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December 13, 2017
Our good friend Dalia Juárez Fernández shares this update on the efforts of the Mayan Intercultural Seminary (SIM) as they minister to communities impacted by the recent earthquakes.
Good afternoon! The life of the indigenous communities changes all the time, and it is true that we need to update the information.
The small donations of some organizations, including the gifts of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz members, have helped us to supply food, kitchen utensils, blankets, chairs, and folding wooden tables in the indigenous community called "La Constitución-Simojovel".
However, other new needs have arisen, the municipalities of Chenalho and Chalchihuitán are in great need. We are called to help and show solidarity.
So thinking about the forced displacement that over 5850 women, men, children have experienced, we see as a priority to provide blankets, food and medicines. We have been requesting national organizations to help us with this new need, because the displaced are living in a very poor way in the mountains, without electricity, water, food, medicine, or shelter. These days we have been putting together a strategy to get into the conflict zone bringing a doctor as we have learned that many children are suffering from fever, flu, and stomach pain. Also among the displaced people there are 200 pregnant women who also need be taken care of by a doctor.
Every day our work as the SIM team (Dalia, Eleazar, Aurelia, Manuel, Fausto) is demanding. So we ask that you take a few moments to pray for this team, and for the ministry that we carry out in Chiapas. Thanks BPFNA ~ Bautsitas por la Paz for always looking out for your sisters from SIM, thank you for trusting us, thanks for your partnership.
Receive from the mountains of Chiapas our embrace full of affection.
Rvda. Dalia E. Juárez Fernández
Seminario Intercultural Mayense A.C.