Mission Stories

  • 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.


  • 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...

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