SOS's primary call is to be a Ministry of Presence not a Ministry of Presents Our primary focus is in developing a long term relationship of mutual trust and respect with the indigenous Maya.
about Sending Out Servants (SOS)a mission of presence with the Maya in Guatemala
We are Sending Out Servants (SOS), a Catholic Lay Mission, non-denominational outreach, serving as a Ministry of Presence among the indigenous Maya in the remote and mountainous Quiché area of Guatemala.
SOS is a 501c3 non-profit Catholic mission organization headquartered in Houston, Texas. It was founded in 1998 by Ernest and Connie Braren and Reverend Thomas Ponzini and became incorporated in 1999. SOS is not a ministry within a parish but rather it is an independent Catholic mission organization that operates with the approval and blessing of both Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Bishop Rosolino Bianchetti Boffelli of the Diocese of Quiché, Guatemala.
SOS has a Board of Directors who are dedicated to not only improving the quality of life for the Maya living in the Quiché area of Guatemala but also dedicated to igniting the faith of men, women and youth through a short term foreign mission experience.
Board of Directors
Rev. Thomas V. Ponzini –Chairman. Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Manvel, TX
Connie Braren –Co-Founder / Vision Missions.
Ernest Braren –Co-Founder.
Leonel E. Mejia –President / Marketing / Assistance Programs.
Marilyn Henry –Faith Missions.
Joe Ruiz –Social Media.
Jackson Parker –Finance.
Linda Parker –Secretary.
Dr. Gerry Romano –Medical.
SOS facilitates three to four one week mission trips a year to Guatemala. It is the liaison for arranging the mission visits with the Guatemalan hosts; it recruits and prepares team members, plans the mission activities, coordinates the mission activities with the in-country leaders, accompanies the teams while on mission, and arranges all transportation and lodging. Post trip, it seeks to help returning team members to continue growing from their mission experiences.
The Catholic Lay Mission Outreach, Sending Out Servants, desires to strengthen the Kingdom of God by fostering and facilitating consistent cross-cultural exchanges of mutually shared life and faith experiences between faith communities here and those in distant countries. It depends upon the Holy Spirit to work amidst this profound sharing. By developing long-term relationships of mutual trust and respect with our brothers and sisters, it will listen to expressed needs and respond when possible by offering its talents and resources.
ministry of presence...
Our Ministry of 'Presence' is a spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical state of 'being with' the indigenous Maya. We desire to 'enter into' their culture not to change it, not to rescue the perceived oppressed and not to criticize the Maya way. Rather we desire to 'enter into' a rich mutual sharing of our faith, our life's challenges and stories and in that profound sharing to come to regard one another as true brothers and sisters in Christ.
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