Live, from Brownsville, TXPosted: December 7, 2012
The last 24 hours I have been in Brownsville, Texas meeting with the Tennessee Conference and Memphis Conference PACTO Team meeting with Bishop Raul Garcia and Roberto Gomez Reyes. Our purpose was to renew our friendship and relationship regarding the Eastern Mexico Annual Conference. I learned that for the last 7 years the Nashville Area has had an ongoing relationship with our friends south of the border.
The vision of this ministry has always been to strengthen ministry across conference lines both in TN and Mexico. Amazing work has taken place over the last several years even though it has been more challenging in recent years to send mission teams in recent years due to the drug cartel. Yet there are tangible ways that continue to make possible the partnership.
1. Bless the Children: For $250.00 you can supply school uniforms for children who cannot attend without a uniform. We have raised over $70,000 to date for this need.
2. Needs: a passenger van salary support for pastors support for homeless feeding support for children’s ministries completed health kits support for Esperanza Viva Orphanage support for medical outreach through Volunteers in Mission support of Church construction and remodeling food assistance for those living near the city dump.
3. The future conversations include: a joint retreat with the District Superintendents of the Nashville Area and the Eastern Mexico Annual Conference bringing teams from Mexico to Tennessee for evangelistic outreach into the Hispanic communities in our area including children and youth in some of our area retreats at Lakeshore and/or Warmth In Winter/Summer Sizzler Assisting in new church planting in each of the Episcopal Areas.
The decision was made to create a Nashville Area Task Force for the PACTO Covenant which would shepherd our work across conference lines and bring alignment in this important work. Thanks to Jim Clardy, LeNoir Culbertson, Joe Geary and Enrique Hernandez for helping us have a most fruitful conversation with our PACTO sisters and brothers.