The Latin America and the Caribbean Office confirmed a suspicion shared by the leadership of the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela. A U.S.-sponsored military aggression against Venezuela could be real before the U.S. presidential election on November 3, 2020. Admiral Remigio Ceballos, chief of the strategic, operational command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), said that "The international intelligence agencies allied to Venezuela inform us that Colombia is preparing aggression, and the FANB will respond with force and forcefulness to any aggression against the sovereignty and independence of Venezuela, under the command of our Commander in Chief Nicolas Maduro Moros." "We are in the presence of a Colombian government that has attacked Venezuela the most in all our history," he added. Ceballos also wrote on Twitter: During the year 2000, Plan Colombia was installed with 7 U.S. military bases in that country "to prepare its aggression against our nation and the entire region." Days before, Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's ambassador to the U.N., denounced, "Washington's propaganda bodies already promote the invading multinational force in Venezuela. ...It must be with military occupation but without the visible presence of the United States in the front line. It is the armies of Colombia and Central America that will do the dirty work." In another message, Moncada pointed out that the "final phase" of aggression against Venezuela, whose campaign of maximum pressure is already underway, is moving to the military dimension. "They are looking for the 'October surprise.' In Venezuela, we must prepare ourselves for the provocation in the making." See the link: https://www.resumen-english.org/2020/08/venezuela-aggression-in-october/Read more
Lectionary Selection: Exodus 16:2-15
Prayers for Mexico:
Our God, heart of the sky - heart of the earth,
we who live in the birthplace of corn, who eat thin wafers called tortillas that fall not from the heavens but are a rich gift from mother earth, we ask your Spirit to transform our complaints into a joyous passion for abundant life.
As we complain about conflicts: shape our collective strength, resistance in the face of corrupting forces, and capacity to find just solutions for all.
As we complain about the regulations and limitations due to the pandemic: mold our behavior with consideration for others.
As we complain if there aren't any tortillas or if there are only tortillas to eat: send us reminders to appreciate the food on our tables, care for our soil and native seeds,
respect for those who toil in the field, the hospital, or the market.
We recognize that complaining is the default response of an oppressed people,
a people whose identity is trapped in the pain of victimhood.
Give us wisdom to find the grains of truth hidden in our complaints and strength to heed your call action: claiming freedom, naming injustice, affirming dignity, and caring for all your creation.
Dr. Carlos Correa-Bernier, Executive Director of the Carlos Correa-Daniel F. Romero Center for Border Ministries and Strategies, also known as "Centro Romero," the particular experience of one of the single mothers they are assisting since the arrivals of massive caravans from Central America, two years ago, through the most recent COVID-19 health crisis in the San Diego-Tijuana border. This is the story of "Berta," a name we deliberately use to cover her identity, for security reasons.Read more
A Ministry Into the Void: Emmanuel Baptist Church in El Salvador on Reopening the Country in Times Of COVID-19
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away."
Revelations 21:3-5 (NRSV)Read more
The Mennonite Center for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action (Justapaz), a longstanding Partner of Global Ministries, invited me, on last Saturday, to participate in a virtual visit to several communities in the “Bagre” Department in northwestern Colombia. Justapaz accompanies indigenous and Afro-descendant churches and communities in the western part of the country. They seek the fulfillment of the Peace Accords signed in 2016, as compliance has diminished through the years. Also, they document violations of Human and Humanitarian Rights covenants in that place and provide for the basic needs of the people there.Read more
Spanish Claretian missionary Pedro Casaldáliga, bishop of the poor and the forgotten, died on the 8th of August, 2020, at 92 years of age, in the city of Batatais, in Brazil. He was born in Balsareny, Spain, in 1928. He arrived in the Brazilian Amazon in 1968, in São Félix do Araguaia, a municipality of Mato Grosso. He became Bishop of the Prelature of São Félix does Araguaia since 1971. Casaldáliga has always worked in favor of "peons," peasants, landless and Indigenous Peoples, openly opposing landowners, agribusiness, and all economic powers that deny the rights of the individuals and peoples. You can't explain the history of the struggle for land in Brazil without Casaldáliga.Read more
Greetings and blessings,
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him and will make a path for his steps.
Psalm 85:8-13 (NRSV)Read more
Churches and their Contribution to the Integral Well-being of Families in Mexico / Las iglesias y su aporte en el bienestar integral de las familias:
In February, the Churches of God in Mexico City held workshops related to the daily life of families.Read more