Affirming Relationships to Enable Sustainable Development

Our group is awake bright and early in Guatemala City!

All eight travelers arrived safely in Guatemala City last evening. The sun is shining and the weather is glorious—unlike at home right now! Seven travelers are representing New Castle Presbytery (Tracy, Rachel, Karen, Arun, Denison, Jamie, and Carrie) and we are delighted to also be joined by Mary Jane from Presbytery of the James in Richmond, Virginia.

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Next Delegation Commissioned – Ready to Travel to Guatemala

The next delegation from New Castle Presbytery will be traveling to Guatemala during the third week of January. This annual trip will continue to strengthen the relationships we have with our in-country partners. Activities will include visiting the staff at the CEDEPCA headquarters; meeting with the Board of the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development and seeing their projects throughout the countryside (revolving funds, family gardens, latrines); and even stopping by the workshop where the new fuel-efficient stoves are being manufactured to see them up close!

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Give the Gift of a Guatemalan Stove this Holiday!

waSHh%EPRUuIIf+DJyT3egMany of us will prepare holiday feasts standing at a fancy stove-top, with double ovens and microwaves at the ready.  But for many people around the world, their cooking reality is an open fire on a dirt floor. This Christmas, please consider giving the gift of a stove to an indigenous family in Guatemala. These stoves are engineered to be fuel-efficient and cost-effective. They reduce respiratory and eye diseases caused by smoke, and save time, money, and trees.

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CEDEPCA Representatives Visit New Castle Presbytery

Three esteemed colleagues from our partner organization CEDEPCA (the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America) have arrived from Guatemala City and will be here for the next week: giving presentations, attending meetings, worshiping with us, and of course, having some fun!

(Pictured left to right: Nancy Carrera, Delia Leal, Judith Castañeda)

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A Photo that Makes My Heart Sing

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A photo that makes our heart sign — for many reasons!

I woke up yesterday morning to find this fabulous photo in my inbox. At first glance, it didn’t look particularly special, but upon further reflection, it made my heart sing – and here is why:

 

First of all, this photo was sent to me by the new part-time administrative secretary of the Association. She is young, sharp as a tack, and technologically-savvy. So she is now starting to give us real-time updates of the projects of the Association – what a gift! This photo was taken just a few days ago.

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