Die internationale ökumenische „Gebetswoche für die Einheit der Christen“ vom 18. – 25. Januar 2014 steht unter dem provokanten Motto: „Ist denn Christus zerteilt?“ (aus 1. Kor. 1,1-17).

Die Gebetswoche bietet die gute Gelegenheit, nicht nur an die Ökumene der großen evangelischen und katholischen Kirchen zu denken, sondern vor Ort auch die kleineren christlichen Gemeinden unterschiedlicher Sprache und Herkunft einzubeziehen – angefangen vom Gebet füreinander, über gegenseitige Besuche, bis hin zu gemeinsamen Gottesdiensten und Veranstaltungen.

Materialien dazu gibt es in deutsch und englisch.

Zwei Katastrophen in lateinamerikanischen Partnerkirchen

Bereits Ende Dezember haben sich in lateinamerikanischen Partnerkirchen der bayerischen Landeskirche schwere Katastrophen ereignet. So ist der Südosten Brasiliens erneut von einer schweren Überschwemmung betroffen und im zentralamerikanischen El Salvador ist der Vulkan San Miguel – in der Landessprache „Chaparrastique“ – ausgebrochen.

Brasilien: Schwere Regenfälle haben im Südosten Brasiliens mindestens 30 Menschen das Leben gekostet. Insgesamt sind nach offiziellen Angaben rund 50.000 Einwohner der Bundesstaaten Espirito Santo und Minas Gerais obdachlos geworden, weil bei Überflutungen und Erdrutschen Häuser zerstört wurden.

Allein im Bundesstaat Espirito Santo, der an Rio de Janeiro grenzt, wurden nach Behördenangaben bei den heftigsten Regenfällen seit 90 Jahren mindestens 21 Menschen getötet. In den vergangenen zwei Wochen mussten mehr als 48.000 Menschen aus ihren Häusern in Sicherheit gebracht werden, weil es nicht mehr aufhörte zu regnen. In vielen überfluteten Ortschaften wurden Brücken und Straßen zerstört. Gouverneur Renato Casagrande rief den Notstand aus.

In Minas Gerais regnet es schon seit Oktober beinahe unaufhörlich. Mehr als 40.000 Menschen mussten ihre Häuser verlassen und in Notunterkünften in Sporthallen, Schulen und Kirchen Weihnachten feiern. Insgesamt standen 79 Kommunen in Minas Gerais unter Wasser, für 26 von ihnen wurde der Notstand ausgerufen.

El Salvador: Am 29. Dezember schon ist der Vulkan Chaparrastique (aus der Sprache der Lenga übersetzt „Heiße Erde“) in El Salvador ausgebrochen und hat vor allem die Regionen San Miguel und Usulután mit einer riesigen Aschewolke bedeckt. Es gab keine Todesopfer, jedoch mussten hunderte Familien fliehen. Die Gesundheitsbehörde wie auch die staatlichen Einrichtungen des Zivil- und Umweltschutzes seien sofort aktiv geworden und hätten eine umfassende Soforthilfe eingeleitet, berichtet der Bischof der lutherischen Kirche des Landes, Medardo Gomez, gegenüber Mission EineWelt.

Die lutherische Kirche habe vom ersten Tag geholfen, berichtet Gomez. „Durch den Einsatz der Mitarbeitenden des Sozialprogrammes entwickelte sich eine kontinuierliche Arbeit der Begleitung und Unterstützung, verbunden mit dem Versprechen, dass wir uns nicht eher zurückziehen werden, bevor nicht die Lebensumstände verbessert werden können.“ Um den Betroffenen in der aktuellen Situation helfen zu können, brauche es in erster Linie Medikamente zum Schutz der Haut, der Atemwege, für den Magen, und Medikamente gegen Denguefieber und Malaria. Sehr dringend würden auch Lebensmittel benötigt.

Mission EineWelt ist mit beiden Partnerkirchen eng verbunden und leitet Spenden für die Opfer der beiden Kastatrophen an die Partnerkirchen weiter. Wer spenden möchte, kann dies direkt über das Online-Spendenformular oder unter dem Stichwort

„Überschwemmung Brasilien“ oder „Vulkanausbruch El Salvador“

auf das Konto 10 11 111
BLZ: 520 604 10

IBAN: DE12 5206 0410 0001 0111 11
BIC: GENODEF1EK1

bei der Evangelischen Bank eG tun.

Lebensgeschichte des Nicaraguaners Santiago Muñoz im Erlanger Verlag erschienen

„Santiagos Wege“ ist die bewegende Lebensgeschichte von Santiago Muñoz überschrieben, die nun in Buchform im Erlanger Verlag für Mission und Ökumene erschienen ist. Muñoz stammt aus Nicaragua und hat in seiner Kindheit Hunger und Gewalt kennengelernt. Er wird Kindersoldat im Bürgerkrieg, flieht nach Costa Rica, um sich dort illegal durchzuschlagen, macht sich auf dem „Todeszug“ quer durch Mexiko bis in die Vereinigten Staaten auf und kehrt schließlich in seine Heimat Nicaragua zurück.

Das zweisprachige Buch (linke Seiten in Spanisch, deutsche Übersetzung auf den rechten Seiten) schildert beispielhaft für viele Landsleute den Lebensweg des Santiago Muñoz auf 184 Seiten. Das Buch von Renate Schmidt, die Muñoz während eines einjährigen Aufenthaltes im Auftrag von Mission EineWelt in Nicaragua kennenlernte, ist gerade im Erlanger Verlag für Mission und Ökumene erschienen:

Santiagos Wege
Renate Schmidt, Santiago Muñoz
ISBN 978-3-87214-541-3
Preis: 15 Euro

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