Missionary Stories

The Contribution of Theological Education to the Mission of God in the World

Spring at the Theological Community of Mexico.

In February 2018, the different theological education seminars that make up the Theological Community of Mexico (CTdeM) started a new semester. Students, pastors and leaders of different Christian traditions came together for diverse experiences of learning. In every group and course, the passion for a quality theological education is shared and thus grows the proclamation and incarnation of the gospel in the realities lived by the churches and communities in Mexico.

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UNLESS

           “At the far end of town where the grickle grass grows and the wind smells slow and sour when it blows, is the land of the lifted Lorax...”  I can write from memory these words that open Dr. Seuss´s book The Lorax. I read the story every Friday morning to the children at the School of Environmental Education in Texas for three years, and yet I never tire of the crazy rhymes and the sad story of how the old Oncler, because of his unabated greed, brought destruction to the land of the Truffula trees.  As the story progresses, the Lorax tries to warn the Oncler, to no avail, of how his production of Thneeds is contaminating the air, soil, and water.  Finally, the last Truffula tree is cut and the whole web of life is unraveled.  Nothing can live in the wasteland left behind. As I see the story of the Oncler repeated over and over again throughout Chiapas, southern México, I wonder if we will heed the warnings before it is too late.

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TOGETHER FOR A FULL AND ABUNDANT LIFE FOR ALL

During the first semester of 2018 we have accompanied groups of leaders of different churches with trainings on creating healthy families. From our Christian witness and missionary work in Mexico, we consider it of the utmost importance to strengthen pastoral work aimed at promoting and guaranteeing the fullness of life of all people. In contexts where different types of violence occur, especially domestic violence, it is necessary to address the issues related to families from a biblical, pastoral and social perspective.

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“Hola, hola. How are you?”

As of last February 2018, I have been volunteering with FEDICE in Ecuador for 8 years.  My main job is teaching English to over 100 preschoolers between 3 and 4 years of age.  I work at 8 preschools sharing my native language twice a week for 25 minutes at each class.  These schools are in small, indigenous communities near Otavalo where I live.

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Yes, I do!

It is a spotless home, just a few knickknacks, carefully placed on sparse but welcoming furniture, a soft breeze wafts through the cheery red curtains; the quiet abode of a fifty year old Puerto Rican woman who lives alone.

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Jesus Has Left the Building: Hear the Word, Receive the Word and Do the Word

This is an action producing statement because it expresses how the church, the body of Christ, should do ministry—and that is, to follow Jesus as He leaves the church building to “be” in the streets where, according to scripture, His message of love, forgiveness, life, mercy, and grace can be revealed.  It’s a wonderful and enriching experience to attend worship service on Sunday and to continue to worship by following Jesus.  It’s a wonderful and enriching experience to attend prayer and fasting service on Fridays and continue to worship by following Jesus. Hear the Word, Receive the Word and Do the Word.

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Contribuyendo a la capacitación de líderes eclesiales / Training of Ecclesial Leaders

Durante el segundo semestre académico del 2017 (julio-diciembre) la Comunidad Teológica de México (CTdeM) ofreció a sus estudiantes el curso Taller de lectura e interpretación bíblica, con la participación de 20 líderes y lideresas de diversas iglesias. El curso se desarrolló como parte de los programas de Diplomado en Biblia y Licenciatura en Teología. Los estudiantes llegaron de los distintos Seminarios que conforman la CTdeM, compartiendo sus experiencias y riquezas confesionales.

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Red Continental de Juventudes por la Paz / Continental Youth Network for Peace

La Red Continental Cristiana por la Paz (RECONPAZ), desde y con el Concejo Ecuménico Cristiano de Guatemala, por la Paz, inició un camino, determinó un paso y encaminó un proceso con juventudes; y éstas han encontrado y reconocido unas en las otras, y han dicho seamos red, extendamos malla, y atrapemos sueños, y tejámoslos; sueños valientes que enfrenten las pesadillas de una violencia que asesina, saquea y discrimina. Dijeron seamos reconpaz.

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Juntos en el Camino / Together on the Road

Cuando nos acercamos a los Evangelios, nos encontramos con Jesús, que nos modela nuevos estilos y formas de cuidar y acompañar a la gente y sus comunidades. Aprendemos a como él caminaba entre los necesitados, les miraba, les tocaba, les escuchaba y les trataba con dignidad, amor y actos de justicia. Es desde esta perspectiva que Ministerios Globales  ha llegado y acompañado al pueblo paraguayo. Valorando su gente, respetando su historia y costumbres, y ofreciéndole apoyo de manera integrar, sirviendo y asesorando profesionalmente según sus necesidades.

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God of Chocolate

One of my favorite things about traveling to new places is trying all the food, and Mexico is no exception. Food is such a large part of every culture; it creates community, strengthens relationships, and, more often than not, shows recipes and techniques that have been passed down for generations. What we eat shows what is in season, the things that can and cannot be grown in an area, as well as changes in traditions that have happened slowly over time.

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