Tuesday, January 22
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
We live in a world that seems to live by the motto “the survival of the fittest.” The circle of community is often overwhelmed by the ladder of individual success, which sees no problem in leaving behind those who are economically and socially weaker, those who have only a few loaves and fishes.
At the Latin American Biblical University (UBL), we are committed to providing theological and biblical training for those who have only five loaves and two fish, or even less: those from marginalized sectors of our countries. In Costa Rica, where private universities flourish, each fighting for a larger percentage of the student market, UBL is reaching out to those who are excluded from all market research: those who can’t pay. But as students from countries like the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, and Costa Rica bring their loaves and fishes together, along with those of faculty and staff, opportunities for growth and for strengthening one another in the face of new challenges confronting Latin America arise.
UBL is facing financial struggles in a time of worldwide crisis; continuing to provide alternatives for theological studies through online education is increasingly challenging. In these struggles we are brought together—a people hungry for justice and eager to train leaders for the church and society in Latin America. Sometimes we are unaware of or unable to see the loaves and fishes that are right in front of us. Often these loaves and fishes come from unexpected places. But we trust and believe that the hungry will be fed to overflowing.
—Elisabeth Cook, PC(USA) mission co-worker, San José, Costa Rica
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Latin American Biblical University: Elisabeth Cook, curriculum development and theological education, Sara Mahecha, theological education • Rev. William(Stacey) Steck , associate for development and congregational growth, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Costa Rica
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Costa Rica: Ronald Herrera, president, Rev. Carlos Tamez, executive secretary • Latin American Biblical University (UBL): Violeta Rocha, rector
Presbytery Partnerships: Presbytery of Lake Huron and Presbytery of Tres Rios, with the IEPC
Let us pray
Lord, give us eyes to see the loaves and fishes that are among us, that each of us brings to your table. Give us hearts that strive for community justice and human mercy rather than success. Amen.