An Interview with Jose Prem
Hi everyone, I’m Mia, the communications and digital media consultant here at CCI. I’m the one who sends out our monthly emails, keeps our social media updated with photos of cute kids (psst – if you haven’t yet, make sure to like us on Facebook!), and helps write these blogs!
Recently, I was able to sit down with Jose Prem. This May marks his 1-year anniversary as Executive Director of CCI. I thought it fitting to see how he’s finding his role so far, and to see if he’d give me a sneak peek into where he’s wanting to take the organization in the coming years.
Thank you, Mia. It’s always a joy to share what’s been happening lately at CCI.
Yes, being a part of an organization that spans nine different countries, it takes a bit to meet with everyone. So far, skyping with our partners has been our main way of communication, but I was able to visit our partners in Haiti and Mexico this past February in person. Both trips presented their own challenges and were rewarding in different ways.
Well, I would say three things from the trip that really struck me.
The first was the spiritual battles. In Haiti it is not uncommon to see along the roads, voodoo centres and hear their drums being played in their ceremonies. There is very real tension working there. You know the church is fighting a significant spiritual war when it focuses on investing in the lives of children. If we reach them with the Gospel at a young age, they have the rest of their lives to serve our Lord and influence other people. The devil doesn’t like us doing this, so he will do everything possible to not make this happen.
Another thing that struck me about Haiti was poverty. Unless you visit those rural communities in Haiti, it is very difficult to explain the extreme need that people face daily. While we are blessed to live in a place that is rich in economic resources, we can’t imagine the abject poverty that exists there. This was especially present where we stayed, as people were suffering from a drought that had lasted more than 9 months. People, crops and animals were dying daily.
The passion of the local church was another thing that really stood out to me. In the midst of limitations, the local churches are reaching out to their communities, boldly preaching the Gospel. They are also bringing social impact by founding and supporting schools that educate and feed the children. To see the fire of faithful men and women of God is just really humbling.
always knew that Mexico was a difficult place to share the Gospel, but in recent years, the church has had an explosion of growth, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Almost all the churches I visited were near 1000 members each, and in every service that I preached, people came to the Lord. The Church is really strong and growing in Mexico.
My desire is to see that the impact we are having in the 3 continents where we work may grow, and that CCI will expand to other parts of the globe where we are not yet serving now.
Some verses that come to life, especially in the presence of little ones are:
I get a better understanding of why Jesus said that now after having visited Haiti and Mexico – because I was able to see simplicity, gratitude, dependence and love in the lives of the children.
Our ministry is sustained by prayer, and therefore, I ask for your spiritual support for our programs around the world, the partnership possibilities in Guatemala, the safety of the children we sponsor and that the local church leaders around the world may be strong and faithful.