History of Camino Global

The timeline history of Camino Global, founded in 1890 as The Central American Mission, and known from 1975-2012 as CAM International.

The mission of Camino Global is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, serving among and with Spanish-speakers globally.

Central American Mission is Founded

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.

Ministry Begins in Honduras

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.

First Missionaries Arrive in Costa Rica

From the inaugural issue of The Central American Bulletin, published for the mission's first anniversary in November, 14, 1891:

Ministry Begins in Guatemala

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."

Ministry Begins in El Salvador

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.

Ministry begins in Nicaragua

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.

State of the Mission at the Turn of the Century

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

Ministry Begins in Panama

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.

Ministry Begins in Mexico

The work in Mexico initially focused on leadership training and development.

Central American Mission of Canada is Incorporated

Canadian friends and supporters shared the concern and burden for Central America.

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