Missionary Stories

Going to Deir Yasin to Remember

Insanity housed
upon atrocity
generations ago
so nothing should show
so no one would know
when those who witnessed are gone.

Randa Hamwil Duwaji

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Time, like an ever-rolling stream… and here it is Lent/Spring already!

Street and tree decorations stayed up in our town until mid-February, insuring that the spirit of the Feast of the Nativity continued for Christians celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian, Coptic and Ethiopian, Byzantine, and Armenian calendars!

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A crucial juncture for Armenia… A call to pray for a peaceful transition

Yerevan_Protests_2018-5-2.jpegArmenia is currently witnessing an unprecedented expression of the public’s will, as tens of thousands of people (in a country of less than 3 million) have poured out into the streets of the capital, Yerevan, something not seen since the vote for independence 1980s.

What is the reason that youth and the elderly, young families, soldiers, clergy, workers in the public sector, school children and more have paralyzed this country with their peaceful demonstrations? They are standing against the quarter-century rule of the current political majority in parliament, a party whose corruption and abuses of power have overshadowed any benefit it may have brought to this small, blockaded and beleaguered country. Its stagnant economy is controlled by a few rich oligarchs, its natural environment is being exploited with few controls, its people are emigrating from the country at the rate of thousands per year, and its youth and adults are disgusted by the lack of concern for this decline by those who in power who are enriching themselves while so many struggle in poverty.

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Zanzan’s Secret

My husband and I have been sent to Morocco by Global Ministries and have arrived in October 2017. We both have our separate task. One of the things I do here is work with the Comité d’Entraide Internationale - CEI (International Aid Committee) of the Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco. This committee is in charge of welcoming, assisting and accompanying refugees and migrants coming mainly from the Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Presence in the Face of Injustice

Presence provides a bold vision of togetherness.
In many cases the most powerful witness we can offer partners
is the willingness to share personally in their times of challenge and joy.

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Palm Sunday Sermon: The Invitation

Mathew 21:1-11

The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth.” (Mt. 21:8-11)

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Sermon: Embody Me

Luke 24:36b-48

St. Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church
Jerusalem
April 15, 2018

You are within us and among us, O Christ,
as the one who is alive for ever.
In the sorrow and the the sufferings of our lives you are with us
as the one who holds the key of new beginnings.
There is no ending in the world.
There is no fear in our lives.
There is no despair in our hearts,
that your living presence cannot unlock.
You are within us and among us, O Christ,
as the one who is alive for ever.
Celtic Treasure by Philip Newell

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Happier Than the Living? A Meditation on Life

Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun.
Look, the tears of the oppressed—with no one to comfort them!
On the side of their oppressors there was power—with no one to comfort them.
And I thought the dead, who have already died,
more fortunate than the living, who are still alive;
but better than both is the one who has not yet been,
and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from one person’s envy of another.
This also is vanity and a chasing after wind. (Eccl. 4.1-4)

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Justice Denied

B’tselem’s new report on the violation of the rights of Palestinian Minors by Israel’s Military Courts

On March 19th B’Tselem, one of Global Ministries partners in Israel/Palestine, held a press conference to launch its new report, Minors in Jeopardy: Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors by Israel’s Military Courts. I went to the press conference because the YWCA of Palestine centers its work on youth and women and I wanted to learn more about the legal system that detains and imprisons so many of our youth. I also wanted to hear if indeed any changes had been made to safe guard the rights of minors because both the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Church have passed resolutions about the injustice of detaining and sentencing of minors. What I heard and later read has confirmed my worst fears.

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Bending The Arc Towards Gender Justice

When I showed up in Lebanon in October 2016, the stark reality I observed was that very few women hold positions of power or authority in large institutions here — especially political institutions and religious institutions. A year and half later and this is still the case — if you were expecting me to declare a massive revolution took place that shook up the ranks and made way for wave of women at the proverbial “table” then I must disappoint.

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