Missionary Stories

From Nicaragua with Hope and Faith

Twenty-five years have passed since the last time I spent time here in Nicaragua. Back then, when you exited the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, a child might ask you for money. Today, that child is a man who helped to carry my luggage for a tip. The scorching heat was the same, and the perceived calm was tense -- you could cut the air with a knife. Everybody has a history to share, but cautiously, because the “walls have ears.” 

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3 Reflections

The first reflection highlights the militarization and violations of Human Rights in Honduras as the cause of the Honduran exodus.

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2018 Feliz Navidad! Feliz Nuevo Anos! 2018 Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Celebrating Christmas and New Year in Nicaragua begins about a week before Advent with the sound of firecrackers and the display of fireworks all day and through the night until the day after New Years.

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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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