Monday, February 3
Latin America and the Caribbean
On a recent visit to Guatemala, I met with the general coordinator of CEDEPCA, the Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America. Beyond just checking in, I was there to get things ready for a new mission coworker being assigned to them. I asked if there were any special needs or concerns for which our new worker could be preparing prior to arriving in Guatemala.
She said that our new worker needed to come spiritually prepared to maintain hope in a place where hope isn’t seen. She couldn’t emphasize enough this need to be nourished and encouraged by hope. Guatemala has become a country strangled by the grip of violence, corruption, and insecurity. I could hear the exhaustion in her voice and her desire to be energized by Christ’s message, which has been stomped on by the day-to-day reality many have to live through.
—Tracey King-Ortega, PC(USA) regional liaison for Central America
(continued on February 4)
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Amanda Craft, regional liaison for Mexico and Guatemala, Presbyterian World Mission
Rev. Sarah Henken, regional liaison for the Andean countries, Presbyterian World Mission
Rev. Jo Ella Holman, regional liaison for the Caribbean, Presbyterian World Mission
Tracey King-Ortega, regional liaison for Central America, Presbyterian World Mission
Maribel Pérez-Smith, team ministry, Presbyterian World Mission
Dennis Smith, regional liaison for the Southern Cone and Brazil, Presbyterian World Mission
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Analise Brown, PMA
Kelly Riley Brown, BOP
Lorraine Brown, OGA
Let us pray
God of all nations, we give you thanks and praise for calling us to participate in your mission together with our brothers and sisters in Latin America. Together, with your help, we have encouraged one another, challenged one another, and transformed one another as one body, joined and knitted together, seeking to do your will. Amen.