Dear partners of Global Ministries,
On June 15th and 16th, we participated at the Fourth Encounter of Women Activists and Human Rights Defenders of Oaxaca in the capital city of the state, where about 70 women from different regions of the state of Oaxaca, as well as representatives of international support organizations and a representative of the European Union in Mexico were present.Read more
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
I traveled from San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, to Managua, Nicaragua by bus. As we arrived at the Salvadoran side of the border with Honduras, a police officer entered the bus to make a check. I was focused on writing in my diary and did not pay attention. I think that made him suspicious and I was asked to dismount the bus for a check. I got off the bus, picked up my suitcase, and went to an office where three policemen started interrogating me about who I was and what I do. I told them that I am a missionary and pastor. Checking my luggage, they found my prayer cards that corroborated what I was saying. After a while, I was released and I left very angry about their rude treatment.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Prayers for Mexico:
Creator God, if we are the sowers of seeds, you are surely the preparer of soil. Today we ask for awareness of your continued work and presence with us. We can sow seeds, but help us know when and where. We can sow seeds, but help us to remember the tending is also important. We ask that you work in the diplomatic processes between Mexico and the USA. We ask for those who would help tend to the daily needs* of Las Memorias. Through our life-giving connection with you may we all play our part in the whole sowing, growing, harvesting, sowing process. Amen
*Regularly occurring needs. A more complete list is available with approximate costs.
- Daily needs, Soap for clothes, and cleaning. Toilet paper, personal hygiene products.
- Building construction and maintenance supplies
- Gas: for cars and for cooking,
- Much Gratitude for: Solar project expansion, Clean water for a year. Thank you!
It was with deep sadness that we received the news of the passing of our colleague and dear brother in Christ, Scott Nicholson.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40-42
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Oh Lord our God how excellent is your name in all the earth. You are the first and the last and everything in between. When we see the sun, the moon and the stars, we see YOU. When we feel the cool breeze on a hot day, we see YOU. When we exhale the challenges and frustrations in our lives and inhale your love, grace and mercy, we see YOU. When we see our sisters, our brothers and our children suffering from lack of food, shelter and clothing, we hear YOU. When we see peace, we know it’s YOU.
Therefore, Dear Lord help us to be and to continue to be in Your image. The image of love, passion, fellowship, righteousness and justice. As we, the Central Moravian Church of Managua, do the work you would have us to do, and as we share Your image with others, let your Holy Spirit keep the fire under our feet and in our spirit. When we become overwhelmed with the challenges of a volatile and unjust society, remind us to take a moment to drink from your cup of life. Because we see YOU and hear YOU, we joyfully say, Oh Lord our God how excellent is your name in all the earth! Amen.
"And forgive us of our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us." Matthew 6:12
How many times have I prayed these very words without realizing the magnitude of what they asked of God and for us as individuals. Many times, when I ask for forgiveness I am referring to those times when I have been selfish or when I have been insensitive towards others, but it was on this pilgrimage to Colombia that I finally came to a more profound appreciation for this prayer. It is one thing to forgive those who may have been selfish, insensitive or have lied, or even stolen, but it is quite another to forgive those who killed your loved ones - your father, mother, husband, brother, sister or child. Yet, this was the reality of what the Global Ministries delegation, which visited Colombia from May 16-22, witnessed as we sought to understand the peace process in Colombia.Read more
Over 100 Organizations from the U.S., Latin America and Europe Urge Tillerson to Uphold Human Rights in U.S. Policy to Central America in Prosperity and Security Conference
One week ahead of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America that the United States is co-hosting with the Government of Mexico, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), from June 15th-16th in Miami, over 100 national and international civil society organizations from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (as well as other Latin American and European countries), express concerns regarding topics to be discussed at the conference and to urge Secretary Tillerson to demonstrate leadership to ensure that human rights do not take a backseat in any agreements reached during the conference.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 28:16-20
Prayers for Honduras:
O God of Truth and Love, hold up the people of Honduras in their struggle for justice in a world of impunity. Embolden us as together we seek solutions to difficult problems. Hold us together in your arms as we seek safety in a scary world. Your love is not constrained by geographic location or language. Your wisdom is not limited by skin color or economic barriers. Help us, we ask, to follow your son’s example in his ministry of care and inclusivity. Though we tire, though we stumble, though we doubt, walk with us, O God, as we walk, run and sometimes skip alongside our neighbors in Honduras. In Jesus’ name we ask it, Amen.
From May 16th to the 22nd, Global Ministries led a high level delegation to witness the ongoing peace process in Colombia. The delegation consisted of Rev. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, Tony Rodriguez, Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, Nora Sanders, General Secretary of the United Church of Canada, Rev. Julia Brown Karimu, President of the Division of Overseas Ministries and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, Rev. Dr. Jim Moos, Executive Minister for Wider Church Ministries and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, Rev. Rick Spleth, Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana, Rev. Edward Davis, Conference Minister of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Angel Rivera-Agosto, Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean for Global Ministries, Rev. Jane Sullivan-Davis, Executive for Resource Development for Global Ministries, and Rev. Dr. Teresa Hord Owens, Nominee for General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).Read more