Missionary Stories

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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A Rapidly Changing Landscape

Since 2014, the landscape of Europe has been changing at a rapid pace in regards to refugees and other people on the move. Asylum laws are constantly changing, countries are still overwhelmed with the amount of people moving from one place to another, integration is a struggle, and there are too many moving parts for most people to keep track of.

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A Week of Growth

St. Columba’s Scottish Mission held the annual English Day Camp 2-6 July 2018. This week proved to be a week of much growth in confidence, self-esteem, and friendship.

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What’s On My Mind This Election Year…

Shortly after I arrived in Lebanon in 2016, General Michel Aoun was elected President by the Lebanese Parliament. This following a two-and-a-half-year period with no head-of-state, when the Lebanese government struggled to maintain basic services, such as trash pick-up and electricity services.

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Checkpoint 300

So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.
Genesis 35:19-20 (NRSV)

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Arrival

Hello Friends – After ten days in the Holy Land, I finally find myself with a few free hours in which to write. EAPPI “boot camp” has been a whirlwind. So many people to meet, villages and schools and organizations with which to familiarize myself, Arabic phrases to learn, cultural awareness and protocols to absorb. My group of 24 Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) is as diverse, interesting, and committed to human rights and the work we will do here as I had hoped. They have come from the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Norway. And of course, I am one of two Americans.  They range in age from 24 to 68.  Only five are men.

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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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