Originally posted here, February 27, 2017
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The London-based international human rights group, Amnesty International, has criticised the situation in three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on issues ranging from the “ill-treatment of documented migrants” to alleged crimes against humanity.Read more
Rev. Dr. Patrick Villier
June 24, 1963 - December 15, 2016
Patrick Villier, 53, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. June 24th, 1963. He was married to Francoise Stvil Villier. He raised a family of 6 children and 5 grandchildren.Read more
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Lectionary Selection: Luke 18:1-8
Prayers for Haiti:
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried to my God for help;
The Lord heard my voice out of the Lord’s temple,
And my cry for help before God came into God’s ears. Psalm 18: 6
Lord of all that is good, we find comfort in being able to call upon you and to know our words fall on ears that hear with love and compassion. We are grateful for your mercy and your righteousness which reveal that you will act on behalf of your people when those whose hearts are hard and self-focused seek to harm or denigrate.
We desire to please and honor you with our lives and ask that you help us to stand strong and confident in a world that seems more and more chaotic. So often it seems the only time we can make sense of our surroundings is when we take our thoughts off of ourselves and set our sights on being the salt and light you call us to be.
We embrace your call to encourage one another and to bear one another’s burdens as we pray for our sisters and brothers in Haiti.
O God of all tenderness we ask that you will be with the people of this island nation as they seek to elect leaders who will advocate on their behalf in the areas of employment, education, agriculture, and health care.
Lord of all that is good, we find comfort in your promises and your love.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Trip is at capacity, please keep an eye out for future travel opportunities
Global Ministries invites you to join in a transformational pilgrimage to visit partners in Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic this fall. From October 3rd to the 13th participants will experience the life giving work of three of the child sponsorship sites - Mt. Olivet Boys' Home, Pringle Children’s Home, and House of Hope, as well as witnessing the work of four partners – CONASPEH, the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Caminante, and CECAF.
During this trip you will have the opportunity to meet with the children and adults that are benefiting from the ministries of partners in the region while learning first-hand about the joys and concerns facing the people that we walk with in partnership.
This opportunity is being organized by the Child and Elder Sponsorship Program, the Latin America & Caribbean Office, and the People-to-People Pilgrimage program.
“Go where your best prayers take you.” - Frederick Buechner
Tim and I were living and working in Asia when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami tore a path of destruction across many countries in that part of the world. Tim was quickly asked to work with the rebuilding in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the area closest to the epicenter of the underwater earthquake that set mountainous waves of water in motion. My work with creating partnerships between churches from around the world and churches within Asia and the Pacific took on a more intentional focus as countless congregations joined together in the rebuilding of homes and lives. It was a tremendous time of ministry and we were especially proud to be a part of Global Ministries’ recovery efforts in Banda Aceh.Read more
CONASPEH advocates for consensus in dealing with Haitian crisis and an independent commission to oversee Haiti elections
Recent elections in Haiti have been hampered by massive irregularities in which the government acknowledged that it failed to adequately train poll workers. In the midst of its results – which benefits President Michel Martelly’s ruling party – it is tempting for the average person reading this in the U.S. to blame Haiti’s leaders for the situation. However, the structural framework of poverty and inequality that destabilizes the country comes mainly from overseas influence and consistently applies pressure and drains Haiti’s resources. That unjust structure fuels dictatorships, dependency, massive urbanization, and centralization and was followed by the application of neo-liberal economic policies ever since the “transition to democracy” began in 1986. No wonder Haitian analysts point out the differences between events like the earthquake and disasters, resulting from what scholars call “vulnerability.”Read more
“Be humble. Sing loudly. Live for today. Call an old friend. Give hugs. Be curious. Take a chance. Hold hands. Make a new friend. Push fear aside. Take pictures. Smell the flowers. Don’t stop. Smile at a stranger. Embrace. Choose happiness.”
- Sign on a hotel postRead more
Lectionary Text: John 3: 1-17
Prayers for Haiti:
Generous God, we are humbled by the gift of your love which knows no limit. It is in that love – in your Son Jesus Christ – that we have the promise of eternal life in your peaceable kingdom.
We believe your desire is for your people to have peace on earth as well and it is for that reason we lift up to you the nation of Haiti. Please hear our prayers for her overall well-being; for her people to be able to vote safely in this year’s national elections; for her citizens to feel secure in their homes, businesses, and schools; and for possibilities to grow into realities for the people of this Caribbean country. We remember, too, the leaders of our partner CONASPEH who ask for wisdom as they manage limited resources and attempt to serve as many students as possible; who seek a clear understanding of your vision; and who embody courage as they move forward despite daily challenges.
Generous God, we are humbled by the gift of your love which knows no limit. It is in that love – in your Son Jesus Christ – that we find rest and hope.
In Christ, Amen.
“Once our eyes are open, we cannot pretend we do not know what to do.” - Proverbs 24: 12
As we write, the sun is shining and an honest-to-goodness breeze is causing the palm trees to sway. It is rather quiet now and we hear only the occasional bark of a dog or the crowing of a rooster in our part of Port-au-Prince. The toddlers at the next door crèche are down for their afternoon nap, but in another two hours or so they will be awake and once again the neighborhood will resound with their laughter and their screams; yes, they have found their “big” voices.Read more