October 2015: Touching the Heart of the Dragon

He awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be Still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 

The second day of our church-wide retreat, we went on a sightseeing trip around the city of Trang. First was what looked like a peaceful boat ride in small rowboats. We entered a cave which quickly got smaller and tighter, and the boatman told us that we were going through the “belly of the dragon.” We needed to take off our shoes and lie flat on our backs for at least 20 minutes. The boat hit the sides of the “dragon’s belly” countless times, the boatmen were lying down, too, pulling us through by grabbing the rock above us or on either side of us. Then the dragon “bit” some of us in the stomach, including me—that is, we had to kind of scrape our bellies past the rock overhead.  Just as the cave began to widen again, the boatman told us to touch a big round rock hanging down on the right side of the boat, the “dragon’s heart,” he said. Not long after that we started to feel a breeze and see a little more light, and then we glided out of the “dragon’s mouth.”

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September 2015: We are One Family

Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by God. Ephesians 3: 15

Here at the YWCA of Palestine, we are celebrating the completion of our report on the international conference on Women’s Freedom, Peace, and Dignity in Palestine. The conference was attended by people from all around the world who are working on issues related to women and violence and women’s leadership.  A number of staff and board members from Global Ministries as well as the Executive Minister of the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries attended this historic conference and helped contribute to its success. 

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August 2015: Akpekakaka

Let the kindness of the Lord our God be over us. Make the work of our hands last. Psalm 90:17 CEB

Akpekakaka means thank you greatly in Ghana. The students at the school are so grateful for the many ways Global Ministries has supported them in school and at home. I am teaching English in the Activity Centre, a two-year program for teenage mothers located on the grounds of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Headquarters in Ho, Ghana. The program has 10 – 15 young women from around West Africa every year and focuses heavily on skills training and entrepreneurship so graduates can support themselves and their family.

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July 2015: Giving and Receiving

I’m a friend to everyone who honors you, O God, and to all who keep your precepts.  Psalm 119:63 CEB

The Latin America Biblical University (UBL) was my home for three months as a volunteer earlier this year. The University is a shining light for Protestant students to explore innovative and challenging perspectives of the Bible. In the midst of conservative tendencies in churches throughout Latin America, students at UBL are challenged to re-encounter the Good News of the Gospel.

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June 2015: Black Robes and Palm Oil

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18: 2,3

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May 2015: Connected Through Christ

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We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose. Romans 8:28

The first ten students enrolled in the Studies of Ecumenism and Social Transformation (SEST) program at the Graduate School of Theology at Hanshin University graduated last June. The students, from six Asian countries, each earned a Masters in Theology degree after writing and defending their master’s thesis.

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April 2015: Hope in the Sharing of Bread

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When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him… Luke 24:30, 31a

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March 2015: Making Peace Real

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Marzo 2015: Una paz real

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

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February 2015: Disappeared But Not Forgotten

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January 2015: Visitors are Blessings

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You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.  Exodus 22:21

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