Lectionary Selection: Luke 12:32-40
Prayers for Guatemala:
Pray with the pleas of your Latin American brothers and sisters:
Ana Paula: May people who are faith committed raise their prophetic voice with the organized communities that are caring for Creation.
Franklin David: May our Disciples of Christ and United Churches of Christ churches of the United States add their commitment of faith in the intercontinental campaign against environment killing companies. Earth, water, forest, and life call us to be prophets of a new day. That day will come, if your hands, your voice, and your spirit become flesh and blood in us.
Victor: May the Creator be peace, hope, strength, and wisdom for the caretakers and defenders of water and Creation so that we can face the threats of death with great energy, strategy, and life, mainly with hope.
The first reflection highlights the militarization and violations of Human Rights in Honduras as the cause of the Honduran exodus.Read more
Viajando solas individualmente, las personas migrantes son vulnerables y están expuestas a secuestros, extorsiones, violaciones, asesinatos y desapariciones. Ahora se embarcan en el camino en grupos para protegerse y protegerse mutuamente.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
Talking Points and Resources for Reflection, Advocacy, and Solidarity with the Central American Caravan
Thousands of Central American asylum seekers are gathering in Mexico City before deciding whether to head to the U.S. border as one very large caravan or in smaller groups, asylum seekers and activists reported. News has stated that an estimated 6,000 Central American asylum seekers had gathered by Tuesday afternoon at a sports stadium near Mexico City’s airport that federal and local authorities are using as a shelter. Asylum seekers received medical treatment, food, and legal advice after a 1,000-mile walk for the past 25 days through Honduras, Guatemala and, then, Mexico. Activists and organizations that accompany the asylum seekers said the plan is to stay in Mexico City to wait for thousands more asylum seekers in at least two other caravans to arrive before deciding whether to set out north as a group. If traveling together, that group could top 10,000 people. However, activists cautioned that plans could change at any time.Read more
The phenomenon of mass migration, in which migrants embark on the road and protect themselves, is new. So far, the migrants relied on the help of coyotes, largely linked to criminal networks. They were vulnerable and exposed to kidnappings, extortion, rape, murder, and disappearances. In this new phenomenon, they protect each other and the humanitarian society covers them with gestures of love that are faithful to the gospel (I was a stranger and you took me in... Mt 25:35).Read more
They will beat their swords and plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.
(Micah 4:3b-4a)Read more
"Elisha turned around, grabbed the yoke of oxen and offered them in sacrifice, took the tools to cook the meat and invited his people, then got up, went after Elijah and put himself at their service." 1 Kings 19:21
As a peasant, Elisha depended on his oxen to plow the land. They walked to the front; he followed them behind. As a metaphor for our present, walking behind oxen could be to see what is wrong in the world as a normal thing, as something that we can´t change because the world is as it is. It can be to continue living in a country where it is normal for the police to kill a young black person, or to continue wasting natural resources as if they were endless and our actions won´t affect the natural balance of the Earth. Or it can be to grow fed up and disconnected with the lies of mass media as they target specific countries because they have an agenda that could affect the interests of wealthy societies.
This is the second article regarding the Global Ministries Latin America and Caribbean Area Executive’s trip to Central America. Previously, Reverend Angel Rivera-Agosto narrated his recent experience in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Read it here: A Central American Pilgrimage of Solidarity and Accompaniment
"There was a short silence in the air after she uttered her response to my question regarding the eruption of Volcán del Fuego, in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala," Rev. Rivera-Agosto shared. "I simply asked her if there was a way in which the Mayan communities would know in advance of the possibility that an eruption would happen so that they could seek shelter. To be honest, I was expecting a practical answer. However, for Rosalina Tuyuc, a Maya Katchiquel leader, Candidate for the Nobel Prize and Coordinator of the National Confederation of Widows in Guatemala (CONAVIGUA), there was a deeper sense of awareness and urgency in her words than my worries about the victims of that recent eruption. Her tender eyes crossed into mine as she said her words of wisdom:Read more