Diaconal Ministry of the Protestant Church in Morocco-Dec 2014

Diaconal Ministry of the Protestant Church in Morocco-Dec 2014

This year, our church has reflected on the subject of witness.  Starting with our Synod from November 21-23, we have compiled our thoughts and have concluded that the importance of witness for the CEI is through service for the weakest.  Jesus himself shows us the way: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19)

We understand witness to mean not only through words but also through concrete acts to relieve human suffering, and in particular with migrants, with whom we are engaged and whom we provide aid.

We seek to follow the example of the early church which served those in need (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35), notably the most vulnerable.

Love is not limited to those with whom we share the same faith.  Jesus fed the crowds, he cured many without discrimination.  The parable of the Good Samaritan illustrates this fact.  Christ himself healed the ear of the one who came with the soldiers to arrest him (John 18:10).  Le Lord said to us, “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?” (Matthew 5:46).

For us, diaconal action is not only to serve the poor, but to serve God.  We render witness of our gratitude for his love and we refuse favoritism, discrimination, and the creation of dependence among our beneficiaries.

We wish to continue this reflection in our groups to improve our hearing of the Word, our service and to better adapt to the cultural context of Morocco, which welcomes us.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2015.

Carlos Funck