Richard & Laurie Schweinsberg
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Richard and Laurie served as missionaries for 30 years with Ethnos360 (formerly New Tribes Mission) in the Republic of Panamá and later in the USA as Missions Mentors at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Richard served on the Board of Directors for Living Bread Ministries for 10 years and as Mission Pastor of his local church for 4 years. Both Richard and Laurie have been on the Board of Directors for IGO since its inception. Recently they have sensed the Lord leading them to go back into full time ministry. Their goal is to aid indigenous pastors in acquiring biblical and theological training, through representation and the development of future seminaries throughout Central and South America.
Richard has his BA in Intercultural Ministries through New Tribes Mission and MA in Intercultural Studies through Liberty University. Laurie received her BA from NTM as well and has a MA in Religious Studies New Testament from Liberty University and will soon complete her PhD in Intercultural Studies through Columbia International University. Laurie’s particular area of study is Contextual Theology among Indigenous Tribes of Panamá. Their hope is to help the churches planted among the tribal people of Latin America become “self-theologizing.”
The Schweinsbergs raised their 5 children in Panamá and now enjoy spending time, when they can, with their 11 grandchildren.
Most pastors are lacking solid biblical and theological teaching. Many do not have a complete translation of the Bible in their mother tongue and follow whatever teaching they may have received through various mission sources. Although often quite sincere, they are trying to sustain the church on milk because they lack the full course of the Scriptures and the training in how to use the Word of God.
They are committed to share the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ through:
Work with Pastors and Bible Teachers, both national and international in order to bring training materials and programs to the Indigenous Pastors. Through the donations of our partners we hope to send these pastors to seminaries that are already established and for those areas where there is no school, we hope to assist in providing the needed training materials and teachers.