We are disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ engaged in a ministry in the dioceses of Omaha and Huehuetenango that seeks the common good of our communities.
By sharing our lived realities, we cultivate relationships of friendship, faith and solidarity in order to build the Reign of God.
Ixim, pronounced “ee-sheem”, is the Mayan word for corn, a staple of Guatemala and a livelihood of Nebraska. This represents the common goal of forming relationships between the people of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, and the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Are You Called to Mission?
Have you ever considered doing a short term mission project in a foreign country? Have you felt the call from God to share faith with people from other lands but never knew how to make it happen?
In 2003 the Archdiocese of Omaha began a mission project called Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity, designed to build a relationship between the dioceses of Omaha and Huehuetenango in Guatemala. Groups from Omaha have traveled to Guatemala and worked side by side with the people there to improve the conditions and grow in faith.
If you would like to learn more about the next mission or would like to be part of a mission trip, send us an email or give us a call. Learn more about Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity Activities. (PDF)
Next Mission Trip
The fourteenth trip is being planned for July of 2017! The trip is usually for 12 days. If you would like to learn more about the mission of Ixim or to consider joining our next mission to Guatemala, please attend one of the following information meetings:
- Monday, September 19, 2016: Christ the King Parish Center
654 S. 86 St., one block north of Country Side Village on 86 St.
Entrances and parking on both north and south sides of bldg. Parish Center is just east of the church.
- Sunday, September 25, 2016: St. Stephen the Martyr Parish Center
16701 S St., Omaha, NE 68135, just south of 168th and Q
- Wednesday, October 5, 2016: St. Columbkille
On the northeast corner of 84th and Cornhusker Rd.
200 E. 6th St., Papillion, NE
Steinhausen Center, just south of the church.
- Sunday, October 9, 2016: St. Vincent de Paul Parish
St. Vincent Room
14330 Eagle Run Dr., Omaha, NE
Signs will be posted with meeting room directions at all sites.
This experience is designed for adults. If a student will graduate from high school prior to the trip and is accompanied by an adult family member, they may join the trip. A student who has completed one year of college may also join the mission. Maximum age is determined by health condition and stamina rather than an arbitrary number.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from January-June at the Cabrini Center at 1248 S. 10th St. in Omaha. These meetings are from 1:30-3:00 pm and are initially to facilitate the discernment process and then to prepare for the trip. These meetings are vitally important in order to prepare culturally and spiritually for the trip and to bond as a group prior to travelling to Guatemala.
We are currently in discussion with our partners in Guatemala regarding exact dates for the trip in 2017. The trip is usually for a total of 12 days and we are looking at sometime between July 9 and July 23. The exact dates will depend on schedules in Guatemala and the most economical air fares.
The trip usually costs a missionary about $1,500. About $800 of that is for air fare. Another $350 per missionary is sent directly to the Diocese of Huehuetenango to pay for costs such as our transportation while we are in the country. The remaining expenses are for six nights in hotels in the course of the trip and a few meals at restaurants along the way. (If expense is the only obstacle to your going, please let us know. We have been able to find generous donors in the past who would help with a missionary’s expenses.)
You do not have to speak Spanish in order to join this mission. (We will speak more about this at the Information meetings.”