Partners from Latin America and the Caribbean share about their experiences with and responses to the novel cornavirus pandemic. Currently, Latin America is seen as the global epicenter of the virus. Partners from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Colombia share their stories.Read more
As I sit and watch the flower petals drop from tulip trees on Memorial Day I am reminded of Ecuador. While there I saw an array of beautiful flowers every single day walking along the streets of Quito. My wife and I went to Ecuador to serve with Fedice and Global Ministries. Fedice works with many different indigenous tribes to help create sustainable economic systems. Through agricultural, livestock, medical trainings, and volunteer work they facilitate growth and education all around Ecuador. They bring in people on mission trips and utilize whatever skills and knowledge they can offer. In turn the volunteers learn from the tribes as they work together in a Minga (a word in kichwa that means a combined effort for the benefit of the community.) Additionally, Fedice organizes workshops given by local experts to teach about livestock and how to improve their livelihood and the land utilizing them.Read more
Hello to all my dearest friends in Global Ministries:
I am Blanca Puma, the Executive Director of FEDICE, Ecumenical Foundation for Integral Development, Training, and Education. On behalf of our brothers and sisters from the communities where FEDICE works, I want to send you our greetings and gratitude to all of you.Read more
Lists everywhere…lists for packing, our dogs, our house, our cars, lots of goodbyes, and finally our travel arrangements. It all became a blur once we touched down in Guatemala City. Our life went from very hectic to very simple in a matter of a few hours. It has been an adjustment for sure, but even after leaving our precious family, friends, and dogs, we have been able to remain full of gratitude for this amazing opportunity to serve with Global Ministries.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 17:1-9
Prayers for Ecuador:
God, thank you for all the blessings you give to us all. Even in times of difficulties, we can feel that you are with us. The people of Ecuador are a great example of this; no matter the circumstance of their lives, they are abundantly loving and ready to help anyone they encounter. In each moment, we witness human kindness and compassion in Ecuador, we feel your presence reminding us that we are all connected through you. Just as Peter knew, they needed to be on the mountain top with Jesus, a peace comes to those who answer your call. Thank you for being present in our lives and helping us embrace the silence in order to feel your presence.
Please let your presence be known in Ecuadorian families that are affected by ongoing wars on the border of Ecuador and Colombia. Please continue to provide for the families that are in impoverished areas who struggle to provide basic necessities we sometimes take for granted. Also, please be with all of us and help us to serve in a way that brings all your people together.Read more
Grassroots Organizations Across Latin America and the Caribbean Condemn States of Emergency and Curfews in Chile and Ecuador
More than a hundred grassroots organizations in Latin America came together to denounce human rights violations in Chile and Ecuador. The Argentine Commission for Refugees and Migrants (CAREF) is one of the signatories of this denouncement. Below is the text of the declaration.Read more
Violent clashes broke out between protesters and police in both Haiti and Ecuador after the governments of both countries eliminated fuel subsidies, following the instructions of the International Monetary Fund. Latin America and the Caribbean has a long history of following policies imposed by the IMF as well as the World Bank as a condition to get loans and financial benefits from those two institutions. Those policies along with the foreign debt crisis have affected the continent for decades. The situation in Ecuador and Haiti are good examples of the direct impact of that in the everyday life of the people there. That is what we would call “two wings of the same bird.” It is two countries facing the same root cause of their problems.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 11:1-13
Prayers for Ecuador:
Thanks God, that you have shown us how to pray. Thanks that we may ask of You and it will be given; that we may seek and we will find; that we may knock and the door will be opened. Your Holy Spirit comes to us in many ways including in our work on your behalf.
Oh Lord, we ask that the Holy Spirit thrives in us. Help us in FEDICE to encounter those most in need. Guide us to ensure those who seek are formed into a union that helps the whole community flourish. Continue to encourage us to make a difference in the lives of those in Ecuador and those who come from other places to meet the people of Ecuador on your behalf.
Thank you, dear Lord, for our work on behalf of the people of Ecuador, for those who support FEDICE, and for Global Ministries who touches so many throughout the world. Amen.Read more
Read about the experience of four women who participate in the Sua microcredit project.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:35-45
Prayers for Ecuador:
Oh Lord, this life can be tough. You know that. Your Son experienced it. Beggars from Venezuela, jugglers and buskers from Colombia, women without resources to give a good beginning to their children, little children who care for their younger siblings, youth who cannot find jobs, borrowers who cannot pay their debts, dogs too weak to search for food.
James and John asked to sit on the right and left. Our prayers are filled with wanting: Give me …. Help my family …. Make it possible for me to ….
Oh Lord, when will there be justice? If I am to drink the cup and share the fate, what am I to do? I cannot even help the poor animal lying on the side of the road that is only bones and skin. We too want to sit on the right and the left, but why must we drink of the cup? Why can’t You just make it fair?