This picture of Gloria Vicente Canú, our Global Ministries missionary to Guatemala; Deacon Misael Me̒ndez, program coordinator of the Ecumenical Christian Council, and me captures things both apparent and unseen in our Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Pilgrimage to Guatemala last May. It is obvious that we, as participants, formed close friendships. However, much was going on behind this happy scene. The picture, taken at the San Rafael Las Flores Roman Catholic Church, was where we were introduced to the injustices perpetrated by the Escobal Mining Project. Here we met with the people affected, hearing their courageous stories. Then we visited the site where the mining company violates the earth in spite of the protests by the indigenous people, ecumenical groups, and environmentalists.
This experience at Santa Rosa is a sample of our group’s many meaningful encounters. I would like to introduce you to the brave people of Guatemala who have become so precious to me. Also I want you to become familiar with Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala as it works in defense of peace, justice, and reconciliation in Guatemala.
I am available to share my experiences with groups and congregations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Plan our chance for dialogue by contacting me in any of the following ways: [email protected], (309)364-3208, or Jean Wallace, 804 Main St., Henry, IL 61537-1131.
A presentation by Jean Wallace