"Turn not to the easiest, but to the most difficult … not to the more, but to the less; not towards what is high and precious, but to what is low and despised; not towards desiring anything, but to desiring nothing."
St John of the Cross
We are people hungry to be grounded in God's Word as we seek to accompany others to find God’s love and grace in all things. After many decades of walking in mission with Jesus, many of us who make up Ashrei have found ourselves intentionally laying a foundation for Spiritual Formation among friends in Latin America.
Our working definition for spiritual formation is, “the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others (Mulholland).”
In observation of the life of Christ, Ashrei is working to ground Christian compassion in reflection and prayerfulness. Core to our belief is that as friends in Latin America become more Christlike, their immediate surroundings and relationships will be blessed. Friendship is our greatest joy in the presence of the Holy Spirit - at the heart of Ashrei you’ll find inspiring friendships that brings a gold-like value causing service to others and life to flourish. Friends in Latin America are stepping into life-change that will echo for generations in their families and in this part of the world.
ASHREI (אַשְׁרֵי) is the Hebrew word defined as “O how blessed!” Psalm 1 begins by saying “O how blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord”. We believe that this is the reality in which we live, and it is into this blessed life that we desire to invite others. Our desire is to provide practical resources to individuals and churches across Latin America for cultivating a life—the with-God life—that makes us like Jesus from the inside out.
WHERE WE SERVE
Latin America, based in Mexico City
Although Spanish is the second most spoken language on earth, (400 million speakers in 21 countries), that we can identify, Ashrei is the only Christian organization for spiritual formation in Spanish speaking Latin America.
Because of this need, on November 4, 2015, Ashrei was founded as a non-profit organization
( U.S. tax deductible 501c3 ).
Through this shared effort, friends in Latin America are stepping into life-change that will echo for generations in their families and in this part of the world.
WHAT WE DO
Desiring to create a platform to bring synergy to what God was already doing in Latin America, Ashrei was founded to nurture the connection between spiritual formation and community action in places where Latin America most needs transformation, particularly through the formation of Christlike character. We are overjoyed that many partners have joined our efforts by providing training, funding, wisdom, companionship, and manpower to make Ashrei a reality.
Ashrei is a ministry whose vision is to ignite and inspire spiritual formation toward Christ-likeness in Latin America. As an example, in the heart of the wild and bustling Mexico City, Ashrei is an urban retreat center that offers a quiet place for personal and group contemplative retreats, spiritual direction, and soul care. Ashrei accompanies friends toward the change they long for in their lives. They help people become closer friends of Jesus. By becoming more intentional learners and listeners of Jesus, friends of Christ begin to take action...working side by side with Jesus to build the life they’ve always dreamed of - a life of adventure and joy in the kingdom of God.