Mujeres Transformadas

Just before our Livingston retreat, the girls all got to head out to Gustatoya early to be a part of the Annual Sinodica meeting.  This was a meeting of all the Presbyterian women's groups throughout Guatemala called "Presbiterials".  We got to hear some great sermons and tallers (workshops) by women!  As you can imagine, this doesn't happen often in Guatemala and when it does -- women getting together to sing and praise God, it's a great big party.  There was quite a contrast here too between the cultures of the ladinos and the indigenous women.  One thing they all had in common was grace.  Unlike some women's meetings I have attended in the past, there was no evidence of cattiness or dissention.  Everyone was an hermana (sister) and everyone was full of love for the other.  And when you're in a room with rural and city women, college-educated and some illiterate, I find this grace a gift from God.

The theme was MUJERES TRANSFORMADAS (Women Transformed).  The informes (reports) that are usually typed up in the standard boring Times New Roman, 12pt font fashion were transformed into butterflies of all different colors and styles.  It was a wonderfully creative, entertaining and informative idea.   We were welcomed in with open arms and hearts.  It was a blessing for all of us gringas that were able to attend.  We even assisted with one of the tallers, making still images of how the world sees us, how we see ourselves, God sees us and how God wants us to see ourselves.  Powerful stuff.  It's the kinds of stuff that gives strength, hope and empowerment.  It transforms!

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