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
We have recently completed a series of five information meetings, each in a different parish around the Archdiocese. The primary purpose of those meetings was to share information about Ixim with people who might be interested in joining our next trip in June/July of 2018. If you were not able to attend one of these meetings, but still have an interest in making this trip, please call Mark Zimmer at 402.452.4980 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can send you an application form. Please contact Mark before Sunday, January 21, the date of our first Formation meeting.
In preparation for our next trip, we will have a Formation Meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month, January-June, at the Cabrini Center at 1248 S. 10th St. in Omaha. These meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. and last until 3:00 p.m. They will be followed by a 45 minute Spanish class which is optional but encouraged. Dates for these meetings will be January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20 and June 17. These meetings are very important in discerning the call to mission, preparing for our time in Huehuetenango and bonding as a cohesive group.
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.
We are currently in discussion with our partners in Guatemala regarding exact dates for the trip in 2018. The trip is usually for a total of 12 days and we are looking at sometime between June 20 and July 2. The exact dates will depend on schedules in Guatemala and the most economical air fares.
The trip usually costs a missionary about $1,600. 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 Formation meetings.)