Christ's resurrection brings us together as a community of disciples of Jesus, of witnesses to his life. As Paul tells us, our proclamation and our faith would be in vain without the Resurrection (I Corinthians 15:14).
The testimony of the Resurrection begins with a crisis. The Women, Jesus' disciples, go to the sepulchre. There are a lot of them, according to Luke, who appends to the well-known names: "and the other women with them" (Luke 24:10). They find the tomb empty. The body of the Lord isn't there (v. 3), and the first reaction is disconcert: "they were perplexed about this" (v. 4). When the women told the disciples, they didn't believe them. We never believe those we consider "inferior"! Peter went to the tomb, but "he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened" (v. 12). Nevertheless, this vacuum, this absence, speaks out of the fullness of a presence. Jesus' body isn't in the sepulchre because he is alive. "Why do you look for the living among the dead?" (v. 6), the Lord's messengers ask Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary, the mother of James. And we are still asking that question today.
In this month of May which Methodists call "Christian Home Month", when we celebrate Family Week from the 5th to the 11th, including Mothers Day, May 10 in Mexico and May 11 in other countries, let's live the time of Easter/Resurrection. Let's seek Jesus among the living. Let's remember the great mission of those first missionary women because they carried the message of resurrection to others. In our families, with our mothers, spouses, children, grandchildren and all the rest, may that be where we begin to discover that Jesus lives!
Nedda was born and raised in Peru. She attended a Methodist school. In her senior year, she was sponsored by an American family from Redlands. They, the Tryons, became her family while she studied.
Nedda graduated as a group social worker in Kansas City. And then she returned to Peru. She worked as Director of a Social Center, which was sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the United States. She also organized and worked as principal of an elementary school in a mission project of the United Methodist Church of Peru.
At the beginning of 1966, Nedda and her husband Marcelo returned to the States for further education. They both worked at the Spanish-American Institute in Gardena. Several years later, she started to work as Director for one of the Methodist preschools. She has continued to work in the same capacity until the present.
Nedda is a member of Orangethorpe United Methodist Church, and active in its Latino Ministry. She also participates as member of the California-Pacific Annual Conference's Council on Children's Ministry, and as member of the Council of Hispanic Ministry.
Sunday, April 20 -- We celebrated Easter with more than 80 people in attendance. Eight persons were received into the church, seven children received first communion, and one child was baptised.
La Red is dedicated to keeping members of our congregations up-to-date on our growing Latino Ministry. Its title means The Net in Spanish and reminds us of Jesus' appeal to his first disciples to become "fishers of men". We encourage you to improve your Spanish by reading each issue of La Red. In case you have access to the World Wide Web, you may read an English translation along with each month's web edition of Orangethorpe United Methodist Church's newsletter, The Net.