Months ago, the Puerto Rico Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Youth Confraternity (La Confra, acronym in Spanish) initiated a challenge to raise awareness among Christian youth in general about the need to work on prophetic and pastoral issues. Who could have known that a natural disaster would be the perfect setting for this group of excellent young leaders to deepen their commitment to God and neighbor? Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico on September 20th, 2017 as a Category 4 storm like no other natural phenomenon since 1928. The death toll continues to climb and it destroyed nearly all of Puerto Rico infrastructure, including electric, water and communications services. This is the context where the youth of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico are putting words into practice.Read more
Henri Nouwen has a very interesting quote that reminds us of the way our Puerto Rican partners are responding to the crisis after the devastation caused by Hurricane María through the island. He said that “nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not “How can we hide our wounds?” so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but “How can we put our woundedness to the service of others?” When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers.” When our wounds cease to be a source of lament or sense of defeat, and become a source of witness, commitment, service and hope, then we become wounded healers. Nouwen says that Jesus is God’s wounded healer: through his wounds we are healed. Jesus’ suffering and death brought joy and life. His humiliation brought glory; his rejection created a community of love. As followers of Jesus we can also allow our wounds to bring healing to others.
The following “testimonios” from pastors serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico and the United Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico, are the best examples of what it means to be wounded healers in accompanying the most affected rural and urban communities in Puerto Rico, that suffered the loss of their homes, work, and well-being, but also who suffered from a strong blow against their emotional and spiritual safety. It is from this departure of every security that these voices are lifted up.
You are also invited to join the General Pastor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico for a live update on the situation in Puerto Rico, Oct. 11th at 11am ET. - Register now
Two earthquakes and two hurricanes marked the history of the Caribbean with destruction and despair in the past few weeks. Many of our partners have suffered the devastating effects of these natural phenomena, piling up on top of the permanent social, economic, political, and emotional challenges of everyday life on these lands of sun and blue skies.Read more
From the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens; Julia Brown Karimu, president of Division of Overseas Ministries and co-executive of Global Ministries; Lori Tapia, interim national pastor for the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries; Vy Nguyen, executive director of Week of Compassion; and Angel Rivera-Agosto, area executive for Latin America/Caribbean, Global MinistriesRead more
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have battered the southern coast of the United States as well as wreaking untold damage across the Caribbean. Many of the most heavily hit areas have not been heard from yet, and this page will be updated as new information from partners is received.
Please continue to hold all of those impacted in your prayers.
You can make a gift towards the recovery work by following the links
- One Great Hour of Sharing Response (UCC)
- Week of Compassion Response (Disciples of Christ)
- Global Ministries Partners Response
In the final days of his administration, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a victory for the Puerto Rican independence activist.
It has been part of the ministry of our partners in Puerto Rico (Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico, Iglesia Evangélica Unida de Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Council of Churches) to advocate for the liberation of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner imprisoned for more that 34 years.Read more
11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:11 NRSVRead more
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