In the July 2017 newsletter from the Interchurch Center for Social and Theological Studies (CIEETS) in Nicaragua, the following article was shared about a workshop that was supported by Global Ministries and written by Global Ministries long-term volunteer, Magyolene Rodríguez. This article has been translated into English from the original newsletter. To access the full newsletter (Spanish), click here.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40-42
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Oh Lord our God how excellent is your name in all the earth. You are the first and the last and everything in between. When we see the sun, the moon and the stars, we see YOU. When we feel the cool breeze on a hot day, we see YOU. When we exhale the challenges and frustrations in our lives and inhale your love, grace and mercy, we see YOU. When we see our sisters, our brothers and our children suffering from lack of food, shelter and clothing, we hear YOU. When we see peace, we know it’s YOU.
Therefore, Dear Lord help us to be and to continue to be in Your image. The image of love, passion, fellowship, righteousness and justice. As we, the Central Moravian Church of Managua, do the work you would have us to do, and as we share Your image with others, let your Holy Spirit keep the fire under our feet and in our spirit. When we become overwhelmed with the challenges of a volatile and unjust society, remind us to take a moment to drink from your cup of life. Because we see YOU and hear YOU, we joyfully say, Oh Lord our God how excellent is your name in all the earth! Amen.
Written by Kay Woike
The New York Conference Annual Meeting, held jointly with the Northeast Region of the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ was blessed to have as its special guest Global Ministries long term volunteer Magyolene (Mayim) Rodriguez. She is the New York Conference UCC's missionary partner working in Nicaragua. One of the unusual things about Mayim is that she is not from the U.S. She is a native of Chile and a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal in Chile which jointly sponsors her work with Global Ministries.Read more
Recently, the Nicaraguan Protestant University Martin Luther King (UENIC) graduated their first class of 24 graduates from the new two-year Master’s degree program in Church History and Christian Thought. Ten female and 12 male church leaders from a variety of ecumenical backgrounds, including Pentecostal, Mennonite, Moravian, Baptist, Congregational, Methodist, Church of Christ, and Catholic, studied and successfully completed the Master’s degree program in Church History and Christian Thought. Because participants came from a variety of churches and different regions of the country, the program and discussions were enriched by the diversity of backgrounds in terms of theological, pastoral, and cultural differences. This degree program has helped to prepare new Church Historians to meet the current a demand for research and a better understanding the mission of the church and Church History in Nicaragua. As a result, 18 students from the program have requested to begin a research project in 2017 in the areas of theology and Church Mission History with the University, and several graduates have been selected to teach graduate level courses at the UNEIC and other theological schools and research centers across the country.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 20:19-31
Prayers for Nicaragua:
During the time of reflection that brings Holy Week, we remember the many paths that Jesus walked in his journey; trails and stories that maybe many of us will never know or imagine. On this day of prayer for Nicaragua, I would like you to reflect on a moment when you have felt alone, a moment where you saw no way out of their problems, a moment where darkness invaded your life. Maybe that moment is never going to look like the thousands of situations that Nicaraguans face in their lives every day, like the poor and vulnerable neighborhoods and communities where I serve. It is for this reason, dear brothers and sisters, that Jesus continues to remind us, especially today, that he is present in every situation of our lives, even if we do not see him or touch him. We feel him and we do not need to put our fingers in his wounds to know that he has been resurrected and accompanies us. On this day, let us pray for every brother and sister, citizens of this beautiful land that enjoys the sun of a new day throughout the year.
On January 26th and 27th, CIEETS Matagalpa's training continued the “Resilience to Climate Change” project, in which CIEETS works in collaboration with Lutheran World Relief in eleven communities that live on the coffee plantations in San Ramón-Matagalpa. I helped deliver the training with Lucrecia Mendoza Martínez.Read more
During this Lenten season as we focus on our relationship with God, I would like to provide you with the opportunity to examine how our Nicaraguan sisters and brothers of the Moravian Church focus on their relationship with God.
In the October 2016 newsletter from the Interchurch Center for Social and Theological Studies (CIEETS), they shared the following article about a workshop that was supported by Global Ministries through a grant from Week of Compassion. This article has been translated into English from the original newsletter. To access the full newsletter (Spanish), click here.Read more
Council of Evangelical Churches for Denominational Alliance (CEPAD)
Hola from Nicaragua!
Jesus is here in the morning
Jesus is here at noon
Jesus is here in the evening
so keep your heart in tune
This will be my first Holy Week and Easter experience in Nicaragua. Nevertheless, I want to share with you some of the religious traditions that were shared with me by my catholic and protestant friends. I am excited about experiencing this Holy celebration of our Christian faith.Read more