Mission Stories

  • 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...

  • Going the Distance to Reach the Faithful

    By: Paul Turner Apr 12, 2017

    Congo_-_Turner_Spring_2017_IMG_4816.JPG16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that...Read more...

  • Staying Connected

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Apr 12, 2017

    Japan_-_J_Mensendiek_Spr_2017_P1102798.JPG“Life is never about being correct, but only and always about being connected. Just stay connected. At all costs stay connected.”   Richard Rohr

    These words give me a framework for God’s mission and how I want to live out God’s love for this world. If only we would stop building walls and dividing people. If only we could discover ways to cherish our common humanity, or to appreciate the inter-connectedness of all living...Read more...

  • Confronting Racism

    By: Scott Nicholson Apr 12, 2017

    Mexico_-_Nicholson_Spr_2017_pic1.jpgOur current president who just moved into government-subsidized housing in Washington, D.C. said during the campaign that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to the U.S.  I’ve met with many people here in Nogales that have just been deported from the U.S.  They’ve told me, often with tears in their eyes, that they made the risky journey to the U.S. in search of work so that they could provide for their families back...Read more...

  • The Hope of Salvation in Unsafe Situations: Safety for All

    By: Ricardo Mayol Apr 12, 2017

    Guatemala_-_Mayol_Spr_2017_large_DSC_3326.jpgIn November, I was traveling from San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador to Managua, Nicaragua in Ticabus. Arriving at the Salvadoran side of the border with Honduras, I was writing in my diary when a police officer entered the bus to make a check. I did not pay attention to him, because I was focused on my thinking.  I think that made him suspicious – he might have thought I was hiding...Read more...

  • Community Empowerment Training

    By: Magyolene Rodriguez Apr 12, 2017

    Nicaragua_-_Magyolene_Spr_2017_Image_2017-02-03.jpegOn January 26th and 27th, CIEETS Matagalpa's training continued the “Resilience to Climate Change” project, in which CIEETS works in collaboration with Lutheran World Relief in eleven communities that live on the coffee plantations in San Ramón-Matagalpa. I helped deliver the training with Lucrecia Mendoza Martínez.


  • The Value of English

    By: Marilyn Cooper Apr 11, 2017

    Ecuador_-_Cooper__Marilyn_Spr_2017_pic1.jpg“As a volunteer with FEDICE, I am making a difference in indigenous communities. The leaders of the future, the children, are getting an enhanced curriculum because FEDICE has the foresight to provide this service of teaching English in these communities. It is a gift for the next generation."


  • From Zero to Hero

    By: Anne Gregory Apr 11, 2017

    Thailand_-_Gregory_Spr_2017_IMG_0944_(2).JPGToday I went with a team of pastors and elders to visit a remarkable gentleman. Pastor Paul Smith is a retired missionary who used to hold the position I have recently been assigned to. Yes, my duties have just now changed. I am now beginning to work as a bi-lingual pastor in a Thai church. One of this congregation’s ministries is a Sunday morning worship service in English. Such a thing is not...Read more...

  • God's life-giving and life-renewing Spirit Revives our Souls

    By: Victor Makari Apr 11, 2017

    Jordon_-_Makari_Spr_2017_IMG_2598_(2)_(3).JPGDespite uncommonly cold temperatures that penetrate to the bones in these stone buildings, Bethlehem’s winter has been replete with celebrations: Christmas (December 25th for the Roman and Western Churches, according to the Gregorian calendar; January 6/7th for the Greek, Oriental and Armenian Orthodox Churches, according to the Julian calendar), Epiphany, the Baptism of our Lord and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Now we can look forward to the spring and its...Read more...

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