Missionary Stories

Imagine

Imagine a life very different from yours and mine. Imagine being a teenage girl living in an African nation that is beset with violence and extreme poverty. Your parents are good and loving people, but the circumstances of life are overwhelming.

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Joyful Noises in Zambia

One of the aspects of Zambian worship, which has most struck me during my term of volunteer service here, has been the very rich musical life of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ).

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Agricultural Freedom Through Seedballing

Planting trees has proven over time to have immense advantages ranging from its economic, environmental, and health benefits for individuals and the community at large. However, due to the realization of the concept of deforestation the earth has lost more than half of its natural trees.

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Greetings

How do you write, with any real understanding, about a place you’ve only known for three weeks? As of this writing that’s how long we’ve been here. Yes, it’s been a great three weeks, but at this point, we’ve only had an initial meeting, or a mere introduction, to this beautiful place full of friendly people. So how do you share with others what things are like when you’re just at the greeting stage? And yet, that is it. That’s one thing we can share for sure about Lesotho after three weeks: we’ve had good greetings!

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“U Sabi Dance O”

It’s funny to think about how long it takes to become accustomed to living in a new environment. Upon arrival and throughout my first few months living in “the provinces” (as my urban Freetown friends refer to the Bombali District) I truly felt as if I were struggling to adjust to living the “suffer-posh” life as friends jokingly call life here. The inconsistent electricity, water, internet access, and my daily use of motorbikes, packet waters, bucket-bathing, and mosquito nets were all so foreign to me when I first moved to Makeni, Sierra Leone.  

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!UNO!

It was a hot day. Well, let’s face it, in Ghana every day is hot. On this day, however, the electricity had gone out rending any cooling effect our fans might give - void. The house heated up as the day continued and to seek some relief, we made a move to the front porch.

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Opportunities within my Role

Dear friends, partners and co-workers of Common Global Ministries,

It brings me no greater honor than to bring you up-to-date regarding my work at Kgolagano College, Gaborone, Botswana.

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Making Myself Available

When I wrote last time, I had just arrived in Zambia as a Global Ministries volunteer with my husband at the United Church of Zambia University.  I came to staff their functional but previously shuttered computer lab.  

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Trying to Walk the Tightrope

Something is always happening here at the United Church of Zambia University.  I have been sent to this Global Ministries mission partner to teach in the theology department.  I have been entrusted with a full teaching load this semester, so I am in contact with students all the time.  

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Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) Celebrate 5th Graduating Class from Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center

The Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center (the Women’s Center) opened in 2015 with the goal of providing a place where women can receive training in productive skills. Global Ministries supported the construction of the Women’s center to advance its core values. The Women’s Center recently celebrated its fifth graduation, and has now graduated more than 100 women from throughout the Equator Province.

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