Missionary Stories

Life in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

As participants in the Language and Cultural Immersion program of the Mesa Conjunta in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, my husband and I have gone to a boda (wedding) in a rural village, attended lively services with three different congregations and taken part in conversations and meals with many Disciple clergy and laity. All of this activity is arranged around 20 hours of language class with excellent teachers at the Centro de Idiomas that is right in the middle of this lovely colonial city with its countless plazas and parks.

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Being Protestant in Catholic Mexico

Religion, culture, and politics are intertwined in Mexico in ways that are very complicated and difficult to separate. What is clearer, however, is that choosing to be a Protestant in Mexico can have different implications than what is experienced in the United States.

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Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero: Pastor and Prophet in Solidarity

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In recent days in various places of the world there has been a rediscovery of the person of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero. People as diverse as Pope Francis and the Evangelical churches of El Salvador have been commemorating the life, ministry, and martyrdom of Monsignor Romero.  It is indeed important that throughout Latin America and the Caribbean remembrance be made of this fruitful and generous life, one committed to peace with the justice of God’s order.

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In Solidarity with Ayotzinapa, Guerrero Disappeared students

This last September the world was shocked by the sudden and massive disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School near Tuxtla, Guerrero in Mexico. 

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I Want to Be More like Jhonatan

He just took on the Colombian Armed Forces and won. He used only nonviolence grounded in faith. He didn't seek to take on the Colombian Army - they picked a fight with him. He just sought to keep the faith. He had right on his side and he knew it.

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The Possibility of Growth and Transformation

For these newsletters we are asked to reflect on times of growth and transformation.  Since I last wrote, I have certainly gone through my own periods of growth and transformation.  After all, I’ve been spending my time learning a new language (French) and beginning a new role in a new country. However, that’s not the story that I want to share today.  Today I want to talk about the possibility of growth and transformation.

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Who’s going to pick the Fruit and Vegetables?

Former “bracero” with his wife at home in Zacatecas/”Bracero” en el pasado con su esposa en su casa de Zacatecas

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Learning about Indigenous Rights in Mexico

I recently interviewed my friend and colleague Elena Gomez Martinez, a 29 year old Maya indigenous woman from the San Gregorio de las Casas/Huixtan, Tsotsil and Tseltal, region of Chiapas, Mexico. I wanted to learn more about her community, family dynamics, the rights of the people, and the discrimination that her ancestors experienced.

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