Mission Stories

  • Pray with East Timor on Sunday, October 1, 2017

    By: Tom Liddle Sep 25, 2017

    East_Timor_Vijay_DSCN1927.JPGLectionary Selection: Matthew 21:23-32

    Prayers for East Timor:

    Merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. By the power of your Spirit you send us into the world to witness to the grace and love revealed in your Son. But quite often we do not go. You work vindication and justice for the oppressed and call us to do the same. But quite often we serve you...Read more...

  • Pray with South Africa on Sunday, September 24, 2017

    By: Susan Valiquette Sep 18, 2017

    IMG_0080DawnBarnes.JPGLectionary Selection: Matthew 20:1-16

    Prayers for South Africa:

    Dear God,

    Thank you for your outpouring of grace. You are kind and generous to all your children. Teach us to see others with your eyes and be just as forgiving. Thank you for the healing that results when we are quick to forgive. Bless and keep South Africa and her people during these years of mending the wounds of injustice. In Jesus’...Read more...

  • Pray with Israel/Palestine on Sunday, September 17, 2017

    By: Victor Makari Sep 11, 2017

    Masada__Dead_Sea__Qumran_2007_Peter_Makari_011.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 18: (21-35)

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:

    Gracious God, your Word exposes our predisposition to retaliate, seek vengeance and pay evil for evil. Jesus’ picture of the Kingdom to which you invite our citizenship convicts our individual and collective consciences. By his sacrifice, you have shown us the breadth, depth and richness of your mercy, and have granted us forgiveness of all our sins. By the power of your Holy...Read more...

  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

    By: Global Ministries Aug 28, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 16: (21-28)

    Prayers for Mexico:


    Dear Lord: Help us to walk alongside those who are being crucified daily in the midst of a suffering people. Accompany us as we live today being aware of your presence, Jesus, in every human being, in every circumstance. Let us find you in the walks and ways of the borders, where constant threats, thirst, and hunger are part of the challenge of...Read more...

  • In the Heat of the Summer

    By: Nishan Bakalian Aug 23, 2017

    Lebanon_08_2017_Church_Yard.jpgIt has been an intense, tragic and difficult summer in many places in the world. But here in the sweltering heat of Beirut, teams of young people, in their teens, twenties and thirties, are spending week upon week serving children in refugee camps, overnight conferences and full-day Vacation Bible School programs throughout the city as well as the country. With energy, commitment and creativity, these young people start their planning work months...Read more...

  • Pray for Venezuela on Sunday, August 27, 2017

    By: Carmelo Alvarez Aug 21, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

    Prayers for Venezuela:

    Jornada_Medica__Sanarito-Portuguesa__Nov_10-17_2002_099.jpgOh, God, as we confess that you are the foundation of our faith and the foundation of the church, give us the strength and the power to be active agents of your reign in our world.

    In times of conflict, confrontation, and despair in Venezuela, grant that the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela could be an agent of reconciliation and...Read more...

  • Pray for Guatemala on Sunday, August 20, 2017

    By: Ricardo Mayol Aug 14, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

    Prayers for Guatemala:

    guatemala---1.jpgJesus, you heard your Father in the voice of a woman whom your countrymen despised; help us to hear your voice today in the words of those considered not worthy to eat at the table; move us to share the hope of a humane world. That in the voice of the excluded, we will feel called to share our food...Read more...

  • Palermo Perspectives: Having to Think about / Deal with Race

    By: Michael W. Caine Aug 10, 2017

    As part of my Global Ministries placement this summer, I am to share my reflections. So every couple of weeks, I will also send a “Palermo Perspective” to Old First, sort of a report since you all are making my summer service possible.


  • Planting Trees and Growing Faith

    By: Cara McKinney Aug 08, 2017

    San_Cristobal_-_Planting_trees_farm.jpgOn Saturday, we planted trees.

    We met at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN), one of Global Ministries’ partners here in San Cristobal, at 7:30 a.m. We loaded around 200 trees into the back of a pickup truck, loaded ourselves into the back of the pickup truck, and drove 30 minutes on a highway and 30 minutes more on patchy dirt and gravel roads to arrive at the stunning farm of...Read more...

  • The Taste of Honey Brings Hope to Lotumbe

    By: Paul Turner Aug 07, 2017

    The Development Office for the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) is constantly seeking new ways to generate income for rural posts. These posts operate programs that serve the population with healthcare and education. Local residents also need additional means of generating income to support their families. To meet these needs, the Disciples of Christ post at Lotumbe has initiated a project to train members of the community in beekeeping. Honey is widely consumed in the Equator Province,...Read more...

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