We are thrilled to announce that Rostro de Cristo is preparing to reestablish our ministry presence in Ecuador during the 2022 year! We have begun recruiting for the next new volunteer cohort 2022-2023 and are actively seeking young adults to apply to Rostro de Cristo’s volunteer program if they have a passion for intercultural service, for growing in their faith and commitment to social justice, and for living and learning in intentional community.
A centerpiece in our return is a new Rostro de Cristo Ecuador Fellowship Program for alumni volunteers. Fellows will be serving a vital role in helping to reestablish Rostro de Cristo’s presence in the community of Monte Sinai during the first half of 2022. As former volunteers they will bring not only their experience earned through their volunteer year, but also new knowledge learned through further study and professional experiences. The fellows will provide an assessment of the needs that will direct where and how we focus our efforts; help us identify new opportunities to live our mission that respond to a changed reality with a focus on practicing mutual solidarity and collaboration with our Ecuadorian neighbors and partners; and help us to discern new areas of growth and opportunities for a more sustainable future for Rostro de Cristo.
Looking back on the last two years we feel deep gratitude to have been sustained by the generous support of Rostro’s donors and alumni, along with the incredible efforts of the Rostro de Cristo Board of Directors, staff, and recent volunteers to keep the mission alive during the pandemic. Because of this support we have a strong and stable place from which to grow.
As we return to our “home” in Ecuador we know that much has changed in the world, including in the lives and social realities of our neighbors and ministry partners. This moment invites us to live our mission of “being with”, to embrace authentic relationships, like never before. We are excited to journey with alumni Fellows and new volunteers as they return to the margins of Guayaquil to serve, to encounter new realities, to discover the merciful and loving presence of Christ in our world today. Today, Rostro de Cristo provides a powerful opportunity during challenging times to develop a strong grounding in faith, a belief that each of us is called to serve the greater good, and to see, by living it, how we can make the world a better place.
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