NURTURING JOINT INITIATIVES

Conversations do make profound changes (in time!). This story begins back in 2015, when we hosted the Synergy event the first week in November. During these meetings, many conversations took place. Locals and foreigners, got together in very deep conversations and trust around the most challenging issues of our beautiful cities. Lots to say, lots to learn; even more to see and celebrate. Conversations continued during the next year, and the next (2017). More so, tables were set up so urban leaders can share their dreams and think of more possibilities to work in ...

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BUILDING ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY

By Silvia López, CMT's Financial & Administrative Director In two months we will be ending 2017. God has been amazingly good on each of the projects we have undertaken. Not everything has turn out as planned but we have bee able to see God’s wonderful hand at work in each situation we have faced. We want to share with you some of the goals that we set at the beginning of the year and we have been able to reach, partial or totally. As you may know, a fundamental base for our organizational sustainability are the donations we receive mostly from a broad, ...

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Learning to Love Our Cities Together

During the last week of October Teddy, CMT’s Executive Director, and I had the opportunity to be in Grand Rapids with a group of people from around the world. We were together as a part of a global network of trainers who make up the Urban Training Collaborative. We develop incarnational leaders who love their city and seek its peace. The Urban Training Collaborative is an initiative of Street Psalms that serves the networks of Resonate Global Mission (an agency of the Christian Reformed Church of North America) and Leadership Foundations. This network represents nearly ...

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NURTURING JOINT INITIATIVES

"What is it that you want?" - Jesus "A beautiful answer is always preceded by a more beautiful question." - E. E. Cummings A couple of years, we began nurturing a joint initiative that trains and empowers pastors and leaders that serve in hard places. Using the content of the "Timothy Leadership Training Institute" and the facilitating work of Luis Pellecer, from the Resonate Global Mission, 16 leaders began a journey that lasted 18 months of training and fellowship. We shared news about this on our LittleWay blogs before. This year 2017, we decided to begin ...

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Working Towards Peace

During the last weekend of September the staff of CMT had the opportunity to meet with the members of the InnerChange team. As some of you may know, InnerChange is an order of missionaries among the poor. We have been gathering as an extended family for the last year and ahalf, and every time we have felt God’s calling to work for the peace of our cities. During the last gathering we had to focus intensely on the Gospel’s non-violence as we sensed the need to develop a spirituality of non-violence resistance to the different powers that be in the cities of Quetzalten...

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Engaging Leaders of Faith and Good Will

One way we contribute to the social and spiritual renewal is through "engaging leaders of faith and good will". This commitment gives us the opportunity to meet people, and build relationships that will help us all see and celebrate what God is doing in the beautiful city of Guatemala. During this year, we have facilitated and witnessed godly encounters between many leaders of faith and good will whom we've had the privilege to meet, talk (and listen), share ideas (and dreams), but also build trust between each other. The trust has been a wonderful platform to ...

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The Challenge of Perseverance

A few months ago, we posted a story about the opportunity for partnership that 4 organizations were building in the area of Zone 18 of Guatemala City. After a "vision trip" to the Ecofiltro main plant with some friends, we all came with ideas that could benefit the community we serve. It's been almost five months since that first trip. We've met many times dreaming, planning, thinking together, building "trust" that only comes by the desire of "Let's do something together in our community!". In our yesterday meeting, at Engadi's -- one of the ministries participating in ...

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A Life Invested in Loving Others

Mr. Robert Smith came from the United States in the early 90's after seeing a TV program that invited people to support children in Guatemala. Mr. Smith decided to "come and see" how he could be involved directly. Twenty-something years have passed since that day. Mr. Smith just turned 80 a few months ago, and still remembers that TV show. He came to live to a community that opened the doors for him. In fact, some of his neighbors call him "Papa Bob", just because he has become a dad for many families. At the end of last year, we got an email from a friend of Mr. Smith. ...

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Theology from Below

"We have to think of something after all the cemetery reflections that we're experiencing. Got to think of something." - Tita Evertsz, Fundación Vidas Plenas A few months ago, the Center for Transforming Mission -CMT- Guatemala facilitated around 5 Cemetery reflections with all Vidas Plenas staff. Together, with a group of +45 urban leaders who work in "La Limonada" community, walked, learned, reflected and engaged Guatemala's history. It was a profound experience and opportunity to practice what we call "The Ministry of Memory". We shared a special blog 3 months ago ...

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Vision Trips of 2017

This year, we have received a total of nine vision trips. Each group has been unique. We have worked with people from distinct backgrounds and paths of life. The first group we had was different from what we are used to at CTM. Our friend, Jeremiah Griswold, brought a group of tattoo artists from Cincinnati, OH who worked tirelessly to cover the tattoos of people who have left behind lives of crime and poverty. During April, we received a group of Masters degree students from Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and in May a group of undergraduate students from ...

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