Missionary Stories

Update from Italy

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our brother, whose family became sojourners in a time of violent unrest.

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Welcome to Italy

In a city of many significant staircases, the Spanish Steps represent one of the best known.  Sweeping grandly down from the church of Santissima Trinità dei Monti to Bernini’s Barcaccia fountain, this has been a place of transit and meeting since the eighteenth century. 

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Report #2 from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Report #2 from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dzemal Bijedic University

June 9, 2019

"I suspect that the wars of Yugoslav succession are now over. I am not yet convinced that the stability of the Balkans has been secured."

                -- Misha Glenny

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Holy Week in Scicli

The Holy Week procession on Tuesday evening carries a diorama of Christ on the cross through the streets of Scicli.

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Welcoming the Stranger and Loving the Neighbor

The world today is experiencing the highest level of human migration in history. Refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and migrants are moving throughout the world in larger numbers than ever before – many due to forced migration and others due to choice.

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Samaritans on the Route of the Migrants

The following is a reflection from Dr. Paolo Naso. He is a member of the Waldensian Church, a partner of Global Ministries and director of Mediterranean Hope Refugees and Migrants Program of the Federation of Protestant churches in Italy, also a partner.

Dr. Naso is spending his sabbatical as a mission co-worker in residence, spending time at United Theological Seminary with his wife Angela researching, lecturing, and itinerating around the United States with Disciple and UCC churches and church-related agencies.

The art in this piece is from Francesco Piobbichi, who also works at Mediterranean Hope. He started drawing as anti-stress therapy for his humanitarian work in Lampedusa (Sicily), Lebanon, Morocco and on the ship Open Arms.


 

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Give Back the Song: Choose Another Way Home

Loren1.jpgMathew 2: 1-12

Rev. Loren McGrail
Plymouth Congregational Church UCC Seattle, Washington

January 6, 2019

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A Present Church Standing in an Ongoing Crisis

These past months have been eye-opening months for me in the work I do in Morocco.

But what do I do exactly?

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Advent in Morocco

My first Christmas in Morocco, last year, was quite emotional.

Here’s what I mean by that: I am ministering in a beautiful country, rich in history and culture, which is also a Muslim country which is not celebrating the birth of our Lord, yet acknowledges His ministry as a prophet.  

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Wolverhampton experience

One of my first experiences in the UK was going to a festival a few hours away with my supervisor’s family. We saw a comedian in a giant circus tent, who asked the audience to raise their hand and say where they are from. I shot my hand up, eager to talk about the location of my new home. But upon saying that I am from Chicago and now live in Wolverhampton, the tent erupted with laughter. The comedian continued to joke, questioning why an American would go to Wolverhampton instead of London or, frankly, anywhere else. 

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