Youth from Latin American and Caribbean are strengthening alliances and assuming leadership

Inspired by a gospel that does not discriminate, we believe that young people are not isolated and that are part of a communion: “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body” (1 Corinthians 12. 17-20). Our reflection about the topic: Give us today our daily bread” from the eleventh assembly of the LWF in Stuttgart, prompted a contextualization of this from our experience as a youth. Every time we pray for bread, we stand before God asking for what we lack. Jesus teaches us to pray with the intention to remember us the past, but raising awareness of the present…and our present is:

• We believe it is necessary to work specifically from our churches in the construction of a Lutheran identity fortified and conscious of what is happening around us, and from there take a critical stance. We were created by God with a cultural diversity that enriches us. The lack of acceptance of the richness of this identity makes us continue patterns that the media programs sells us, influenced by other cultures other than ours.

• In Latin America and the Caribbean, young people are deprived of an education based on values and formal education (from know how to write and read and to have access to the superior education). We affirm that the lack of information, tools and follow-up to the maturation processes make us vulnerable to diseases such as HIV and aids. We demand of our churches and the LWF, to give us a follow up in our training in sex education with Christian values open to diversity. On the other hand, we ask to expand scholarship programs for the young people in order to access higher education.

• Our patriarchal culture has inherited a system in which physical and psychology violence prevailing about tolerance and acceptance of difference between men and women. Also there is inequality of opportunity in relation to employment and education. It is for this reason that we need to have seminars and trainings for work on gender, to empower ourselves of our rights and convey the message of a liberating God.

• We propose the creation of a young people network of Latin American and Caribbean that makes it possible to strengthen partnerships, share information, experiences, meetings and regional trainings.

We thank our leaders for placing your trust in us, the leaders of the LWF that open the spaces that allow us for training and participation of young people to get closer to the reality of the processes work of our churches.
We are called to transform the Latin American realities, so as young people, we want to continue promoting something different through sharing our daily bread!
"Las chicas fantásticas"

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