In this newsletter, EPES details several of their nutritional programs working with schools and underserved communities as part of their nutrition and justice programs. There are articles about EPES' shared work with Kenyan partners, a visit from the ELCA, and collaboration with Puerto Rican partners. This newsletter also gives an update on the Justice for Amelia campaign.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 13:1-8
Prayers for Mexico:
Mother and Father God,
Today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico as they work towards creating a country where girls can grow up to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. Please bring strength and compassion to the people who are fighting for girls’ rights.
Help us to challenge stereotypes and gender roles in our own communities and walk with those who need a little nudge to make changes. Guide our hands and our words so that we can make this world a better place for the girls of today and the generations of tomorrow.
We ask that you continue to guide our feet in the walk towards equality and justice, and that you open the hearts of the people who do not yet understand the plight of young girls around the world.
Dearest God, we thank you for wisdom and for the courage you have given us.
Talking Points and Resources for Reflection, Advocacy, and Solidarity with the Central American Caravan
Thousands of Central American asylum seekers are gathering in Mexico City before deciding whether to head to the U.S. border as one very large caravan or in smaller groups, asylum seekers and activists reported. News has stated that an estimated 6,000 Central American asylum seekers had gathered by Tuesday afternoon at a sports stadium near Mexico City’s airport that federal and local authorities are using as a shelter. Asylum seekers received medical treatment, food, and legal advice after a 1,000-mile walk for the past 25 days through Honduras, Guatemala and, then, Mexico. Activists and organizations that accompany the asylum seekers said the plan is to stay in Mexico City to wait for thousands more asylum seekers in at least two other caravans to arrive before deciding whether to set out north as a group. If traveling together, that group could top 10,000 people. However, activists cautioned that plans could change at any time.Read more
Traveling from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, asylum seekers are walking north through Mexico. They are fleeing from violence, poverty, and the effects of climate change. The present U.S. administration recently announced the deployment of thousands of additional active-duty troops to the border in order to stop these asylum seekers from entering the United States. This is in violation of domestic and international law. Previous administrations have also activated National Guard troops to support border agents along our southern border during times of increased activity. What’s new in this moment is the concerted effort by this administration to deny the asylum seekers their legal and human right to claim asylum in a safe country.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 12:28-34
Prayers for Colombia:
Loving God, today we pray for the country of Colombia and our Global Ministries partners there. Laying down weapons of war after fifty years of internal armed conflict is not easy. But you commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and the people of Colombia are attempting to do just that through a comprehensive peace accord, signed in 2016. Today we pray for partner churches located in the regions where thousands of former guerrilla combatants are reentering civilian life. Give them courage and knowledge to best know how to minister in these complex times. We pray for our partner organizations, Justapaz, of the Mennonite Church of Colombia and the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia as they implement peacebuilding programs while still facing considerable threat in unstable times. Through the practice of radical love, may we draw near to your kingdom.Read more
The phenomenon of mass migration, in which migrants embark on the road and protect themselves, is new. So far, the migrants relied on the help of coyotes, largely linked to criminal networks. They were vulnerable and exposed to kidnappings, extortion, rape, murder, and disappearances. In this new phenomenon, they protect each other and the humanitarian society covers them with gestures of love that are faithful to the gospel (I was a stranger and you took me in... Mt 25:35).Read more
Ninguna palabra corrompida salga de vuestra boca, sino la que sea buena para la necesaria edificación, a fin de dar gracia a los oyentes. Efesios 4:29
Antes de mudarme a Haití, estudié un "petit" (poquito) de Kreyol antes de llegar al país, lo suficiente como para pensar que estaba listo para conversar con los nacionales aquí. Umm ... no. Lo que me tardo en formular una frase, el momento ya ha pasado.Read more
Rev. Miguel Tomás Castro
“Emmanuel” Baptist Church
They will beat their swords and plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.
(Micah 4:3b-4a)Read more