On November 3, 2020 Hurricane Eta made landfall on the coast of Nicaragua. Thirteen days later, November 16, Hurricane Iota made landfall just fifteen miles south of where Eta had hit. Both storms were category four hurricanes.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 2:22-40
Prayers for Nicaragua
Our father who art in Heaven,
Let's protect, take care of, love us,
As only you know how to do it
May your wisdom flood the minds of scientists,
May we imperfect children of yours love each other,
May brotherhood flood our hearts,
Our minds, our wills,
That you provide the weakest,
Let the marginalized be part of our vision of love
May we all recognize that there is no one greater than you,
You know our hearts are weak
That our minds are changing every time we meet you
May our elders live to teach us,
May they illuminate the path of children and youth
That men and women take care of each other
That all beings can recognize ourselves as part of this creation of yours,
That we love, take care of, and respect your creation.
May the hope that your Son sows in our hearts not die.
That racism, classism, sexism, and others disappear
May each of us, your children, be able to show you our appreciation by taking care of each other.
May wars, hunger, misery, and exploitation of one another disappear.
In your infinite wisdom, love and tenderness, welcome us into your holy bosom and Heaven when our time comes.
May God the Father
May God the Son
May God the Holy Spirit dwell and remain in our hearts and minds in this Advent of 2020.
He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. John 1:23 (NRSV)
“Pastor, it is like getting into the dessert. Everything is down.” That was one of the commentaries I received from the Reverend Mauricio Largaespada, President of the Christian Mission of Nicaragua. He accompanied a delegation from that Church into a trip to their congregations in the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast. They once looked at buildings, temples, and houses. Now, there was only sky and ground, with debris all over it.Read more
News agencies are reporting on the path of two hurricanes following almost the same route in Central America, specifically through Nicaragua. “In a one-two punch, Hurricane Iota roared ashore as a dangerous Category 4 storm along almost precisely the same stretch of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful Hurricane Eta 13 days earlier. Iota had intensified into a hazardous Category 5 storm during the day Monday. Still, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it weakened slightly as it neared the coast late Monday and made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. It hit the coast about 30 miles south of the Nicaraguan city of Puerto Cabezas, also known as Bilwi.Read more
Living by Faith: Nicaraguan and Honduran Churches Faced the Path of Hurricane Eta in Central America
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11 For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh.
2nd Letter of Paul to Corinthians, Chapter 4, verses 7 - 11 (NRSV)Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 14:13-21
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Oh Father, sad news arrives today, as it arrived to Jesus, about the death of his cousin, John the Baptist, and he looked for a solitary place in order to feel his grief. Today, like Jesus, we too look from afar at the burials of our beloved dead because of the pandemic. We look from a distance, we cannot even live the human and cultural ritual of saying farewell to our deceased. As in our world, so also in Nicaragua, we ask for health, for medicines and health equipment, and for sufficient care centers in the face of this pandemic, and we also ask in prayer for the medical personnel who are exposing their lives. We beg for the indigenous and black Nicaraguan populations, for their more distant communities, that they might be able to be reached by health care personnel and receive what they need for the affirmation of life in abundance.
Oh Father, you teach us that in sharing what we have with others, solidarity grows. With your blessing, love is multiplied in order to satisfy us with the bread of peace and of justice in this threatening economic situation and unemployment. Thank you for reminding us daily to show your image and likeness in this world from which we clamor for unity in your church, in order to multiply our actions together to attend to the needy.
Council of Evangelical Churches for Denominational Alliance (CEPAD)
April 2020 Update
Lectionary Selection: Luke 16:1-13
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Dear God, help us to be faithful to you and our siblings in times of need. May your grace give us strength and commitment to serve your cause and to do it with honesty, transparency, and a sense of justice. Deliver us from intentions that move away from your will and teach us your path of peace, love, and hope. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.Read more