Mission Stories

  • Pray for South Africa on Sunday, July 23, 2017

    By: Scott Couper Jul 17, 2017

    Saf_2013.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43

    Prayers for South Africa:
    Gracious and loving God, our world is horribly broken and wounded. Due to systemic sin that manifests itself in racism, sexism and homophobia, even "saints" are inevitably and often unknowingly "sinners." None of us are without sin, especially as it regards the destruction of your Creation. Yet, your ministry teaches us that all are loved by God and can be reconciled to God. Inspire...Read more...

  • Pray for Mexico on Sunday, July 16, 2017

    By: Jerri Handy Jul 10, 2017

    2017_Mexico_Handy_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

    Prayers for Mexico:

    Creator God, if we are the sowers of seeds, you are surely the preparer of soil. Today we ask for awareness of your continued work and presence with us. We can sow seeds, but help us know when and where. We can sow seeds, but help us to remember the tending is also important. We ask that you work in the diplomatic processes between...Read more...

  • Drawing on Faith

    By: Jennifer Gingras Jun 20, 2017

    I was 13 when the Nakba began. Afterwards, some of the Palestinian Christians we knew were relocated by boat to the border of Lebanon. The churches looked after those of us who were internally displaced.


  • You Shall Not Pass: Christians in Jerusalem During Holy Week

    By: Jennifer Gingras Jun 20, 2017

    “Many peoples shall come and say,
    ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the
       to the house of the God of Jacob;
    that he may teach us his ways
       and that we may walk in his paths.’
    For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
       and the word of the
     Lord from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:3, NRSV


  • Give Them What They Want

    By: Jennifer Gingras Jun 19, 2017

    You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do...Read more...

  • Don't Kick a Man When He's Down!

    By: Jennifer Gingras Jun 19, 2017


    The First Demolition Site

    Today was a beautiful, blue sky summer day. My teammates and I had just finished a meeting with one of the analysts at the UNOCHA offices in Ramallah about all the humanitarian issues that we track together. As we boarded the bus back to Jerusalem, I thought to myself: "Gee, we haven't been to any house...Read more...

  • An Algebra Lesson

    By: Jennifer Gingras Jun 19, 2017


    Freshly painted playground
    at the Nabil Samwil School

    Algebra”, he said “is really just about making something that is broken, whole again”. Asam, a middle-aged Palestinian math and science teacher, dipped his bagel in hummus and thought for a moment. “I used to teach high school, but it was a struggle. The problem is that these kids have grown up...Read more...

  • Reflections on a trip to Turkey May-June 2017

    By: Kenneth (Ken) Frank Jun 15, 2017

    Turkey_-_Frank__Ken___Betty_pic1.jpgFive years after retiring to California from our appointed work in Turkey, we unexpectedly received an invitation to return. The Health and Education Foundation in Turkey asked us to join them on a weekend in May for the historical dedication of a new school campus (see photo). We had worked as colleagues with the Foundation for several years before our retirement, so we knew what this invitation meant, and we were...Read more...

  • The Call to Be Small

    By: Nishan Bakalian Jun 12, 2017

    John 6:5-15

    The following message was delivered at the Near East School of Theology's 85th Commencement on June 10, 2017

    The church today, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, is living perplexing and challenging days. No matter what the sphere of human existence – science, culture, the family, religion, the arts, education, technology, politics, economics, and on, and on, and on… – the terrain around the church is shifting to the point of unrecognizability, making it difficult for...Read more...

  • For Living Water

    By: Loren McGrail Jun 07, 2017

    Thirst. Have you ever been really thirsty? Have you been so thirsty you thought you would faint or die? Have you ever had really good clean water, water that is sweet to the taste? That not only quenches your thirst but fills you up?


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