Mission Stories

  • Modern Mission

    By: William O'Brien Apr 11, 2017

    Egypt_-_O_Brien_Spr_2017_20150612_135136_(2).jpgI struggle with the “M” word. I have been uncomfortable with the words “mission” and “missionary” for quite some time now. I’m not certain whether my hesitations stem from my Catholic friends’ confusion about the concept of a “mission trip,” studying African history as a student of religion, or reading The Poisonwood Bible a few too many times. However, I’m certain that, in accepting a position with the word “mission” in the title,...Read more...

  • Faith in Politics: A Reflection from Indonesia

    By: John Campbell-Nelson Apr 11, 2017

    Indonesia_-_CN_newsletter_photo_Spr_2017.jpgWe returned to the US just one day after demonstrations were being held at airports across the country to protest the Trump administration’s immigrant ban. It was difficult to breeze through customs and immigration at Logan International in Boston knowing that others, by the circumstance of birth alone, were being turned away. The body politic in this country— the ability to live together as members of one community—is being tested. Parallels with issues...Read more...

  • Bright Promises for Christian Hospital in Mungeli

    By: Teresa Henry Apr 11, 2017

    India_-_T_Henry_Spr_2017_Pic_1.jpgWe, at Christian Hospital Mungeli, have had a very productive start to the New Year. Let us take you briefly into our small community made up of a Hospital, a Nursing school and a Primary/Secondary School operated by the Church of North India.


  • Pray for Japan on Sunday, April 16, 2017

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Apr 10, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10

    Prayers for Japan:

    2017_japan_jeff_m.jpegLoving God,
    On Easter morning, we gather in anticipation of the newness that you will bring into our lives. Like Mary Magdalene, Peter and the Beloved disciple who stood before the tomb of Jesus, it is hard for us sometimes to take our eyes off of the pain, loss and despair so prevalent in our world today. We bow our heads as we...Read more...

  • Fukushima Still Fighting

    By: Martha Mensendiek Apr 03, 2017

    Japan_-_M_Mensendiek_Spr_2017_Terumi.JPGThis past year has been a tumultuous year for the world in so many ways. Japan has had its share of issues that are cause for deep concern. At the Bazaar Café, (our church’s coffee house ministry) we continue to be a venue for lectures and forums to inform about urgent and pressing social justice issues, as well as a place for people to come together in solidarity.


  • Pray for Israel/Palestine on Sunday, April 9, 2017

    By: Loren McGrail Apr 03, 2017

    2017_Jerusalem_palm_sunday_loren_mcgrail_02.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 21:1-11

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:

    Who is this?

    The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet…” (Mt. 21:8-11)

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  • Transitioning back to Lospalos

    By: Tom Liddle Mar 31, 2017

    East_Timor_-_T_Liddle_Spr_2017_pic4.jpg…we walk by faith and not by sight.  2 Cor. 5:7

    On Tuesday I was at one of the weekly home worship gatherings that form a core part of the pastoral ministry for the Protestant Church in Timor Leste(IPTL). The house where we were was typical of many in Timor Leste: a simple corrugated iron shack with a rock foundation and a dirt floor. Such houses don’t have windows so the host had...Read more...

  • Lent is a Time of Waiting

    By: Jerri Handy Mar 31, 2017

    Mexico_-_Handy_Spr_2017_pic1.jpgReflection transforms the march of time into productive moments of change. That is what I love about Lent. This season of waiting turns us toward reflection on many levels.


  • Adventures in Itineration

    By: Erik Free Mar 31, 2017

    Mozambique_-_Frees_Spr_2017_Bishop_Munoz.jpgWell, for those of you that don't know, Kim and I had to return a year early from Mozambique due to political unrest with armed fighting too close to where we were working in the rural areas. Thankfully, we have been able to remain in contact with our church partners and colleagues in the area around GoiGoi and know that they are keeping as safe as they can, though life is very difficult....Read more...

  • Marhaba "Greetings"

    By: Bethany Waggoner Mar 31, 2017

    Lebanon_-_Waggoner_Spr_2017_pic1.pngMany of you saw me this summer back in the States, but may not know that I’ve switched continents and am spending this year with the Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut.

    It was a whirlwind summer, and I continue to be grateful for the time to reconnect with friends and family. My five-year- old nephew was a little confused when I showed up at his door and not on the iPad...Read more...

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