Missionary Stories

Peacemaking, Piece-by-Piece

The very last day of January saw an amazing thing happen in Lebanon. The
country, whose people had gone to the polls nine months earlier to elect a new
government, could finally say that they had one.

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Is Building Worth It?

Wending our way through the narrow streets of Bourj Hammoud (just outside Beirut) this week, my son and I stopped at the shop of a childhood friend of Maria’s. Usually when I pass by this fellow’s tiny workplace he’s busy at one of his sewing machines, assembling parts for shoes that are manufactured there.

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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

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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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