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.
"And forgive us of our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us." Matthew 6:12
How many times have I prayed these very words without realizing the magnitude of what they asked of God and for us as individuals. Many times, when I ask for forgiveness I am referring to those times when I have been selfish or when I have been insensitive towards others, but it was on this pilgrimage to Colombia that I finally came to a more profound appreciation for this prayer. It is one thing to forgive those who may have been selfish, insensitive or have lied, or even stolen, but it is quite another to forgive those who killed your loved ones - your father, mother, husband, brother, sister or child. Yet, this was the reality of what the Global Ministries delegation, which visited Colombia from May 16-22, witnessed as we sought to understand the peace process in Colombia.Read more
Over 100 Organizations from the U.S., Latin America and Europe Urge Tillerson to Uphold Human Rights in U.S. Policy to Central America in Prosperity and Security Conference
One week ahead of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America that the United States is co-hosting with the Government of Mexico, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), from June 15th-16th in Miami, over 100 national and international civil society organizations from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (as well as other Latin American and European countries), express concerns regarding topics to be discussed at the conference and to urge Secretary Tillerson to demonstrate leadership to ensure that human rights do not take a backseat in any agreements reached during the conference.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 28:16-20
Prayers for Honduras:
O God of Truth and Love, hold up the people of Honduras in their struggle for justice in a world of impunity. Embolden us as together we seek solutions to difficult problems. Hold us together in your arms as we seek safety in a scary world. Your love is not constrained by geographic location or language. Your wisdom is not limited by skin color or economic barriers. Help us, we ask, to follow your son’s example in his ministry of care and inclusivity. Though we tire, though we stumble, though we doubt, walk with us, O God, as we walk, run and sometimes skip alongside our neighbors in Honduras. In Jesus’ name we ask it, Amen.
From May 16th to the 22nd, Global Ministries led a high level delegation to witness the ongoing peace process in Colombia. The delegation consisted of Rev. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, Tony Rodriguez, Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, Nora Sanders, General Secretary of the United Church of Canada, Rev. Julia Brown Karimu, President of the Division of Overseas Ministries and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, Rev. Dr. Jim Moos, Executive Minister for Wider Church Ministries and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, Rev. Rick Spleth, Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana, Rev. Edward Davis, Conference Minister of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Angel Rivera-Agosto, Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean for Global Ministries, Rev. Jane Sullivan-Davis, Executive for Resource Development for Global Ministries, and Rev. Dr. Teresa Hord Owens, Nominee for General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).Read more
Melel Xojobal in Tzotzil, an indigenous Mayan language, means "True Light". They are a social organization founded in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico in February 1997. Melel Xojobal primarily works with indigenous populations through education, advocacy, health services, and community engagement.Read more
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1.1-5)Read more