Saturday, January 26
Bread is the staff of life. And yet there are so many for whom there are no loaves, so many who hoard what they have as they operate from a theology of scarcity.
In the islands of the Caribbean, it matters not if there are none or few, for we operate on the principle that whatever we have must be available for all . . . until it becomes a matter of partisan politics . . . until it is related to self-preservation—and then we begin to hoard all that we think we do not have.
Not so in the new order promoted by the churches within the region. Whether through membership in national, regional, or global ecumenical organizations, churches in the Caribbean collaborate to address numerous issues, including gender-based violence, human trafficking, child abuse, economic imbalances, crime and violence, and regional ecclesial cooperation. In the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM), we partner ecumenically across the region to open windows and doors of opportunity through bilateral, regional, and conciliar projects. This has facilitated transformation across cultures, increasing the number of loaves we have at Christ’s table. We have realized that until we share our loaves, we will all starve, and that it is in the act of sharing that we have more to spare. We have also realized that though our loaves may be different in size and shape, we all acquire the taste for sharing, and so we call others into this precious unity through Christ, the Bread of Life.
How many loaves have we in the Caribbean? Hmmm . . . We have enough for you, us, and anyone else who is in need of a bite to eat. Care to join us for a meal?
—Rev. Nicqi Ashwood, education in mission secretary, CANACOM
Let us join in prayer for:
United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI): Rev. Norbert Stephens, gen. sec., Mrs. Rose Wedderburn, deputy gen. sec. • United Theological College of the West Indies: Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis, pres. • Guyana Congregational Union: Rev. Paulette Hannibal, gen. sec. • Guyana Presbyterian Church: Rt. Rev. Dr. Dale Bisnauth, moderator • Presbyterian Church of Guyana: Rev. James Sampson, moderator • Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago: Rt. Rev. Brenda Bullock, moderator • Presbyterian Church in Grenada: Rev. Dr. Osbert James, moderator • United Protestant Church of Curaçao: Hanco de Lijster, chair • Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Trinidad: Rev. Garwell Bacchas, moderator • Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM): Rev. Nicole Ashwood, education in mission secretary
Member churches of CANACOM: Guyana Congregational Union, Guyana Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of Guyana, Presbyterian Church in Grenada, United Protestant Church of Curaçao, United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Evangelical Church, Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Trinidad and Tobago, PC(USA), Presbyterian Church in Canada, and United Church of Canada
Presbytery Partnership: Presbytery of St. Augustine, with the Jamaica Ecumenical Mutual Mission
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Margaret Hall Boone, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Let us pray
As we gather at your table, dear Jesus, we remember those in need of your love, your mercy, your grace; those who are starved for the basics in life, things that we often take for granted. Here in our spaces of comfort, help us to share good things from our hearts and hearths—prayers, love, shelter, clothing, food. Lord, in your mercy, help us to care. Amen.