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Rutinas para el viaje / Routines for the Journey

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El ministro de Liderazgo, Marco Güete, es el director y fundador del programa binacional de capacitación del Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) y recorrerá el Camino de Santiago para recaudar fondos para el programa. Cada año, cientos de miles de personas viajan al Camino, una gran red de antiguas rutas de peregrinos que se extienden por todo el continente, para caminar solos o en una excursión.

(Reimpreso de Meno Acontecer/la Menonita, abril, 2019)

¡Bienvenido y bienvenida a Meno Acontecer de abril, 2019!

El plan de caminar 15 días consecutivos para colectar fondos para el Instituto Biblico Anabautista-IBA sigue adelante. Como preparación estoy poniendo en práctica 10 rutinas para los 260 kilómetros de caminata, de pueblo en pueblo, comenzando desde el sur de Francia en Saint Jean Pied de Port hasta Burgos, España. Tengo 68 años de edad y me pregunto: ¿será que me estoy reinventando al cuidar mi estado físico y el cuerpo que me ha dado Dios? Creo que sí, es importante reinventarse, soñar nuevos sueños, ponerse nuevas metas y usar la experiencia de mis 68 años para vivir el siguiente año día a día. Me inspira la porción bíblica de Joel 12:28: “Y sucederá que después de esto, derramaré mi Espíritu sobre toda carne; y vuestros hijos y vuestras hijas profetizarán, vuestros ancianos soñarán sueños, vuestros jóvenes verán visiones.”

Te preguntarás ¿y… cuales son las 10 rutinas? Aquí están: Comer sanamente, constantemente en movimiento caminando, conversar con la gente, leer y estar siempre aprendiendo, hacer ejercicios de aérobico (con los pasos de la salsa), escuchar mucho, hablar despacio, lento para el reproche, aceptarme a mi mismo, adaptarme al cambio, orar y meditar en Dios.

Hay un estimado, según las estadísticas de Santiago de Compostela, que de los más de 327,000 caminantes que anualmente hacen este camino, solamente el 17 porciento tiene más de 60 años de edad. Este será el reto tanto para mi acompañante el Pastor Gamaliel Falla y para mi. Gamaliel tiene 72 años de edad. Todo va en marcha, ya compramos los boletos de avión. La fecha es del 11 al 25 de septiembre. ¡Buen camino!


Leadership Minister Marco Güete is the director and founder of the bi-national Anabaptist Biblical Institute training program (IBA) and will be walking the Camino de Santiago to raise funds for the program.  Every year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to the Camino, a large network of ancient pilgrim routes that stretch across the continent, to walk either on their own or on a tour. 

(Reprinted from Menno Happenings/The Mennonite , April 2019)

Welcome all to Menno Happenings from April, 2019!

The plan to walk 15 consecutive days to collect funds for the Anabaptist Bible Institute-ABI continues. As a preparation I am putting into practice 10 routines for the 260 kilometers of walking, from town to town, starting from the south of France in Saint Jean Pied de Port to Burgos, Spain. I am 68 years old and I wonder:  Will it be that I am reinventing myself by taking care of my physical condition and the body that God has given me? I think so; it is important to reinvent yourself, dream new dreams, set new goals and use the experience of my 68 years to live the next year day by day. I am inspired by the biblical portion of Joel 2:28: “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”   You will ask yourself, “And what are the 10 routines?” Here they are: Eating healthy, constantly in movement walking, talking with people, reading and always learning, doing aerobic exercises (with salsa steps), listening a lot, speaking slowly, being slow to reproach, accepting myself , adapting to change, and praying and meditating on God.

There is an estimate, according to statistics from Santiago de Compostela, that of the more than 327,000 walkers who annually make this journey, only 17 percent are over 60 years old. This will be the challenge for my companion Pastor Gamaliel Falla and for me. Gamaliel is 72 years old. Everything is set; we already bought the plane tickets. The dates are September 11 to 25. Good journey!

Work and Hope in Florida/ Trabajo y Esperanza en Florida

by Steve Kriss, Executive Minister

Tomorrow I’m leaving for a meeting with Mennonites in Fort Myers, Florida.  Noel Santiago and I will represent our conference in a conversation with congregations who are interested in remaining in relationship with Mennonite Church USA after the withdrawal of their conference.  They are discerning their future together as a community.  

Last month, Southeast Mennonite Conference removed itself from our national body.   In recent years, we have had growing ties to some of these communities in Miami, Tampa, and Sarasota.  Some of us spend part of our winter in Florida; some of us have pastored there; some of us have relatives in these communities.  Florida is an easy flight away from the part of our conference that is rooted in the Northeast corridor.

Several years ago, Angela Moyer (our current conference assistant moderator), Ertell Whigham (then executive minister), and I helped to lead an equipping event with Southeast Conference leaders in Sarasota.  We recognized a resonance between our conferences. There’s been a warmth between some of our conference leaders and these Floridian communities since then.  In the last weeks, we received a request to come alongside a part of what had been Southeast Conference to provide additional leadership resources and accompaniment.

Sandra and Marco Guete worship during a Southeast Mennonite Conference annual assembly. Photo by Andrew Bodden.

Last month, we invited Marco Guete to begin serving as a stipended leadership minister to work alongside the communities in Florida for six months.  Marco joined our conference staff retreat at Spruce Lake last week.  His wisdom, insights, experience, and salsa lessons were a welcome gift to our team while we were together.  I expect these deep, lively, and wise contributions to continue in the months ahead.

Where is this going?  We don’t know.  We anticipate meeting with leaders from about ten congregations in Florida this weekend; these leaders may either decide to form their own group in Florida in order to remain a part of Mennonite Church USA or express a desire to join our conference.  It’s a time of fluidity and change in church structures, with the previously unimagined becoming the new normal.

We want to be open-handed in relating to the communities in Florida.   I believe strongly that “to those whom much is given, much is required.”  We had available financial resources to offer assistance to our sibling communities in Florida from within our budget this year due to unfilled staff roles.  When the need in Florida became clear through a phone call with former MCUSA moderator Roy Williams from Tampa, we responded.  Our multilingual conference staff will continue to work to accompany the Florida communities as they discern their future.  Marco will work in this role for six months.  We are in conversation with Mennonite Church USA leadership about how this may evolve.

The Spirit continues to shake up the structures of the church.  Meanwhile, we are still willing to bear witness to the way of Christ’s peace.  And God continues to bring new possibilities for relationships and renewal that might extend right fellowship to people both near and far.   We will continue to work and hope.  Seguiremos trabajando y esperando.