We are always amazed at how quickly time goes by, and by looking back at my collaboration in El Salvador, I realize that everything has revolved around peacebuilding. A drop of water, a grain of sand, and a desire for collective construction!Read more
Two partners of Global Ministries (the Salvadorian Lutheran Synod and the Emmanuel Baptist Church) and two Mission Personnel (Ricardo Mayol and Violeta Rocha) participated in a workshop in El Salvador, regarding peace and violence in the country and in Central America. There, more than 60 leaders from churches around the country reflected on how to understand the elements of violence present in the country and internationally as well as ways to promote peace.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:10-17
Prayers for El Salvador:
We thank God for this woman hunched over from the Gospel of Luke, who impresses us with her strength to remain visible in spite of the bend in her back in religious and social spaces and at the same time invisible because of the reality of exclusion in her society and religion for 18 years.
We thank God for the Salvadoran women who have written a great part of the history of this country, many of them being invisible for the marks that violence has left and that still leaves on their bodies, and visible for their persistence in their faith, participation, and construction of peace.Read more
Representatives of social organizations participated in hearings on May 27th, 2019 conducted by the Political Commission of El Salvador´s Legislative Assembly. The purpose of the hearings was to receive papers and testimonies regarding the consideration of two bills that seek national reconciliation and transitional justice for the victims of the armed conflict in that country. The members of the Political Commission listened to the contributions of different associations and entities linked to the topic. The objective of the new bill of reconciliation is to replace the one enacted in 1993 which was declared unconstitutional in July 2016 by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ). The CSJ made this decision because it considered it contrary to the right to access justice, to judicial protection of fundamental rights, and because it violated the right to full reparation for the victims of the armed conflict.Read more
I arrived on December 8 of last year to El Salvador, my neighboring country to the north, with a similar history to that of my Nicaraguan people - with a war that left thousands dead or disappeared. These are hard-working and dignified people in search of daily bread. During the Season of Advent, the Emmanuel Baptist Church received me in affectionate and loving ways, and a sister generously gave me lodging in her home for the first two months. Now I live in the Youth Home, Cal Pipil in the Nahuatl language, a cultural project of the church.Read more
“Beware of practicing your piety before others to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. However, when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21 (NRSV)Read more
I am a new Global Service worker, and I am serving with two partners here in El Salvador.Read more
On February 3, the Salvadoran people will be exercising their vote for a new government that will be in place from 2019-2024.Read more
Testimonio: Telling the Story of the Accompaniment and Solidarity in Latin America and the Caribbean Through 2018
As we end this year of witnessing God´s presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, we cannot avoid feeling in our spirit, mind and will the spiritual strength of solidarity. Our partners continued embracing the Spirit through receiving pilgrimages, sponsoring workshops and projects, sharing resources in an ecumenical way and confronting the powers that deny the fullness of life. The Caribbean Initiative came to closure with resources and experiences that will endure not only in the work of the continent but also globally. The accompaniment of our partners through civil unrest, migrations, and emergencies awakened a divine presence through the experience of contingency. The Good News were heard and shared in a powerful way.Read more
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40
Traveling as individuals, migrants are vulnerable and exposed to kidnappings, extortion, rape, murder, and disappearances. Now they embark on the road in groups to protect themselves and each other.Read more