Originally posted here, February 27, 2017
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The London-based international human rights group, Amnesty International, has criticised the situation in three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on issues ranging from the “ill-treatment of documented migrants” to alleged crimes against humanity.Read more
Greetings from Bogotá. Writing this first newsletter of the year is a great chance for me to take stock of the past year and what I am looking forward to in the year to come. Let me start by thanking each of you for joining me in this journey and giving me support along the way.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:1-11
Prayers for Honduras:
The lesson that you taught us in Matthew offers us a guideline for how to deal with temptation. Help us to adapt your teachings to our modern-day lives. Help us recognize the temptations that we are faced with every day. May we always remain vigilant not to put temptation in front of others.
As Maryjane and I leave our post in Honduras, we pray that someone can be found to continue the relationships that we began. There is much work to be done. We ask your blessings on all our partners and friends that we leave behind in Honduras. Keep them safe from harm. Help them feel your presence and guiding love every day. Also, be with the students as they struggle with the temptations that can lead to life or death decisions.
We ask all these things in Your Name.
Amen y Amen.
Servicios Sociales de Iglesias Dominicanas (SSID) has been working in the Dominican Republic since 1962. Now with programs and initiatives in Haiti, communities throughout all of Hispaniola benefit from the ministry of SSID. With a team of regional directors and local area leaders, SSID is able to fulfill the biblical call to care for the poorest of the poor. Whether policies or governmental support is available for the people is no matter. SSID recognizes the need to fulfill God’s desire to care for one another.Read more
Youth and children can learn more about children and teenagers from Mexico and Central America who have made long journeys to come and live in the United States.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:38-48
Prayers for the Dominican Republic:
We are grateful for the many blessings you provide. From spiritual health to physical sustenance, we know that we are always receiving your grace in one form or another, for this we thank you. As we journey together to build a healthy future, teach us new ways to practice these gospel lessons. We pray for our brothers and sisters at Servicios Sociales de Iglesias Dominicanas (SSID) as they practice the compassionate wisdom Jesus teaches in the Gospel of Matthew. We pray their strength as they witness the many ways that rural communities experience political and social dismissal. For each opportunity to retaliate, we pray your perfect Love become their inspiration and guide their responses. We lift up each family represented in the network of SSID, may their deepest needs be met…may the power of the peace that comes from this carry into each project, community, and workshop facilitated by SSID that your endless love abound with greater and greater force.
Global Ministries Partners in Colombia Celebrate Beginning of Peace Talks Between the ELN Guerrilla and the Government of Colombia
Building off the momentum of the recently signed peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), today the Government of Colombia kept moving toward the final goal of a stable and lasting peace. The National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla and the Colombian Government officially inaugurated their peace talks in Quito, Ecuador. This step came after three years of secret pre-talks, where they came to agreements on how the peace talks would work and an agenda of items to be negotiated.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:21-37
Prayers for Ecuador:
As we go about our normal days we often forget to go above and beyond what is required of us. We remember the laws but we forget what it means to truly live for and by your name. We tithe and make offerings to our churches but we forget to volunteer or support another person in need. God, please help us to know what it means to go above and beyond, to love you and follow the laws of the land but also to put everything we’ve got into truly living in your image.
As we pray for and with our partners in Ecuador this week, we ask that you guide our thoughts and our prayers to envelope not only our partners, but all the people of the country, from the Amazonian rain forest to the Andean highlands to the coastal lowlands and the Galapagos Islands where we see the beauty of God’s awesome creation. We ask that you help each of us to take those extra steps to truly serve you in everything we do.
In your loving name we pray,
The Christian Centre for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action (Justapaz) seeks to embody and serve non-violence through programs working towards transforming Colombia into a just and peaceful state.Read more