Missionary Stories

Are You a Chinese?

The other day I got a promotional call from a bank that I don’t have an account with. The bank wanted to offer me a special promotion. We all get these unsolicited sales calls from time to time. I decided the best way to get rid of them is to ask if they would speak to me in English. There was a pause at the other end. The caller asked, “Are you a Chinese?” I wondered if this was a requirement to get the special promotion. But I simply repeated my request. The caller hung up.

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Students Trained in Ecumenism and Social Transformation

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”(Romans 8:28).”

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Training People to Be a Human Rights Resource

Since September 2012, Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) has been holding a series of workshops to train some of its School of Peace (SOP) alumni to be resource people in the area of human rights. The third workshop in this series I conducted with another ICF staff person, Sopharak Hem, from Oct. 20 to 23 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with Buddhist, Christian and Muslim participants from the Philippines and Sri Lanka as well as the host country and a new ICF intern from the United States.

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Refugees Seeking Safe Place to Call Home

Hong Kong is no stranger to refugee and asylum seeker issues. Many residents today were refugees or children of refugees fleeing mainland China in the late 1940s when Hong Kong was still under British rule. More recently, Hong Kong was a Port of First Asylum for Vietnamese refugees from 1975-1998, receiving more than 200,000 people from Vietnam who were housed in both open and closed camps. During the final years of the Vietnamese refugee era, public opinion on the issue was overwhelmingly negative. There were complaints that the cost to taxpayers was too high, that most asylum seekers were economic migrants rather than ‘genuine’ refugees, and that the Vietnamese were involved in crime and illegal activities in the community.

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Prayer of Intercession for June 8, 2014

In the beginning, Lord, there was nothing until you formed the world. You created all living things, made them dependent upon one another for their life and sustenance and blessed your Creation as good. Today, Lord, we are the descendants of your Creation, the custodians of the ecological balance that sustains and nurtures all life, including ours.

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Understanding Marcos' Martial Law in the Philippines

Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986.  Keeping in mind we’re using the term “president” loosely.  His 21 years of rule was mired with corruption, human rights violations, severe expansion of the State, and unchecked pilfering of public funds and international foreign aid.  Prior to developing this notoriety, Marcos had made a name for himself by leading a vigilant and successful guerrilla force called Ang Maharlika (The Noble) against the Japanese occupation during World War II.

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