A monthly update from Hunter Farrell, Director of World Mission, on the impact of Presbyterian mission in the world and the issues that affect mission co-workers, the people we walk with and assist in service to God, and our partners around the globe.
CEDEPCA: Caring for God's Creation
As we accept God’s call to end violence against women and children around the world, we must ensure that we and those we walk with are equipped and empowered to transform communities. One way this is possible is through Presbyterian World Mission’s longtime partnerships.
In Central America, that means working closely with the Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America, more commonly referred to as CEDEPCA.
The organization offers families tools to eradicate violence and injustice against those who were once silenced by their pain and suffering. Women are empowered through CEDEPCA's Women's Pastoral Program. They organize in small groups, using workbook with titles like "Ser Mujer...es Maravilloso" (Being a Woman...is Wonderful).
“They use bible studies to discover that as women, as God's creation, they have value and deserve to be treated with love and respect,” Tracey King-Ortega, mission co-worker in Nicaragua, said about CEDEPCA. “For the women, many of whom are victims of domestic violence, this is an eye-opening and transformative study.”
CEDEPCA’s staff accompany the women's groups in this process because of the emotional difficulty the material can bring up. As Tracey explains, “it’s not always easy, but it can be very empowering.” Read more now.
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