Missionary Stories

Witnessing Faith in Action: COVID Response in Egypt

“Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.” (Proverbs 27:17, NRSV)

I am fascinated with wisdom literature. I spend time reading through my favored texts - Buddhist Scripture, Idries Shah’s Rumi-centric Hundred Tales of Wisdom, and Benedicta Ward’s translation of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Such works have exposed me to a wide variety of perspectives on human and spiritual fulfillment, many of which are joined together by a shared sinew of belief: collectively, we humans are preoccupied with what’s directly in front of us – thus, we often prevent ourselves from being able to see the “big picture”.

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“The Steal of the Century” - A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pilgrims participating in our alternative tour earlier this year were meeting with a settler in the Gush Etzion settlement block, just outside of Bethlehem, when President Trump announced what he had been heralding as his Deal of the Century. The 180-page, so-called peace proposal is formally titled, Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of Palestinian and Israeli People.

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Pursuing the Paths of Peace and Reconciliation

On Epiphany Sunday, we posted a reflection on the lectionary text appointed for the day in lieu of a Christmas newsletter to family and friends, given how busy that season is for us in Bethlehem, as you can well imagine!

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What do you do?

I’ve been in Beirut now for about almost two months, and two of the most common questions I receive from folks here and in the US are 1) are you still in Beirut? and 2) What are you doing there right now?

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Crossing Borders

Dear friends

Seemingly by chance, the recurrent theme in my recent travels has been borders. 

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Covid-19 Update from Italy

On 26th February this year, some of us chose to enter a period of discipline, known as Lent.  We could not have foreseen that, thanks to the spread of Covid 19, discipline would in fact be required of so much of the world’s population in so short a space of time, nor that discipline would be required well beyond Easter, when Lent concluded.

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Hope Far from Home

Advent and Christmas went by in a flash. Now we’re well into 2020. Even when I was a young kid, the words, “Like sands though an hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” disturbed me. Do the days of our lives really run by as quickly as the hourglass on our black and white TV screen?

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United Under the Headship of Jesus Christ

The Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Church (EEAM) in Morocco, a partner of the Disciples and United Church of Christ through Global Ministries, are doing tremendous work for the betterment of human beings and Christians on this part of the world. On a daily basis, men and women, young and old are working to make this country a better place for everyone. A lot has been done for the unity of the Body of Christ on interfaith dialogue and manifesting a critical presence towards the least of these.

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It’s All Greek To Me

“It’s all Greek to you, eh?” one of my co-workers joked to me after witnessing three different conversations happening simultaneously in front of me. It was my first week in Katerini and at that point, I knew very little to no Greek so I understood nothing that was happening in front of me. I’ve been told by many people that I have a very expressive face. Poker is not my strong suit and I fully believe that my face completely gave away my confusion.

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A Different Flight into Egypt

The city of Cairo is approximately 1,191 square miles – roughly the same size as Rhode Island, the diminutive locale where I and about a million others have lived for most of our lives. For many people in the Ocean State, a twenty-minute trip in the car is often “a little too much;” taking the highway to Boston may elicit gasps or groans and travel outside of New England is spoken of in hushed, aggrieved tones.

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