I am writing from Xelaju, Guatemala. Currently, I am studying Spanish to prepare me for my service in Ecuador with FEDICE. I haven’t been to Guatemala before, and I’ve discovered that it is absolutely beautiful. The school I am attending for six weeks is in the mountains of Guatemala, and the elevation is around 7,000 feet.Read more
The times during which Jesus was born resemble those of today; they were violent. Herod the Great felt threatened that a king would defy his power, although at that time the king was only a baby. Herod tried to eliminate him and, when he could not find him, unleashed his murderous rage and killed all children under 2 years of age. Joseph and Mary escaped after hearing a voice from God and fled to Egypt to protect their newborn child.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 1:29-42
Prayers for Guatemala:
Supplication by Brayan Alvarado, General Coordinator of the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala:
Lord, today as yesterday, the economy and governments betray the people, putting themselves at the service of those who pay, kill, criminalize, and disable those who defend the law and life. Many, out of fear or blindness, slavishly accommodate the bleak order. We ask you, God, to open the eyes and ears of those who do not see or hear the suffering of your children. Make us sensitive to pain, that we understand that aggression against them is aggression to you. We beseech you, clarity, and courage to do justice to the little ones of this world and guarantee a dignified life.
Supplication of Father Hugo Padilla, Pastor of the San Bautista Episcopal Church:
We beg you to have compassion for the brothers and sisters of San Juan Sacatepéquez who are being victims of the blatant ambition of the cement company, supported by national and international circles of power. Father, they are depriving your people of their lands, regardless of life and legitimate ancestral rights over the territory. Powerful Father, in your compassion, preserve them from the evil that boils in the heart of this ungrateful company, and strengthen the just struggle of the communities of San Juan. Give them the wisdom to face and overcome this evil. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. AmenRead more
Rosalina Tuyuc, founder of CONAVIGUA, was present for the 2019 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As part of a larger workshop on the work of Global Ministries partners from Latin America and the Caribbean she spoke about the current work of CONAVIGUA.Read more
The Community of La Trementina is located on the edges of "The Mountain of Las Granadillas." The mountain protects the only source of water that benefits more than six hundred thousand mestizo and Mayan inhabitants Ch'orti', in the driest region of Central America located between the municipalities of La Unión, Gualán, and Zacapa in the department of Zacapa; Jocotán, Camotán and Chiquimula in the department Chiquimula, Guatemala, Central America.Read more
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