Mission Stories

  • 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...

  • Take care of these things

    By: Donald Westra Mar 31, 2017

    Honduras_-_Westra_Spr_2017_pic1.jpgA lot of people were now becoming followers of the Lord. But some of the ones who spoke Greek started complaining about the ones who spoke Aramaic. They complained that the Greek-speaking widows were not given their share when the food supplies were handed out each day.


  • Seeds of Peace in Asia

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Mar 30, 2017

    Hong_Kong_-_Bruce_Spr_2017_UCC5_Int_08_02-03-17_Photo_1.jpgOur interfaith youth network for justpeace, Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF), held our annual program committee meeting for several days in January in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to plan our activities for this year. The main activity once again will be the School of Peace (SOP) for three months beginning in July that will be held near Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for up to 20 youth between the ages of 20 and 30 from throughout Asia. SOP...Read more...

  • We are thirsty. "Give us water to drink."

    By: Jeanette Salley Mar 30, 2017

    Nicaragua_-_Salley_Spring_2017_thumb_IMG_1025_1024.jpgExodus 17:2

    During this Lenten season as we focus on our relationship with God, I would like to provide you with the opportunity to examine how our Nicaraguan sisters and brothers of the Moravian Church focus on their relationship with God.


  • Moving Forward - and Back - to Beirut

    By: Nishan Bakalian Mar 30, 2017

    Lebanon_-_Bakalian_Spring_2017_IMG_6648.jpgIt felt more like a homecoming than a new arrival as we stepped out of the Beirut airport’s customs area and heard a cheer go up from a small crowd holding floral bouquets, gathered to welcome us to Lebanon. Since our arrival only 2 days ago, our time has been filled with reacquainting ourselves with friends and colleagues we have known over the past 34 years, ever since our first excursion to Lebanon.

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  • Breaking Down the Walls of Division

    By: Judy Chan Mar 30, 2017

    Hong_Kong_-_Chan_2017_Walls_that_divide.jpgOne of the busiest seasons for the Hong Kong Christian Council is during the month of January. This is the time when we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity together with churches all over the world. The theme for 2017 is “Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us” based on 2 Corinthians 5:14. The materials were prepared by Christians in Germany in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.


  • Listen to the Trees

    By: Elena Huegel Mar 30, 2017

    Mexico_-_Huegel_Spring_2017_IMG_1650.JPGAs I was setting up my new house in San Cristobal de las Casas, I listened to an audio book I had wanted to enjoy for a long time.  The following passage caught my attention:


  • Not Losing Heart

    By: Mark Behle Mar 28, 2017

    Lesotho_-_Behle_Spring_2017_inside_old_building.jpgIn 2 Corinthians 4 Paul writes about being “…pressed on every side, but not crushed” and “struck down, but not destroyed.”  Despite his many sufferings he did not lose heart.  These words seem appropriate to describe the situation at the Mantsonyane Parish of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) located up in the central mountains of Lesotho.  That is where Mafa Secondary School is located.  This small school currently consists of...Read more...

  • Witnessing Healing, Growth, and New Life

    By: Susan Valiquette Mar 28, 2017

    South_Africa_-_Susan_Spring_2017_IMG_5099_(2).JPGInanda Seminary

    The joy comes in participating and witnessing healing, growth and new life.  This is the core of the message of Jesus that is fully revealed during the Season of Lent and Easter.  John 10:10 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.


  • The Cows are Coming, the cows are coming

    By: Phyllis Byrd Mar 28, 2017

    Kenya_-_Byrd_Spr_2017_Cows.jpg“I will plant trees in the barren desert cedar and the acacia, myrtle, olive cypress, fir and pine”
                                                                     Isiah 41:19 (Living Translation)

    It was a day like any normal day in December. I was on my way to work in the morning driving through one of the beautiful areas in Nairobi. The landscapes, the houses and the manicured lawns could have been on the cover of “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine....Read more...

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