Lectionary Selection: Luke 11:1-13
Prayers for Ecuador:
Thanks God, that you have shown us how to pray. Thanks that we may ask of You and it will be given; that we may seek and we will find; that we may knock and the door will be opened. Your Holy Spirit comes to us in many ways including in our work on your behalf.
Oh Lord, we ask that the Holy Spirit thrives in us. Help us in FEDICE to encounter those most in need. Guide us to ensure those who seek are formed into a union that helps the whole community flourish. Continue to encourage us to make a difference in the lives of those in Ecuador and those who come from other places to meet the people of Ecuador on your behalf.
Thank you, dear Lord, for our work on behalf of the people of Ecuador, for those who support FEDICE, and for Global Ministries who touches so many throughout the world. Amen.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
They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Isaiah 2:4b
In early 2017, over 10,000 former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla fighters disarmed and demobilized as a result of the December 2016 peace accord. Thus began a long and challenging reentry process for many of them who had been part of the rebel army for most of their lives.Read more
De Jehová es la tierra y su plenitud; El mundo, y los que en él habitan. Salmo 24:1
El Instituto de Estudios e Investigaciones Interculturales, un socio de mucho tiempo de los Ministerios Globales en Chiapas, Méjico, trabaja con personas en aldeas y comunidades, aprendiendo juntos cómo la muerte de los bosques significa más que la pérdida de árboles. Cada respiración que hemos tomado ha dependido del oxígeno procesado por miles de millones de hojas en todo el mundo. Los alimentos que comemos provienen del suelo enriquecido por esas mismas hojas, naturalmente compostadas durante cientos de años. El hábitat del bosque es el hogar de criaturas y muchos humanos que dependen diariamente de los medicamentos, los alimentos y el combustible producido por los árboles.Read more
by Rev. Feliberto Pereira. Executive Director, Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
You may be feeling in turmoil from the news cycles that move faster than we can think or process. You may be wondering exactly what is happening, as it is hard to discern from afar. As you are people who live your life in love, you are likely wondering what you can do to support our brothers and sisters who are seeking asylum in our country. We all have ringing in our ears and in our hearts, the call of our Lord (John 3:17): But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
The earth is God’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1
The Institute of Intercultural Studies and Research, a long-time Global Ministries partner in Chiapas, Mexico, works with people in villages and communities, learning together how the death of the forests means more than the loss of trees. Every breath that we have ever breathed has depended on the oxygen processed by billions of leaves around the world. The food we eat comes from the soil enriched by those same leaves, naturally composted over hundreds of years. The forest habitat is home to creatures and to many humans who depend daily on the medicines, food, and fuel produced by trees.Read more
There are two things that come to mind when I reflect on my recent trip to Haiti on behalf of Global Ministries to serve in ministry and to be a presence with our partners, CONASPEH. One is the adage that “knowledge is power."Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Prayers for Venezuela:
We give you thanks for our sisters and brothers in Venezuela and have heard their cries for justice and peace in the midst of a difficult time. Cover them with your peace. Make a way for reconciliation and fresh hope.
Help us to be better neighbors to our siblings in Venezuela. We commit to you our solidarity with them. We will continue to listen to and walk with them in the midst of this crisis and in the days beyond.
We celebrate, God, that you can make a way where there is no way. We are grateful that your love knows no limits.
In Christ’s name, we pray,
Lectionary Selection: Luke 9:51-62
Prayers for Mexico:
God the Father and Mother, you show us your love in the life and wisdom of Jesus. Teach us to follow you in your solidarity with the poorest and most marginalized in this world.
In solidarity with those who suffer because of injustices.
In respect for the dignity of every human being and of all creation.
In your calling to share resources with those most in need.
In your love for all people without conditions.
We hear your call to be your disciples.
We are committed to serving you by following the example of your life.
We commit ourselves to honestly confronting our selfishness.
We commit ourselves to deny ourselves, to take the cross and follow you.
We commit ourselves to be guided by your Spirit to bear witness to your Kingdom of righteousness and life.
The mission of Ward School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is to educate children and young people so that, aware of their transcendence and dependence on God, they can contribute to the society in which they live, with ethical and Christian values. The Ward school is a longtime partner of Global Ministries since the school’s founding at the beginning of the 20th century.Read more