Santa María Virgin continues to thrive, and we at All Saints’ are happy to be able to help them in their work. Padre Bayron was so impressed by our RCS Community Kitchen, which he saw in action when he was here for our Fiesta in May, that the Santa María Virgen vestry has decided to start its own community kitchen. Beginning in August, they will be serving meals twice a month to families of patients in a nearby cancer hospital as well as to people coming into Xalapa from the surrounding countryside to sell their goods in the market. We have sent some money to acquire additional cookware and plates for the church kitchen as well as to pay off the last of the loan they needed to buy the pickup truck last year.
The new mission in Alchichica is growing rapidly. They have been meeting regularly in a (roofless) abandoned, partially-completed church building and sitting on rented chairs, as well as holding regular prayer services in homes. They have already had seven baptisms of children, adults and entire families. Padre Bayron and his assistants, Jonathan, José Luis and Rodolfo from Santa María, have been instructing the people on Anglicanism and the prayer book. We have recently sent money to purchase 60 folding chairs and have shipped them 44 Spanish prayer books. Thanks to Eileen Krause, they also have a new sound system for the mission. Padre Bayron has been able to get a Mexican social security card (he is from Guatemala) and sign up for government health insurance for himself and his family. Thanks to the generosity of Tony Price, a friend of Santa María who lives in Texas, and twelve All Saints’ members, we have been able to cover the cost of the first year of the policy. Many thanks to those who donated!