Missionary Stories

Video Reflection: A Hammock of Hands

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On Loss and Silver Linings

In the face of the growing coronavirus pandemic, I unceremoniously left Chiapas in late March.

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Plant a tree

"What do you need for tomorrow?" Jorge, a quiet, attentive twelve year old asks me in Spanish, unsure of the words to formulate the question in a language so different from Tseltal Mayan, his mother tongue.  I pantomime the items as I speak to make sure that he understands me.  "Can you get a post hole digger, a bucket and a wheelbarrow full of compost?"  He seems unsure of the word compost.  "Will old leaves do?" and smiles when I nod and say "yes!"

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Churches and their Contribution to the Integral Well-being of Families in Mexico / Las iglesias y su aporte en el bienestar integral de las familias:

In February, the Churches of God in Mexico City held workshops related to the daily life of families.  

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Un Día Sin Nosotras: A Day Without Women

On March 8, 2020 – International Women’s Day – women and girls across Mexico took to the streets to march, protesting the rampant violence against women that is so prevalent across the country.

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We are just roasting coffee

The year 2020 is a year to remember.

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School’s Not Out at Pringle Home for Children

At Pringle Home for Children, in Carron Hall, St Mary, Jamaica, school’s not out! Since schools closed due to the threat of COVID-19, we’ve formed a new routine after breakfast is served. The dining hall is cleared, tables and chairs are carefully pushed aside, and the girls get to moving with TVJ’s “Jamaica Moves” (a fun, upbeat half an hour exercise routine).  Then, following the cool down, we jump right back into action with our notebooks and pencils in hand.

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Amor de Ecuador / Love for Ecuador

As I sit and watch the flower petals drop from tulip trees on Memorial Day I am reminded of Ecuador. While there I saw an array of beautiful flowers every single day walking along the streets of Quito. My wife and I went to Ecuador to serve with Fedice and Global Ministries. Fedice works with many different indigenous tribes to help create sustainable economic systems. Through agricultural, livestock, medical trainings, and volunteer work they facilitate growth and education all around Ecuador. They bring in people on mission trips and utilize whatever skills and knowledge they can offer. In turn the volunteers learn from the tribes as they work together in a Minga (a word in kichwa that means a combined effort for the benefit of the community.) Additionally, Fedice organizes workshops given by local experts to teach about livestock and how to improve their livelihood and the land utilizing them.

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Staying in Touch while Staying Home

On March 17, just hours after my flight landed in Cincinnati, the government of the Dominican Republic released a statement that the country would be moving into a stay-at-home order.

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Venezuela: Between Between Resistance and Hope

I have been getting recently different messages directly from Venezuela.  Some of them expressed concerns and uncertainties about the future. Most of these messages stressed and showed the tension between resistance and hope.  My understanding is that there is a deep conviction, primarily among pastors and lay leaders, that affirms a faith that provides a horizon of hope for the future.

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