The Christian Commission for Development (CCD) Rural Bank Project in Honduras works to improve the economic and social conditions of participating families and their rural communities. Participants in this project come from all backgrounds and can be of any culture, gender, or religious belief. Many participants have received funds from the rural banks and are beginning small businesses.Read more
Claudia looked at the river from a particular, personal point of view. She moved from the countryside, looking for better opportunities for her and her family of six people. Droughts and adverse conditions forced her and her family to move near the river into a provisional lodging, where she could work to get a job and have enough money to settle into the urban neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Now she has lived there for almost 30 years. Her options are to stay near that small neighborhood river, the “Río de Piedras,” or to take the roads into the Guatemalan border as a migrant.Read more
Why do Hondurans leave their country in masses, why women with children and entire families and why to the United States?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
Dr. Carlos J. Correa-Bernier, Centro Romero, San Ysidro, CA, U.S.A.
Today was a difficult day for the border sister cities of San Diego and Tijuana. Although the San Ysidro Port of Entry is known as the "busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere," (according to the U.S. General Services Administration), with an average of 70,000 passengers in vehicles and 20,000 pedestrians (all traveling northbound) each day, today we grabbed the attention for a different reason. The mayor of the city of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis and reported he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants, most of whom are camping inside a sports complex.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
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Lectionary Selection: Matthew 28:16-20
Prayers for Honduras:
O God of Truth and Love, hold up the people of Honduras in their struggle for justice in a world of impunity. Embolden us as together we seek solutions to difficult problems. Hold us together in your arms as we seek safety in a scary world. Your love is not constrained by geographic location or language. Your wisdom is not limited by skin color or economic barriers. Help us, we ask, to follow your son’s example in his ministry of care and inclusivity. Though we tire, though we stumble, though we doubt, walk with us, O God, as we walk, run and sometimes skip alongside our neighbors in Honduras. In Jesus’ name we ask it, Amen.
A lot of people were now becoming followers of the Lord. But some of the ones who spoke Greek started complaining about the ones who spoke Aramaic. They complained that the Greek-speaking widows were not given their share when the food supplies were handed out each day.Read more