Mission Stories

  • 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...

  • Pray for Sri Lanka on Sunday, June 25, 2017

    By: Lindley Kinerk Jun 19, 2017

    Sri_Lanka_2017_Lindley_Kinerk_07.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 10:24-39

    Prayers for Sri Lanka:

    God of all, we give thanks to be in Sri Lanka with people whose origins are deep in the past, and we are grateful for what their past teaches us all.
    We cherish our shared story of education, healthcare, faith and friendship.  We give thanks that we work with the Church of the American Ceylon Mission (CACM) to continue our shared story. Today the UCC...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...

  • Pray for Lebanon on Sunday, June 18, 2017

    By: Bethany Waggoner Jun 12, 2017

    Lebanon_2017_Bethany_Waggoner_03.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 (9-23)

    Prayers for Lebanon:

    Christ has no body but yours….
    Bind us together, O God of grace and mercy, as the one body of Christ. Heal the fissures and wounds which keep us apart.

    No hands, no feet on earth but yours...
    Lebanon_2017_Bethany_Waggoner_01.jpegLet us head the lesson offered to your disciples — to give freely of ourselves as...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?


  • Pray for Honduras on Sunday, June 11, 2017

    By: Maryjane Westra Jun 05, 2017

    Honduras_2017_Maryjane_Westra.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 28:16-20

    Prayers for Honduras:

    O God of Truth and Love, hold up the people of Honduras in their struggle for justice in a world of impunity. Embolden us as together we seek solutions to difficult problems. Hold us together in your arms as we seek safety in a scary world. Your love is not constrained by geographic location or language. Your wisdom is not limited by skin color or...Read more...

  • Shining Ever Brighter

    By: Judy Chan May 31, 2017

    Hong_Kong_-_Carrie_Lam_wins_election.JPGOn March 26th, Mrs. Carrie Lam was elected as the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong. She will assume office on July 1, 2017. Her win was no surprise. The former Chief Secretary was the overwhelming favorite among the 1200-member Selection Committee. Although many community and Christian groups supported another candidate, Mr. John Tsang, it was apparent that Mrs. Lam would emerge victorious with the support of powerful business and political sectors.


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