Missionary Stories

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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Standing with the Oppressed

The times during which Jesus was born resemble those of today; they were violent. Herod the Great felt threatened that a king would defy his power, although at that time the king was only a baby. Herod tried to eliminate him and, when he could not find him, unleashed his murderous rage and killed all children under 2 years of age. Joseph and Mary escaped after hearing a voice from God and fled to Egypt to protect their newborn child.

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Manifest Destiny

Protesting. Rioting. Marching. Walking. Those words can conjure any number of images to mind. In Haiti, they are called manifestasyons (“manifestations.”) The Haitian people are no strangers to voicing the injustices they’ve been subjected to over hundreds of years; today is no different. 

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The Kingdom of God Is like a Mustard Seed / El Reino de Dios es semejante a un grano de mostaza

Small Training Initiatives that Make a Difference

During 2019, the passage from Matthew 13:31-32 took on special significance in the work we do with groups of women, men, and adolescents. We gradually added different initiatives and training proposals to improve our close-friend and community relationships.

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I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills

At the end of my second day at Pringle Home for Children, a girl came running to me out-of-breath and with a most desperate, terrified look on her face. She revealed that a 15-year-old girl living with us at Pringle Home for Children had stripped her bed of its linens, snuck to a far corner of the property under the biggest apple tree, and thrown the bedsheets over a high branch to hang herself. Instinctively, I dropped my bag and ran with this young girl towards her housemate, terrified.

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COVID-19 in Jamaica

The hustle and bustle of Jamaican streets and roadways is usually invigorating (if you’ve ever visited or lived in this exquisite island-nation, you surely know exactly what I mean), but like most countries globally, the mood and modus operandi are eerily different now in the face COVID-19.

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The Right to Work: A Paradigm Shift

In December, Melel Xojobal hosted the Second National Child Workers Retreat in San Cristóbal. My team of three had spent the weeks before the retreat in helpful but harried preparation. While we were still spending half our day working in markets around the city like normal, the other half of the day was jam-packed with planning activities for the retreat.

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