They are Our Neighbors [Ellos Son Nuestros Vecinos]
LATIN AMERICA - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant,” sang Mary after she received life-changing news from an angel. Even as she was preparing to think and act in new ways, she glorified the Lord — the Messiah was on his way! I think of Mary’s song of joy — and her future song of lament.....
NICARAGUA - For many Nicaraguans, the last six months have been marked by injury, unexpected migration, business closings, jobs disappearing, economic retraction, relationship breakdown, even loss of life. Many Nicaraguans don’t know what the future holds for them and their families.
HONDURAS - What is your worst pain? For some, it may be a physical, but for many their trauma is emotional. In Spanish, we call it a wound of the heart. About a month ago, I had the privilege of facilitating a trauma healing group for the first time.
HONDURAS - When you think of a hardworking farmer, you may not think of a stay-at-home mother with seven children, but Pilar Martinez from Cañada Galana, Honduras, is both. She has her own plot of land that she works with the help of her husband to provide enough food for their five daughters and two sons. Though she works hard with great motivation, she has had her share of struggles in the past.
Living in urban Nicaraguan neighborhoods can be intense. Multigenerational families live together in small houses, where thin walls, open windows, and shared streets are the norm. Everyone is aware of what their neighbors are doing whether they want to know or not. In our urban transformation work, we have to take this into consideration.
(NICARAGUA) Let me tell you a story about Martha Adilia and her twenty seven pounds of beans. Martha lives with her teenage daughter Meyling in the community of Pitahaya, located in the foothills of the mountains in central Nicaragua. I met Martha while on a field trip with World Renew’s local partner, Asociación de Jóvenes Cristianas (ASJ). During the past year we had been working on a pilot project there to promote conservation agriculture.