and development.
Canadian friends and supporters shared the concern and burden for Central America.