The annual Council in Action (CIA) program seeks to live out in a small way the part of our mission that calls us to care for others in a material sense. Our 2012 theme, “Abound in Hope,” asks us to strengthen our relationships and refresh our call to ministry to “Be Jesus’ Witnesses,” the Core Purpose of this diocese. For 2012 we focus on the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico with two projects.
Goal #1 Frontera Unida
– Los Libros de Oracion Comun (Spanish BCP) – The diocese has joined forces with The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society of The Episcopal Church to donate 500 Books of Common Prayer (BCP) in Spanish (El Libro de Oracion Comun) to the nine Northern Mexico churches in partnership with Frontera Unida. Currently these nine churches share 50 copies of El Libro de Oracion Comun. You may purchase at Amazon.com or click the link below to purchase a prayer book through the diocese and complete the inscription on your bookplate; cost is $16.50 per book.
Click here to order a Spanish BCP through the diocese.
– Sacristy Supplies – Each church is asked to clean out their sacristies and bring gently used altar items, linens, candles, and clergy vestments to give to our neighbors in Northern Mexico.
Goal #2 Casa Bethesda Orphanage
– Adult Briefs (Diapers) – Casa Bethesda is the only facility of its kind in the Piedras Negras, Mexico, area. It is a home where indigent or abandoned persons with disabilities are cared for with love and respect. The home is run by Pastor Paulino Esquivel and his wife Gilberta. One of Casa Bethesda’s greatest expenses is adult-size diapers/briefs. They use dozens each day. This simple gift will be a blessing of encouragement to all the “family” at Casa Bethesda, said Betty Chumney, office of the diocesan Department of World Mission. Bring a box of adult briefs/diapers and bring hope to those at Casa Bethesda.
See the full story at Council in Action – Diocesan.