Chiapas, Mexico
 

For more information about the Chiapas ministries and how you can participate, contact Ritaclare and Michael Streb at 585-621-5435 or email: chiapagringa@aol.com


Don’t Walk in Front of Me,
I May Not Follow –
Don’t Walk Behind Me,
I May Not Lead.
Just Walk Beside Me –
And Be My Friend.

Spiritual Pilgrimages In Chiapas

Walk with them… in their family lives.


Corazón de Chiapas or Heart of Chiapas is the name of our spiritually focused pilgrimages to Chiapas, Mexico. Since 1994, retreat groups from Spiritus Christi have traveled to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, to live and walk in solidarity with poor families in this region of the world. What occurs in this experience is a "meeting of the hearts." Participants stay in the homes of host families who, in their extreme simplicity, provide for our basic needs with warmth and generosity. Listening to their stories of life's struggles and sharing our own, reveals our common humanity as members of one family. Embarking on a Corazón de Chiapas pilgrimage is answering a unique call to discover the gift of God's love within the poor and within ourselves














Chiapas Pilgimage, 2013

Las Becas

“Walk with them…in their education.”


LAS BECAS is a scholarship program which is administered by Nadxheili, in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.


Through this program, Spiritus Christi provides financial support for up to 22 children during the school year. The scholarships allow their families to buy needed school supplies as well as school uniforms, shoes, lunches and transportation to and from school. This scholarship is for children in the public school system of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.


An application is completed by their parents and a lottery is held to pick the winners. It is expected that the children will attend classes regularly and maintain good grades. LAS BECAS is open to the children of families who live in one of the three colonies where retreatants live and visit while in Chiapas.

Scholarship Recipients of the Las Becas Program 2013

MANOS AMIGAS

“Walk with them…in their childhood dreams.”                                         


MANOS AMIGAS ministers to the street children of Chiapas whose families are unable to care for them. Here they find a loving home environment with provisions for their basic needs such as: food, clothing and medical care, as well as spiritual nurturing, education and job training. Padre Renato Rondolini has been the spiritual director of these orphanages since their inception in 1988.


Retreat groups from Spiritus Christi visit with the children of MANOS AMIGAS orphanages both in Tuxtla Gutierrez and in San Cristobal de Las Casas, offering them friendship and helping hands. We continue to build a relationship with the children of this not-for-profit organization with our visits and gifts of clothing, school supplies, sports equipment, medical supplies, and monetary donations.


For the last few years, Spiritus Christi had been sending volunteers 20 yrs. old or older to live, work and play with the children of Manos Amigas which is located in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.  It offers an opportunity to experience the Mexican culture in a 3 to 4 week commitment of time, and gives insight into poverty and the disparity of wealth in the world.


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Padre Renato with children of Manos Amigas

CIRSA
“Walk with them…in their work.
In 2009, we began a relationship with a farmer-owned coffee producing co-operative called CIRSA, headquartered in the highland town of Simojovel de Allende, Chiapas. CIRSA is a “trading partner” of Equal Exchange, a fair trade co-operative and the supplier for our monthly coffee sales at Spiritus Christi. All proceeds from our coffee sales go to support the indigenous coffee grower families of CIRSA.
Spiritus Christi initiated a project, and was joined by Equal Exchange and other congregations around the country, to support the cost and construction of brick and cement stoves. The stoves provide a healthier way for the indigenous coffee grower families to cook by directing smoke and soot out of the kitchen through an exhaust chimney. The design of the stoves, by University students, lends to a more energy efficient way of cooking with wood, a precious resource of the area.

Before and after Stoves...


Open fire vs. new stove with exhaust chimney.

Presently, Spiritus Christi is supporting the construction of CIRSA's Mushroom Project. The indigenous coffee growing families are now building mushroom modules (houses) in their villages. Here, they grow oyster mushrooms which provide their families with a source of high protein to enhance their diets, and they sell this organic agricultural product in local markets to supplement their incomes.