La Cuchilla serves as the base of our Women’s Ministry. Yesenia leads a group of women from the church and mothers of the feeding program children.
They meet regularly to listen to a speaker and share news and concerns about life.
We affiliated the program with Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS), an organization of Christian women in the United States with a strong presence in Guatemala. They provide materials and events for the mothers to attend.
The women's ministry grew out of informal conversations the mothers of our feeding program children were having during and after the meals. It was obvious we had a lot of women who were concerned about the community, and also lacked for a formal group or organization to belong to.
La Cuchilla was organized first, holding monthly meetings at the feeding program hall that featured prayer and a guest speaker. They always include a discussion about the latest issues about the neighborhood.
The women started sharing about families in distress, as well as issues like crime and the conditions of the roads.
Faith remained a central part of the group's focus. Indeed, when the ladies started visiting mothers who needed help, they brought more members to the group and to the church.
We organized the mothers in Santa Fe, too. Their
group is more community-focused than faith
focused, but there is still prayer and
sisterhood present in their meetings.
Large formal meetings are still monthly, but there
are smaller "kitchen-table" meetings happening in
between, too. The groups continue to grow and the
women continue to grow in Christ.
YESENIA SHARED A SHRIMP RECIPE AND SENT EACH MEMBER HOME WITH A BAG OF HER TASTY (AND DONATED) PRODUCT. SOMEHOW, SHE MANAGED TO WORK IN A SERMON ABOUT FAITH AND FOLLOWING JESUS INTO THE PRESENTATION.
MOPS PROVIDES SPEAKERS, CHRISTIAN LITERATURE, AND OTHER MATERIALS, AS WELL AS ACCESS TO NATIONAL MEETINGS AND TRAINING FOR OUR MEMBERS. WE PAY TO MAKE EACH LOCATION A M.O.P.S. AFFILIATE BECAUSE IT'S WORTH IT.