Coffee is a gift that Central America has provided the world for hundreds of years. While the cultivation of coffee includes a history of exploitation, many coffee drinkers today are seeking to make their cups sustainable and ethically sourced.
There are many ways we knit or weave ourselves together with others. As followers of Christ, we have the opportunity to do so based on a common hope: God’s unrelenting love for all people. From this basis, we build communities that are truly safe havens, places of generosity and fellowship.
Monarch butterflies fly over 3,000 miles every year from North America to the south of Mexico. They migrate across borders, using air currents and environmental cues, to find the best places to live.
Hope is the promise that God is and always will be with us. Because of that promise, we can rest in the knowledge that we are of great value to God.
El Peregrinaje / The Pilgrimage: A Series of Reflections in Spanish & English Dedicated to Experiencing God’s Presence Through the Beauty of Daily Life
From the soothing sound of pattering rain to the knitting together of communities woven together in peace and God’s love, we hope you can join us in considering everyday things with a mind of worship. They hope that their words would allow you to marvel at the beauty of life while also reflecting on your own journey.
Walking a path of peace is to love our neighbors, to serve them, and to work for their good. According to Jesus, peacemakers are true children of God. Many biblical passages link peace with justice. Isaiah 48 says that peace will roll down like a river only as justice also rolls down.
You know those moments when you look through the branches of a leaf-heavy tree and see the sunlight peeking through? Where every leaf appears to be a different shade of green and the light seems to dance and sparkle? That is "el resol." It is what happens when light transforms what we see and experience.
For centuries, people have set out on journeys with the intention to arrive at a sacred place. A pilgrimage is often undertaken on foot but can also be a metaphor for an inward journey of mind and heart.
In either case, pilgrims expect to encounter something miraculous when they reach their destinations.
If you were to travel to the southwest region in El Salvador, you would find a small fishing village called Metalio. This beautiful fishing village gets hit with an immense amount of rain each year that causes long-term problems for its residents. In a community where 40 percent of its population lives in extreme poverty (making less than $2 per capita per day), these severe weather patterns impact the daily lives of people.
As many of you know, a core aspect of how ENLACE operates is by building local and international partnerships in order to transform communities. From the beginning, we have seen that community transformation can only happen when people collaborate together to identify the physical and spiritual needs of a community.
For many of us during this pandemic, there have been many dreams that have not gone the way we planned or hoped for. Dreams have been put on hold, re-oriented, or lost altogether. Not only can it be daunting to have to navigate a new world and reality that does not have a firm structure, but it can also be deeply sad to have lost something you were counting on or excited for.
When we hear the word stewardship we often think of money and perhaps even time. But have you ever thought of the word stewardship also in terms of your talents, gifts and passions? This question is especially important when we think about all the great need in the world and the great tug at our hearts to be of service to those experiencing pain and suffering. We want to help...so we go, we do, we act. We feel the urgency and so want to move. However, it is useful to bear in mind Christ's admonition, "Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."
I believe this never rang so true as when talking about how to help those in need in the Majority World. And if you’ve had these same concerns and yet yearn to serve internationally, the following three steps might be helpful as you navigate your journey.