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Ubuntu Journey to Chile

Knitting Our Lives Together In Love

April 17-27, 2013

Join other United Methodist Women members on an Ubuntu Journey to Chile, April 17-27, 2013. Applications are closed.

We’ll join with women from the Methodist Women’s Federation in Coronel and Lota, located south of Santiago along the coast where Concepción is the regional capital. The women of the Methodist Church of Chile (IMECH for Iglesia Metodista de Chile) are engaged in community work there and are excited to share their women’s cooking and crafting workshops and their income generating projects with us.

While Chile may be South America’s richest, most stable nation, poverty and inequality remain high. Lota and Coronel are some of the poorest cities in Chile. Team members will:

  • Be welcomed with open arms and warm Chilean hospitality by members of the Federation of Methodist Women of Chile.
  • Stay in the homes of the Chilean women and meet their families.
  • Visit and immerse in a country in the way a regular tourist would never get to experience.
  • Learn from one another’s cultures and ways of worshipping through fellowship and dialogues during the Sunday worship service.
  • Talk with the Chilean women about the important issues in their lives.
  • See the women’s crafts made during their meetings. These include ribbon embroidery, traditional wool shawls woven on looms, and knitting. (We welcome crafters to the team that would like to share what you make.)
  • Volunteer at the girl’s home in Coronel, a program of the Methodist Women, where local girls are placed after being removed from abusive homes.

The communities where we will be visiting suffered a great deal of trauma after the earthquakes two and a half years ago. We will learn how the women there have started generating income through their craft projects. Through experiential learning, we will discover how to engage in the future.

Rev. Marji Bishir, an ordained deacon and staff member at the North Texas Conference, will lead the US team. The Chilean team leaders are Denise Soto Vergara and Ivonne Pereira.

If you are interested in this Ubuntu Journey, please contact:
Marji Bishir at 972-526-5000 | bishir@ntcumc.org
or email: Ubuntu@unitedmethodistwomen.org

Application deadline: January 11, 2013 / Applications are closed.
Initial deposit: $1,700
Estimated full cost of the trip: $2,900

Team Leaders

Rev. Marji Bishir is the U.S. team leader for Ubuntu Chile for United Methodist Women (UMW.)  A resident of  Dallas, Texas, Bishir is an ordained deacon in the North Texas Conference and the Associate Director for the Center for Missional Outreach, which is responsible for the ministry with the poor and oversight of global health programs. She has traveled to visit United Methodist mission sites and missionaries in Africa, Mexico, Haiti and throughout Latin America.

Denise Soto Vergara is the United Methodist Women (UMW) hostess and co-leader of Ubuntu Chile. A resident of Santiago, she is the also the United Methodist Women’s coordinator for Chile and hosts all United Methodist mission-team volunteers from the United States. When she is not wearing multiple hats with the United Methodist Church, Denise is the  Director of institución Sweet – a day school for children. She holds a masters degree from the Universidad de Tarapacá.

Ivonne Lorena Pereira Diaz, a native of Chile, is the hostess and co-leader of Ubuntu Chile for the United Methodist Women. She also serves as the  president for Confederation of Methodist Women in Latin America. Santiago is Diaz’s home, but in this official role, she travels all over the world, including frequently to New York, where she works with the United Nations Liaison Office for the World Council of Churches, the UN policy arm to the ecumenical community.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday/Miercoles - 17

  • Travel day. Flight to Santiago (from Dallas or Atlanta) leaves approx. 9 p.m.

Thursday/Jueves - 18

  • Travel day. Arrive in Santiago about 9:30 a.m. Meet leaders
  • Ground transporation to hotel, Posada del Salvador in Providencia
  • Lunch/Almuerza and Rest
  • Team Meeting RE: schedule and agenda
  • Dinner/Cena

Friday/Jueves - 18

  • Breakfast at hotel. Devotional.
  • Presidential palace/Palacio de La Moneda
  • Lunch/Almuerza
  • Visit Episcopal office and preschool known as“Institution Sweet”
  • Dinner/Cena

Saturday/Sabado - 20

  • Breakfast at hotel. Devotional.
  • Visit to the Dominican Abbey
  • Lunch/Almuerza
  • Visit Bellavisa Neighborhood/Barrio Bellavista between the Mapocho River and San Cristóbal Hill
  • Bus to San Cristobal Hill - Statue of Immaculate Conception
  • Dinner/Cena

Sunday/Domingo - 21

  • Breakfast at hotel, pack and check out
  • Visit Church at Iglesia Metodista de Providencia
  • Bus from Estacion Centra to Coronel (6 hours)
  • Meet and greet women of Coronel; spend the night in homes of neighborhood women

Monday/Lunes - 22

  • Breakfast/Desayuno in neighborhood home
  • Encentro con mujeres Taller Laboral: Visit with women at the Coronel church. Crafts, group dialogs and exchange of ideas about important issues and social action topics
  • Lunch/Almuerza in the church followed by more time with the women
  • Dinner/Cena at the church
  • Team debriefing
  • Return to neighborhood homes

Tuesday/Martes -23

  • Breakfast/Desayuno in neighborhood home
  • Bus to Lota
  • Beach and visit Second Church of Lota/Segudo Iglesia de Lota
  • Encentro con mujeres: Visit with the women of the Lota church. Crafts and exchange of ideas and social action dialogue
  • Lunch/Almuerza at the church
  • Bus back to Coronel
  • Dinner/Cena at the church
  • Team debriefing
  • Back to neighborhood home

Wednesday/Miercoles - 24

  • Breakfast/Desayuno at neighborhood home
  • Work at Methodist Girls' Home/Residencia de Ninas: Faro de Luz y esperanza
  • Lunch/Almuerza at the Girls' Home
  • Return to Church
  • Visit with the “Lot of Life” older adult group at Coronel
  • Dinner/Cena at the church

Thursday/Jueves - 25

  • Breakfast/Desayuno in neighborhood home
  • Bus to Santiago. (6 hours)

Friday/Viernes 26

  • Breakfast/Desayuno at hotel. Devotional.
  • Visit Museum of Memory and Human Rights
  • Back to hotel to pack
  • Final team meeting.

Saturday/Sabado - 27

  • Travel Day: Return to US.
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