Give Ye Them to Eat, Integrated Development in Mexico’s South Central Region
by Muriel and Terry Henderson and Christie R. House
Over the past 30 years, the GYTTE program has trained and equipped tens of thousands of people to take care of their own needs and also serve others. In 2007, approximately 15,000 people were empowered to move from subsistence living to lives of dignity through training events, learning experiences, and community activities.
A social outreach project of the Methodist Church of Mexico, GYTTE was founded in 1977 to combat hunger and poverty in the rural sector. Since its founding, GYTTE has been directed by Global Ministries' missionaries Muriel and Terry Henderson, originally from the Desert Southwest Conference. The program's purpose is to strengthen the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their own basic needs and assist them to determine and sustain a just and integrated development process. GYTTE uses people-centered, participatory approaches to help create conditions in which real change can take place.
In 1990, GYTTE purchased land in the small community of Tlancualpican to open a training center that was named the "Tree of Life." In time, the mission program grew into an integrated, community-based development project that focused on five aspects of development: community, agricultural, health, livestock, and church and faith. A lively volunteer program called A.W.A.R.E. (Alternate Work-study And Reality Experience) also developed, exposing US groups to the communities of rural South Central Mexico.
Pueblo Partners is a program designed to empower the rural people of Mexico to improve the conditions of daily life within their own cultures, communities and families. This partnership focuses on three areas: community-building, agricultural resources, and livestock.==========
Adam Neal visited GYTTE in March/2008. He writes:
"GIVE YE THEM TO EAT" is an Advance Project of The United Methodist Church. Project name and code number: "Give Ye Them To Eat"Advance #07629A.
Christie R. House, is the editor of New World Outlook. Terry and Muriel Henderson have served as Global Ministries missionaries in Mexico for 35 years.
New World Outlook, March/April 2008.
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Date posted: May 27, 2008