FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2006
Five Talents International
P.O. Box 331
Vienna, VA 22183
Waddells Join Five Talents, Coordinate Latin America Programs
Vienna, Virginia – Five Talents is pleased to announce the addition of Tom and Linda Waddell. Through a unique partnership among three different agencies, the Waddell’s will act in several capacities including program coordination Latin America and training and curriculum development.
The Waddell’s will continue being missionaries with the South American Missionary Society, an organization they have worked with for three years in Bolivia establishing Christian microenterprise development projects. They also will work in close cooperation with the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, Lookout Mountain, Ga., where they have been provided office space. Their primary task will be working with all three partners to create appropriate training material for use with indigenous churches in developing countries on topics like business planning, savings and credit programs, assessment tools for communities and evaluation indicators.
Five Talents intends to use these materials with their overseas partners as part of their training and education programs. Tom also will be traveling to Latin America to evaluate existing Five Talents programs and look for new potential partnerships.
“We are delighted Tom and Linda have agreed to this arrangement which we feel will benefit all three organizations in their service to some of the poorest countries in the world,” said Craig Cole, executive director of Five Talents International.