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.
Global Ministries is committed to calling for an end to the travel ban to Cuba. The House of Representatives has voted to end the travel ban in four out of the past five years, yet every year the Cuba provisions are taken out before the bill is sent to the President. For this reason the Area Office of Latin America and the Caribbean asks you to sign the Latin America Working Group petition to end the travel ban to Cuba. The petition calls on legislators to ensure that, after votes to end the travel ban to Cuba happen and the amendments pass, the bill reaches the President' s desk without changes. The majority of U.S. citizens and Congress agree that it's time for the travel ban to end. We ask that their wishes be respected.Read more
"We are hungry, but the food does not come—only weapons."
The following letter is from two leaders of the Protestant Council of Colombian Churches’ (CEDECOL) Commission for Restoration, Life and Peace. As CEDECOL encompasses 70% of the Protestant Churches throughout Colombia, these church leaders speak for a population largely ignored in this officially Catholic nation.