INTRODUCING CHRIST-CENTRED LITERATURE IN THE SPANISH SPEAKING WORLD
Grahame y Patty Scarrratt have worked in Latin America since 1980 and in 2003 they returned to Kiama, New South Wales, Australia. Having founded MOCLAM (Moore College en LatinoAMérica) in the year 2000, from 2003 until 2010, they spent three months each year travelling to various countries in the Spanish speaking world, prmoting the PTC distance education courses from Moore Theological College as well as the various books they had published in Spanish. In 2005, they established a not-for-profit publishing company called Torrentes de Vida, and in 2006 they also founded a trust find Life Change through Christ Trust to raise the funds necessary to finance the publication of the books. They now spend most of their time in Kiama, working on the different aspects of the MOCLAM courses, taking classes via the internet, as well preparing books and other materials for publishing in Spanish. In November of 2010, they handed over the leadership of MOCLAM to Peter Sholl, a CMS-Australia missionary now in Mexico.
Grahame was a land surveyor and studied in Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia) from 1963 to 1966 with the objective of being better able to work in ministry. Patty was a science and maths high school teacher until they got married. Together they started a family and it was during this period that she studied the distance education courses from Moore Theological College. They got married in 1967 and worked together in the secular world at the same time as being very actively involved in their local church at Kiama, Australia, leading youth groups, bible studies and groups studying the courses from Moore College, as well as preaching and being involved in the many and varied activities in church. After approximately 13 years, they travelled with their young family (6, 9 and 11 year old kids) to Chile in South America, where they worked for 20 years in theological education. During this time they translated, taught and promoted the distance education courses from Moore College. As part of that work, they eventually made the courses available online via MOCLAM. When they returned to Australia in 2003, the courses were being used in many countries around latin america. Today, the MOCLAM program is growing rapidly in the Spanish speaking world.
In the latter half of 2005, due to their frustration over not being able to get the good books used as texts for the Moore College courses published in Spanish, they started up a non-profit publishing company, which allows them to publish, at a price that the average person in Latin America can afford to pay, books such as those mentioned on the LCC HOME page, as well as to provide other resources via the Internet. They are pursuing this venture as a ministry rather than a viable economic proposition so that the prices of the materials can be kept to a minimum on that continent.
As a result of this initiative, at the end of 2006, Grahame & Patty set up the Life Change through Christ Trust (LCC Trust) to raise funds to enable the publication of some of the great Christian books and other materials that are available in the English speaking world in the area of Biblical Theology, as well as to make some of these resources available via the Internet.
Fast-forward to 2016, and for numerous reasons it was necessary for Torrentes de Vida to change name, and so it became Libros Gran Panorama. At the same time, the work-load was increasing and so another person was needed to help the ministry of Libros Gran Panorama and LCC Trust. Phil Scarratt joined on a part time basis with the view of picking up the slack and eventually taking over the running of things from Grahame and Patty, and to make sure that the ministry was able to continue on into the future. At the moment he takes care of anything technology related, most of the administration and book orders. Phil is Grahame and Patty’s son and was 6 when he first arrived in Chile in 1980. He has many memories of early 1980s computers, word-processing, typing, printing, collating and stapling of books.
After finishing school, during and after his time at university, he studied the distance education courses from Moore College and became heavily involved in his local church, leading youth groups, bible studies with the occasional sermon and leading of a group studying a PTC course from Moore College. During this time, he got married, had 3 kids and ran his own business. However, he kept becoming more and more anxious to be more involved in ministry. He now work part time in his own business as well as Libros Gran Panorama. He and his family serve at Harbour Church in Shellharbour, NSW Australia, where he is an elder and bible study leader, amongst many other things.