Monthly Mission Focus : Guillermo Berman, Missionary
Each month we focus our attention on one of our mission partners. For January 2021, our efforts will go to support missionary Guillermo Berman as he and his team continue to sustain God’s work.
A missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, Guillermo “Willie” Berman Ramirez is serving in his home country of Mexico as the Mexican Methodist Border Mission Coordinator based in Reynosa.
In 2008 Willie began helping in developing a new strategy for the Methodist Border Mission Network as the program works with immigrants along the US-Mexico border.
After attending the Instituto Tecnologico de Saltillo and earning a degree in engineering, Mr. Berman worked in the computer industry while serving part-time as VIM coordinator for the San Pablo District of the Eastern Conference IMMAR.
Guillermo Berman now also serves as the Director of Manos Juntas VIM Mexico, a ministry of the Methodist Church of Mexico serving as the connection between different ministries and churches of the Northeastern area of Mexico in the State of Tamaulipas for more than 15 years.
Under the leadership of missionary Guillermo Berman, Manos Juntas is providing a much needed ministry to the people of Mexico. The ministry has several branches and plenty of opportunity for giving and, when travel permits, volunteering.
All ministries are working to become self-sustaining, but at present, must rely to a large extent on donations. Here are a few highlights:
House of Hope Children’s Home
House of Hope (H.O.H.) consists of one house for 10 boys and 10 girls, ages 0-10, and a second house for 10 older children and teenagers, ages 11-18. They have 15 children at present, but room for 30, with 10 employees to care for them. Schooling in Mexico is not free and House of Hope receives no government assistance. A donation of $20 per month toward support of a child is helpful and can be made through Advance #3022419. It takes eight $20 sponsors to support one child.
Giving love to these children is the first goal. The children come to the home in various ways. Often a parent cannot care for a child and asks for help. Or a child is taken from a home due to abuse or neglect and is placed in the home by the government. The government also gives Manos Juntas the right to, with parental or guardian permission, offer a home to a child living on the street.
Two self-supporting medical clinics
With one clinic in Rio Bravo and the other in Reynosa they serve 340+ people. They charge a small fee for those who can pay.
They hope soon to establish a Nuevo Progreso Community Center with a Pizza place and an auditorium for 240 people, and a new Family Medical Center. They already have a location and 50% of the building is complete.
Manos Juntas, with the support of General Board of Global Ministries, is carrying out Jesus’ words.
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.Matthew 25:40
Other opportunities to serve
San Antonio and Surrounding Area Hospitals
2020 Monthly Mission Focus
- January: Guillermo Berman, Missionary in Reynosa, Mexico
- February: Wesley Foundation of San Antonio
- March: United Methodist Committee on Relief
- April: Creation Care
- May: Church Under the Bridge
- June-July: Project Transformation
- August: Interfaith Welcome Coalition
- September: Habitat for Humanity
- October: Magdalena House
- November: CROP Walk for Hunger
- December: Methodist Children’s Home