Partners from Latin America and the Caribbean share about their experiences with and responses to the novel cornavirus pandemic. Currently, Latin America is seen as the global epicenter of the virus. Partners from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Colombia share their stories.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matt.11:16-19, 25-30
Prayers for Puerto Rico:
God, Creator of what we see and what we cannot see, we praise your name and give all glory to you. As we serve your calling in Puerto Rico, many only see what is missing, and are blind to your mercy and grace. Thank you for your call to serve in ministry and mission partnership at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico. The call was made based on what you have prepared us to do and not on what we or others wanted to be done.
Today, we serve a community recovering from hurricanes, earthquakes, financial distress, and the COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge that the strength, willingness, and eagerness to provide comfort, shelter, and food and to share your loving gospel was not ours but only yours. And through them, you made us a living testimony of your mercy, your love, and your blessing to all people in Puerto Rico.
We ask for the steady stream of your overflowing grace to be poured over “The Enchanted Island.” As we continue to serve this portion of your kingdom, may our words be light to condemn but strong and heavy to comfort. Amen.Read more
Puerto Rico faced Saturday morning (7:15 AM approximately), another 5.4-5.5 earthquake hit the Island, this time at 6 miles from the southern city of Ponce. Thirteen replicas occurred within 3 hours after the first tremor, with 2 of them been over 4.5. So far, the information is that the towns of Peñuelas, Guayanilla, and Ponce were the most affected. Some historical sites, as the Ponce Catholic Cathedral and the “Museo de la Masacre de Ponce” (the Ponce Massacre Museum), were deeply affected by the earthquake. See one of the news reports here: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/495808-puerto-rico-records-54-earthquakeRead more
A 6.4 Richter scale earthquake hit Puerto Rico at 3:24 AM on January 7, 9 miles from the southwestern town of Guayanilla, and was followed three hours later by an aftershock measuring 6.0. Those earthquakes unleashed small landslides, causing a general blackout across the island and severely cracking some homes on the island. It has been the strongest quakes yet to hit Puerto Rico, which has been shaking for the past week. Previously, a string of smaller tremors, including another quake measured at magnitude 5.0 that struck later on January 6 at 10:51 a.m. shaking power lines and frightening residents of southern Puerto Rico who had been waiting outside their homes due to fears the buildings were damaged and unstable. The first quake struck at 6:32 a.m. on January 6, just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Service. There is a casualty, reported in Ponce, the second largest city of Puerto Rico, in the south. Also, the media described significant damage in the towns of Ponce, Guayanilla, and Guánica, towns in the south, and the southwest. There is no tsunami threat, officials said.Read more
Two partners of Global Ministries, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico and the United Evangelical Church in Puerto Rico, are working together with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Bahamas. Both churches in Puerto Rico are collecting funds and gathering professional and pastoral resource persons to travel to the Bahamas as allowed by the condition at the airports there.Read more
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation on July 24, 2019, days after demonstrators at the island's largest protest in recent history called for his removal over a scandal involving leaked private chats as well as corruption investigations and arrests. His resignation, effective Aug. 2nd, came late Wednesday night on a recorded video published on Facebook. In the message, he touted what he considered accomplishments of his tenure, saying he fought corruption and made strides for different communities. "My only North Star has been the well-being of my island," he said.Read more
Thousands of people have taken to the streets for a third consecutive day in Puerto Rico demanding the immediate resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. The protests in the island began after a group chat on the Telegram messaging app between Rossello, and nine other members of his administration were leaked last week. The hundreds of pages of messages revealed obscene, sexist and homophobic remarks about women, journalists, and others, according to the Puerto Rico Centre for Investigative Journalism. Other entries included threats and trolls against political opponents and dissenters. "Ricky resign," "You have to go," and "We are not afraid" were some of the slogans shouted by the protesters in San Juan as they gathered during this week outside the governor's residence, which was protected by barricades.Read more
Leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Paraguay visited the Missionary Encounter and the Convention of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico from February 7 to 20, 2019. On this visit, brothers and sisters in Paraguay were witnesses of the missionary and pastoral work of the church in Puerto Rico, as well as the challenges facing the Caribbean island after the onslaught of Hurricane Maria two years ago. The executive for Latin America and the Caribbean of Global Ministries accompanied the Paraguayan delegation, which was received on the island by the General Pastor of the church in Puerto Rico, Rev. Miguel Antonio Morales, and by the president of the Overseas Missions Committee, Rev. Osvaldo Delbrey, and his work team. The Puerto Rican hosts showed affection and hospitality by hosting the Paraguayan visitors in the homes of families of Disciples of Christ congregations. The guests also participated in prayer services, preaching, and pastoral visits through different communities on the island. They met with leaders of other churches in Latin America who work with the church of Puerto Rico and experienced a deep cultural, ecclesial, and missional immersion experience on the island.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
One year after Hurricane Maria struck the hospital's campus, Ryder Hospital in Puerto Rico shares a recent video (in Spanish) to provide an update on the hospital's work today.Read more