Lectionary Selection: Matthew 17:1-9
Prayers for Thailand:
God of change,
When our life gets tangled by the mess of darkness we look to you for a vision of freedom.
Help us take responsibility. Empower us to do your work in the midst of injustice, death, failure, and defeat.
We ask that you hold the people of Thailand who grieve the loss of their former King Rama IX in October 2016 closely and give them the grace of the Holy Spirit to move through a time of uncertainty and transformation with love.
Accompany the people of Thailand who experience the long term reality of refugee plight and seek ways to provide aid to situations all hoped would be temporary.
We pray for your mercy and wisdom for all of these things through Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, whose power uplifts us. Amen.
Well, America has a new president, and it’s a new year. Here in East Timor, we have settled in to our new normal here in Lospalos, none too soon. It has been a more painful than usual transition period for us, despite returning to a familiar place. We did expect a rocky path back to Timor. But as you know, when you are actually experiencing things, not just imagining how they might be, well, reality sometimes hurts.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 1: 29-42
Prayers for India:
God of love, thank you for your presence in our lives. You know we are not perfect yet endlessly you grant us grace and mercy. At times it becomes challenging not to unintentionally question our faith as we see so many injustices that affect our brothers and sisters in Mungeli and around the world. Often it becomes hard to process causing us to wonder why there is such a divide between gender, geographical location, and many other factors. Unfortunately, in India the lack of care for women is profound. Many have children in their teens, are not allowed an education, and are used as laborers from childhood. Countless women are rarely if ever treated as valuable members of society, many rural women don’t believe they are valuable and are content with their place in society. Lord, as we come across moments of question, when we ask why things like this are happening around the world, and why we are so fortunate; please direct us away from questioning why, and lead us to serving where we can. Let us realize that by questioning why or how you could allow so many injustices to take place around the world we in turn accidentally affect our faith in negative ways. Help us have the trust of John and the disciples who had complete faith in Jesus, following him wherever he led and did his works without question. Be with us as we see and hear so many things that may leave our faith shaken. Guide us down paths that will lead us to best help our brothers and sisters and let us not be afraid to go down the road that you have set forth for us. In your precious name we pray, Amen.
“En todo os he enseñado que, trabajando así, se debe ayudar a los necesitados, y recordar las palabras del Señor Jesús, que dijo: Más bienaventurado es dar que recibir.” Hechos 20:35
Compartir y recibir son aspectos importantes en la vida del Hospital Cristiano Mungeli (CHM). Compartir una destreza, una historia, una relación con Cristo o una experiencia parece muy natural para quienes adornan ambos campus.Read more
Wait with anticipation is the age-old theme of Advent. As a child I (Karen) remember waiting with anticipation for Christmas morning when my brother, sister, and I would fly downstairs to piles of bright gifts beneath a spruce covered in glitter and glass ornaments. Sunday School had taught me there was a connection between God’s gift of love in the birth of Jesus and our giving gifts to one another. But in a youngster’s imagination, that meaning became murky—there was always a disconnect between the message of a baby born in a stinky manger (notice how the stink is never mentioned; surely it stank as any livestock owner knows) and the glitter of toys.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 3:13-17
Prayers for Indonesia:
O Great Shepherd, unite us in prayer with the churches of Indonesia as they seek to discern and bear witness to your Word of hope and salvation. Be with our brothers and sisters gathered today in worship across the islands—in the militarized regions of Papua, next to chemically-saturated rice paddies in Java, longing to be heard amidst the cosmopolitan confusion of Jakarta, struggling to survive on the parched plains of south Timor, resting from their labor on palm oil plantations in Kalimantan. Grant these your sheep, guidance for their journeys, protection from exploitation, and comfort in the face of loss and despair. We pray for the Church of West Timor. May its new leadership encourage repentance, heal wounded relationships, reform broken systems, instill hope and be strengthened by your grace. We pray for the Christian University in West Timor. Bless its teachers and students that they may grow together through research, study, reflection, and community service. Help especially the Theology Faculty and its Truth and Reconciliation Team as it seeks to break a long tradition of campus violence. O God, make your presence known in all these places that your sheep may be saved. Amen.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
It's Christmas, O Holy One. We give thanks that the season and the day are here. For two thousand years the birth day of Jesus has been a time to remember; celebrate and remember your gifts of love and hope, peace and joy. We remember also what our world is like now; wars, natural disasters, climate change, greed and poverty, food enough for all people but not enough desire to send it where it is needed.
Too many needs unmet, too many tragedies unavoided.
And still this is the season of hope, peace, love and joy.
Perhaps your greatest gift to the world is not giving up on us . . . every year at Christmas your gift comes again and we are refreshed, renewed, and remember hope, peace, love and joy, and we give thanks for your gift. Amen
An essay from a high school student entitled - Accomplishment of Core Values
Tibetan Children’s Village
Story of an Art Student
Tibetan Children’s Village