I ask of you your prayer as I prepare to leave for El Salvador on February 7, returning on the 12th. I do so as a long time member of the Board of Trustees of an organization called Cristosal. I invite you to check out the website at Cristosal.org.
Cristosal exists as an organization, with close ties to the Episcopal Church, for the purpose of advancing human rights in Central America. It seeks to address issues such as how forced displacement affects unemployment, and families forcibly displaced by violence. We often need to say hard things to hold those in power accountable for actions that disrespect and even deny the dignity of every human being. We do our work rooted in the premise that all human beings are to have basic rights not as a privilege, but because we are human, made in the image of God.
I am a part of this organization because it is about a way of loving. I happen to be one who believes that the justice God calls forth for the healing of all our relationships on the earth is how we put Christ’s love into action. I believe the work we are about is, at least in part, participating with God in an answer to the prayer Jesus taught us, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
While I am in El Salvador, know that all of you remain in my prayer as I remain grateful for the work God has called us to do here in South Carolina and beyond.
Grace and peace in Christ,