Mission Stories

  • Pray for the Dominican Republic on Sunday, February 19, 2017

    By: Toni Reynolds Feb 13, 2017

    Dominican_republic_2017_Toni_Reynolds_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 5:38-48

    Prayers for the Dominican Republic:

    Holy God,

    We are grateful for the many blessings you provide. From spiritual health to physical sustenance, we know that we are always receiving your grace in one form or another, for this we thank you. As we journey together to build a healthy future, teach us new ways to practice these gospel lessons. We pray for our brothers and sisters at Servicios...Read more...

  • Pray for Ecuador on Sunday, February 12, 2017

    By: Cara McKinney Feb 06, 2017

    Sua_1.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 5:21-37

    Prayers for Ecuador:

    Loving God,

    As we go about our normal days we often forget to go above and beyond what is required of us. We remember the laws but we forget what it means to truly live for and by your name. We tithe and make offerings to our churches but we forget to volunteer or support another person in need. God, please help us to know...Read more...

  • Febrero 2017: Desconectarse para conectarse

    By: William O'Brien Feb 01, 2017

    “Mirad cuán bueno y cuán delicioso es habitar los hermanos juntos en armonía! “ Salmo 133:1

    Tuve la desgracia de extraviar mi teléfono en un microbús. Esto no es una situación poco común en el caótico mundo del transporte público de El Cairo. Luego de unos días de luto por mi computadora tamaño de bolsillo, lo que había en el fondo superó rápidamente el tamaño de la nube de tormenta.


  • Settling in to Our New Normal in Lospalos

    By: Monica Liddle Jan 31, 2017

    Well, America has a new president, and it’s a new year.  Here in East Timor, we have settled in to our new normal here in Lospalos, none too soon.  It has been a more painful than usual transition period for us, despite returning to a familiar place.  We did expect a rocky path back to Timor.  But as you know, when you are actually experiencing things, not just imagining how they might be, well, reality sometimes hurts.


  • Pray for Swaziland on Sunday, February 5, 2017

    By: Stewart Barker Jan 31, 2017

    Untitled.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 5:13-20

    Prayers for Swaziland:

    Welcome to the new year of 2017! I would like to share a prayer…

    We start fresh and anew in 2017 and as the children go back to school I pray for a blessed new year for Swaziland. They say 2017 is a time of action and success. I pray that the Kukhany’Okusha Zion Church and fellow members be the salt of good taste. I...Read more...

  • Getting Settled in Chiapas, Mexico

    By: Elena Huegel Jan 24, 2017

    On my first morning in the bunk room at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN), the organization I will be working with in the city San Cristobal de las Casas, state of Chiapas, México, a familiar buzzing sound greets me on my way to the bathroom.  I veer off course, hunting through the flowers, my eyes flicking back and forth as I know I will only catch a glimpse of the sound-maker.  It is there and then in...Read more...

  • A Familiar Christmas

    By: Kahala Cannon Jan 23, 2017

    Korea_-_Cannon_Dec_2016_IMG_7838.JPGIt’s that time of the year!  Thermal underwear, heavy winter coats, and hot chocolate... The freezing, cold temperatures, coupled with a strong gush of wind and the occasional slight snow, signals that winter is here!  With the presence of winter, it begins to look a lot like Christmas.


  • Warm Holiday Greetings

    By: Donald Westra Jan 23, 2017

    Honduras_-_Westra_Dec_2016_DSCN0171.JPGLet every heart prepare Him room …   Issac Newton

    I bet you can’t read these words without singing. 

    Advent is all about preparing; preparing for birth, planning for the celebration of new life, making arrangements for family celebrations, baking cookies and cleaning out the chimney for St. Nicholas.


  • Pray for Mozambique on Sunday, January 29, 2017

    By: Erik Free Jan 23, 2017

    Mozambique_2016_Erik_Free_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 5:1-12

    Prayers for Mozambique:
    God of peace, we pray today for our sisters and brothers in Mozambique. We ask your hand of blessing to continue to rest gently upon their country, to inspire your peace in their leaders and their people. May our partner church, the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, continue to be inspired by your love in their work as peacemakers and conduits of your blessing in...Read more...

  • Activities from Olga Yan Pardo

    By: Olga Yan-Pardo Jan 18, 2017

    Ecuador_-_Nov_2016_FEDICE_pic1.jpgRomerillos, a community in Cotopaxi, has lovely natural resources surrounding it which beautify it such as the Cotopaxi and the Ilinizas volcanos, and the people are kind and so warm in spite of the cold climate.


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