Missionary Stories

No Place Like Home

On June 30, two big events happened in Hong Kong. The first was the passing of the National Security Law for Hong Kong.

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Homeland Security

Dear Friends,

Hong Kong just cannot keep out of the news.

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Updates on China Partners Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

I officially started to work for East Asia and the Pacific office of Global Ministries in April this year as a coworker for China, and my work is based in St. Louis Missouri. I am so excited to have this opportunity to serve Global Ministries and mission partners in China. The area executive Mr. Derek Duncan and I planned to visit China earlier this year, but we have to postpone this visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we couldn’t physically meet our mission partners in China at this moment, I kept in touch with China Christian Council, Amity Foundation, Shaanxi and Henan Provincial Christian Council, the seminaries, and friends through social media and we learned from each other.

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Wisdom from Isaiah

If you listen to the news often the stories will ring out with a few catch phrases: “unprecedented times”, “abundance of caution”, “unforeseen circumstances” and so many more. Reading it can be an overwhelming moment where it seems like nothing is stable with the earth constantly shifting under our feet. Instead of standing on solid ground the sands of incessant swirling and falling cause us to stumble.

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Arriving in Fiji

I have had the opportunity to work with the Pacfic Council of Churches in Suva, Fiji during these past few weeks, and have continued to plod along through work even as the island has been put under pressure by the threat of COVID-19. Throughout these stressful times PCC has remained active in local communities in a variety of ways and remaining involved in as many ways as they could conceive. I suppose I should be going at this more narratively rather than starting in the middle. 

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Amidst Uncertainty

During this pandemic there are few things that I do routinely. The most consistent thing might be the inconsistency on how I approach each day. While I do many of the same things or activities each day they happen at all sorts of different hours with varying intensities.

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Taking Root and Growing

I have heard many people talk about wishing that they could go on a cruise or live in a tropical paradise. Many have wished they had the opportunity to own an island getaway. And now here I am living in an island paradise.

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The Value of Dignity

This is my second year working at the J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, where I serve as chaplain and associate professor of Christian Studies. My family still lives four hours away in the city of Kobe. When my son graduates from high school this June the family will move to Tokyo. I am very much looking forward to all of us living together again.

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Learning Across Borders

Every year, I take my seminar students to the Philippines as part of their course in social work at Doshisha University. For many of the students it is their first experience in a country where most of the population is poor.

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Responding in Love

On January 12, 2020, after 43 years since its last eruption (1977), the Taal volcano erupted. An Alert Level 4 was issued and residents within a 14-kilometer radius were ordered to evacuate. This affected towns surrounding the volcano in the province of Batangas and about 459,300 people.

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