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
First Christian Church, Bloomington, Indiana
Journey to Cuba
Reflections from November 2016 Pilgrimage to Cuba
Sunday - Cuba Is Becoming Real
We fill out papers for customs, then we’re off. Now I let myself start to become excited. We can follow our plane’s flight on the screen on the back of the seat in front of us. Soon, I see over the plane’s wing lights. They are outlining Cuba. Wow! It’s becoming real and not just an idea or dream. I’m so excited.
Another good landing, and now to get through customs. Baggage pick up is next and they have cute cocker spaniel like dogs jumping and weaving along the baggage. Now to meet our ride. Carmelo, our Global Ministries guide, is greeted warmly and then introductions are made all around. Our guide in Cuba is Sandor. He is in charge. Our interpreter is Vladimir and our driver is Sixto. Very friendly, welcoming, nice young men, and handsome too.
The drive from Varadero airport to Matanzas is a blur, weaving through dark streets. We unload and are treated to a snack. A cola, sandwich of whitebread, ham and cheese and a wafer cookie. We are staying at a Presbyterian church complex that has nice rooms, 2-3 beds, shower, toilet, sink, and some space for suitcases. All one needs. As we climb into our beds, it is now 2:00am. It’s been almost 24 hours that we have been up and tomorrow will be a busy day starting with breakfast at 9:30am.
“As a volunteer with FEDICE, I am making a difference in indigenous communities. The leaders of the future, the children, are getting an enhanced curriculum because FEDICE has the foresight to provide this service of teaching English in these communities. It is a gift for the next generation."Read more
Reflection transforms the march of time into productive moments of change. That is what I love about Lent. This season of waiting turns us toward reflection on many levels.Read more
A lot of people were now becoming followers of the Lord. But some of the ones who spoke Greek started complaining about the ones who spoke Aramaic. They complained that the Greek-speaking widows were not given their share when the food supplies were handed out each day.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.
As I was setting up my new house in San Cristobal de las Casas, I listened to an audio book I had wanted to enjoy for a long time. The following passage caught my attention:Read more
El Chaco Paraguayo, lugar de tierras desérticas, de grandes extensiones de tierra roja, con Bosques de Palmas “Karanda´y” termino Guaraní, donde el sol, de radiante esplendor, sonríe en cada amanecer para acariciar la campiña que se levanta, al Indígena en su búsqueda del pan diario, al Campesino luchador y a los grandes Hacendados calculando sus ganancias sin mirar la necesidad que hay a su alrededor. El Chaco Paraguayo que tantos hablan de él y que pocos conocen. Es como si fuera parte de la lejanía extraña, sin darse cuenta que son sus hermanos y hermanas paraguayas, con otras necesidades y realidades. Oramos para que este pueblo indígena pueda continuar luchando en medio de las injusticias, la pérdida de sus tierras y quebrantos de salud, podamos continuar apoyándolos, acompañándolos y solidarios en medio de sus realidades de vida.Read more
The experience of being in Ecuador has been great, a magnificent opportunity to put love and knowledge into action. This country has everything. Its multiculturalism is admirable and each ethnic group maintains its customs and traditions. There is a lot to learn from Ecuador.Read more