Dear partners of Global Ministries,
On June 15th and 16th, we participated at the Fourth Encounter of Women Activists and Human Rights Defenders of Oaxaca in the capital city of the state, where about 70 women from different regions of the state of Oaxaca, as well as representatives of international support organizations and a representative of the European Union in Mexico were present.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Prayers for Mexico:
Creator God, if we are the sowers of seeds, you are surely the preparer of soil. Today we ask for awareness of your continued work and presence with us. We can sow seeds, but help us know when and where. We can sow seeds, but help us to remember the tending is also important. We ask that you work in the diplomatic processes between Mexico and the USA. We ask for those who would help tend to the daily needs* of Las Memorias. Through our life-giving connection with you may we all play our part in the whole sowing, growing, harvesting, sowing process. Amen
*Regularly occurring needs. A more complete list is available with approximate costs.
- Daily needs, Soap for clothes, and cleaning. Toilet paper, personal hygiene products.
- Building construction and maintenance supplies
- Gas: for cars and for cooking,
- Much Gratitude for: Solar project expansion, Clean water for a year. Thank you!
Melel Xojobal in Tzotzil, an indigenous Mayan language, means "True Light". They are a social organization founded in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico in February 1997. Melel Xojobal primarily works with indigenous populations through education, advocacy, health services, and community engagement.Read more
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1.1-5)Read more
jTatic Samuel, as he was lovingly known to all in this region of Mexico, was the visionary Bishop of the Catholic Church in San Cristobal de las Casas from 1959 to 1999. jTatic was the title the Mayan descendants, the Original Peoples of Chiapas, gave him and means "our dear father", a sign of respect and appreciation for his tireless work on behalf of the marginalized and the poor. There are many ways to describe the life and ministry of Bishop Samuel Ruiz, but there is a particular legacy that touches my life and the work of Global Ministries here in this southern state of Mexico on the border with Guatemala. jTatic Samuel knew he would not be around forever, but he saw his call to "see that justice is done, let mercy be (his) first concern, and humbly obey (his) God" (Micah 6:8) as growing and expanding in the organizations he helped to create during his time serving the church and the broader community.Read more
Our current president who just moved into government-subsidized housing in Washington, D.C. said during the campaign that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to the U.S. I’ve met with many people here in Nogales that have just been deported from the U.S. They’ve told me, often with tears in their eyes, that they made the risky journey to the U.S. in search of work so that they could provide for their families back home in Mexico or Central America.Read more
Reflection transforms the march of time into productive moments of change. That is what I love about Lent. This season of waiting turns us toward reflection on many levels.Read more
As I was setting up my new house in San Cristobal de las Casas, I listened to an audio book I had wanted to enjoy for a long time. The following passage caught my attention:Read more
With pungent spice burns the resinous heart wood of the Montezuma pine, "ocote" in Spanish, drawing us round the Mayan altar. We gather, Christians and those who profess no faith, Tseltales, Tzotziles, Europeans, Mexicans, United Statesians, Canadians, and Lebanese, called by the smell, the smoke, the candles, and the flowers into sacred space. We pray for awakening to peace in the midst of the political crisis and government sponsored violence, we pray for courage as the diversity of the environment disappears around us, we pray for justice in communities devastated by migration, alcoholism, drug trafficking. We pray for the people of the United States to have the courage and perseverance, the wisdom and strength to stand in dignity, as the Mayan have stood again and again, over the centuries, bending under oppression, but not breaking, resilient and resistant. With each prayer we turn, East, West, North, South.Read more
Youth and children can learn more about children and teenagers from Mexico and Central America who have made long journeys to come and live in the United States.