Currently, the Lancasters are currently involved in a new church plant in the Carrasco neighborhood of Montevideo. According to a 2012 survey Uruguay was the sixth least religious country in the world with 29% being considered religious. Many identify themselves as Roman Catholic but it has little effect in their daily lives.
Jaimie and Tammy are involved in the community and participate in different clubs and organizations. Their main goal is to be out and about (#outandabout) in the neighborhood in order to stay in touch with the community and its needs.
One of the needs is a place for people who have learned English to actually use those skills. Conversation Corner is a program that involves coffee and conversation. Tammy also hosts a ladies English group that is used primarily for friendly interaction and teaching.
The desired result of all of these activities is to find creative ways to engage people in Gospel conversations and the formation of a church.
Jaimie grew up in a Christian home and became a believer at the age of eight. He enjoyed meeting the missionaries who visited with his church during missions conferences. In 1985, after his sophomore year at Welch College, Jaimie served as an overseas apprentice in Japan.
Tammy was saved on her tenth birthday during vacation Bible school. As a teenager her awareness of missions grew through the many missions sermons and missionary testimonies at the First FWB Church in Russellville, Ark. During this time Tammy submitted her life to God but didn’t yet feel directed to a specific field.
In 1995, upon hearing Dennis Owen describe the spiritual needs of the Uruguayan people, both Jaimie and Tammy knew God was burdening their hearts to serve in Uruguay.
The Lancasters served on a church-planting team in Michigan from 1987-90. They then moved to McShan, Ala., where Jaimie pastored for three years at Mt. Moriah FWB Church. While there, Tammy began and coordinated the children’s church and taught the nursery Sunday school class.
Jaimie and Tammy have two children: Jonathan Cole, born December 12; and John William, born June 2.
Jaimie-Mt. Moriah FWB Church, McShan, Ala.
Tammy-First FWB Church, Russellville, Ark.
- Pray for our various outreaches in the community that they will be fruitful.
- Pray for unity among the national church and leaders.