Methodism in Central America: Challenges, Faith and Hope

GUATEMALA CITY (UMNS) – Gang violence and corruption plague the countries of Honduras and Guatemala. The United Methodist Church in Honduras and the autonomous Methodist Church in Guatemala are addressing poverty and violence through faith and fortitude. In the summer of 2017, a visit by United Methodist leadership signaled a growing commitment to these churches.

Read all stories from United Methodist News Service's trip to Central America in our Special Report: Honduras and Guatemala 2017.

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Mission and Ministry
Vinicius Guimarães dos Santos, an educator with Shade and Fresh Water, an after-school ministry of the Methodist Church of Brazil, plays a game with some of the students at the Liberdade site in Brazil. The ministry is among many over the years receiving small grants through the Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean Fund. Photo by Mark Greathouse, courtesy of Global Ministries.

Sustaining faith partnerships with Latin America

Through small grants, the Encounter with Christ fund has nurtured Methodist mission and relationships in 26 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Human Rights
El Obispo Antonio Huanca, líder episcopal de la Iglesia Evangélica Metodista en Bolivia, ha publicado un mensaje abierto al pueblo boliviano en medio de crecientes tensiones sociales, después de las últimas elecciones presidenciales del 20 de octubre de 2019. Foto cortesía de la Vicepresidencia de Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia.

Mensaje del obispo metodista de Bolivia an crecientes tensiones sociales

Frente al creciente ambiente conflictivo la Iglesia Evangélica en Bolivia, en voz e su obispo el Rev. Carlos Huanca, han hecho público un mensaje al pueblo boliviano.
Social Concerns
United Methodist deaconess Cindy Johnson (right) walks to buy medicine with Isabél who traveled with her daughter from Nicaragua to Matamoros, Mexico, hoping to request asylum in the U.S. Kassandra, 16 months, was suffering from fever and weight loss while she and her mother waited for their turn to approach the bridge leading to Brownsville, Texas. Johnson, who makes regular visits to the makeshift camp, brought members of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force for a firsthand look at the immigration situation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists respond to migrants at the border

The United Methodist Immigration Task Force saw United Methodists in action caring for migrants from around the world seeking asylum at border towns in Texas.