Missionary Stories

Working with Vocational Training in Honduras

Donald Westra, a member of Federated Church UCC, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, serves with the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Honduras (IER).  His appointment is made possible by your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, Disciple's Mission Fund, Our Church's Wider Mission, and your special gifts.

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Subirana Clinic, Subirana, Yoro, Honduras

Honduras_-_clinice_reception_Mar_2014.jpgGreetings from Don and Maryjane Westra, Global Ministries Mission Personnel in Honduras.

Our tenure with Global Ministries began in 2009 in Mt. Selinda Mission Station, Zimbabwe. In 2013 we moved to Honduras where we now serve with Global Ministries’ partner, the Evangelical and Reformed Church. We work in the social service branch of the church Synod, the Association of Evangelical Institutions of Honduras (AIEH), which oversees schools and clinics. Specifically, we are assigned to a vocational school, the Center for Vocational Education and Evangelical Reformed (CEVER), in Yoro, Honduras. I work alongside the administration and Don is working on sustainable projects to provide financial security into the future.

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It’s a Beautiful, Holy Thing

Guadeloupe_-_IMG_7508_Spring_2015.jpgAs Christmas approached this year, the women of the Reformed Church of Guadeloupe decided to do something special for the women in prison. A plan was set in place to fundraise and buy toiletry kits for each woman. Within the French prison system, each prisoner must obtain the things that they need for themselves, so gifts like shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste would be much appreciated. Out of approximately 1000 prisoners on the island, only 18 are women.

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Towers in Nogales

I saw heavy machinery up ahead as I parked on the ridge road a few miles north of the border with Mexico.  When I got out of the car, I could see a tower in the east and another one in the north.  None of that had been there the last time I was on that ridge just three months ago and I was curious to get a closer look when I returned from the hike.

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Images of Peru

Lauren Kabat is a Global Ministries Intern working with the Association Promoting Education and Conservation in Amazonia (APECA). Her appointment is supported by Week of Compassion.

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Pachakutik: Mission as Deep Transformation

Bethany Waggoner serves as a Global Mission Intern with the Ecumenical Foundation for Development, Integration, Training and Education (FEDICE).  Her appointment is supported by Week of Compassion

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My time in Peru

Peru_-_Kabat_pic_1.jpgI'm writing to you today outside of a small town named Tamshiyaku, located in the Amazonian jungle of Peru.  Filtering through the screen windows are the sounds of birds chirping, dogs barking, insects humming and motors sputtering as boats make their way up and down the Amazon River.  Every once in a while I can hear the eerie sound of whistling drifting on the still air and I wonder what type of bird makes that noise.  When I've asked a number of different people about this sound and why the dogs bark occasionally in the night for no reason, I've been told casually that it's from the ghosts that stroll along the river banks as they walk to and from the villages.

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Ensuring that No Kid Goes Unnoticed

Henry Brewer-Calvert is a Global Mission Intern serving in the Dominican Republic.  His appointment is supported by Week of Compassion.

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The Community of Las Martitas

John 4:7-13

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

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The Power of Meeting With One

Beth Guy is a Global Mission Intern serving with the Protest Reformed Church of Guadeloupe and Martinique.  Her placement is supported by Week of Compassion.

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