At the end of 2022, we said goodbye to two wonderful staff members, Meli Morales (Organizer, Faith Land Initiative) and Cristhian Josue Ordoñez Gomez (Accompaniment Associate). We thank them for the impacts they’ve had on The Church Council, and we wish them well in their future endeavors.

Joey Lopez shares about Meli:

“The Faith Land team shares deep appreciation, admiration, and love for the way Meli shaped the emergent work of our Faith Land Initiative. Their wisdom and expertise will be deeply missed.”

“Thank you” is such a powerful statement and at the same time, such a small one when you are trying to convey all the many things that you are grateful for. My time as part of the accompaniment program has filled me with great joy and much richness in my life. I have become more human, a better listener and dare I say, a better person.

It is opportunities like these, the ones that mark a before and after in someone’s life. I was one Cristhian before I had met all the wonderful community members and their life-changing stories, one before I saw how much of an enthusiast a volunteer can be. I am a different Cristhian now, one that is sensitive to other people and their needs.

My contract with The Church Council has come to an end and I am preparing to transition out of my role with CCGS. However, I want to let you all know how grateful I am for each one of you.”

Thank you.
-Cristhian Ordoñez

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