Missionary Stories

Feeling the Good That Evil Attracts - Thoughts for Epiphany

Eph. 3:7-12, Mt. 2:1-18
Thoughts for Epiphany

Sermon by the Rev. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, Athol Congregational Church
Poem by Elena Huegel, Global Ministries

Change is so hard. Everyone has trouble with it.

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Reflections on the Honduran Crisis

Why do Hondurans leave their country in masses, why women with children and entire families and why to the United States?

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Migrating Towards Our New Realities

At the end of October, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending a conference in Mexico City about Migration Theology.

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La posada

At the grocery store yesterday, the smells from a newly arranged corner of the fruit and vegetable area transported  me back to my early childhood at the Theological Community in Mexico City.  There were "tejocotes" (the internet translates this fruit as the Mexican hawthorne), cinnamon sticks, "piloncillo" (blocks of distilled and hardened sugar cane), tangerines, raw sugar cane, raisins and tamarind fruit, the ingredients for the Mexican Christmas hot punch, neatly arranged in preparation for the coming of advent. I just stood there a minute breathing in the memories.

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Sewing It All Together

Meet Denis.

Student. Seamstress. Business Owner. Visionary.

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The Migrant Caravan from Central America/ La Caravana de Migrantes de Centroamérica

The phenomenon of mass migration, in which migrants embark on the road and protect themselves, is new. So far, the migrants relied on the help of coyotes, largely linked to criminal networks. They were vulnerable and exposed to kidnappings, extortion, rape, murder, and disappearances. In this new phenomenon, they protect each other and the humanitarian society covers them with gestures of love that are faithful to the gospel (I was a stranger and you took me in... Mt 25:35).

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Peace vs War/ Paz vs Guerra

They will beat their swords and plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.

(Micah 4:3b-4a)

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Losing My Voice

Today is my fourth week of living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While this isn’t my first trip to this beautiful Caribbean island, Haiti is now considered my home. I am honored to serve the National Council of Spiritual Churches in Haiti (CONASPEH) for a three-year assignment. One of the ways I assist is as a Conversational English teacher at College St. Andre.

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Updates from Colombia

Greetings from Bogotá, where we’re 2600 meters closer to the stars. 2018 has proven to be one of the busiest and richest times in my ministry in Colombia. Let me share a couple of the highlights with you.

Workshop.jpegWhat a joy it has been to begin workshops on conflict transformation and restorative justice at the Icononzo FARC Reintegration Community. The first conflict transformation workshop was held in Icononzo, Tolima on September 4 and was a great success. We had a total of 16 participants, equally distributed between former FARC guerrilla combatants and civilian “receptor community” leaders. These workshops are being facilitated by the Cafepaz Peace Studies Center in the hopes of helping facilitate as smooth a reentry process as possible for both the ex-combatants and the civilian community they are now joining (many of whom were victims of the armed conflict).

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A Year Later - Restoring the Ruins

Mexico_Cara_McKinney_DSC_0042b.jpgOne year ago, on the night of September 7, 2017, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake roughly roused us from our slumbers and sent us running for the streets, patios, stairs, and open spaces. The earthquake left many communities in rubble and left all of us waking in the middle of the night fearing another aftershock.

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