In September 2022, we were blessed to gather in person with representatives from all of our Spanish-speaking partners in Panama City, Panama. The Board of World Mission hosted a Conferencia de Recursos Moravos (Moravian Resources Conference), where participants discussed a variety of topics, including Unity structure, how to plan a Synod, financial administration in the church, leadership as servanthood, and more. We also distributed copies and provided guidance on how to use the Church Order of the Unitas Fratrum and Our Moravian Treasures, which we recently translated into Spanish for the first time ever. A group of 45 delegates and presenters spent four days studying these topics, worshiping together, and enjoying fellowship time, including a group tour of Casco Viejo and the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks. Participants expressed their gratitude for this opportunity to build relationships, gain resources, and discuss current challenges with Moravians in their region who may be experiencing similar joys and concerns.
Moravian delegates representing the Ahuas Clinic, the Costa Rican Province, the Cuban Province, the Honduras Unity Province, the Honduras Mission Province, the Nicaraguan Province, and the Mission Area of Peru were present, as well as guests from Brazil and Bolivia.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the presenters and planners who made this Conferencia de Recursos Moravos a meaningful experience for our delegates. Thanks to Rev. Dr. Jørgen Bøytler, Unity Business Administrator; Bishop Armando Rusindo; Bishop Sam Gray; Bishop Kingsley Lewis; Brother Rick Nelson; Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller, President of the Northern Province PEC; Brother Leo Pixley, Chair of the Provincial Board in Costa Rica; Rev. Dr. Dion Christopher; Sister Julie Tomberlin, Unity Women’s Desk Coordinator; Brother Justin Rabbach; Rev. Angelica Regalado-Cieza; Bishop Chris Giesler; and Sister Sylvie Hauser.
Please watch the following video to hear more from our delegates about their experience at the Conferencia de Recursos Moravos: