Rev. Sandra Gourdet
Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Haiti.
READ: John 6:1-15
The name “Andrew” was intentionally chosen for the Theological Seminary under the auspices of the National Spiritual Council of Haitian churches to emphasize its mission of uncovering and nurturing the gifts brought by pastors and students. The miracle of Andrew Seminary has been in planting seeds in the minds of a few pastors who in turn have contributed to the transformation of the lives of thousands. As minds become aware of the possibilities for a better life here on this earth through education, the despair and poverty are transformed to hope and prosperity. Andrew played no small role in the miracle of feeding the five thousand. Andrew Theological Seminary stands as a living symbol of how the five thousand can still be fed today.
Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Chile.
READ: 1 John 4:18
I crouch in the aisle of the dark church, my heart thumping with excitement. The music begins and the voice of God echoes, “One day I thought of you and decided to give you the gift of life. As the earth turned, I blew into your heart, and you were born.” The lights come on slowly, and I join the youth group in a theatrical dance presentation they have created and produced. Now three teenagers hold brightly wrapped packages which represent this divine gift of life. Some of us look at the package from the outside, satisfied with the pretty paper and bow. Others unwrap the box, but pick and choose only those things that seem comfortable or familiar. Still others embrace the whole gift, savoring the challenges and obstacles, joys and pains, loneliness and relationships.
Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Puerto Rico.
READ: John 18: 25-27
There are many instances of denial in Puerto Rico. For more than sixty years the women of Vieques were denied the right to give birth in their town. The lack of a hospital forced them to travel by boat or airplane across the ocean to the town of Fajardo to give birth. Today a new opportunity has been given to them and they can give birth in their small hospital in town.
Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Argentina.
READ: Luke 4: 18-19
Through the Spirit of Jesus, we have been anointed to bring good news to the poor. We are His hands to feed them and receive their offerings of determination and humility. We are His arms that release the captives from injustice and embrace those who live with abuse and hopelessness. We restore sight to those who cannot see the power of God’s love and justice.
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I would like you to meet my friend Juan Carlos de León Ventura. An official Guatemalan introduction calls for me to tell you that Juan is 32 years old, that he is Vice-President and Youth Coordinator at Acción Cultural Guatemalteca, that he is married, that he is originally from Cucabaj I and that his native language is K’iche’. Juan Carlos and his wife Maria Cristina have also been my family for the last two years as we have shared our lives and our stories together in a two-story house close to the central market of Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala. It is those stories that bring us closer but also remind me of how different our lives have been. I would like to tell you one of those stories that is part my own words and part my translation of Juan’s words. Here is an excerpt from the life of Juan Carlos…
My family—my husband, my 2 sons (8 and 12 years old), and I-- spent 3 weeks this summer on a short-term volunteer assignment in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Chimaltenango is a city of about 40,000 people located in the Mayan highlands region west of Guatemala’s capitol. It is located at the crossroads along the Pan-American Highway so brightly painted buses belching black exhaust roll in and out of town all day long.