Equipping The Saints
La Gran Familia
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth continues its companion relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi. Both dioceses have been blessed by this relationship which began in 1995, when the diocese was established with the Rt. Rev. Jackson C. Biggers as its first bishop. Link to READ MORE
The Large Family
We have a long term relationship with this mission that serves children who have been abandoned and children in the community whose family can no longer take care of them. Link to READ MORE
The call to the great commission requires a thoughtful and knowledgeable response. Mission training prepares those who take on the mantle of mission work. Link to READ MORE
We are a member of the Anglican Global Mission Partners. A network of Anglican global mission-committed organizations and individuals. As you discern your role in mission work it may be helpful to know about others who have found their way to serve God's people. Link to READ MORE
"La Gran Familia wishes to thank all those from our diocese who honored their mothers with a donation to those less fortunate than themselves. The $8659.14 that was collected during the Mother's Day Ingathering last May went to help pay for the 1st brand new van that LGF has ever been able to afford! What a blessing you, the parishes and individuals of the Diocese of Ft. Worth have been over the last 18 years."
Is your church preparing to engage in local or global mission this summer? - Contact the WMC to access resources to assist you in preparing and training your team.
The conference has ended but their mission work continues on. Thank you to Kevin Kallsen at Anglican.tv for his work in capturing the wonderful speakers and their message.
The video is a Plenary address "God’s Heart for the Young and for Justice" by Summer and Guy Benton, SAMS Missionaries to Cambodia.
A team from the Diocese of Fort Worth, TX of close to 50 adults and youth representing 9 churches attended the New Wineskins Mission Conference April 7 through 10.
Everyone returned ready to bring a renewed passion for mission back to our diocese.
La Gran Familia continues to grow because of the generosity of people in our diocese and other donors, both from the US and Mexico. It houses 30 children - 20 boys and 10 girls. The daycare outreach of LGF is full with 30 children ages 1-4.
Several of the children living at LGF are sponsored, but quite a few are still lacking a sponsor. If you would like to find out more about how you can help, contact Barbara Hautanen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A team of 8 from the Diocese of Ft. Worth was blessed this past July to be a part of some very special children’s lives. The team thanks you for your prayers as well as your support of La Gran Familia. This home in Cuauhtémoc, Chih, Mexico is a special place where those that cannot take care of themselves find their needs met in a loving Christian atmosphere.
Every time we go, there are some new faces, as well as some that have been there for years. There are many success stories. The home now houses 38 children. The daycare, an outreach of LGF, serves 27 children ages 1-4. Lives are being changed!
I would like to share a thank you note from one of the girls that has lived at LGF for 14 years.
I am Gabriela. I want to thank you for helping us. This casa will always be open to you. Please don’t think that we forget about you just because we are not physically together. The help that you give us is something that not everyone is capable of doing!
I want to say that with your help I have graduated from Secundaria (Middle School) and will go to Preparatoria (High School) this coming fall. I hope to be able to finish and continue my education further. La Gran Familia is my family, as are you who have helped me and all my brothers and sisters who live here! When I finish school, I want to help others as you have.
This summer a team has come from your diocese and we have learned a lot from them. They had planned many activities for us. We always have fun with them!
I hope that everything is good with you. I wish you the best and hope that you know that every day when I wake and every night when I go to bed you are in my prayers.
Thank you again. God bless you and your families. Thanks be to God that there are people like you.
Gabriela and her 3 young siblings came to live at LGF because they had been abandoned by their mother and father and were living with their 70 year old grandfather that was unable to care for 4 young children because of his addiction to alcohol. Gabriela and her sister are now in high school. Her 2 brothers have finished high school. One is working in a factory and the other is studying architecture at the university in Cuauhtémoc.
Their grandfather never came to visit them.
Please see this short video clip about the Diocesan trip to La Gran Familia, July 2016.
Grant LeMarquand is Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa, Wendy is a practicing medical doctor. This article is about their ministry to Sudanese people now displaced to refuge camps in Gambela, Ethiopia. Visit Bsp. Grant and Dr. Wendy's Blog.
The video is Bsp Grant's presentation at the 2016 New Wineskins Conference. Thank you to Kevin Kallsen at Anglican.tv for his work in capturing the wonderful speakers and their message.
Recently a group of Christians met with a camp official to discuss plans for a priest to come to the camp to give Holy Communion and baptize their children. The camp official claimed that these refugees “have no God” or rights. In fact, they do have these rights, and despite the effort against Christian worship in the camp, attendance in the church at the camp has increased. It seems these people do have a God after all.
At another camp nearby, every evening at sundown children and young people gather outside St. John the Baptist Anglican Church to sing, read scripture and pray for the sick. Other camps have seen this and started modeling after them. One day while worshipping, the police arrived and took the pastor and children to jail, saying that what they were doing was illegal. The pastor said, “No, we are allowed to pray. We will pray. If you want to imprison us for the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will suffer gladly.” They were finally released, as it seems it was too much trouble to keep them locked up.
These stories and attempts to dehumanize are in sharp tension with the over-arching story we find in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In the face of the attempts to dehumanize them, our people simply continue to sing and to pray, to build churches out of the mud and the sticks because they know that one day all will become clear. One day “every knee will bow and every tongue confess ... that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Reprint with permission from SAMS
A Mission Organization of the Diocese of Fort Worth
Bishop Jack L. Iker