Christian Medical Action was founded in October 1984. AMC is a Christian ecumenical organization that goes beyond its social projects because it is based on respect for the communities, traditions, and customs. Christian Medical Action is working to empower people for God's purpose in community health in the areas of HIV/AIDS, clean water, sanitation, essential medicines, traditional health, dental health, health models, food security, and disaster risk reduction and response.Read more
News from the Lutheran Church in El Salvador
The Lutheran Church of El Salvador began in the 1950s and today is a vibrant Central American Church. El Salvador is a country whose 12 year civil war claimed an estimated 75,000 lives, and speaking out in opposition to the government can be a serious crime. The church has long believed that service and advocacy on behalf of the poor are fundamental to the Church mission. The Lutheran Church of El Salvador is focusing attention on three basic human rights in the aftermath of the civil war and with ongoing human rights violations in El Salvador. The Truth, Justice, and Peace project is working for the people’s right to the truth, the right to justice, and the right to amends with regards to the events during the civil war and the continued torture, execution, and disappearance of people even today.Read more
Introduction: COVID-19 Status of the Latin America and Caribbean Region
As of December 31, 2020, the Latin American and Caribbean Region reported almost 16 million infections (18.75% of the world's number) and some 510,000 deaths, representing 28% of the total deceases of the virus across the globe. After the U.S. and India, Brazil is the most affected globally, with 7.6 million infections and some 194,000 casualties. After Brazil, the countries in the Region with the highest number of cases are Colombia (in 11th place in the world) and Argentina (12): Colombia registers 1.62 million infected, Argentina reports 1.61 million infections, and Mexico follows with 1.41 million. Then, there are Peru (1 million cases and 37,500 deaths), Chile (more than 609,000 contagions and 16,599 deaths), and further on the list are Panama (more than 242,000 infected and 3,900 deaths) and Ecuador (about 211,000 cases and 14,000 deaths). Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have implemented social distancing and other mitigation measures to reduce the virus's spread. Most governments implemented strict standards of confinement and travel restrictions. The total and partial confinements have included measures such as the closing of borders, prohibitions of transit for non-essential reasons, suspension of classes, or the implementation of virtual classrooms in schools and universities.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
Prayers for Guatemala:
Some think that in 2020 the only thing that happened was the pandemic that hit the world. Still, in that year that has just ended, Yahweh, the universal judge, showed his power from which we cannot escape. In Chile, the repressive forces left many people blind. However, the people's determination in the streets inspired the congressmen to approve the rewriting of a new constitution that would destroy the Pinochet dictatorship's remnants. In Bolivia, the people overthrew the coup leaders of the Evo Morales' government at the polls. Venezuela was not invaded, nor was Nicaragua defeated, despite distortion from the media. All this, and the strength of black and white in the United States, standing up in defense of humanity against racist minorities, are testimonies to the presence of the just God who triumphs over the wicked.
Let us raise our voice to the Creator in these times of need in Guatemala.
Dear God, we ask:
- Police officers and the chain of command be investigated to end repression and respect the constitutional right to demonstrate.
- The people's voice be heard over the media that brands young protesters as criminals.
- A transparent and thorough investigation of documents set on fire in the Congress building with the investigation results released to the public.
- Transparency in the allocation of the country's financial resources with priority given to the areas of health, food, and justice; therefore, the approved budget must be open for public discussion.
- Public accountability for the financial resources committed for loans to address the pandemic crisis.
- Participation in the accountability process to prevent any perversion of the law.
- Public awareness of any effort by dominant imperial powers to undermine and control the Guatemalan people's public institutions and resources.
- That we rise up against authoritarianism, totalitarianism, and unstable rule.
Sovereign God, we need your accompaniment as we commit to your redemptive plan in the arena of life. Let us be, along with your colleagues in mission, an instrument in Your Hands. You know everything, You see everything, and we are sure that You will cover us in your redemptive mystery.
In Jesus Christ, we pray. AMEN.Read more
Once again, Global Ministries joined its voice to an ecumenical initiative advocating for justice, peace, and reconciliation for Cuba's people. Recently, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, threaten to apply more coercive measures to Cuba by adding the country to the State Sponsors of Terrorism List. A finding that a country has "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism," in the State Department's official description of a state sponsor of terrorism, automatically triggers U.S. sanctions against its government. Sanctions under applicable laws to "terrorist states" include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, a ban on defense exports and sales; specific controls over exports of dual-use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions. If added to the list, Cuba would join just three other nations: Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Please see: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/us/politics/pompeo-cuba-terrorism-sponsor-list.htmlRead more
On November 3, 2020 Hurricane Eta made landfall on the coast of Nicaragua. Thirteen days later, November 16, Hurricane Iota made landfall just fifteen miles south of where Eta had hit. Both storms were category four hurricanes.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 2:22-40
Prayers for Nicaragua
Our father who art in Heaven,
Let's protect, take care of, love us,
As only you know how to do it
May your wisdom flood the minds of scientists,
May we imperfect children of yours love each other,
May brotherhood flood our hearts,
Our minds, our wills,
That you provide the weakest,
Let the marginalized be part of our vision of love
May we all recognize that there is no one greater than you,
You know our hearts are weak
That our minds are changing every time we meet you
May our elders live to teach us,
May they illuminate the path of children and youth
That men and women take care of each other
That all beings can recognize ourselves as part of this creation of yours,
That we love, take care of, and respect your creation.
May the hope that your Son sows in our hearts not die.
That racism, classism, sexism, and others disappear
May each of us, your children, be able to show you our appreciation by taking care of each other.
May wars, hunger, misery, and exploitation of one another disappear.
In your infinite wisdom, love and tenderness, welcome us into your holy bosom and Heaven when our time comes.
May God the Father
May God the Son
May God the Holy Spirit dwell and remain in our hearts and minds in this Advent of 2020.
"Glory to God in the highest Heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" Luke 2:14 (NRSV)Read more
The roundtable of Mexican partner churches is made up of three denominations within Mexico: the Confraternity of Evangelical Christian Churches, Congregational Christian Churches of Mexico, and the Disciples of Christ Church in Mexico. It is focused on the training of lay and clergy leaders for the growing number of congregations.Read more