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“The last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matt. 20:16

Thursday, February 20

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Bolivia

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Youth of UMAVIDA following a water route to learn about mountain water sources for the city of el Alto, Bolivia Photo by Chenoa Stock

 

Youth of UMAVIDA following a water route to learn about mountain water sources for the city of el Alto, Bolivia

Photo by Chenoa Stock

 

I am a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia, which is a member of the UMAVIDA (Joining Hands for Life) network. I have been volunteering with UMAVIDA for six years, actively participating in the International Youth Environmentalist Congresses and events for youth leadership.

I am committed to ecological justice—the defense of the environment, including water—and see it as an essential part of seeking the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness. Both within and outside my church I testify that the gospel is not limited to the salvation of human beings but includes all creation, thereby obeying the Great Commission to go and proclaim the good news to the whole creation (Mark 16:15). We must reread Genesis, building bridges with the indigenous and popular movements of South America in order to prepare an agenda of liberation that treats the poor with justice.

We can find liturgical clues in our Andean-Amazonian traditions and their ethical principles of balance, reciprocity, and complementarity with nature, allowing for right relationships and ecojustice. Our people see the water, hills, wind, rain, and forests as protectors of life, not objects to be subdued.

This is a new time in which children and youth are building a new world where we can all live well and in harmony with nature, a gift of God.

—Freddy Añaguaya, member, Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Joining Hands for Life Network (UMAVIDA): Chenoa Stock, facilitator

Partners/Ministries

Independent Presbyterian Church in Bolivia: Rev. Augusto Mamani, president • Joining Hands for Life Network (UMAVIDA): Wilhelm Pierola, president, Clotilde Loza Q., coordinator

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Cascades and San Francisco, with UMAVIDA

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. Eric Chavis, FDN
Rev. Laura Cheifetz, PPC

Let us pray

God, help us to discern your presence in all creation, from the smallest creatures to the great inhabitants of the seas and the birds that fill the skies. Inspire us once again to be caretakers of your holy garden. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 36; 147:12-20
First Reading Genesis 32:3-21
Second Reading 1 John 2:18-29
Gospel Reading John 10:19-30
Evening Psalms 80; 27

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