Mission Stories

  • 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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  • Pray for Paraguay on Sunday, May 7, 2017

    By: Amelia Casillas May 01, 2017

    Paraguay_2017_Amelia_Casillas_01.jpgLectionary Selection: John 10:1-10

    Prayers for Paraguay:

    We give glory and praise to the God of open doors and abundant life for the Paraguayan people. Thank you, God, because we have witnessed your intervention with the indigenous communities, where you have been refuge, safety, and salvation. Thank you for the believing people who hold this Ministry where we can reach a town that needs medical care, support, and food security. Give us...Read more...

  • 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...

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