At Pringle Home for Children, in Carron Hall, St Mary, Jamaica, school’s not out! Since schools closed due to the threat of COVID-19, we’ve formed a new routine after breakfast is served. The dining hall is cleared, tables and chairs are carefully pushed aside, and the girls get to moving with TVJ’s “Jamaica Moves” (a fun, upbeat half an hour exercise routine). Then, following the cool down, we jump right back into action with our notebooks and pencils in hand.Read more
Partners from Latin America and the Caribbean share about their experiences with and responses to the novel cornavirus pandemic. Currently, Latin America is seen as the global epicenter of the virus. Partners from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Colombia share their stories.Read more
“…Therefore, love truth and peace.” Zechariah 8:19
Havana, June 19, 2020Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matt.11:16-19, 25-30
Prayers for Puerto Rico:
God, Creator of what we see and what we cannot see, we praise your name and give all glory to you. As we serve your calling in Puerto Rico, many only see what is missing, and are blind to your mercy and grace. Thank you for your call to serve in ministry and mission partnership at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico. The call was made based on what you have prepared us to do and not on what we or others wanted to be done.
Today, we serve a community recovering from hurricanes, earthquakes, financial distress, and the COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge that the strength, willingness, and eagerness to provide comfort, shelter, and food and to share your loving gospel was not ours but only yours. And through them, you made us a living testimony of your mercy, your love, and your blessing to all people in Puerto Rico.
We ask for the steady stream of your overflowing grace to be poured over “The Enchanted Island.” As we continue to serve this portion of your kingdom, may our words be light to condemn but strong and heavy to comfort. Amen.Read more
As I sit and watch the flower petals drop from tulip trees on Memorial Day I am reminded of Ecuador. While there I saw an array of beautiful flowers every single day walking along the streets of Quito. My wife and I went to Ecuador to serve with Fedice and Global Ministries. Fedice works with many different indigenous tribes to help create sustainable economic systems. Through agricultural, livestock, medical trainings, and volunteer work they facilitate growth and education all around Ecuador. They bring in people on mission trips and utilize whatever skills and knowledge they can offer. In turn the volunteers learn from the tribes as they work together in a Minga (a word in kichwa that means a combined effort for the benefit of the community.) Additionally, Fedice organizes workshops given by local experts to teach about livestock and how to improve their livelihood and the land utilizing them.Read more
Global Ministries Partners in Haiti report on their work during the COVID-19 pandemic amid a context of difficulties and incapability of the Haitian state to provide for the health and the well-being of the people. Helen La Lime, Special Representative and head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti, said via video conference, COVID-19, “is stretching this country’s already fragile health system and testing its meager social safety net. As a country of more than 11 million inhabitants, Haiti currently can only treat a few hundred patients at a time.” She continued by also drawing attention to, “suboptimal coordination within the State and inadequate funding of the national response plan.” Ms. La Lime also maintained, “If the public health and socio-economic dimensions of the pandemic are not addressed urgently, they risk further aggravating the humanitarian and socio-economic situation, which is threatening significant human suffering and large population outflows – significantly affecting the whole region.” See the news regarding Haiti through this link: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/06/1066752. Besides, there is an alert pending on public calls for protests on economic and social grievances in Petionville and other areas of Port-au-Prince for Monday, June 22, and Tuesday, June 23, 2020. https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/7c045d19-e64b-4880-84e9-18fc9668c1b5Read more
On March 17, just hours after my flight landed in Cincinnati, the government of the Dominican Republic released a statement that the country would be moving into a stay-at-home order.Read more
Welcome to the Virtual Pilgrimage to Cuba - a pilgrimage of listening, learning, sharing, and worship! Each week, a video with resource links will be released. The series will have 8 videos and can be enjoyed on your own, or used with groups in your congregation. Youth groups and adult Sunday school classes may especially enjoy going through this together. Join us to learn of the work and witness of Cuban partners and to immerse yourself in this beautiful Caribbean country. Let's go to Cuba!
Feedback on this resource is welcome! Please email Lorna Hernandez with your comments or questions.Read more
I have been getting recently different messages directly from Venezuela. Some of them expressed concerns and uncertainties about the future. Most of these messages stressed and showed the tension between resistance and hope. My understanding is that there is a deep conviction, primarily among pastors and lay leaders, that affirms a faith that provides a horizon of hope for the future.Read more
United Board of Missions in Argentina Condemns Police Brutality and Systemic Injustice Against Indigenous Communities in El Chaco, Argentina
More than fifteen police officers from the Third Police Station of Fontana, an Argentinian city, located in Chaco Province in northern Argentina, were caught on film and accused of forcing their entry into a house of a family from the Qom community located in the Bandera Argentina neighborhood. Once inside the house, they hit its occupants, including women, youth, and minors. It seems to be that they were looking for several young men who would have stoned the police station, four blocks away. The violent police action -which obtained an almost unanimous repudiation- began with that illegal raid against the family and ended with four young people detained and tortured, with their relatives beaten for trying to defend them and a 16-year-old minor in shock due to vexations of being investigated.Read more