The Global Ministries Caribbean Initiative invites the whole church to witness together with the Caribbean region through education, advocacy, and support of our partners. Partner churches and organizations in Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia, bring incredible gifts in their strong testimonies, as they receive and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. They provide us with a broader understanding of the many ways in which God is seen at work in the world and challenge us to expand our vision of the Church. Global Ministry’s hope and prayer is that through many and varied experiences, we will better understand the issues, priorities, successes, and struggles of sisters and brothers in the Caribbean and, in turn, be challenged to understand ourselves, our world, and our faith anew.
During this initiative, members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ celebrate relationships with the Caribbean through a variety of resources for our congregation including Bible studies, music, liturgical materials, special giving opportunities, People-to-People Pilgrimages, videos, children´s resources, and more. Additionally, there are tools to address some of the universal challenges of the region: migration and human trafficking; the quest for peace; sustainable development in the face of climate change; and the churches’ witness for just economic policies that encourage the flourishing of life.
Join the Global Ministries Caribbean Initiative today and Embrace the Fruits of the Spirit! At St. John’s United Church of Christ we will be utilizing the VBS curriculum “Embrace the Fruits of the Spirit”. It is a children’s curriculum designed to help children discover the fruits of the spirit in their daily lives while exploring the Caribbean. We meet the children of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia. How do the children of these countries live out their values in their daily lives? Each day’s lesson contains a letter from a child in that country, a story from the Bible that demonstrates a fruit of the spirit, a craft, a game, a snack, and a song. You can register online here.