We’re told to go out into all the world and spread the good news, and we’re doing that in our part. Venezuela and Colombia can be very difficult places to work, but God has cleared the path for us. My good friend and pastor once told me: “If you want to know God’s will for your life, find a place where it’s evident that God is working and jump in.”‘
Wayne Cramer founded Andean Aid in 2003 after working with his wife Susan at a private school in Venezuela and seeing children living in poverty struggle to keep pace with their peers.
Prior to founding the organization, Wayne was a senior financial analyst and training manager in the electric utility industry and a nuclear submarine engineering specialist in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Cramer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Business Administration and Economics from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In the year 2000, the Cramers spent a year in Rubio, Venezuela, where Wayne served as a teacher and office administrator for Christiansen Academy. As a member of the TEAM Venezuela housing committee, he administered payroll and rewrote the contingency and emergency plan for the school. Mr. Cramer was also the Director of Development for an international Christian school in Caracas, Venezuela.
Upon returning to the States, Mr. Cramer secured funding for the establishment of a Christian school in Rubio, and in October 2003, he formed Andean Aid as a charitable, religious and educational organization to help meet the needs of the at-risk children living in Venezuela and nearby Colombia.
Mr. Cramer has served as Chairperson of the Policy Council of Head Start of Lake County, Illinois, and is currently on the Board of Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Illinois, which oversees Head Start and several other programs whose focus is to “fight America’s war on poverty.”
The Cramers, who make their home in Ingleside, Illinois, USA, have three daughters, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Cramer is a frequent guest speaker and may be booked here.