Letter from Mamie Broadhurst & Richard Williams in Guatemala
August 24, 2009
We are leaving tomorrow for a seven-week stay in Guatemala for language school. Then we’re off to Barranquilla, Colombia, to begin our time as mission co-workers with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) working with the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC).
We’re called “pastoral accompaniers for human rights and displaced people.” We will be helping with the accompaniment program that the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has been running since 2005 as well as communicating with churches and anyone who will listen to us about the situation in Colombia and the ways in which people in the United States can assist and advocate for change. Beyond that, we don’t know, so we’ll have to wait and see! We do know that Richard has a lot of Spanish to learn, Mamie has some Spanish to improve and we both need to learn a lot more about the needs and hopes of the IPC and figure out together how we can serve in the ministry of this wonderful, vibrant church.
Our appointment lasts for three years, and we will start out in Barranquilla, near the Caribbean coast. The headquarters of the IPC are there, though we will likely travel throughout the country. We would love to have visitors, and if you are anywhere north Texas in February, who doesn’t want to escape? Come and stay with us, come down with a group that you create or we’ll hook you up with a group. You are always welcome.
We will also be grateful for your prayers — for patience with language learning, for boldness in making new friends, for strength to be far from current family and friends, for humility because we never have enough of it, for hope and faith because we never have enough of that either and for safety.
Que Dios les bendiga (may God bless you all),
Mamie and Richard
We keep a blog, which has musings, photos, links and other digitized thoughts on our journey. We hope to update this often, so check in regularly or subscribe to our email list for updates.
We also have a home page on the PC(USA) Mission Connections website. There are links here to other mission personnel, ways to contribute to our support and other ministries of the church.
Maybe it’s because we don’t have a physical address, but we seem to be getting many digital addresses these days. Links to our email addresses are always on our Mission connections home page.
Mamie and Richard are both on Facebook and will be posting there. Richard is on Twitter (rawillia13), so tweet him, and we are both on Skype, so let us know if you want a video call!