Thank you for your support of the work of the Board of World Mission. We are grateful for your consistent generosity and desire to give of your time, energy, and financial resources, but direct financial support opportunities are not currently available for the varied and complex situations listed below. Please instead include our partners in your prayers and share their stories with others who wish to know about our work. You may also consider a gift to the Board of World Mission’s general fund (MoravianMission.org/Give), which allows us to respond to emerging needs when opportunities for financial support arise.
Indigenous Land Seizures (Nicaragua and Honduras) — Indigenous Mayangna communities in Nicaragua are experiencing increased threats from colonists who are burning villages, killing and wounding residents, and seizing land that they wish to use for cattle farming and mining. The loss of traditional indigenous lands and the rights associated with those holdings is not confined to Nicaragua, nor are these issues limited to Moravians. Mískito communities in Honduras have become increasingly concerned over loss of traditional indigenous territory. Please pray for the Mayangna and Mískito people, many of whom live like refugees even in their own ancestral lands. Pray especially for the community of Wilu, Nicaragua where five people were killed in March of 2023 and others were forced to flee, leaving behind everything, including supplies of food and seeds that they typically rely on for planting at that time of year.
Flooding (Cuba) — In June, the eastern part of Cuba experienced torrential rains, which led to dangerous flooding. Although there were no deaths in Moravian communities, we are receiving reports of property destruction including loss of crops and livestock. Please pray for our Cuban siblings as they recover from this disaster and begin to rebuild.
New Work (Brazil and Bolivia) — Earlier this year, the first official Moravian delegation traveled to Brazil and Bolivia to share in conversation and discernment about what it would mean to be welcomed into the Worldwide Unity of the Moravian Church. After positive visits in both places, it is expected that each will be writing letters to the Unity Board for consideration later this year to be welcomed as part of our ever-growing community! Please pray for discernment, wisdom, and grace as leaders in both areas and in the Moravian Unity explore these new possibilities.