Global Outreach

Global School in El Salvador
Reimagining Global Mission through the Lens of Human Rights
Dates: April 13-18, 2024
Cost: $1,250
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2024
*The Seminar Fee includes Lodging, transportation, three meals a day, coordination and logistics, interpretation and trip guide, speaker honorariums, and community activities. This does not include airfare.
***An additional day can be added (for an extra cost) for tourist/cultural activities.

Mission of Miracles Team - Updates from The Rev. Dr. Chuck Stewart

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 If you’ve been following the Mission of Miracles on Facebook, you may get the impression it’s a giant party. In truth, there have been some good times with old friends.

On Wednesday, between departure from Syracuse and arrival at the hotel, we were on the move for about 10 hours.

On Thursday, the whole group of 17 spend about nine hours setting up for the mission. My subgroup is in the picture breaking down large bottles of prescription drugs into small bottles for the patients. Others were arranging all the vision supplies.

We were surprised, at dinner, to be visited by Azucena, her sister and Azucena’s little girl. I’ve known Azucena and her whole family, from Santisima Trinidad, for more than 20 years.

On Friday, the group went to the beach, as you’ve probably seen. I spent two hours at the Diocesan office. The pictures are of the chapel and of a little garden inside the offices.

Bishop David and I talked about the situation in the country, especially the upcoming elections. Although the country is supposed to be safer under the current oppressive regime, David told me of a recent attack, apparently on a parishioner in the eastern part of the country. 

There is a real need for clergy in the Diocese. Several priests priests have retired or died recently. The first four graduates of the Diocese school, which has been in place for about five years, will be ordained to the priesthood in April. He plans to have another two year program for people called to the permanent diaconate. 

We also talked about potential future workshops on mental health and social issues with the clergy and the people and the community. These would, potentially, involve members of our Diocese.

I was also able to catch up with Taty Brizuela, that works for the Diocese. She earned her Licenciada in Economic Geography A couple years ago. I’ve known her for 26 years, since she was four years old. I hope I’ve been helpful to her in her academic success. She travels every week to distant parts of the country to give workshops on self-esteem, domestic violence, etc. with grade, school, children, and with parents, at times.

More about the Mission of Miracles Trip Coming Soon!

-Rev. Dr. Chuck Stewart

 

The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

In times of crisis, Mr. Rogers used to say, look for the helpers! The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) works to support the mission and ministries of the churches, schools, and hospitals throughout the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, with particular emphasis on transforming the lives of the vulnerable and displaced. If you are looking for ways that you can help with the current crisis in the Holy Land, go to www.afedj.org and donate to their Gaza Emergency Relief fund. Continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in the Holy Land!

El Salvador

El Salvador Companion Diocese Committee

The joy of being part of the Companion Diocese ministry is almost impossible to describe.  The more we learn about our sisters and brothers in El Salvador the more we learn about love and hope.  The more we seek to give the more we receive.
A team of almost thirty medical, dental, and mental health professionals  and support people have traveled there each year and treated treated intestinal parasites, counseled in abusive situations, extracted teeth and gave dozens of other treatments.
Nine others – two clergy, one youth and six other adults – participated in a pilgrimage in February.  The day of Vacation Bible School for forty children in the poorest parish in the country was magic.  No one returns from these pilgrimages unchanged – many are compelled to go back or to compel others.
Several parishes are part of a scholarship ministry, providing small grants so children can finish school and even college.  Six hundred dollars a year or less enables a youth to pull themselves out of the grinding poverty that sentences most to lives of minimum wage – less than one dollar an hour.
No one is too poor to give, and no one is too rich to receive.