Last week I attended my first meeting of the CEDEPCA USA Board, which is a USA branch of CEDEPCA whose purpose is to interpret the mission of CEDEPCA in the US, and to raise funds to help in their ministry.  The meeting was in Galveston, TX, so it was a nice respite from the cold (though I am writing this on Wednesday, February 21, and it’s 70 in Scotia, same as it was a week ago in Galveston) . . . and, not surprisingly, I found myself in the midst of many wonderful, faithful people who are just as in love with the people of Guatemala and the work of CEDEPCA as I am.  I am grateful to have been asked to be on this board (thank you, Bonnie Orth) and look forward to the opportunity to further this faithful ministry.

A small highlight of the time for me, was when, during  a break from the meeting, I handed Judith Castaneda the Albany Presbytery check for $1,250 for 25 water filters.  She broke into a big grin, said that while they are still very committed to the work, they had recently run out of funds for water filters, and so this came at a very welcome time, to enable them to get some filters out again, and perhaps act as seed money for further fundraising efforts.

So—thank you to all who gave, either ahead of time or as part of the shared offering at the February Presbytery meeting . . . . your generosity is helping to provide clean water for 25 families in Guatemala, as well as encouragement to the hard working and faith-filled staff at CEDEPCA.

About Rev. Kathy Gorman-Coombs

Kathy serves as co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY. In addition to working as a Teaching Elder, Kathy earned her Master of Social Work from Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker and works part-time as a Domestic Violence Counselor at the YWCA of Schenectady, where her work includes a support group for women at the County Jail. You can reach Kathy at

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