Lectionary Selection: John 1:29-42
Prayers for Guatemala:
Supplication by Brayan Alvarado, General Coordinator of the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala:
Lord, today as yesterday, the economy and governments betray the people, putting themselves at the service of those who pay, kill, criminalize, and disable those who defend the law and life. Many, out of fear or blindness, slavishly accommodate the bleak order. We ask you, God, to open the eyes and ears of those who do not see or hear the suffering of your children. Make us sensitive to pain, that we understand that aggression against them is aggression to you. We beseech you, clarity, and courage to do justice to the little ones of this world and guarantee a dignified life.
Supplication of Father Hugo Padilla, Pastor of the San Bautista Episcopal Church:
We beg you to have compassion for the brothers and sisters of San Juan Sacatepéquez who are being victims of the blatant ambition of the cement company, supported by national and international circles of power. Father, they are depriving your people of their lands, regardless of life and legitimate ancestral rights over the territory. Powerful Father, in your compassion, preserve them from the evil that boils in the heart of this ungrateful company, and strengthen the just struggle of the communities of San Juan. Give them the wisdom to face and overcome this evil. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. AmenRead more
I can do all things through God who strengthens me.
Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN)
Y él dijo: Mi presencia irá contigo, y te daré descanso. Éxodo 33:14
Me enamoré inmediatamente de la República Dominicana y su mezcla única de culturas latinas y caribeñas. Hermosas playas, música animada, cálida hospitalidad y Dios en el centro de todo. Una despedida común incluye “si Dios quiere”, por ejemplo, “si Dios lo quiere, te veré en la mañana”. Siempre me ha confortado este aspecto de la cultura dominicana.Read 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
Global Ministries highly values the words and perspectives of partners. When partners tell us that they are concerned with something, it becomes the concern of Global Ministries, too. This profound act of listening and solidarity helps us all to walk together in mutuality and hope.
Recently, much has been happening in Venezuela. Global Ministries turned to our partner there, the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela (UEPV) to learn more about the situation from their perspective. These pieces are developed to help you better connect to the UEPV and the situation in Venezuela. These resources may be used in worship, Sunday school, or for individual understanding and reflection.Read more
The Global Ministries Child and Elder Sponsorship office is blessed to work with partners all over the world who are providing safe and caring environments for children and elders. Global Ministries mission co-worker Rachel Pellett shares this recent story from Pringle Home for Children in Jamaica.Read more
Emergency Care at Theological Education EventsRead more
The Salvadoran Lutheran Synod, through the Bishop, Medardo Gómez, sends blessings and greetings to siblings everywhere, remembering the true meaning of these Christmas holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy 2020.
El Sínodo Luterano Salvadoreño, por medio del Obispo, Medardo Gómez, envía sus bendiciones y saludos para los hermanos y hermanas por doquier, recordando el verdadero sentido de estas fiestas navideñas. Feliz navidad y prospero 2020.Read more