International Outreach Update

For many years Westminster’s International Outreach Ministry has served in Latin and Central America. In recent years, the focus of our engagement has been in Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Regrettably, we have recently decided to cancel the two trips to Nicaragua (June 23-30 and July 21-28) due to social/political unrest in the country. The US State Department issued a Level 3 travel warning for Nicaragua, and since unrest has continued to increase, our leadership felt it best we do not put our service teams at risk.

A team of Westminster members is scheduled to travel to the town of Hecelchakan, Mexico June 30—July 8, to work with local church members on continued construction of a church building. Your prayers are coveted for the team members and the people of Hecelchakan.

We would also ask you to pray for Nicaragua and its people. Pray that peaceful resolutions might be found in the coming weeks. Pray for those who seek freedom from violence and a better life in new surroundings, often seeking asylum or refugee status in the United States. Mindful of the continuing debate over immigration policies, we especially pray for the children being separated from parents as a part of border enforcement. As a community of faith with an outreach focus on children in poverty, we recognize the detrimental effects of family separation and the trauma that it can cause.

We often turn to the voice of our denomination as a whole for difficult subjects like this. For those interested, The Director of the Office of Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, has written a statement on the Practice of Family Separation at the Border. You may access the link here.