Mission Stories

  • Pray with Lebanon on Sunday, August 26, 2018

    By: Nishan Bakalian Aug 20, 2018

    Nishan_BakalianIMG_0386.jpegLectionary Selection: John 6:56-69

    Prayers for Lebanon:

    We come to you, O living Father, the supplier of the bread that feeds and leads to eternal life, asking you once again to help us seek that which is true nourishment. We live in a place where the few enrich themselves with the bread of pride and the spirit of greed. And the many, the Lebanese people, simply want to live in a...Read more...


  • Democracy and Diversity: Lessons From 27 Years in Hong Kong

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Aug 16, 2018

    Dear Family and Friends,

    I’m writing this annual letter to you at about 30,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific on my way back to the United States for six months to speak in local churches, seminaries, universities, etc., about the work of Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) with the youth of Asia to build and nurture a movement that promotes peace with justice, or just peace, in the region. It’ll be my last journey like this one as I’ll be retiring...Read more...


  • Pray with Venezuela on Sunday, August 19, 2018

    By: Carmelo Alvarez Aug 13, 2018

    Venezuela_Angel_Rivera_Agosto_20170913_113841.jpegLectionary Selection: John 6:51-58

    Prayers for Venezuela:

    Oh, God our creator and giver of life, we pray for the people and the churches of Venezuela. They are passing through critical times. As they face a serious economic, social, and political situation, we call upon your mercy and kindness to provide a vision of peace and justice, to create a national consensus, and to construct a real process of reconciliation.

    We pray...Read more...


  • Pray with Israel/Palestine on Sunday, August 12, 2018

    By: Loren McGrail Aug 06, 2018

    Lectionary Selection: John 6:35, 41-51

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:

    Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

    The incarnate word of God is bread, bread that is harvested and baked by human hands. We participate in the life of Christ not only at the communion table but when we become the bread of...Read more...


  • The Contribution of Theological Education to the Mission of God in the World

    By: Carlos Sediles-Real Jul 30, 2018

    Spring at the Theological Community of Mexico.

    In February 2018, the different theological education seminars that make up the Theological Community of Mexico (CTdeM) started a new semester. Students, pastors and leaders of different Christian traditions came together for diverse experiences of learning. In every group and course, the passion for a quality theological education is shared and thus grows the proclamation and incarnation of the gospel in the realities lived by the churches and communities in Mexico.

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  • Advancing the Human Rights of Persons with Albinism

    By: Paul Turner Jul 30, 2018

    June 13th was International Albinism Awareness Day. If you didn’t know it, be sure to put it on your calendar next year. To be honest, I wouldn’t have known it had I not walked past Mbandaka City Hall. After noticing the ceremonial set-up, I took a closer look at the banner hanging below the neatly arranged plastic chairs. The banner in French proclaimed “World Albinism Awareness Day, Theme: Accepting...Read more...


  • Pray with Kenya on Sunday, August 5, 2018

    By: Brigitte Eale Jul 30, 2018

    3116643600_4b225f3a54_o.jpgLectionary Selection:  John 6:24-35

    Prayers for Kenya:

    Father, in the Mighty name of Jesus I thank You. I thank You because all power belongs to You. I thank You because You always answer our prayers. I ask for forgiveness on behalf of our land and nation, Kenya. Forgive us, for we have not walked in your ways. Remember your people, Lord, those tossed about, oppressed, and trampled upon by political situations,...Read more...


  • “Sharing Stories”

    By: Joanines Adorno-Diaz Jul 24, 2018

    Human trafficking has been on the rise for the past few years. Unfortunately it has been around for a very long time and shows no sign that it will go away anytime soon. It makes me wonder, if there is more awareness now about trafficking and the different forms it takes…. why is it on the rise? With so much awareness, why does it continue to happen and continue to spread?

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  • UNLESS

    By: Elena Huegel Jul 24, 2018

               “At the far end of town where the grickle grass grows and the wind smells slow and sour when it blows, is the land of the lifted Lorax...”  I can write from memory these words that open Dr. Seuss´s book The Lorax. I read the story every Friday morning to the children at the School of Environmental Education in Texas for three years, and yet I never tire of the crazy rhymes and the sad...Read more...


  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday July 29, 2018

    By: Cindy Moraga-Selva Jul 23, 2018

    Mexico_Cindy_Moraga_Selva_20180317_115105.jpegLectionary Selection: John 6:1-21

    Prayers for Mexico:

    God Father and Mother,

    Thank you for your word that comforts us and encourages us in the middle of the road. Through Jesus Christ, your incarnate word, that identified with our realities and announces the arrival of your kingdom of justice, peace, and truth.

    Strengthen us in the presence of your Holy Spirit, divine breath that brings us health and well-being in the midst...Read more...



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