Gloria Vicente, our Mission Partner serving in Guatemala, will visit Kansas from May 15-29. Gloria also relates to our UCC partners in the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, and will visit both Disciples and UCC churches and groups.
Possible visit formats include fellowship dinner programs, speaking to auxiliary groups such as men’s, women’s, and youth groups, worship visits, and more. Hosting congregations are asked to provide housing and meals, and most likely help with transportation from site to site as well.
Susan White in the Topeka office will coordinate Gloria’s visits to Disciples congregations. Visits will be arranged for efficient travel. To request that Gloria visit your congregation, contact Susan or call the Regional Office in Topeka.
Gloria works with the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala as a consultant for communication, interpretation, and women’s projects. Her church membership is University Church in Chicago, a congregation affiliated with both UCC and Disciples.
Her parents found sanctuary there when fleeing persecution in their Guatemalan home. Gloria is married to Santos Par Vasquez a Maya; they have three children. We don’t know yet whether her family will be traveling with her. If so, housing and transportation will need to be pet-free and smoke-free due to a child’s allergies.