This Spanish-speaking island in the Caribbean is officially a Commonwealth of the United States. The Disciples of Christ, born out of the missionary endeavor of the Disciples in the United States, is a strong national denomination. The United Evangelical Church is a Conference of the United Church of Christ. While affirming their Hispanic culture, Puerto Ricans have struggled with the definition of their political status since 1898 when the United States landed on the island. The presence of the US Navy in the island town of Vieques has become a uniting force for Puerto Ricans who were divided along political lines but religious lines as well. The call for "not one more" referring to bombs being fired by the US Navy's military exercises, has become a plea for peace among Christians in Puerto Rico. Pray for: The ministry of peace and reconciliation of the Ecumenical Coalition for Vieques. The ministry of "Builders of Hope," Disciples of Christ in Puerto Rico for at risk children. Mission Personnel Ali Nebot Ali Nebot: Program coordinator on human rights, Evangelical Council of Puerto Rico Partners Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico (SEPR) Mision Industrial de Puerto Rico Iglesias Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico Concilio de Iglesias de Puerto Rico (CIP) Campamentos Cristianos Comunitarios, Inc. Hogar de Ninos Forjadores de Esperanza Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc. Amnesty InternationalRead more
The representatives of the UEK Churches and UCC Conferences, who deliberated upon the heritage and future of their communion as Kirchengemeinschaft at its jubilee meeting "25 Years of Kirchengemeinschaft", solemnly and jointly issue the following statement for their churches:Read more
Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Puerto Rico.
READ: John 18: 25-27
There are many instances of denial in Puerto Rico. For more than sixty years the women of Vieques were denied the right to give birth in their town. The lack of a hospital forced them to travel by boat or airplane across the ocean to the town of Fajardo to give birth. Today a new opportunity has been given to them and they can give birth in their small hospital in town.
You may laugh at this, but winter has arrived in Puerto Rico. Since we live in a tropical climate, any temperature below 70 degrees is considered cold here. The temperatures have been in the 60’s!
Last Thursday, April 28, Amnesty International was invited by an ecological activist to visit the community of Tocones in Loiza. Historically, Loiza have been a settlement of afro-descendants in Puerto Rico. Tocones is located in one of the best coastal areas in the metropolitan area. From the main road you cannot notice that there is a community there.Read more