Missionary Stories

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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Ministerial Training for Pastors / / Formación Ministerial dirigida a pastores y pastoras

An experience with the Methodist Seminary of Mexico

The Methodist Seminary Gonzalo Báez Camargo in Mexico City is a member of the Theological Community of Mexico (CTdeM, Spanish Acronym).  Each year, The Methodist Seminary conducts ministerial training through their continuing education program.  Through these training events, the Seminary seeks to strengthen and expand the capacities of pastors in the disciplines of theology, biblical, and pastoral care.  These training events are held for one-week of duration.

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A new perspective on time

I wish you could meet my friend Harpreet. God used her in the waiting period I had before coming to Jamaica. Harpreet is Sikh but she attended a Catholic school growing up in India. Continuing in this vein of diverse perspectives, she is incredibly well-read on a broad range of topics and shares from that wealth of knowledge as plentifully as rain from clouds during monsoon. We worked together in back-to-back cubicles at my last job in Canada. I, being one to frantically work through all breaks needed Harpreet, a seasoned social worker and wise friend who understands many things differently than I, and ‘time’ being an important one.

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The sounds of San Cristóbal de las Casas

As I look at different posts on social media, many people report a drastic reduction of activity on the streets of their cities and a strange quiet blanketing the areas where they live as a result of the stay at home directives in their countries.  The opposite seems to be true in San Cristóbal de las Casas, the city where I live in Chiapas, Southern Mexico. 

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Hola y bienvenidos!

I am writing from Xelaju, Guatemala. Currently, I am studying Spanish to prepare me for my service in Ecuador with FEDICE. I haven’t been to Guatemala before, and I’ve discovered that it is absolutely beautiful. The school I am attending for six weeks is in the mountains of Guatemala, and the elevation is around 7,000 feet.

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Preparing a New Leadership for Pastoral and Diaconal Service

The experience of the Theological Institute Word of Wisdom

In December 2018, 12 students graduated from the Theological Institute of Wisdom Program (ITPS), which is part of the Theological Community of Mexico (CTdeM).  The ITPS is an institution of Pentecostal tradition with an ecumenical approach. It is committed to contextual biblical, theological, and pastoral reflection.

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Each for Equal

March 8th has been officially recognized as International Women’s day since 1975, and, over thirty years later, it is still imperative that we take this day to recognize the struggles and successes of our sisters across the globe. The theme for this International Women’s Day is “#EachforEqual” to stress the importance of collectivism in the movement for female equality.

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Keeping Communities Safe during COVID 19: A Chiapas Perspective

In the rural communities around San Cristóbal de las Casas, where most people have good reasons to be suspicious of anything coming from either the federal or state governments, many do not believe the warnings about a health crisis; it is just another strategy of a corrupt government to control and take advantage of Chiapas which has one of the poorest populations in the country but is rich in natural resources.  

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