Christ Church Global Outreach
Guatemala North/South Delegation 2015
Our delegation left for Guatemala on January 10, 2015 and you can follow their travels by blog. Go to christchurchsisterparish.blogspot.com.
Guatemala Sister Parish Ministry
Through the national ecumenical organization, Sister Parish, Christ Episcopal Church, Blacksburg is a sister parish to the Episcopal Community of San Andrés Itzapa in Guatemala. Our brothers and sisters there are a small and strong community of indigenous Mayans whose native language is Kakchiquel and whose second language is Spanish. Itzapa is the name of their community in Kakchiquel; San Andrés (Saint Andrew) is its Spanish name. This community works hard as subsistence farmers and construction workers and they are working to strengthen their entire community. We have been linked as a sister parish or hermanamiento since 1996—fifteen years!
National Sister Parish Report from Spring 2012
Since Sister Parish is based on a “solidarity” model rather than a “charity” model, its focus is on building relationships of mutual respect and understanding over time between Northern communities and Southern communities. Only out of such on-going relationships are projects suggested, proposed, and refined and confirmed through an approval process. Delegations from South to North and from North to South usually alternate.
Now it is our turn for a North to South delegation—hopefully in the Winter of 2015!
Interested? Want to know more?
Contact a member of the Christ Church Guatemala Sister Parish Committee: Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, Lynn Talbot, Maureen Perry, Sharon Harrell