Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:38-48
Prayers for the Dominican Republic:
We are grateful for the many blessings you provide. From spiritual health to physical sustenance, we know that we are always receiving your grace in one form or another, for this we thank you. As we journey together to build a healthy future, teach us new ways to practice these gospel lessons. We pray for our brothers and sisters at Servicios Sociales de Iglesias Dominicanas (SSID) as they practice the compassionate wisdom Jesus teaches in the Gospel of Matthew. We pray their strength as they witness the many ways that rural communities experience political and social dismissal. For each opportunity to retaliate, we pray your perfect Love become their inspiration and guide their responses. We lift up each family represented in the network of SSID, may their deepest needs be met…may the power of the peace that comes from this carry into each project, community, and workshop facilitated by SSID that your endless love abound with greater and greater force.
Global Ministries Partners in Colombia Celebrate Beginning of Peace Talks Between the ELN Guerrilla and the Government of Colombia
Building off the momentum of the recently signed peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), today the Government of Colombia kept moving toward the final goal of a stable and lasting peace. The National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla and the Colombian Government officially inaugurated their peace talks in Quito, Ecuador. This step came after three years of secret pre-talks, where they came to agreements on how the peace talks would work and an agenda of items to be negotiated.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:21-37
Prayers for Ecuador:
As we go about our normal days we often forget to go above and beyond what is required of us. We remember the laws but we forget what it means to truly live for and by your name. We tithe and make offerings to our churches but we forget to volunteer or support another person in need. God, please help us to know what it means to go above and beyond, to love you and follow the laws of the land but also to put everything we’ve got into truly living in your image.
As we pray for and with our partners in Ecuador this week, we ask that you guide our thoughts and our prayers to envelope not only our partners, but all the people of the country, from the Amazonian rain forest to the Andean highlands to the coastal lowlands and the Galapagos Islands where we see the beauty of God’s awesome creation. We ask that you help each of us to take those extra steps to truly serve you in everything we do.
In your loving name we pray,
The Christian Centre for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action (Justapaz) seeks to embody and serve non-violence through programs working towards transforming Colombia into a just and peaceful state.Read more
For some people, the idea of building a wall between Mexico and the United States can be new. Not for the Reverend Dan González-Ortega, President of the Theological Community in Mexico. In an interview with Global Ministries, Reverend González-Ortega expressed his concerns and the challenges of rhetoric and executive actions regarding immigration.Read more
On my first morning in the bunk room at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN), the organization I will be working with in the city San Cristobal de las Casas, state of Chiapas, México, a familiar buzzing sound greets me on my way to the bathroom. I veer off course, hunting through the flowers, my eyes flicking back and forth as I know I will only catch a glimpse of the sound-maker. It is there and then in an instant, gone. The sound disappears. A hummingbird has welcomed me to the city and to this new life.Read more
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Christian organizations, ecclesial communities, and churches of the country, proposed this last Saturday the creation of a National Institute for a Culture of Peace and a National Reconciliation Commission with the purpose of reconciling the country and applying restorative justice 25 years after the signing of the Peace Agreements.Read more
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