Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
Prayers for Guatemala:
Jesus, you heard your Father in the voice of a woman whom your countrymen despised; help us to hear your voice today in the words of those considered not worthy to eat at the table; move us to share the hope of a humane world. That in the voice of the excluded, we will feel called to share our food and our hope with those who long for salvation.
Pray with your fellow Guatemalans of the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala.
Vitalino Similox, Secretary General, calls for a halt to the destruction of the human dignity of indigenous peoples; racism and discrimination. Indigenous people should be given the recognition of their right to self-determination.
Misael Méndez, Youth Pastoral Coordinator, implores that gangs stop involving young people in bloody violence; for an end to deaths from malnutrition and curable diseases cease; and to see an increase in opportunities for employment, education and a dignified life.
Nora Coloma of the pastoral of women, prays for an end to the sexism that violates women: patriarchy and authoritarianism, feminicide, street harassment, exclusion of women in decision-making spaces.
Let us hear your voice, purify us, O God, from the pollution that enslaves us; touch our hearts; let us listen, as you did to the Syrophoenician, in the voice of those who yearn for salvation.Read more
On Saturday, we planted trees.
We met at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN), one of Global Ministries’ partners here in San Cristobal, at 7:30 a.m. We loaded around 200 trees into the back of a pickup truck, loaded ourselves into the back of the pickup truck, and drove 30 minutes on a highway and 30 minutes more on patchy dirt and gravel roads to arrive at the stunning farm of a local pastor. Perched on the side of a mountain, we looked out over the plains to another mountain range as it was just starting to be covered by the ever-present day-time clouds.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 14:22-33
Prayers for Ecuador:
Lord, tell us to come and meet you on the water, call us to unfamiliar places. Challenge us not only to believe deeply, but to act on those beliefs. Help us to see fully that you are God.
Give us faith like Peter, to go and meet you in the communities of Ecuador; to Pijal where hard working families and their children are rejoicing in new opportunities, to Sua where your people are still recovering from floods and earthquakes, to Romerillos where gifts are growing through microcredit programs.
Give us faith like Peter, faith like our partner FEDICE, to step out of our comfortable and safe spaces, and go where you call us, and we will meet you there.
A reflection from a Venezuelan Christian leader in the midst of the Constitutional process in the country
The Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela (UEPV, acronym in Spanish) has the challenge of being a witness as a church in the midst of the political turmoil that has affected Venezuela. While the Venezuelan government called for a National Constituent Assembly (ANC, acronym in Spanish) to address problems like poverty, public services, ecology, or culture, the right-wing opposition alleges that the initiative has the purpose of perpetuating President Nicolás Maduro term without being accountable on general elections.Read more
“ Por eso, aunque pasamos por muchas dificultades, no nos desanimamos. Tenemos preocupaciones, pero no perdemos la calma. La gente nos persigue, pero Dios no nos abandona. Nos hacen caer, pero no nos destruyen.” 2 Corintios 4:8-9
Viajé desde San Salvador, la capital de El Salvador, a Managua, Nicaragua en autobús. Cuando llegamos al lado salvadoreño de la frontera con Honduras, un oficial de policía entró en el autobús para hacer una revisión. Estaba enfocado en escribir en mi diario y no presté atención. Creo que eso lo hizo sospechar y me pidieron que bajara del autobús para la revisión. Bajé del autobús, recogí mi maleta y fui a una oficina donde tres policías comenzaron a interrogarme sobre quién era yo y qué hacía. Les dije que soy un misionero y pastor. Revisando mi equipaje, encontraron mis tarjetas de oración que corroboraron lo que estaba diciendo. Después de un tiempo, fui liberado y me fui muy enojado por su rudo trato.Read more
Dear partners of Global Ministries,
On June 15th and 16th, we participated at the Fourth Encounter of Women Activists and Human Rights Defenders of Oaxaca in the capital city of the state, where about 70 women from different regions of the state of Oaxaca, as well as representatives of international support organizations and a representative of the European Union in Mexico were present.Read more
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
I traveled from San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, to Managua, Nicaragua by bus. As we arrived at the Salvadoran side of the border with Honduras, a police officer entered the bus to make a check. I was focused on writing in my diary and did not pay attention. I think that made him suspicious and I was asked to dismount the bus for a check. I got off the bus, picked up my suitcase, and went to an office where three policemen started interrogating me about who I was and what I do. I told them that I am a missionary and pastor. Checking my luggage, they found my prayer cards that corroborated what I was saying. After a while, I was released and I left very angry about their rude treatment.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Prayers for Mexico:
Creator God, if we are the sowers of seeds, you are surely the preparer of soil. Today we ask for awareness of your continued work and presence with us. We can sow seeds, but help us know when and where. We can sow seeds, but help us to remember the tending is also important. We ask that you work in the diplomatic processes between Mexico and the USA. We ask for those who would help tend to the daily needs* of Las Memorias. Through our life-giving connection with you may we all play our part in the whole sowing, growing, harvesting, sowing process. Amen
*Regularly occurring needs. A more complete list is available with approximate costs.
- Daily needs, Soap for clothes, and cleaning. Toilet paper, personal hygiene products.
- Building construction and maintenance supplies
- Gas: for cars and for cooking,
- Much Gratitude for: Solar project expansion, Clean water for a year. Thank you!
It was with deep sadness that we received the news of the passing of our colleague and dear brother in Christ, Scott Nicholson.Read more