E. Barte is a missionary through the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the United Methodist Mission Initiative in Laos. He was commissioned in late 2001 and was posted to Cambodia, where he and his wife, also a missionary, served until 2009. The Bartes' three young sons are with them in ministry.
E. Barte, who is a layperson, works with the youth development ministries in Laos. His responsibilities include assisting with vocational training. He is now setting up a program called “Faith Engine Ministry,” which he coordinated in Cambodia. This includes the teaching of skills in auto and motorcycle mechanics, welding, and basic driving lessons. Basic English conversation and introduction to computer skills were also components of the program.
In his years in Cambodia, Barte conducted 15 training courses between 2002 and 2009. Some 150 youth successfully completed the course and about 50 percent found jobs. He says, “It has always been a great joy and blessing every time a former student comes to me and says, ‘Teacher, I have found a job.’One of them has started a garage at the age of 23." He hopes to share his skills with Lao youth through a vocational center and a local garage where the students can do their on-the-job training leading to self-sufficiency.
E. Barte spent his early years helping to support his family after completing high school. He was able to learn auto/diesel mechanic skills in a machine shop, and later took a formal short-term training course. He has experience as a jitney driver in public transportation, and has also served as a church driver.
In 1995, he married B. Barte, and the couple has been blessed with three sons.
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