GIVE YE THEM TO EAT
An Integrated Development Program for the Rural Sector of South-Central Mexico.
HISTORY: An integrated development project for the rural people of south-central Mexico was the dream of Bishop, Dr. Alejandro Ruiz. He believed God called the church to respond to, not only the spiritual welfare of people, but also the needs of disadvantaged farming families, offering them opportunities to learn and grow so they can address their own needs to improve their lives and communities.
In 1972, Bishop Ruiz invited Terry and Muriel Henderson to come to Mexico to serve with the Methodist Church of Mexico, first with a small development program in Miraflores for five years and then in 1977, the Bishop assigned them to develop and direct an integrated development program which he named “Give Ye Them To Eat.” By 1985 the program had grown and having acquired livestock, two vehicles, office equipment and an office building, it was in the best interest of the program to register the project as a Non-Profit organization with the Mexican government. The official name of the organization in México became Proyección Humana de México, A.C.
In looking for a way to support this outreach program, the Hendersons applied to the General Board of Global Ministries for Advance Special status. The application was approved by the GBGM and Dr. Alejandro Ruiz and the name given to the Advance Special was “Give Ye Them To Eat.” With Advance Special status, permission was given to raise funds through the United Methodist Church in the USA. Thus the GYTTE staff and the Hendersons have promoted the giving of donations from United Methodist Churches, families and individuals through the Advance Special over the past thirty-Seven years in support of the GYTTE program.
In March of 2013 the Hendersons submitted a renewal application for Advance Special status for the GYTTE program with the Advance of the GBGM for the quadrennium 2013 – 2016. The Hendersons have retired but continue providing their unconditional support to the GYTTE Program. The new missionary couple Carmen A. Meléndez, husband Alejandro Rodríguez and daughter Deborah Rodríguez are committed to continue this Advance Special for years to come by promoting this mission to the United Methodist Churches in the USA. The fund-raising process of visiting churches in the USA, corresponding with them, the writing of promotional materials and newsletters as well as the annual reporting to the GBGM continue to allow this project be the oasis of education, Christ’s love and hope for many impoverished rural sectors in Puebla-México.
This is a video detailing the mission trip by Chapelwood United Methodist Church to the "Give Ye Them To Eat" mission in Tlancualpican, Mexico in November 2010 - By Carlton Cole.
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