Mission Stories

  • Values you Call Us to Embrace

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis May 18, 2017

    Prayer of Intercession
    Kowloon Union Church
    May 7, 2017

    Lord of Life, justice, peace, love, compassion and kindness are the values that you call us to embrace through the teachings and ministry of your Son to live together in community. These values though are sadly in short supply in our world today.


  • Earth Day in Hong Kong

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis May 18, 2017

    Prayer of Intercession
    Kowloon Union Church
    April 23, 2017

    Lord, last Sunday we celebrated your resurrection and life that springs from death during Easter.

    Today we continue to celebrate life with yesterday’s commemoration of Earth Day as we give thanks for the gifts of clean air, water and soil that you have given us to sustain our lives. We often take these gifts for granted, however, and abuse this inheritance of life that has been given to...Read more...

  • Surrounded by Mountains

    By: Mark Behle May 18, 2017

    Lesotho_-_Behle_May_2017_animals.jpgBut the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys
    that drinks rain from heaven.” (Deuteronomy 11:11

    In the Deuteronomy quote above Moses is describing the Promised Land to the Israelites but the picture he paints easily conjures up Lesotho for me.  The mountain areas of the country generally receive more rainfall than the lowlands and often glisten in the sunlight from a recent...Read more...

  • Pray for Indonesia on Sunday, May 21, 2017

    By: John Campbell-Nelson May 15, 2017

    2017_indonesia_01.jpgLectionary Selection:  John 14:15-21

    Prayers for Indonesia

    O Holy One of Truth and Love, we long for the Advocate that embodies a Spirit of Truth. We are so often confused by claims about truth and falsehoods, facts and fake news, that we forget our mission to love and care for all. May Your acts of love and compassion inspire us to nurture our local communities as well as national and international ones.

    ...

  • Legacy of a Bishop

    By: Elena Huegel May 09, 2017

    Mexico_-_Elena_y_Cara_apr_2017_(2).jpgjTatic Samuel, as he was lovingly known to all in this region of Mexico, was the visionary Bishop of the Catholic Church in San Cristobal de las Casas from 1959 to 1999. jTatic was the title the Mayan descendants, the Original Peoples of Chiapas, gave him and means "our dear father", a sign of respect and appreciation for his tireless work on behalf of the marginalized and the poor.  There are many ways...Read more...

  • Nevertheless We Persist

    By: Loren McGrail May 08, 2017

    Mark 7:24-30

    I am not interested in picking up the crumbs of compassion from the table
    from someone who considers himself my master.
    I want the full menu of rights
    Desmond Tutu

    I love this Gospel story plain and simple because it features both a bold and persistent woman and a Jesus who sometimes doesn’t get it right away but is able to change.  I have come to love this difficult story of protest...Read more...

  • Pray for Hungary on Sunday, May 14, 2017

    By: Kearstin Bailey May 08, 2017

    Hungary_2017_Kearstin_Bailey_03.jpegLectionary Selection: John 14:1-14

    Prayers for Hungary:

    Loving God, Creator of the heavens and earth, we come before you today in awe and thanksgiving knowing that you are always present with us. Despite the hardships that our world faces, we know you are with us as we strive to embody your radical love. As we struggle at times to discern our path in life, may we always turn to you for guidance.

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  • Pray for Paraguay on Sunday, May 7, 2017

    By: Amelia Casillas May 01, 2017

    Paraguay_2017_Amelia_Casillas_01.jpgLectionary Selection: John 10:1-10

    Prayers for Paraguay:

    We give glory and praise to the God of open doors and abundant life for the Paraguayan people. Thank you, God, because we have witnessed your intervention with the indigenous communities, where you have been refuge, safety, and salvation. Thank you for the believing people who hold this Ministry where we can reach a town that needs medical care, support, and food security. Give us...Read more...

  • Pray for Lesotho on Sunday, April 30, 2017

    By: Mark Behle Apr 24, 2017

    2017_lesotho_mark_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 24:13-35

    Prayers for Lesotho:

    Dear God,

    Today we lift up in prayer the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA). We give thanks for their efforts in working for peace and reconciliation to bridge the political divisions within the country. We give thanks for the success of their annual Synod meeting 2017_lesotho_mark_02.jpegand pray that your blessing will be upon the newly-elected...Read more...

  • Pray for Nicaragua on Sunday, April 23, 2017

    By: Magyolene Rodriguez Apr 17, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: John 20:19-31

    Prayers for Nicaragua:

    2017_nicaragua_magy_01.jpegDuring the time of reflection that brings Holy Week, we remember the many paths that Jesus walked in his journey; trails and stories that maybe many of us will never know or imagine. On this day of prayer for Nicaragua, I would like you to reflect on a moment when you have felt alone, a moment where you saw no way out of their problems,...Read more...

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