Mission Stories

  • The sounds of San Cristóbal de las Casas

    By: Elena Huegel May 20, 2020

    As I look at different posts on social media, many people report a drastic reduction of activity on the streets of their cities and a strange quiet blanketing the areas where they live as a result of the stay at home directives in their countries.  The opposite seems to be true in San Cristóbal de las Casas, the city where I live in Chiapas, Southern Mexico. 

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  • Amidst Uncertainty

    By: Andrew Larsen May 19, 2020

    During this pandemic there are few things that I do routinely. The most consistent thing might be the inconsistency on how I approach each day. While I do many of the same things or activities each day they happen at all sorts of different hours with varying intensities.

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  • Hola y bienvenidos!

    By: Kelsey Riebel May 18, 2020

    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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  • Pray with Mexico, Sunday, May 24, 2020

    By: Carlos Sediles-Real May 18, 2020

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    Lectionary Selection:  John 17:1-11

    Prayers for Mexico: 

    God, source of love and protection who tenderly comforts and encourages us in the most difficult of hours, in this time of global anguish we turn to you, our Father and Mother, with the confidence that we are your daughters and sons. From Mexico, we join in prayer with sisters and brothers around the world, to glorify your name through our...Read more...


  • Preparing a New Leadership for Pastoral and Diaconal Service

    By: Carlos Sediles-Real May 15, 2020

    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

    By: Kaitlin Thompson May 14, 2020

    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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  • “The Steal of the Century” - A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    By: Middle East & Europe - Global Ministries May 14, 2020

    Pilgrims participating in our alternative tour earlier this year were meeting with a settler in the Gush Etzion settlement block, just outside of Bethlehem, when President Trump announced what he had been heralding as his Deal of the Century. The 180-page, so-called peace proposal is formally titled, Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of Palestinian and Israeli People.

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  • Taking Root and Growing

    By: Robert Howard May 12, 2020

    I have heard many people talk about wishing that they could go on a cruise or live in a tropical paradise. Many have wished they had the opportunity to own an island getaway. And now here I am living in an island paradise.

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  • Keeping Communities Safe during COVID 19: A Chiapas Perspective

    By: Elena Huegel May 12, 2020

    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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  • Pursuing the Paths of Peace and Reconciliation

    By: Victor Makari May 11, 2020

    On Epiphany Sunday, we posted a reflection on the lectionary text appointed for the day in lieu of a Christmas newsletter to family and friends, given how busy that season is for us in Bethlehem, as you can well imagine!

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