Monday, January 14
Latin America and the Caribbean
Continued from January 12:
Your friends speak many, many different languages. Listen to your memories for greetings and songs in each one. Your friends draw on deep cultural roots; they share a rich and complex history. Their ancestors include indigenous peoples as well as the sons and daughters of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. This is one of the most diverse regions on earth—and in all the world, this is the region with the greatest gap between rich and poor.
When Jesus asked his friends, “How many loaves have you?” he was affirming that they had something important to contribute to the common good. In the same sense, we have learned that Latin American and Caribbean friends share with us God’s good gifts: an unwavering commitment to the gospel, to the justice and peace of God’s reign, and to nourishing hope, even in difficult circumstances.
—Dennis Smith, regional liaison for Southern Cone and Brazil, World Mission
Let us join in prayer for:
Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Latin America (AIPRAL): Gabriela Mulder, president, Rev. Darío Barolin, executive secretary • Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI): Bishop Julio Murray, president, Rev. Nilton Giese, permanent secretary • Central America Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies (CEDEPCA): Judith Castañeda, general coordinator
Presbytery Partnerships: Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Presbytery of New Covenant, and Presbytery of the Peaks, with CEDEPCA
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Elder Beth Basham, PMA
Danella Bass, FDN
Let us pray
God of life, help us to enlarge our world, so that we can embrace all those who lead us closer to you. Help us to share the loaves that you have shared with us. All of life is your gift, and all our giving involves becoming one with all who seek your face. Amen.