In the March 2017 Newsletter, Family Village Farm celebrates graduations, renovations to the Home's campus, and recent awards for students from the King's Matriculation School in local art and science competitions.Read more
In the September 2016 newsletter, Family Village Farm highlights the successes of former residents and graduates, a recent Health Camp put on by the Christian Medical College Hospital, and more.Read more
What does an air-conditioned room with power-point presentations in an urban center have in common with a rural, dirt-floor church and a circle of plastic chairs? The two are both venues for grassroots theological education in Timor-Leste.Read more
Located in Bilaspur, India, Jackman Memorial Hospital and Nursing School is beginning a new project focusing on lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle medicine is a branch of medical research which uses data on patients’ nutritional habits, physical activity, amount of rest, and substance intake to recommend lifestyle changes to aid in the management of symptoms as well as decrease future risk of disease and to reduce stress. Jackman Memorial is one of the first medical facilities in India to adopt this new approach to personalized patient care, and the very first in the state of Chhattisgarh.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:24-39
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
God of all, we give thanks to be in Sri Lanka with people whose origins are deep in the past, and we are grateful for what their past teaches us all.
We cherish our shared story of education, healthcare, faith and friendship. We give thanks that we work with the Church of the American Ceylon Mission (CACM) to continue our shared story. Today the UCC celebrates its 60th birthday – and the CACM is celebrating the 200th year since the American Ceylon Mission began! With joy we celebrate the ways our churches change and work to meet the needs of a challenging future.
We pray for what is needed and what is being done to help Tamil people recover from the war that followed years of discrimination against them. With faith in you, O God, the CACM works to reclaim homes and businesses and to prepare tomorrow’s adults for progress and success.
As the world grows smaller and more crowded, we pray for meaningful connections. We need your guidance, O Holy One, and the strength and creativity to adapt to a changing world. Help us to judge well what is important for our future and what to leave in history as lessons.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
“No os olvidéis de la hospitalidad, porque por ella algunos, sin saberlo, hospedaron ángeles.” Hebreos 13:2
Una tarde lluviosa, Alberto, el pastor interino local, y yo compartimos la Biblia con los pocos jóvenes que vinieron. De repente, dos desconocidos se acercaron a la puerta de la iglesia. Greg, brasileño, y Joyce, de Malasia, viajaban por todo el sudeste asiático. Los dos viajaban con poco equipaje; cada uno con sólo una pequeña mochila.Read more
Lectionary 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.
We pray for the many small churches in rural Indonesia who seek an Advocate to stand by them in their struggle to protect the mountains, forests and streams you have entrusted to them. Strengthen our bonds in the spirit of partnership so that there will be no orphans in the Family of God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.Read more
Today I went with a team of pastors and elders to visit a remarkable gentleman. Pastor Paul Smith is a retired missionary who used to hold the position I have recently been assigned to. Yes, my duties have just now changed. I am now beginning to work as a bi-lingual pastor in a Thai church. One of this congregation’s ministries is a Sunday morning worship service in English. Such a thing is not so uncommon in Bangkok, but it’s a little unusual when most of those attending, and almost all of those ministering, are actually Thai by birth. Some westerners also attend the English service, as well as people from other Asian countries—last week there were around 20 Korean university students visiting from a Korean-speaking church in the area, and they came with a Korean missionary couple whom I already knew through connections with the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT), which is Global Ministries’ partner organization here. There are well-off people and people who have almost nothing.Read more
We 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 in Indonesia are striking: tolerance of difference and the role of faith in politics is being tested there as well.Read more