Written By Ana Becerra, Seminarian & Cristo Rey Mission Developer
There are many changes in life. Some are easy to adapt to, others are hard and difficult to admit, but indeed- we never stay the same.
It has been very hard for Cristo Rey members to not meet in person. Many of you have witnessed how our Wednesday night bible study has extended from one hour to three hours long. Indeed, Latinxs love to talk and we love to cook together! Typically during summer it is mandatory to attend at least one carne asada (barbecue) a week. The host starts the cooking process when the first guest arrives, and we believe that food tastes better if you cook it while you talk. There is no start or end time to these gatherings. You leave when other guests are showing some signs of tiredness or when you realize you have spent five to six hours with the host. This year has been different, it changed. There will be no carne asadas. Instead, we talk over the phone or Facebook.
Cristo Rey is suffering without in person connection. We tremendously miss you and want to see YOU. Especially now when Latinxs need to feel surrounded and supported by Caucasians and our church. We recognize we are different. We have different cultures and languages, but we belong to a church that continues moving forward. We are not the church we were in 2009. I'm no longer the only Latinx family who is invited to participate in programs. I’m a Christ the King and Cristo Rey member and soon to be an ordained minister. I'm your sister in Christ that shares concerns, pains and joy with you. I'm a team member who helps to plan worship. I'm a non-voting member who attends and reports to our council. I'm your sister in Christ who is eager to share the Gospel with the same Lutheran foundation as you, but with a different perspective!
Siblings, I am so glad we changed! Cristo Rey has met unofficially over Facebook and phone, but starting in July, we will have a weekly devotional meeting. We will also continue to have a monthly service the fourth Sunday of the month shared on Facebook Live. The change is not easy, but at the end of the day I smile when I look back to my first day at CtK. I recognize the love and hospitality I have received. I remember the struggles, and praise God for all the ways the Holy Spirit keeps tapping on my shoulders to invite me to witness Jesus Christ’s power and love among us. Let’s keep changing in the love of the one who died for us.
Tu hermana en Cristo, Ana.