Lectionary Selection: Luke 11:1-13
Prayers for Ecuador
Thanks dear Savior for sun and rain, for earth and seeds. Thanks for friends who hold us dear and family who nurtures many of us. May we have the sense to pray for our enemies so we may forgive them as our God forgives us. May we also live our lives fully even though hard times, deaths, financial woes, and our own stubborn-ness confront us.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Ecuador
It has not been clear sailing for those of us who work for FEDICE (The Ecumenical Foundation for Development, Integration, Training and Education) of late. Our executive director, Victor Vaca, passed away in February after a worsening illness. Our new director, Blanca Puma, has easily, gracefully, and powerfully filled his shoes. But in early July, her loving mother passed away compounding Blanca’s loss of a special 21-year-old nephew in June 2012.
God, oh God! How much must we take? Blanca has moved through these times with sadness, yet has been fully present for our constituents and has continued to make FEDICE a passionate place. When another non-profit needed FEDICE’s help, she was there. This non-profit has not had an easy time of it either. With FEDICE’s assistance, money is now being used more wisely, the people they serve are more organized and appreciative of collaboration, and financial training will begin in the near future.
We at FEDICE thank all of you who contribute to Global Ministries and to the work we do to help the people of Ecuador out of poverty, to help people help themselves. Although sailing has been through rough waters, our path is still clear.
(The Ecumenical Foundation for Development, Integration, Training and Education (FEDICE) is an organization responsible for the coordination of education, health, agriculture, community development projects and programs for the indigenous population in rural communities in Ecuador. To learn more about the work of FEDICE, please click here)
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Marilyn Cooper & Glenn Hebert)
Global Ministries International Partners in Ecuador:
- Centro Integral de la Familia (CIF)
- Confraternidad Evangelica Ecuatoriana
- Consejo de Pueblos y Organizaciones Indigenas Evangelicas del Ecuador (FEINE)
- Fundacion Ecumenica Para el Desarrollo Integral Capacitacion-Education (FEDICE)
- Iglesia Evangelica Unida del Ecuador (IEUE)
- La Asociacion Latinoamericana de Asesoramiento y Pastoral Familiar (EIRENE)
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Global Ministries Missionaries in Ecuador:
Marilyn Cooper and Glenn Hebert are members of United Christian Church (DOC & UCC), Austin, Texas. They serve with the Ecumenical Foundation for Integral Development, Training and Education (FEDICE) and are working in Christian Education with FEDICE and developing/maintaining FEDICE’s website. Visit their blog for more: Experiences in Ecuador - a blog from Glenn Hebert and Marilyn Cooper
December 2009 - Time of Promises and Hope
Christian world and Ecuador in particular, we rejoice in this Christmas season recalling the birth of Jesus, our savior and redeemer. It is a time of joy and happiness! But not much joy for many Ecuadorians. Studies show that poverty in rural areas, where FEDICE works, by the year 2006,, said that the rural poor were 82%, it means 8 outof 10 are poor. For that same year, the poor had $1.06 per day, $31.92 per month for consumption. Think seriously and act responsibly, following the footsteps of Jesus, who said: "I have come that they may have life andhave it abundantly." (John 10:10)
To read the entire newsletter, click here: December 2009
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