We have entered into a three-year “covenant relationship” with husband and wife team, Miguel Mairena (my-ray-nuh) and Nan McCurdy. This means we have pledged annual financial support for each of them. We have promised that as a congregation we will pray for them, serve with them through our additional contributions to the Give Ye Them to Eat (GYTTE) mission, and possibly pursue a virtual or actual mission trip. We will share stories of the amazing life-changing work they are doing and give glory to God for it all.
The GYTTE mission works something like this:
Go to the people Live among them Learn from them Love them Start with what they have Build on what they know And when the task is accomplished and the work is done The people will say we have done it ourselves. Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher
Nan and Miguel were missionaries in Nicaragua for nearly 30 years before moving to Puebla state in Central Mexico. At that time they assumed leadership for GYTTE (jit-ee), a mission started in the late 1970s to the rural areas surrounding Tlancualpican (tih-lahn-cwal-pih-cahn). As a social outreach project of the Methodist Church of Mexico to combat hunger and poverty in the rural sector, the purpose of the “Give Ye Them to Eat” program is to strengthen the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain a just and integrated development process. Participatory methods and development tools are used to create conditions in which change can take place from within the communities. GYTTE uses people-centered approaches to development.
Follow Nan, Miguel and the GYTTE mission on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GiveYeThemToEat.
Learn more at: https://www.gytte.org/
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