Over 600,000 Muslims and 500 Hindus have fled to Bangladesh from the Rakhine state of Myanmar, and it is reported more are waiting to flee. The influx started 25 August 2017 and such a sudden inflow of people has put Bangladesh under huge pressure, which could cause massive social and economic disorder. The situation is too devastating and is beyond manageable.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:31-46
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
Gracious God, we thank and praise you for the many ways you offer us to be your people – hands and feet, listening hearts and inventive minds - to bring your love and creative spirit of help and healing to your people. In a world that seems increasingly to find reasons to solve problems with threats and anger and violence, we cherish your gift of quiet hope of undoing our most complicated reasons to disagree.
We pray for your soothing touch in our hearts and heads when differences begin to define our relationships. Help us with your love and view of each of us, the possibilities of all of us, and your vision of a world of peace and appreciation, love and sharing for all. Lead us to live as Jesus taught us to do. May we live for you, for each other, for all your people and all our possibilities. May all come together in your love to shape the world as home and hope for all. We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus, Messiah, teacher, bringer of good news. AmenRead more
Interfidei is a Global Ministries partner in Indonesia. This newsletter features articles on art and culture, peacemaking, and the history of Interfidei.
In her seminal work, Texts of Terror (Fortress Press, 1984), Phyllis Trible gives us stories, a methodology, and a perspective for engaging with the Bible in ways that challenge us to admit: “Sad stories do not have happy endings” (p. 2). For example, Hagar is a woman of many “firsts”.
Hagar is a pivotal figure in biblical theology. She is the first person in scripture whom a divine messenger visits and the only person who dares to name the deity . . .[S]he is the first woman to bear a child [outside of Genesis 1-11], . . .the first woman to hear an annunciation, the only one to receive a divine promise of descendants, and the first to weep for her dying child. (p. 28)Read more
Admissions at Lady Doak College has reached an all-time high, with 1,454 new students admitted this school year. These students were selected from a pool of over 16,500 applicants, making Lady Doak College the most preferred college for young women in the region. Currently, there are a total of 4,784 students enrolled at the college, instructed by a teaching staff of 252. Over 40% of all students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. Furthermore, 35% of the student population is comprised of first-generation college learners.Read more
"I didn't expect that I could do anything as good as this!" - D. Babu, child at Family Village Farm
During a recent art project, each boy was given the opportunity to make their mark on the walls of the hostel. Whether it be drawing a design and painting it or learning that abstract thinking and imagination can actually be really fun and produce exciting ideas. This project has been a great way to get creative, share, work within a team and learn new ideas from each other. What was a dull and dingy room is now transformed with splashes of color into an exciting and fun space where the boys' artwork is permanently exposed.Read more
The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation was not forgotten in Hong Kong. Asian Christians may seem far removed from the events of Europe in 1517, yet churches of every background marked the anniversary year with worship services, theological discussions, seminars, publications, and even an overseas trip for unity. Let me highlight three events of the Hong Kong Christian Council that took place in 2017.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:14-30
Prayers for Thailand:
We give thanks, O God, for the late king of Thailand, who practiced mercy and inspired the love and respect of millions, of every religion. In a day when so many use their power for abuse and corruption, we thank you for a true human example of kindness and compassion. And now, we pray for the gifts of wisdom and stability in a nation thrown into uncertainty in the present moment. Let us turn to you and to your mercy, we pray through Jesus Christ. Amen.
This story was written for the October 2017 newsletter of the Diocese of Durgapur, Church of North India.
Arriving in India I did not know what to expect. Everything is so different–different sights, smells, sounds and textures; needless to say that all my senses were working and running at the same time. Coming from the “outside” I did see a lot of garbage in the streets, cows, pigs, goats, dogs and a lot of people and I mean a lot of people. I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed, very overwhelmed.Read more
A one-day conference of social workers and activists on the theme of "Growing Violence against Women and Children" was conducted on October 14, 2017 at the Dalit Women’s Centre, Kurichy. The conference started with expressing condolences at the sad demise of our two friends, Ms.K.J.Enayammal, social worker and Dr. V.C.Harris, Director School of Letters, M G University.Read more