“Por lo demás, hermanos, regocijaos, sed perfectos, confortaos, sed de un mismo sentir, vivid en paz; y el Dios de amor y paz será con vosotros.” 2 Corintios 13:11
Tomados de la mano en un círculo y cantando "Shalom javerim" a la luz de las estrellas, miré alrededor en nuestro grupo, nuestros párpados pesados después de una semana llena de juegos, manualidades, talleres y cantos. Mientras cantábamos, mi mente se perdía en mis propias experiencias de campamento de verano donde por primera vez vi realmente el rostro de Dios. Fue allí como parte del equipo de trabajo que me sentí llamada a aplicar a los Ministerios Globales. En un continente diferente, en una cultura diferente y rodeada de gente que recién había conocido, cantamos esta misma canción. Allí también sentí la presencia de Dios.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:1-9
Prayers for Chile:
God, You hear the prayers of our Chilean brothers and sisters as they lift their voices from the foothills of the Andes Mountains. We petition you today with their requests: for peace to surround both the political relationships of the Mapuche conflict and the protests occurring in Valparaiso. We pray for people of the church, that the young people of Chile will fall in love again with God, for strength within pastoral families and that the Shalom Center will continue to be a place of healing for many years to come. As a new school year begins, we pray for teachers who work with vulnerable children, that they may not only offer academics, but also refuge and hope. We lift up those working to heal their emotional traumas, those who have dared to share their stories and those who still remain silent. We pray for strength and perseverance as the Chilean people find their way through these challenges, being moved by Your guidance and perfect peace. Amen.
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11
Holding hands in a circle and singing “Shalom chaverim” to the starlit sky, I looked around at our group, our eyelids heavy after a busy week of games, crafts, workshops and singing. As we sang, my mind wandered to my own summer camp experiences where I first truly saw the face of God. It was there as a staff member that I felt called to apply to Global Ministries. On a different continent, in a different culture and surrounded by people I had just met, we sang this same song. There, too, I felt the presence of God.
On January 11th, EPES (Popular Education in Health) will be hosting their 7th Annual International Training Course on Popular Education in Health - which shares their 33 years of experience working for dignity and justice in health with participants from across Latin America and Africa.Read more
At the start of the weekend, we piled into the living room, introducing ourselves, looking over the schedule and reviewing the emergency procedures in the event of a fire or earthquake. “Of course, we will care for those who have fears of earthquakes, so do not worry,” a group leader assured the staff. Everybody nodded in solemn understanding. The atmosphere in the room became still and I could see their faces change just slightly. I reasoned that in that few seconds before shifting topics, each person could not help but recall a memory made on February 27, 2010.Read more
After the earthquake and tsunami of Feb. 27th, 2010, the members of the Pentecostal Church of Chile built “Blessing Cabins” to provide dry, warm, temporary, emergency housing for people whose homes were destroyed. One Blessing Cabin remained on the grounds of the central church in Curicó after all the others were shipped out; it provided emergency office space for the national church whose recently renovated building had to be torn down and then remained as a reminder of God’s provision in the midst of the devastation.Read more
On Thanksgiving mid-day, we were four hours away from our home, weary from a busy week spent traveling with a delegation, and at that point without a single Thanksgiving preparation complete. By seven o’clock that night, our house was bright with chatter and laughter and the rich scents of bacon, onion and thyme, with a spread of food so delicious even remembering it now is making my mouth water.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 21:25-36
Prayers for Chile:
In Chile, we are once again perplexed "at the roaring and tossing of the sea." We know we live in a land of explosive natural energy hidden under majestic volcanoes. Though intellectually we understand we must face earthquakes and tsunamis, emotionally it is difficult to grasp the terror and uncertainty we feel in the wake of natural disasters.
Lectionary Selection: Mark 10: 2-16
Prayers for Chile:
God, we come before You today in thanksgiving for the people of Chile. We pray for God filled relationships in Chile and around the world- for trust, love and reconciliation. As the children came to Jesus and were blessed, we pray for this same childlike faith throughout the seasons of our lives. May children around the world draw closer to You Jesus and may we follow their example. From 3 years old to 103 years old may we all continue praise your name with gusto, walking in faith that You go before us.
We pray specifically for our brothers and sisters in the northern regions of Chile as they heal from the recent earthquake. We pray that You comfort those who are mourning the loss of loved ones, their homes or their businesses as they begin the process of rebuilding. As natural disasters such as this, as well as strikes in the workforce and conflicts in educational policy continue to trigger traumatic responses, we pray for resilience in the Chilean people. Inspire and encourage us to practice neighborly love and understanding and to seek Your perfect peace. Amen.
11 people have died as a result of the earthquake measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale and the tsunami that occurred Wednesday in Chile.Read more