Around 250 Salvadorans leave the country every day. There are no exact numbers because migrating continues being something “clandestine, invisible” from the authorities. It doesn’t matter in what conditions youth live, they want to leave.
Retired already ten years from 35 years of service with CRWM and CRHM in Latin American (Spanish) as a "missionary pastor."
With Mary Anne we have five children and 14 grandkids. I try to maintain involvement in projects both local (Holland MI in the summer,
lots of "pulpit supply" preaching and in Escondido California with a faith-based rehab ranch and area especially hispanic ministries) and
in El Salvador. Support for a Word and Deed ministry with the ES CRCs (see ElSalvadorProject.Weebly.com) and other reformed leaders
in that country.
I do quite a bit of gardening; is cutting firewood from a woodlot "forest husbandry"? With Mary Anne we are promoting the kinds of issues that
the Center for Public Justice educates about; we are also trained as facilitators for Churches between Borders workshop on Immigration.
I choose to post this on the Global Mission site because this is where I tried to nudge conversation a year and a half ago (see the blog: Concept of a Global World Missions Agency). Pray with all that ensuing decisions will lead to the necessary, concrete steps to getting the CRCNA's world-wide witness "together again."
The BOT in February agreed to engage in a conversation with agency and agency board representatives about the concept of a global missions' agency that would build on the collaboration that is already occurring among CRCNA mission agencies.
Lets not kid ourselves; the reasons behind a lot of immigration assistance back in the 70s and 80s was also political: anti-communism!
And once the flow of immigrants changed to "illegals"...posted on: Immigration Justice Requires Border Security
This is a very important contribution, Andy; thanks. I have always seen the importance of deacon's conferences at the Classis level and helped introduce that already in Argentina (Synodical level...
I was privileged lately to get a signed copy of Reading Genesis and Science from long time friend and fellow believer/church member Frank De Haan. I read it with keen interest, and heartily...
Thanks, Dan, for putting your very cogent thoughts down; most of this makes a lot of sense to me. And I have given it considerable thought ever since writing a 1987 (?) front page Banner piece...posted on: Immigration Justice Requires Border Security
Great to see this training having taken place. A few of us go back a long way in efforts in Southern California to see Hispanic ministry grow. May this new stage prosper and bear fruit. ---Lou...posted on: A Spanish Language Welcome to the CRC
Petite wife Linda doesn't come in for a mention in this otherwise great article about Jim.
Thanks, Liam, for a sensitive thought process yet in the end decisive resolution to this dilemma. Scriptural, and good missiology.
Ground for the kingdom has been lost in the past for lack...posted on: But Is It Safe?
Thanks, Shannon, for sharing some resources; of the ones I recognize they will be a blessing to those who pursue them.
What did disappoint me was the very top recommendation - Richard Rohr'...posted on: Can You Recommend a Good Devotional?
Que Dios les acompanye.posted on: A Different Kind of Short-Term Missions Trip
Maybe because it was published at 5 AM over two years ago, I missed this gem of a reflection. My friend who wrote it should really go to work for a PR firm that specializes in glossing over...