Friday, February 13
Latin America and the Caribbean
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:
• in Jamaica, where the church cares for women who have been held captive in sex trafficking and works to end this systemic exploitation;
• in Haiti, where our partners work with farmers’ organizations to restore dignity to working the land, increase food security for vulnerable people, and bring new life to depleted soil;
• in Cuba, where the church promotes interfaith dialogue and action for the public good as well as reconciliation between our two governments;
• in the Dominican Republic, where the people struggle over the rights and obligations of citizenship for themselves and for immigrants.
Perhaps in Latin America and the Caribbean more than any other region in the world, the US economy, trade agreements, immigration policies, and presence exert tremendous influence—for ill or for good. We have the privilege and joy of walking with regional partners in their ministries. And we have work to do in our own society, where policy improvements often bring positive change for all in this hemisphere of the Americas.
—Jo Ella Holman, PC(USA) regional liaison for the Caribbean
Let us join in prayer for
Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Latin America (AIPRAL): Gabriela Mulder, president, Rev. Darío Barolin, executive director • Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA): Judith Castañeda, general coordinator • Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI): Rev. Felipe Adolf, president, Rev. Nilton Giese, permanent executive secretary
Presbytery of St. Augustine, with the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Sofia Carreras, PMA
Charlene Carroll, PMA
Eden Carroll, PMA
Let us pray
Loving God, may we seek your face when our eyes are drawn to lesser things. May we seek your kingdom first and hold fast to the vision Jesus proclaimed, even in the face of the kind of outrage Jesus encountered. For we seek always to follow your ways, for the sake of your reign, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.