The Violet Groth and Victor Vaca Fund for Latin America was established in 2012 from a bequest from the Violet Groth Vaca Trust. This fund forms part of the Division of Overseas Ministries endowment funds, which are invested with the Christian Church Foundation.
The Violet Groth and Victor Vaca Fund for Latin America will benefit Global Minsitries partners in all of Latin America providing a lasting legacy for Violet and Victor Vaca, who served for many years as missionaries in Paraguay and Ecuador.
Victor and Violet began their service with the Division of Overseas Ministries (today Global Ministries), assigned to Friendship Mission, Asunción, Paraguay, from 1970-76. During this time, Violet also worked as a teacher at Colegio Internacional. After service with the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, the Vacas arrived in 1983 to Quito, Ecuador, Victor’s home country, and were assigned to the United Evangelical Church of Ecuador and the Rural Pastoral Ministry (PRE). From 1987-92, they continued with the Ecuadorian Rural Pastoral Ministry. Beginning in 1993, they were instrumental in the establishment of and served with the Ecumenical Foundation for Integral Development, Training and Education (FEDICE), Ecuador. Victor retired in 2005, and continued with FEDICE as a long-term volunteer until his death in 2013. Violet retired in 1992, but continued to serve in a volunteer capacity until 2005. Violet died in 2008.
Violet and Victor’s service with the Ecumenical Foundation for Integral Development, Training and Education (FEDICE) was a long and happy one. FEDICE coordinates educational, health, agriculture, and community development projects with the indigenous population in rural communities of Ecuador. A large bequest from the estate of Violet and Victor Vaca to FEDICE helps to continue these successful and necessary programs for the people of Ecuador.
New gifts are welcome for the Violet Groth and Victor Vaca Fund for Latin America at any time.