Thursday, February 12
Latin America and the Caribbean
In the fourth chapter of Luke, Jesus initiates his public ministry by reaching back to the prophet Isaiah to frame his mission: “to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (vv. 18–19). All are signs of the reign of God that Jesus will proclaim in word and deed. And the mention of “the year of the Lord’s favor” connects his announcement to Hebrew notions of sabbatical and jubilee—years in which the community gives rest and tangible relief to the poor, the oppressed, the stranger, those enslaved by debt, and even the land itself. Together, these practices helped to restore the relationships among the people of God to their proper balance. (continued on February 13)
In Latin America and the Caribbean, our partners have heard Jesus’ message of compassion and justice and are bringing much-needed hope to some desperate situations.
Continued on February 13
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,
Dennis Smith, regional liaison for the Southern Cone and Brazil, Presbyterian World Mission,
Maribel Pérez-Smith, team ministry, Presbyterian World Mission
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of compassion and justice, we pray your blessing on the churches and people of Latin America and the Caribbean. May your Spirit anoint these brothers and sisters in Christ and us to proclaim good news to the poor and release from all that holds people captive, so that we may do your will. Amen.