Mission Stories

  • Fight for Life not Death

    By: Loren McGrail May 30, 2017

    Lebanon_-_McGrail_Memorial_Day_2017.jpgDeuteronomy 30:19-20
    Matthew 5: 1-12

    In 1946 Sargent Paul McGrail landed on the Normandy Coast along with thousands of other American and allied soldiers. Not much is known about what he did during the war because he didn’t talk about it but he must have done something heroic because there was a bronze medal in his top drawer in a velvet box.


  • Strain and Stress, Day by Day

    By: Nishan Bakalian May 30, 2017

    Lebanon_-_Bakalians_-Iraqi_Armenian_Conference_IMG_4401_(2).jpegYesterday morning, after we told an acquaintance here that we had left the United States to live and work in Lebanon, he told us bluntly, “You made a big mistake. Are there no churches in America that you came here? This country will not straighten out. Not for a long time.” Later, at a community event we attended in the evening, we told another couple the exact same thing we had said in...Read more...

  • Pray for the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday, June 4, 2017

    By: Paul Turner May 29, 2017

    Tuner_drc_worship_03.jpgLectionary Selection: John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39

    Prayers for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

    “Breathe on me, Breadth of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love the way you love, and do what you would do”.  (Edwin Hatch, 1878)

    Lord, thank you for pouring out your spirit on all who receive it, all over this world. The Holy Spirit is a gift from you sent to help, comfort...Read more...

  • 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.

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  • 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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