Armonia was founded by Saul and Pilar Cruz in 1987 in one of the poorest communities in .
Armonia now has three community centres in urban and suburban settings, as well as working with indigenous students in the mountains of the Sierra Norte in the south of the country.
This is what Saul and Pilar Cruz said in 2002:
“Working alongside the poor became the purpose of our lives out of obedience to Christ, compassion for the needy and feelings of holy indignations when we see that beings like us created in the image of God have to survive under humiliating conditions.”
Armonia organises schemes concerning nutrition housing and shelter, health and supports people in times of injustice and emergency. Armonia is able to respond to the practical and spiritual needs having built relationships based on service inspired by a need for justice. Through this kind of relationship the Gospel can be expressed in an honest and relevant way.
Armonia aims to transform communities so that they themselves can continue the process of change transforming poverty into life.
The work involved in this process has four main areas: Compassion, Discipleship, Transformation, and Self reliance. An example of this in action is Sergio:
Sergio was sitting exams last summer and he wanted to study at the National School of Music in
The first clarinet player of the Mexico Philharmonic came up to Sergio “I heard you play, you are going to be loved here, in the
“How are you going to keep yourself on the straight and narrow?”
“Well it’s probably up to these guys (introducing Saul and Pilar) they and the Armonia lot are family to me. I think they’ll keep me right on those things!”
Sergio now lives in
Pray for Armonia as they seek to transform fear into love, exclusion into reconciliation, force into compassion and poverty into life.
Saul and Pilar Cruz will be visiting Carley in October.